Key information

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Study mode

On campus
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Campus locations

Bathurst
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Duration

4 years full-time
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Admission information

6500

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CSU has a variety of pathways and admissions requirements for study. Details of the types of 'bonus points' and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants are set out in the CSU institutional admissions information and CSU's general admissions policy.

You can also view details about the applicants who commenced this course last year in the ATAR profile and See the student profile.

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Session availability

Session 2; Session 1; Session 2 201760; 201830; 201860

Please note: all sessions may not be available at all locations or through all study modes. Please check the Course offerings section for more information.

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International students

  • This course is not available to international students.

Course highlights

Based at CSU's Bathurst campus, you will take part in a series of workshops, case studies and projects right from the start of this intensive four-year degree. You will learn how to plan, manage and execute communication strategies for a variety of organisations. You will also learn how to manage issues and crisis communication, implement a range of PR tactics, design and implement media relations campaigns and manage internal communications for organisations. Join CSU and take advantage of small class sizes featuring intensive learning and interaction with your lecturers and fellow students.

Develop your skills through hands-on learning

Considering and developing case studies and projects as well as planning and managing communication strategies will ensure you develop a portfolio of work demonstrating a high level of expertise. To ensure you are experienced in using equipment and techniques found in the workplace, our facilities include a community radio station, communication agency (Kajulu), online newsroom, television studio, and online media technologies.

Graduate job-ready

The strong practice-based structure of this degree means you will have the opportunity to work in teams on real projects in the Bathurst-Orange-Oberon region to gain valuable experience before your internship. Complete your four-week internship with a major public relations firm or corporate public affairs office to equip yourself with practical, useable skills developed while working with real clients on real projects.

Become a valued influencer

During this course you will become familiar with the world of business so that you can aspire to accept responsibility and learn to manage technical and organisational change. This course will also provide you with skills to help you become an effective manager, able to understand the needs of colleagues, apply technology, and have an extensive knowledge of the political, economic and social environment.

The Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations) / Bachelor of Business Studies is accredited by the Public Relations Institute of Australia.

The Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations) / Bachelor of Business Studies is accredited by the Public Relations Institute of Australia.

Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

COM321 Communication Fieldwork
COM223 Communication Management

Residential schools are a great way to practise what you are learning in a hands-on environment, and to meet your lecturers and classmates.

Some online courses include a residential school, where you will attend a CSU campus during certain sessions throughout your course.

The following subjects may have a residential school component:

From the early stages of your degree, you can apply for a range of international programs through CSU Global. You could take a session or two on exchange at one of CSU’s partner institutions across the world, go on a study tour during the holidays, or complete some of your practical placements in an unique location.

Are you after a unique CSU study experience? By participating in a CSU Global international study program you can gain a new perspective on where your degree can take you, and even complete your degree that little bit faster. CSU Global has many options available to fit with your course, interests and study needs.

Infographic - 83% of Communications graduates in Australia find full-time employment within 4 months of graduating

Career opportunities

Medium and large organisations employ communication staff, or contract public relations consultants to assist them with internal communication, media relations, government and community relations, product and services communication, and investor communications.

Influence change

Combine your public relations acumen with engagement skills to help bring to life major initiatives and projects across the public and private sector.

Shape messages

Build the brand of an organisation through consistent public relations activities and issues and crisis management.

Guide workplace engagement

Use your skills to design and drive the culture of the organisation through internal communication and personnel engagement activities and tactics.

Medium and large organisations employ communication staff, or contract public relations consultants to assist them with internal communication, media relations, government and community relations, product and services communication, and investor communications.

Influence change

Combine your public relations acumen with engagement skills to help bring to life major initiatives and projects across the public and private sector.

Shape messages

Build the brand of an organisation through consistent public relations activities and issues and crisis management.

Guide workplace engagement

Use your skills to design and drive the culture of the organisation through internal communication and personnel engagement activities and tactics.

