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Bachelors of Commerce / Information Technology

Overview

Prepare yourself for diverse career options across sectors including accounting, financial services and information technology with a strong foundation in commerce, plus computing design and engineering.

With a Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Information Technology, you'll be ready to adapt to ever-changing commercial environments and be in high demand with employers.

You'll graduate with a combination of core and specialist knowledge, along with sharp analytical and technical skills which will kick-start access to rewarding opportunities across many sectors of the economy, from banking and finance services through to high-tech service and software development.

You'll study foundation topics including accounting, information systems, economics, business law, management, software engineering, design, mathematics and information systems. As you progress through your degrees, you'll select majors that allow you to specialise within commerce and information technology disciplines.

Developed with strong input from our industry partners, this flexible course will allow you to stand out from the crowd with highly developed business acumen and technology leadership skills.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
4 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021), Semester 2 (26 Jul, 2021)
QTAC Code
711621
Program Code
2223
AQF
Level 7
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$44416 (indicative per year)
Duration
4 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021), Semester 2 (26 Jul, 2021)
QTAC Code
711621
Program Code
2223
CRICOS Code
045401M
AQF
Level 7

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Graduate with skills that are in high demand with employers.
  • Benefit from a program developed through strong industry consultation.
  • Specialise in commerce majors including Accounting, Business Information Systems and Finance, and/or IT majors including Computer Systems and Networks, Software Design, User Experience Design and Software Information Systems.

1 in Queensland for computer science and information systems

QS World University Rankings 2020

41 in the world for accounting and finance

QS World University Rankings 2020

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

  • Accounting
  • Business Information Systems
  • Computer Systems and Networks
  • Finance

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Seminars

What you'll study

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Depending on which major you choose, here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Business systems analyst
  • System architect
  • Software architect
  • Purchasing officer
  • Information systems technician
  • Technology consultant
  • System administrator

Mid-career salary

Software Architect (Applications)

$86K–$129K

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Professional memberships

When you graduate, you may be eligible for memberships with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to become a member.

  • Association of Certified Chartered Accountants
  • Australian Computer Society
  • Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand
  • Chartered Secretaries Australia Limited
  • Certified Practising Accountants Australia
  • Financial Services Institute of Australasia
  • Institute of Public Accountants
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Entry requirements

Minimum entry score

Check the minimum entry scores for the individual programs. You must meet the higher score.

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C); Mathematical Methods (Units 3 & 4, C)

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C); Mathematical Methods (Units 3 & 4, C)

Entry score threshold

OPRankIB
78732

These are the lowest adjusted scores we made an offer to in Semester 1, 2020. Entry scores are based on the most recent Semester 1 intake and are updated in April each year. Meeting the threshold doesn't guarantee admission.

ATAR scores: See QTAC's OP to ATAR conversions (PDF) for a rough guide to equivalent ATARs.

English language requirements

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BE - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the minimum entry score, subject prerequisites or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven't studied the prerequisites or need to improve your entry score, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

Entry score range

This table shows the range of entry scores for recent secondary students offered a place in the B Commerce/B Info Tech for Semester 1, 2020

Without adjustmentsWith adjustments
Highest2 / 971 / 99
Median6 / 916 / 91
Lowest7 / 877 / 87

Who you'll study with

Here's a snapshot of our student intake for this program in Semester 1, 2020:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students

(A) Higher education study

<5<5

(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

00%

(C) Work and life experience

<5<5
(D) Recent secondary education
  • Admitted solely on the basis of OP
1161.11%
  • Admitted where OP and additional criteria were considered
00%
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP was not a factor
00%

International students

<5<5

Total

18100%

"<5" — The number of students is less than 5.
N/A — Students not accepted in this category.
N/P — Not published. The number is hidden to protect the privacy of students in other cells.

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelors of Commerce/Information Technology are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Majors

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Accounting

This major is designed to prepare you for membership with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) and CPA Australia.

Compulsory courses cover advanced topics from financial reporting and strategy, while electives look at accounting software, business analysis, commercial law, and taxation law. A semester-long industry placement (100 hours) will give you insight into the operations of a large business and the realities of organisational settings.

Graduates typically find careers as accountants or advisers in accounting firms, public and private corporations, management and consulting firms, small businesses, banks and other financial institutions, government departments and not-for-profit organisations.

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Business Information Systems

Learn about the relationship between business and technology, with a focus on the role played by information systems in large organisations.

You'll develop skills in areas like data analytics, business analysis, information security and process improvement. By the end of your studies, you'll be ready to provide advice about how technologies and systems can be used to improve business operations.

This major will prepare you for a career in a huge range of industries. Typical roles include business analyst, technology consultant or data analyst.

View

Computer Systems and Networks

The Computer Systems and Networks major will teach you how software is controlled on one or many computers, including security, networking and operating systems.

