Bachelor of Commerce - Invercargill

Qualification: Degree
Level: 7

11 February to 8 November 2019

8 July to 8 November 2019


Three years full-time, part-time study is available

Location: Invercargill
Credits: 360

SIT's Bachelor of Commerce is a high quality three year degree programme that will equip you with the knowledge and skills required to succeed in business. 

With a choice of three majors (accounting, management or marketing), you have the flexibility to design a programme that best serves your career aspirations, and to enjoy the mix of academic theory and strong practical and applied skills taught by our experienced and respected tutors. 

This programme is approved and accredited with both Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and NZQA.

Our teaching staff have extensive business experience, combined with excellent academic backgrounds and strong links with the professions, while the Bachelor of Commerce has a strong practical and applied focus. We know that our programmes will challenge you, but that you will feel supported and excited about your future once you decide to study with SIT. Our business staff are passionate about teaching and enjoy working with students of all ages and from different cultures.

We have strong links with local businesses and focus on creating opportunities whereby our students can obtain real world experience before they graduate.

Year One   
Compulsory Papers - all Bachelor of Commerce Majors     

ACC102 Introduction to Accounting                         

COM140 Professional Communications                  

ECN120 Economics                                              

LAW110 Commercial Law                                      

MAN130 Principles of Management    

Elective papers and additional year one compulsory papers dependent on major

ACC103 Accounting Practices                                

MAN135 Principles of Human Resource Management

MKT171 Principles of Marketing                              

QNT165 Quantitative Analysis                                

ACC104 Introduction to Budgeting and Taxation      

ACC105 Analysis of Financial Information                

Year Two                                                       

ACC201 Financial Accounting                                

ACC202 Management Accounting                          

ACC203 Business Finance                                     

ACC204 Accounting Information Systems               

ACC206 Taxation                                                  

LAW210 Company Law                                         

MAN215 Organisational Behaviour                          

MAN232 Operations Management                           

MAN233 Human Resource Development                 

MAN235 Employment Relations                             

MKT271 Consumer Behaviour                                

MKT273 Integrated Marketing Communication         

MKT275 Marketing Management                             

MKT276 Services Management and Marketing        

MGT204 Sales and Promotion (Through SIT2LRN distance)       

MGT208 Digital Marketing (Through SIT2LRN distance) 

RES280 Research Methods                                   

Year Three                                             

ACC301 Advanced Financial Reporting                   

ACC302 Advanced Management Accounting                            

ACC304 Applied Research Project - Accounting      

ACC305 Auditing                                                      

CON359 Contemporary Issues                               

ETH360 Business Ethics                                       

HTM706 Sustainability in Tourism                           

IBS390 International Business                                

ICE360 Industry Consultation                                 

MAN334 Strategic Management                              

MAN335 Advanced HRM                                       

MAN336 Applied Research Project - Management    

MKT372 Strategic Marketing Management               

MKT374 Applied Research Project - Marketing        

MKT376 Event Management                                                   

This programme is eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme.

SIT's Bachelor of Commerce is a smart choice! With no tuition fees and direct material costs of just $60.00 per 15 credit paper (GST inclusive), over three years you'll pay around $1500, saving a massive $17,000* - all while gaining a high quality education and internationally recognised degree.

International Fees can be found here.

(*Prices above are estimated over 3 years of study, based on 2018 costs.)

Graduates will have a sound understanding and awareness of the New Zealand business environment alongside practical skills that will add value to a business, either as an employer, employee or business owner.  Possible careers include:

  • Accounting majors can find careers in financial accounting, financial management, corporate accounting, taxation, auditing and business consulting. Students can apply to become members of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ)
  • Management majors can find careers in production management, supply chain or logistics management, human resources management, project management or general management (after obtaining relevant experience in the business environment)
  • Marketing majors can find careers in marketing and sales management, product management, merchandising, services marketing, market research, brand management, customer services management, key account management or general management (after obtaining relevant experience within a sales and marketing environment)

University Entrance - NCEA Level 3 

 Three subjects at Level 3, made up of:

  • 14 credits each, in three NZQA University Entrance approved subjects, and
  • Literacy – 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of five credits in reading and five credits in writing, and
  • Numeracy - 10 credits at Level 1 or above, made up of specified achievement standards through a range of subjects, or a package of three numeracy unit standards (26623, 26626, 26627 – all three required)

Entry may also be granted to mature applicants who are at least 20 years of age when the programme begins and can provide evidence of aptitude or appropriate work or other experience, or completion of an external or overseas qualification which is considered to be the equivalent of any of the above qualifications as approved by the Programme Leader.

Special Admission
A student who has successfully completed a minimum of four papers in the New Zealand Diploma in Business may transfer their enrolment and be admitted onto the Bachelor of Commerce programme.  The Programme Leader will advise according to the current cross credit schedules.

Language Requirements
Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate of at least 80 percent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having passed an NZQA approved English Proficiency Assessment, or one of the following tests of English language competence in accordance with the NZQA rules below:

  • IELTS test – Academic score of 6, with no band score lower than 5.5
  • TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) – Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) – Score of 60 (with a writing score of 20)
  • University of Cambridge English Examinations – FCE, or FCE for schools, or CAE, or CPE with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill
  • NZCEL – Level 4 with the Academic endorsement
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) – PtoE (Academic) score of 50
  • City and Guilds IESOL – B2 Communicator with a score of 66

Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate below 80 per cent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English must provide evidence that they:

  1. Have gained NCEA Level 3 and met New Zealand University Entrance requirements or
  2. Hold a bachelor’s degree of at least 3 years from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, The Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America or
  3. Have achieved a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, CELTA or
  4. Have achieved one of the English Language competence tests  specified  above

Provisional Part time Admission
An applicant who does not meet academic criteria, may be provisionally admitted to enrol in one or more year one papers. Upon successful completion of the papers, the student may apply for admission by mature entry.

Every candidate for the qualification of Bachelor of Commerce, is required to follow to the satisfaction of the Teaching and Learning Board of Studies, a programme of study for a minimum period of three years. Each year of study comprises two 17-week semesters.

Programmes of study for the Bachelor of Commerce are made up of clusters of papers taken at the appropriate levels as outlined in the Programme Schedule.

The Bachelor of Commerce qualification conforms to the NZQA credit requirements of 360 credits from Level 5 to Level 7. Study scheduled for each of Levels 5 to 7 is in accordance with the processes, learning demand, and responsibility that are detailed in the Programme Schedule.

Individual papers may have specific pre-requisites or other knowledge/skill requirements, which may be required to be satisfied by students.

Candidates may withdraw without penalty, provided they do so before the approved withdrawal date for the programme. Refunds and other financial arrangements attached to the SIT Zero Fees Scheme are detailed on the application form, and in the SIT Student Handbook and Policies and Procedures Manual of the QMS.

In order to be awarded the Bachelor of Commerce, the student will have been credited with all required papers and electives as specified in the programme schedule.

A student completing the Bachelor of Commerce will normally be expected to complete the three year programme (full-time equivalent) within ten years.

Notwithstanding the requirements set out above, the Head of Faculty with the approval and recommendation of the Teaching and Learning Board of Studies may allow a student a longer period to complete the programme.

Textbook list - please contact the School of Business and Management. 

Please note that textbooks need to be ordered at least 3-4 weeks prior to the commencement of your study