Bachelor of Commerce

Available to:
Domestic and International students.
CRICOS:
068238E
Location:
  • Brisbane
  • Melbourne
  • North Sydney
  • Strathfield
Duration:

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

2019 Main Round ATAR/OP :
  • Brisbane (17/65)
  • Melbourne (58.50)
  • North Sydney (58.50)
  • Strathfield (58.50)

Pathway: Apply for our Passion for Business early offer program. Selection is based on criteria other than ATAR! Click here for details.

Description

Create your own unique career path whilst honing your communication skills as part of your commerce specialisations. We start with four key foundation units (managing money, people, markets and working with IT) which prepare you for whatever area of business you wish to pursue. Study commerce and you can tailor your degree to open up career opportunities in accounting and finance to marketing, event management, informatics and human resources. Other specialisations include data analytics, entrepreneurship, IT, Indigenous business studies, international business, informatics, and occupational health, safety and environment.

Boost your credentials

Our commerce specialisations come with a range of relevant credentials, such as the prestigious EPAS international accreditation from the European Foundation for Management Development. If you graduate with an accounting major and minor, you’ll be eligible for membership with CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and the Institute of Public Accountants. Choose human resource management and you can become a member of the Australian Human Resources Institute. Marketing graduates, meanwhile, can join the Australian Marketing Institute.

Course duration

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Campus availability and study mode

Campus availability

  • Brisbane (Attendance)
  • Melbourne (Attendance)
  • North Sydney (Attendance)
  • Strathfield (Attendance)

Study mode definitions

Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.

Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).

Online: Fully online (including assessments).

Sample Course Map

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 BUSN113
Managing people and organisations
BUSN111
Working with technology
BUSN112
Managing markets
BUSN104
Money matters
Year 1 - Semester 2 STAT207
Business data analysis
OHSE201
Introduction to occupational health and safety management
UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
Elective 1
Year 2 - Semester 1 HRMG204
Organisational behaviour (Pre: MGMT100)
ECON200
Economics: policy frameworks and markets
Elective 2 Elective 3
Year 2 - Semester 2 Elective 4 BIPX202
Community engagement: building strengths and capabilities
(Pre: 80 credit points or equivalent)
MGMT309
Governance, risk and operations management
Elective 5
Year 3 - Semester 1 MGMT311
Managing entrepreneurship and innovation
MGMT310
Sustainable organisational change
UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world
(Pre: UNCC100)
Elective 6
Year 3 - Semester 2 MGMT304
Strategic management
BUSN304
Working with diversity and conflict
or
BIPX301
Professional experience
Elective 7 Elective 8

*Not all majors and minors will be available on all campuses.

'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.

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment: Deferment Information.

Credit Points

240

Majors and Minors

Bachelor of Commerce Majors 2020 - Campus Guide

MajorBrisbaneMelbourne North SydneyStrathfieldOnline
Accounting Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Event Management No Yes Yes No No
Finance No Yes Yes No No
Human Resource Management Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Informatics Yes Yes Yes No No
Management Yes Yes Yes No No
Marketing Yes Yes Yes Yes No


Please use the above Table as a guide only. Some of the units in the Bachelor of Commerce are offered on Campus, others in Multi-Mode and others fully online. The Course Enrolment Guide is the best resource for students to identify the units that are offered for each major, and whether those units are on Campus, in Multi-Mode or online. The School of Business may vary the units offered at each Campus according to student demand and staff availability. In such cases, students will be given the opportunity to enrol in an alternative unit and can seek advice from their Course Coordinator. Students in Sydney may be required to attend classes at either the North Sydney or Strathfield campus.

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start dates

Brisbane
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
Melbourne
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
North Sydney
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
Strathfield
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $9981 Commonwealth Supported (indicative only; subject to passage of legislation)

Important Note on Fees

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Essential requirements for admission

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites at year 12 level, or equivalent:

New South Wales

  • Prerequisites: English (Advanced or Standard) (Band 2) or English (EAL) (Band 3).

Queensland

  • Prerequisites: English (4, SA).

Victoria

  • Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English.

Or be admitted under the Passion 4 Business Program.International applicants need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2020 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

Admission criteria

The table below shows the range of ATARs/OPs (excludes adjustment factors) and Selection Ranks (may include adjustment factors) achieved by students who were accepted into this course last year. These may vary from year to year. Learn more about admission to ACU.