Credit and pathways

Getting into uni isn’t just about your ATAR; we understand that if you’re given the chance to study something you’re passionate about, you can really shine. We offer a range of pathway options, including Early Entry – Schools Recommendation Scheme, Regional Bonus Points, and Indigenous Access Program (IAP) to help you get on track to your dream career.

Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

More about Credit

We understand that if you’re given the chance to study something you’re passionate about, you can really shine. We offer a range of pathway options, including Early Entry – Schools Recommendation Scheme, Regional Bonus Points, and Indigenous Access Program (IAP) to help you get on track to your dream career.

Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

More about Credit

If you’ve studied before, you may be able to fast-track your postgraduate degree with Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL). If you’ve completed relevant tertiary study, you could be awarded credit for your postgraduate degree. Get in touch to see if you’re eligible for credit based on your previous qualifications or industry experience.

No special arrangements apply.

Check your eligibility for credit

Course offerings

The Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations) / Bachelor of Business Studies is only available to study on campus.

The Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations) / Bachelor of Business Studies is only available to study online.

You can study the Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations) / Bachelor of Business Studies online or on campus.

Check your session and application dates open_in_new

Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
DirectOn campusBathurstCGSYYNKABO
UACOn campusBathurstCGSYYN211257

LEGEND
CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

Check your session and application dates open_in_new

Campus locations listed for online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
DirectOn campusBathurstCGSYYNKABO
UACOn campusBathurstCGSYYN211257

LEGEND
CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

Angus Rutherford - Bachelor of Communication (Advertising and Public Relations)

"I was taken from a scratchy understanding of public relations to a comprehensive knowledge of theory and industry. Studying business alongside PR created balanced learning that helped complement each other professionally."

Angus Rutherford - Bachelor of Communication (Advertising and Public Relations)

Subjects

For each 8 point subject you are enrolled in, you should expect to spend 10 to 12 hours per week working on assignments and assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, and attending lectures, residential schools, or examinations.

If you are studying four subjects per session, this is equivalent to a full-time job. The workload for some subjects may vary as a result of approved course design.

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Please note: this course offers a number of specialisations detailed in the course structure below. You will only need to complete the subjects relevant to your chosen specialisation in addition to core foundation subjects.

The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

The course consists of 14 core Communication subjects (equivalent to 128 points), one Indigenous subject (8 points) and 15 Business Studies subjects (120 points):

Core Subjects

Communications
COM111 Professional Writing
COM114 Presentation for Communicators
COM124 Communication in Context
CCI100 Intro to Media Production
COM222 Public Relations Tactics
COM223 Communication Management
COM224 Communication Research Strategies
COM321 Communication Fieldwork
COM322 Going Global: Regional and Global Public Relations
COM116 What Is Public Relations?
COM232 Public Relations Strategy
COM236 Making It Happen: Event Management
COM313 SOS: Issues and Crisis Communication
CCI300 Professional Practice in Communication and Creative Industries (24 pts)

Indigenous subject

IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities

Business Studies Restricted Electives

Students must complete 15 standard eight point subjects in business-based, or business related, discipline areas approved by the Course Director. The total number of Business subjects must include at least four subjects at level two (or its equivalent) and four subjects at level three (or its equivalent). Level 3 subjects must be taken in the final year of study.

Core Business subjects:
MGT100 Organisations and Management
MKT110 Marketing and Society
MGT210 Organisational Behaviour
MKT220 Buyer Behaviour
MGT230 Ethics, Sustainability and Culture
MGT330 Business Strategy

Students must choose 9 subjects from the list below:

ACC100 Accounting 1: Information for Business
ACC110 Accounting 2: Management Decisions
ECO130 Macroeconomics
LAW110 Business Law
MGT100 Organisations and management
MKT110 Marketing Principles
QBM117 Business Statistics
ECO320 International Economics
FIN211 Financial Management
HRM210 Human Resource Management
INR210 Industrial Relations in Australia
LAW220 Business Organisation Law
MGT210 Organisational Behaviour
MGT310 Service Operations Management
MGT320 Managing Change
MGT330 Business Strategy
MGT340 International Business Management
INR310 Comparative Industrial Relations
LAW335 International Business Law
MGT250 Asia Pacific Business
FIN340 International Finance
MKT220 Buyer Behaviour
MKT260 International Marketing
MGT290 Project Management
MKT230 Business and Professional Ethics
MKT310 Promotions Management
MKT350 Product Innovation Management
MKT235 Internet Marketing
MKT335 Marketing of Services
MKT340 Strategic Marketing Management
MKT240 Market Analysis
MKT336 Business to Business Marketing
MGT230 Business and Professional Ethics

