Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Commerce

Available to:
Domestic and International students.
CRICOS:
068241K
Location:
  • Brisbane
  • Melbourne
  • Strathfield
Duration:

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

2019 Main Round ATAR/OP :
  • Brisbane (17/65)
  • Melbourne (58.50)
  • Strathfield (58.50)

Description

Strengthen your business qualification with communication, research and analytical skills developed in the arts degree.

As part of the Bachelor of Arts, you can choose to study from a range of units in the liberal arts fields such as psychology, economics, digital journalism or literature studies.

As part of the Bachelor of Commerce, you can choose to specialise in Accounting, Marketing or Human Resource Management. An innovative range of business minors from data analytics and entrepreneurship through to international business is offered at the Brisbane, North Sydney and Melbourne campuses.

Pursue a career in accounting, advertising, HRM, marketing, policy administration or financial analyst.

Course duration

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Campus availability and study mode

Campus availability

  • Brisbane (Attendance)
  • Melbourne (Attendance)
  • Strathfield (Attendance)

Study mode definitions

Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.

Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).

Online: Fully online (including assessments).

In Sydney the course is offered over two campuses. Students undertake some commerce units and the Arts units at the Strathfield Campus and the remainder of the commerce units at the North Sydney campus.

Sample Course Map

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 Arts major 1 BUSN113
Managing people and organisations
BUSN104
Money matters
or
ACCT100
Introduction to accounting
BUSN111
Working with technology
Year 1 - Semester 2 Arts major 2 Arts minor 1
or
Arts elective 1
BUSN112
Managing markets
UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
Year 2 - Semester 1 Arts major3 Arts major 4 Arts minor 2
or
Arts elective 2
Arts minor 3
or
Arts elective 3
Year 2 - Semester 2 Arts major 5 Arts major 6 Arts minor 4
or
Arts elective 4
BIPX202
Community engagement: building strengths and capabilities
Year 3 - Semester 1 UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world
(Pre: UNCC100)
Business major 1 Business major 2 Bachelor of Commerce minor
or
Business elective 1
Year 3 - Semester 2 Business major 3 Business major 4 Bachelor of Commerce minor
or
Business elective 2
Bachelor of Commerce minor
or
Business elective 3
Year 4 - Semester 1 Arts major 7 Business major 5 Business major 6 Bachelor of Commerce minor
or
Business elective 4
Year 4 - Semester 2 Arts major 8 Business major 7 Business major 8 BUSN304
Working with diversity and conflict
or
BIPX301
Professional experience

*Campus availability – Sydney students will undertake arts units at the Strathfield Campus and business units across both Strathfield and North Sydney campuses depending on availability. Students will not be required to travel between campuses on the same day.
Note: Business majors available: accounting, human resource management, marketing.
Note: Not all majors and minors will be available on all campuses.

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment: Deferment Information.

Credit Points

320

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start dates

Brisbane
  • Semester 1 - Applications closed
  • Semester 2 - July
Melbourne
  • Semester 1 - Applications closed
  • Semester 2 - July
Strathfield
  • Semester 1 - Applications closed
  • Semester 2 - July

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $10403 Commonwealth Supported (indicative only; subject to passage of legislation)

Important Note on Fees

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Essential requirements for admission

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites at year 12, or equivalent:

New South Wales

  • Prerequisites: English (Standard) (Band 2), EAL (Band 3)
  • Assumed knowledge: For Mathematics major or minor: Mathematics (not Mathematics General 2).
  • Recommended studies: For Visual Arts minor: Visual Arts.

Queensland

  • Prerequisites: English (4, SA)

Victoria

  • Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English.
  • Assumed knowledge: For Mathematics major or minor: Satisfactory completion of Math Methods Unit 3 & 4.

Or be admitted under the Passion 4 Business Program.

International applicants need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

Admission criteria

The table below shows the range of ATARs/OPs (excludes adjustment factors) and Selection Ranks (may include adjustment factors) achieved by students who were accepted into this course last year. These may vary from year to year. Learn more about admission to ACU.