ATAR/OP range

For those offered places in 2019

OP Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest OP to receive an offer 10 8
Median OP to receive an offer 15 13
Lowest OP to receive an offer 19 17
Rank Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest Rank to receive an offer 81 86
Median Rank to receive an offer 69 74
Lowest Rank to receive an offer 63 65
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 90.20 91.05
Median ATAR to receive an offer 60.85 65.85
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 48.40 58.55
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 81.15 85.65
Median ATAR to receive an offer 60.73 66.75
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 50.40 58.80
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 91.75 99.95
Median ATAR to receive an offer 59.70 65.15
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 49.10 59.10

Student Profile

Breakdown of how students entered this course last year and in what numbers.

Applicant background 2019
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
5 19.23%
Vocational education and training (VET) study <5 N/P
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
<5 N/P
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of OP/Rank (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 14 53.85%
Recent secondary education admitted where both OP/Rank and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum OP/Rank) 0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP/Rank was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum OP/Rank requirement) <5 N/P
International students <5 N/P
All students 26 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.
Applicant background 2019
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
11 12.22%
Vocational education and training (VET) study <5 N/P
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 61 67.78%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) <5 N/P
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) 11 12.22%
International students <5 N/P
All students 90 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.
Applicant background 2019
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
9 9.57%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 6 6.38%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
<5 N/P
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 49 52.13%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) 6 6.38%
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) 16 17.02%
International students 7 7.45%
All students 94 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.
Applicant background 2019
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
8 12.12%
Vocational education and training (VET) study <5 N/P
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
<5 N/P
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 30 45.45%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) <5 N/P
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) 20 30.30%
International students <5 N/P
All students 66 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.

Further information

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.

Applying for admission

Brisbane, Queensland
Apply through QTAC
Melbourne, Victoria
Apply through VTAC
Sydney (North Sydney), NSW
Apply through UAC
Sydney (Strathfield), NSW
Apply through UAC

Direct Applications

If you are a Year 12 student you must apply through VTAC or UAC. Unfortunately, a Direct application cannot be considered.

You can apply Direct to ACU if you are not a recent school leaver and have not already applied through VTAC or UAC.

Melbourne
North Sydney
Strathfield

Admission Pathways to this course

Admission Schemes

Adjustment Factors which may improve your Selection Rank

  • Most applicants to undergraduate courses at ACU are eligible for adjustment factors – which can help improve your selection rank when applying for a degree. Your location, school or personal circumstances may make you eligible too. Learn more about the full list of available adjustments.

Articulation from another course

Work and Life Experience

  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
  • Work experience - A Selection Rank can be calculated based on your work experience - you need to document all of your experience and provide supporting documentation

If you have a Selection Rank but it's not enough for this course

  • Complete 2 non-award individual UG units; the results attained for these units can then be converted to a Selection Rank
  • Complete a VET qualification such as an AQF Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma
  • Commence another ACU Bachelor degree with a lower required Selection Rank, successfully complete 2 or more units, then apply for an internal transfer to this course. A new Selection Rank will be calculated from your results in the ACU units.

Career paths

Graduate career opportunities arise in both the private and public sectors and cover a wide range of occupations:

  • Accounting firms
  • Advertising
  • Business management
  • Business regulation
  • Data analytics
  • Employment relations
  • Event management
  • Financial management
  • Human resource management
  • International trade and investment
  • Marketing management
  • Marketing research
  • Personal investment
  • Policy administration
  • Retailing and wholesaling

Professional experience

Students may elect to enrol in a Professional Experience unit involving professional placement within a business organisation (in the relevant discipline area) over a period of 105 hours.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Commerce has accreditation with the following professional organisations on completion of the relevant majors and associated minors:

Accounting

Human Resources

Volunteer experience

A requirement of the degree is a Community Engagement unit where students engage in voluntary work within a not-for-profit organisation over a period of 35-70 hours.

More course information

In keeping with the Mission of the University, several units within the degree focus on business ethics and personal values. One compulsory unit of Community Engagement is also incorporated in the degree and is designed to assist with personal development. Students will have the opportunity to engage with the community in a tangible way through voluntary work in a not-for-profit organisation.

An additional elective Professional Experience unit involves placement in a related business organisation and is designed to assist students to apply their studies to the real working environment, and to gain employment in their chosen career after graduating.

Contacts for future students

Enquiries:

Description

Create your own unique career path whilst honing your communication skills as part of your commerce specialisations. We start with four key foundation units (managing money, people, markets and working with IT) which prepare you for whatever area of business you wish to pursue. Study commerce and you can tailor your degree to open up career opportunities in accounting and finance to marketing, event management, informatics and human resources. Other specialisations include data analytics, entrepreneurship, IT, Indigenous business studies, international business, informatics, and occupational health, safety and environment.

Boost your credentials

Our commerce specialisations come with a range of relevant credentials, such as the prestigious EPAS international accreditation from the European Foundation for Management Development. If you graduate with an accounting major and minor, you’ll be eligible for membership with CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and the Institute of Public Accountants. Choose human resource management and you can become a member of the Australian Human Resources Institute. Marketing graduates, meanwhile, can join the Australian Marketing Institute.

