Bachelor of Business

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Create your own unique business degree to start you on your individual career path.

The Bachelor of Business is a three-year course comprising a core of mandatory units of study and a selected specialisation, plus either an additional specialisation, electives, or a combination of an area of study with electives. This provides a more personalised learning experience.

All students undertake the same first year subjects, which are complemented in second and third years by specialisations in either two business disciplines, or a single specialisation and an area of study. Areas of Study can be chosen from business, legal studies, arts, science, health or engineering. These are subject to the approval of the course coordinator and may be limited by prerequisite requirements.

If you don’t get the Clearly-in ATAR for the business course you want, or you're just not sure which specialisation you want to choose, you can enrol and study all the common first year units - then decide which way to go from second year on.


After completing first year Bachelor of Business units, you will have the opportunity to take specialisation units in the following study areas:

Course essentials


Graduating with a degree in Business from VU will put you ahead of the game. Focus your studies in one of our specialisations and learn fundamental skills you can apply in any sector.

Job titles

  • Market analyst
  • Business analyst
  • Financial analyst
  • Economist
  • Human resource adviser

Organisations employing business graduates

As a business professional, you could gain employment in private business or the public sector in a broad spectrum of fields including human resources, retail and marketing.


The average salary for business professionals in Australia is A$78,921 (PayScale).

Employment rates

Management and organisation analysts are in high demand with employment set to grow strongly in the next five years (Job Outlook).


As part of VU’s commitment to Business Integrated Learning, students are encouraged to secure industry-based experience with assistance from VU staff.

Study pathways

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Credit for skills and past study

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

Course objectives

The Bachelor of Business enables students to experience a range of educational approaches and curricula that will equip graduates for entry into a constantly changing local and global workforce requiring intellectual, analytical, organisational, personal and interpersonal skills.

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Business graduates will be able to:

  1. Critically review, synthesise and adapt business theories to analyse authentic contemporary problems in a variety of domestic and international contexts appreciating the value of diversity and intercultural settings.
  2. Exhibit professional judgement in the selection and use of common business tools to support decision-making and project management in a general business context
  3. Critically evaluate priorities and articulate key issues in complex business problems
  4. Analyse and reflect on the impact of contemporary external (strategy, cultural and other competitive pressures) and internal factors (structure, culture and systems) to achieve effective business practices.
  5. Critically review and apply practical, effective and ethically responsible solutions with initiative and professional judgement to a range of business-related challenges at both strategic and operational levels
  6. Contribute effectively, with personal accountability for outcomes in a dynamic 21st century work team, working in an ethical and socially responsible manner whilst acknowledging the contributions of others in achieving both individual and team goals..
  7. Clearly and coherently communicate independent insights and ideas using verbal, written and visual modes of delivery to both specialist and non-specialist audiences
  8. Exemplify personal awareness, self-motivation, change readiness and resilience in response to dynamic environments/conditions
  9. Reflect lifelong learning attributes including autonomous, self-directed learning skills and habits

Units and electives

The Bachelor of Business is a three year course on a full time basis, which may be undertaken in part-time mode. Students will be required to complete in total 288 credit points (equivalent to 24 units) consisting of:

  • 96 credit points of common first year studies including the Integrated Business Challenge unit (equivalent to 8 units)

  • 96 credit points of specialisation studies including the Applied Business Challenge capstone unit (equivalent to 8 units)

  • 96 credit points of elective studies including the International Business Challenge unit (equivalent to 8 units)

In place of 48 credit point elective units, students may choose one of the two new Global Challenge capstone minors (Global Leadership or Global Indigenous). These two minors offer a unique opportunity to further appreciate global issues while developing important personal skills.

Common First Year Units

Year 2, Semester 1

24 credit point (2) Specialisation units

24 credit point (2) Elective units

Year 2, Semester 2

24 credit point (2) Specialisation units

12 credit point (1) Elective unit

Year 3, Semester 1

24 credit point (2) Specialisation units

24 credit point (2) Elective units

Year 3, Semester 2

24 credit point (2) Specialisation units

24 credit point (2) Elective units

Elective units are chosen from any undergraduate units at Victoria University - no more than 12 credit points (1) from 1000 series units and at least 48 credit points (4) must be from 3000 or 4000 series units.

Admission information

  • Year 12: To qualify for admission into the Bachelor of Business, applicants must have successfully completed a course of study at VCE or equivalent. Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 25 in English (ESL) or 20 in any other English. Selection Mode: Current Year 12 applicants: ATAR and two-stage process with a middle-band of approximately 20%. Middle-band: consideration is given to performance in the full range of Year 12 studies undertaken. A study score of at least 25 in English (any) = a maximum aggregate 2 points higher. A study score of at least 20 in one or more business (any), information technology (any) or mathematics (any) = an aggregate 2 points higher per study, to a maximum 10 points. Consideration may also be given to the SEAS application and the Victoria University West + 5 scheme. Overall maximum of 12 aggregate points.
  • International: Completed a secondary school qualification equivalent to Australia's year 12 or VCE qualification (refer to Year 12 Admission requirements for details). In addition to VCE admission, applicants must provide evidence of proficiency in the English language: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) result with an overall score of 6.0 and no individual band score less than 6.0 or equivalent.
  • Mature: Applicants who have not completed Year 12 but who possess appropriate educational qualifications, work or life experiences which would enable them to successfully undertake the course, will be considered for admission.
  • Other: Applicants with a Diploma (AQF 5) may apply for advanced standing of up to 8 units (96 credit points).

How to apply for this course

Apply direct to VU

Direct applications close on 27 February 2015.

Before applying:

Note that campus locations may offer different options (e.g. study mode, fee type). You may wish to review:

  • The course index to confirm the study options available at each location.
  • Advice to applicants which provides information about how to apply for your course and what happens when you submit your application.

Also consider whether you wish to apply for:

  • Special consideration: For people with specific life circumstances, you can request these be taken into consideration when assessing your course application.
  • Extra credit for past skills and study (this is known as 'Advanced standing').

When you're ready:

Apply direct to VU

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You'll be able to submit applications for one or more courses and track the progress of these whenever you like.

After you apply:

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Transferring between VU courses

Want to swap into this course from another VU course? You can apply online at the Admissions centre .

Remember it’s best to be accepted into your new course before withdrawing from your current course.

You can also contact us directly:

  • Ring us on +61 3 9919 6100
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