ATAR/OP range

For those offered places in 2019

OP Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest OP to receive an offer <5 <5
Median OP to receive an offer <5 <5
Lowest OP to receive an offer <5 <5
Rank Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest Rank to receive an offer <5 <5
Median Rank to receive an offer <5 <5
Lowest Rank to receive an offer <5 <5
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 84.75 87.85
Median ATAR to receive an offer 59.15 63.40
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 49.25 59.40
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 94.50 99.95
Median ATAR to receive an offer 59.95 63.40
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 50.85 58.90

Student Profile

Breakdown of how students entered this course last year and in what numbers.

Applicant background 2019
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
0 0.00%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 0 0.00%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of OP/Rank (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) <5 N/P
Recent secondary education admitted where both OP/Rank and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum OP/Rank) 0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP/Rank was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum OP/Rank requirement) 0 0.00%
International students 0 0.00%
All students <5 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.
Applicant background 2019
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
<5 N/P
Vocational education and training (VET) study <5 N/P
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 17 77.27%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) <5 N/P
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) 0 0.00%
International students 0 0.00%
All students 22 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.
Applicant background 2019
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
0 0.00%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 0 0.00%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 13 54.17%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) 0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) 11 45.83%
International students 0 0.00%
All students 24 100%

Further information

Applying for admission

Brisbane, Queensland
Apply through QTAC
Melbourne, Victoria
Apply through VTAC
Sydney (Strathfield), NSW
Apply through UAC

Direct Applications

You can apply Direct to ACU for selected Bachelor's degrees if you have not already applied through VTAC or UAC.
Please note that you must apply through VTAC or UAC if you are a Year 12 student, or if you're applying for an undergraduate course at more than one institution.

Melbourne

You can apply Direct to ACU for selected Bachelor's degrees if you have not already applied through VTAC or UAC.
Please note that you must apply through VTAC or UAC if you are a Year 12 student, or if you're applying for an undergraduate course at more than one institution.

Strathfield

Admission Pathways to this course

Admission Schemes

Adjustment Factors which may improve your Selection Rank

Articulation from another course

Work and Life Experience

  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
  • Work experience - A Selection Rank can be calculated based on your work experience - you need to document all of your experience and provide supporting documentation

If you have a Selection Rank but it's not enough for this course

  • Complete 2 non-award individual UG units; the results attained for these units can then be converted to a Selection Rank
  • Complete a VET qualification such as an AQF Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma
  • Commence another ACU Bachelor degree with a lower required Selection Rank, successfully complete 2 or more units, then apply for an internal transfer to this course. A new Selection Rank will be calculated from your results in the ACU units.

Career paths

  • Accounting firms
  • Advertising
  • Employment relations
  • Event management
  • Financial management
  • Human resource management
  • International trade and investment
  • Marketing management
  • Marketing research
  • Personal investment
  • Policy administration
  • Retailing and wholesaling

Professional experience

Students may elect to enrol in a Professional Experience unit involving professional placement within a business organisation (in the relevant discipline area) over a period of 105 hours (not available for the Accounting major in Commerce).

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for membership of the following professional organisations depending on the business major and minor completed:

Accounting

Volunteer experience

A requirement of the degree is a Community Engagement unit where students engage in voluntary work within a not-for-profit organisation over a period of 35-70 hours.

Pathways to further study

An honours degree in arts or business is available for high-achieving students.

More course information

In keeping with the Mission of the University, several units within the degree focus on business ethics and personal values. One compulsory unit of Community Engagement is also incorporated in the degree and is designed to assist with personal development. Students will have the opportunity to engage with the community in a tangible way through voluntary work in a not-for-profit organisation.

An additional elective Professional Experience unit involves placement in a related business organisation and is designed to assist students to apply their studies to the real working environment, and to gain employment in their chosen career after graduating.

Contacts for future students

Enquiries:

Description

Strengthen your business qualification with communication, research and analytical skills developed in the arts degree.

As part of the Bachelor of Arts, you can choose to study from a range of units in the liberal arts fields such as psychology, economics, digital journalism or literature studies.

As part of the Bachelor of Commerce, you can choose to specialise in Accounting, Marketing or Human Resource Management. An innovative range of business minors from data analytics and entrepreneurship through to international business is offered at the Brisbane, North Sydney and Melbourne campuses.

Pursue a career in accounting, advertising, HRM, marketing, policy administration or financial analyst.

