Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Arts

School of Business, Fremantle Campus

This double degree, designed to be completed in four years, combines a wide range of business knowledge and skills in the Bachelor of Commerce with the in-depth knowledge of your chosen humanities subject and the flexible, highly sort after skills of the Bachelor of Arts.

  • Why study this program?

    Whether you’re considering a career in business, accounting, banking, information systems, or management, a Bachelor of Commerce will put you ahead of the pack.

    You will have the opportunity to major in a variety of fields such as Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Public Relations and Sport and Recreation Management. Because of this wide choice of topics you will be able to customise your degree to suit your particular interests and academic strengths.

    In the Bachelor of Arts component of this double degree you will study a Major in an area such as Archaeology, English Literature, Social Justice, Politics and International Relations, History or Theatre Studies which will give you in-depth, specialist knowledge and skills that will allow you to contribute effectively to the cultural and intellectual life of society.

    The Arts component will also develop your ability to analyse, interpret, deliberate, draw conclusions, communicate, work as a team member and problem-solve. You will be able to consider multiple perspectives and handle ambiguity and uncertainty. These are the skills needed in the creative industries of the 21st century workplace.

  • Program summary

    Courses Units of Credit
    Core Curriculum courses 75
    Business Foundation courses 200
    Business Major courses 200**
    Business Internship course 25
    Arts Major courses 200
    Arts elective courses 100
    Total units of credit in the double degree 800**

    **This is the minimum Units of Credit required and will vary depending in the chosen Major.

    Business Majors

    • Accounting
    • Economics
    • Finance
    • Human Resource Management
    • Management
    • Marketing
    • Public Relations
    • Sport and Recreation Management

    Double Business Majors are possible too:

    • Accounting / Economics
    • Accounting / Finance
    • Accounting / Human Resource Management
    • Accounting / Management
    • Accounting / Marketing
    • Economics / Finance
    • Economics / Human Resource Management
    • Economics / Management
    • Economics / Marketing
    • Finance / Human Resource Management
    • Finance / Management
    • Finance / Marketing
    • Human Resource Management / Marketing
    • Management / Marketing
    • Marketing / Public Relations

    See the Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Arts Program Regulations for details.

    See the Bachelor of Art Program Regulations for details of Arts Majors and courses.

    Information about individual courses can be found at the School of Business and the School of Arts and Sciences course description pages.

  • 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

    School Leavers:

    • Indicative minimum ATAR of 70
    • Other approved scores as indicated by the University

    Post School Leaver/Mature Age Applicants:

    • Successful completion of a Notre Dame enabling program
    • One semester (FTE) success in an undergraduate university course
    • Certificate IV completed at a Registered Training Organisation (TAFE) or equivalent
    • STAT score of 145 or higher
    • Mature-age completion of two Year 12 WACE exams with a resulting ATAR of 70.
  • Fees

    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.

  • Career opportunities

    The following careers are open to graduates of this program:

    • International business consultant
    • Accountant
    • Management consultant
    • International banker
    • Financial counsellor
    • Arts entrepreneur
    • Business manager/owner in a variety of fields e.g. publishing, heritage, film making, photography, entertainment, disability and aged care.
  • Student profile data

    Table 2 below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in this Program. It provides data on all students who commenced in this Program in the most relevant recent intake period, including those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

    TABLE 2a – Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Arts BASIS OF ADMISSION IN SEMESTER 1, 2020 INTAKE

    Applicant background

    Semester 1 2020

    Number of students

    Percentage of all students

    (A) Higher education study
    (includes a bridging or enabling course)
    (B) Vocational education and training (VET) study<5N/A
    (C) Work and life experience
    (Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
    (D) Recent secondary education:
    • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
      (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)
    • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, interview, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
    • Admitted   on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, interview, school marks &   recommendation with no minimum ATAR requirement)
    International students<5N/A
    All students<5100.0%


    (Excluding adjustment factors) *
    Selection Rank
    (ATAR plus any adjustment factors) *
    [only if relevant]
    Highest rank to receive an offer97.55N/A
    Median rank to receive an offer90.10N/A

    Lowest rank to receive an offer



    “<5” – the number of students is less than 5
    N/A – Students not accepted in this category
    N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students

  • More information

    For more information on the Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Arts please call our Prospective Students Office on +61 8 9433 0533 or email

    All international enquiries should contact the International Students Office on