Diploma in Commerce

Course information for - 2021 entry

Offered at 3 locations

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time
6.0 overall score (with a minimum of 5.5 in each band)
Fees (first year)*
Start dates
July 2021, February 2022, July 2022



The Diploma in Commerce provides a broad understanding of key commercial and business concepts. It allows students to study units (subjects) in the Bachelor of Commerce course and acts as an alternative pathway into the Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Business Administration or Bachelor of Accounting and Finance degrees. If you complete this diploma successfully you can then enter one of those Bachelor degrees. Furthermore, you will be given credit for the units (subjects) you’ve already done.

The Diploma in Commerce offers you:

English language classes for international students

  • close monitoring of your individual progress
  • relevant unit in English Communication Skills.

You will also study units (subjects) such as:

  • Introduction to Accounting
  • Working with Technology
  • Managing People and Organisations
  • Managing Markets.

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Diploma in Commerce, a student must complete 80 credit points (cp).

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Sample program map

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

Year 1 - Semester 1 

ACOM105 English Language Communication Skills

BUSN111 Working with Technology

BUSN113 Managing People and Organisations

BUSN112 Managing Markets

Year 1 - Semester 2 

BUSN104 Money Matters


ACCT100 Introduction to Accounting

*Business elective 1

*Business elective 2

UNCC100 Self and Community: Exploring the Anatomy of Modern Society


PHCC102 Being Human


PHCC104 Ethics and the Good Life

*Business Electives to be chosen from PFBS Schedule of Unit Offerings. Students are required to consider the BCOM major that they would like to undertake when choosing Business Electives 1 & 2.

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.

AQF framework

Diploma - AQF Level 5

Exit Points

A student who has completed the following requirements may exit from the course with the Certificate in Commerce.

  1. 40 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings, consisting of: 
  2. 40 cp from Specified units

Entry requirements

International applicants

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 equivalent of year 12 level.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each band) or equivalent or ACU English Test.

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 complete the Diploma in Commerce may apply for entry into the Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Accounting and Finance. Credit will be given for units completed in the diploma course.


Course costs

  • Unit fee: $2440
  • Average first year fee: $19520
  • Estimate total cost: $19520

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.

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

International applicants

Direct Application

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No deferment available.

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.


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