Bachelor of Business Administration

Available to:
Domestic and International students.
CRICOS:
073336E
Location:
  • Blacktown
  • Brisbane
  • Melbourne
  • North Sydney
  • Strathfield
Duration:

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

2020 Main Round ATAR/OP :
  • Brisbane (17/65)
  • Melbourne (58.50)
  • Blacktown (58.50)
  • North Sydney (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

Choose our Bachelor of Business Administration and you’ll learn what it takes to lead, innovate and problem-solve in fast-changing business environments. Gain a broad understanding of the fundamentals of business by starting off with four key foundation units (managing money, people, markets and working with IT) whilst honing your communication skills so vital in today’s global environment. As a ‘generalist’ degree, you will be free to choose any business subject we offer rather than specialise. You’ll have the language set and decision-making skills needed to excel in a range of business areas, including marketing, strategy, community engagement, organisational management, technology, finance, human resources, sustainability, and business operations.

Study business administration and prepare for a rewarding future in commerce, government or the not-for-profit sector, or add business administration as a double degree to compliment your career path in areas such as law, nutrition, nursing and global studies.

Course duration

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Campus availability and study mode

Campus availability

  • Brisbane (Attendance)
  • Melbourne (Attendance)
  • Blacktown (Attendance)
  • North Sydney (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).

Sample Course Map

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 BUSN113
Managing people and organisations
BUSN111
Working with technology
BUSN104
Money matters
BUSN112
Managing markets
Year 1 - Semester 2 Business elective 1 Business elective 2 UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
or
PHCC102
Being Human
or
PHCC104
Ethics and the Good Life
Elective 1
Year 2 - Semester 1 HRMG204
Organisational behaviour
ECON200
Economics: policy frameworks and markets
BAFN200
Principles of finance
ITEC200
Data and information management
Year 2 - Semester 2 ITEC201
Fundamentals of information technology
BIPX202
Community engagement: building strengths and capabilities
Business elective 3 Elective 2
Year 3 - Semester 1 ENTR301
Managing entrepreneurship and innovation
MKTG207
Marketing toolkit
UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world
(Pre: UNCC100, PHCC102, PHCC104 ) or PHCC320 The Just Society
Elective 3
Year 3 - Semester 2 MGMT304
Strategic management
(Pre: MGMT213 or HRMG204)
BUSN304
Working with diversity and conflict
(Pre: Completion of 80 cp)
or
BIPX301
Professional experience
Business elective 4 Elective 4

'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

240

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start dates

Blacktown
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
Brisbane
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
Melbourne
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
North Sydney
  • 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) or EAL (Band 3).

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.

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 13 11
Median OP to receive an offer 16 13
Lowest OP to receive an offer 18 17
Rank Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest Rank to receive an offer 74 78
Median Rank to receive an offer 67 74
Lowest Rank to receive an offer 64 65
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 86.00 92.85
Median ATAR to receive an offer 62.00 69.35
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 49.00 59.05
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 84.80 94.80
Median ATAR to receive an offer 61.25 66.25
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 48.90 58.80
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 92.75 97.75
Median ATAR to receive an offer 60.65 71.65
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 49.55 58.55

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)
<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
<5 N/P
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) 7 43.75%
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 <5 N/P
All students 16 100%
  • 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) 7 24.14%
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 16 55.17%
All students 29 100%
  • 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 <5 N/P
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
<5 N/P
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) 12 40.00%
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) 6 20.00%
International students 8 26.67%
All students 30 100%
  • 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 <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) 8 42.11%
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 26.32%
International students <5 N/P
All students 19 100%
  • 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 (Blacktown), NSW
Apply through UAC
Sydney (North Sydney), NSW
Apply through UAC
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, UAC or QTAC.

Blacktown
Brisbane
North Sydney
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

Graduate career opportunities arise in both the private and public sectors and cover a wide range of occupations:

  • Accounting
  • Administration
  • Banking
  • Business analysis / development
  • Business management
  • Communications
  • Computing
  • Financial management
  • Human resource management
  • International business
  • International marketing
  • Management consultancy
  • Marketing
  • Recruitment and staff development
  • Sales

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.

Professional recognition

As the Bachelor of Business Administration is interdisciplinary, it is not intended to fulfil the requirements for membership in a professional organisation and does not meet the requirements for entry into CPA programs. These requirements are met by other ACU business degrees.

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.

Contacts for future students

Enquiries:

International students

Description

Choose our Bachelor of Business Administration and you’ll learn what it takes to lead, innovate and problem-solve in fast-changing business environments. Gain a broad understanding of the fundamentals of business by starting off with four key foundation units (managing money, people, markets and working with IT) whilst honing your communication skills so vital in today’s global environment. As a ‘generalist’ degree, you will be free to choose any business subject we offer rather than specialise. You’ll have the language set and decision-making skills needed to excel in a range of business areas, including marketing, strategy, community engagement, organisational management, technology, finance, human resources, sustainability, and business operations.

Study business administration and prepare for a rewarding future in commerce, government or the not-for-profit sector, or add business administration as a double degree to compliment your career path in areas such as law, nutrition, nursing and global studies.

Course duration

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Start dates and campus availability

Blacktown
  • 22-Feb-2021 , 26-Jul-2021 , 21-Feb-2022 , 18-Jul-2022
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
North Sydney
  • 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

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

240

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 BUSN113
Managing people and organisations
BUSN111
Working with technology
BUSN104
Money matters
BUSN112
Managing markets
Year 1 - Semester 2 Business elective 1 Business elective 2 UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
or
PHCC102
Being Human
or
PHCC104
Ethics and the Good Life
Elective 1
Year 2 - Semester 1 HRMG204
Organisational behaviour
ECON200
Economics: policy frameworks and markets
BAFN200
Principles of finance
ITEC200
Data and information management
Year 2 - Semester 2 ITEC201
Fundamentals of information technology
BIPX202
Community engagement: building strengths and capabilities
Business elective 3 Elective 2
Year 3 - Semester 1 ENTR301
Managing entrepreneurship and innovation
MKTG207
Marketing toolkit
UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world
(Pre: UNCC100, PHCC102, PHCC104 ) or PHCC320 The Just Society
Elective 3
Year 3 - Semester 2 MGMT304
Strategic management
(Pre: MGMT213 or HRMG204)
BUSN304
Working with diversity and conflict
(Pre: Completion of 80 cp)
or
BIPX301
Professional experience
Business elective 4 Elective 4

'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: $87240.00 (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

Equivalent of Australian High School completion plus academic IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum 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

Graduate career opportunities arise in both the private and public sectors and cover a wide range of occupations:

  • Accounting
  • Administration
  • Banking
  • Business analysis / development
  • Business management
  • Communications
  • Computing
  • Financial management
  • Human resource management
  • International business
  • International marketing
  • Management consultancy
  • Marketing
  • Recruitment and staff development
  • Sales

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.

Professional recognition

As the Bachelor of Business Administration is interdisciplinary, it is not intended to fulfil the requirements for membership in a professional organisation and does not meet the requirements for entry into CPA programs. These requirements are met by other ACU business degrees.

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.

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