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Bachelor of Business

2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018

About this course

The Bachelor of Business equips students with the knowledge and ability to work as specialist business professionals in varied and changing business environments. The degree offers diverse core units in first year before specialising, so that students have the flexibility to determine what business career they are most interested in pursuing. The degree is designed to teach students the critical reasoning, communication and professional skills required in contemporary business settings. Students gain a broad understanding of business principles through the core units, and develop specialised skills in a business disciplines of their choice through the study of a major.

Career opportunities

Graduates typically work in the areas of advertising, marketing, public relations, product management, international business, human resource management, investment, banking, accounting and finance. 

Professional recognition

The Accounting majors are accredited by Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand (CA) and CPA Australia. Students may apply for membership of the Institute of Public Accountants.

The Finance major is aligned with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) RG146 accreditation requirements and Southern Cross University provides authorised assessment for certification.

Students are eligible to join the Australian Institute of Management (AIM).

Professional placement

Students may choose, as electives, one or two double-weighted internship units.

Major areas of study

Students have the option of completing the core units in the Bachelor of Business plus electives. Students also have the option to study one major plus electives.

Majors and campus availabilities are as follows (University approval pending):

Gold Coast, Lismore, Coffs Harbour, Online

Accounting: (also available at SYD*, MEL*, PNG) equips students with the technical, conceptual and managerial skills to be effective business managers in modern commercial, government, social and not-for-profit organisations.

Tourism, Hospitality and Events: Equips students with the knowledge and skills to successfully work in a tourism, hospitality, or events organisation. Students study contemporary management trends across these industries. This major introduces students to a range of operational and managerial practices that they may then apply to organisations within Australia and overseas.

Gold Coast and Online

Aviation Management: Students develop an understanding of the broader function of, and impacts on, the aviation industry. Graduates of a Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Flight Operations) with another institution may be granted up to eight units of advanced standing (credit) for the Bachelor of Business with a major in Aviation Management.

Management: Equips students with the skills to monitor the changing business and social environment and make sound judgments on the most appropriate directions and actions.

Marketing: Students develop analytical business skills, excellent communication skills and an understanding of human behaviour and motivation. They learn how to creative effective marketing strategies and campaigns.

Information Systems: Gives students technical, analytical and business skills to operate in a business analyst role. Graduates with IT design and development skills as well as business knowledge are in high demand. They can communicate with both business and technical users, with a broad understanding of the business value of technology and information systems to the organisation.

(SYD = Sydney MEL = Melbourne PNG = Papua New Guinea)

On-campus students can also study any Bachelor of Business major online. Some majors, study streams and units may not be available at each location.

* Sydney and Melbourne are available to international students only.

Assessment methods

Assessment may be in the form of essays, reports, audio or video presentations, online quizzes, case analyses, and examinations.

Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including face-to-face lectures and tutorials. Some units offer online activities, classes, pre-recorded and/or live lectures. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

The online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive online pre-recorded and/or live lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Advanced standing

Your previous learning experiences relevant to one or more units in this course may help you reduce the duration of your degree.

  • Recognition of formal and non-formal learning
    Credit may be awarded to a student for formal learning (gained through full or partial achievement of an accredited qualification or course) or non-formal learning (that takes place through a non-accredited course or program of learning) completed at Southern Cross University or in other learning settings in Australia and/or overseas.

To help you identify how much credit you may receive for your related prior learning visit SCU Pathways.

An application for advanced standing must be submitted so we can assess your prior learning. Please apply for advanced standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount of credit awarded will determine the sequence of units you will study.

 Go to course structure to see if specific advanced standing rules also apply to this course.

Learning support

Learning resources

MySCU is a student's point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.

The web-based study environment Blackboard Learn delivers an advanced online learning environment for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces, classrooms, and discussion boards. They can share files, presentations and applications. If a tutorial or lecture is recorded, students can view it afterwards.

Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.

