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Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) in Human Resource Management and Employment Relations

Key information

Level of study:
Bachelor's Degree
Tuition fees:
3 years
Start date: 08-November-2021
Pipitea Campus
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Course details


If you're interested in a career in the world of commerce and want expertise in business and the business of government then the Bachelor of Commerce is the degree for you.

The Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) is a three-year undergraduate degree designed to give you the skills and knowledge you need for a successful career in the exciting world of commerce.

You'll get a strong foundation in private business and public administration and gain skills in communication, teamwork and leadership. In the BCom, you'll develop your critical and creative thinking, as well as an understanding of how different cultures do business.

Human Resource Management and Employment Relations

Gain an overview of basic business functions and learn about the environments in which businesses operate - both in New Zealand and around the world. Discover the differences between HR and ER and look at contemporary issues like the living wage, pay equity, and why and how people strike. You'll build your critical thinking skills and develop an understanding of what’s happening in relevant areas of policy, practice and law.

Course Structure

For this degree you'll need to:

Complete at least 360 points, of which:

At least 210 points must be from courses listed for the BCom

At least 180 points must be at 200 and 300 level

Of the 180 points at least 75 points must be at 300 level

  • Of the 75 points at least 45 points must be from courses listed for the BCom

Complete seven core courses at 100 level (usually in first year):

  • Either Accounting (ACCY 111) or Fundamentals of Accounting (ACCY 115) or Accounting for Decision Making (ACCY 130)
  • Microeconomic Principles (ECON 130)
  • Government, Law and Business (FCOM 111)
  • Foundations of Information Systems (INFO 101)
  • Principles of Marketing (MARK 101)
  • Introduction to Management (MGMT 101)
  • Statistics for Business (QUAN 102)

In addition to the degree requirements, for this major you'll need to complete:

Seven core courses at 100 level (as listed for the BCom)

Three courses at 200 level:

Managing People and Work (HRER 201)

The Future of Work (HRER 207)

Or The Future of Work (FHSS 207)

Organisational Behaviour (MGMT 202)

Three courses from HRER 300-399

One further course from:

The Law of Work (COML 302)

Labour Economics (ECON 333)

HRER 200-399

MGMT 300-399

Useful secondary school subjects: Accounting, Algebra, Business Studies, Economics, Statistics, Calculus, English, History, Geography, Languages and Computer Science

Get a Master's degree:

At the end of your three-year BCom you can choose to continue your learning with postgraduate studies. Give your career options a boost and choose from a range of postgraduate programmes offered by Victoria University of Wellington.

Entry criteria

Achieve the International Baccalaureate Diploma, or three GCE Advanced Level passes at C grade, or equivalent.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic): minimum overall score of 6.0 with no sub-score below 5.5

TOEFL: minimum overall score of 80 (internet-based test)

Pearson Test of English: minimum score of 50 (with a 'Communicative score' of not less than 42)

EAP: minimum final scores of 4,4,4,3

Application deadlines: Trimester 1 - 1 Dec; Trimester 2 - 1 May and Trimester 3 - 1 Sep.


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