Bachelor of Commerce

Next semester commencing July 2018. Applications open – apply now.

With a reputation as one of the top universities in Australia for producing ‘job-ready’ graduates, Notre Dame’s
Bachelor of Commerce degree provides a gateway to an exciting career in the world of business. Students are provided excellent internship opportunities with industry-leading businesses and our innovative curriculum is delivered by staff who have extensive experience in the business world. Whether you’re hoping to work for a government, private or not-for-profit organisation, The University of Notre Dame Australia is committed to supporting you in achieving your goal.

Prospective Students Office
Ph: 02 8204 4404
Course Bachelor of Commerce
Duration 3 yrs full-time or equivalent part-time
Practicum 150 hrs
Year 12 Subjects
Loan SchemeFEE-HELP
Campus Sydney (also available at Fremantle)
Study Mode Full-time, part-time
Course CodesCourse Code 3058
CRICOS Code 019595A

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About The Bachelor of Commerce at Notre Dame
The Bachelor of Commerce offers a comprehensive and relevant curriculum that reflects the opportunities open to students today in a climate of ethical impetus, unprecedented change and rapid globalisation. Students have the chance to gain the expertise, knowledge and skills which are required in the businesses of today and prepare for the businesses of tomorrow. The courses are headed by leaders in their respective fields, who have strong commercial and industry experience. This ensures that all courses have a high degree of relevance. Through its commitment to developing students as professionals and leaders, the School prepares students for the challenges of the business world with a sound theoretical foundation and practical experience.
Why study The Bachelor of Commerce at Notre Dame?
The School of Business combines practical skills with individually focused tuition ensuring students are ready to thrive in the workplace. Some of the key features of this degree include:
  • Holistic approach to learning
  • Small class sizes and approachable teachers
  • Wide range of units
  • Client based projects and pitches
  • Case study and team based learning
  • Internships
  • Regular guest speakers
  • Relevant field trips
  • Access to leading agencies and companies
  • Experienced lecturers
Course Outline
On successful completion of the Commerce course, graduates will be able to:
  • critically evaluate the commercial and business worlds in a broader social and political context
  • explain and apply concepts from business and commerce disciplines that solve business and policy problems
  • contribute positively to the development of organisations and society
  • demonstrate a sound understanding of professional practice in their chosen field of endeavour
Course Duration
The Bachelor of Commerce program generally takes three years to complete on a full-time basis. It is also available on a part-time basis (Domestic students only).
Course Structure
The first year of the Bachelor of Commerce combines foundation units of study in areas such as Accounting, Economics, Business Communications and Management with introductory units in a student's major field of study. The structure of the course allows for the maximum degree of flexibility should a student decide to change their Major after their first year.

Single Majors
The following majors are offered in the Bachelor of Commerce degree:
  • Accounting
  • Advertising
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations

Double Majors
Double majors are particularly recommended as they allow students the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge and skills in more than one area, while still completing a single degree program. The following combinations are available as part of the Bachelor of Commerce:
  • Accounting / Finance
  • Accounting / Human Resource Management
  • Accounting / Management
  • Accounting / Marketing
  • Finance / Human Resource Management
  • Finance / Management
  • Finance / Marketing
  • Human Resource Management / Marketing
  • Management / Marketing
  • Marketing / Public Relations
Students should seek advice from the School as to the availability of other double majors.
Double Degrees
A unique feature of courses at Notre Dame is the flexibility allowed in planning the degree program. There is opportunity to combine a Bachelor of Commerce with a degree in another discipline in order to increase general knowledge and skills. Employers value people with a broad education, with specific skills across a number of areas. By combining studies in two or more fields, students can increase their job prospects, extend their general education and pursue more than one interest. A Bachelor of Commerce can be combined with almost any other field, but typical combinations include studies in Law, Arts and Communications.
Students who meet the School of Business academic requirements may apply to undertake Honours – a fourth year of full time study. An Honours degree makes your qualifications more competitive within the business profession as you contribute to developing the knowledge base of your specific discipline.
Business Internship
As part of the degree, students have the opportunity to participate in an internship program. The Business Internship program begins with seminars in career planning and professional development as well as presentations by industry leaders sharing valuable insights into their particular workplace. Guest speakers have included senior people from Microsoft, IBM, Coca Cola Amatil, Career One and the Australian Wallabies. Students then complete work placements in relevant business settings under the supervision of professionals. UNDA students have undertaken a wide range of exciting placements including at:
  • ACP Magazines
  • Cancer Council
  • Century 21
  • Commonwealth Bank
  • Fuji Xerox
  • Lend Lease
  • Lowy Institute for International Policy
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • New South Wales Parliament
  • Nine Network
  • Ogilvy
  • Paramount Home Entertainment
  • Public Relations Institute of Australia
  • St George Bank
  • Sydney Olympic Park Authority
  • Sydney Writers Festival
  • World Youth Day
Mode of Study & Assessment
This course is only offered in internal mode. Students will be provided with a copy of a Unit Outline for each unit in a given semester. This outline will provide the assessment method for the unit, which may include: assignments, essays, presentations, performances, practicum, internships, placements, research papers, theses, tests, and examinations.
Successful Study
At Notre Dame, we emphasise the value of the human person and the importance of maintaining an ethical way of life. All students undertake the Logos Programme, which includes the study of modules on topics in philosophy, moral philosophy, theology, and philosophical-theological arguments relevant to training for a profession and for life. We also require students to complete a unit in Business Communications. This is a foundation unit that, in addition to improving key communication skills, introduces students to techniques for successful university study and helps them to adjust to a new learning environment.
Study Abroad Opportunities
Students may have the opportunity to complete part of their degree at a partner institution through an exchange program. Notre Dame has strong links with universities in Asia, Europe and North America. For more information, please contact the Study Abroad Office.
Admission Requirements
School Leavers:
  • ATAR of 70 - Indicative only. Must have been obtained within the last five years. Or
  • IB of 25+ - Indicative only. Must have been obtained within the last five years.
Post School Leaver / Mature Age Applicants:
  • Other University Studies - Notre Dame will consider applicants who have successfully completed a minimum of two units within a Bachelor's Degree from another University. Or
  • Successful completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Certificate IV level qualification or higher from a recognised provider such as TAFE or an RTO. Or
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) – This option is only available for applicants who are over 20 years of age as at 1 March in the year of admission. A score of 150 for both the Multiple Choice component and the Written English component is required. STAT results are valid for five years. Or
  • Successful completion of the Notre Dame Tertiary Enabling Program or Foundation Year.
No pre-requisites are required for the study of Business but students may wish to refer to the Prospective Students Office for recommended subjects such as Mathematics and Business related units.
Career Opportunities
A Business degree provides the basis for a wide range of careers. Depending on the choice of major, it is possible to gain employment in:
  • Financial institutions stockbroking firms and merchant banks as security, economic, investment and business analysts
  • Private sector multinational corporations or local firms as professional accountants, economists or managers
  • Public sector government departments and agencies (local, state and commonwealth) concerned with economic policy or public accounting/ financial auditing
  • Specialist organisations industry associations, management consultancies, market research and advertising organisations and trade unions.
Further Information
If you would like further information regarding the course, course regulations or information pertaining to admissions, fees or the University itself, please contact the Prospective Students Office on (02) 8204 4404 or at

All international enquiries may be directed to the International Students Office at