Bachelor of Commerce (Financial Planning)

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Bachelor of Commerce (Financial Planning)


Program summary

Your pathway to becoming a certified financial planner.

There is strong demand for qualified financial planners with Australian government regulation changes and increased demand to achieve the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® credential. Our program is a pathway into the CFP® Certification program with the Financial Planning Association of Australia.

Gain skills and knowledge from a wide range of business areas and learn how to integrate them with financial management, business consulting and financial advising. You’ll have the flexibility to study a major in financial planning, a double major in accounting and financial planning, or add a second major in another Business area.

While studying on campus you’ll use the same financial planning software used in the industry. In your final year, you’ll also have the option of completing an internship in the financial planning sector. Many students have received graduate employment as a direct result of their internship. When you graduate you’ll be RG146 compliant with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission and legally able to work as a financial planner.

Career opportunities

Financial planning, fund management, investment advising, compliance, insurance broking, stockbroking, investment banking, business management.


Financial Planning Association of Australia Ltd; and if coupled with the accounting major, 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.


This program is fully accredited with the Financial Planning Association of Australia Ltd.

Application and admission advice

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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

Introductory courses (6) 72 units

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

Developing and Graduate courses (10) 120 units

ACC211 Business Finance
ACC311 Taxation Law and Practice
BUS203 Business Law and Ethics
BUS320 Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility
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 courses (8) 96 units

Select 8 elective courses (96 units), 4 (48 units) must be developing and graduate level (200/300 coded) courses. Up to 6 electives (72 units) may be 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: 288

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 288 units as outlined in the Program Structure
  • Complete no more than 10 introductory level (100 coded) courses (120 units)
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 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

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, visit Planning your study to make sure you are studying the right courses at the right time so you complete the required unit value to graduate from your degree when you plan to.

It is each student's responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements, and to be aware of the academic calendar dates.

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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