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Bachelor of Commerce @ University of Cape Town

This article lays out what exactly is covered in the Commerce Faculty at the University of Cape Town.

Upon matriculation, both commerce and science students from high school end up registering for a Bachelor of Commerce degree at various universities countrywide. I, for one, am an example of a student that did pure science subjects in high school then ended up doing a Business Science degree under the faculty of Commerce.

It seems that careers attached to a BCom degree are well marketed and their remuneration must be very good. This could explain why students doing science subjects in high school end up under the Faculty of Commerce. For some it may be out of seeking a challenge, following in their parents’ footsteps, curiosity, peer pressure {some of you may be grinning now} among other reasons.

A Bachelor of Commerce degree is essentially done over three years at the University of Cape Town. An extra year is needed should you decide to do your Honours, which is very complementary to your qualification. 

The requirements for admission are at least level 5 (60% – 69%) in Mathematics and level 4 (50% – 59%) in English Home Language or English First Additional Language. A minimum APS count of 37 in the National Senior Certificate (NSC). As part of the admission requirements, UCT requires students to write the National Benchmark Test (NBT) which is written in various parts of the country over the year. It is 2 tests in 1, namely Academic Quantitative Literacy (AQL) and Mathematics (MAT).

There is a range of courses that one can specialise in when pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce at UCT. This are Actuarial Science, Financial Accounting: General Accounting Stream, Financial Accounting: Chartered Accountant Stream, Accounting with Law, Information Systems, Information Systems and Computer Science, Philosophy, Politics and Economics,  Economics and Finance, Economics and Statistics and Economics with Law. 

The Commerce faculty offers students the option to take up their degrees through an Academic Development (AD) extended programme that is run by the Educational Development Unit (EDU). All of the courses mentioned above can be done via EDU and their only difference from the main stream is that they are taken over four years and not the usual three. EDU provides students with a variety of types of support that enhance a broad and comprehensive range of education and life skills. Over the years, EDU has produced quality graduates and they continue to do a great job. 

There you have it, three years or four and you will graduate from UCT with a BCom. Degree.  An extra year, which is dependent on you, and you can get your Honours. With the latter qualifications, it covers the essential course work that equips you with tools to guide you through the Business world. Not only are you guaranteed a job, but you are also marketable. The degree enables you to work anywhere in the world as the qualifications are recognised internationally.

Having said that, the basic rules of the game do not change regardless of the degree you are doing. You are still required to play your role and work to the best of your ability. It’s upon you to see to it that you keep up with the work over time. A friend of mine once said, “You must learn to play hard, but work harder.” I take it that you now better acquainted to chase that BCom degree. Go get it!!!

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