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Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)

The UNSW Bachelor of Commerce is designed to meet the future needs of students and employers.

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You can make big changes in the world with a career in business. Your path to problem-solving for business success and a sustainable society starts here, with a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) from UNSW Business School.

This three-year degree has an innovative first year curriculum that will teach you how to recognise and analyse current global business challenges and opportunities. You’ll understand business essentials from day one and be able to confidently choose the business majors that are right for you.

Career development and professional experience are built into your studies to enhance your employability upon graduation. Learning experiences like internships and business practicums are a degree requirement. You’ll also develop a digital graduate portfolio that demonstrates your skillset to future employers.

Why choose the Bachelor of Commerce?

There is a broad variety of business majors to choose from, including:

You can choose one or two majors or double your degree with an additional Bachelor from other areas such as Engineering, Science or Arts.

Depending on the chosen major, graduates are professionally recognised with accreditation from industry bodies including the Australian Human Resources Institute, Australian Securities and Investment Commission, CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, ACCA and Institute of Public Accountants.

Finance major students will also have access to the Business School’s iLab, an integrated teaching space with real-time financial market data and trading platforms.

Who is this degree for?

  • You’re looking for a flexible business qualification with a wide range of study areas
  • You want to learn the fundamentals of business
  • You want professional recognition from the industry governing bodies
  • You’re seeking to study up to two business majors in a single degree program
  • You want professional skills and business practice included in your degree

Why the Business School?

UNSW Business School is a leading business school in the Asia-Pacific, with our subjects consistently ranking within the top 50 worldwide. Within Australia we rank 1st for Accounting and Finance, and 2nd for Business and Management studies. Worldwide, these subjects rank within the Top 50 along with Economics and Econometrics.

Our students build professional networks among more than 90,000 Business School alumni worldwide and begin their new career before graduation. This undergraduate degree incorporates a suite of professional development opportunities offered by Career Accelerator, that are exclusive to UNSW’s Business School students. Career Accelerator helps you build industry connections through networking and mentoring, and you can undertake internships and global business practicums for credit towards your degree.


The Bachelor of Commerce is a 3-year degree program consisting of 24 courses (144 UOC). The program includes:

  • First year business courses
  • Commerce major/s
  • Elective courses
  • Professional development courses and experiences

Integrated First Year – Business Courses and Professional Development Courses

In your first year you will be immersed in an integrated innovative coursework program. You will learn business essentials and develop a blueprint for your professional development.

Business Management (4 courses – 24UOC)

  • COMM1140 Financial Management
  • COMM1170 Organisational Resources
  • COMM1180 Value Creation
  • COMM1190 Data, Insights and Decisions

Business Ecosystem (2 courses – 12 UOC)

  • COMM1100 Business Decision Making
  • COMM1150 Global Business Environments

Business Skills and Capabilities (2 courses – 12 UOC)

  • COMM1110 Evidence-based Problem Solving
  • COMM1120 Collaboration and Innovation in Business

Professional Development (2 courses – 0 UOC)

  • COMM0099 myBCom Blueprint
  • COMM1999 myBCom First Year Portfolio

Second and Third Year – Commerce Major, Electives and Professional Development

Your choice of major

Electives

  • Free elective courses (you can use these to complete a second major)
  • General education courses (must be chosen from other faculties)

Professional Development Courses and Experiences

  • Mandatory Work Integrated Learning – You must complete at least one course credit with a work integrated learning focus such as an internship or business practicum
  • Final Year Synthesis – Synthesise your learning by applying and integrating the knowledge and skills gained throughout your B Com.
  • COMM3999 myBCom Graduate Portfolio
Entry to this degree is based on your Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or an equivalent rank derived from the following:
  • Australian interstate Year 12 qualifications (e.g. OP rank)
  • New Zealand NCEA Level 3
  • Equivalent overseas qualifications e.g. International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, GCE A-Levels
  • Post-secondary or tertiary qualifications
  • An alternative entry qualification

Domestic students
For further information on domestic admission requirements, see UNSW Future Students degree finder.

International students
For further information on international admission requirements, see the International Undergraduate Direct Entry Table.

The UNSW English Language requirements also apply to this degree.

Alternative entry pathways
If you did not meet the entry cut-off of this degree, you might want to consider studying a different undergraduate degree (either at UNSW or another university), achieve good marks for your first year of study, and then apply for transfer into this degree.

If you did not have the required academic qualification for admission, visit the UNSW Future Students website to find out what other options are available to you.

Domestic students

If you are an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, you apply online through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

International students

If you are an international student, and you’re completing an Australian Year 12, or the NZ NCEA Level 3 qualification in Australia or overseas, you apply online through UAC International.

All other international students apply directly to UNSW.

