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Bachelor of Business Leadership and Commerce

Frequently Asked Questions

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Generic Questions

When is the closing date for UAC submissions for this Degree?

Applications for 2015 are open. CV applications are were due through UAC by 30 September 2014. If you have not uploaded your CV please email for further instructions. 

What Bonus Points does Macquarie University offer for this Degree?

Bonus points offered are:

  • Academic Advantage
  • Rural Bonus Points
  • Lighthouse Scheme (EAS)
  • Elite Athletes and Performers

More information please visit Macquarie University bonus points.

How do I know if I have received Academic Advantage Bonus Points?

Once you choose Macquarie University amongst your preferences, your bonus points will be automatically calculated when you submit your university preferences to the Universities Admissions Centre. You can receive a maximum of five bonus points for each Macquarie University preference.

What Scholarships are on offer?

Macquarie University offers a wide range of scholarships that not only generously reward students who have demonstrated academic excellence; we also have an equally strong commitment to equity.

  • Mature Age/Non-Current School Leaver Scholarship
  • Macquarie Coursework Scholarships
  • Indigenous Scholarships
  • Scholarships Funded by the Federal Government
  • Scholarships Offered by Faculties and Departments
  • International Scholarships
  • Sports Scholarships
  • Alumni Scholarships
  • Macquarie University & the Country Education Foundation of Australia Education Partnership
  • Macquarie University Merit Scholar Program and Scholarship
  • Robert Menzies College Accommodation Scholarships
  • Dunmore Lang College Accommodation Scholarships

For more information on how to apply and FAQs please visit Macquarie University Scholarships.

Where can I get further information about this Degree?

For generic information please visit the Business Leadership degree page.

Domestic students please visit Macquarie University CourseFinder: B. Business Leadership for more information about the course overview, what you will study and career opportunities.

International students please visit Macquarie International CourseFinder: B. Business Leadership for more information about the course overview, what you will study and career opportunities.

The Degree

Which Major should I choose to team with the Leadership Degree?

Any of the Majors listed can be effectively linked with the Leadership component. It is best to choose the area that you are passionate about.

  • Accounting
  • Business Information Systems
  • Decision Science
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship 
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • International Business
  • Marketing

After graduating with this Degree, what career will be open for me?

Career Opportunities include but are not limited to:

  • Accountant
  • Business analyst
  • Human Resource manager
  • Management consultant
  • Marketing consultant
  • Public and Community sector manager
  • Recruitment and Staff development consultant
  • Sales manager

How many years will it take to complete the Degree?

Full time students (completing 4 units per session) will take 4 years to complete the Degree, if all units are passed.

How many units do I study each year?

Most full-time students take 4 units per session. However the exact number of units you decide upon depends on whether you are studying full-time or part-time.

Does this Degree have prerequisites/ entry requirements?

General Mathematics is assumed knowledge.

Mathematics is required for economics, accounting and finance Majors.

You can study a first-year mathematics unit to acquire the assumed knowledge.

Can I defer this Degree?

Yes, you can defer this Degree, but you must apply and be offered a place first. A deferment is only offered for one year. More information about deferring my degree.

Can I transfer into this program in 2014?

Transfer into this program for current students is currently unavailable.

Can I do this Degree by external study?

This Degree is not offered by external study mode.

Can I get into this Degree without an ATAR?

Yes, alternative pathways are an option available for Domestic Students only. For further information please read alternative access.

Should I study any particular subjects for the HSC to get into this Degree?

General Mathematics is assumed knowledge.

Mathematics is required for economics, accounting and finance Majors.

What is the ATAR for this Degree?

For 2015 the ATAR is 93.85.

Can I apply for this Degree as a mature age student?

Yes, this Degree is available for mature age students. This is available through UAC see
UAC undergraduate information for more information. 

Bachelor of Business Leadership and Commerce Degree Structure

How is this Degree structured?

In the first year of study all core Commerce subjects are to be completed. Majors do not need to be decided until the second year of the Degree. Leadership skills are taught from the second year and integrated into the program throughout the following years.


