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Boost your career options with a business elective

If you're looking for a part-time course to jumpstart your career or a business elective to support your undergraduate degree in another area, talk to us about exploring your study options and get a head start in the world of business.

Certificate in Commerce

The Certificate in Commerce (CertCom) is a great option if you want to add commerce content alongside your non-commerce degree, or do not want to study the full Bachelor of Commerce degree. It's also a pathway to ease yourself into part-time study while you are working.

You select the courses to take depending on your background, interests and aspirations. You'll join other Commerce students learning from world-renown academics who are experts in their fields. More importantly, you'll gain knowledge based on the latest research and skills to apply to the world we live and work in.

The Certificate in Commerce is made up of four standard courses (a minimum of 60 points) from any course in the Bachelor of Commerce Schedule C in the following subjects: Accounting, Computer Science, Economics, Finance, Information Systems, Management and Marketing.

The CertCom gives you flexibility to choose your combination of courses, depending on your entry point to study at UC. If you are starting out in commerce, you can choose the first-year BCom courses (listed below). These courses set the foundation for advancing to 200-level courses and beyond. If you already have a bachelor's degree, you can take advanced 300-level courses (as long as you meet any prerequisites). So you can choose anything from Introduction to Microeconomics to Digital Marketing.

The CertCom can be studied part-time and completed in up to four years. Credit from your completed courses can be transferred to the Bachelor of Commerce (and some other degrees), as long as you have not graduated with the certificate beforehand.

First-year BCom courses

Did you know that most of our Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) first-year courses are run twice a year? You can start your studies in Semester 1 (February) or Semester 2 (July). All first-year BCom courses are taught at introductory level and require no previous study.

ACCT102 – Accounting and Financial Information
This course introduces the broad functions of accounting and finance within business and society. You will develop an understanding of the structure and functions of general purpose financial reports from a reader’s perspective.

ACCT103 – Introduction to Financial Accounting (NOTE: Co-requisite ACCT102)
This course introduces the essentials of financial accounting and taxation. You will learn about accounting processes, preparation and analysis of financial reports, reporting frameworks & taxation.

ECON104 – Introduction to Microeconomics
This course examines theories of how consumers and producers behave and interact in individual markets. It covers the general study of the workings of markets as well as a more in-depth analysis of both producers and consumers.

ECON105 – Introduction to Macroeconomics
This course addresses real-world issues such as inflation, the Reserve Bank, exchange rates, tax cuts and economic growth. You will learn about how economic variables affect people and business.

FINC101 – Personal Finance (NOTE: Semester 1 only)
This course aims to increase financial literacy and motivate personal financial planning. It includes decision making, consumption and investment, debt, insurance, retirement and estate planning.

INFO123 – Information Systems and Technology
This course explores a variety of IT topics to provide a broad introduction to information systems. You will gain an understanding of how businesses use information systems and technology to deliver business value and support business strategy.

INFO125 – Introduction to Programming with Databases (NOTE: Semester 1 only)
This course introduces business analysis to define user requirements, programming and database concepts. You will develop simple applications using and Microsoft Visual Studio.

MGMT100 – Fundamentals of Management
This course introduces the fundamental principles of management related to the functional areas of planning, organising, leading and controlling, plus how organisations are linked to the New Zealand and global business environment.

MSCI170 – Managerial Decision Making (NOTE: Semester 2 only)
This course introduces the basic concepts of Management Science and Operations Management and its application to business. Topics include project management, forecasting, inventory management, cost-benefit analysis and decision-making. You’ll also develop problem solving and spreadsheet skills.

MKTG100 – Principles of Marketing
This course introduces the fundamental concepts and theories of marketing and how they may be applied to the marketplace in a modern and dynamic environment.

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Advanced Commerce courses

If you already have a Bachelor's degree, you may be able to enrol in courses at 200 and 300-level. This allows you to choose specific courses according your interests. These courses can be put towards a Certificate in Commerce or Graduate Diploma in Commerce

Check out some of our courses covering hot topics in business:

Find a course that suits you on the UC Qualifications and Courses webpage

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Take the next step and contact a School student advisor to make an appointment or email them at They can help you with your course selection and planning your studies. If you're a current student you can book an appointment online (this works best on a campus computer).

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