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Associate Degree of Business and Commerce

Associate Degree of Business and Commerce (ADBC)

Entry requirements
ATAR (2021) -
Rank (2020) 65
OP (2020) 17
Study mode
  • On-campus
  • Online
Campus
  • Springfield
  • Toowoomba
Duration
  • 2 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
Start date
  • February
  • July
  • November
Note: The November intake (Semester 3) is only available at USQ Springfield or via online study.

Overview

  • The Associate Degree of Business and Commerce is the perfect way to start your degree in business at university. An associate degree is a qualification in its own right, but it is also a pathway to a bachelor degree. This means that the 16 courses that you study can count towards a bachelor degree.
  • You will complete eight core courses and then choose from an array of business and commerce courses which interest you, and will suit your career goals. 
  • Combine minors in Global Political Economy with Finance, Management and Leadership with Human Resource Management, or Advertising with a minor in Marketing for example.
  • It is best to have a chat to our Student Relationship Officers before finalising your decision on courses. If you are considering continuing onto a bachelor degree, your choice of courses may have an impact later.

Further study

After completing the Associate Degree of Business and Commerce, you can potentially go on to study a Bachelor of Business and Commerce.

Career outcomes

  • As a graduate you will have general business knowledge suitable for a career in the public or private sector, and dependent on the courses you studied, career opportunities in the disciplines of human resources, marketing, administration, information technology, logistics management, inventory management, tourism, small business management, international business and commerce.

Entry requirements

Find the entry requirements most relevant to you.

Recent secondary education

Adjusted Entry score including adjustment factors (additional points given in certain circumstances). Unadjusted Entry score not including adjustment factors.
ATAR The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) is a percentile rank used to assess the results of high-school applicants for undergraduate entry into university. - -
Rank Non school-leavers can have qualifications and work experience assessed to form a Selection Rank. 65 58
OP The Overall Position (OP) is a QLD tertiary entrance rank (1-25) for high-school applicants, replaced by ATAR in 2021. 17 21

Starting uni in 2021?

If you want to start your studies in 2021, the format of subject pre-requisites will change slightly from previous years. ATAR will also replace OP for Queensland students who graduate from high school from 2020. Find out more about these changes to ensure you are prepared to apply.

Pre-requisites

To study this degree we assume you have sound knowledge in:

  • English
  • Mathematics A

We assume that your knowledge is equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA). Find out more about assumed knowledge.

Further admission information

Adjustments are additional points given in certain circumstances that may increase your Rank. Find out if you qualify for any adjustment factor pathways such as educational disadvantage where you live, and subjects you passed.

USQ is committed to greater admissions transparency. Learn more about the education and work experience, as well as average OP/Ranks for this degrees' student cohort for Semester 1, 2019.

Tafe (VET) qualification

If you have completed a qualification from a TAFE or qualified private provider, you may be able to use these qualifications to meet USQ's entry requirements.

Work and life experience

You may be able to use your work experience and other adjustment factors to increase your selection rank and meet USQ's entry requirements.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.

Pathways

If you don't meet the entry requirements, we have pathway options available to you.

If you identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent you may be eligible to enter the Indigenous Higher Education (IHEPP) program.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 16 units. Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at 1 unit. To study full-time you would usually complete 4 units per semester.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 8
2 x 4-unit minors from the Associate Degree of Business and Commerce
or
1 x 4-unit minor and 4 other courses selected from the Associate Degree of Business and Commerce
8
Total 16

Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this degree are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported

The Federal Government contributes to the cost of your course and you need to pay a student contribution.

AUD 11155
Domestic full fee paying

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 21040

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2020. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level. Find out if you are eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships

At USQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Apply via QTAC

Apply via QTAC (Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre) if you:

  • have never studied with USQ before, or
  • are a Year 12 student, or
  • want to transfer to USQ from another university.
Mode QTAC Codes
Online 904575
Springfield 924571
Toowoomba 904571

Copy your QTAC code and continue through to the QTAC website to complete your application.

Apply through QTAC

If you are applying via QTAC, please check the QTAC closing dates.

Apply directly to USQ

You may be able to apply directly to USQ if you:

  • are a current or previous USQ student returning to study with complete or incomplete qualifications (excluding Head Start students), or
  • have recently graduated from TAFE.

The closing dates for applying directly to USQ are:

  • Semester 3, 2020 - applications close Friday 20 November, with semester 3 commencing on Monday 16 November, 2020.
  • Semester 1, 2021 - applications close Monday 22 February, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 22 February, 2021.
  • Semester 2, 2021 - applications close Monday 12 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 12 July, 2021.
  • Semester 3, 2021 - applications close Monday 15 November, with semester 3 commencing on Monday 15 November, 2021.

More information on applying key dates is available.

Further information

Discover further information on applying to study at USQ that is relevant to you.

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