Combine business experience with specialised knowledge and critical thinking in arts, social sciences or humanities subjects to prepare for versatile, adaptable and interesting careers.

 

Faculty
UNSW Business School
Delivery Mode
Face-to-face (includes blended)
Award
Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce
Commencing Terms
Term 1, Term 2, Term 3
Duration (Full Time)
4 Year(s)

UNSW’s Bachelor of Commerce/Arts is a double degree that will equip you with business experience and expertise, combined with the creativity, analytical and critical thinking skills that come with an arts degree. Both degrees offer flexibility, allowing you to shape your degree to match your ambitions and interests.

The Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) has been designed with consultation from industry to set you up for lifelong employability. By combining your BCom with a Bachelor of Arts, you can choose from a diverse range of majors and subjects in the arts, humanities and social sciences. You'll develop an in-depth knowledge and breadth of understanding, gaining the tools to think critically, communicate effectively and conduct independent research.

You’ll graduate with a unique combination of skills and knowledge that will prepare you to adapt and thrive in the careers of the future.

Key features

Design your degree
Both the BCom and the Bachelor of Arts have a broad range of specialisations giving you the choice  to explore what interests you and develop distinct areas of expertise.

Integrated work experience
Undertake guaranteed Work Integrated Learning (WIL) as part of your BCom and versatile for-credit internships and placements through the Bachelor of Arts.

Integrated First Year
In the first year of your BCom you’ll explore different business fields and how they work together, and solve common business problems. You’ll get a well-rounded understanding of what it takes to be successful in business. 

MyBCom Portfolio
MyBCom Portfolio is an online platform that keeps you on track for your future. It guides your studies, develops your personal career plan and builds a selection of your work to showcase to future employers. 

Why study this degree at UNSW?

Become part of a Business School that is a global leader in business education and one of the top business schools in Australia, and diversify your opportunities through our open and inclusive Arts, Design & Architecture community.

UNSW’s strong industry connections across the Arts and Business ensure the knowledge, skills, and experience you gain will set you up for success in the future. Alongside a rigorous education, you'll grow professionally and socially. You’ll benefit from UNSW Business School’s Career Accelerator networking, mentoring and internship opportunities and diverse student-led societies.  

 

Program Code
3573
CRICOS Code
074885A
Campus
Kensington
UAC Code
424100
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
192
Indicative Enrolments
230

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Entry requirements

Entry to this degree is based on your Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or an equivalent rank derived from the following:

  • Australian interstate Year 12 qualifications (e.g., OP rank)
  • New Zealand NCEA Level 3
  • Equivalent overseas qualifications e.g., International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, GCE A-Levels
  • Post-secondary or tertiary qualifications
  • An alternative entry qualification

 

2021 Lowest Selection Rank
93
2021 A levels
17
2021 IB Diploma
36
2021 Lowest ATAR
81.2
    1. The 2021 Lowest Selection Rank (LSR) is the adjusted rank (ATAR plus adjustment factors) you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2021.
    2. The 2021 A levels score is based on four Advanced Level (A2) subject. Entry scores are calculated from the best three or four A2 subjects (excluding repeated subjects) using the following values: A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1. At most one Applied A Level subject may be included in the best four subjects used to calculate the aggregate.
    3. The 2021 IB Diploma is an indication of the IB you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2021. It is to be used as a guide only.
    4. The 2021 Lowest ATAR is the lowest ATAR (before adjustment factors were applied) to which an offer was made. Where <5 is listed, this indicates that less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made and so the score has not been published. N/A indicates no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.
  • At UNSW, we are committed to ensuring prospective students have all the information they need in order to make informed decisions about their study options.

    To assist you in gaining a better understanding of how Admissions works at UNSW, we have provided you with a summary of ATAR offers and the student profile.

    We hope this information will help you identify the degree that is right for you.

Adjustment Factors


We offer a range of adjustment factor schemes that reward students for academic performance and extra-curricular achievements. These schemes also take into account a range of personal and educational disadvantages that may have affected your studies. 

HSC Plus 
This scheme rewards students who perform well in Year 12 subjects that are relevant to their preferred UNSW degree. You may be awarded up to five points. 

Elite Athletes, Performers and Leaders (EAPL) 
This program recognises achievements in the areas of sport, academia, leadership and music at an elite level. You may be eligible for up to five points.

