Commerce (Co-op) (Hons) - 3565

Program Summary

Faculty: UNSW Business School

Contact:  UNSW Business School Student Centre

Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Typical Duration: 4 Years  

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 6

Max UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC For Award: 192

UAC Code: 424601

Domestic Entry Requirements: See Domestic Entry Requirements

International Entry Requirements: See International Entry Requirements

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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.

The Bachelor of Commerce (Co-op) (Honours) is a highly valued and unique business qualification. It provides high-achieving students with a strong, 4-year academic program, integrated with:

(i) Fully assessable industry placement experiences that enable students to work with some of Australia's leading employers.
(ii) Research training via advanced disciplinary and methodology courses and a thesis.

The BCom (Co-op) (Honours) combines the requirements of the degree with 18 months of coordinated industry placement at three different sponsoring organisations. The industry placement extends outside university semesters.

A scholarship is payable from funds donated by the sponsoring organisations, and entry to the program is limited to students awarded a scholarship through the BCom (Co-op) (Honours) selection procedures administered by UNSW Co-op Program Office. For baseline requirements to the UNSW Co-op program visit the future students page.


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 qualify for professional accreditation in a range of areas

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

On successful completion of the BCom (Co-op) (Honours), students will have the ability to:
  • Apply a highly developed understanding of the theoretical concepts and body of knowledge in the relevant field.
  • Identify and research issues in business situations, analyse, evaluate and critically reflect on ideas and practice in the relevant field, and propose appropriate and well-justified solutions.
  • Communicate effectively and confidently in oral and written forms, in a diverse range of contexts.
  • Plan and execute a piece of research with some independence.
  • Conduct themselves in a professional manner in the work environment, communicate effectively in diverse workplace situations and be able to apply discipline knowledge and understanding to real business problems with initiative and self-direction.
  • Participate collaboratively and responsibly in teams, and reflect on their own teamwork, and on the team’s processes and ability to achieve outcomes.
  • Identify and assess ethical, environmental and/or sustainability considerations in business decision-making and practice.
  • Identify social and cultural implications of business situations.

Program Structure

Studies leading to the award of the BCom (Co-op) (Honours) normally consist of 192 UOC (or 32 courses) to be completed over 4 academic years.

UOC will consist of:
  • Compulsory core courses
  • Flexible core courses
  • Business Co-op Honours major
  • Industry Placement courses
  • General Education courses
  • Business School electives
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:

Business Co-op Honours Major
Students complete a co-op honours major (96 UOC) in the disciplinary area of their Co-op scholarship. (Note: Currently Finance is the only major offered in this program.)
The co-op honours major must contain at least 18 UOC at level 3 and 48 UOC at level 4. (Note that the 96 UOC includes the first disciplinary course(s) in the Core (Compulsory or Flexible). This means that, for the majority of majors, students will complete 90 UOC in specified disciplinary courses outside the first year core.)

The 48 UOC of courses at level 4 relates to the Honours, or research training component of this degree. Some disciplines may also include additional research training in lower level courses (e.g. level 2 or 3). The level 4 courses will include 24 UOC of advanced disciplinary and research training courses and a 24 UOC thesis.

On satisfactory completion of the requirements of this program, students will be awarded a class of honours. The class will be dependent on the weighted average mark (WAM) of the level 4 courses.
  • Class 1: WAM of 85 and over
  • Class 2(1): WAM of 75 to less than 85
  • Class 2(2): WAM of 65 to less than 75
  • Class 3: WAM of 50 to less than 65
For specific details of all courses, and examination of the thesis, please refer to the relevant discipline plan. (Refer Table A)

Industry Placement courses account for 36 UOC. These courses are in addition to the requirements of the Co-op Honours Major. Students complete 3 industry placement courses within the area of their co-op scholarship, with each course worth 12 UOC.

The first industry placement course in Finance is:
Business School Electives may account for up 12 UOC (2 courses). The exact UOC will be dependent of the area of student's major. Sufficient Business School electives need to be taken to ensure students complete a minimum of 180 UOC of Business School courses (including first year core, business co-op honours major, and industry placement courses). When selecting courses students need to be mindful of the maximum Level 1 requirement for this program (72 UOC, excluding GE courses).

University Medal
A student may be nominated for a University Medal in line with the University Medal Policy and University Medal Procedure.
Table A Business Co-op Honours majors available in this program:
  • Finance Co-op Honours

General Education Requirements

General Education requirements account for 12 UOC (2 courses) and are to be taken outside the Business School. This allows 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 Business School cannot take General Education courses offered by the Business School (i.e. courses with a GENC code). These restrictions also apply to the following courses:

Academic Rules

To be awarded the degree, the BCom (Co-op) (Hons) program must contain:

1. A minimum of 192 units of credit (UOC).
2. A minimum of 180 UOC of courses offered by the UNSW Business School.
3. 48 UOC of Level 1 Core courses.
4. One business co-op honours major of 96 UOC.
5. 12 UOC of courses from outside the UNSW Business School to fulfil the University’s General Education requirement.
6. Maximum of 72 UOC of Level 1 courses, excluding Level 1 courses completed as part of the General Education requirement.
7. 36 UOC of Industry Placement courses.

Honours Business Majors

8. A co-op honours major is normally a sequence of 96 UOC courses in a single discipline or area of study.
9. 18 UOC of a co-op Honours Major must be at Level 3.
10. 48 UOC of a co-op Honours major must be at level 4.
11. 24 UOC of a co-op Honours major must be a thesis.

Progression rules

13. A minimum of 24 UOC of courses must be completed before enrolling in Level 2 courses.
14. A minimum of 72 UOC of courses must be completed before enrolling in Level 3 courses.
15. Students must declare their major before commencing Year 2.
16. Students must maintain a minimum WAM of 75 to remain within the program. If a student's WAM falls below 75, they may be either transferred into either 3554 B Commerce (Co-op) or 3502 B Commerce. The exact program will be dependent on the student's WAM.


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

Current Students
Contact the UNSW Business School Student Centre for advice.
tel: + 61 2 9385 3189
location: Level 1, room 1028, Quadrangle Building
Forms, policies and procedures
Frequently asked questions


Prospective Students
Contact Student Recruitment
T: +61 2 9385 3507

Prospective students are strongly advised to make contact with the UNSW Business School Research Office to establish a potential supervisor before applying for research study at the University.

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