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Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Commerce - 798AA

Course Code: 798AA
Course Version: 5
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline(s): School of Arts and Communications
Canberra Business School
CRICOS Code: 056113F
Selection Rank: 68.00
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Double degree: Extend your career flexibility

Cover all your academic bases. Team your arts degree with a Bachelor of Commerce for true study flexibility. Be rewarded with rich employment opportunities across a multitude of professional fields. 

Combine a Bachelor of Arts with a Bachelor of Commerce at UC to:

  • explore electives from faculties across the University
  • focus on your areas of interest and strength in the arts
  • acquire in-depth disciplinary knowledge and technical skills in one or more of the following areas of commerce:
    • accounting
    • banking and financial services
    • business administration
    • economics
    • financial planning
    • human resource management
    • information systems
    • international business, marketing management, public sector management, or tourism management.

Study opportunities

With course advice, you can exit this course early with a single degree:

  • Bachelor of Arts.
  • Bachelor of Commerce.

Career opportunities

With a double degree in Arts and Commerce a wide variety of jobs will be available to you.

Gain professional accreditation in:

  • Accounting - from CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA)
  • Banking and Finance - from the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA)
  • Financial Planning - from the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) and the Financial Planning Association (FPA.

Important to know

Accelerate your study program and finish in 4 years.

Admission Requirements

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Additional Admission Requirements

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Assumed Knowledge

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Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

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Information for Current Students

There are previous versions of this course. As a current student you will complete the requirements for the course that were in place when you commenced. Click on the relevant link below to view the requirements of your version of the course.

In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course


Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Bachelor of Arts BA
Bachelor of Commerce BCom

Alternate Exit Awards

Bachelor of Arts Bachelor of Commerce

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

Delivery modes for units in this degree are yet to be confirmed. Please contact us for more details.

Professional Accreditation

Not applicable to the Bachelor of Arts.

For the Bachelor of Commerce, this course is accredited by CPA Australia and the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ). The Financial Planning major is accredited by the Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA).

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
To provide students with a flexible preparation for many areas of vocational and professional employment, as well as the broad perspective required for informed citizenship through an in-depth understanding of three discipline areas.

The course aims to equip students with a range of skills necessary for being an independent thinker, and to improve your ability to deal confidently and effectively with complex reasoning, argumentation and divergent thinking.

Further, the course aims to develop students' capacities to analyse and evaluate complex arguments, to construct strong and convincing arguments and to communicate those arguments effectively. It also aims to develop skills needed for idea generation and creative problem solving.

The course provides foundation units in the first year to develop all the essential generic skills as listed in the UC Generic Skills Policy.

The UC Generic Skills are also developed across the three Majors. While some units in some Majors focus on a few of the Generic Skills, by the completion of a Major, all the skills have been developed. These skills are developed in a general (Foundation units) and discipline specific way (Majors and Open Electives).

The course also provides open electives from any discipline within the University of Canberra.
1. Communication:
The ability to present knowledge, ideas and opinions effectively and communicate within and across professional and cultural boundaries.

2. Analysis and inquiry:
The ability to gather information, and to analyse and evaluate information and situations in a systematic, creative and insightful way.

3. Problem solving:
The ability to apply problem-solving processes in novel situations; to identify and analyse problems then formulate and implement solutions.

4. Working independently and with others:
The ability to plan their own work, be self-directed, and use interpersonal skills and attitudes to work collaboratively.

5. Professionalism and social responsibility:
The capacity and intention to use professional knowledge and skills ethically and responsibly, for the benefit of others and the environment.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Commerce will have acquired in-depth disciplinary knowledge and a cohesive set of cognitive, technical and generic skills in one or more of the following areas: Accounting, Banking & Financial Services, Business Administration, Economics, Financial Planning, Human Resource Management, Information Systems, International Business, Marketing Management, Public Sector Management, or Tourism Management.

The program is designed to produce graduates with professional attributes appropriate to their intended careers. This degree also prepares students for postgraduate studies.
Graduates who complete the Bachelor of Commerce will obtain an in-depth knowledge of relevant disciplinary theory and practices, as well as the practical application of this in one or more of the discipline areas listed above. In addition, graduates will have a broad understanding of concepts which are fundamental to commerce, such as statistics, commercial law, information systems, management, plus the interrelationships between government and business. ---
Graduates will develop:
- the cognitive skills required to critically analyze, evaluate and synthesize concepts and theories acquired in one or more of the following discipline areas, Accounting, Banking & Financial Services, Business Administration, Economics, Financial Planning, Human Resource Management, Information Systems, International Business, Marketing Management, Public Sector Management, or Tourism Management;
- the technical and generic skills required to apply discipline-specific technologies in one or more of those discipline areas;
- the independent learning skills needed to stay up-to-date with advances in theoretical frameworks and professional practices after graduation;
- the personal skills required to provide professional advice in the discipline or disciplines they choose to study. Graduates will be able to exercise critical thinking and applied analytical skills in identifying which information is relevant to specific decisions being made. They will also be able to identify whether they have all relevant information when advising clients or management, and have the ability to succinctly request or obtain missing information;
- the communication skills needed to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas to a variety of stakeholders using technical and non-technical language, depending on the audience.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Commerce will be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to a diverse range of problems that early career professionals would be expected to deal with. As students progress through the course, they will develop the capacity to exercise their own initiative and professional judgement in an ethically responsible manner to analyse problems that are less clearly defined, more complex, and require application of concepts in a variety of disciplinary and sub-disciplinary contexts. Communication, applied research, teamwork, and negotiation skills will be developed through team based assignments, some of which deal with ambiguously defined problems. ---

Course Duration

Standard eight semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum twenty semesters.


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UCC Pathway

Diploma of Business; Diploma of Business Extended; Diploma of International Studies; Diploma of Intrernatinal studies Extended.


  • Past Offerings
    • 2012->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2013->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2014->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2015->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2020->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

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