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Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    4 years full-time; up to 10 years part-time

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    University of New England

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What you'll learn

About this course

The University of New England's (UNE) Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science will provide you with advanced problem-solving skills, a breadth of knowledge in disciplines of your choosing and an in-depth understanding of various scientific methods, preparing you for numerous career options.

This course will train you to effectively research, critically analyse and communicate, which are all highly valued workplace competencies. The science component of the course will allow you to apply and build on scientific knowledge.

This is a highly versatile degree, offering you maximum flexibility and choice in your preferred discipline areas and fields of study.

Depending on your academic grade point average, you might be admitted to the Honours stream of the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science.

Flexible exit options

If plans change, and you can no longer commit to the full Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science, you could still be eligible to receive a qualification.

Depending on the credit points you've completed, you could exit with the Diploma in Science, the Advanced Diploma in Science, the Diploma in Arts or the Advanced Diploma in Arts.


To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Have completed Australian senior secondary studies with an ATAR equal to or above this year's admission cut-off; OR
  • Have completed an overseas secondary or tertiary qualification/s deemed equivalent; OR
  • Have completed, or part-completed, an approved Australian post-secondary or tertiary qualification; OR
  • Have completed an approved admission scheme or pathway; OR
  • Satisfied the requirements of an approved inter-institution agreement; OR
  • Obtained other equivalent qualifications and/or vocational experience; OR
  • Satisfied the requirements for non-standard admission.

Assumed knowledge is two units of English plus mathematics; studies in chemistry and/or physics and biology are recommended (introductory units in these subjects are offered for students without the recommended background knowledge).

You may be eligible for advanced standing if your previous education and experience meet certain criteria.

Areas of study

In the arts and humanities component of the course, students can choose to major in one of the following:

  • Ancient history
  • Archaeology
  • Asian studies
  • Australian history
  • Chinese
  • Classical languages
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • History
  • Human geography
  • Indigenous studies
  • Indonesian
  • International history
  • International studies
  • Islamic studies
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Linguistics
  • Music
  • Peace studies
  • Philosophy
  • Physical geography
  • Political studies
  • Psychology
  • Screen and media studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Studies in religion
  • Theatre and performance
  • Writing

In the science component of the course, students can choose to major in one of the following:

  • Applied physics
  • Biochemistry/Biotechnology
  • Biodiversity
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Computational science
  • Forensic science
  • Genetics
  • Geoscience
  • Mathematics
  • Medicinal chemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Physiology
  • Zoology
Established in 1938, the University of New England (UNE) is Australia’s longest standing provider of distance education and continues to be at the forefront of innovations in online learning. The university offers over 200 courses at the undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree research levels. UNE is committed to offering a variety of flexible study options so that students are able to manage their personal commitments while undertaking a university education.
The University of New England (UNE) prides itself on providing the highest quality student support to ensure that students have the necessary tools to pursue their goals. Students can easily access a plethora of dedicated services including counselling, disability needs, academic and study skills, Aboriginal affairs and career development.

With over 60 years of distance education experience, UNE has devised flexible online study options over 3 study periods a year so that students are able to utilise their time more effectively or even accelerate their degree. For courses that require hands-on experience, UNE offers Intensive School programs where students are exposed to vital practical components of their course.

To support ongoing learning, students can get the help they need via email, phone or online chat. You can expect a well-rounded and supported experience throughout your UNE study journey.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science from the University of New England.

Arts graduates can pursue career paths in a wide variety of occupations due to their advanced skills in research, critical analysis and communication. Examples of possible career paths include management, public relations, foreign affairs, education, business, human resources, research, psychology and archaeology.

Bachelor of Science graduates will have career opportunities in small to large businesses, industry, government, teaching and research. Possible job outcomes include positions in the departments of primary industries, resource management, water and land resources, CSIRO, environmental protection authorities, forestry commissions, national parks and wildlife services and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO).

With further studies in education, teaching is also an option.

UNE is committed to a holistic approach to education, ensuring that all graduates also possess the following transferable attributes:

  • Communication skills
  • Capacity for problem solving
  • Information literacy
  • Awareness of ethical conduct and social responsibility
  • Independence and collaboration
  • A thirst for lifelong learning

Curious about where a career in arts could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Nutritionist
  • Exercise Scientist
  • Historian
  • Public Servant
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Life Scientist
  • Natural Resource Manager

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for HECS-HELP to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

Alternatively, you can pay annually for the units you select to study in that year.

The University of New England also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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