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There are a number of opportunities to customise your degree at Notre Dame. Or you may choose to study a double degree, which broadens your education and skills, and expands your employment options.
When you study a Bachelor degree at Notre Dame (for example, a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Commerce), you have the option to combine your various interests or specialise by choosing a major – this allows you to focus on the subjects you’re passionate about. At Notre Dame, the Core Curriculum is integrated into all degrees and empowers you with the fundamentals of critical thinking. Through the Core Curriculum we deliver a strong educational foundation in Ethics, Philosophy and Theology, equipping students with transferable skills that employers seek in university graduates.
Studying a double degree allows you to graduate with two qualifications, providing you with an advantage in the workforce by increasing your employment opportunities. A double degree reduces the duration that would be required to complete both degrees separately. Most double degree combinations can be completed in four years, while double degrees with Law and Education require five years of study.
At Notre Dame, we offer a wide array of courses in Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, Law, Medicine, Nursing, and Philosophy & Theology.
Here are a few examples of our talented students and the reasons they chose their area of study at Notre Dame.
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Majoring in Theatre and English Literature Year 12 subjects: Theatre, Advanced English, Mathematics, Law, Psychology
“My Year 12 subject selections were a way to trial different things I was interested in studying at university and explore my options. I decided what to focus my university studies on based on the subjects I did best at and enjoyed learning about. I excel when I study something that I am passionate about. While I didn’t need any specific prerequisites to study a Bachelor of Arts, doing Advanced English and Theatre gave me the preliminary knowledge to succeed and transition into university-level study of these subjects. My advice to Year 10 students picking their subjects would be to use them as a way to explore what’s on offer at university.” Sophie
Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Commerce (Major in Marketing) Year 12 subjects: Modern History, Advanced English, Business Studies, Studies of Religion, Mathematics
“My Year 12 subjects have guided my path to university to some extent. Studying Advanced English and History helped me develop my writing skills, including the way I structure essays. The question of what my future career would be has always been at the back of my mind but I never had a serious answer until the end of high school. My parents’ advice was to keep an open mind, as the job market changes so I decided on a double degree. Studying a double degree allows me to have a wider range of potential jobs in the future. It also helps me stand out among other job applicants" Jack
Bachelor of Laws/Commerce (Economics) Year 12 subjects: Advanced English, Modern History, Economics, Religion, Advanced Mathematics
“The skills I learnt in high school provided me with foundational knowledge which guided me throughout my degree. Choosing subjects that were both mathematically and literarily focussed ensured that I had a broad knowledge base going into my degree (which is heavy in both Maths and English). I never had a specific career in mind when I was in high school but I had an understanding of what I did not want to pursue, for example Science. I think a double degree is beneficial as it shows your employer that you are able to exercise more than one way of thinking and can easily adapt yourself to different practices.” Athena
When you start exploring the world of university studies, you’ll come across some common phrases you may not have heard before. Here are some definitions of key words you should learn as you prepare to take the next step in your education.
The options available to prospective university students that will enable them to meet the entry requirements of their chosen courses.
An application made directly to a university rather than through a tertiary admissions centre.
An offer of enrolment that is made to a high school student prior to their final exams and the release of their exam marks.
A Bachelor degree is usually the first level of university study, which you will come to when you leave high school. It is also known as an undergraduate degree.
Some degrees allow you to focus on a particular area of study. This focus is known as a major and means you have studied a certain number of subjects within that area. For example, you can do a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English Literature.
The academic year is divided into two semesters of thirteen weeks for most programs. Some courses may run outside of these times. For example, there are subjects that run intensively over the summer or winter break.
The number of subjects you enrol in during a semester determines if you are a part-time or a full-time student. If you study part-time, you will have fewer hours of attendance and a lighter academic load each semester.
If you already know what career you’d like to pursue, you can start by looking into prerequisites for specific degrees in the table below. If you’re not sure yet, simply think about what you most enjoy studying and go from there.
|School Subjects I like||Career Ideas||My next step||University area|
Society and Culture
|Actor, Advocacy, Community Development, Copywriter, Counsellor, |
Creative director (film, television or theatre), Criminal profiler, Editor or Publisher, Health promoter,
Historian, International aid worker,
Journalist, Novelist, Policy Development,
Public relations, Social researcher,
Sports reporter, TV producer,
Bachelor of Arts, major in: Advertising, Applied Psychology, Counselling English Literature, Film and Screen Production, History, Journalism, Liberal Arts, Marketing, Philosophy, Politics and International, Relations, Social Justice, Sociology, Theatre Studies, Theology, Writing
Bachelor of Arts (Politics and Journalism)Bachelor of Communications and Media
|Arts & Sciences|
|Commerce English Mathematics||Accountant, Brand Manager, Business Analyst, Economist, Entrepreneur, Human Resources Specialist, Investment Banker, Management, Consultant, Marketing Executive, Policy Adviser, Project Manager, Publicist||Bachelor of Accounting |
Bachelor of Advertising and Public Relations
Bachelor of Business Administration
Bachelor of Commerce, major in: Accounting, Advertising, Economics, Finance, Human Resource Management, Management, Marketing, Public Relations
Bachelor of Commerce/ Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Human Resource Management
Bachelor of Marketing and Public Relations
|Aboriginal Studies |
Legal Studies Mathematics Science
Studies of Religion
|Primary Teacher, Secondary Teacher Early Childhood Teacher, Early Childhood Management, Education Policy||Bachelor of Primary Education |
Bachelor of Secondary Education
|Aboriginal Studies Economics |
Society and Culture
|Barrister, Diplomat, Human Rights Advocate, Investment Banker, Journalist, Judge, Magistrate, Politician, Solicitor||Bachelor of Laws |
Bachelor of Laws/ Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Laws/ Bachelor of Arts (Politics and Journalism)
Bachelor of Laws/ Bachelor of Commerce Bachelor of Laws/ Bachelor of Communications & Media
Bachelor of Laws/ Bachelor of Marketing and Public Relations
Bachelor of Laws/ Bachelor of Philosophy
Bachelor of Laws/ Bachelor of Theology
|Aboriginal Studies |
Community and Family Studies
Mathematics Personal Development
Health and Physical Education
|Clinical Nurse, Nurse Administrator, Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nurse||Bachelor of Nursing||Nursing|
Society and Culture
Studies of Religion
|Academic Teaching, International Aid Worker, International Diplomacy, Pastoral Counselor, Policy Development, Religious Education Coordinator, Youth Worker||Bachelor of Philosophy |
Bachelor of Philosophy/ Bachelor of Theology
Bachelor of Theology
|Philosophy & Theology|
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