Full-time

Session 1

COM114 Presentation for Communicators
COM111 Professional Writing
MGT100 Organisations and Management
MKT110 Marketing and Society

Session 2

COM124 Communication in Context
IKC 100 Indigenous Cultures Histories and Realities
MGT210 Organisational Behaviour
MKT220 Buyer Behaviour

Session 3

COM116 What is Public Relations?
CCI100 Intro to Media Production
Business Studies Elective
Business Studies Elective

Session 4

COM232 Public Relations Strategy
COM222 Public Relations Tactics
Business Studies Elective
Business Studies Elective

Session 5

COM223 Communication Management
MGT230 Ethics Sustainability and Culture
Business Studies Elective
Business Studies Elective

Session 6

COM236 Making it Happen: Event Management
COM224 Communication Research Strategies
Business Studies Elective
Business Studies Elective

Session 7

COM313 SOS: Issues and Crisis Communication (16 Points)
COM322 Going Global: Regional and Global Public Relations
COM321 Communication Fieldwork
Business Studies Elective

Session 8

CCI300 Professional Practice in Communication and Creative Industries (24 pts)
MGT330 Business Strategy

Graduation requirements

As a CSU student, throughout your course you have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to your discipline. This ongoing development will enable you to effectively participate in your course and graduate prepared to enter the workforce.

To graduate students must satisfactorily complete 256 points (32 subjects).

Fees and costs

If you are an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident find out more about domestic fees. Eligible students can defer these fees through the HECS-HELP government student loan system.

If you are an international student, find out more about international fees.

Additional course-related expenses you may need to consider.

  • Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).
  • Textbooks (you may be able to purchase these second-hand).
  • Travel and accommodation expenses for any workplace learning, field trips or residential schools.
  • Uniforms (e.g. shirts, polo tops, scrubs or overalls).

Tax deductions: in some instances you may be able to claim a tax deduction for self-education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice to find out if you qualify.

If you are an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident, find out more about domestic fees.

Eligible students can defer these fees through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government student loan system.

Additional costs you may need to consider include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

If you are not an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident, find out more about international fees.

Additional costs you may need to consider include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

In some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self-education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

Already studied with CSU? Our 10 per cent Alumni discount applies to this course.

Online students receive one free textbook per subject.

Support

Finishing high school this year? Taking a few years off to find out what you really want to do in life? Need to attend classes from anywhere in the world?

When you study with CSU, we’ll be with you all the way, helping you develop your study and academic skills in person, online or over the phone. Whatever your situation, Student Central is your first point of call as a CSU student. Our friendly support team can answer all your questions, whether you are studying on campus or online.

When you study with CSU, we’ll be with you all the way, helping you develop your study and academic skills in person, online or over the phone. Whatever your situation, Student Central is your first point of call as a CSU student. Our friendly support team can answer all your questions, whether you are studying on campus or online.

When it comes to postgraduate study, we understand that having the right kind of support is key to your success. You’ll enjoy flexible learning that allows you to fit study into your life, at a time that suits you. Our team are only a phone call or email away and you can even use our online chat for any questions you may have. We can also help you connect with scholarships, grants, loans, and assistance that can make further study affordable. At CSU, we’re with you every step of the way.

We have a wide range of scholarships available to help you with the costs of studying at CSU. There are scholarships based on academic performance or your personal circumstances. Other scholarships and grants cover specific costs like accommodation and textbooks, and some offer funds that you can use in any way to enhance your university experience. Find a scholarship to suit your needs and apply now.

