Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2013 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Education

Managing facultyEducation
Partner facultyBusiness and Economics
Abbreviated titleBCom/BEd(Sec)
CRICOS code064784M
Total credit points required204
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Education: telephone +61 3 9905 2888, email or visit

Commerce: telephone +61 9905 2327.

Course coordinator

Education: Business and Economics: Dr Ross Booth


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Full-time study only. In order to complete the degree within four years it is necessary for students to overload by 12 points in the fourth year.
  • This course requires students to undertake off-campus placements.


Secondary school teachers are specialists in one or more areas within a school curriculum, allowing them to focus on subjects and issues where they have professional expertise and qualifications. This course provides students with the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the areas they intend to teach in schools. The approach enables students to develop their knowledge and expertise in commerce disciplines as well as developing their knowledge and expertise in the discipline of education. Students also learn through practical experiences, completing professional placements in secondary schools and other settings, including opportunities for overseas or remote practical experiences.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes. For more information refer to

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • integrate theoretical perspectives on teaching and learning as well as the culture and contexts of schooling
  • link theoretical perspectives to different educational contexts and use these linkages to inform and develop their practice
  • attain a high level of competence as knowledgeable, reflective, research-oriented and articulate practitioners
  • be self-sufficient and independent as beginning teachers in a secondary context generally and in the specific areas of commerce education that they select for study in their Bachelor of Commerce.

For the outcomes of the Bachelor of Commerce component of this double degree refer to


Students must complete teaching practice which consists of a minimum of 80 days of satisfactory supervised school experience. Students will only be given permission to complete a placement in their place of employment in exceptional circumstances and if they will receive the required level of supervision. Where permission is granted, students will not be permitted to undertake more than 50 per cent of the placement in their place of employment. Students must be available to undertake placements on a full-time basis and attend their placement for full days at times determined by the faculty.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for registration and employment as secondary school teachers in the government, Catholic and independent school systems in Victoria. For interstate and overseas positions, applicants are advised to check with local authorities.

For information about professional recognition of Faculty of Business and Economics courses visit


This course consists of studies in commerce (96 points) and studies in education (108 points), incorporating compulsory and elective units, and teaching placements.

Areas of study


Students complete the units detailed for the Bachelor of Commerce from one of the following:



Commerce component

Students must complete 16 units in the Bachelor of Commerce at the Clayton campus:*

(i.) six compulsory common core units (36 points):

  • AFC1000 Principles of accounting and finance
  • BTC1110 Business law
  • ECC1000 Principles of microeconomics
  • ETC1000 Business and economic statistics
  • MGC1010 Introduction to management
  • MKC1200 Principles of marketing

(ii.) a major** of eight units (48 points):

  • the major for the Bachelor of Commerce must be one of the majors listed under 'Areas of study'
  • at least two units (12 points) must be completed at each of second and third-year levels.

(iii.) additional units from the faculty in the Bachelor of Commerce at the Clayton campus* to reach the required minimum of 16 units (96 points).

* Enrolment in units at another campus is subject to available capacity after students from that campus have enrolled.

** Depending on the major chosen, one or more of the units in the major may have already been studied as part of the group of common core units. Where this is the case, students will complete additional unit/s as detailed below.

Additional requirements for the Bachelor of Commerce degree:

  • a maximum of eight first-year level units (48 points)
  • a minimum of four third-year level units (24 points) from those offered by the faculty at the Clayton campus
  • in addition to specific unit prerequisites, second-year level units require the successful completion of three first-year level units, and third-year level units require the successful completion of two second-year level units.

Education component

Studies in education (108 points), comprising:

  • a series of units relating to the theory and practice of education, teaching and curriculum
  • professional placement units.

For the requirements of the education component, refer to the link under 'Areas of study'.

Major and minor studies in commerce must satisfy the prerequisites for the study of two teaching method units in their fourth year and the requirements for employment laid down by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT). Students are advised to consult the VIT website at in consultation with their course adviser. Generally, to qualify for a secondary teaching discipline, a candidate will require a minimum of two years of full-time academic study in that discipline. There are additional requirements for some disciplines.

Alternative exit(s)

Students who wish to graduate with a Bachelor of Commerce prior to the completion of the double degree course must have completed at least 144 points of studies, including all of the commerce requirements for the double degree course.


Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Education (Secondary)