ATAR cut-off
73.05 (Median ATAR)
74.33 (Median ATAR)
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International entry requirement

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 26 Feb 2018
  • Semester 2 - 30 Jul 2018
  • Semester 1 - 26 Feb 2018
  • Semester 2 - 30 Jul 2018
Mode of delivery

Face to Face


3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 26 Feb 2018
  • Semester 2 - 30 Jul 2018
  • Semester 1 - 26 Feb 2018
  • Semester 2 - 30 Jul 2018
English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 6.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.0

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3 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

UON program code: 40029
CRICOS code: 001603J

Study commerce at UON

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The Bachelor of Commerce is a practical and flexible degree, with core courses designed to give you a thorough overview of business and commerce environments, before you specialise in Accounting; Economics; or Finance.

When you study commerce at UON, you will be equipped to make a smooth transition from the classroom to the boardroom by acquiring skills that are valued by employers.

A sense of global citizenship is imparted through international case studies and cross-cultural analysis. You will gain insight into the interplay between the financial, legal, political and economic systems and how these factors influence the contemporary business environment in Australia and across the globe.

Why study with us?

  • Hands-on from the start - you will have the opportunity to gain local and international workplace experience through work integrated learning projects, industry scholarships and placements, industry visits and guest lectures.
  • Global opportunities - Our international immersion and placement opportunities run annually to countries such as China, Singapore, Kenya, France, Thailand and Samoa.
  • Study in state-of-the-art facilities. In 2017, our $95 million dollar NeW Space development will open its doors to UON business, commerce and law students.
  • Employers prefer our graduates - the work-ready skills embedded into this degree mean 92% of graduates secure a job within four months of graduating.

92% Employed ? within four months of graduating

What you will study

At UON we maintain strong relationships with employers and professional associations to ensure that the courses and majors offered in our Commerce degree maintain real-world relevance in a complex business environment.

In your first year of the business degree you will complete subjects from a broad range of disciplines. This initial year gives you a strong grounding in business principles and equips you with a set of core business development skills before you choose your major. You will develop skills in the following areas:

  • accounting
  • management
  • law
  • marketing
  • microeconomics
  • finance
  • business decision making

In the second and third years of your Commerce degree, you'll undertake courses relevant to your chosen specialty. Each of our majors provide specialist skills to succeed within that field.

Advanced study options

If you want to get an employment edge and open yourself up to higher salaries and positions, you could consider an additional year of study and complete your Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree. Students use the program as a spring board to secure innovative and exciting roles in global corporations and leading accounting and financial institutions.

The Honours program at the Newcastle Business School is a practical program that will help refine your practical research skills. Over the year you will be complete a research project focusing on a specific topic or problem.

The benefits of completing your Honours degree include:

  • you will develop high level analytical and research skills, along with expertise in your research area
  • you will set yourself apart in the highly competitive, global job market
  • we have extensive facilities and generous scholarships are offered to Honours students
  • you will make a significant and original contribution to your chosen field
  • you set the foundation for further postgraduate research such as a Research Higher Degree or Masters by coursework.

Commerce (Honours) program handbook


Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on what you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

View the full course list

Career opportunities

Commerce graduates go on to exciting, stimulating and lucrative careers in the fields of accounting, auditing, consulting, stockbroking, business analysis and academia. These opportunities can be pursued in a wide range of business, government department and not-for-profit organisations.

Careers by major

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Professional recognition

Professional recognition

Our Bachelor of Commerce accounting major is designed to provide accreditation with the major professional bodies in accounting, including the Australian Society of Certified Practicing Accountants (CPA) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

Practical experience

Practical experience

The Bachelor of Commerce integrates opportunities for you to gain national and international workplace experience and professional mentoring, building practical skills and work-ready graduates. To prepare you for the strong focus on teamwork and collaboration in business and commerce careers, the Bachelor of Commerce includes an emphasis on group work as a form of assessment. Working in groups helps develop the necessary teamwork skills required to make a successful transition from the classroom to the boardroom.

Newcastle Business School

The Newcastle Business School offers several Work Integrated Learning (WIL) courses, which incorporate some form of practical experience into the theoretical content. You will have the opportunity to undertake work experience relevant to your area of study throughout your business degree. You can work within a Hunter Region organisation and complete 100 hours of work experience, or on a specific project related to the organisation. This practical experience is undertaken as a course within your business degree.

Lucy Mentoring Program

The Lucy Mentoring Program provides women students the opportunity to participate in a unique leadership program aiming to inspire, motivate and educate women about the opportunities for employment in the corporate and public sectors. Lucy Mentoring Program participants are allocated a mentor working in the public or private sector. Students experience the work environment and establish professional business networks – both of which are beneficial in gaining employment and career progression in any organisation.

Assocation to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

The Newcastle Business School is accredited with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), earned by fewer than 5% of the world's business programs. AACSB is the premier, and longest-standing, international accrediting body for business programs and is the international benchmark for excellence in business education.