CG04 - Bachelor of Professional Communication
At a glance
The Bachelor of Professional Communication is practically-oriented and focuses on workplace relevance for future public relations and journalism practitioners. Upon graduation, your practical skills and well-rounded understanding of communication will be valued by employers.
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|Study modes||On-Campus, Distance|
|Rank||OP: 17 SR: 63 ATAR: 56.70|
|Pre-requisites||QTAC: English (4, HA); see entry requirements tab for UAC and VTAC pre-requisites.|
Digital Media, Human Resource Management, Journalism, Management, Marketing, Social Enquiry
|Availability||Cairns, Perth, Rockhampton, Townsville, Distance Education|
|Duration||3 years full-time, 6 years part-time|
|Intake dates||March, July|
|QTAC Code||BNE: 881151, CNS: 821159, TSV: 801159, ROK: 851151, Distance: 851155|
|VTAC Code||MEL: 1700217131|
|UAC Code||Distance: 160391|
* OP/SR/ATAR details provided on this page are from Term 1, 2017. Entry ranks are to be used as a guide only as they are subject to change each year.**
The nature of this course requires you to have high-level English skills and is writing intensive.
Courses at Cairns, Perth and Townsville campuses are delivered by a combination of on-campus study, workshops, residential schools and distance education.
Completion of the Bachelor of Professional Communication will prepare you to pursue employment opportunities in fields such as:
- corporate and organisational communication
- media relations
- event management
- government relations
- crisis communication
- issues management
- media practice and production
- media history
- storytelling and narrative
CQUniversity's Professional Communication course is practically-oriented and focuses on workplace relevance for future public relations and journalism practitioners. As a graduate, you will be equipped with practical skills and a well-rounded understanding of communication, both of which are highly sought after by employers.
Our course provides a unique blend of public relations and journalism theory and practice. It also offers an inclusive portfolio of communication practices, such as writing, speech, photography and introductory graphic design, as well as specialist professional units in each area.
Within this course you will study core public relations and communication units and choose one area to major in. Majors include Digital Media Production, Human Resource Management, Journalism, Management and Marketing.
To undertake this training and education you must have high-level English skills as the course involves an intensive writing element.
You can choose to study this course full-time or part-time and either by distance education or on-campus, allowing you to balance study with your work and family commitments.
Why Study at CQUniversity
Our Humanities and Professional Communication courses aim to provide you with a multidisciplinary education that will give you the opportunity to gain knowledge in a range of disciplines.
Wide choice of study areas
Choose from arts, including a number of dual degree options, sociology and professional communication. Our range of arts courses will provide you with the opportunity to experience a variety of perspectives, methodologies and learning styles. You will explore disciplines that study the way humans recognise, record and debate human practices, meanings and values. Historically, sociology is among the original social sciences and is specifically concerned with how and why Western societies are organised the way they are. A combination of sociology, psychology, and social work will provide pathways to careers in the human services sector. Professional communication aims to develop communication skills and knowledge within a corporate communication or media and journalism context. As a student, you can choose to focus on business communication or media practice. You will learn to communicate effectively, analyse communication requirements, develop, implement, and evaluate public relations campaigns and media strategies, and create innovative and professional media product.
You will have the opportunity to gain crucial lifelong learning and transferable generic skills, such as critical thinking and problem solving. You will be able to apply these skills to a range of employment opportunities and life situations.
The flexible structure of CQUniversity's humanities and professional communication courses encourages you to tailor your course by combining a selection of majors and minors.
Digital Media Production
If you complete the digital media production major, you will be able to apply technology management knowledge and demonstrate advanced technological skill to support communication practice.
Human Resources Management
If you complete this major, you will be able to apply knowledge of issues associated with human resource management with communication skills acquired within the course core to work effectively to support people and foster a positive culture within an organisational setting.
The journalism major, in addition to completion of core professional communication minor units, will prepare you for a career in journalism and/or media relations. You will be introduced to journalism within the broader contextual framework of media industries and will engage in debates about journalistic practice. You will cover news and narrative writing for a range of journalism genres and the associated requirements for research, analysis and conduct within legal and ethical frameworks associated with journalistic practice.
If you complete this major you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills in applying general principles of management including finance, law, human resources and information systems, in organisational settings. Your ability to manage effectively will be complemented by core communication skills acquired upon completion of the course's core plan.
