Commerce (Accounting)

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 3.19 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 15.8 k / Year(s)  
201–250 place StudyQA ranking:6046 Duration:36 months You need IELTS certificate

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The Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree programme enables each student to develop his or her own interests in business and related subjects. Students are able to create individualised courses using a range of papers offered across teaching departments in the School of Business and University as a whole. Students have the flexibility within the BCom degree to combine two specialisations and graduate with a double major.

Almost everyone practises accounting in one form or another on a daily basis.

Accounting is part of measuring, communicating, and interpreting financial activity. Whether you are preparing a household budget, balancing your cheque book, preparing your income tax return, or running a large corporation you are working with accounting concepts and accounting information.

The government, cities, boards of trustees and businesses all use accounting as a basis for controlling their resources and measuring their accomplishments. Everyone needs some knowledge of accounting if they are to act intelligently in meeting the challenges of our society.

Several distinct subject areas are taught within the Department of Accountancy and Finance: financial accounting, management accounting, financial management, business law, taxation and auditing. All levels of study include coverage of financial accounting and management accounting.

There is a growing recognition of the value of higher qualifications. More able students are therefore encouraged to do an Honours degree. Students are invited to join the competitive entry Honours programme on the basis of first year results, or in some cases after their second or third year, and follow three further years of concentrated study. Many other Accounting students continue past a Bachelor of Commerce degree to a Postgraduate Diploma or a Master's degree.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee
  • EUR 3191 Year (National)
  • EUR 15772 Year (International)

International: 24,530NZ$. National:4,963.00NZ$

Start date 2016 Credits 360
Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Every degree programme

  • shall consist of papers worth not less than 360 points,
  • shall include at least 180 points for papers above 100-level of which at least 72 points shall be for papers above 200-level,
  • shall satisfy the requirements for at least one of the major subjects listed above. No paper above 200-level may count for more than one Major Subject Requirement,
  • shall include the following Required Papers*: BSNS 102, BSNS 103, BSNS 104, BSNS 105, BSNS 106, BSNS 107, BSNS 108
  • may include one or more optional minor subjects listed above. No paper may count for both a Major and a Minor Subject Requirement or for more than one Minor Subject Requirement unless that paper is at 100- or 200-level and is specified as compulsory for both Requirements,
  • may include papers which are not listed below
  • up to 90 points; or
  • as specified in the Major Subject Requirements; or
  • as specified in the Minor Subject Requirements.
  • * Note: These papers should normally be completed before enrolling in 300-level Commerce papers.


    • BSNS 102 Quantitative Analysis for Business
    • BSNS 107 Understanding Accounting
    • BSNS 108 Business Finance
    • ACCT 102 Principles of Accounting

    Grades of at least C+ are normally needed in order to proceed to 200-level ACCT and ACFI papers.

    BSNS 103 Marketing and Consumption, BSNS 104 Principles of Economics 1, BSNS 105 Management and Organisations, BSNS 106 Information and Communication in Organisations, must normally be taken before enrolling in 300-level Commerce papers


    • ACCT 211 Financial Accounting and Reporting
    • ACCT 222 Cost and Management Accounting
    • ACFI 201 Corporate Financial Decisions


    • ACCT 302 Accounting Performance Management, or ACCT 307 Management Accounting
    • ACCT 310 Issues in Financial Reporting, or ACCT 315 Advanced Financial Accounting
    • One further 300-level ACCT paper
    • One further 300-level ACCT, ACFI or FINC paper


    • 90 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above.
    • May be taken from outside Commerce

    Every BCom programme must include BSNS 102-108. 100-level BSNS papers need not all be taken in the first year of study; all 100-level BSNS papers must normally be passed before enrolling in 300-level Commerce papers.

    STAT 110 or STAT 115 will be accepted as an alternative to BSNS 102 as a required paper or as part of the major subject requirements or as a prerequisite when:
    (a) the paper has been passed before the student has enrolled for a BCom degree; or
    (b) a student is enrolling for both a BCom and another degree for which STAT 110 or STAT 115 is required.

    Total 360 points

    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6 CAE score : 58 TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test : 80

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    NCEA National Certificate in Educational Achievement

    • 10 Level 2 credits in approved literacy (5 in reading, 5 in writing)

    CIE Cambridge International Examinations

    • Grade E or better in AS English

    IB International Baccalaureate

    • English at Higher or Standard level in Language A: literature, or Language A: language and literature; or at Higher level in Language B

    NZUEBS New Zealand University Entrance Bursaries and Scholarships

    • English mark of 46% or higher

    IELTS International English Language Testing System

    • 6.0 in academic module (with no individual band below 6.0)

    TOEFL (paper based) Test of English as a Foreign Language

    • 550 Test of Written English 4.5

    TOEFL (internet based) Test of English as a Foreign Language

    • 80 (with a Writing score of 20)

    CPE Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English

    • Minimum of 50

    CAE Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English

    • Minimum of 58

    APIEL Advanced Placement International English Language Examination

    • Grade 3 or higher

    University of Otago Foundation Studies Ltd

    • Successful completion of ‘English for Undergraduate Academic Purposes’ paper

    Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic

    • Overall score of 58 with no communicative skills score below 50

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

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