Bachelor of Commerce

Pathway: Students who have successfully completed two units in the Certificate in Commerce may apply for entry with credit into this degree.

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

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

2017 Main Round ATAR/OP :
  • Brisbane (17/63)
  • North Sydney (58.50)
  • Strathfield (58.50)
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This flexible, work-ready degree can lead you to many exciting and rewarding careers from accounting and finance through to marketing and HRM.  It provides excellent grounding in all areas of business as well as detailed knowledge and skills in your particular career choice.

Flexible

Students embarking on the Bachelor of Commerce undertake 8 common units and at least one 8 unit major. You will then have the flexibility to undertake minors (4 units in related subjects) or electives (free choices) for the remaining 8 units. Minors can be undertaken in business, in other faculties or even overseas.  The benefit of this flexibility is that students can follow their passions with complimentary majors and minors to enhance career prospects.

Bachelor of Commerce Study Options

Core Units:

All students undertaking the Bachelor of Commerce must study the 8 core units, as follows:

  • Introduction to Accounting: More than the Numbers OR Money Matters
  • Community Engagement: Building Strengths and Capabilities (includes internship with a not-for-profit  organisation)
  • Ethical Communication for Business
  • Working with Diversity and Conflict
  • Managing: People, Systems and Culture
  • Marketing: Creating and Capturing Customer Value
  • Self and Community: Exploring the anatomy of modern society
  • Understanding Self and Society: Contemporary Perspectives

Unit Majors:

You can choose to study a major from one of the study areas (eg "Accounting"), as follows:

  • Accounting
  • Event Management
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management
  • Marketing

Other Units:

You can can choose an additional 8 units made up of either a second major, 2 minors, 1 minor and 4 electives (from any ACU faculty) or all electives (from any ACU faculty).

Minors:

You can choose to study from the following minors:

  • Accounting (for professional  accreditation)
  • Data Analytics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Event Management
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • Human Resource Management (for professional accreditation)
  • Indigenous Business Studies
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Occupational Health Safety and Environment
  • Approved minors from other faculties, including international studies of 4 units.

You will gain valuable practical experience through professional placements within not-for-profit organisations in your second year of study followed by the opportunity for further professional experience in a business-related field in your third year, making you job ready upon graduation.

Our graduates understand the ethical, social, political and economic contexts that guide decision-making. This means the Bachelor of Commerce will not only help launch your business career but also prepare you for future managerial positions.

The Accounting major is recognised by the CPA (Certified Practicing Accountants) Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and the Institute of Public Accountants. The Human Resources major is recognised by the Australian Human Resources Institute.

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

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).

Deferment

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

Credit Points

240

Majors and Minors

Bachelor of Commerce Majors 2018 - Campus Guide

Major Brisbane Melbourne North Sydney Strathfield Online
Accounting Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Event Management Yes Yes Yes No No
Finance Yes Yes Yes No No
Human Resource Management Yes Yes Yes Yes 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
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
  • Average first year fee: $10197 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.

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.

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.

International applicants need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

Each course has a different ATAR/OP cut off and these vary each year. The table below shows the range of scores achieved by students who were accepted into this course last year. Please note some of these scores may have been adjusted by various entry schemes. Learn more about admission to ACU.

ATAR/OP range

For those offered places in 2017

OP Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest OP to receive an offer 9 6
75th percentile OP to receive an offer N/P N/P
Median OP to receive an offer N/P N/P
25th percentile OP to receive an offer N/P N/P
Lowest OP to receive an offer 19 17
Rank Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest Rank to receive an offer 83 90
75th percentile Rank to receive an offer N/P N/P
Median Rank to receive an offer N/P N/P
25th percentile Rank to receive an offer N/P N/P
Lowest Rank to receive an offer 60 64
  • N/P – indicates figure is not published if less than 25 OP/Rank based offers made.
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 78.10 84.10
75th percentile ATAR to receive an offer 64.20 69.08
Median ATAR to receive an offer 58.20 63.40
25th percentile ATAR to receive an offer 53.23 58.40
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 43.70 52.10
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 81.10 94.10
75th percentile ATAR to receive an offer 69.28 74.88
Median ATAR to receive an offer 61.10 66.35
25th percentile ATAR to receive an offer 54.05 59.65
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 45.60 53.60
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 87.95 99.95
75th percentile ATAR to receive an offer 58.03 64.68
Median ATAR to receive an offer 52.70 59.60
25th percentile ATAR to receive an offer 50.80 56.35
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 46.50 53.65

Student Profile

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

Applicant background 2017
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
7 14.89%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 10 21.28%
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) 22 46.81%
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) L/N N/P
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) L/N N/P
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
6 12.77%
International students 0 0.00%
All students 47 100%
  • L/N – Low numbers: the number of students is less than 5.
  • N/P – Not published due to low enrolment numbers.
Applicant background 2017
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
6 6.74%
Vocational education and training (VET) study L/N 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) 55 61.80%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) L/N 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) 8 8.99%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
5 5.62%
International students 10 11.24%
All students 89 100%
  • L/N – Low numbers: the number of students is less than 5.
  • N/P – Not published due to low enrolment numbers.
Applicant background 2017
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
7 5.00%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 5 3.57%
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) 57 40.71%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) L/N 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) 29 20.71%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
11 7.86%
International students 27 19.29%
All students 140 100%
  • L/N – Low numbers: the number of students is less than 5.
  • N/P – Not published due to low enrolment numbers.
Applicant background 2017
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
10 10.64%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 6 6.38%
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) 45 47.87%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) L/N 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 21.28%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
L/N N/P
International students 6 6.38%
All students 94 100%
  • L/N – Low numbers: the number of students is less than 5.
  • N/P – Not published due to low enrolment numbers.

