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Otago’s BCom Finance curriculum is closely tied to professional practice and is well-suited to students preparing to sit CFA exams. Staff in the Department of Accountancy and Finance, and Student Development staff can provide assistance planning your course, and make sure you meet all the requirements for BCom and CFA requirements – you don’t want to delay your graduation through poor paper choices!

Whether you are looking to study for a single major, double major, or even a double degree, we can help. And yes, communications skills are important!

BCom (Finance) academic requirements (starting 2022 or later)

Level S1 = semester 1, S2 = semester 2 Points
100 BSNS 111
S1 or S2
BSNS 112
S1 or S2
BSNS 113
S1 or S2
BSNS 114
S1 or S2
BSNS 115
S1 or S2
FINC 102
S1 or S2
Other
S1 or S2
Other
S1 or S2
144
All BSNS 100 level papers should normally be taken in first year of study. It is recommended to take two papers that are relevant to a minor for “Other” papers).
200 FINC 202
S2
FINC 203
S1
FINC 206
S2
54
FINC 202, 203 and 206 are typically completed in year 2.
300 FINC 302
S1
FINC 303
S2
FINC 300
S1 or S2
FINC 300, or
ACFI 300, or
ACCT 300
S1 or S2
72
FINC 302 and 303, plus one more 300‑level FINC paper* and one further 300‑level FINC, ACFI, or ACCT paper are typically completed in year 3.
200
or

300
Other Other** Other 54
Any
Level
Other Other*** 36
Total 360
*from FINC 304, FINC 305, FINC 306 and FINC 399
**could include FINC 299
***Recommended to include one “liberal” paper. Suggested papers = any PHIL or POLS paper, ENGL 127, ENGL 128, ENGL 228, GLBL 101, MANT 222, MANT 331, ENVI 312.

BCom (Finance) academic requirements (starting 2017–2021)

Level S1 = semester 1, S2 = semester 2 Points
100 BSNS 111
S1 or S2
BSNS 112
S1 or S2
BSNS 113
S1 or S2
BSNS 114
S1 or S2
BSNS 115
S1 or S2
FINC 102
S1 or S2
Other
S1 or S2
Other
S1 or S2
144
All BSNS 100 level papers should normally be taken in first year of study. It is recommended to take two papers that are relevant to a minor for “Other” papers)
200 FINC 202
S2
FINC 203
S1
FINC 206
S2
54
FINC 202, 203 and 206 are typically completed in year 2.
300 FINC 302
S1
FINC 303
S2
FINC 300
S1 or S2
FINC 300, or
ACFI 300, or
ACCT 300
S1 or S2
72
FINC 302 and 303, plus one more 300‑level FINC paper, as well as one further 300‑level FINC, ACFI, or ACCT paper is typically completed in year 3.
200
or

300
Other Other Other 54
Any
Level
Other Other 36
Total 360

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BCom (Finance) academic requirements (starting prior to 2017)

Level S1 = semester 1, S2 = semester 2 Points
100 BSNS 108
S1 or S2
BSNS 102
S1 or S2
BSNS 107
S1 or S2
FINC 102
S1 or S2
BSNS 103
S1 or S2
BSNS 104
S1 or S2
BSNS 105
S1 or S2
BSNS 106
S1 or S2
144
BSNS 102, 107, 108 and FINC 102 are typically completed in year 1.
All BSNS 100‑level papers should normally be taken in first year of study. It is recommended to take two papers that are relevant to a minor for “Other” papers).
200 FINC 202
S2
FINC 203
S1
FINC 206
S2
54
FINC 202, 203 and 206 are typically completed in year 2.
300 FINC 302
S1
FINC 303
S2
FINC 300
S1 or S2
FINC 300, or
ACFI 300, or
ACCT 300
S1 or S2
72
FINC 302 and 303, plus one more 300‑level FINC paper, as well as one further 300‑level FINC, ACFI, or ACCT paper are typically completed in year 3.
200
or
300
Other Other Other 54
Any
Level
Other Other 36
Total 360

Chartered Financial Accountant (CFA) academic preparation

The Finance major CFA programme course planner lists the combination of papers that will best prepare you for the Level 1 CFA exam. The course planner that applies to you will depend on when you started studying for your BCom (Finance).

For students starting study in 2022 or later:

For students who started study in 2017–2021:

For students who started study prior to 2017:

Learn more about the CFA professional qualification

BCom (Finance) planning advice

Give yourself options

You can choose your “other” papers in your first year to give you the option of 200‑level study in a second subject (this can count towards a double major or a minor).

Pay attention to prerequisite requirement

  • Information about each Finance paper and prerequisites can be found on this website and also on the Finance subject page. The Department requires prerequisite papers to be passed before attempting subsequent papers.
  • From 2012 to 2021, students enrolling in ACCT 211, ACCT 222, ACCT 233, FINC 202, FINC 203 and FINC 206 were required to have achieved at least a C+ grade in the respective 100-level prerequisite papers. With effect from 2022, this requirement no longer applies – any level of pass (i.e. C- or higher) in the prerequisite papers is adequate.
  • Make sure you complete the degree requirements for the type of career you wish to have, as you don’t want to delay your graduation through poor paper choices!

Essential communication skills

Communication skills are an important part of both university study and later employment. The Department strongly encourages you to enhance your oral and written communication abilities.

We recommend that Accountancy and Finance students take either:

Alternatively, students can engage in writing workshops through the Higher Education Development Centre:

HEDC Student workshop programme

Contact a course adviser

For individual help planning your degree, make an appointment with a Student Adviser through Student Development, or contact the Department of Accountancy and Finance to be put in touch with a departmental course adviser.

Student Development

Contact the Department of Accountancy and Finance

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