Bachelor of Arts (Second Major: Business Studies)

School of Arts & Sciences, Fremantle Campus

Kick-start your business career with this skills-based Major. Completed over three years, the Bachelor of Arts with a Second Major in Business Studies introduces the basic building blocks such as taxation, accounting for business, business law and employment relations. For a more in-depth background in commerce, students consider taking a double degree in Arts and Commerce instead.

  • Why study this major?

    You can combine this Major with any of the first Majors available in the Bachelor of Arts. It provides an introduction to accounting for business, management, and human resource management. The structure of the Major allows you to complete three or four required courses and then choose courses that interest you including business law, taxation, employment relations, change management, and innovation and entrepreneurship.

    This Major, when combined with a traditional Arts first major, will equip you with skills that will apply to many workplaces.

    For more in-depth business content, you should consider the Bachelor of Commerce or a Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Arts double degree.

    Business Studies is available as a second Major and Minor in the following programs, including double degree variations:

    Business Studies is available as a first Major or Minor in Bachelor of Behavioural Science.

  • Structure of Business Studies Major in the Bachelor of Arts

    Students are required to complete 8 courses of 25 units of credit (200 units of credit), as follows:

    Students must complete the following courses:

    • BUSN1000 Economics AND / OR BUSN1110 Accounting for Business
    • BUSN1600 Principles of Management
    • BUSN2730 Principles of Human Resource Management

    Plus any of the following courses, including at least 2 x 3000 level, to make EIGHT (8):

    • BUSN2000 Events Management
    • BUSN2400 Business Law
    • BUSN2450 Taxation
    • BUSN2660 Employment Relations
    • BUSN3020 Leadership: Theory and Practice
    • BUSN3600 Strategic Management
    • BUSN3680 Change Management
    • BUSN3690 Innovation and Entrepreneurship
    • BUSN3740 Strategic Workforce Issues

    Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations.

    Here you can find full details of the courses on offer in 2020 and 2021.

    Please note: The availability of these courses is indicative only and may be subject to change.

  • Study Abroad

    You will have the opportunity to complete part of your degree at one of our partner institutions
    through our exchange program. Get in touch with the Study Abroad Office to find out more about
    studying in Asia, Europe and North America.

  • Real-world experience

    You will learn from academics who are industry leaders and, through our practicum placements and internship programs, you will gain real professional experience and make valuable contacts with potential employers.

  • Entry requirements

    Academic requirements for this program are outlined below.  In addition, to be eligible for admission, all applicants need to satisfy minimum requirements outlined at admission requirements. These include those relating to age and English Language Proficiency.  We also consider your application more broadly – your non-academic achievements (such as any previous leadership roles, volunteering, work, church and/or community involvement) as well as personal qualities - your aspirations and interests and your capacity to complete your chosen program.

    Applicants with recent Secondary Education:

    • Indicative ATAR of 70 with a score of 50+ in ATAR English, ATAR Literature or ATAR English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD)
    • Minimum International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 24
    • Completed AQF Certificate IV or higher in a relevant discipline, from an accredited provider such as TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) with a score of 50+ in ATAR English, ATAR Literature or ATAR English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD).

    Applicants with Higher Education Study

    • Other university studies completed at undergraduate level or higher, a minimum of 4 successfully completed subjects;
    • Successful completion of the Notre Dame Tertiary Pathway Program or of another Enabling Program at a level deemed sufficient by the University;

    Applicants who have successfully completed subjects at another University, which are relevant to the selected program of study, may be eligible for Advanced Standing.

    Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

    • Completed AQF Certificate IV or higher in a relevant discipline, from an accredited provider such as TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

    Applicants with Work and Life Experience

    Applicants who left secondary education more than two years previously and who have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then, but with relevant work and life experience. Such experience may include, but is not limited to:

    • STAT scores of at least 135 in the Multiple Choice section and 140 in the Written English section are required
    • Mature-age completion of two Year 12 WACE or HSC exams with a resulting ATAR of 70 or above
    • Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) or equivalent results if these have been completed within the last 5 years.

    Please note: all applicants must be of school leaving age or older to apply.

  • Fees and costs

    This Program has the following loan scheme(s) available for eligible students:

    The FEE-HELP loan scheme assists eligible fee-paying students with the payment of all, or part, of their tuition fees, not including additional study costs such as accommodation or textbooks. Your FEE-HELP debt will be indexed each year in line with the Consumer Price Index.

  • Honours

    An Honours award is available for this program.  Further information can be found in the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) regulations, or by contacting the School of Arts & Sciences.

  • Career opportunities

    The transferable skills from this Major are sought after by many employers. Career opportunities include: marketing specialist, public relations advisor, customer service coordinator, client liaison coordinator, operations performance analyst, diversity and engagement project officer, events manager.

  • More information

    For more information on the Bachelor of Arts (Second Major: Business Studies), please call our Prospective Students Office on +61 8 9433 0533 or email

    All international enquiries should contact the International Students Office on

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