It's a very technical major and you'll need strong conceptual and programming skills to do well. Courses focus on programming, computer architecture, computer networks, operating systems, distributed computing and systems security, as well as a variety of distributed software applications (internet applications, mobile computing, embedded computing and ubiquitous computing).

Graduates of the Computer Systems and Networks major typically work in software development companies, business enterprises, government departments, and research organisations.

Join a growing industry

  • The digital technology sector is one of the fastest growing parts of Australia’s economy.
  • Study systems security, an area of significant growth. Cyber security specialist was the #2 emerging job of 2020 (LinkedIn 2020 Emerging Jobs Report)
  • 6 of the 10 most valuable brands in the world are tech companies. (Forbes, 2019)

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Finance

This major is for anyone who wants to work in banking and finance, investment and portfolio management, corporate finance, risk assessment, or business analysis.

You'll learn how to use research methods to understand financial problems, as well as debt and equity capital markets, funds management, and private equity.

You'll study advanced courses in theoretical or applied finance and undertake research in your chosen area of interest. You'll also have the chance to study either corporate finance with a strong focus on practical applications, or empirical research methods.

Graduates enjoy careers in corporate finance, investment banking, stockbroking, management and financial consulting.

View

Software Design

This major is aimed at students who wish to follow a career in the creation and management of software applications.

Courses in this major focus on programming, software engineering, project management, requirements analysis, specification, and the software process, as well as software applications involving Internet design, human-computer interaction, algorithms, data structures, and concurrency.

Software Design major graduates typically work in a broad range of roles from software engineers, software developers, to software development managers.

Join a growing industry

  • Join a thriving sector of the global IT industry that develops applications such as games, apps for mobile devices, or tools and systems used by individuals, government and companies.
  • The digital technology sector is one of the fastest growing parts of Australia’s economy.
  • 6 of the 10 most valuable brands in the world are tech companies. (Forbes, 2019)

View

Software Information Systems

This major is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in developing and managing database-oriented information systems.

Learn about cutting-edge approaches to large-scale database design, including systems which span multiple organisations.

Graduates of the Software Information Systems major typically work in software development companies, or in companies where information systems are deployed, which includes almost every medium to large-scale business or organisation in the world.

Join a growing industry

  • Information systems are integral to almost every business and government organisation.
  • Design and build the information systems that are used everywhere in our modern life: in retail, banking, healthcare, transport, education, entertainment, science and engineering.
  • The digital technology sector is one of the fastest growing parts of Australia’s economy.

View

User Experience Design

Courses studied in this major focus on design skills and creativity, programming, and prototyping in different media.

This major is intended for students who want to take up careers in the multi-skilled and interdisciplinary field of human-centred design.

UX designers are increasingly sought after across all sectors of ICT, where the combination of people skills along with creativity and technical ability produces graduates who are prepared for the rapidly changing future of technology design.

Career paths can lead to roles as user interface developers, user experience designers, usability specialists, human factors analysts, user researchers, and human interface developers.

Graduate in demand

  • User Experience (UX) designers are the people who ensure the design of software, websites, or technologies meets their intended use – from commercial software to personal fitness apps to games, and everything in between
  • Future-proof your career when you graduate with a combination of people skills, creativity and technical abilities
  • Design-first thinking is in demand. Service Designer was the #13 emerging job of 2020 (LinkedIn 2020 Emerging Jobs Report)

View

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Accounting

This major is designed to prepare you for membership with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) and CPA Australia.

Compulsory courses cover advanced topics from financial reporting and strategy, while electives look at accounting software, business analysis, commercial law, and taxation law. A semester-long industry placement (100 hours) will give you insight into the operations of a large business and the realities of organisational settings.

Graduates typically find careers as accountants or advisers in accounting firms, public and private corporations, management and consulting firms, small businesses, banks and other financial institutions, government departments and not-for-profit organisations.

View

Business Information Systems

Learn about the relationship between business and technology, with a focus on the role played by information systems in large organisations.

You'll develop skills in areas like data analytics, business analysis, information security and process improvement. By the end of your studies, you'll be ready to provide advice about how technologies and systems can be used to improve business operations.

This major will prepare you for a career in a huge range of industries. Typical roles include business analyst, technology consultant or data analyst.

View

Computer Systems and Networks

The Computer Systems and Networks major will teach you how software is controlled on one or many computers, including security, networking and operating systems.

It's a very technical major and you'll need strong conceptual and programming skills to do well. Courses focus on programming, computer architecture, computer networks, operating systems, distributed computing and systems security, as well as a variety of distributed software applications (internet applications, mobile computing, embedded computing and ubiquitous computing).

Graduates of the Computer Systems and Networks major typically work in software development companies, business enterprises, government departments, and research organisations.