Educational Access Scheme (EAS)
Factors such as illness, financial hardship, language difficulties or attending a particular school can mean you don't always get the best possible marks in Years 11 and 12. If one of these situations applies to you, submit an application for the Educational Access Scheme (EAS) via UAC. Eligible students can receive between 1 and 10 points towards their chosen UNSW degree.

Admission pathways


Your ATAR is not the only measure of your potential to succeed, which is why we offer a range of pathways into university. Explore your options below and get in touch with our future student advisors to discuss your path to UNSW. 

Gateway Admission Pathway
This scheme is open to students in Years 11 and 12 who attend Gateway schools. It significantly adjusts the ATAR requirements for your preferred UNSW degree and provides you with an early conditional offer to UNSW. 

Entry programs for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
We offer entry programs for Indigenous Australians, including the Indigenous Preparatory Programs and the Indigenous Admission Scheme (IAS). The entry pathway program you apply for will depend on the degree you want to study. 

English language requirements

 

You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If you’re completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent), you do not need to provide anything extra to prove your proficiency. Your qualification will be used as evidence of your English proficiency.

If you do need to provide evidence of your English proficiency, this will be indicated in your application. You can prove this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

We do not accept secondary qualifications from this country. We may accept tertiary study results, please contact us for more information.

Please contact us for direct entry requirements.

Admission pathways


UNSW Global has university pathway programs that provide seamless transition to UNSW Sydney so you can achieve your academic and career goals. Learn more
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English language requirements


You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

Check the specific English language requirements for this program

Program structure

The Bachelor of Commerce/Arts is a flexible four-year degree usually consisting of 32 courses. It allows you to learn the fundamentals of business and study a business major, while you explore and choose a major and minor from a broad range of arts subject areas. This degree includes career preparation and planning courses, such as internships and  a digital portfolio. 

The program includes:

  • Commerce Integrated First Year courses
  • One Commerce major
  •  One Arts major
  • An Arts minor, or electives.

Professional development courses and experiences:

  • Mandatory Work Integrated Learning – You must complete at least one course credit with a work integrated learning focus such as an internship or business practicum. 
  • Final Year Synthesis – Synthesise your learning by applying and integrating the knowledge and skills gained throughout your Bachelor of Commerce (BCom). 
  • COMM3999 myBCom Graduate Portfolio. 

Study areas

    • Asian Studies
    • Indigenous Studies
    • Chinese Studies
    • Advanced Chinese Studies
    • Global Development
    • Criminology
    • Creative Writing
    • English
    • Environmental Humanities
    • European Studies
    • Film Studies
    • French Studies
    • Advanced French Studies
    • Geographical Studies
    • German Studies
    • History
    • Japanese Studies
    • Advanced Japanese Studies
    • Korean Studies
    • Advanced Korean Studies
    • Linguistics
    • Media, Culture and Technology
    • Music Studies
    • Music Studies (Intensive)
    • Philosophy
    • Politics and International Relations
    • Sociology and Anthropology
    • Spanish Studies
    • Theatre and Performance Studies
    • Art History and Theory
    • Geography
    • Studies in Psychology
    • Psychology
    • Accounting
    • Business Analytics
    • Business Economics
    • Finance
    • Financial Technology
    • International Business
    • Information Systems
    • Marketing
    • Management
    • Human Resource Management
    • Spanish Studies
    • Business Law
    • Taxation
    • Art History and Theory
    • Geography
    • Studies in Psychology
    • Psychology
    • Arts and Social Sciences
    • Asian Studies
    • Indigenous Studies
    • Australian Studies
    • Chinese Studies
    • Advanced Chinese Studies
    • Global Development
    • Criminology
    • Creative Writing
    • English
    • Environmental Humanities
    • European Studies
    • Film Studies
    • French Studies
    • Advanced French Studies
    • Geographical Studies
    • German Studies
    • Modern Greek Studies
    • History
    • Indonesian Studies
    • Italian Studies
    • Japanese Studies
    • Advanced Japanese Studies
    • Korean Studies
    • Advanced Korean Studies
    • Linguistics
    • Media, Culture and Technology
    • Music Studies
    • Philosophy
    • Politics and International Relations
    • Sociology and Anthropology
    • Theatre and Performance Studies
    • Gender Studies
    • Economics
    • Mathematics for Engineers

Full program structure

In this degree you’ll complete a Commerce and an Arts major. A major is usually eight to ten courses within one discipline. With the remaining credit points you are free to choose interesting electives or take an additional minor.

