Bachelor of Business - CA01

Broaden your opportunities and build the foundations of your business career with a Bachelor of Business. You will build the foundation business and management skills required to succeed in contemporary business by studying a unique course structure that features a management major, and learning from real-world case studies and scenarios.

If you are interested in studying the Bachelor of Business at CQUniversity in 2021, please view our new Bachelor of Business (CL86) course information.


On Campus, Online


OP:17 SR:65 ATAR:59.9


SR:65 ATAR:59.9




3 years full-time, 6 years part-time


Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Online


No pre-requisites required


No recommended study required



The CQUniversity's Bachelor of Business is an innovative course that builds foundational and management skills by undertaking 16 units of business and eight specialisation units or minor in several business areas. The course is designed for students who are planning a career in business and management in diverse organisations. The course provides you with relevant skills, knowledge and attributes to apply the skills at the workforce. Assessments in the course relate to workplace case studies and scenarios that will engage you with contemporary challenges of businesses. The flexible delivery of the course will enable you to undertake study in face-to-face and online mode. Also, the course will provide you with membership pathways to professional bodies, ensuring that upon completion of the course, you receive recognition for the skills and knowledge in your chosen profession. A work integrated learning (WIL) option and overseas exchange program is available within the course that incorporate professional work placement and overseas study experience.

Core Units 8 Major Units 16
Electives None Minor Units 4

You are required to complete a total of 24 units including 16 compulsory units made up of eight core and eight management units. In addition to these 16 compulsory units, you may select a second major (eight units), or two minors (four units each). Alternatively, you can study eight elective units, or a combination of a minor, electives or the CQUni Global Outbound Program.

For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.


If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.

On-Campus Availability

Term 2 - 2020Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney
Term 3 - 2020Brisbane, Melbourne

Online Availability

Term 2 - 2020Available Online
Term 3 - 2020Available Online

If you are interested in studying in 2021, please explore our new Bachelor of Business (CL86) course information.

If you start your studies in 2020 you will have the option to seamlessly transition from CA01 Bachelor of Business into the new Bachelor of Business (CL86) in 2021 provided you meet relevant pre-requisite requirements. We will support you as this transition takes place in 2021 and our business team will work with you to provide you with relevant course planners and study plan.


This major is available at Brisbane, Distance Education, Melbourne, Perth, Rockhampton and Sydney campuses.

Management and Accounting16

This major is available at Rockhampton, Distance Education, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney campuses.

Management and Financial Planning16

This major is only available via Distance Education.

Management and Human Resource Management16

This major is available at Brisbane, Distance Education, Melbourne, Rockhampton and Sydney campuses.

Management and Marketing16

This major is available at Brisbane, Distance Education, Melbourne, Perth, Rockhampton and Sydney campuses.

Management and Property16

This major is only available via Distance Education.

Management and Social Innovation 16

This major is only available via Distance Education.

Unit NameCodeDescription
Graduate Employability SkillsBUSN19024Preparation unit prior to work placement. The unit also provides skills and knowledge related to job search skills, resume writing, preparing for interviews, presentation skills etc.
Business InternshipBUSN12001Work placements provide students with experience in a professional environment relevant to their study discipline. Students reflect and report upon a range of factors related to the placement experience. Work readiness is enhanced as students apply the knowledge and skills acquired through study to the work environment. Students will secure and undertake an approved work placement for at least 20 hours per week for a duration of approximately 12 weeks. The placement may require relocation of accommodation to suit the employment.
Two residential schools will be held for two units within the new Food Security and Sustainability minor. These schools will each be of five days duration in Rockhampton. One residential school will occur in N4258 Social Justice in the Food System and the other residential school will occur in N4315 Food Changemakers.

SR 65 | ATAR 59.9        

The rank threshold is the minimum competitive rank required for your application to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Unadjusted

OP 19 | SR 69 | ATAR 65.0
Minimum Adjusted
OP 17 | SR 71 | ATAR 68.0

The rank cut-off score is the competitive rank that was required to gain entry to this course in Term 1 2020. It will vary from year to year as it is a historical guide of past performance. The unadjusted score details the ranks before any adjustment schemes or factors were applied and the adjusted score details the ranks if these were applied.