Join a growing industry

  • The digital technology sector is one of the fastest growing parts of Australia’s economy.
  • Study systems security, an area of significant growth. Cyber security specialist was the #2 emerging job of 2020 (LinkedIn 2020 Emerging Jobs Report)
  • 6 of the 10 most valuable brands in the world are tech companies. (Forbes, 2019)

View

Finance

This major is for anyone who wants to work in banking and finance, investment and portfolio management, corporate finance, risk assessment, or business analysis.

You'll learn how to use research methods to understand financial problems, as well as debt and equity capital markets, funds management, and private equity.

You'll study advanced courses in theoretical or applied finance and undertake research in your chosen area of interest. You'll also have the chance to study either corporate finance with a strong focus on practical applications, or empirical research methods.

Graduates enjoy careers in corporate finance, investment banking, stockbroking, management and financial consulting.

View

Software Design

This major is aimed at students who wish to follow a career in the creation and management of software applications.

Courses in this major focus on programming, software engineering, project management, requirements analysis, specification, and the software process, as well as software applications involving Internet design, human-computer interaction, algorithms, data structures, and concurrency.

Software Design major graduates typically work in a broad range of roles from software engineers, software developers, to software development managers.

Join a growing industry

  • Join a thriving sector of the global IT industry that develops applications such as games, apps for mobile devices, or tools and systems used by individuals, government and companies.
  • The digital technology sector is one of the fastest growing parts of Australia’s economy.
  • 6 of the 10 most valuable brands in the world are tech companies. (Forbes, 2019)

View

Software Information Systems

This major is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in developing and managing database-oriented information systems.

Learn about cutting-edge approaches to large-scale database design, including systems which span multiple organisations.

Graduates of the Software Information Systems major typically work in software development companies, or in companies where information systems are deployed, which includes almost every medium to large-scale business or organisation in the world.

Join a growing industry

  • Information systems are integral to almost every business and government organisation.
  • Design and build the information systems that are used everywhere in our modern life: in retail, banking, healthcare, transport, education, entertainment, science and engineering.
  • The digital technology sector is one of the fastest growing parts of Australia’s economy.

View

User Experience Design

Courses studied in this major focus on design skills and creativity, programming, and prototyping in different media.

This major is intended for students who want to take up careers in the multi-skilled and interdisciplinary field of human-centred design.

UX designers are increasingly sought after across all sectors of ICT, where the combination of people skills along with creativity and technical ability produces graduates who are prepared for the rapidly changing future of technology design.

Career paths can lead to roles as user interface developers, user experience designers, usability specialists, human factors analysts, user researchers, and human interface developers.

Graduate in demand

  • User Experience (UX) designers are the people who ensure the design of software, websites, or technologies meets their intended use – from commercial software to personal fitness apps to games, and everything in between
  • Future-proof your career when you graduate with a combination of people skills, creativity and technical abilities
  • Design-first thinking is in demand. Service Designer was the #13 emerging job of 2020 (LinkedIn 2020 Emerging Jobs Report)

View

Fees and Scholarships

Government assistance

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Learn more about financial aid

Indicative annual fee

AUD $44,416

Indicative annual fee 2021

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelors of Commerce/Information Technology for the 2021 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units per academic year).

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis. All fees are reviewed annually.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

HECS-HELP

Domestic places in the Bachelors of Commerce/Information Technology are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Learn more about HECS-HELP

Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

AUD $10,302

Indicative annual fee 2020 Commonwealth supported place

Fee information for 2021 is not yet available. Fee information displayed is for 2020.

This indicative annual fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelors of Commerce/Information Technology for one academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units over two semesters).

Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value. The Australian Government indexes fees each year.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Applying online

How you apply depends on what type of applicant you are.

Your senior schooling is from Australia or New Zealand

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre if you are an international student who is currently:

  • completing Australian Year 12 (either in Australia or offshore) or
  • studying the International Baccalaureate in Australia.

The QTAC code for the Bachelors of Commerce/Information Technology is 711621.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

Apply now to QTAC

All other international applicants

Submit your application to UQ. If you prefer, you can use an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Bachelors of Commerce/Information Technology is 2223.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

Apply now to UQ

Important dates

If you’re studying Year 12 in Australiago to the QTAC website to check the closing date for this program. 

If you’re applying to UQ, the closing date for this program is: 

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar

Important dates

Admissions schemes

Applying to university can be both exciting and daunting, which is why we’ve tried to make the process as simple as we can.

We have several schemes in place to improve your chances of getting a place at UQ.

Learn more about admission schemes

Pathway options

A rank or score doesn’t determine your potential.

If you're not offered a place in your first-choice program – or if you don't meet the entry requirements – you still have a number of options.

Learn more about pathway options

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

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