Bachelor of Health Sciences/Bachelor of Arts
Course summary for local students
|Year||2015 course information|
Bachelor of Health Sciences/Bachelor of Arts
|Campus||Offered at Burwood (Melbourne)|
|Length||4 years full-time or part-time equivalent|
|Next available intake|
March (Trimester 1)
July (Trimester 2)
November (Trimester 3)
|Indicative annual fee 2015||$7,425* - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
Faculty of Health
|CRICOS course code||035503K|
|VTAC Codes||1400514071 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
|Deakin course code||D391|
- Course overview
- Fees and charges
- Career opportunities
- Course rules
- Entry requirements - general
- Entry requirements - specific
- Credit for prior learning - general
- How to apply
The Bachelor of Health Sciences/Bachelor of Arts provides students with the opportunity to structure their own course by combining subjects from a wide range of health and arts related units. Students complete thirty-two credit points over four years comprising sixteen health sciences units and sixteen arts units. Within the sixteen health sciences units students complete two core units of study and select two health majors from environmental health, exercise science, family society and health, food studies, health promotion, health and sustainability, medical biotechnology, nutrition, people society and disability, physical activity and health, psychology and sport coaching. Within the sixteen arts units, students must complete at least one arts major such as politics and policy, public relations, and journalism. With over twenty arts major sequences available, students can elect to study a major that complements their health focus or alternatively provides additional career prospects.
Fees and charges
Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.
Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
A Commonwealth supported place is one for which the university receives some government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute only part of the cost of their course. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your unit/s of study.
* The "indicative annual course fee" cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on "indicative course fees" to calculate the total future cost of their course.
As a graduate of this combined course you have the opportunity to broaden your career opportunities. The type of options available to you will depend on the major sequences you take within your course.
Depending on the study areas you choose throughout the health sciences component of this course, you may qualify to work in areas such as health promotion, health education, community health, project management, program planning, case management, counselling, family and community support, housing services, regional health service planning, sports psychology, sports nutrition and sports development.
An arts degree provides skills for a wide range of careers. Graduates may find careers in international relations, journalism, professional writing, advertising, media, photography, multimedia, publishing, public relations, marketing, sales, personnel and industrial relations, government, administration, policy development, research, business, banking, finance, community services, ethnic affairs, psychology, social work, community development, education, policing, the security industry, performing arts (including dance and drama) and visual arts.
The Bachelor of Health Sciences/Bachelor of Arts is a 32-credit-point program, comprising 16 credit points from Arts and 16 credit points from Health Sciences. Students must fulfil the requirements of each of the two degrees in their course of study.
Within the 16 credit points required for the Bachelor of Arts portion of the degree a minimum of 4 credit points must be completed at level 3 and a major sequence as described under course A300 Bachelor of Arts must also be completed.
The 16 credit points required for the Bachelor of Health Sciences must include HBS107 Understanding Health and HBS108 Health Information and Data. Two major sequences of study as described under course H300 Bachelor of Health Sciences must also be completed.
See course entry Bachelor of Arts (A300) or Bachelor of Health Sciences (H300).
You can enhance your employment prospects and consolidate your knowledge and skills through an industry placement unit. Depending on the major sequences you choose to study, this option may be available in the final year of your course.
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 Health Sciences courses.
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.
How to apply
Applications for campus and Cloud (online) study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC (external site).
Applications for Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.