5 core Commerce subjects


Choose 1 Major

Business Information Systems
Decision Science
Human Resources
International Business



People Unit
Planet Unit


Complete 8 Core Leadership Subjects

Leading Self
Leading Others: Managing Teams and Relationships
Communication for Effective Leadership
Business Leadership: Ethics and Social Responsibility
Creativity and Innovation
Problem Solving: Critical and Strategic Thinking
Leadership and Influence in Action
Applied Leadership Project (Capstone / Participation)

= Bachelor of Business Leadership and Commerce Degree

Units of Study

What is a Capstone unit?

A capstone unit is completed towards the end of a Degree and brings all the related areas of learning that the student has completed throughout their Major or program of study to develop problem-solving skills and prepare the student for life as a graduate.

What is a Participation unit?

Participation units are a compulsory component in the Bachelor of Business Leadership and Commerce Degree.

The main aim of participation units is that students will be able to engage with the community and at the same time develop graduate capabilities within an academic framework. Students will have the opportunity to participate in many different areas, improving their expertise whilst contributing to the community. Participation units may include internships, volunteering, special projects, accredited work in professional environments and community projects.

Many practicums, internships and the like which are currently operating, may meet the criteria to be considered 'participation' units.

What are People and Planet units?

Certain units have been designated as People and Planet units. More information can be found in our handbook.

Students need to choose both units from outside your department and one of them will need to be from outside your Faculty. Your department is either the department responsible for your qualifying Major or, in the case of a named Degree, the department responsible for your Degree.

A People unit is intended to help you to understand the world through learning about the challenges of modern society.

A Planet unit looks at the physical environment in its fullest sense.

A unit that is a core unit in your program cannot be counted as a People or Planet unit.

Can I go overseas to do part of my study?

At Macquarie we have student exchange programs and students can study for a couple of weeks, a session or a year at one of our partner universities worldwide. Macquarie offers travel scholarships that rival any other university.

To be eligible for exchange you must have completed a full year of study at Macquarie (18 credit points), you must have a GPA of at least 2.5 or above (between a Pass and a Credit average) and your studies overseas must be relevant to your Macquarie Degree. If you study the Bachelor of International Studies you will go on exchange in your third year. If you study Law and wish to go on exchange the earliest you can go on exchange is in your fourth year. All other Degrees can go in their second year or above.

Information about international exchange can be found on Macquarie International.

The University is currently sourcing the possibility of students undertaking International Internships.


What should I include in my cover letter?

This should highlight why you would like to undertake this Degree program and any other matter that is not included in your attached CV.

What should I include in my CV?

As per the normal CV inclusions, subjects studied, community engagements, key skills, goals and achievements, memberships, interests, competencies, plus include any leadership programs/courses/scholarships and positions you have held or attended over your life time. These can be widespread covering community, school, sport and work.

See Careers and Employment and click 'Applying for Jobs' for more information.

How long should my CV be?

A good CV should be succinct, approximately 1 page for the cover letter and 2 pages for the CV.

What format should the CV be?

Word documents and pdf. files will be accepted.

When is my CV due?

Students must attach their CV to their UAC application by 30 September 2014.


Do I need referees?

We do require the names and contact details of referees to be included in your CV.

How many referees?

Two referees.

Who should I use?

School Principal, teachers, sports coaches, community leaders etc.

When will they be contacted?

Referees will be contacted in late-November to early December 2014 after interviews have taken place.


How and when will I be advised if I am required to attend an interview?

Interview dates and times will be advised via email between 10-14 November 2014 (after HSC exams).

When will the interviews be held?

Interviews will take place from 17-28 November 2014.

Where will the interviews be held?

Building E4A, Macquarie University, North Ryde.

How long will the interviews go for?

Approximately 20 minutes.

What if I am away when the interviews are held?

We would like to offer prospective students to be interviewed by other technological means (e.g. Skype, telephone) if they can't be physically able to attend in the allocated time period.

How do I prepare for the interview? has helpful hints on preparing for interviews.

Want to know more?

Faculty of Business and Economics
Macquarie University NSW 2109

Deborah Howlett
T: 9850 4814