Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Global Studies

Course information for - 2023 entry

Offered at 3 locations

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time
QTAC code
58.50 for Brisbane
Fees (first year)*

$12904 CSP

Start dates
Semester 1 intake: Beginning February 2023
Applications open August 2022
Midyear (Semester 2) intake: to be advised


As you develop your business acumen and skills managing people, organisations, markets, technology and money via your commerce specialisation, your studies will be enhanced by growing your understanding of the social, political, cultural, environmental, and economic changes shaping our world.

This double degree will help you pursue a career as an Australian or international public servant, diplomat, social entrepreneur or travel journalist. It’s also an opportunity to expand your world view on marketing, management, HR, informatics or accounting via a study abroad experience or international internship. Additionally, you’ll gain valuable business experience by taking part in a professional work placement here in Australia.

To further enhance your employment opportunities and skills, you can opt to study a Diploma in Languages in either Spanish or Italian alongside your degree.

Professional experience

Students will complete a period of study or work overseas in an area relevant to their studies and interests.

Work placement

This course offers a unique opportunity to study abroad or gain valuable overseas work experience via one of our international internship partner organisations in your third year of study.

You are also required to take part in community engagement and you can choose to complete additional professional work experience as part of your commerce studies.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for membership of the following organisations depending on the major completed: Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and Certified Practising Accountants Australia (CPA Australia); Australian Human Resources Institute; Australian Marketing Institute.


Our graduates have pursued careers in:

  • business management and regulation employment relations
  • government service (including diplomatic service)
  • international relations
  • international trade and investment
  • international marketing and advertising
  • journalism
  • management
  • personal investment
  • public sector
  • policy administration
  • retailing and wholesaling
  • travel and tourism
  • the United Nations system and other international organisations
  • social entrepreneurship
  • companies with a global outreach

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Global Studies, a student must complete 320 credit points (cp).

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Sample program map

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

ACCT100 Introduction to Accounting

ITEC100 Information Technology in Action data-versionlabel=2 >

BUSN113 Managing People and Organisations

HIST115 Global History: Six Degrees of Separation

Year 1 - Semester 2

STAT207 Business Data Analysis

LEGL101 Introduction to Business Law: Legal Frameworks for Businesses

POLS104 Introduction to International Relations

Core Curriculum Unit 1

UNCC100 Self and Community: Exploring the Anatomy of Modern Society


PHCC102 Being Human


PHCC104 Ethics and the Good Life

Year 2 - Semester 1

ACCT204 Management Accounting

ACCT207 Financial Accounting

BUSN112 Managing Markets

Global Studies List A

Year 2 - Semester 2

LEGL201 Company Law: Directors and Corporate Regulation

ACCT209 Corporate Accounting

Global Studies Elective 1

Global Studies List B

Year 3 - Semester 1

***BAFN200 Principles of Finance data-versionlabel=2 >

ECON200 Economics: Policy Frameworks and Markets

**BIPX202 Community Engagement: Building Strengths and Capabilities

Core Curriculum Unit 2

UNCC300 Justice and Change in a Global World


PHCC320 The Just Society

Year 3 - Semester 2

GLST301 Global Study Abroad A data-versionlabel=2 >

GLST302 Global Study Abroad B data-versionlabel=2 >

GLST303 Global Study Abroad C data-versionlabel=2 >

GLST304 Global Study Abroad D data-versionlabel=2 >


^GLST300 Global Study International Internship data-versionlabel=2 >



Rome Semester Program

Year 4 - Semester 1

ACCT305 Accounting Information Systems

LEGL300 Taxation Law

GLST305 Global Studies Research Project

Global Studies List C

Year 4 - Semester 2

ACCT303 Strategic Management Accounting

***BIPX301 Professional Experience

ACCT300 Auditing

Global Studies Elective 2

This is a sample program only and units will vary depending on your campus and mode of study. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Semester 1 intake Accounting Major (CPA Accredited)

^At the discretion of the National Head of the National School of Arts and Humanities, a student who can demonstrate exceptional and ongoing personal circumstances beyond their control (eg. chronic illness) that prevent them from travelling overseas may be allowed to substitute study abroad or the international internship with GLST306 Global Studies Special Project. Where an ongoing risk applies to more than one student, eg (travel advisory bans; health pandemic etc) GLST306 may also be offered at the discretion of the National Head of School Arts).

Students undertaking an Accounting major must take ECON102 Microeconomics 1 as one of their Global Studies electives.

**These units are offered in semesters 1 and 2 on-campus and as Online Intensive Units during Professional Term 5 and Summer Term:

BIPX202 (2nd Year Unit)

 ***The following units are offered in both semester 1 and semester 2


BIPX301 (Online - 3rd Year Unit)

AQF framework

Double Bachelor - Bachelor/Bachelor - AQF Level 7

Entry requirements

An applicant must comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy that includes meeting a minimum ATAR requirement.

International applicants need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in 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

Assumed Knowledge: 2 units of English (any) (Band 3)


Prerequisites: English (Units 3 & 4, C)


Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English.

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2023 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

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Applicants with recent secondary education

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

Overall score of 6.0. Individual score of 6.0 in writing and speaking, and 5.5 in listening and reading.

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 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. 

  • 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.

Explore the pathways to your future 


Course costs

Average first year fee*

$12904 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


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.  

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How to apply

Domestic applicants


Apply through QTAC

QTAC code 116401

Direct application

Apply now

If you are a Year 12 student you must apply through VTAC, UAC or QTAC. 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, UAC or QTAC.


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


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