Some courses need to be studied in your first and second year, so you’re prepared for courses that can only be studied in later years. You can study full-time or part-time. Each university year has three terms and an optional summer study period. Depending on how you plan your study load, you can fit two or three courses into a term and one course in a summer term.

Below is an example of what you could study in four years full-time.

First year

  • MyBCom First Year Portfolio* 
  • MyBCom Blueprint*
  • Integrated First-Year Commerce courses 
  • Arts courses - explore which subject areas interest you

Second year

  • Integrated First Year Commerce courses
  • Arts courses – continue to explore and choose a major

Third year

  • Work Integrated Learning internship or practicum**
  • Commerce courses in your chosen major
  • Arts courses in your chosen major
  • Electives or courses from a minor

Fourth year

  • MyBCom Graduation Portfolio*
  • BCom Final Year Synthesis
  • Commerce courses in your chosen major
  • Arts courses in your chosen major

*Bachelor of Commerce credit-free courses dedicated to career planning and employability.

**Mandatory work experience for course credit.

Future careers

Develop skills that are critical for a career that moves with and responds to the challenges of our fast-paced global world. You’ll graduate with business knowledge, experience and connections, combined with critical and creative thinking, communications skills, curiosity and a depth of understanding that will equip you to succeed in a diverse range of exciting careers and industries.

You’ll be able to build industry connections through UNSW Business School's Career Accelerator, with work experiences and professional development opportunities; and connect with a supportive and passionate community of changemakers through UNSW Arts, Design and Architecture.

Potential careers

  • Arts administrator/manager
  • Political advisor
  • International affairs specialist
  • Teacher
  • Journalist
  • Marketing/brand manager
  • Accountant/Auditor
  • Business Analyst
  • Consultant
  • Customer Experience Officer
  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Digital Innovation Officer
  • Economist
  • Financial Adviser
  • Human Resource Consultant
  • Investment Banker
  • Tax Adviser
  • Strategist

Accreditation

Depending on course selection you may meet the education requirement of various professional bodies including Australian Computer Society (Information Systems), Australian Human Resources Institute (Human Resource Management), Australian Securities and Investment Commission (RG-146) (Finance), CPA Australia (Accounting), Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (Accounting), ACCA (Accounting) and Institute of Public Accountants (Accounting).

How to apply

Applications for undergraduate study from domestic students (Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, Australian permanent humanitarian visa holders and New Zealand citizens) are processed by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Visit the Apply section of the UAC website and you can nominate up to five degrees in order of preference, with the first being your most desired degree and university.

On-time applications for admission usually close at the end of September each year for Term 1 admission. Late applications can be submitted, but a late fee will apply. For study starting in Term 1, the majority of offers are made in December and January. Visit the UAC website for key dates for admission outside of Term 1.

Ready to apply?

For most international students, applications are submitted via our Apply Online service. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places, may have an earlier application deadline or may have an earlier commencement date. For more information visit our international applicant information page.

*If you are an international student studying an Australian qualification, go to the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for application and UAC key dates. Note: If you are under 18 years of age, you need to make special arrangements. Read more.

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Fees & Scholarships

2022 Indicative First Year Fee
$13,580*

Commonwealth Supported Place multiple Student Contribution Bands may apply for this double degree. See single degrees for the applicable fee bands.*The student contribution for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 based on a standard full-time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The actual student contribution you will be liable for depends on your individual program of study and the calendar year in which you enrol. Actual fees are calculated upon enrolment. Student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University and may increase each year during your studies (subject to caps determined by the Australian Government), effective at the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included.

2022 Indicative First Year Fee
$45,055*
2022 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$178,705*

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

Indicative fees to complete the program include tuition plus an estimate of study-related costs of approximately $1,000 per year. To find out more about other costs, visit UNSW International.

Scholarships


At UNSW, we award over $83 million in scholarships each year. We pride ourselves on rewarding excellence and making university accessible to students from all walks of life. Whether you’re a domestic or international student, our range of scholarships, prizes and awards can support your journey.


  • Top 50
    Worldwide

    QS World University Rankings, 2022.

  • Most
    Employable Graduates

    AFR Top 100 Future leaders Award.

  • Leading
    Innovation

    #1 Australian uni attended by start-up founders.

My favourite part of my degree is the fact that I get to specialise in two different fields.
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