Course duration

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Start dates and campus availability

Brisbane
  • 10-Feb-2020 , 20-Jul-2020 , 15-Feb-2021 , 26-Jul-2021 , 07-Feb-2022 , 18-Jul-2022
Melbourne
  • 10-Feb-2020 , 20-Jul-2020 , 15-Feb-2021 , 26-Jul-2021 , 07-Feb-2022
North Sydney
  • 10-Feb-2020 , 20-Jul-2020 , 15-Feb-2021 , 26-Jul-2021
Strathfield
  • 10-Feb-2020 , 20-Jul-2020 , 15-Feb-2021 , 26-Jul-2021

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

Yes. See Defer your offer.

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.

Credit Points

240

Majors and Minors

Bachelor of Commerce Majors 2020 - Campus Guide

MajorBrisbaneMelbourne North SydneyStrathfieldOnline
Accounting Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Event Management No Yes Yes No No
Finance No Yes Yes No No
Human Resource Management Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Informatics Yes Yes Yes No No
Management Yes Yes Yes No No
Marketing Yes Yes Yes Yes No


Please use the above Table as a guide only. Some of the units in the Bachelor of Commerce are offered on Campus, others in Multi-Mode and others fully online. The Course Enrolment Guide is the best resource for students to identify the units that are offered for each major, and whether those units are on Campus, in Multi-Mode or online. The School of Business may vary the units offered at each Campus according to student demand and staff availability. In such cases, students will be given the opportunity to enrol in an alternative unit and can seek advice from their Course Coordinator. Students in Sydney may be required to attend classes at either the North Sydney or Strathfield campus.

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 BUSN113
Managing people and organisations
BUSN111
Working with technology
BUSN112
Managing markets
BUSN104
Money matters
Year 1 - Semester 2 STAT207
Business data analysis
OHSE201
Introduction to occupational health and safety management
UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
Elective 1
Year 2 - Semester 1 HRMG204
Organisational behaviour (Pre: MGMT100)
ECON200
Economics: policy frameworks and markets
Elective 2 Elective 3
Year 2 - Semester 2 Elective 4 BIPX202
Community engagement: building strengths and capabilities
(Pre: 80 credit points or equivalent)
MGMT309
Governance, risk and operations management
Elective 5
Year 3 - Semester 1 MGMT311
Managing entrepreneurship and innovation
MGMT310
Sustainable organisational change
UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world
(Pre: UNCC100)
Elective 6
Year 3 - Semester 2 MGMT304
Strategic management
BUSN304
Working with diversity and conflict
or
BIPX301
Professional experience
Elective 7 Elective 8

*Not all majors and minors will be available on all campuses.

'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: $3531.00 (2020)
  • Average first year fee: $28248.00 (2020)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $84744.00 (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

Applicants require the equivalent of Australian Year 12 certificate and an overall academic IELTS score of 6.0 (with minimum scores of 6.0 in speaking and writing, and 5.5 in listening and reading).

Applying for Admission

How to Apply

Information on the application procedure.

International Students Apply Now
International students undertaking an Australian Year 12 qualification should apply through the relevant tertiary admissions centre:
NSW & ACT
Apply through UAC
Queensland
Apply through QTAC
Victoria
Apply through VTAC

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.

Career paths

Graduate career opportunities arise in both the private and public sectors and cover a wide range of occupations:

  • Accounting firms
  • Advertising
  • Business management
  • Business regulation
  • Data analytics
  • Employment relations
  • Event management
  • Financial management
  • Human resource management
  • International trade and investment
  • Marketing management
  • Marketing research
  • Personal investment
  • Policy administration
  • Retailing and wholesaling

Professional experience

Students may elect to enrol in a Professional Experience unit involving professional placement within a business organisation (in the relevant discipline area) over a period of 105 hours.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Commerce has accreditation with the following professional organisations on completion of the relevant majors and associated minors:

Accounting

Human Resources

Volunteer experience

A requirement of the degree is a Community Engagement unit where students engage in voluntary work within a not-for-profit organisation over a period of 35-70 hours.

More course information

In keeping with the Mission of the University, several units within the degree focus on business ethics and personal values. One compulsory unit of Community Engagement is also incorporated in the degree and is designed to assist with personal development. Students will have the opportunity to engage with the community in a tangible way through voluntary work in a not-for-profit organisation.

An additional elective Professional Experience unit involves placement in a related business organisation and is designed to assist students to apply their studies to the real working environment, and to gain employment in their chosen career after graduating.

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