Course duration

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Start dates and campus availability

Brisbane
  • 22-Jul-2019 , 10-Feb-2020 , 20-Jul-2020 , 15-Feb-2021 , 26-Jul-2021
Melbourne
  • 22-Jul-2019 , 10-Feb-2020 , 20-Jul-2020 , 15-Feb-2021 , 26-Jul-2021
Strathfield
  • 22-Jul-2019 , 10-Feb-2020 , 20-Jul-2020 , 15-Feb-2021 , 26-Jul-2021

In Sydney the course is offered over two campuses. Students undertake some commerce units and the Arts units at the Strathfield Campus and the remainder of the commerce units at the North Sydney campus.

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

Yes. See Defer your offer.

Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 33% of the program online.

Credit Points

320

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Course structure – 1st year

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 Arts major 1 BUSN113
Managing people and organisations
BUSN104
Money matters
or
ACCT100
Introduction to accounting
BUSN111
Working with technology
Year 1 - Semester 2 Arts major 2 Arts minor 1
or
Arts elective 1
BUSN112
Managing markets
UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
Year 2 - Semester 1 Arts major3 Arts major 4 Arts minor 2
or
Arts elective 2
Arts minor 3
or
Arts elective 3
Year 2 - Semester 2 Arts major 5 Arts major 6 Arts minor 4
or
Arts elective 4
BIPX202
Community engagement: building strengths and capabilities
Year 3 - Semester 1 UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world
(Pre: UNCC100)
Business major 1 Business major 2 Bachelor of Commerce minor
or
Business elective 1
Year 3 - Semester 2 Business major 3 Business major 4 Bachelor of Commerce minor
or
Business elective 2
Bachelor of Commerce minor
or
Business elective 3
Year 4 - Semester 1 Arts major 7 Business major 5 Business major 6 Bachelor of Commerce minor
or
Business elective 4
Year 4 - Semester 2 Arts major 8 Business major 7 Business major 8 BUSN304
Working with diversity and conflict
or
BIPX301
Professional experience

*Campus availability – Sydney students will undertake arts units at the Strathfield Campus and business units across both Strathfield and North Sydney campuses depending on availability. Students will not be required to travel between campuses on the same day.
Note: Business majors available: accounting, human resource management, marketing.
Note: Not all majors and minors will be available on all campuses.

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Course costs

  • Unit Fee: $3156.00 (2019)
  • Average first year fee: $25248.00 (2019)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $100992.00 (2019)

Important Note on Fees

The Tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. The Unit Fee is based on a 10cp unit. Fees are reviewed annually.

Tuition fees for continuing students may increase by up to 3 percent each year for the minimum duration of the course as provided on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). Students who continue to study beyond the minimum duration will have the relevant annual commencing rate applied to their fees for subsequent study periods.

Essential requirements for admission

Applicants require the equivalent of Australian Year 12 certificate and an overall academic IELTS score of 6.0 (with minimum scores of 6.0 in speaking and writing, and 5.5 in listening and reading).

Applying for Admission

How to Apply

Information on the application procedure.

International Students Apply Now
International students undertaking an Australian Year 12 qualification should apply through the relevant tertiary admissions centre:
NSW & ACT
Apply through UAC
Queensland
Apply through QTAC
Victoria
Apply through VTAC

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Career paths

  • Accounting firms
  • Advertising
  • Employment relations
  • Event management
  • Financial management
  • Human resource management
  • International trade and investment
  • Marketing management
  • Marketing research
  • Personal investment
  • Policy administration
  • Retailing and wholesaling

Professional experience

Students may elect to enrol in a Professional Experience unit involving professional placement within a business organisation (in the relevant discipline area) over a period of 105 hours (not available for the Accounting major in Commerce).

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for membership of the following professional organisations depending on the business major and minor completed:

Accounting

Volunteer experience

A requirement of the degree is a Community Engagement unit where students engage in voluntary work within a not-for-profit organisation over a period of 35-70 hours.

Pathways to further study

An honours degree in arts or business is available for high-achieving students.

More course information

In keeping with the Mission of the University, several units within the degree focus on business ethics and personal values. One compulsory unit of Community Engagement is also incorporated in the degree and is designed to assist with personal development. Students will have the opportunity to engage with the community in a tangible way through voluntary work in a not-for-profit organisation.

An additional elective Professional Experience unit involves placement in a related business organisation and is designed to assist students to apply their studies to the real working environment, and to gain employment in their chosen career after graduating.

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