Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)

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Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)


Program summary

Dr Peter Baxter
Program coordinator

Dr Peter Baxter

A business double that adds up.

On top of your commerce degree you’ll also get to major in a business specialisation such as marketing or management, 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. Our capstone course develops your understanding in corporate governance and corporate social responsibility. Our combined program includes an accounting major accredited by the Certified Practising Accountants Australia (CPAA).

Develop your personal skills and study a semester overseas while earning credit towards your degree. You’ll also have an opportunity to undertake an internship in your final year, consisting of 96 hours, and organised for you by our staff. Our graduates have found roles in firms such as KPMG and Ernst and Young as a direct result of their internship.


Business majors: Economics; human resource management; information systems; international business; management; marketing; tourism, leisure and event management.

Career opportunities

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


Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

CPA Australia; Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand; 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

Select your location, starting year and starting semester below to display your program structure and a recommended study sequence.

Program structure

School of Business courses

Introductory courses (7) 84 units

ACC106 Accounting Principles
BUS101 Business Analytics
BUS102 Introduction to Economics
BUS104 Introduction to Management
BUS105 Introduction to Marketing
BUS108 Introduction to Informatics
COR109 Communication and Thought

Developing and Graduate courses (11) 132 units

BUS203 Business Law and Ethics
BUS320 Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility

Business major or minors: 

Select 9 required courses (108 units) from your chosen Business major or minor study area.

The number of electives you complete is dependent on the number of required courses that double-up in the major or minor/s. For each course that doubles-up in the required list, major and/or minor/s you will need to add an elective as the total number of courses required to complete the program is 32 courses (384 units).

Commerce courses

Accounting Major courses: (8) 96 units

ACC210 Financial Accounting
ACC211 Business Finance
ACC220 Law of Business Associations
ACC221 Company Accounting
ACC310 Management Accounting
ACC311 Taxation Law and Practice
ACC320 Contemporary Accounting Issues
ACC321 Auditing and Professional Practice

Elective (6) 72 units

PLUS select 5 developing and graduate level (200/300 coded) elective courses (60 units) from the USC Business School.

PLUS select 1 elective course (12 units) 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

This recommended study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students in previous structures should use this sequence to inform order of courses and current course details. For courses in your commencing structure not included in the current sequence, search the course code for current course offerings and requisites.

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 (180 units) 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) and following the recommended study sequence
  • The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
  • It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
  • Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods including essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations. Not all courses will necessarily include all methods.
  • 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 Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.

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:

  • Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) student currently enrolled in, or have had an enrolment in the previous two years
  • 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 / TAFE Articulation program students
  • USC students who are currently enrolled in one program and want to study another program concurrently
  • Former USC student who has been excluded from study at USC
International students

Apply direct to USC International

More information

How to enrol

New to USC?

Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps to Get Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in the correct courses (subjects).

Continuing students

Before you enrol it's important to check your commencing program structure and the published recommended study sequence to make sure you study the right courses at the right time and will be ready to graduate from your degree when you plan to.

To better understand your program structure and for instructions on how to review your progress and plan your remaining courses, visit the Managing your progression page.

Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.

Need assistance?

View step-by-step instructions to enrol at How do I enrol?

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key dates, including the last day to add, drop or swap a course or class and Census dates.

Search for answers and ask questions about enrolling or contact Student Central.

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