Overview

A Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree gives you strong written and oral communication skills, the capacity to research and think critically, and the ability to work independently and collaboratively, all essential attributes of effective leaders in the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The BA will enrich your understanding of how people define and debate life's meaning and values. The diverse range of courses and electives form pathways for majors in Business, English and Media Studies, Geography, History, Indonesian Studies, and International and Political Studies.

Program Code

4400

UAC Code

450001

Total units of credit (UOC)

144

Campus

UNSW Canberra

Indicative Enrolments

277

Why choose this degree?

The BA will build your capacity for analysis and argument, as well as an awareness of the use of language as a political, intellectual, creative and communication tool.

Who should choose this degree?

The BA is designed for ADF personnel looking to build their leadership skills and expertise in a range of subject areas.

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career Opportunities

  • Maritime aviation warfare officer
  • Helicopter pilot
  • Intelligence officer
  • Logistics officer
  • Air combat officer (mission aircrew)
  • Human resource manager

Assumed Knowledge

Any 2 units of English

Entry requirements

2020 Lowest Selection Rank 1

75.00 + Defence Selection

2021 Guaranteed Entry 2

N/A

2020 A levels 3

12 + Defence Selection

2020 IB Diploma 4

27 + Defence Selection

2020 Lowest ATAR 5

71

1. 2020 Lowest Selection Rank

The 2020 Lowest Selection Rank (LSR) is the adjusted rank (ATAR plus adjustment factors) you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2020.

2. 2021 Guaranteed Entry

Find more information on Guaranteed Entry here.

3. 2020 A levels

The 2020 A levels score is based on four Advanced Level (A2) subject. Entry scores are calculated from the best three or four A2 subjects (excluding repeated subjects) using the following values: A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1. At most one Applied A Level subject may be included in the best four subjects used to calculate the aggregate.

4. 2020 IB Diploma

The 2020 IB Diploma is an indication of the IB you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2020. It is to be used as a guide only.

5. 2020 Lowest ATAR

The 2020 Lowest ATAR is the lowest ATAR (before adjustment factors were applied) to which an offer was made. Where <5 is listed, this indicates that less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made and so the score has not been published. N/A indicates no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.

Additional selection criteria

Undergraduate entry to the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) is open to Australian residents who are members of the Australian Defence Force and selected members of overseas Armed Forces. Trainee Officers are selected by one of the three services (Navy, Army or Airforce) in the Australian Defence Force and must also meet academic entry requirements for UNSW Canberra at ADFA. Applying for ADFA is a dual application process. As selection for the Australian Defence Force is a competitive process, which can take up to 12 months, it is preferable that you apply to Defence Force Recruiting in Year 11. Visit this site for more information on both application processes.

How to apply

Applications for undergraduate study from domestic students (Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, Australian permanent humanitarian visa holders and New Zealand citizens) are processed by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Visit the Apply section of the UAC website and you can nominate up to five degrees in order of preference, with the first being your most desired degree and university.

On-time applications for admission usually close at the end of September each year for Term 1 admission. Late applications can be submitted, but a late fee will apply. For study starting in Term 1, the majority of offers are made in December and January.

Visit the UAC website for key dates for admission outside of Term 1.

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Fees

2020 Indicative First Year Fee

$6,684*

The Australian Defence Force covers tuition fees for defence students.

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