Available to:
International students only.
  • Brisbane
  • Melbourne
  • North Sydney

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time

This course is available only to international students.


The Diploma in Commerce provides a broad understanding of key commercial and business concepts. It allows international, fee-paying students to study units (subjects) in the Bachelor of Commerce course and acts as an alternative pathway into the Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Business Administration or Bachelor of Accounting and Finance degrees.  In other words, if you complete this diploma successfully you can then enter one of those Bachelor degrees.  Furthermore, you will be given credit for the units (subjects) you’ve already done.

The Diploma in Commerce offers you:

English language classes

  • close monitoring of your individual progress
  • relevant units in Australian Society, and English Communication Skills.

You will also study units (subjects) such as:

  • Introduction to Accounting
  • Working with Technology
  • Managing People and Organisations
  • Managing Markets.

Course duration

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time

Start dates and campus availability

  • 10-Feb-2020 , 20-Jul-2020 , 15-Feb-2021 , 26-Jul-2021
  • 10-Feb-2020 , 20-Jul-2020 , 15-Feb-2021 , 26-Jul-2021
North Sydney
  • 10-Feb-2020 , 20-Jul-2020 , 15-Feb-2021 , 26-Jul-2021

Deferment, credit points & course units


No deferment available.

Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 33% of the program online.

Exit Point

Certificate in Commerce
(Exit qualification only)


40 cp
Minimum duration: 6 months full-time

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Course structure – 1st year

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 ACOM105
English Communication Skills
Working with technology
Managing people and organisations
Managing markets
Year 1 - Semester 2 BUSN104
Money matters
Introduction to Accounting
*Business elective 1 *Business elective 2 UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society

*Business Electives to be chosen from PFBS Schedule of Unit Offerings. Students are required to consider the BCOM major that they would like to undertake when choosing Business Electives 1 & 2.

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Course costs

  • Unit Fee: $2370.00 (2020)
  • Average first year fee: $18960.00 (2020)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $18960.00 (2020)

Important Note on Fees

The Tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. The Unit Fee is based on a 10cp unit. Fees are reviewed annually.

Tuition fees for continuing students may increase by up to 3 percent each year for the minimum duration of the course as provided on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). Students who continue to study beyond the minimum duration will have the relevant annual commencing rate applied to their fees for subsequent study periods.

Essential requirements for admission

IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each band) or equivalent or ACU English Test.

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each band) or equivalent or ACU English Test.

Pathways to further study

Students who complete the Diploma in Commerce may apply for entry into the Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Accounting and Finance. Credit will be given for units completed in the diploma course.

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