Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Commerce



Combine arts major sequences with complementary commerce majors in this flexible double degree.

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Commerce, you’ll acquire a broad knowledge of all aspects of business, as well as developing skills in communication and critical analysis. 

Graduates of this course receive two qualifications, giving them an edge over graduates with a single degree.


Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent


4 years full time


Offered at Melbourne Burwood Campus, Geelong Waterfront Campus/Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus, Warrnambool Campus, Cloud (online)

Trimester 1

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    • Waterfront (Geelong)
    • Warrnambool

Trimester 2

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    • Waterfront (Geelong)

Trimester 3

  • Start date: November
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)

Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

(i) Students enrolled in this combined course will be required to undertake units of study at both Waurn Ponds (Geelong) and the Waterfront (Geelong).

(ii) Not all Bachelor of Commerce major sequences are available at Warrnambool campus. International students studying on a student visa may take a maximum of 25% of their total course units via Cloud (online) mode so should seek course advice to plan their studies if they are enrolled at the Warrnambool campus and wish to undertake a major sequence not available at that campus.

Key information

Award granted

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Commerce


2017 course information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

VTAC code

1400314433 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
1400514433 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
1400714433 - Warrnambool, International full-fee paying place

Deakin code






Entry requirements

General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table.  Some courses may have additional entry requirements.  Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.

Students must meet the requirements for entry to both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce.  Year 12 applicants must meet the prerequisite of Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in English other than EAL.

IELTS / English language requirements
Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.  It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)

Cloud studies

Deakin offers many courses which can be studied by distance education overseas.

However, international students living in Australia must, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), enrol in at least one unit that is offered as a Campus located unit and can, in addition enrol in units offered via Cloud (online). International students are not permitted to do more than 25% of their total course via Cloud (online) learning. Best practice is to enrol in mostly Campus located units in each compulsory trimester.

In a non-compulsory trimester (Trimester 3), international students may study Cloud (online) units only.

Course Structure

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Commerce, students must complete 32 credit points as follows: 

16 credit points of Arts coded units, of which:

  • two major sequences of at least 8 credit points each. Majors must comprise 2 credit points at level 1 and a minimum of 2 credit points at level 3 (unless otherwise stated)


  • One major of at least 8 credit points and one minor of at least 4 credit points consisting of a minimum of 1 credit point at level one and no more than 1 credit point at level 3 **


  • A minimum of 4 credit points at level 3 of Arts coded units

** Students completing minors in Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian and Spanish are permitted to complete 4 cp across any 2 levels. i.e. students may complete 2 credit points at level 2 and 2 credit points at level 3

16 credit points of Commerce coded units, of which:

  • 8 credit points of core units.
  • one major sequence of 8 credit points must be included.
  • A minimum of 4 credit points at level 3 of Commerce coded units

Within the total 32 credit points no more than 12 credit points of units may be taken at level 1

Course requirements for both the Bachelor of Arts (A300) and the Bachelor of Commerce (M300) must be satisfied.


Course map 


Arts units


Commerce units



Course pathways

Course pathways to obtain Bachelors degree include: 1. Through a Deakin Learning Centre – Study first year at DLC then transfer to online/campus study; 2. Through Deakin College – Complete one-year diploma then enter Deakin as 2nd year student; 3. Through Tafe – Complete one-year diploma, then start your Deakin Course; 4. Through the workforce – Experience in a related field?  Get credit for prior learning; 5. Through Deakin – Start a related course, then transfer to this course.

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Through a DLC: Some courses are only available for first year and students must transfer to online or campus based study.
Through Deakin College and TAFE: Completion of diploma and minimum academic requirements apply to enter Deakin University.
Through Deakin: Transfers within Deakin are subject to availability and meeting minimum academic requirements.

Alternative exits

Am I eligible to receive credit for prior learning?

If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit transfer. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit transfer.
Your credit transfer is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

Fee information

The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

Learn more about fees and available payment options.

Scholarship options

A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

Offered campuses


Just 30 minutes from the city centre, the Melbourne Burwood Campus is Deakin's thriving metropolitan campus.

Geelong Waterfront

Geelong Waterfront Campus is located in the central business district of Geelong, about an hour from Melbourne.

Geelong Waurn Ponds

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus is located on the western edge of Geelong, boasting expansive landscaped grounds.


Three-hours from Melbourne, our Warrnambool Campus is set on the banks of the picturesque Hopkins River, close to local surf beaches.

Study online at Cloud Campus

Students are able to study all or part of this course online. You can study anywhere, anytime through Deakin's Cloud Campus.

Learn more about studying online and the Cloud Campus

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