Student Profile
If you would like to know more about entry scores and the student profile for this course view our Course and Entry Score Profile for Term 1, 2020.

Institute Profile
To find out about CQUniversity's Undergraduate Profile for Term 1, 2020 view our Institute Profile.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.

Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:

  • A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
  • An Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) diploma level qualification, or
  • Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0

completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores :

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall and minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based Test); or
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46; or
  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.

International Students should visit for further information.

Each student will be assessed individually.

Security Requirements

No information available at this time.

Health Requirements

No information available at this time.

Assumed Knowledge


The Bachelor of Business is your gateway to a wide variety of positions in both the public and private sectors. On completing the course you will be qualified to work as an:

  • Administration Officer or Manager
  • Quality Manager
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Logistics Manager
  • Marketing Manager
  • Business Manager
  • Purchasing and Materials Manager.

Depending on your chosen major/s there are a number of professional associations that you may be eligible to apply for.

  • As a Marketing graduate you may be eligible for membership with the Australian Marketing Institute and the Australian Market and Social Research Society.
  • Upon completion of the Management major you may be eligible for membership with the Australian Institute of Management.
  • The Property major is accredited by the Australian Property Institute. When you have successfully completed the program you will be eligible for Associate membership and Certified Property Practitioner certificate upon completion of a period of approved professional experience.
  • The Human Resource Management major in the Bachelor of Business has met the criteria for course accreditation and is currently accredited by the Australian HR Institute (AHRI). Accreditation is reviewed every three years by the AHRI National Accreditation Committee. Students applying for this course can be assured that the quality of core units map onto the AHRI Model of Excellence for HR Practitioners and Academics, a recognised benchmark of HR best practice and standards. Graduates will be eligible for membership of AHRI upon successful completion of the course.
  • The Financial Planning major is accredited by the Financial Planning Association (FPA). Full-time students enrolled in this course are eligible for free affiliation with the FPA, and have access to resources on the FPA website, the Financial Planning magazine, regular email communications, events and activities.
Depending on major and unit selection, graduates from this course may meet the educational requirements for membership of a number of business professional organisations. Please see More Details section for further information.
Fee Category Commonwealth Supported Place
What is a Commonwealth Supported Place? A Commonwealth Supported Place is subsidised by the Government so that you are only required to pay a Student Contribution amount rather than tuition fees.
Am I eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place? You are eligible to be Commonwealth supported if you are:
  • an Australian citizen who will undertake in Australia at least one unit of study that contributes to the requirements of your course; or
  • a New Zealand citizen who will be resident in Australia for the duration of your unit of study; or
  • the holder of a permanent visa, including a permanent humanitarian visa, who will be resident in Australia for the duration of your unit of study.
  • If you are not eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place you will be required to pay tuition fees. Find out more about tuition fees or fees for international students.

Fee Type Student Contribution
What is a Student contribution? As a Commonwealth supported student, you will contribute towards the cost of your education by paying a Student Contribution. The Student Contribution is calculated for each term of enrolment based on the individual units you have enrolled in, not the course you are studying.
What is my Student Contribution? Your Student Contribution fee is charged per unit of study and is dependent on the Student Contribution Band for each unit. Student Contribution Bands are categorised by study disciplines and help provide an estimate of course fees.
The majority of units within this course fall within Band 3. Some units may fall within Band 1 and/or 2.
Student Contribution amounts for each band provide an estimate of the cost of your course. Your course may consist of units from more than one band so your fees could vary from the indicated amount as units are spread across a number of bands. You can view fees specific to the course, and units, you are interested in studying by using our Cost Per Unit table.
HECS-HELP and payment options

HECS-HELP is the loan scheme provided the Australian Government to help eligible Commonwealth supported students pay their student contributions through a loan. Eligible students can use a HECS-HELP loan to pay for all or some of their Student Contribution amount. If you elect to use a HECS-HELP loan, this means that you will defer payment of your Student Contribution amount and repay your HECS-HELP loan when your income is above the compulsory repayment threshold.

If you are not eligible for a HECS-HELP loan, or you are required to pay your Student Contribution upfront, you will need to pay your fees no later than the census date for the term in which you are studying.