The SCU Library provides a wide range of services that include face-to-face and online help, and access to print and electronic resources. To find out more, see the Library Toolbox.

The Academic Skills team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, assignment reviews and small group or one-on-one face-to-face, phone or Skype consultations during business hours 9am to 4.30pm. Appointments can be made via the MySCU Hub ‘Connect Now’ button or on the Academic Skills home page. Students can also book appointments online in Career Hub.

The YourTutor service provides online after-hours study support for SCU students. This service is available from 4pm to midnight Sunday to Friday via the 'Connect Now' button on MySCU Hub or from a link in nominated unit learning sites. The YourTutor service offers generic writing feedback and live online chat assistance for foundational concepts and study skills.

Equipment and facilities

Southern Cross University provides students with modern well equipped teaching spaces such as lecture theatres, classrooms, and studios or laboratories tailored to meet the needs of specific study disciplines. Contemporary audiovisual equipment is standard in most teaching venues, and students have access to computer labs for individual study purposes.

Course structure

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

Table of contents

Admission requirements

  1. In accordance with University Rule 2 Section 2 – Eligibility for Admission to an Undergraduate Award Course, applicants may apply for admission to candidature in the Bachelor of Business.
  2. Applicants who have completed an AQF level 5  Diploma qualification (or higher) in Aviation related fields or who hold a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) or Private Pilot Licence (PPL) recognized by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), shall be permitted to enrol in the Aviation Management Major.

Course requirements

  1. To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Business a candidate shall successfully complete twenty-four (24) units (288 credit points) comprising:
    1. all eight (8) units listed in Part A; and
    2. one (1) eight-unit (8) Major selected from Part B; and
      1. a second eight-unit (8) Major selected from Part B; or
      2. eight (8) elective units selected from Part B or Part C.

Exit Awards

Associate Degree of Business

  1. To be eligible for the award of Associate Degree of Business a candidate shall successfully complete sixteen (16) units (192 credit points) comprising:
    1. all units from Part A; and
    2. any four (4) units from Part B; and
    3. any four (4) units from Parts B or C
  2. A candidate in the Bachelor of Business who has completed the requirements for the Associate Degree of Business may elect to be awarded the Associate Degree of Business following withdrawal from candidature for the Bachelor degree.

Diploma of Business

  1. To be eligible for the award of Diploma of Business a candidate shall successfully complete eight (8) units (96 credit points) comprising:
    1. any four (4) units listed in Part A; and
    2. any four (4) units listed in Parts B or C
  2. A candidate in the Bachelor of Business who has completed the requirements for the Diploma of Business may elect to be awarded the Diploma of Business following withdrawal from candidature for the Bachelor degree.

Advanced standing

  1. Candidates who have successfully completed the Diploma of Business through SCU College may be granted Advanced Standing for up to eight (8) units in the Bachelor of Business.
  2. Candidates for the Bachelor of Business Aviation Management Major who have successfully completed an AQF level 5 Diploma qualification in an Aviation related field, may be granted Advanced Standing for up to eight (8) units in the Bachelor of Business.
  3. Candidates who have successfully completed the Associate Degree of Business through SCU College may be granted Advanced Standing for up to sixteen (16) units in the Bachelor of Business.

Schedule of units


How to apply

Domestic students

SCU STAR Early Entry applications for current Year 12 students

Important: if you are attending Year 12 at a SCU Partner School, you're eligible to apply for STAR Early Entry. This gives you the opportunity to receive an early offer based on your Principal's recommendation.

Applications for this course are made directly to SCU via our online application service.

International students

Confirm you meet the entry requirements including English language and academic entry and any specific pre-requisites.

Apply OnlineSouthern Cross University accepts applications directly through the International Application for Admissions form or via our online application services.

Additional information on how to apply is available at SCU International. Please note applicants from some countries need to go through an Education Agent.

The information on this page may be subject to change over time. Please check this page again before acting and see our disclaimer.

From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'