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Extended Bachelor’s Program

New in 2022: We’ve introduced a dedicated pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to study some of our humanities, science and health degrees. Hear from current students Sarah Blackwell and Mahlia Garay, along with Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Strategy and Services, Professor Lisa Jackson-Pulver AM and Director, National Centre for Cultural Competence, Professor Jennifer Barrett.

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The Bachelor of Science (Extended) (Health) is a four-year degree for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students to undertake studies in an academically and culturally supported environment.

It provides students with an opportunity to explore the breadth of health, and tailor their study pattern to specialise in that interest them, as well as knowledge of culture and practice.

Health is one of Australia's fastest growing employment sectors. Graduates who have a holistic understanding of health and how healthcare works in Australia and internationally are in high demand.

The degree equips students with excellent communication, critical and analytical skills, with built-in support and academic skills development to ensure your success.

You will begin study with a cohort of students engaged in culturally relevant literacy and mathematics studies and other available units. 

As part of this program, you will have access to tailored academic support and tutors, mentors through our Mentoring our Brothers and Sisters (MOBS) program, with a wide-range of course and residential scholarships available.

Why study with us?

  • This degree gives you the flexibility to explore the breadth of health, and tailor your study pattern to specialise in the areas of health that you are interested in. 
  • We offer an increased number of units of study that address different areas of health such as e-health, indigenous health, health promotion, and ageing and health. You will have more project-based learning and work collaboratively with other students and health organisations.
  • In response to our changing healthcare system, we have increased your opportunities to engage with industry. You will interview health professionals and people with lived experiences in your classrooms, and network with our alumni from healthcare, commercial, government, and not-for-profit organisations at extra-curricular events and mentoring.
  • You will graduate with the ability to navigate the complexity of health in different sociocultural, political and economic contexts, along with skills in critical thinking, complex problem solving, communication and empathy.

You will complete a major in Health with core units in areas such as health and society, introduction to healthcare and eHealth, ensuring you gain comprehensive knowledge of healthcare and its latest developments. As you progress through the health major you will be able to specialise in areas of interest (e.g. health, ethics and the law, international health or health policy). 

A second major can be taken from the shared pool of majors or from those offered in the Bachelor of Science, which are offered through the Faculty of Science academic schools:

Subject areas
Shared pool

Admission, fees and how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

Your fee

How to apply

Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth supported place . Refer to the UAC website for key dates. Separate scholarship deadlines apply, visit the scholarships website for details.

For other useful information, visit our How to apply page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Current students applying to transfer from a diploma to a bachelor's degree must apply through UAC.

Refer to the UAC website . Separate scholarship deadlines apply visit the scholarships webpage for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) only.

This course is not available to international students.

This course is not available to international students.

Starting date

This course is not available to international students.

What you'll study

Units of Study

Sample study plan

Bachelor of Science (Health) (Extended)

Sem Unit of study
1 1 Power of Number A Indigenous Literacies in Academic Contexts A Science  
  2 Power of Number B Indigenous Literacies in Academic Contexts B Open Learning Environment unit  
2 1 Introduction to Health and Health Care Human Biology or Life and Evolution Minor  
  2 Society and Health Psychology 1002 Minor  
3 1 Research Methods in Health Open Learning Environment unit Sydney Science 2050: Towards the Future or Mathematics Minor
  2 Innovations in eHeatlh Elective Mathematics / Data Science Minor
4 1 Health disciplinary project unit Health elective  Elective Minor
  2 Health Research unit  Health interdisciplinary experience unit Cultural Capstone Minor

Assumed knowledge

Assumed knowledge depends on subject areas chosen. Some units of study assume a level of knowledge of the subject area.

Admission requirement

This course is an alternative entry program:

(1) Admission to this course is only open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, who meet the process outlined in the Confirmation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Identity Policy 2015.

(2) Admission to this course will be on demonstrated potential for tertiary study to a standard sufficient to undertake the course as demonstrated in:

  • a numeracy and literacy diagnostic test;
  • a structured interview;
  • evidence of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents) or Record of Student Achievement (RoSA), tertiary study or an approved preparation program; English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English;
  • a portfolio of written work or support material including a personal statement of intent for studying the course.

Career pathways

Our graduates can be found in a broad range of careers and roles including:

  • Health promotion
  • Policymaking
  • Project and case management
  • Consultancy
  • Logistics and procurement
  • Insurance
  • Business development
  • Marketing
  • Public relations

Jayden Bregu 

Senior Policy and Project Officer

Jayden Bregu

2018 Senior Project and Policy Officer
Strategic Policy Unit, Health System Planning and Investment
NSW Ministry of Health
2017 Project and Policy Officer
Strategic Policy Unit, Health System Planning and Investment
NSW Ministry of Health
2016 NSW Government Graduate
NSW Government
2015 Master of Public Health 
University of Sydney 
2014 Bachelor of Science (Health)
University of Sydney 

Accommodation pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pathway students

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