The University of Newcastle, Australia
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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

Duration

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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Duration

3 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

UON program code: 40029
CRICOS code: 001603J

Study a commerce degree 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 a commerce degree at UON, you will be equipped to make a smooth transition from the classroom to the boardroom, by acquiring skills that employers value.

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).

A sense of global citizenship is imparted through international case studies and cross-cultural analysis. Through courses in your chosen major, you will gain insight into the interplay between the financial, legal, political and economic systems and how these factors influence the contemporary business environment, both in Australian and global contexts.

Why study with us?

  • Employers prefer our graduates - 92% of graduates secure a job within four months of graduating.
  • Real-world experience - We work with industry to create work-ready graduates that possess the skills and business acumen employers desire.
  • Make global connections - Take part in international immersions, placements, student exchange and leadership programs in countries all over the world.
  • Study at NeW Space - NeW Space, in Newcastle’s CBD, provides the optimum environment for you to excel in your studies.
  • Build your networks - The BusCom Student Association is a vibrant student community that provides professional networking opportunities through industry partnerships.

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 Bachelor of Commerce degree maintain real-world relevance in a complex business environment.

In your first year of the commerce degree you will complete courses from a broad range of disciplines. This initial year gives you a strong grounding in business and economic principles, and you will learn core business development skills before selecting 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 major in accounting, economics or finance. Each of our commerce majors provide specialist skills to succeed within that field, and beyond.

Commerce Majors

The Bachelor of Commerce degree allows you to choose from three majors, each a specialty within the financial sector of business . We offer courses that are at the cutting-edge of business trends and will provide you with the knowledge and experience required in a dynamic, modern workplace.

You can also choose to study a double major. This allows you to pursue courses from multiple areas of interest and broaden your range of career options after graduation.

For more information on the difference between a single and double major see the program plans.

Advanced study options

If you want to get an employment edge within the commercial sector, 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 honours program as a springboard 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

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A combined degree is a customised program which allows you to simultaneously study a related degree alongside your Bachelor of Commerce. You can study the following degree combinations with a Bachelor of Commerce:

  1. Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Commerce
  2. Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  3. Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

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

The following list provides some examples of typical jobs available to those majoring in Finance. Some of these jobs will depend on the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, the combination of other majors and electives studied, and some may require further study.

  • Branch Manager (Banking)
  • Business Analyst
  • Business Relationship Manager
  • Compliance Officer
  • Entrepreneur
  • Executive Manager
  • Finance Manager
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Dealer and Broker
  • Financial Planner
  • Foreign Affairs and Trade Officer
  • Investment Banker
  • Operations Analyst
  • Para Planner
  • Parliamentarian/Member of Parliament/Politician
  • Portfolio Analyst
  • Portfolio Manager
  • Property & Research Analyst
  • Risk Analyst
  • Stockbroker
  • Strategy Analyst
  • Superannuation Advisor
  • Technical Analyst
  • Trainee Manager
  • University Lecturer/Academic

Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for graduates with the skills gained majoring in Finance.

Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.

  • Accountant
  • Arts Administrator
  • Bank Officer/Customer Service Officer
  • Client Service Manager
  • Contracts Administrator
  • Corporate Lawyer
  • Financial Officer
  • Management Consultant
  • Mortgage Broker
  • Procurement/Sourcing Manager
  • Producer
  • Property Developer
  • Real Estate Appraiser and Researcher
  • Systems Analyst

The sample job list below shows the typical job opportunities for graduates of the Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Economics. The entrance requirements for some jobs may require the addition of further study or be dependant on level of experience.

  • Business Analyst
  • Compliance Officer
  • Demographer
  • Development Economist
  • Development Manager (International Aid)
  • Economic Analyst
  • Economic/Social Statistician
  • Economist
  • Entrepreneur
  • Executive Manager
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Dealer and Broker
  • Foreign Affairs and Trade Officer
  • Grants Officer
  • Investment Banker
  • Lobbyist
  • Managing Director/ General Manager
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Operations Analyst
  • Parliamentarian/Member of Parliament/Politician
  • Policy Officer/Analyst
  • Political Advisor
  • Portfolio Analyst
  • Portfolio Manager
  • Program Development Officer
  • Property & Research Analyst
  • Research Manager
  • Research Officer
  • Resource and Regulatory Compliance Manager
  • Risk Analyst
  • Social Scientist
  • Stockbroker
  • Strategy Analyst
  • Trade Union Official
  • Trainee Manager
  • University Lecturer/Academic

Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for someone with the skills gained during the Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Economics.

