Bachelor of Commerce

Drive strategic accounting, finance or marketing

With technological and societal change constantly reshaping commercial enterprise, the need for business professionals to be strategic, innovative and adaptable has never been greater.

Our Bachelor of Commerce gives you these vital career advantages, while delivering professional accreditation in accounting, finance or marketing.

What will you do?

The degree gives you the knowledge, tools and insight to immediately contribute to successful organisations today—and confidently lead the sustainable enterprises of tomorrow.

You will build foundational knowledge in accounting, finance, economics and commercial law; explore business lifecycles, data analysis, cultural diversity and the entrepreneurial mindset; then focus your career direction through a major or double major. Options include:

  • Accounting
  • Corporate Finance
  • Marketing
  • or any two of these.

You’ll also have the opportunity to hone your abilities through a real-world capstone experience. This could be an internship; industry project; participation in the Australian eChallenge or Tech eChallenge; or approved Business School study tour*.

You will graduate able to research and analyse diverse business problems, develop powerful, evidence-based solutions, and promote ethical, sustainable business through innovation and clearly articulated strategic thinking.

Where could it take you?

Everywhere. Complete an accounting major and you’ll be entitled to join CPA (Certified Practising Accountants) Australia and CA ANZ (Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand). The Corporate Finance major meets CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Institute entry requirements. And the marketing major’s accredited with the AMI (Australian Marketing Institute).^

*Students undertaking a double major in Corporate Finance and Marketing must complete the course Marketing Planning Project for their capstone experience.



  • AACSB accredited
  • Australia's #1 University for entrepreneurship education^
  • ISO 9001 Certification

^QS World University Ranking by Subject, 2021

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Domestic applicants

Admissions information

SATAC Code www.satac.edu.au
2021 CSP ATAR 72.05
2021 CSP IB 26
Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 85
Guaranteed Entry Score - IB 31
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Enquiries Future Students team

2021 Admissions Data for school leavers
ATAR
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 63.9
Median ATAR to receive an offer 86.03
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 99.85
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 72.05
Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 89.35
Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer 99.95
Minimum eligibility score 72
Additional criteria considered Selection rank only
Selection Criteria
Recent Secondary Education Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, however if you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, you may still be able to be considered on the basis of your secondary schooling. You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors). Applicants who have not achieved a competitive Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors) required for selection may be selected based on the grades in selected year 12 subjects. Applicants do not need to apply to be considered for subject-based entry, as this will automatically be done by SATAC on behalf of the University. For more information, please see: https://www.adelaide.edu.au/study/undergraduate/entry-pathways/recent-secondary-education/ Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Higher Education Study You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units). 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. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Vocational Education and Training (VET) study 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. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Work and life experience To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2022. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2022 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2021 or 2020), 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 2020). 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 Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Other Entry Pathways
How to Apply
Apply through SATAC: www.satac.edu.au

Student Profile
Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2021
Number of students Percentage of all students
(A) Higher Education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
32 6.9%
(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study <5 N/A
(C) Work and life experience
(admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
13 2.8%
(D) Recent secondary education:
  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
    (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
174 37.3%
  • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
    (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
N/A N/A
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
    (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
26 5.6%
International students 217 46.6%
All students 466 100.0%

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place

More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

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

The Bachelor of Commerce prepares students for careers in all areas of commerce, as well as the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Career opportunities can include business consultant, international trade analyst, manager, administrator and marketing professional.

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 and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Industry Placement

Work placement can include:

Professional Accreditation

Upon completion of the 'Accounting' or 'Accounting and Corporate Finance' major you'll be eligible to apply for associate membership to either Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand or CPA Australia. To achieve full membership, both bodies require an additional program of study and a stipulated length of work experience.

Potential careers

Financial Services Officer, Fund and Portfolio Manager, Financial Analyst, Marketing - Agriculture, Food & Wine, Marketing Associate, Marketing Officer, Marketing Planner, Manager / Business Management, Market Researcher, Marketer / Marketing Manager, Ministerial Adviser, Business Analyst, Business Consultant, Commodities or Futures Trader, Public Servant, Finance Manager, Foreign Affairs, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser, Taxation Officer, International Trade or Business Analyst, Stockbroker

Degree Structure

Academic Program Rules

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

You can find the academic program rules for this degree under the Faculty of the Professions rules.

Areas of Specialisation

Bachelor of Commerce students may choose to graduate with one of six majors:

  • Accounting
  • Corporate Finance
  • Marketing
  • Accounting and Corporate Finance
  • Accounting and Marketing
  • Corporate Finance and Marketing.

Example Study Plan

To find out more about what you'll study for each specialisation refer to study plans available on the Faculty of Professions website.

Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting 
Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Corporate Finance 
Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Marketing 
Bachelor of Commerce in Corporate Finance 
Bachelor of Commerce in Corporate Finance and Marketing 
Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing 

Example Indicative study plan for Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing
Year 1 ENTREP 1000
Business Lifecycles
ENTREP 1002
Personal Professional
Development
ENTREP 1011
Entrepreneurship Foundations
and Mindset
ECON 1008
Data Analytics I
MARKETNG 1001
Introduction to Marketing
Foundations course level I
OR Elective
Foundations course level I
OR Elective
Foundations course level I
OR Elective
Year 2 MARKETNG 2010
Marketing Strategy
(prerequisite Introduction to
Marketing)
MARKETNG 2501
Consumer Behaviour
Minor or elective level II/III Minor or elective level II/III
MARKETNG 2002
Marketing Analytics
(prerequisite Data Analytics)
COMMLAW 2503
Company and Business Law
Minor or elective level II/III Minor or elective level II/III
Year 3 MARKETNG 3006
Delivering Customer Insights
(prerequisite Introduction to
Marketing)
MARKETNG 3501
Marketing to the World
(prerequisite Introduction to
Marketing)
Broadening Elective II/III Broadening Elective II/III
MARKETNG 3504
Service Design and Marketing
(prerequisite Introduction to
Marketing)
MARKETNG 3004
Marketing Planning Project
(prerequisite Marketing Strategy)
Broadening Elective II/III Capstone course
(eChallenge, internship, industry
project, study tour)


To qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Commerce, students must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 72 units, comprising:

1.    Level I courses not exceeding 30 units
2.    Core courses to the value of 12 units
3.    A major
4.    Capstone course to the value of at least 3 units
5.    Broadening electives to the value of 9 units.

PROF 1001:       Business Lifecycles
PROF 1002:       Personal Professional Development
ENTREP 1011:   Entrepreneurship Foundations and Mindset
ECON 1008:      Data Analytics I

Students must complete a major from the following:
Accounting
Corporate Finance
Marketing
Accounting and Corporate Finance
Accounting and Marketing
Corporate Finance and Marketing

Capstone (applied knowledge course)
At least one course from the following:

PROF 3500:      Undergraduate Professions Internship
PROF 3503:      Undergraduate Professions Virtual Internship
PROF 3501:      Undergraduate Professions Internship Overseas
PROF 3510:      Industry Project 
ENTREP 3900:  eChallenge
ENTREP 3901:  Tech eChallenge
ENTREP 3902:  Project Abroad 
Business School approved Study Tour
and, Students completing a major in Marketing including a double major must complete the following:
MARKETNG 3004:  Marketing Planning Project.

Assessment

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.

Testimonial

I get to use both of my degrees where I work, it's not just all accounting one day or all law, I get to work in areas that I can use both.

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Last updated: Friday, 22 Oct 2021