Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Business Administration

Course information for - 2022 entry

Offered at 4 locations

Study mode
Attendance
Duration
4 years full-time or equivalent part-time
QTAC code
116491
ATAR
58.50 for Brisbane
Fees (first year)*

$13798 CSP

Start dates
Semester 1 - February , Semester 2 - To be advised

Overview

This comprehensive double degree is designed for future business leaders. It will help you stand out from the crowd and give you a competitive edge. 

Upon graduating you'll be ready to launch straight into your career thanks to our Future Ready employability program, designed to systematically build each of the elements of your personal brand: your professional identity; experience; job-ready skills; and networks.

This unique multi-discipline qualification combines the specialist knowledge of the Bachelor of Commerce with the flexibility of the Bachelor of Business Administration, enabling you to expand your areas of expertise. Together, you’ve got business covered.

Business acumen is fundamental to your success. You will learn through gamified business simulations based on a real-world situations, and you’ll come to understand core business terms and concepts and discover how operations and finance decisions support organisations. Microsoft certification is embedded into units in the degree, so you'll graduate with a strong foundation in the Microsoft programs favoured by employers.

In today’s world, you need professional, technical and cross-cultural skills. All our units are embedded with the United Nations sustainable goals and our intercultural communication module is designed to build cultural awareness and communication skills which are vital in the global workplace. You can further extend your intercultural experience by taking part in a Global Virtual Classroom, studying at our Rome Campus or participating in an international study tour.

You’ll have a choice of several majors that will lead to professional accreditation, including human resource management, accounting and marketing. You can then choose to either undertake minors that complement your major or opt for any of the units offered through the Peter Faber Business School or from any other faculty at ACU. 

Your course, your choice.

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Professional experience

You’ll gain up to 175 hours of workplace and community experience before you even graduate.

Work placement

As part of our Work Integrated Learning program you’ll gain 105 hours of industry placement in your area of specialisation. We have embedded employability into your degree with our Future Ready program where we build on your professional skills each year, supporting you every step of the way. These placements will give you the confidence, knowledge and skills to prepare for your future profession. You’ll learn to apply what you learn in the classroom to real life scenarios.

Community engagement

As part of your degree you’ll have the opportunity to work with not-for-profit organisations with 35 to 70 hours of community engagement experience. You’ll foster knowledge and understanding and its application within communities experiencing marginalisation and disadvantage while applying ethical personal and professional skills developed during your studies at ACU.

Professional recognition

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

Accounting

  • CPA Australia
  • Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
  • Institute of Public Accountants (IPA)

HR

  • Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI)

Read more about these organisations

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Careers

Our graduates have pursued careers in:

  • accountancy
  • human resource management
  • marketing
  • event management
  • advertising
  • finance
  • management
  • stock broking
  • data science
  • IT

Industry partnerships

ACU works with a variety of industry partners.

Course details

Sample program map

Year - Study periodUnit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4Unit 5
Year 1 - Semester 1

BUSN113 Managing People and Organisations

BUSN104 Money Matters

or

ACCT100 Introduction to Accounting

BUSN111 Working with Technology

BUSN112 Managing Markets

Year 1 - Semester 2Commerce major 1

MKTG207 Marketing Toolkit

Commerce major 2

UNCC100 Self and Community: Exploring the Anatomy of Modern Society

or

PHCC102 Being Human

or

PHCC104 Ethics and the Good Life

Year 2 - Semester 1

ECON200 Economics: Policy Frameworks and Markets

HRMG204 Organisational Behaviour

Commerce major 3

Commerce major 4

Year 2 - Semester 2

Commerce major 5

ITEC201 Fundamentals of Information Technology

Commerce major 6

BIPX202 Community Engagement: Building Strengths and Capabilities

Year 3 - Semester 1

ITEC200 Data and Information Management

BAFN200 Principles of Finance

Commerce minor 1

UNCC300 Justice and Change in a Global World

or

PHCC320 The Just Society

Year 3 - Semester 2

Elective 1

Elective 2

Elective 3

Commerce minor 2

Year 4 - Semester 1Commerce major 7

ENTR301 Managing Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Commerce minor 3

Elective 4

Year 4 - Semester 2

Commerce major 8

MGMT304 Strategic Management

Commerce minor 4

BUSN304 Working with Diversity and Conflict

or

BIPX301 Professional Experience

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.

Note: Not all majors and minors will be available on all campuses.

AQF framework

Double Bachelor - Bachelor/Bachelor - AQF Level 7

Overseas study available

We offer two business units at our Rome Campus: BUSN304 and BIPX202. The dates for these units are to be confirmed.

Entry requirements

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:

StatePrerequisites

New South Wales

English (Standard) (Band 2) or EAL (Band 3).

Queensland

English (Units 3 & 4, C)

Victoria

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

International students 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 2022 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

View transparency admission information

Applicants with recent secondary education

Or be admitted under the Passion 4 Business Program.

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.  

