School of Commerce
Bachelor of Commerce Major in General
Qualification / Course Information
The STADIO BCom degree will equip you with conceptual understanding, knowledge, theory, skills, methodology and capacity to function effectively in the business environment of the future.
You will gain advanced management knowledge and skills and will be able to make ethical decisions in a rapidly changing business environment driven by technological advances. In the first year of study the focus is on laying a solid foundation in the supporting areas of knowledge, namely mathematical concepts and principles, statistics, legal principles, and information technology. The core areas of economics and accounting are developed up to the second year of study, while the focus is on management, entrepreneurship, and research in the third year of study. If you choose one of the four elective majors, the third-year focus shifts to the chosen field of specialisation, while still covering strategic management, as well as the management of technology and innovation at the exit level.
Lastly, you will also get exposure to an introductory research module, as well as an extensive 25-credit Project in year 3 of your studies. The project will be informed by research and aims to integrate the understanding, knowledge, theory, and skills across the core areas of study.
THE ADMISSION CRITERIA FOR THE BACHELOR OF COMMERCE ARE:
Senior Certificate (SC) with degree endorsement and a minimum symbol of E in Mathematics HG, or D in Mathematics SG; OR
a National Senior Certificate (NSC) with a minimum of 50% in four 20-credit subjects, and a minimum of 40% in English Home Language or First Additional Language, and a minimum of 50% in Mathematics or 60% in Mathematical Literacy; OR
a National Senior Certificate – Vocational Level 4 (NC(V)) with a minimum of 60% in three fundamental subjects including English and Mathematics; and minimum 70% in four vocational subjects; OR
a Higher Certificate (NQF 5), Advanced Certificate (NQF 6) or Diploma (NQF 6) in the field of: Commerce or Management
Applicants who meet all the stated admission criteria except the Mathematics requirement will first be conditionally admitted to the programme, and will receive additional support in successfully completing the Business Numeracy and Mathematics modules in Semester 1.
OTHER ACCESS PATHWAYS
STADIO is committed to achieving inclusion and to overcome barriers to access and success in higher education. Applicants who do not meet the stated admission criteria, but who have relevant work experience and/or prior learning may apply for admission under the policy on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). STADIO admits a maximum of 10% per cohort via RPL.
The implementation of RPL is context-specific, in terms of discipline, programme and level. Further information may be obtained from your Student Recruitment Advisor.
MATURE AGE EXEMPTION:
Candidates who do not meet the requirements for degree studies listed above, but who have reached the ages of 23 or 45 respectively, may apply for Mature Age Exemption via the USAF Matriculation Board under the following conditions:
- Candidates who have reached/will reach the age of 23 during the first year of registration and who have achieved a Senior Certificate with a pass in at least four subjects, including one of the official languages and including one subject on Higher Grade
- Candidates who have reached the age of 45 before or during the first year of registration.
STADIO is committed to achieving inclusion and to overcome barriers to access and success in higher education. Applicants who do not meet the stated admission criteria, but who have relevant work experience and/or prior learning may apply for admission under the policy on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). STADIO admits a maximum of 10% per cohort via RPL. The implementation of RPL is context-specific, in terms of discipline, programme and level. Further information may be obtained from your Student Recruitment Advisor.
1st YEAR MODULES
Business Law and Compliance
Data and Decision-making
Induction to Business Studies
Introduction to Business Management
2nd YEAR MODULES
People and Change
Risk Management 1
3rd YEAR MODULES
Future Thinking and Scenario Planning
Introduction to Research
Technology and Innovation Management
The following modules have pre-requisite modules:
Year 1: BMA152 for STA162; BMA152 for ECO162
Year 2: ECO 162 for ECO 262; ACC152 for ACC262; ACC262 for FIM262; ECO262 for EPS262; FRA262 for FMM262; ACC262 for IMA262
Year 3: IMA372 for IMB372; IMA262 for IMA372; EPS262 for IEC372; RES372 for PRO372; FIN262 for FIN372; RIM262 for RIM372
The following modules have co-requisites:
DDM162 with STA162; FRA262 with ACC262
A general Bachelor of Commerce degree will equip graduates for a broad range of jobs in business, including:
- Specialist role in accounting or finance department
- Manager in any business, including retail, manufacturing, financial services
- Managerial role in sales/customer relations department
The Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Investment Management will equip graduates for jobs such as:
- Investment advisor/consultant
- Junior investment analyst
- Fund management trainee
The Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Risk Management will equip graduates for jobs such as:
- Risk practitioner
- Risk analyst
- Junior risk manager
The Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Financial Management will equip graduates for jobs such as:
- Junior financial analyst
- Financial management trainee
- Financial assistant
The Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Economics will equip graduates for jobs such as:
- Economic research analyst
- Economics trainee in a public or private institution
- Economic advisor/consultant