Bachelor of Commerce

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

Your global business journey starts here. Our Bachelor of Commerce offers a wide variety of subject options, immersive learning experiences and a strong commercial grounding in business. Take advantage of our international exchange and industry placement opportunities and tailor your degree to launch your career in virtually any field, anywhere in the world.

Key Features of the Bachelor of Commerce

The Bachelor of Commerce degree has been designed in consultation with industry leaders, graduate recruiters, current students and alumni. Core units of study will progressively develop your knowledge and skills, to help you transition from school to university and then into the world of business with confidence. The program offers its students a strong commercial grounding in the main areas of business, preparing you for a career in virtually any field, anywhere in the world. It also offers you the flexibility to combine specialty study in a wide range of majors, allowing you to tailor your degree to suit your career aspirations and help you to get where you want to go.

The Bachelor of Commerce program gives you exposure to practical business cases and experiences, drawn from our wide network of Australian and international business partners, and taught by some of the most dedicated and experienced educators in the world.

We offer students an opportunity to work for a leading firm, through our Industry Placement Program. Students are encouraged to incorporate either an exchange program or semester of independent study abroad into their degree.

Overview of the Bachelor of Commerce

The three-year full-time (or equivalent part-time) Bachelor of Commerce will prepare you for a successful career in business. The program combines theory with practice to teach you how businesses operate and gives you the analytical, technical, and practical skills to apply your knowledge effectively in the business world. Our core units will provide you with grounding in areas such as accounting, economics and business statistics.


Building on this foundation, you can choose up to two majors. At least one major will be from Table A or Table B: accounting, banking, business analytics, business information systems, commercial law, econometrics, economics, finance, industrial relations and human resource management, international business, management and marketing. You might choose to focus your study to pursue a particular professional qualification, or to explore many different areas to gain a broad and versatile business education.


In addition to a major from Table A or Table B, you have the option to choose a major or electives from many of the University’s other faculties (Table C). This gives you the opportunity to follow other interests or gain skills in areas that will benefit your career in business. For example, you might choose to enhance your employment prospects by learning a language through the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Course outline

OUTLINE OF DEGREE STRUCTUREThis degree can be undertaken full-time over three years or on a part-time basis over a minimum of six years.

The Bachelor of Commerce requires the completion of units of study worth 144 credit points, comprising:

  • 30 credit points in core units of study, composed of four junior units (1000-level); and one six credit point senior unit (2000-level);
  • a major selected from the Table A (Business School) and Table B (School of Economics) subject areas in the University of Sydney Business School Handbook;
  • an optional second major and/or elective units of study selected from Tables A, B or C in the University of Sydney Business School Handbook.
  • a maximum of 60 credit points in junior (1000-level) units of study; and
  • a minimum of 48 credit points in units of study from Table C (non-Business School and School of Economics units).

Refer to the 2017

Business School (Undergraduate) Handbook

for more detailed information regarding this degree’s structure and requirements.

Core units of study

All students complete five core units of study (four junior core units and a senior core unit). Full-time students must complete all four junior core units of study within their first year of enrolment. The senior core unit is completed in the second year of enrolment.

Junior core units:
  • BUSS1000 Future of Business,
  • BUSS1020 Quantitative Business Analysis,
  • BUSS1030 Accounting, Business and Society, and
  • BUSS1040 Economics for Business Decision Making.
Senior core unit :
  • BUSS2000 Leading and Influencing in Business. *
* Offered from 2018.Majors and electives for 2017Students must complete at least one major from the Table A or Table B subject areas.Table A subject areas - Business SchoolTable B subject areas - School of Economics

A major consists of a minimum of 36 credit points in senior units of study (usually six 2000 or 3000 level units) in a single subject area. Subject to degree requirements, you may also complete a second major and/or electives from Tables A, B or C. The degree structure provides for the completion of two majors, which can be an asset in a competitive job market.

Please refer to the

2017 University of Sydney Business School (Undergraduate) Handbook

for details of available Table A, B and C majors.

PROGRESSION EXAMPLES

For sample progression examples for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce, please refer to:

sydney.edu.au/business/study/courses/bachelor_of_commerce_progression_examples

Majors

What is a major?

A major is usually a three-year defined sequence of study (in some cases, a two-year sequence), generally comprising specified units of study in a particular subject area. Majors are included on students' testamurs.



Students select a major from a list of options specified for their degree. The majors that can be completed and the requirements for each may differ for each degree. Students must complete at least one compulsory Table A or Table B major to qualify for the award of the Bachelor of Commerce. Students can choose to complete an additional major from the Business School (Table A) or the faculties of Arts and Social Sciences or Science (Tables B and C).


In the Business School, a major consists of at least 36 credit points in senior (2000/3000-level) units of study from a single subject area of study. In the majority of subject areas, at least six senior units of study (six credit points each) are required to be completed for a major. Senior units of study can only be used to meet the requirements for one major only. Units cannot be 'double counted' or 'counted twice'. For example, WORK 2000 level units listed under the Management major may be counted to either an Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management major or a Management major, but cannot be counted towards both. The exact requirements for majors may differ between subject areas from different faculties.