Transferring students

Transferring within UNSW

Current UNSW students can apply to transfer from one UNSW degree to another (e.g. from Bachelor of Arts to Bachelor of Commerce) as long as the entry requirements of the new program are met.

Assessment is usually based on your high school qualification (ATAR or equivalent) and/or results from your UNSW studies. In most cases, you need to have completed a minimum of 6 courses (36 UOC) at UNSW.

You can apply for transfer to another UNSW degree by:

If you gain entry into the new program, you will then be assessed for transfer credits for courses already completed. You can see the transfer credits on myUNSW.

Transferring from outside UNSW

Students studying at another institution can apply to transfer to a UNSW business degree as long as the entry requirements of the program are met.

Assessment is usually based on your high school qualification (ATAR or equivalent) and/or results from university studies. In most cases, you need to have completed a minimum of 6 courses (36 UOC) at the other university.

You can apply for transfer to a UNSW degree by:

  • Applying through UAC (if you’re a domestic student) or directly with UNSW via Apply Online (if you’re an international student)

If you gain entry into the program at UNSW, you will need to apply for transfer credits for courses already completed. Find out more about credit transfer at UNSW.

For a list of pre-assessed business courses, visit our transfer credit guide.

Note:
  • If you’re a domestic student and have completed one semester of study, and your high school results (e.g. ATAR, IB score) met the entry requirements, you may be eligible to apply for transfer via UAC based on your high school results only.
  • If you’re an international student and have completed one semester of study, and your high school results (e.g. ATAR, IB score) met the entry requirements, you may be eligible to apply for transfer directly with UNSW via Apply Online.

UNSW Business School students are some of Australia’s best and brightest, with a reputation for drive and innovation. Our graduates have exceptional employability rates, performing well above the national average. The majority of our students are employed full-time within four months of graduating and earning a wage higher than most business & management graduates.

Our degrees include up to two for-credit industry experiences, such as internships or global business practicums. These experiences are part of a suite of opportunities that is exclusive to UNSW’s Business School students and organised through Career Accelerator. The professional development opportunities complement your studies, build connections to industry and give you a clear advantage after graduation.

The opportunities are grouped within the Networking, Mentoring, Internships, and Global sections of Career Accelerator.

Networking

The people you meet during your time at university can play a profound role in positively shaping your career. Connect with like-minded and influential people through:

  • Business Connect - an introduction to Networking
  • Industry Insights – workshop sessions delivered by industry partners
  • Industry Events – invitation-only events hosted by industry partners
  • Business Case Competitions – impress future employers with your problem-solving skills

Mentoring

Participating in a mentoring program will boost your confidence, help grow your professional network, develop your communication, teamwork and leadership skills as well as building upon your business acumen.

  • Mentor Connect – a quick, online chat with an AGSM MBA student about your future
  • Career Mentoring Program – a 10-week program of career mentoring and coaching

Internships

UNSW Business School’s for-credit and not-for-credit opportunities such consultancy projects, social entrepreneurship practicums, virtual internships and extra-curricular experiences.

  • Internships & Consulting Projects – real-world and virtual projects for program credit
  • Social Entrepreneurship Practicum – practicum to develop professional team skills in a real project for program credit
  • Business Experience – real-world and virtual projects for professional development

Global Opportunities

The personal and professional benefits of living, studying or working in a different culture are immense and recognised by employers.

  • Global Business Practicum - work in small cross-disciplinary student consulting team on a genuine business issue, usually in Asia
  • Social Entrepreneurship Practicum - build entrepreneurial, workplace and leadership capabilities in India
  • Business Immersion China - blend business, culture and Chinese language classes with company visits and excursions to sights of significant cultural importance around Shanghai
  • International Information Systems & Technology Practicum – experience how e-business systems differ across international borders
  • Student Exchange – live and study overseas for up to 3 terms at one of our 200 partner universities

A Bachelor of Commerce prepares you for long-term business success. UNSW Business School graduates are currently employed in a variety of professions including: accountant/auditors, commercial managers, economists, financial advisors, human resource consultants, ICT business/system analysts, international business development managers, investment bankers, management consultants, marketing/brand managers, property business analysts, recruitment officers, and tax advisors – to name a few.


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Quick facts for students

Program code
3502
UAC code
424000
Award
Bachelor Degree
Assumed Knowledge
Mathematics
Lowest Rank
96.00
Hsc Plus Bonus Points
English and Maths
Other qualifications considered
Accepted Qualifications for High School Graduates
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
144
Study Mode
Face to face
Duration
3 years full–time, 6 years part-time
Commencing terms
Term 1 - February
Term 2 - June
Term 3 - September
HECS fee band
Band 3
Program fee (total)
$34,071

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