Students are expected to have completed the equivalent of Australian Year 12 in order to be considered for entry into the Bachelor of Commerce. Students should also satisfy prerequisite subject requirements and meet the English language requirements.

If you cannot meet the standard entry requirements, you may be eligible to apply using the non-school leaver entry pathway. Flexible entry programs such as Access Melbourne are also available to meet the needs of other students.

If your qualification does not appear below, please refer to Course Search and select your qualification.

Commonwealth Supported Place guarantee

The University has a Commonwealth Supported Place guarantee for the Bachelor of Commerce. The 2018 Bachelor of Commerce guarantee will be available to all domestic students who complete an Australian Year 12 or the IB in Australia in 2017.

If students achieve an ATAR or notional ATAR of 95.00 or above and satisfy the course prerequisites, they will be guaranteed a place in the BCom. Students with an ATAR above the minimum ATAR of 93.00 and below 95.00 may still be considered for a place in the course, depending on demand.

Guaranteed entry is available to eligible Access Melbourne applicants from a rural or isolated area or a disadvantaged financial background if they achieve an ATAR or notional ATAR of 88.00 or above and satisfy the course prerequisites. Other Access Melbourne categories do not have a guarantee as applications are considered individually.

Only eligible Access Melbourne applicants can be considered below the minimum ATAR of 93.00. For more information, please visit the Access Melbourne website.

Australian Year 12

2018 minimum ATAR
(domestic students)


2018 guaranteed ATAR
(domestic students)


2018 Clearly-In Rank
(domestic students)
2018 guaranteed ATAR
(international students)
VCE prerequisite subjects Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 25 in English/English Language/Literature or at least 30 in ESL, and at least 25 in Mathematical Methods (CAS) or Specialist Mathematics
Australian Capital Territory English/ESL and Mathematical Methods/Specialist Mathematics
New South Wales English Standard/English Advanced/ESL/English Extension 1 or 2 and Mathematics/Mathematics Extension 1 or 2
Queensland English/English Extension (Literature)/English for ESL Learners and Mathematics B or C
South Australia
Northern Territory
English/English Studies/English Communications/ESL/ESL Studies and Mathematical Studies or Specialist Mathematics
Tasmania English Communications/English Writing/ ESL/English Studies and Mathematics Methods/Mathematics I and II/Mathematics Specialised/Calculus and Applications 1A and 1B
Western Australia English/English as an Additional Language or Dialect/Literature and Mathematics Methods ATAR or Mathematics Specialist ATAR. 

Other qualifications

International Baccalaureate

2018 guaranteed score (domestic students): 95 (notional ATAR)
2018 guaranteed score (international students): 36
Grade 4 in Standard or Higher Level English and Mathematics

Please note VTAC converts IB scores into a nominal ATAR for domestic students. The nominal ATAR is used for selection into the program.

If you are a domestic student completing the IB in Australia, the ATAR guarantee would apply to you.

GCE Cambridge A Levels

2018 minimum score (domestic students): ABB
2018 guaranteed score (international students): ABB

Completion of at least three A Level (H2/A2) subjects. Students must achieve a Grade C in A Level Mathematics and Grade C in an accepted AS Level English subject, i.e. General Paper, General Studies, English Language, English Literature, English Language and Literature. GCSE/O Level subjects do not meet subject prerequisites.


Successful completion of NCEA 3, including 80 credits at Level 3 or higher. 18 credits of English and 18 credits of Mathematics with Calculus. Prerequisite credits must be completed at Level 3 or higher and passed with an average of 55% merit.

Note that these are minimum requirements only. Achievement of these results does not guarantee selection into the program.

Trinity College
Foundation Studies

2018 guaranteed score: 86 EAP (a score of at least 50%), English, Mathematics 1 and History of Ideas. Mathematics 1 must be included in the 'Best 4' calculation.

Applicants intending to commence a major in Actuarial Studies from mid-year (July) must complete Mathematics 2 at Trinity College.

Australian University Foundation Programs 2018 indicative score: 89 English and Mathematics
Western Australia Universities'
Foundation Program
2018 indicative score: 74 English Language and Australian Cultural Studies, Mathematics 3C/3D or Mathematics: Specialist 3A/3B or 3C/3D
Singapore Polytechnics

Minimum GPA of 3.2 for graduates of Ngee Ann, Nanyang, Singapore and Temasek; minimum GPA of 3.4 for graduates of Republic Polytechnic. Please note we accept applications from graduates of business-related diplomas only.

Please note Bachelor of Commerce applicants who intend to major in Actuarial Studies are strongly encouraged to complete VCE Specialist Mathematics or equivalent.

If your qualification does not appear above, please refer to Course Search and select your qualification from the menu. If the qualification does not appear on Course Search, it may be that the University does not consider your qualification to be equivalent to Australian Year 12. If that is the case, it may be worth considering an alternative pathway into the University, such as Trinity College Foundation Studies.

If you have not met the mathematics prerequisite for the Bachelor of Commerce, The University of Melbourne Commercial offers an online subject which stands as an equivalent prerequisite to VCE Mathematical Methods Units 3&4. Students who complete the subject; Calculus and Probability Online, must achieve a minimum of 50% can use this to satisfy the requirement. The subject is taught online over 6 weeks, with an exam at the end that must be sat in an approved location.

Diploma in General Studies pathway

If you don't meet the prerequisites above, and are looking for an alternative study option, you could study the Diploma in General Studies (DiGS) and receive guaranteed entry into the Bachelor of Commerce (guaranteed entry applies only to those eligible for Access Melbourne and upon meeting the required guaranteed scores). Visit the DiGS website for more information.

Bachelor of Commerce Global Scholarship

The Faculty of Business and Economics has established the Bachelor of Global Scholarship, which is available to international students only. Recipients of the scholarship may be admitted into the degree with an entry score that is lower than published here. Please visit the relevant scholarship page for more information.