Further information

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

Direct Applications

Alternative/Special Entry

Adjustment Factors which may improve your entry rank

Articulation from another course

Mature-age Entry if you’re over 21 and haven’t completed prior study

  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
  • Work experience – An entry score can be calculated based on your work experience – you need to document all of your experience and provide supporting documentation

If you have an entry 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 an entry score
  • Complete an AQF Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma
  • Commence another ACU Bachelor degree with a lower required entry rank, successfully complete 2 or more units, then apply for an internal transfer to this course. A new entry score will be calculated from your results in the ACU units.

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

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 140 hours.

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

Accounting

Human Resources

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 40 hours.

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.

Domestic Students

This flexible, work-ready degree can lead you to many exciting and rewarding careers from accounting and finance through to marketing and HRM.  It provides excellent grounding in all areas of business as well as detailed knowledge and skills in your particular career choice.

Flexible

Students embarking on the Bachelor of Commerce undertake 8 common units and at least one 8 unit major. You will then have the flexibility to undertake minors (4 units in related subjects) or electives (free choices) for the remaining 8 units. Minors can be undertaken in business, in other faculties or even overseas.  The benefit of this flexibility is that students can follow their passions with complimentary majors and minors to enhance career prospects.

Bachelor of Commerce Study Options

Core Units:

All students undertaking the Bachelor of Commerce must study the 8 core units, as follows:

  • Introduction to Accounting: More than the Numbers OR Money Matters
  • Community Engagement: Building Strengths and Capabilities (includes internship with a not-for-profit  organisation)
  • Ethical Communication for Business
  • Working with Diversity and Conflict
  • Managing: People, Systems and Culture
  • Marketing: Creating and Capturing Customer Value
  • Self and Community: Exploring the anatomy of modern society
  • Understanding Self and Society: Contemporary Perspectives

Unit Majors:

You can choose to study a major from one of the study areas (eg "Accounting"), as follows:

  • Accounting
  • Event Management
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management
  • Marketing

Other Units:

You can can choose an additional 8 units made up of either a second major, 2 minors, 1 minor and 4 electives (from any ACU faculty) or all electives (from any ACU faculty).

Minors:

You can choose to study from the following minors:

  • Accounting (for professional  accreditation)
  • Data Analytics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Event Management
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • Human Resource Management (for professional accreditation)
  • Indigenous Business Studies
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Occupational Health Safety and Environment
  • Approved minors from other faculties, including international studies of 4 units.

You will gain valuable practical experience through professional placements within not-for-profit organisations in your second year of study followed by the opportunity for further professional experience in a business-related field in your third year, making you job ready upon graduation.

Our graduates understand the ethical, social, political and economic contexts that guide decision-making. This means the Bachelor of Commerce will not only help launch your business career but also prepare you for future managerial positions.

The Accounting major is recognised by the CPA (Certified Practicing Accountants) Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and the Institute of Public Accountants. The Human Resources major is recognised by the Australian Human Resources Institute.

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Brisbane
  • 12-Feb-2018 , 23-Jul-2018 , 11-Feb-2019 , 22-Jul-2019 , 10-Feb-2020 , 20-Jul-2020
Melbourne
  • 12-Feb-2018 , 23-Jul-2018 , 11-Feb-2019 , 22-Jul-2019 , 10-Feb-2020 , 20-Jul-2020
North Sydney
  • 12-Feb-2018 , 23-Jul-2018 , 11-Feb-2019 , 22-Jul-2019 , 10-Feb-2020 , 20-Jul-2020
Strathfield
  • 12-Feb-2018 , 23-Jul-2018 , 11-Feb-2019 , 22-Jul-2019 , 10-Feb-2020 , 20-Jul-2020

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 25% of the program online.

Credit Points

240

Majors and Minors

Bachelor of Commerce Majors 2018 - Campus Guide

Major Brisbane Melbourne North Sydney Strathfield Online
Accounting Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Event Management Yes Yes Yes No No
Finance Yes Yes Yes No No
Human Resource Management Yes Yes Yes Yes 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
  • Unit Fee: $3064.00 (2018)
  • Average first year fee: $24512.00 (2018)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $73536.00 (2018)

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.

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).

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

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

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 140 hours.

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

Accounting

Human Resources

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 40 hours.

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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