Other Fees You will also incur a Student Services and Amenities Fee.
Other study costs You may have other study costs such as travel expenses related to residential schools or work placements if they are a requirement of your course. There are also textbooks, stationery and other sundry costs associated with studying.

At CQUniversity, we believe University should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time and are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships and awards programs.
Our scholarships could help you pay for some or all of your course fees, or even contribute towards your living and study expenses.

VictoriaONL: 1700117021; MEL: 1700217021
New South WalesONL: 160031; SYD: 160030
QueenslandONL: 853145; GLD: 833141; ROK: 853141; BDG: 813141; MKY: 843141; CNS: 823149; TVL: 803149; BNE: 883141

If you apply via a Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC) listed under 'How to Apply', please use the relevant TAC code listed above to complete your application.

Between our reputation for learning, teaching and research, our renowned online education offering, and our status as Australia’s largest regional university, rest assured you will get a world-class education when you choose CQUniversity.

In just 25 years, CQUniversity has achieved some amazing feats and emerged as one of Australia’s truly great universities. We have been ranked among the best in the world for our teaching and learning, and are internationally recognised for our focus on Social Innovation. Our graduates are some of the most sought-after in Australia, due to our reputation for work integrated learning and industry-aligned courses, and experience some of the nation’s best graduate outcomes in terms of full-time employment and starting salary. CQUni is also regarded as the nation’s most inclusive and engaged university, with our award-winning academic and research staff making a real impact on the communities and industries we serve.

A pioneer in online study, CQUniversity has more than two decades of experience providing high quality online learning experiences across the country and even internationally. We work hard to deliver the latest techniques in online study, and have even planned our physical sites to provide more services to our widespread online study cohort.

CQUniversity is truly focused on our students’ needs, and that means responding to what, how and where they want to study. It is why we are now Australia’s largest regional university, with more than 20 metropolitan and regional locations across five states, delivering TAFE and university qualifications in on-campus, online and supported online modes to more than 30 000 students.

CQUniversity’s strong focus on student experience ensures that you are prepared and supported on your student journey. Support services include on-campus or online orientation to assist your transition into university life, course and career advice, financial support options, study support, ongoing assistance through the Student Mentor program, counselling services, support for students with disability or medical conditions, Indigenous student support and more.

If you have decided what you would like to study and are ready to apply, we’re here to help you along the way.

Want to know more about application dates and other admission information?
View our important dates information and read about other admission considerations such as information for domestic students with overseas qualifications, indigenous support, and elite athlete, coach and performer support.

What’s the best way to apply?

  • Option 1: Ideal for most situations, whether you have completed high school recently or some time ago.
  • Option 2: Ideal if you are studying with one of our partner study hubs.
  • Option 3: Perfect for returning CQUni students, if you are changing your CQUni course, or you are a current or previous CQUni SUN, STEPS or VET student.

Option 1: Ideal for most situations, apply via a tertiary admission centre.
View the table below for the best application option based on where you live.

If you live in Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC)*
Queensland Apply via QTAC
New South Wales; Australian Capital Territory Apply via UAC
Victoria; Tasmania Apply via VTAC
South Australia; Northern Territory Apply via SATAC
Western Australia Apply via ApplyCQUNI

*Please note that you may be required to pay a fee when applying via a TAC.

Option 2: Want to study with one of our partner study hubs? Apply via ApplyCQUni.
Benefit from local support, space, technology and facilities offered by one of our delivery partners.

If you are studying with: Study Support
Geraldton Universities Centre Supported online study which may include local tutorial support, and access to local study facilities.
Murray River Study Hub Access to local study facilities.


Option 3: Are you a returning CQUni student or changing your course? Apply directly to CQUniversity.
You may be eligible to apply directly to CQUniversity provided you meet one of the following criteria:

  • have completed or are completing a prescribed* CQUniversity course. (*A prescribed course includes our Skills for Tertiary Entrance Preparatory Studies (STEPS) program, Tertiary Entrance Program (TEP), Start Uni Now (SUN) initiative, or a CQUniversity certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree, bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, master or research higher degree.)
  • are applying for a change of course or readmission.
Apply direct