Marketing is an integrated communication discipline closely related to public relations. Students completing this major will demonstrate the ability to implement marketing strategy in a way that complements public relations practice and vice-versa.
In social enquiry, you will examine everyday social life through the systemic study of social structures and interactions. You will adopt both sociological and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander perspectives. Sociology is the study of society with a focus on industrialised societies of the type that emerged out of the French and Industrial revolutions using variables such as race, class and gender. You will develop skills in applying investigative and interpretive tools for the analysis and evaluation of identity, crime and deviance, rural sociology and health.
Structure and assessment
You are required to complete a total of 24 units, including six core communication units, six core public relations units, one industry placement (communication project) and eight units in one of the following majors:
- Digital Media Production
- Human Resource Management
- Social Enquiry.
You will also need to complete three general electives.
For example units you could study as part of the Bachelor of Professional Communication course please click here.
As CQUniversity is committed to providing quality, up-to-date and relevant education, please note courses are refreshed regularly and may not be an exact indication of unit availability for your study. Please call 13 27 86 if you have specific questions regarding unit information regarding your specific application.
Work integrated Learning
Students have the option to undertake a work placement or external client project in their project/capstone unit (120 hours).
Credit transfer information
If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.
OP: 17 , SR: 63 , ATAR: 56.70
OP = Overall Position (QLD school leavers), SR = Selection Rank (mature age students), ATAR = Australian Tertiary Admission Rank
English (4, HA)
English (Standard, Band 4)
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 35 in any English.
To successfully complete your studies, you may be required to demonstrate that you can meet course requirements associated with your course. For more information on these course requirements please view the ‘Course Requirements’ section found under the ‘What do I need to start?’ page under the ‘Getting Started’ tab of the Student Handbook . Additional information on student placements and work integrated learning can also be found in the Student Handbook, on the ‘Course Features’ page under ‘Getting Started’.
Information on the Student Profile for this course by campus as well as the OP/ATAR profile for recent school leavers is available at our prospective students page.
If you have English as your second language (international or domestic students born outside of Australia, Canada, NZ, UK, Ireland, South Africa or USA), you need to meet different English language proficiency requirements depending on the level of study and/or course you wish to undertake. Click here for more details.
If you are not born in Australia,Canada,New Zealand,United Kingdom,Ireland, or United States of America you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University. Information on English Language Proficiency requirements is available here.
Fees and scholarships
Degree-level students should check their Offer Letter to confirm the type of place they have been offered as this determines which fees apply to their enrolment. Students offered
- Commonwealth supported places are liable to pay Student Contributions;
- domestic full-fee places are liable to pay Tuition Fees;
- international full-fee places are liable to pay International Tuition Fees.
In addition to these fees, degree-level students pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee. NOTE: Some students who are exempt from paying Student Contributions and Tuition Fees, e.g. Research Higher Degree candidates, will be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee.
Fees are calculated upon enrolment, and recalculated after any enrolment change made prior to census date. Fees are also recalculated after administrative changes or updates are made to a student record, e.g. changes to citizenship status or Fee Liability Category.
Once calculated, fees can be viewed by logging into MyCentre, which also allows students to view and print Fee Notices on demand. The due date for payment is detailed on the Fee Notice.
PLEASE NOTE that paper Fee Notices are not issued by CQUniversity – students must access their Fee Notices in MyCentre.
For current degree-level fee schedules and information about HELP schemes, please select from the following:
Please see our Scholarships site for scholarships that you may be interested in.
How to Apply
You've made an excellent choice. Now that you've decided to train or study at CQUniversity, the next step is to apply, and we're here to assist you every step of the way.
You can lodge your application to study at CQUniversity via one of the following Tertiary Admission Centres:
- Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre (QTAC)
- South Australia Tertiary Admission Centre (SATAC)
- Universities Admission Centre (UAC)
- Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC)
- Western Australia (Apply WA).
Use the table below to find your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre depending on where you live, and where/how you wish to study:
Should you require assistance please contact our Student Advice team.
|Undergraduate||Apply through QTAC||Apply through UAC||Apply through SATAC||Apply through VTAC||Apply through Apply WA||Apply through your state tertiary admissions centre, if the program is not listed, apply through QTAC|
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