Most majors require the completion of at least two junior (1000-level) prerequisite units of study (six credit points each). These junior units may be prerequisites for the major itself and/or for senior units within the major's subject area. Junior units may be used as prerequisites for majors or senior elective units in more than one subject area.

Core majors

Optional majors

Further course information

Progression rules

All students complete five core units of study (24 junior credit points + six senior credit points = 30 credit points) and at least one major (minimum 36 credit points of senior units of study) from the Table A or Table B subject areas.


All junior core units are completed in a students’ first year and the senior core unit is completed in the second year. A second major or elective units of study may be undertaken from any Table A or Table B subject areas, or from approved subject areas (Table C) offered by any other faculties of the University of Sydney, subject to degree requirements. A student may not count a unit of study toward more than one major. A student may not complete more than 60 credit points in junior units of study and must complete at least 96 credit points in units of study listed in Table A and Table B. A standard full-time enrolment is 24 credit points per semester; less than 18 credit points per semester is considered to be part-time. A student may not enrol in a unit of study, before meeting any prerequisites and corequisites for that unit of study.

For progression guides for this degree, please refer to the Business School (Undergraduate) Handbook.

What is an elective?

An elective is a unit of study within a degree, usually an option within a course. Electives allow more detailed study of a particular subject.


For the Bachelor of Commerce, electives can be selected from Table A (the University of Sydney Business School) or from Tables B and C (any other faculties within the university subject to approval by the offering faculty and degree requirements).

Course opportunities

Most subject areas within the Bachelor of Commerce allow for students to take part in the Business School's Student Exchange Program. The program involves you attending a host university overseas for a period of time (usually one or two semesters) before returning to complete your studies in Sydney. The program is literally a ‘swap’ of students between the universities, which means you can undertake approved overseas study and have the credits you achieve there count towards your degree at Sydney.

Credited towards your degree, the Business School also has an Industry Placement Program. Highly coveted by students, acceptance into the programs unit of study is competitive. The unit provides a preparation course before you enter the work placement for nine weeks. At the end of your placement, you are assessed based through a work-learning journal, your preparation of a business report that integrates your prior learning with your industry experience, and a presentation with the other students enrolled in the program.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Sydney Bachelor of Commerce graduates enter a wide range of careers, including: accountancy, banking and financial management, research and consulting, human resource management and industrial relations, advertising and market research, marketing and sales, business analysis, policy analysis and formulation, foreign affairs and public sector management.

The dedicated Careers and Employer Relations Office (CEO) in the Business School provides access to advice, resources and a wide range of opportunities and employer activities in the corporate and public sectors.

Course accreditation

The University of Sydney Business School is actively involved in quality assurance and accreditation activities aimed at further enhancing the quality of our teaching, research and community-related programs. We strive for excellence and this has earned us the top international accreditations available to business schools and enabled us to forge strategic alliances.

These include: The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), of which the Business School was the first Australian business school to achieve accreditations in both business and accounting (aacsb.edu); EQUIS, the quality assurance arm of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) (efmd.org) and CEMS - the Global Alliance in Management Education. The Business School is the only Australian business school to be admitted to CEMS (cems.org), which is a prestigious alliance of 17 renowned European business schools, nine non-European academic institutions, and 60 of the world's leading multinational corporations.

Professional Accreditations

For certain career options, external accreditation is a requirement for entering the workforce. Further accreditations are available to students who complete the requirements and meet eligibility criteria for the following:

  • CPA Australia
  • Chartered Accounts Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ)
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI)
  • CFA Institute® Program Partner

Refer to the Business School (Undergraduate) Handbook or Business School website for further details.

Further study

An additional honours year of study is available to Sydney Bachelor of Commerce students who complete their degree with meritorious achievement. The final honours year involves a combination of coursework and a thesis which gives students the opportunity to conduct meaningful research in a particular area of interest.

About honours

In some of the more specialised careers open to Bachelor of Commerce graduates, employers may be looking for a level of specialisation that is not provided by a pass degree. Similarly, if a student wishes to qualify for specialised postgraduate research study, a pass degree is not normally sufficient. An additional honours year considerably enhances a qualification, and singles students out to an employer as having exceptional ability

The Sydney Bachelor of Commerce honours year provides knowledge and training for candidates in research methods as well as experience in planning, performing and writing up research under the guidance of a supervisor. This year involves a combination of coursework and research toward the writing of a short thesis.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to this course is on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), tertiary study or an approved preparation program. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. Special admission pathways are open for domestic mature aged applicants who do not possess a school leaving qualification, educationally disadvantaged applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking.

Assumed knowledge: Mathematics. Other assumed knowledge depends on the first-year subjects selected.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth Supported Place. Refer to the UAC website for key dates.

Current students applying to transfer from one bachelor degree to another, apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the transferring courses page.

Current students applying to transfer from a diploma to a bachelor degree must apply through UAC.

For other useful information, visit our How to Apply page.

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics.

International students

How to apply

Visit the How to Apply page for detailed information on if you need to apply directly to the University or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right hand side of this course page.

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount

The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the 2017 amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course, and the specific units of study in which you enrol.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Students

The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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