Degrees - Our Degrees - Bachelor of Applied Commerce

Bachelor and Diploma of Applied Commerce

Major in accounting, financial planning or both with this FASEA approved course


Tax Practitioners Board approved course


The Bachelor of Applied Commerce is three year degree for people who want to work in the financial services sector. You can select to major in accounting or financial planning, or you can do a double major.

After successfully completing this course you will be eligible to apply for membership to:

and for registration as:

This course has been developed in consultation with industry to ensure you get the knowledge and skills that employers want. You will do an industry placement in third year which will give you practical experience in a workplace setting, and will help you establish valuable industry contacts.

Careers in the financial services sector are diverse and graduates can find themselves working in a variety of settings depending on which major they have completed. By doing some additional subjects, students can graduate with a double major - accounting AND financial planning.

The Diploma of Applied Commerce is also available and requires the completion of 8 Level 100 subjects covering management and marketing, as well as the fundamentals of accounting, financial planning and economics.

More information about these courses

Course codes: HE20531 (Financial Planning major), HE20532 (Accounting major) and HE20515 DIploma


The Bachelor of Applied Commerce is offered at:

  • Accounting major - Granville, Meadowbank, St George, Ultimo
  • Financial Planning major - Meadowbank, St George, Ultimo

The Diploma of Applied Commerce is offered at:

  • Granville, Newcastle, Ourimbah, St George, Ultimo


  • Bachelor of Applied Commerce: 3 years full time or part time equivalent. (Students completing a double major will require at least one extra semester to complete additional subjects)
  • Diploma of Applied Commerce: 1 year full time or part time equivalent

Course load:

Bachelor of Applied Commerce: Students must complete 24 subjects and achieve 240 credit points to complete this course.
Note: students completing a double major will be required to complete four additional subjects (40 CPs)

Diploma of Applied Commerce: Students must complete 8 subjects and achieve 80 credit points to complete this course.

Next intake: February 2019

Course overview: The Bachelor of Applied Commerce and the Diploma of Applied Commerce are undergraduate qualifications taught in English. The Bachelor is located at Level 7 on the Australian Qualifications Framework. The Diploma is located at Level 5 on the Australian Qualifications Framework.

Both courses are designed to qualify graduates to work in a variety of roles in the financial services sector, in accounting or financial planning settings.

Further enquiries:

Select your preferred location and use the subject line: Applied Commerce 


TAFE NSW Granville:

TAFE NSW Meadowbank:

TAFE NSW St George:

TAFE NSW Ultimo:


TAFE NSW Newcastle:

TAFE NSW Ourimbah:

Entry requirements and how to apply

You must satisfy at least one of the following four entry requirements to be eligible for admission into this course:

  • NSW HSC (Higher School Certificate) or equivalent; OR
  • Recognised Tertiary Preparation Certificate; OR
  • Certificate IV level or higher vocational qualification; OR
  • Completion of at least one year full-time study or equivalent in a degree course at a higher education institution

Note 1: You do not require an ATAR for entry into this course.
Note 2: If you do not meet any of the four minimum entry requirements, you may be able to apply for entry under special admissions provisions including mature age or disadvantage.

You may be invited to a pre-admission interview to determine your suitability for the course. The interview may include a short literacy and numeracy assessment.

For further details of TAFE application requirements visit the Applying and fees page.

Study requirements

Study pattern

Full time students enrol in subjects worth 40 credit points each semester, with face to face classes totalling approximately 16 hours per week. Students are expected to undertake an equivalent amount of private study to maximise success in the course.


A range of assessment methods are used across subjects in this course with most subjects requiring the completion of 3 to 4 assessment tasks. Assessment types include, but are not limited to case studies, essays, reports, work based projects, presentations, tests and examinations.


You can view the course structure and an overview of study requirements for each subject by downloading the Course Information Brochure

Recognition of Prior Learning

Students who have completed other studies in a related field or who have extensive relevant industry experience may be eligible for exemption from similar subjects in the Bachelor of Applied Commerce. All applications for exemption must be made to the course coordinator and must include supporting documentation. Students should attend class until they are formally advised that their application for exemption has been granted.

Tuition fees*

In 2019 domestic students will pay a tuition fee of $1,250 per 10CP subject - a total of $30,000 for the full bachelor degree and $10,000 for the Diploma. Students completing a double major will be required to pay the tuition fee for each additional subject. These courses attract FEE-HELP, so eligible students can study now and pay later.

There may be additional costs to purchase resources required for individual subjects. The course coordinator can advise you of any additional course fees.

*Note that tuition fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change. Check current fee information in the Fee Schedule on the Fees and Payments page.

Information for international students

This course is available for enrolment by international students, subject to meeting course entry requirements and satisfying student visa conditions. For more information including tuition fees go to the TAFE NSW International website.


While every effort has been made to ensure the above information is accurate and up to date, you are advised to contact the course coordinator for specific and up to date information about tuition fees and academic requirements of the course.

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