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Bachelor of Business (Banking)

Graduation requirements

To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 192 points (24 subjects). These subjects are a combination of core subjects, specialisation subjects and electives.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

What is this course about?

CSU's Bachelor of Business (Banking) prepares students for a career in banking or finance.

The Bachelor of Business (Banking) will provide you with a solid foundation in business economics, accounting and management practices, financial institutions and markets, international finance, commercial banking and business and finance law. The course presents you with the formal educational requirements for managerial positions in banking and other financial institutions anywhere in Australia and overseas, and combines practical and specialist subjects with those that have a more conceptual or theoretical base.

The course contains three workplace learning subjects, which provide students with the opportunity to undertake a business placement in each of their three years or stages of study. Through these subjects, you will have the opportunity to secure a placement and gain first-hand experience working in a banking or financial organisation.

Workplace learning

Industry requires graduates who are better equipped for the workplace, and students are looking for greater flexibility in subjects studied while retaining the ability to specialise in core discipline areas.

Three workplace learning subjects provide students with the opportunity to undertake a business placement in each of their three years of study (or equivalent). The expectations and outcomes associated with these subjects increases each year - for example, the length of placement will increase from 35 hours in Year 1 to 70 hours in Year 2 and 120 hours in Year 3. Placements may occur in practicum blocks or a dedicated regular time through the session. Students will be expected to make a meaningful contribution that will benefit the business and the student's key employability skills. The focus of each of the workplace learning subjects will be the nexus between theory (what the student will be learning in their studies) and practice (what actually happens in the workplace).

There may be ancillary costs associated with your workplace learning subject (for example, travel costs to reach the workplace). These costs may vary depending on the location of the work placement.

Work placements are not available to international students due to current Australian Government visa regulations.

Flexible offering

This course is available by distance education only. It can be studied both full-time or part-time, and has a minimum full-time duration of six sessions.

The degree is programmed over sessions 1 and 2, with a number of subjects offered in session 3, allowing students to fast-track their degree if desired.

While this course does not articulate with other courses, students who wish to terminate their study at an earlier stage may be eligible to receive one of three lower level awards: the Associate Degree in Business Studies, University Certificate in Business, or University Certificate in Business Studies.

Students will be eligible to graduate with the Associate Degree in Business Studies if they have completed 128 points in the Bachelor of Business, of which at least 88 points must be business or business-related subjects.

Students will be eligible to graduate with the University Certificate in Business Studies if they have completed 64 points in the Bachelor of Business, of which at least 48 points must be business or business-related subjects. However, students must meet the University Certificate criteria (i.e. no credit granted in the course) to be able to exit with the award.

Students in the Bachelor of Business programs may use the University Certificate in Business as an exit point should they decide to withdraw from the Bachelor of Business Studies or Bachelor of Business program. However, students must meet the University Certificate criteria (i.e. complete the three core subjects plus five of the available foundation subjects and no credit granted in the course) to be able to exit with the award.

Career opportunities

Where it will take you

Graduates of the Bachelor of Business will have many career opportunities, including employment in the following areas:

  • commercial banking
  • investment banking (e.g. corporate finance, international finance, Treasury, risk management)
  • funds management
  • corporate treasuries
  • stockbroking
  • investment analysis

Employment opportunities are available in the public or private sector. 

Course structure


ECO130 Business Economics
MGT100 Organisations & Management
MGT230 Ethics, Sustainability & Culture


BUS110 Professional Practice
BUS220 Business Placement
BUS370 Business Internship
QBM120 Business Data Analysis


ACC100 Accounting 1
ACC110 Accounting 2
FIN211 Financial Management
FIN230 Financial Institutions & Markets
plus at least four (4) from
FIN221 Investments
FIN310 Commercial Banking & Finance
FIN320 Financial Institutions Lending
FIN331 Financial Planning
FIN340 International Finance
LAW220 Business Organisations Law
LAW330 Finance Law


Students must choose nine (9) electives either by:

  • completing a joint study in another discipline area, which will be included on the testamur, and adding the number of free electives needed to bring the total number of subjects to 24; or by
  • selecting nine (9) free electives. A free elective is any undergraduate subject offered by Charles Sturt University provided prerequisites and enrolment restrictions have been met.

Note that at least four (4) electives must be Business or Business related subjects.

Students must ensure that there are no more than twelve (12) level one subjects in their degree. Students must also ensure that they complete a minimum of five (5) level three subjects in their degree. The level of a subject is designated by the first digit in the subject code, e.g. MGT100 is a level one subject.

Joint Studies

Students may also undertake a joint study, aprescribed set of subjects taken from a discipline other than the chosen specialisation. Students are then able to use the title of the joint study in conjunction with the specialisation (e.g. Bachelor of Business (Management/Finance).

  • Joint Study disciplines

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Study Mode

Distance education




Session 1; Session 2




The minimum full-time duration for this course is six sessions by distance education.



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