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Bachelor of Commerce

Degree Type Bachelor

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

SATAC Code 314101
314114

CRICOS 001521M

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 Entrepreneurship. Students develop critical thinking and communication skills and this enables graduates to deal effectively with the continuous change in business environments.


A wide number of courses have met the competence area requirement for Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.
  • Entry Requirements

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    I am a:

    Domestic applicants

    Not a domestic applicant?

    Apply through SATAC www.satac.edu.au
    2016 CSP ATAR 80.05
    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.
    • Without formal qualifications?
      You may be eligible for our special access schemes.
    • Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    Apply through SATAC: www.satac.edu.au

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    CRICOS 001521M
    Intake February and July
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6 Reading 5.5 Listening 5.5 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 60 Reading 8 Listening 8 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 50 Reading 42 Listening 42 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 169 Reading 162 Listening 162 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Secondary School Qualifications International ATAR 80
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 27
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 13
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) 15
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 9
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 75
    ISC & CBSE [India] 75%
    ISBE [India] 85%
    SAT [US] 1270
    Abitur 3.1
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 2.7
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 8.0
    STPM or Matrikulasi 3.00
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 77
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 380
    Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Phillipines or Taiwan may be eligible to apply for a Pre-University Pathway to prepare for or gain entry into the University's undergraduate academic programs. For additional information see Admissions Information - Academic Requirements
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Domestic applicants

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $10,325

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $35,500

    Scholarships

    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    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.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Industry Placement

    Work Placement: [Can include]

     

    Professional Accreditation

    The University's business programs have been awarded international accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) http://www.aacsb.edu/accreditation/ 

    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.

    A wide number of courses have met the competence area requirement for the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.





    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).

    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

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

    Global Learning Experience

    Your program has been designed to provide you with the opportunity to add a global experience to your studies. You can do this by incorporating a study tour or semester exchange into your study plan. 

    Study Tours

    Study tours are usually around two or three weeks in duration. They can be credited towards electives or core courses. Study tours are usually held during the summer or winter break. The Faculty of the Professions runs different and repeated study tours every year.  Some examples are below and current study tours being offered can be found here:  Go Global

    Example Study Tour Study Plan

    CourseYear/LevelUnitsCore/Elective
    International Internship – PROF 3501 2nd Year 3 Elective
    International Study Tour; Accounting and Finance – ACCTFIN 3501 2nd Year 3 Elective

    Student Exchange

    The best time to go on an exchange is in Semester 1- Year 2, Semester 2 - Year 2, or Semester 1 - Year 3. If you want to go on exchange, the easiest way is to structure your degree plan that you can take all electives during your exchange semester. However, there are some courses you can take at partner institutions that will count as core course credit.

    The faculty of the Professions preferred exchange partners for the Business School are:

    Europe

    KU Leuven (Belgium)
    Aarhus University (Denmark)
    Copenhagen Business School (Denmark)
    University of Exeter - Business school (England)
    Aalto University (Finland)
    Audencia Business School (France)
    University of Strasbourg - EM Strasbourg Business School (France)
    University of Strasbourg - Institute of Political Studies (France)
    ESCP Europe (France)
    HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management (Germany)
    EBS University of Business and Law (Germany)
    University of Mannheim (Germany)
    University of Tubingen- School of Economics (Germany)
    University of Gottingen (Germany)
    Bocconi University (Italy) 
    Ca' Foscari University of Venice (Italy)
    Maastricht University (Netherlands)
    Utrecht University (Netherlands)

    South America

    University of Chile (Chile)

    Asia

    Xiamen University (China)
    University of International Business and Economics UIBE (China)

    North America

    HEC Montreal (Canada)


    Please see the examples below and contact the Global Study Coordinator for more information. Also make sure to check out the  Global Learning website for a full list of the University of Adelaide Exchange Partners, application dates, and other key information.

    Examples of Student Exchange Study Plans below by Major


    Accounting

    Partner & CountryCourseUniversity of Adelaide CreditUnitsYear/ LevelCore/ Elective
    University of Mannheim-Germany International Taxation  Accounting Elective III 3 3rd Year Elective
    Taxation of Businesses and Individuals Accounting Elective III 3 3rd
    Year
    Elective
    International Financial Accounting and Business Taxation Financial Accounting II 3 2nd Year Core
    The European Union and the Euro Crisis
    The German Financial Market
    Elective II 3 2nd
    Year
    Elective

    Accounting and Corporate Finance
    Please note there is only one elective for this Double Major, so a semester exchange will take considered planning to ensure core courses can be taken abroad.

    Partner & CountryCourseUniversity of Adelaide CreditUnitsYear/ LevelCore/ Elective
    Bocconi University (Italy) Auditing Auditing III 3 3rd Year Core
    Managerial Accounting Cost and Management Accounting II 3 2nd Year Core
    Equity Portfolio Management Portfolio Theory and Management III 3 3rd Year Core
    Financial Contracting Corporate Finance Theory III 3 3rd Year Core

    Corporate Finance

    Partner & CountryCourseUniversity of Adelaide CreditUnitsYear/ LevelCore/ Elective
    University of Glasgow - Scotland Advanced Financial Accounting Financial Accounting II 3 2nd Year Elective
    Derivative Securities Options, Futures and Risk Management III 3 3rd
    Year
    Elective
    Corporate Insolvency Corporate Finance Elective Level III 3 3rd Year Elective
    International Financial Management Corporate Finance Theory III 3 3rd Year Core

    International Business

    Partner & CountryCourseUniversity of Adelaide CreditUnitsYear/ LevelCore/ Elective
    HEC Montreal - Canada Information Technologies in Organisations Elective Level II 3 2nd Year Elective
    Ethics and Management Elective Level II 3 2nd Year Elective
    International Marketing International Marketing III 3 3rd Year Core
    Small Business Management Elective Level II 3 2nd Year Elective

    Management

    Partner & CountryCourseUniversity of Adelaide CreditUnitsYear/ LevelCore/ Elective
    University of Exeter
    Business School - England
    International Management and Globalisation Managing Across Cultures III 3 3rd
    Year
    Core
    Creative Industries Management Elective Level I 3 1st, 2nd or 3rd Year Elective
    Eat: The Social Self as Consumer Elective Level III 3 3rd Year Elective
    European Union Law Elective Level II 3 2nd Year Elective

    Marketing

    Partner & CountryCourseUniversity of Adelaide CreditUnitsYear/ LevelCore/ Elective
    Aarhus University- Denmark International Marketing International Marketing III 3 3rd Year Core
    Cross-Cultural Marketing Marketing Elective Level III 3 3rd Year Elective
    Public Relations Marketing Elective Level II 3 2nd Year Elective
    Sustainable Production and Consumption Elective Level II/III 3 2nd or 3rd
    Year
    Elective



  • Degree 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.

    Study Plan - Accounting Major

    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.

    Study Plan - Accounting & Finance Double Major

    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.

    Study Plan - Corporate Finance Major

    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.

    Study Plan - International Business Major

    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.

    Study Plan - Management Major

    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.

    Study Plan - Marketing Major

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

     

    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)

    Example Study Plan


    Please refer to relevant major for indicative study plan



    Level 1 (Common Core)


    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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Last updated: Thursday, 15 Jun 2017

 

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