If your school result was affected by circumstances outside of your control, such as financial hardship, illness, disability or a challenging home environment, you may qualify for an access scheme. You can apply through your TAC as part of your application process.  

Learn more about access schemes 

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.  

For current year 12 students  

If you’re a current Year 12 applicant you can be given a selection rank separate from, and in addition to, your ATAR if you’ve completed a competency-based and graded AQF Certificate III or above.  

For non-school leavers 

If you’ve completed, or are completing a competency-based AQF Certificate IV or AQF diploma you will be assigned a selection rank by your local Tertiary Admission Centre (TAC). This is an entry score based on your individual qualifications and achievements. 

ACU has partnerships with ACU College, TAFE, and many private education providers. If you have completed a qualification with one of these partners, you may be eligible for guaranteed entry and/or credit into a related ACU degree. Please apply through your local TAC and then submit a credit application for your previous study.  

Applicants with higher education study

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course. 

If you have completed at least two units of AQF-recognised study at bachelor level or above, you’ll be assigned a selection rank based on your study level, duration and grade point average that will be applied during the admission process. 

If your previous study has equipped you with knowledge, skills or experiences that align with the learning outcomes of units in your new course you may be able to apply for recognition of prior learning and you may be able to complete your course sooner. 

Learn more about recognition of prior learning 

Applicants with work and life experience

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.

If you have no formal education qualifications you may be eligible for a selection rank based on your work, life or service experience.

  • If you’ve been in paid employment, relevant to the course you’re applying for, for a minimum of six months full-time (or equivalent), this work may be assessed for your selection rank.
  • If you’re 21 years or older you can sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) through your local TAC.
  • You can apply for an ACU bridging course. Our bridging courses allow you to transition back into studying and can give you a head start on the relevant undergraduate degree.
  • If you have served in the defence force, your rank and time in service may contribute to your selection rank.

Find your path into study

English language requirements

Year 12 or equivalent; NSW: English; QLD: English (4, SA); VIC: Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English; International students need to meet the English Language requirements.

Adjustment factors

If you’re currently completing Year 12 you may be eligible for adjustment factors that can boost your rank and help you get into your desired course.

Adjustment factors may be applied to your TAC application if you study particular subjects, attend schools geographically close to our campuses or in certain regional areas, apply as an elite athlete or performer or meet certain other criteria.

Learn more about adjustment factors

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you

Pathways

Pathways into course for current or recent Year 12 students

If you can’t meet the ATAR requirement for your choice of course and you’re currently completing Year 12 or finished Year 12 in the two years previously, we have entry programs to get you where you want to be. 

Alternatively, you may be able to complete a diploma or bridging course relevant to your desired course.

Understand your pathway options 

Pathways into course for applicants with previous study and/or life experience

Are you applying to ACU as a non-school leaver? 

By that we mean, you’re not currently completing Year 12 and haven’t completed it in the two years previously. If the answer is yes and your selection rank isn’t enough to meet the requirements for your desired course you still have a number of options to help you achieve your study goals. 

If you’re over 21, you can sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT), or you can complete a diploma or bridging course relevant to your desired course.

Explore the pathways to your future 

Fees

Course costs

Average first year fee*

$13798 CSP

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.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support. 

Explore your options

Scholarships

You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.  

Search our scholarships

How to apply

Domestic applicants

Brisbane

Apply through QTAC

QTAC code 116491

Direct application

Apply now

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

Additional application information

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

Deferment

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

Staff Profile

Dr Bulend Terzioglu

Lecturer (Accounting), Peter Faber Business School

Dr Bülend Terzioglu is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) and a lecturer in the School of Business at Australian Catholic University. He holds a PhD and a Master of Business (Accounting) from RMIT University, a Graduate Diploma in International Business from Monash University and a BBus from METU. Before getting into academia, he held senior positions in industry over 16 years. 

Dr Pandula Gamage

Deputy Head of School (NSW), and Senior Lecturer, Peter Faber Business School

Dr Pandula Gamage completed his PhD at La Trobe University, Master of Commerce degree (Accounting) at the University of Melbourne and the Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education at Victoria University. Since commencing at ACU, Dr Gamage has provided and continues to provide productive and sustained leadership in a range of areas. He has taught extensively in international programs including China, Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam. Dr Gamage also engages in high-impact research publishing in prestigious journals and received research grants linked with national professional accounting and finance associations. Prior to commencing his academic career, Dr Gamage held managerial roles in the industry. He is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Testimonial

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“I’m studying a Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in events management. I want to work in the events industry when I graduate, but I chose to do a double degree so I’d have a wide range of skills and knowledge that will help me do well in any career. I had the opportunity to travel to Malaysia with eight other students from Melbourne and Sydney. It was an amazing experience from both an educational and cultural perspective. I was able to learn directly from international business leaders, which was an invaluable experience, and I liked making connections and developing friendships with ACU students from other campuses.”

Lidia
Commerce and business administration student
 

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