Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Commerce (Financial Planning)

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Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Commerce (Financial Planning)


This program is not currently open for applications

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

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
Required courses (7) 84 units

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) 108 units

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) 72 units

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

Major courses (8) 96 units

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) 24 units

Select 1 elective course (12 units) from the School of Business

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 in total (180 units), 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 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 Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.
  • 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:

  • 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

International students should contact USC International

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 dateas.

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

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