Commerce - 3502

Program Summary

Faculty: UNSW Business School

Contact:  Australian School of Business Student Centre

Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Typical Duration: 3 Years

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 3

Max UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC For Award: 144

UAC Code: 424000

ATAR: 96.30  

International Entry Requirements: See International Entry Requirements


Bachelor of Commerce (Double Major)

Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)

Bachelor of Commerce (Major)

Information valid for students commencing 2013.
Students who commenced prior to 2013 should go to the Handbook's Previous Editions

Program Description

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Start your search at the Australian School of Business website.
Students should always follow the program requirements according to the year they started their degree. For more information please visit Previous UNSW Online Handbooks.

Important information

From Semester 1 2013, Actuarial Studies will no longer be offered as a major in the Bachelor of Commerce program. This can now be studied within the new Bachelor of Actuarial Studies program.

The Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) is a highly valued business qualification that can open the door to a wide variety of career options for graduates. The degree is also flexible enough to allow students to design a degree which aligns with their interests and career ambitions in accounting, finance, human resource management, marketing or information systems.

Students also have the option to design their BCom degree with a broader business focus through management, international business, business economics or business law specialisations. For detailed information on the professional recognition this degree offers please visit Professional Recognition of Programs in the UNSW Online Handbook.

Program benefits:
  • Highly regarded by industry
  • Provides students with the fundamentals of business and the option to explore their interests
  • Prepares students academically, technically and professionally
  • Equips students with the skills and knowledge to pursue a variety of career options
  • Allows students to obtain accreditation in a range of areas

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

On successful completion of the BCom, students will have the ability to:
  • demonstrate business knowledge and apply that knowledge in business problems
  • demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • present complex issues in coherent written statements and oral presentations
  • demonstrate understanding of disciplinary issues in a local or global context
  • demonstrate understanding of the principles of working collaboratively in teams
  • understand the social and ethical dimensions in their chosen disciplinary areas

Program Structure

The Bachelor of Commerce may be studied as a single degree or as part of a dual degree program. As a single degree the Bachelor of Commerce is 144 UOC and consists of a depth component and a breadth component as detailed in the following table:
Depth component
 96 UOC
  • Compulsory core courses
  • Flexible core courses
  • Major requirements
Breadth component
 48 UOC
  • Free Electives
  • General Education courses (12 UOC)

If a student completes the Bachelor of Commerce as part of an approved dual degree program they only complete the 96 UOC of the depth component.

NOTE: A maximum of 60 UoC of Level 1 courses (excluding General Education requirement) are able to be counted towards a Bachelor of Commerce degree

Compulsory core courses account for 24 UOC (4 courses)
Flexible core courses account for 24 UOC (4 courses). Students should choose four courses from the following list:
Major requirements 48UOC in an approved disciplinary stream offered by the Australian School of Business (See Table A), containing at least 18 UOC at level 3. (Note that the 48UOC includes the first disciplinary course(s) in the Core (Compulsory or Flexible). This means that, for the majority of majors, students will complete 42UOC in specified disciplinary courses outside the core.)

Free electives account for up to 42 UOC (7 courses). At least one of these courses must be taken from within the Australian School of Business to ensure you complete 96UOC of Business courses within the BCom. The remaining free electives may be taken to complete a second major from within the Australian School of Business or count towards major of 54 UOC in a modern language offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Science. See requirements for language major.

Table A

Approved Majors from within the ASB:
  • Accounting
  • Business Economics
  • Business Strategy and Economic Management
  • Business Law
  • Finance
  • Financial Economics
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Systems
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Taxation

Table B

Approved Majors from other Faculties:
  • Chinese Studies
  • French Studies
  • German Studies
  • Hispanic Studies
  • Japanese Studies
  • Korean Studies

General Education Requirements

General Education requirements account for 12 UOC (2 courses) and are to be taken outside the Australian School of Business. These courses allow you to select either courses that were developed especially for the General Education Program (beginning with GEN) or to choose 'mainstream' courses that are offered in the degree programs of other faculties. For further information about General Education Requirements please refer to the UNSW Online Handbook.

Please note that students enrolled in programs within the Australian School of Business cannot take General Education courses offered by the ASB (i.e. GENC code). . These restrictions also apply to the following courses:
  • GENL2015 The World of Work
  • GENL2021 An Introduction to the Australian Legal System
  • GENL2032 Cyberspace Law 2.0
  • GENL5021 Business Law Basics
If students are unsure of their General Education requirements they should contact the Australian School of Business Student Centre (Ground floor, West entrance, Australian School of Business building)


High achieving students may apply to undertake honours in the area of their business major. Honours is an additional year of full-time study (48 UOC) which provides students with advanced knowledge of their chosen field and develops research and communication skills. Students usually complete advanced courses/seminars and a thesis. Students interested in studying at Honours Level should refer to the relevant Honours plan record for entry requirements

Academic Rules

Please refer to the Program Structure for the academic requirements relating to this program.
Rules relating to the award of the degree of BCom shall apply wherever relevant. Students are advised to consult the Academic Rules for further information.


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Professional Recognition

For further information, please refer to the Professional Recognition of Programs in the UNSW Online Handbook.

Further Information

Please note that these requirements may be subject to change. Students should always follow the program requirements according to the year they started their degree. For more information please visit Previous UNSW Online Handbooks

Contact the Australian School of Business Student Centre for advice.
tel: + 61 2 9385 3189
location: Ground Floor, West Wing, Australian School of Business Building
Forms, policies and procedures
Frequently asked questions

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3558 Commerce (International)
3559 Commerce/Media (PR & Advert)
3567 Commerce / Fine Arts
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