Bachelor of Commerce
Campus North Terrace Campus
Degree Type Bachelor
Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equiv.
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.
1800 Approved Scholarship Grant
Charlie Bell Scholarship
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I am a:
SATAC Code www.satac.edu.au 2017 CSP ATAR 80.05 2017 CSP IB 27 2017 Adelaide Approved Score 85 Deferment Yes - 2 year Mid-year entry Subject to availability Intake February and July Enquiries Ask Adelaide 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
Apply through SATAC: www.satac.edu.au
- 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 2018. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2018 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2017 or 2016), 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 2016). 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
CRICOS 001521M Intake February and July
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 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6 TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21 Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50 Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 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) [Malaysia] 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
- Higher Education applicants
Fees and Scholarships
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Annual tuition fees International student place: $37,500
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
Students who specialise in accounting may join the accounting profession in all areas of commerce and industry.
Admission to CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand 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 AttributesThe objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
- Deep discipline knowledge
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Teamwork and communication skills
- Career and leadership readiness
- Intercultural and ethical competency
- Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Work placement can include:
The University's business programs have been awarded international accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB): 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 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).
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
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 ToursStudy 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
Course Year/Level Units Core/Elective International Internship – PROF 3501 2nd Year 3 Elective International Study Tour; Accounting and Finance – ACCTFIN 3501 2nd Year 3 Elective
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:
EuropeKU 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 AmericaUniversity of Chile (Chile)AsiaXiamen University (China)University of International Business and Economics UIBE (China)North AmericaHEC 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 by Major
Partner & Country Course University of Adelaide Credit Units Year/ Level Core/ Elective University of Mannheim-Germany International Taxation Accounting Elective III 3 3rd Year Elective Taxation of Businesses and Individuals Accounting Elective III 3 3rd
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
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 & Country Course University of Adelaide Credit Units Year/ Level Core/ 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
Partner & Country Course University of Adelaide Credit Units Year/ Level Core/ 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
Elective Corporate Insolvency Corporate Finance Elective Level III 3 3rd Year Elective International Financial Management Corporate Finance Theory III 3 3rd Year Core
Partner & Country Course University of Adelaide Credit Units Year/ Level Core/ 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
Partner & Country Course University of Adelaide Credit Units Year/ Level Core/ Elective University of Exeter
Business School - England
International Management and Globalisation Managing Across Cultures III 3 3rd
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
Partner & Country Course University of Adelaide Credit Units Year/ Level Core/ 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
Degree StructureAll 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
- Study Plan - Accounting and Finance Double Major
- Study Plan - Corporate Finance Major
- Study Plan - International Business Major
- Study Plan - Management Major
- 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 and Corporate Finance (double major)
- Corporate Finance
- International Business
- Entrepreneurship (minor only)
Example Study Plan
Please refer to relevant major for indicative study plan Level 1 (Common Core)
Assessment may include, but is 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: Friday, 1 Dec 2017