Bachelor of Communication

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  • Qualification:
    Undergraduate, Bachelor's Degree
  • Study mode:
  • Payment options:
    HECS-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment
  • Duration:
    3 years full-time
  • Start date:
    January, April, July and September. Enquire now!
  • Awarded by:
    UniSA Online
  • Location:
  • Career Outcomes:
    Communications Officer | Public Relations Officer | Media Advisor | Digital and Social Media Manager | Online Editor | View All

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Course Rundown

A Bachelor of Communication from UniSA Online prepares students for a variety of careers in a wide range of industries. Communication is key in our increasingly connected world, and this versatile course transforms students into expert communicators – an essential aspect of every business and organisation.

As a Communication student, you’ll learn how to deliver effective communication strategies across a variety of media platforms. The course begins by covering core communication areas such as public relations, marketing, communication research, promotional communication and strategic communication planning.

You’ll then develop specialised knowledge in journalism and social media, studying areas such as news reporting, broadcast journalism, and the connections between news and social media. In your final year, you will complete a comprehensive, industry-standard communication plan.

Whether you want to work in digital or traditional media, marketing or public relations, this degree will ensure you have the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary for a dynamic career.


Applicants are required to meet one of the following criteria with a competitive result:

Higher education study

  • Successfully completed equivalent to a minimum of half a year of full-time study of a higher education program at a recognised higher education provider

Vocational Education Training (VET)

  • Completed an award from a recognised training organisation at Certificate IV or above

Work and life experience

  • Passed a UniSA Online literacy and numeracy test and have relevant work experience, or
  • Completed a UniSA Foundations Studies program or equivalent, or
  • Qualified for Special Entry

Recent secondary education

  • Completed a secondary education qualification equivalent to SACE, such as an interstate year 12 or international qualification

In order to complete your application, we will ask you to provide supporting documents as proof of your prior study or work experience.

In this communications degree, the subjects you may study include:

  • Critical Approaches to Online Learning
  • Introduction to Social Media
  • Communication and Media
  • Intercultural Communication
  • News Reporting
  • Public Relations: Theory and Practice
  • Marketing Principles: Trading and Exchange
  • Professional and Technical Communication
  • Content Creation for Media
  • Language and the Media
  • Writing and Editing for Publication
  • Communication Research Methods
  • Media Law and Ethics
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Promotional Communication: Advertising, Publicity and Marketing
  • Industry and Practice
  • Social Media Engagement
  • Communication Management in Practice
  • Integrated Communication Planning
  • Advanced News Writing

With a background spanning more than 25 years in online education, you can trust that you'll be getting a high-quality university experience when you Study On Demand with UniSA Online. Considered a leader in the field, UniSA has transformed online learning and is one of Australia's largest online education providers. Select a 100% online course that has been created by academics and experts in online learning, who are focused on giving you the best start on your chosen career path. With all course content and assessments available online, you can Study On Demand, on your terms, on your schedule.

Studying with UniSA Online means you can Study On Demand. You'll gain around the clock personalised support to assist you on your learning journey. Technical issues? Nervous about a looming assessment? Gain on-demand access to their helpful and dedicated team.

Whether you need help with assignments, referencing, administrative or technical support, you’ll have on-demand access to the UniSA Online team who’ll be there to support you, every step of the way.

Students will have access to the UniSA Online ‘Study Help’ hub which is packed with loads of resources, workshops and support services. With online tutor support available seven days a week, you’ll be able to get help when you need it. If you’ve got a question related to your course, you can expect to receive a response in 24 hours. You’ll also be able to retrieve a range of resources through their virtual ‘Ask the Library’ service.

Gain full control over your study and gain a career focused qualification when you learn with UniSA Online!

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this degree you will receive a Bachelor of Communication from UniSA Online.

Graduates will be equipped to pursue careers in print and electronic media, radio, and corporate communications. With a strong understanding of media management, public communication and professional writing, you'll be able to work across a wide range of industries in the media landscape.

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

How Much Will It Cost?

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

Alternatively, you can pay your degree fees upfront.

HECS-HELP 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, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $45,881 (2019-20 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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