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.

2020 Main Round ATAR/OP :
  • Brisbane (17/65)
  • Melbourne (58.50)
  • Strathfield (58.50)

Pathway: Apply for our Passion for Business early offer program. Selection is based on criteria other than ATAR! Click here for details.

Domestic students

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 or PHIL102 Theories of Human Nature or PHIL104 Introduction to Ethics
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, PHIL102, PHIL104 )
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 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
Melbourne
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
Strathfield
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $10389 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 (Units 3 & 4, C)

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.

*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2021 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

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 2020

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 75.90 82.50
Median ATAR to receive an offer 69.30 74.95
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 52.10 60.70
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 74.60 82.60
Median ATAR to receive an offer 61.40 66.55
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 55.35 60.35

Student Profile

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

Applicant background 2020
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) 0 0.00%
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) <5 N/P
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 2020
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 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) 5 55.56%
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) <5 N/P
International students 0 0.00%
All students 9 100%
  • 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 2020
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) <5 N/P
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) <5 N/P
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.

Further information

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.

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 through the Passion 4 Business early offer program. Check out the application process and the eligibility criteria here.

You can apply Direct to ACU if you are not a recent school leaver and have not already applied through VTAC or UAC.

Strathfield

Admission Pathways to this course

Admission Schemes

Adjustment Factors which may improve your Selection Rank

  • Most applicants to undergraduate courses at ACU are eligible for adjustment factors – which can help improve your selection rank when applying for a degree. Your location, school or personal circumstances may make you eligible too. Learn more about the full list of available adjustments.

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

Consider the Passion4Business early offer program. Selection is based on criteria other than ATAR. Click here for details.

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 is available for high-achieving students.

More course information

In keeping with the Mission of the University, several units within the Bachelor of Commerce 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:

International students

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-Feb-2021 , 26-Jul-2021 , 21-Feb-2022 , 18-Jul-2022
Melbourne
  • 22-Feb-2021 , 26-Jul-2021 , 21-Feb-2022 , 18-Jul-2022
Strathfield
  • 22-Feb-2021 , 26-Jul-2021 , 21-Feb-2022 , 18-Jul-2022

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 or PHIL102 Theories of Human Nature or PHIL104 Introduction to Ethics
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, PHIL102, PHIL104 )
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: $3635.00 (2021)
  • Average first year fee: $29080.00 (2021)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $116320.00 (2021)

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 is available for high-achieving students.

More course information

In keeping with the Mission of the University, several units within the Bachelor of Commerce 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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