What will I learn?

If you're interested in a career in the world of commerce and want expertise in business and the business of government then the Bachelor of Commerce is the degree for you.

The Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) is a three-year undergraduate degree designed to give you the skills and knowledge you need for a successful career in the exciting world of commerce.

You'll get a strong foundation in private business and public administration and gain skills in communication, teamwork and leadership. In the BCom, you'll develop your critical and creative thinking, as well as an understanding of how different cultures do business.

Commercial Law

Discover the ways the law impacts on all business activity - from dealing with customers, suppliers or employees, to protecting physical and intellectual assets. Gain the skills and knowledge in commercial law essential to strong and efficient businesses. Find out how the laws relating to business work so you can help make business decisions or provide advice to others.

Course Structure

For this degree you'll need to:

Complete at least 360 points, of which:

  • At least 210 points must be from courses listed for the BCom
  • At least 180 points must be at 200 and 300 level
  • Of the 180 points at least 75 points must be at 300 level
  • Of the 75 points at least 45 points must be from courses listed for the BCom

Complete seven core courses at 100 level (usually in first year):

  • Either Accounting (ACCY 111) or Accounting for Decision Making (ACCY 130)
  • Microeconomic Principles (ECON 130)
  • Government, Law and Business (FCOM 111)
  • Foundations of Information Systems (INFO 101)
  • Principles of Marketing (MARK 101)
  • Introduction to Management (MGMT 101)
  • Statistics for Business (QUAN 102)

In addition to the degree requirements, for this major you'll need to complete:

Seven core courses at 100 level (as listed for the BCom)

Three courses at 200 level:

  • Legal Environment of Business (COML 203)
  • Law of Organisations (COML 204)

One course from:

  • Consumer Law (COML 205)
  • Special Topic (COML 206)
  • Introduction to Taxation (TAXN 201)

Three courses at 300 level:

  • Business Contracts (COML 310)
  • Two further courses from COML 300-399

Useful secondary school subjects: Accounting, Algebra, Business Studies, Economics, Statistics, Calculus, English, History, Geography, Languages and Computer Science

Get a Master's degree:

At the end of your three-year BCom you can choose to continue your learning with postgraduate studies. Give your career options a boost and choose from a range of postgraduate programmes offered by Victoria.

Which department am I in?

Victoria Business School

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
NZ$29,120.00 (US$ 18,587) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 December 2019, 1 May 2020, 1 September 2020

More details

Start date

11 November 2019, 2 March 2020, 6 July 2020, 9 November 2020


Pipitea Campus

Lambton Quay,



6011, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

English Language Requirements: IELTS overall band of 6.0 with no sub-score below 5.5; or TOEFL 80 on the internet-based test; or Pearson Test of English: A score of 58 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 50).

For international students

Achieve the International Baccalaureate Diploma, or three GCE Advanced Level passes at C grade, or equivalent.

English language requirements

IELTS overall band of 6.0 with no sub-score below 5.5; or TOEFL 80 on the internet-based test; or A minimum of three ratings of 4 and one rating of 3 in the Victoria University English Proficiency Programme test; Pearson Test of English: score of 50 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 42).

Find your nearest IELTS test centre and test dates

There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Nilai University

About this uni

Amongst the world’s 16,000 universities, Victoria University of Wellington ranks in the top 2 percent, and in the top 100 worldwide for 10 subjects.

  • QS Stars Rating of Excellence 2018 awarded Victoria 5 stars
  • Victoria Business School is globally recognised
  • First-ranked university in New Zealand for research quality
  • Wellington is a city filled with diverse things to explore