AUT - Bachelor of Business & Bachelor of Communication Studies (BBus/BCS)


Bachelor of Business & Bachelor of Communication Studies (BBus/BCS)

The AUT Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Communication Studies conjoint programme of study is designed to prepare graduates for careers in many areas. Graduates attain equal depth and strength of knowledge and skills in both business and communication for a variety of career options.

Programme Code: AK1315
Level: 7
Points: 510
Duration: 4 years full-time / up to 8 years part-time
Venue: City Campus
Starting date: 3 March 2014 (there is no July intake for BCS students)

AUT University encourages early application.
This programme will remain open until all places have been filled.


Applicants must meet the conjoint programme of study’s admission requirements and the admission requirements for each of the component degrees (see below), and an interview may be required

From school:

  • University Entrance, and:
    • NCEA: A minimum of 60 credits over four subjects including a minimum of 19 credits in each of three Level 3 approved subjects, OR
    • CIE: 180 points on UCAS tariff

From previous tertiary education study:

  • A minimum of a B grade average over the previous 120 points worth of papers, or equivalent.

Additional requirements for the BCS:

Preference will be given to students who have completed Year 13 with:

  • a minimum of 60 NCEA Level 3 credits over 4 subjects (with at least three subjects from the approved list), or 150 points on the UCAS tariff in CIE over a minimum of 3 and maximum of 5 subjects;

  • 18 NCEA Level 3 credits, including some merit or excellence results or an AS level grade of C in any one of the following subjects: English, History, Geography, Classical Studies, History of Art, Media Studies.

  • Minimum of 28 points in International Baccalaureate including a minimum of grade 5 in at least one language rich subject such as English, History, Geography. 

Note: Entrance to university does not guarantee admission to a specific programme of study.


In order to maintain enrolment, conjoint programme students must achieve a minimum of a B grade average (equivalent to a GPA of 5 on the most commonly-used 9-point grading scales) over the previous 120 points worth of study, or else they will revert back to one of the component degrees.


In the Bachelor of Business, students may choose to specialise in one of the following majors:

  • Accounting
  • Advertising
  • Business Information Systems
  • Design
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management and Employment Relations
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Retailing
  • Sales
  • Sustainable Enterprise
  • Tourism

To view the Bachelor of Business study options, click here

In the Bachelor of Communication Studies, students may choose to specialise in one of the following majors:

  • Advertising Creativity
  • Creative Industries
  • Digital Media
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations
  • Radio
  • Television and Screen Production

To view the Bachelor of Communication Studies study options, click here


  • Master of Business
  • Bachelor of Business (Honours)
  • Master of Communication Studies
  • Bachelor of Communication Studies (Honours)

For further information about the BBus/BCS: 

  • BBus: click on the following link to AUT Online and choose Step 5, Course Counselling
For an application and for enrolment in the BCS/BBus conjoint, contact Nirisha Niranjan on +64 9 921 9999 ext 8901 or email
Last updated: 17 Oct 2013 3:16pm

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