If you applied to study in the Faculty of Commerce in 2024 and you have received a conditional offer, there may be a few things you want to know about.

What happens next?

To find out more about conditional offers, final offers and accepting/declining an offer, please visit the Applications & admissions FAQs page and scroll down to the bottom section under Admissions.

Commerce offers two undergraduate degrees:

  • Bachelor of Business Science (BBusSc) – four years
  • Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) – three years

When you applied to Commerce, you selected ONE of the options below:

  • Bachelor of Commerce/Business Science (Mainstream)
  • Bachelor of Commerce/Business Science (ADP)
  • Bachelor of Commerce/Business Science in Actuarial Science (Mainstream)
  • Bachelor of Commerce/Business Science in Actuarial Science (ADP)

You did not choose a specific degree programme when you applied, except if you wanted to study Actuarial Science.

Actuarial Science: If you did not meet the conditional offer points for Actuarial Science, but you met the criteria for the other Commerce degrees, we would have automatically made you an offer for those degrees. If, in your final Matric and NBT results, you meet the minimum Actuarial Science entrance criteria, you will be eligible to register for an Actuarial Science degree.

All other Commerce undergraduate degrees: Your final choice of which degree or discipline to register for is made ONLY at the end of Orientation at the beginning of the first year, once you have received more information on each specialisation.


Disciplines in Commerce

You may have some questions about the various disciplines offered. For example, what does a person who studied in that field do or what kind of job you could end up in? Find out more about the disciplines in the Your Guide to Undergraduate Studies in Commerce brochure, or take a look at this handy video for a short explanation of each.

Bachelor of Commerce

  • Financial Accounting: General Accounting
  • Financial Accounting: Chartered Accountant
  • Actuarial Science
  • Actuarial Science in Quantitative Finance
  • Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)
  • Economics and Finance
  • Economics and Statistics
  • Economics with Law
  • Information Systems
  • Information Systems and Computer Science
  • Information Systems and Finance
  • Management Studies

Bachelor of Business Science

  • Actuarial Science
  • Actuarial Science in Quantitative Finance
  • Analytics
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Economics with Law
  • Finance
  • Finance with Accounting
  • Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Organisational Psychology

Entry requirements are the same for both degrees. Each degree offers a variety of specialisations to cater both for the interests of our students and employment needs. Both degrees are highly marketable.

The first year of the BBusSc and the BCom share several common courses in the subject areas of Accounting, Information Systems, Economics, Business Law, Mathematics, Statistics, Evidence-based Management and Business Ethics.


The BBusSc curriculum teaches the science of business within a field of specialisation. This includes subjects such as People Management, Business Ethics and Strategic Thinking. On the other hand, the BCom curriculum prepares students for a specific field of specialisation.

As more material is covered in a BBusSc, the degree takes four years to complete, while a BCom takes three.

The BCom and BBusSc degrees may also be taken by South African students affected by disparities in educational or life experiences through the Academic Development Programmes (ADP) offered by the Commerce Education Development Unit (EDU).

The ADP BBusSc can be taken over a four- or five-year period, and the ADP BCom over a three- or four-year period. In the EDU, students receive a range of additional support. You can find out more about the Commerce EDU and ADP in the Your Guide to Undergraduate Studies in Commerce brochure.


2024 Commerce Orientation dates

  • 24 January to 26 January 2024: Orientation for students who are from Cape Town (local).
  • 31 January to 2 February 2024: Orientation for all students who are new to Cape Town (out-of-towners).

Please visit the Orientation page to find out more about what happens at Orientation and why it is important.


Studying at UCT: A day in the life of Commerce students

Third-year Commerce undergraduate students Emily Wang and Xhanti Solani give a glimpse into their daily experiences on campus as students in the Faculty of Commerce and share some valuable tips with prospective UCT students.


Watch: Emily Wang

Watch: Xhanti Solani