Commerce - 3502

Program Summary

Faculty: UNSW Business School

Contact:  UNSW Business School 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

Domestic Entry Requirements: See Domestic Entry Requirements

International Entry Requirements: See International Entry Requirements


Bachelor of Commerce (Double Major)

Bachelor of Commerce (Major)

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Program Description

The handbook provides you with information on the degree structure you would need to follow for the year you commence your study.

If you are a prospective student researching your study options, please visit UNSW Business School website for more information.

NOTE: From 2016 B Commerce commencing students will no longer be able to complete a Language major within this program due to the increased UOC of majors from the Faculty of Arts & Social Science. Students wishing to complete a Language major in addition to their Commerce major are advised to enrol in B Commerce/ BArts dual award 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, information systems or Taxation.

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.

It is assumed that students have a certain level of knowledge in advanced mathematics in order to cope well with the mathematical or statistical component of a business degree. If you are successful in obtaining a place without this assumed knowledge, you are strongly encouraged to consider studying a Mathematics Bridging Course before starting your degree.

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
  • UNSW Business School Elective
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: 48 UOC in an approved disciplinary stream offered by the UNSW Business School (See Table A), containing at least 18 UOC at level 3. (Note that the 48 UOC includes the first disciplinary course(s) in the Core (Compulsory or Flexible). This means that, for the majority of majors, students will complete 42 UOC in specified disciplinary courses outside the core.)

UNSW Business School Elective: 0-12 UOC in UNSW Business School courses to ensure a student completes a minimum of 96 UOC of Business courses within the BCom. The exact number of courses to complete will depend on the major chosen.

Free Electives: account for 36 UOC Students are free to use these UOC to complete courses from any Faculty however they need to be mindful of the program limit on Level 1 courses (60 UOC) when making their selection. GEN coded courses cannot be counted as Free Electives.

Ways to use these Free Electives include:
  • Completing a selection of courses from one or multiple Faculties.
  • Combining these UOC with that for the UNSW Business School Elective to complete a second major from within the UNSW Business School;
  • Completing a minor from within the UNSW Business School (30 UOC), with the remaining UOC to be taken from any Faculty.
  • Completing a minor in a modern language offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Science.
Other Course Options: You have the opportunity to participate in practicums while studying the Bachelor of Commerce Degree Program: COMM3020 Global Business Practicum, and COMM3030 Social Entrepreneurship Practicum. These courses may count as a Business School Elective or Free Elective, or in some cases an elective within specific Business majors. Entry into these courses require you to apply and satisfy specific criteria. Application information will appear on the UNSW Business School website.

Table A

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

Table B

Approved Minors from other Faculties:
  • Chinese Studies
  • French Studies
  • German Studies
  • Spanish and Latin American Studies
  • Japanese Studies
  • Korean Studies
Language Studies for Commencing Mid-Year Students

If your language skills are assessed as Level A in Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced or Professional you cannot commence study until Semester 1.

Click here to view the Progression Plan for your Commerce program

General Education Requirements

General Education requirements account for 12 UOC (2 courses) and are to be taken outside the UNSW Business School. 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 UNSW Business School cannot take General Education courses offered by the UNSW Business School (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 UNSW Business School Student Centre (Level 1, room 1028, Quadrangle Building).


High achieving students may undertake honours in the area of their business major by enrolling in 4501 BCom(Hons) program.

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.


For information regarding fees for UNSW programs, please refer to the following website:  UNSW Fee Website.

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 UNSW Business School Student Centre for advice.
tel: + 61 2 9385 3189
location: Level 1, room 1028, Quadrangle Building
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