Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Commerce

Course summary for local students


2017 course information

Award granted

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Commerce

  • Burwood (Melbourne)
  • Waterfront (Geelong)
  • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
  • Warrnambool
  • Cloud (online)
Length4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

2016: November (Trimester 3**)

**Trimester 3 Burwood (Melbourne) only


2017: March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2*), November (Trimester 3***)

*Trimester 2 Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong) & Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) only

***Trimester 3 Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online) only

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2017$9,146 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017Not applicable
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Tel 03 5227 1359

Burwood (Melbourne) 
Tel 03 9246 8100

Tel 03 5563 3489


Faculty of Business and Law
Geelong Tel 03 5227 1277
Melbourne Tel 03 9244 6555
Warrnambool Tel 03 5563 3510

Clearly-in ATAR
Burwood (Melbourne): N/A
Waurn Ponds (Geelong) - off campus: N/A
Waurn Ponds (Geelong): N/A
Waterfront (Geelong): N/A
Warrnambool: N/A
CRICOS course code016883F
VTAC Codes1400314431 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400514431 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400714431 - Warrnambool, Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin course code D313

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

(ii) Not all Bachelor of Commerce major sequences are available via campus mode study at Warrnambool. Students may undertake major sequences not available via campus enrolment by enrolling in units in Cloud (online) mode.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

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.

Fees and charges

The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete 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.

Career opportunities

A combined course such as the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Commerce offers you the chance to broaden your career opportunities after graduation. The types of opportunities available will depend on the major sequences taken within the course from a range of areas that include accountancy, advertising, economics, film and video, politics and media.

For further information on career outcomes for this combined course, see the entries for Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce.

For more information go to My Course My Career

Course rules

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 

Entry requirements - general

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.  In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.  For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Entry requirements - specific

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.

Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

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

How to apply

Trimester 3 – start studying in November 2016

To see if this course is taking applications, check our Trimester 3 webpage. Applications for Trimester 3 are made directly to Deakin through our Applicant Portal.

Trimester 1 – start studying in March 2017

Apply through VTAC for Trimester 1.

Exceptions to submitting a VTAC application

If you are:

  • not studying Year 12 in 2016 and only intend to apply to one institution for one course (which is Deakin), or
  • applying for a Deakin course, which is not listed on the VTAC website.

a direct application can be submitted to Deakin through our Applicant Portal.

Alternate exits

Bachelor of Arts (A300)
Bachelor of Commerce (M300)