Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Commerce

Course information for - 2021 entry

Offered at 3 locations

Study mode
Attendance
Duration
4 years full-time or equivalent part-time
QTAC code
112611
ATAR
58.50 for Brisbane
Fees (first year)*

$13677 CSP

Start dates
Semester 1 - Applications closed , Semester 2 - July

Overview

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.

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Professional 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.

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

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Careers

Our graduates have pursued careers in:

  • accounting firms
  • advertising
  • employment relations
  • financial management
  • human resource management
  • international trade and investment
  • marketing management
  • marketing research
  • personal investment
  • policy administration
  • retailing and wholesaling

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Commerce, a student must complete 320 credit points (cp).

View course rules

Sample program map

Year - Study periodUnit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4Unit 5
Year 1 - Semester 1Arts major 1

BUSN113 Managing People and Organisations

BUSN104 Money Matters

or

ACCT100 Introduction to Accounting

BUSN111 Working with Technology

Year 1 - Semester 2Arts major 2Arts 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 1Arts major3Arts major 4Arts minor 2
or
Arts elective 2
Arts minor 3
or
Arts elective 3
Year 2 - Semester 2Arts major 5Arts major 6Arts 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

Business major 1Business major 2Bachelor of Commerce minor
or
Business elective 1
Year 3 - Semester 2Business major 3Business major 4Bachelor of Commerce minor
or
Business elective 2
Bachelor of Commerce minor
or
Business elective 3
Year 4 - Semester 1Arts major 7Business major 5Business major 6Bachelor of Commerce minor
or
Business elective 4
Year 4 - Semester 2Arts major 8Business major 7Business 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.


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.

AQF framework

Double Bachelor - Bachelor/Bachelor - AQF Level 7

General application 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.

Entry requirements

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:

StatePrerequisites

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.

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Applicants with recent secondary education

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.  

If your school result was affected by circumstances outside of your control, such as financial hardship, illness, disability or a challenging home environment, you may qualify for an access scheme. You can apply through your TAC as part of your application process.  

Learn more about access schemes 

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.  

For current year 12 students  

If you’re a current Year 12 applicant you can be given a selection rank separate from, and in addition to, your ATAR if you’ve completed a competency-based and graded AQF Certificate III or above.  

For non-school leavers 

If you’ve completed, or are completing a competency-based AQF Certificate IV or AQF diploma you will be assigned a selection rank by your local Tertiary Admission Centre (TAC). This is an entry score based on your individual qualifications and achievements. 

ACU has partnerships with ACU College, TAFE, and many private education providers. If you have completed a qualification with one of these partners, you may be eligible for guaranteed entry and/or credit into a related ACU degree. Please apply through your local TAC and then submit a credit application for your previous study.  

Applicants with higher education study

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course. 

If you have completed at least two units of AQF-recognised study at bachelor level or above, you’ll be assigned a selection rank based on your study level, duration and grade point average that will be applied during the admission process. 

If your previous study has equipped you with knowledge, skills or experiences that align with the learning outcomes of units in your new course you may be able to apply for recognition of prior learning and you may be able to complete your course sooner. 

Learn more about recognition of prior learning 

Applicants with work and life experience

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.

If you have no formal education qualifications you may be eligible for a selection rank based on your work, life or service experience.

  • If you’ve been in paid employment, relevant to the course you’re applying for, for a minimum of six months full-time (or equivalent), this work may be assessed for your selection rank.
  • If you’re 21 years or older you can sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) through your local TAC.
  • You can apply for an ACU bridging course. Our bridging courses allow you to transition back into studying and can give you a head start on the relevant undergraduate degree.
  • If you have served in the defence force, your rank and time in service may contribute to your selection rank.

Find your path into study

Adjustment factors

If you’re currently completing Year 12 you may be eligible for adjustment factors that can boost your rank and help you get into your desired course.

Adjustment factors may be applied to your TAC application if you study particular subjects, attend schools geographically close to our campuses or in certain regional areas, apply as an elite athlete or performer or meet certain other criteria.

Learn more about adjustment factors

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you

Pathways

Pathways into course for current or recent Year 12 students

If you can’t meet the ATAR requirement for your choice of course and you’re currently completing Year 12 or finished Year 12 in the two years previously, we have entry programs to get you where you want to be. 

Alternatively, you may be able to complete a diploma or bridging course relevant to your desired course.

Understand your pathway options 

Pathways into course for applicants with previous study and/or life experience

Are you applying to ACU as a non-school leaver?  

By that we mean, you’re not currently completing Year 12 and haven’t completed it in the two years previously. If the answer is yes and your selection rank isn’t enough to meet the requirements for your desired course you still have a number of options to help you achieve your study goals. 

If you’re over 21, you can sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT), or you can complete a diploma or bridging course relevant to your desired course.  

  • 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

Explore the pathways to your future 

Further study

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

Fees

Course costs

Average first year fee*

$13677 CSP

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.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support. 

Explore your options

Scholarships

You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.  

Search our scholarships

How to apply

Domestic applicants

Direct application

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

Deferment

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

 

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