Indigenous students can access the Indigenous Academic Success Program (IASP). This free program is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled at CSU. It gives you one-on-one access to tutors to help you with your assessments and prepare you for exams.

International students

Gain an internationally recognised qualification with CSU at one of our vibrant regional campuses, or study online from the comfort of your own home - anywhere in the world!

You can also study accounting, business and information technology courses at a CSU Study Centre in Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney.

Browse through the tabs below for more information or visit our International website to discover more about an Australian university experience like no other.

Please note: if you choose to study online with CSU, the course study mode will not meet necessary requirements for granting Australian student visas.

There are minimum Academic and English Language requirements for admission to CSU courses. These requirements ensure that our students have the best chance for success. Minimum requirements can vary from country to country, so please take some time to review our entry requirements  before starting your application. If you cannot find the requirements for your country please contact us.

At CSU, we understand that you are making a financial investment in your future and we want to make sure that you receive the best value for money for your education. That’s why our students enjoy more affordable course tuition fees than other Australian universities, while still receiving a high standard of education.

Tuition fees are set for the duration of your course and don’t go up each year.

CSU Alumni receive a discount on fee-paying postgraduate courses – so if you study your bachelor’s degree with us, and decide to continue your studies at CSU, you could save 10 per cent off your postgraduate tuition.

Please note: whether you study on campus or online, textbooks and other items that you may be required to purchase during your study are not included in the tuition fees.

More information on tuition and other fees.

More information on fees for on-campus study in Australia.

Aside from course tuition fees, all students who choose to study on campus incur other fees such as accommodation, Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF), Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) and other living expenses.

If you choose to study online, some subjects may require you to attend compulsory residential schools in Australia. Residential schools are held on campus in Australia for up to five days during certain sessions.

Please check the residential schools tab in the Course highlights section above (or your offer of admission if your application is successful) for more information on which subjects may have a residential school component.

Online courses for international students do not meet the requirement for an Australian Student Visa, therefore you will need to check that you can obtain an appropriate visa for any residential school session. For more information about visas, visit the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection. More information about residential schools can be found on our Future Students Hub.

CSU campuses offer a uniquely Australian living experience. Most of our campuses have accommodation on-site with many of the buildings nestled among gum trees with native wildlife like kangaroos and kookaburras sharing the space. Off-campus accommodation options can also be arranged.

Few universities in Australia can match the range of accommodation available at CSU’s campuses. Campus life offers all the facilities of a small village with community spirit, helping you to meet lots of new friends while living in a safe and secure environment.

Find out more about CSU’s accommodation options.

Whether you choose to study online or on campus, our international support services can make all the difference. From managing visa requirements to study support, and career advice, we’ve got you covered and our friendly staff will help make your university experience one you will never forget.

At CSU, we work with trained international recruitment agents in more than 40 countries to help you find the course and study option that is right for you. Our agents can assist you to apply for study either on campus in Australia or online. Depending on your country of citizenship you may be required to apply to CSU via an agent. Visit our International agents page for more information.

How to apply

Applying to CSU is easy. Choose how you want to apply below, or get in touch with CSU and we can help you with your application.

Universities Admissions Centre
(UAC)

Are you a school leaver wanting to study on campus?

Important dates

30 Sep 2017
UAC on time applications close

Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre
(VTAC)

Want to study at Albury-Wodonga Campus and don’t live in NSW or ACT?

Important dates

28 Sep 2017
VTAC on time applications close

10 Oct 2017
VTAC special consideration (SEAS) applications close

16 Jan 2018
VTAC first round offers released

Charles Sturt University
(CSU)

Are you a non-school leaver or do you want to study online?

Important dates

29 Sep 2017
2017 Session 3 Late Application date

30 Oct 2017
2018 Session 1 Application closing date

23 Feb 2018
2018 Session 2 Applications open

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Are you a non-school leaver or do you want to study online?

Important dates

29 Sep 2017
2017 Session 3 Late Application date

30 Oct 2017
2018 Session 1 Application closing date

23 Feb 2018
2018 Session 2 Applications open

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