University of Technology Sydney

C10441v1 Bachelor of Health Sciences Bachelor of Languages and Cultures

Award(s): Bachelor of Health Science (BHSc)
Bachelor of Languages and Cultures (BLangCultures)

CRICOS code: 103099E
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 240
Course EFTSL: 5
Location: City campus

Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Assumed knowledge
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Other information


The Bachelor of Languages and Cultures offers students studies in languages other than English, culture and society focused on developing their intercultural and linguistic capabilities. It also offers a capstone subject that allows students to design and carry out a small-scale research project that requires them to apply their linguistic skills and cultural knowledge.

The combined Bachelor of Health Sciences Bachelor of Languages and Cultures provides students with intercultural and linguistic skills that raise their awareness of the international implications of the Bachelor of Health Science, and is a flexible and innovative degree that equips graduates with qualifications to help make a difference across diverse settings of healthcare provision. Students develop an understanding and awareness of a language other than English and another culture and refine their intercultural skills. Students also develop their professional skills in writing, research and evaluation.

The course is characterised by a strong emphasis on the social model of health, which can be combined with science content to focus on learning how to use and interpret data to drive innovation and improvement in health systems. Alternatively, students can develop their knowledge of global health and international health priorities in order to contribute to overseas health initiatives and aid organisations. Students who complete this course with the required pathway and grade point average also meet current entry criteria for a UTS Master of Pharmacy or Master of Physiotherapy.

Course aims

The course produces graduates who are engaged, adaptive thinkers with a solid understanding of health and health systems. Graduates are equipped to contribute to health-related activities that reduce inequity and promote social justice in local and global contexts. The course is accepted preparation for a master's degree in pharmacy or orthoptics at the UTS: Graduate School of Health.

Career options

Career options include positions in health promotion, advocacy, health education, e-health, health data and information management systems, planning and policy, project management and evaluation, community development, research and consultancy across both public and private health sectors, physiotherapy (pathway) and pharmacy (pathway).

Course intended learning outcomes

1.0 Advocate for and engage with individuals and communities to reduce health inequities and promote social justice in a global context
1.1 Advocate for and work towards socially just outcomes in a variety of contexts
1.2 Develop evidence-informed solutions reflecting in-depth knowledge of the social determinants of health
1.3 Recognise and respond to the diverse health needs of communities both locally and abroad
2.0 Demonstrate creative and adaptive thinking within a changeable social, political and technological environment
2.1 Demonstrate adaptable and novel thinking within changing environments to maximise outcomes for a range of individuals, communities and stakeholders
2.2 Utilise enquiry-based learning to develop innovative approaches to complex issues
2.3 Manage and adapt to the environment to maximise integration of care and outcomes for a range of individuals, communities and stakeholders
2.4 Identify opportunities for change and support others through change processes
2.5 Apply newly generated or existing data to inform optimal care and/or service development
3.0 Use an assets-based approach to engender effective communication, collaboration and leadership
3.1 Communicate and collaborate effectively and sensitively with diverse populations
3.2 Consider and develop the health literacy of varied population groups and articulate the impact this has on effective communication and healthcare delivery
3.3 Facilitate the growth and development of self and others through responsive leadership
3.4 Contribute to environments that support and promote inter- and transdisciplinary collaboration
3.5 Display sensitive judgement in deciding when to lead, and when to support leadership from those with more appropriate cultural or community credentials
4.0 Are ethical and responsible professionals who value the diversity of people and communities
4.1 Promote health equity by recognising and seeking to address disadvantage
4.2 Make use of research and data to enable responsible, ethical and equitable service provision
4.3 Appreciate and articulate respect for diverse populations with varied health literacies and needs
5.0 Translate research and evaluation into social and professional practice through critical thinking and knowledge integration
5.1 Identify appropriate information resources and apply effective and creative solutions for the improvement of individuals and communities
5.2 Take a lively and questioning approach to developing optimal healthcare delivery
5.3 Critically evaluate research and practice for socially driven change
6.0 Demonstrate professional competency which contributes to the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians, inclusive of physical, emotional and spiritual wellness
6.1 Demonstrate respect and value for world view differences and in particular Australian Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing
6.2 Critically reflect upon the impact of ongoing colonisation and its pervasive discourse on Indigenous Australians and their health and wellbeing
6.3 Recognise the diversity of Indigenous Australians and integrate this knowledge into practice
LC.1.1 Employ effective intercultural strategies to operate within professional settings
LC.2.1 Conduct independent research into contemporary societies and cultures
LC.2.2 Evaluate research findings and creatively use research methods for international and intercultural studies
LC.3.1 Reflect on and use knowledge of contemporary societies to engage with diverse cultures
LC.3.2 Communicate effectively for everyday and/or professional purposes in an additional language
LC.4.1 Value Indigenous knowledges, Language and sovereignty in Australian and international contexts
LC.5.1 Develop capacity to engage ethically with current issues in Australian and international settings
LC.6.1 Communicate clearly and effectively in written and spoken English

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification, Australian Qualifications Framework Diploma, or equivalent Australian or overseas qualification at the required level.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Assumed knowledge

Any two units of English.

Course duration and attendance

This course is offered on a three-year, full-time or six-year, part-time basis.

Course structure

The course comprises 144 credit points. Students choose a major in Digital Health and Analytics, Global Health, or Pharmacology, or can choose the no specified major option.

Industrial training/professional practice

A professional placement is undertaken in Year 3.

Course completion requirements

CBK91972 Language Major Choice 96cp
CBK91909 Major choice 144cp
Total 240cp

Course program

Typical full-time and part-time course programs are shown below.


The Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) is available to eligible students with an additional one year of full-time or two years of part-time study.

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
UTS: Health