  • Access and Equity Advisor
  • Accountant
  • Bank Officer/Customer Service Officer
  • Branch Manager (Banking)
  • Business Relationship Manager
  • Econometrician
  • Ethicist
  • Financial Planner
  • Journalist
  • Land Economist
  • Management Consultant
  • Migrant/Refugee Support Worker
  • Mortgage Broker
  • Para Planner
  • Planning Officer
  • Political Scientist
  • Procurement/Sourcing Manager
  • Property Developer
  • Real Estate Appraiser and Researcher
  • Social Researcher
  • Statistician
  • Systems Analyst
  • Technical Analyst
  • Transport Geographer

The following list provides typical examples of job titles that may be available to graduates of a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Actuarial Studies and Risk Management. Some of these jobs will depend on the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, the combination of other majors and electives studied, and some may require further study.

  • Actuary
  • Asset Manager
  • Business Process Analyst/Operations Research Analyst
  • CREDIT ANALYST
  • Data Mining Analyst
  • Data Scientist
  • Executive Manager
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Dealer and Broker
  • Operations Analyst
  • Portfolio Analyst
  • Portfolio Manager
  • Procurement/Sourcing Manager
  • Property & Research Analyst
  • Resource and Regulatory Compliance Manager
  • Risk Analyst
  • Stockbroker
  • Strategy Analyst
  • Superannuation Advisor
  • University Lecturer/Academic

Opportunities for graduates majoring in Actuarial Studies and Risk Management are not just limited to roles as an Actuary. Graduates can use the skills learnt during their degree in a variety of roles

Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.

  • Accountant
  • Bank Officer/Customer Service Officer
  • Biostatistician
  • Branch Manager (Banking)
  • Business Relationship Manager
  • Client Service Manager
  • Corporate Lawyer
  • Development Economist
  • Econometrician
  • Environmental Logistician
  • Epidemiologist
  • Financial Officer
  • Financial Planner
  • Grants Officer
  • International Aid/Development Worker
  • Management Consultant
  • Media Analyst
  • Mortgage Broker
  • Operations Manager
  • Production Planner
  • Real Estate Appraiser and Researcher
  • Systems Analyst
  • Technical Analyst

The following list provides typical examples of job titles that may be available to graduates of a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting. Some of these jobs will depend on the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, the combination of other majors and electives studied, and some may require further study.

  • Accountant
  • Business Analyst
  • Business Relationship Manager
  • Entrepreneur
  • Executive Manager
  • Finance Manager
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Dealer and Broker
  • Financial Planner
  • Forensic Accountant
  • Grants Officer
  • Internal Auditor
  • Management Accountant
  • Managing Director/ General Manager
  • Operations Analyst
  • Payroll Supervisor
  • Portfolio Analyst
  • Portfolio Manager
  • Risk Analyst
  • Stockbroker
  • Superannuation Advisor
  • Trainee Manager
  • University Lecturer/Academic

Opportunities for graduates majoring in Accounting are not just limited to roles as an Accountant. Graduates can use the skills learnt during their degree in a variety of roles. The list below provides some examples of jobs that graduates could pursue upon completion of the degree.

  • Actuary
  • Bank Officer/Customer Service Officer
  • Branch Manager (Banking)
  • Church Administrator
  • Client Service Manager
  • Corporate Lawyer
  • Development Economist
  • Financial Officer
  • Foreign Affairs and Trade Officer
  • Management Consultant
  • Mortgage Broker
  • Para Planner
  • Producer
  • Real Estate Appraiser and Researcher
  • Systems Analyst
  • Technical Analyst
  • VET Teacher

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.