Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Commerce (Financial Planning)

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Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Commerce (Financial Planning)


Program summary

Combine a business specialisation with financial planning.

In this combined program, you’ll major in financial planning and study business finance, insurance and risk management, retirement and superannuation, investment management, taxation law and practice, tax and estate planning, and financial plan construction.

On top of your commerce degree you’ll also get to major in a business specialisation such as accounting, management or international business, giving you that extra edge when it comes to graduate employment.

You’ll earn two degrees in just four years of study instead of six. You are challenged to integrate skills and knowledge from a wide range of business areas and apply this to areas such as corporate governance, management accounting and professional practice.

Our graduates meet the competency and skills requirements for Financial Advisers outlined by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission. Choose to complete the accounting major and apply to become a member of CPA Australia; Institute of Charted Accountants in Australia and Institute of Public Accountants.


Business majors: Accounting; human resource management; international business; management; marketing; supply chain management; tourism, leisure and event management.

Career opportunities

Depending on the majors chosen: financial planning, business management, human resource management, marketing management, international business, tourism and hospitality management, business analysis.


Graduates meet the competency and skill requirements outlined by the regulator, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission in Regulatory Guide RG146 for Financial Advisers. Students completing the Bachelor of Commerce (Financial Planning) degree are eligible to join the Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA) and if coupled with the accounting major, graduates may also become members of CPA Australia^; Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia^; Institute of Public Accountants^.

^ It is the responsibility of the student to confirm with the three Australian accounting bodies (CPA, ICAA and IPA) whether any credit granted will impact on their eligibility for professional association membership.

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What will I study

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Program structure

School of Business courses
Required courses (7)

BUS101 Business Analytics
BUS102 Introduction to Economics
BUS104 Introduction to Management
BUS105 Introduction to Marketing
BUS203 Business Law and Ethics
BUS320 Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility
COR109 Communication and Thought

Business major, minor and/or electives (9)

Select required courses from your chosen Business major or minor study area.

The number of electives is dependent on the Business major or minor chosen and the number of required courses included in that major or minor. Note that the total number of courses required to complete the program is 32 courses. All 9 courses must be from the School of Business.

Commerce courses
Required courses (6)

ACC106 Accounting Principles
BUS108 Introduction to Informatics
ACC210 Financial Accounting
ACC220 Law of Business Associations
ACC221 Company Accounting
ACC310 Management Accounting

Major courses (8)

ACC211 Business Finance
ACC311 Taxation Law and Practice
FIN210 Introduction to Financial Planning
FIN220 Retirement and Superannuation
FIN221 Insurance and Risk Management
FIN310 Personal Investment Management
FIN320 Tax and Estate Planning
FIN321 Financial Plan Construction

Elective (2)

Select 1 elective course from the School of Business

PLUS select 1 elective course from either faculty (Arts, Business and Law or Science, Health, Education and Engineering).

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.

Total units: 384

Recommended study sequence

Students who commenced prior to the current semester must complete the courses from their original program structure unless otherwise advised. For courses no longer included in the current sequence, use the course links in your structure for details of requisites and scheduling. This is a recommended study sequence to complete your program within the specified full-time duration.

Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 384 units as outlined in the Program Structure
  • Complete no more than 15 introductory level (100 coded) courses in total, including the core course
Program notes
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses)
  • Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods which may include essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations
  • As part of your USC program, you may apply to Study Overseas to undertake courses with an overseas higher education provider
  • Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa
  • Refer to the Planning your study page to manage your progression
  • You may wish to use electives to complete an additional major or minor
  • Register your selected major(s) and/or minor(s)

How to apply

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students 

Apply via Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) — Use the relevant QTAC code specified on Why study this program?


The below applicants can apply online directly to USC:

  • USC Tertiary Preparation Pathways (TPP) students who are currently enrolled in, or have had an enrolment in the previous two years; or
  • USC / TAFE Articulation program students; or
  • USC students who have completed an undergraduate program within the last two years, or are due to complete their program prior to their proposed semester of commencement;
  • USC students who are currently enrolled in one program and want to study another program concurrently.
International students

Apply direct to USC International

More information

International students should contact USC International

How to enrol

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester/session/trimester enrolment dates.

Current students

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester/session/trimester dates.

Enrolling is a 2 step process:

Step 1 - Enrol in your courses

You can enrol in courses for Study period 2 now. This gives you the opportunity to plan your study well in advance.

Note: If you enrol in a course but don't select a class time (step 2), you'll be charged the fee for the course at census date. You can swap, drop or add courses up until the end of week 2, and remove courses from your enrolment up until census date. View key dates in the academic calendars.

View the instructions to complete Step 1 in the video below or the Enrol in your courses PDF guide.

Step 2 - Select your class times 

Check the Academic calendar for the timetable release date for each study period. When the timetable has been released you can use the Timetable Planner* to plan your class times.

All students (excluding Headstart, Cross institutional and Visiting students)

Once Class selection opens*, select your class times in USC Central by following the instructions in the video below or the Select your class times PDF guide.

Tip: Select your classes as soon as Class selection opens as classes can fill quickly.

* We will be in contact with you to let you know when the Timetable Planner is available and Class selection opens.

How to enrol once class selection has opened

If class selection is open and you are yet to enrol in your courses, you can enrol in your courses and select your class times in one step.

Check the Academic Calendar for Class selection open date to confirm.

View the instructions in the video below or the How to enrol when class selection has opened PDF Guide (565KB).

Headstart, Cross-institutional and Visiting students

Complete and submit a Class preference form to select your class times.

New students 

Domestic students: Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps for Getting Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in your courses.

International students should view the Getting Started Guide for International students for enrolment steps.

Plan your study

Before you re-enrol it's important to plan your study to make sure you study the right courses at the right time so you can finish your degree when you plan to.

Follow the Planning your study instructions to plan your courses for the upcoming semesters/trimesters/sessions. You can vary your study load between full-time (3-4 courses) or part-time (1-2 courses) in each study period. If you need some assistance, contact Student Central.

Confirm your enrolment

View your class timetable in USC Central to confirm you are enrolled in the courses you selected. Close to the beginning of the semester/trimester/session, your course details can be found in My Courses in Blackboard.

To prove your enrolment to Centrelink, print an unofficial transcript from USC Central. Refer to the steps at View your Unofficial Transcript in the USC Central Guide.

Once you are enrolled, learn how to manage your enrolment.

More information

Search for answers and ask questions via askUSC, or contact Student Central.

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