Course code: HE20511

Bachelor of Applied Commerce

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Overview About this course

Enrol in the Bachelor of Applied Commerce and choose to major in accounting, financial planning or a double major in accounting and financial planning. This qualification covers a wide range of business areas such as accounting, financial planning, marketing, client psychology, management, economics and more. If you're someone who wants a holistic understanding of how businesses operate across different areas, this course can provide that foundation. If you're interested in learning how to tackle real world business challenges and make informed decisions, this course could be a great fit. At TAFE NSW we focus on applied learning, such as real world projects and an internship to prepare you to enter the industry ready to hit the ground running. Immerse yourself in practical experience during your final year through a valuable work placement opportunity. This is a Financial Adviser Standards (FAS) approved course, as well as accredited by the Financial Advice Association Australia (FAAA), Certified Practising Accountants (CPA) Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) and the Tax Practitioners’ Board (TPB).

Course duration

3.5 years full time or part time equivalent



International students

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Use accounting, financial planning and Xero tax software

  • Create detailed financial plans and statements

  • Build client relationships

  • Apply ethical and sustainability standards

  • Use accounting and financial skills in real world situations

Course outcomes

Develop specialist skills to gain an advantage in the job market

  • A Financial Adviser Standards (FAS) approved bachelor's degree

  • Work experience in the financial services industry

  • You may be eligible to apply for professional membership to Certified Practising Accountants (CPA) Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) and/or the Financial Advice Association Australia (FAAA). You may be eligible to register to the Tax Practitioners’ Board as a tax agent and tax (financial) adviser.

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

You must demonstrate that you have achieved one of the following:

  • A NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) or its equivalent OR

  • A Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation or its equivalent OR

  • A completed certificate IV or higher vocational qualification OR

You must also:

  • Attend a pre-admission interview where you may also be asked to complete a short literacy and numeracy task - this helps us to understand how we can support your study success and provide you with any necessary support


  • Your certificates, transcripts and other entry requirement evidence must be certified through a Justice of the Peace or other authorising officer

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • An interest in finance and numbers

  • An interest in helping others

  • Good communication and relationship-building skills

  • Problem solving skills

  • Curiosity and attention to detail

  • Checked the requirements set by the Australian Government Treasury’s Financial Adviser Standards

You do not require an ATAR score for entry into this course.

If you are unable to meet the entry requirements, you may be eligible for special admission.

Please continue with your application and you will be guided to identify as mature aged (at least 21 years old in your first year of study) or disadvantaged (disability, serious or chronic illness, interrupted education, lack of support for study, serious personal problems and/or serious family responsibilities). Please contact us to find out more.

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future career and study options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: accountant, chartered accountant, management accountant, tax agent/accountant, auditor, forensic accountant, payroll manager, financial analyst, financial adviser, financial planner, associate financial adviser, investment analyst, superannuation adviser or analyst, insurance adviser, compliance, practice manager, financial Planning client service manager and financial coach.

Study pathways

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The Bachelor of Applied Commerce does not have any related courses.

Subjects Subjects in this course

Completion of the Accounting major requires you to successfully complete 24 subjects (240 credit points) made up of 22 core subjects and 1 elective from 200 level and 1 elective from 300 level. Completion of the Financial Planning major requires you to successfully complete 24 subjects (240 credit points) made up of 21 core subjects and 2 electives from 200 level and 1 elective from 300 level. Completion of Accounting and Financial Planning double major requires you to successfully complete 28 subjects (280 credit points) made up of 28 core subjects. #NOTE: Below is a list of all possible core and elective subjects offered across the three majors: accounting, financial planning or double major. Your core and elective subjects will vary depending on your chosen major. Check your delivery location for course-specific details.

Core Subjects

    Elective Subjects

      Note: Some courses offer the opportunity to choose subjects from the complete suite of Higher Education electives that are delivered by TAFE NSW. Once you’ve enrolled, contact your Course Coordinator to discuss tailoring your course to align with your interests and goals.

      Accreditation Industry Endorsment

      The Bachelor of Applied Commerce is accredited by Certified Practising Accountant (CPA), Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and Financial Advice Association Australia (FAAA). You may be eligible to apply for membership to the above accrediting bodies.

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      Financial Advice Association Australia (FAAA)

      TAFE NSW services Facilities and support

      TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

      • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

      • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

      • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

      • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

      • TAFE NSW Libraries

      • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

      • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

      • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

      • Student associations – get social with our student community

      Info sessions Want to know more?

      There are a total of 2 information sessions planned for this course. They'll take place at different locations across the state.

      You can select a delivery option below to see the sessions available. Or you can view all sessions related to Accounting and Finance

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