International Course Info

Course code:


Course fee:

A$48,480 - A$50,520


3 Years


When you study the Bachelor of Applied Commerce majoring in Financial Planning, you'll build the practical skills, confidence and connections to thrive in your financial planning career. Whether you’re interested in becoming a financial planner or associate, a specialist financial adviser, or a client service manager, this course provides a pathway to a wide range of industries and experiences.

You’ll have the exciting opportunity to do a professional experience work placement during your course, which will give you practical experience in a workplace setting and help to establish valuable industry contacts.

This practical course meets the minimum educational requirements for Financial Adviser Standards (FAS) set by the Australian Government Treasury (formerly set by the Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA)).

You’ll learn in small classes and benefit from TAFE NSW’s industry connections. When you graduate, you may be eligible to apply for professional membership to the Financial Advice Association Australia (FAAA). You may also be eligible to register to the Tax Practitioners’ Board (TPB) as a tax (financial) adviser.

Learning Outcomes:
Through a mix of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Use financial planning software
  • Create detailed advice documents and statements
  • Build client relationships and develop your communication skills
  • Apply ethical and sustainability standards in financial planning
  • Use finance skills in real world situations

Course Outcomes:
Develop professional skills for your career:

  • Graduate with a Financial Adviser Standards (FAS) approved bachelor's degree
  • Professional networking opportunities through work placement in the financial services industry
  • Accounting skills that are valued by a range of industries
  • The Bachelor of Applied Commerce majoring in Financial Planning is accredited by the Financial Advice Association Australia (FAAA). You may be eligible to apply for professional membership to this accrediting body. You may also be eligible to register to the Tax Practitioners’ Board (TPB) as a tax (financial) adviser.

Professional Experience Work Placement

  • Work placement provides you with opportunities to respond to situations and circumstances that cannot be replicated in a learning or simulated environment. Work placement strengthens your training and supports continued learning and assessment in the workplace. Work placement is a valuable part of your course.
  • During your course, you'll undertake 60 hours of mandatory work placement.
  • TAFE NSW will arrange your work placement with a suitable industry employer.


When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledgeand skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

Academic Requirements:

English Language Requirements:

  • Academic IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0 or equivalent

Additional Requirements:

  • Applicants who meet the Academic and English entry requirements will be invited to a pre-entry interview to discuss their career plans and suitability for entry into the course. The interview process will also include a short literacy and numeracy assessment.


From mountains to oceans, from cities to country towns, international students can choose from a range of courses offered at multiple campus locations across the state. Experience our vibrant spaces such as libraries, cafes and gyms as well as places you can network and socialise.

Learn more about TAFE NSW study locations

LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Ultimo Feb , Jul A$48,480
LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Ultimo Feb , Jul A$50,520


Additional costs for uniforms, equipment, textbooks and materials (if applicable) range from A$300 - $1,000 per course.


To receive this course students must complete all core units and a range of Additional units. 

Note: Additional units may vary between each semester and campus, and will depend on a number of considerations including the packaging rules for the qualification and demand for the unit at that location. TAFE NSW does not guarantee that speciality units listed will be offered at each location and semester. You will receive your timetable from the teaching section on commencement and speciality units offered will be provided at that time.

  • Year 1
  • ACBUS101A - Academic Foundations
  • ACBUS102A - Management Fundamentals
  • ACBUS103A - Foundations of Accounting
  • ACBUS104A - Finance and Investment
  • BUMAN106A - Business Maths and Statistics
  • ACBUS106A - Marketing Fundamentals
  • ACBUS107A - Financial Planning Fundamentals
  • ACBUS108A - Applied Economics
  • Year 2
  • ACBUS201A - Commercial Law I
  • ACBUS202A - Commercial Law II
  • ACBUS203A - Income Tax law
  • ACBUS204A - Business Finance
  • ACFIN201A - Psychology of Client Engagement
  • ACFIN202A - Insurance Planning
  • Year 3
  • ACACT301A - Corporation and Trust Law
  • ACBUS301A - Applied Income Tax
  • ACFIN302A - Investment Analysis
  • ACFIN303A - Estate Planning
  • ACBUS302A - Internship
  • ACFIN301A - Superannuation and Retirement
  • ACFIN304A - Financial Plan Construction
  • Year 2
  • ACACT201A - Accounting Information Systems
  • ACACT202A - Management Accounting
  • ACACT203A - Financial Accounting
  • Year 3
  • ACACT302A - Advanced Financial Accounting
  • ACACT303A - Advanced Management Accounting
  • ACACT304A - Audit and Assurance in Practice
  • ACACT305A - Contemporary Accounting Concepts
  • ACFIN305A - Financial Planning Practice Management
  • ACFIN306A - Advanced Corporate Finance
  • ACFIN307A - Applied Portfolio Management


From certificates to diplomas, degrees to study packages, you can take your study further with us.


Graduates of the Diploma of Applied Commerce (HE20515) will be entitled to credit for eight subjects in the Bachelor of Applied Commerce - Financial Planning Major and will be able to complete the degree in 2 years.

Students who have completed the first year of the Bachelor of Business (HE20514) will be entitled to credit for four subjects in the Bachelor of Applied Commerce.


Plan your study around your life with a TAFE NSW study package. Our study packages allow for multiple courses to be packaged together that can lead you to a TAFE NSW or an Australian University Bachelor Degree with credits. This gives you a one stop shop by completing your applications for the whole package through TAFE NSW allowing you to apply for one student Visa for the full duration of the package.

TAFE NSW allows for two or more courses to be packaged together leading to a TAFE NSW Bachelor Degree, either to meet the prerequisite requirements for a course or to plan your studies around your career goals. You can submit a single TAFE NSW application form and will be able to apply for one Student Visa for the full duration of the package.