Course information for - 2021 entry

Offered at 4 locations

Study mode
0.5 year full-time or equivalent part-time
Fees (first year)*
$ Fee-Paying
Start dates
Semester 1 - February , Semester 2 - July



For those ambitious individuals keen to get an entry to a business qualification, but who may not be able to get into university in the usual way, then the Certificate in Commerce could be the answer. You may be able to study at ACU using the Certificate in Commerce as an alternative entry pathway.

The Certificate in Commerce provides an initial understanding of key commercial and business concepts. It is a non-award course, meaning you will not gain a qualification by the end. You will, however, be able to study units available in the Bachelor of Commerce degree and if you satisfy the units’ assessment requirements you can apply for entry into the Bachelor degree. The successful completion of two units in the Certificate in Commerce provides an alternative pathway into the Bachelor of Commerce for domestic, fee-paying students, who will be granted credit for the units they’ve already successfully completed.

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Certificate in Commerce, a student must complete 40 credit points (cp).

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Sample program map

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

Year 1

Semester 1


Semester 2

BUSN111 Working with Technology

BUSN112 Managing Markets

BUSN113 Managing People and Organisations

BUSN104 Money Matters


ACCT100 Introduction to Accounting

AQF framework


Entry requirements

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

The application will be assessed on the basis of previous studies, work experience, community engagement activities and any other relevant information.

Prerequisites: Nil.

Disclamer :The Course entry requirements above are for 2021 Admission.

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.

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Further study

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


Course costs

Average first year fee*

$ Fee-Paying

Please note: This average first year fee applies when all 4 units are studied in the same year and is indicative only.

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.

Note: Successful completion of two units in the Certificate in Commerce will provide entry into a Business bachelor degree. We usually ask you to study only two units in the Certificate in Commerce. On successful completion of two units, you can apply for transfer into a Bachelor degree program, and you will receive credit for these two units. The Bachelor degree program provides Commonwealth supported places for eligible students.

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 

How to apply

Domestic applicants

Direct Application

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No deferment available.

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