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Bachelor of Commerce

Degree Type Bachelor

Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 314101


The Bachelor of Commerce degree is in demand and one that is highly valued by employers. The academic program provides students with more than a vocational degree with technical business skills: it develops analytical and decision-making skills to prepare students for future leadership roles.  It is a flexible business degree providing majors in the specific career areas of accounting, corporate finance, international business, management, marketing and a double major option in accounting and corporate finance. Students also have the option to pursue a minor in Entrpreneurship. Students develop critical thinking and communication skills and this enables graduates to deal effectively with the continuous change in business environments.
  • Program Structure
    All students commence in the Bachelor of Commerce and complete a common first year of the program before continuing in their chosen major. The first year provides students with the foundations necessary for a commerce graduate and includes core courses in accounting, economics, marketing, management and law. In the second and third years, students will study courses from their chosen major. Students may also choose a minor in entrepreneurship.

    Accounting: this major is designed for students who wish to gain professional accounting qualifications. There are sixteen courses within the academic plan that are compulsory for an accounting qualification plus an additional six broadening electives and a compulsory capstone in Accounting Theory and Financial Statement Analysis.

    Corporate finance: students in this major gain finance and business skills and knowledge. Corporate finance focuses on the way financial managers make investment and financing decisions and use financial instruments and capital markets to enhance returns and manage risk.

    International business: this major is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in international business management. Students develop a broad foundation of business knowledge and undertake specialised studies in international management and international marketing. In addition, students complete either one semester of study abroad, study a foreign language or undertake international cultural studies.

    Management: this major introduces students to organisations as systems. The program will help students develop the necessary skills and knowledge to administer and coordinate an organisation's resources in ways that enable it to achieve its strategic goals within a systems framework. In the first year of the degree, students gain the background necessary for a career in business. Core courses include accounting, economics and business statistics, and an introduction to organisations and management. In subsequent years, the focus is on developing the technical, human and social skills required for business management.

    Marketing: this major is designed to provide students with a sound background in business, together with an understanding of marketing's role within and between organisations. The degree integrates the development of practical skills and acquisition of knowledge, with a strong emphasis on understanding current marketing theories and the latest marketing research practises. In addition to developing an understanding of marketing theory, students will prepare marketing reports, marketing plans and diagnostic case studies, and analyse advertising across a range of media.

    Accounting and Corporate Finance: This double major allows students the opportunity to gain finance and business skills and knowledge as well as their professional accounting qualification.
  • Assessment

    May include, but not limited to: Examinations, Group Assignments, Individual Assignments, Consulting Projects, Presentations, Quizzes, Tests, Tutorial Work as prescribed within each course.

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  • Admission and Fee Information

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    Domestic applicants

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    Apply through SATAC
    Adelaide Approved Score 85
    2016 CSP IB 27
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    Deferment? Yes - 2 year
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    Selection Criteria
    Year 12 applicants
    You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).

    Alternative entry pathways
    • Higher Education applicants
      You must have completed at least half a year full time equivalent university study. A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA.
    • VET applicants
      You must have completed an AQF Certificate IV or above from a Registered Training Organisation. Your application will be ranked according to the level of the award.
    • Special Entry applicants
      You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2017. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2017 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2016 or 2015), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2015). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
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      You may be eligible for our special access schemes.
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    How to Apply
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    International applicants

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    IB 27
    IELTS Overall 6 [more info]
    Annual tuition fees International student place: $35,500
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    CRICOS 001521M
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Equivalent Scores
    IB 27
    A-Level 9
    UEC [Malaysia] 15
    SAT [US] 1770
    ISC & CBSE [India] 75%
    ISBE [India] [1] 85%
    OSSD OAC [Canadian Pre-U] 75
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 380
    Bradford Foundation Program 77
    [1] Acceptable Indian State Board Examinations: Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu
    How to Apply

    International applicants applying with Australian year 12 results

    Not an international applicant applying with Australian year 12 results?

    Annual tuition fees International student place: $35,500
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
  • Areas of Specialisation

    All Commerce students are admitted to the Bachelor of Commerce program and may choose to graduate with one of the majors listed below.

    • Accounting
    • Accounting & Corporate Finance (Double Major)
    • Corporate Finance
    • International Business
    • Management
    • Marketing
    • Entrepreneurship (Minor only)
  • Study Plans

    The study plans given are examples of pathways through this degree.

    Please refer to relevant major for indicative study plan

    Level 1 (Common Core)

  • Career Opportunities

    Students who specialise in accounting may join the accounting profession in all areas of commerce and industry. Admission to CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA) requires the completion of an accredited degree, practical experience and courses of study organised by the professional accounting associations. A Bachelor of Commerce is recognised as a fully accredited degree by both professional bodies. Career prospects are available in specialised fields as tax, audit, management accounting, computerised accounting and finance.

    Students who specialise in International Business, Management, or Marketing can look forward to careers in the international business, public, not-for-profit and government sectors. Career opportunities can includes business consultants, international trade analysts, managers, administrators and marketing professionals.

    Potential careers

    Financial Services Officer, Fund and Portfolio Manager, Accountant, Management Consultant, Manager / Business Management, Market Researcher, Marketer / Marketing Manager, Ministerial Adviser, Business Analyst, Business Consultant, Commodities or Futures Trader, Public Servant, Finance Manager, Financial Adviser, Financial Systems / Computer Analyst, Foreign Affairs, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser, Taxation Officer, International Trade or Business Analyst, Stockbroker

  • Graduate Attributes
  • Professional Accreditation

    The University's business programs have been awarded international accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) 

    AACSB accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education and has been earned by less than 5% of the world's business schools.

    This means the University of Adelaide's Business Degrees are recognised internationally for their high quality.

    Accounting: upon completion of the Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) students will be eligible to apply for associate membership of either the Chartered Accountants program (Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia) or the Certified Practicing Accountants program (CPA Australia). To achieve full professional membership both bodies require an additional program of study and a stipulated length of work experience.

    Corporate Finance: graduates are entitled to affiliate membership of The Financial Services Institute of Australia (Finsia). Some Corporate Finance courses cover material relevant for entry to the Chartered Financial Analysts and Financial Planning Association.

    International Business: completion of appropriate courses within this program leads to membership of professional associations such as the Australian Institute of Management (AIM), the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) and the Australian Marketing Institute (AMI).

    Management: completion of this academic plan leads to membership of professional associations such as the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) and the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI).

    Marketing: completion of this academic plan enables students to gain credit towards Certified Professional Marketer (CPM) status awarded by the Australian Marketing Institute (AMI).

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