Course code: HE20531V02

Bachelor of Applied Commerce majoring in financial planning

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Overview About this course

The Bachelor of Applied Commerce majoring in Financial Planning is a specialist degree designed to match the needs of the financial planning industry, to get you job-ready. Learn from industry professionals, practice developing client relationships and build your confidence with a work placement and personalised learning. This practical course is available full time and part time, and meets the minimum education requirements for Financial Adviser Standards (FAS) set by the Australian Government Treasury (formerly set by the Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA)). If you’re a people person who’s interested in working with numbers and joining a dynamic industry, this could be the course for you.

Course Duration

3 years full time or 6 years part time.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

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

  • Create and implement detailed financial plans

  • Use financial planning and Xero software

  • Build client relationships and develop your communication skills

  • Uphold ethical practices in financial planning

Course outcomes

Develop specialist skills to gain an advantage in the job market

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

  • Industry connections and experience working in financial planning

  • Eligibility to apply for membership to Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA), Association of Financial Advisers (AFA), and as a tax (financial) adviser with the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB)

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

  • A Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation or its equivalent

  • A completed certificate IV or higher vocational qualification

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:

  • Curiosity and attention to detail

  • An interest in finance and numbers

  • An interest in helping others

  • Good communication skills

  • Checked the FAS requirements set by the Australian Government Treasury

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:

Financial Investment Adviser

Financial Investment Advisers develop and implement financial plans for individuals or organisations, and advise on investment strategies and their taxation implications, securities, insurance, pension plans and real estate.

  • Full-time share Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).


  • Employment size Employment size is the number of workers who do this as their main job.

    11,700 workers

  • Average age This is the average age of all workers in this job.

    42 years

  • Weekly pay Median earnings are shown for full-time, non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate, before tax or any amounts that are salary sacrificed. These figures are a guide to earnings only and should not be used to determine a wage rate.


  • Average full-time The average full-time hours that people in this role work each week.

    44 hours

  • Skill level rating Skill level ratings are based on the range and complexity of job roles. In general, the higher the skill level, the more formal education and training, previous experience or on-the-job training needed to be good at the job.

    Very high

  • Gender share

    30% female

  • Future growth The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business estimates the likely change in number of workers in this role, or industry, over the next 5 years. Future growth is the likely percentage change compared to all other job roles.

    Strong Growth

Other jobs include: financial planner, financial adviser, financial analyst, business consultant, business or venture analyst, financial Coach, investment analyst, investment manager, superannuation adviser or analyst, insurance adviser and tax financial adviser.


After completing this course, you will be eligible to apply for membership to the Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA), the Association of Financial Advisers (AFA), and the Tax Practitioners Board as a tax (financial) adviser. This course also meets the minimum education requirements for the Financial Adviser Standards (FAS) set by the Australian Government Treasury (formerly set by the Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority [FASEA]) and qualifies people entering the industry to begin their professional year to register as a financial adviser. Visit the FAS and Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) websites for more information about the professional year and the financial adviser exam.

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Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

The Bachelor of Applied Commerce majoring in financial planning does not have any post-graduate courses.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning ( or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Subjects Subjects in this course

Completion of this course requires you to successfully complete 24 subjects (240 credit points) made up of 21 core subjects and 3 elective subjects.

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.

      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

      • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

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