Bachelor of Commerce

International trade and investment

Bachelor of Commerce


Bachelor of CommerceThis 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.


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).


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.

Bachelor of CommerceYou 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.

Campus Availability and Study Mode

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, Credit Points & Course Units


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

Credit Points


Majors and Minors

Bachelor of Commerce Majors 2017 – Campus Guide

Major Brisbane Melbourne North Sydney Strathfield Online
Accounting Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Event Management Yes Yes Yes No No
Finance No No 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.

Start Dates for 2017


  • Semester 1 – Applications closed
  • Semester 2 – July


  • Semester 1 – Applications closed
  • Semester 2 – July

North Sydney

  • Semester 1 – Applications closed
  • Semester 2 – July


  • Semester 1 – Applications closed
  • Semester 2 – July
  • Course Costs

    • Average first year fee: $10592 Commonwealth Supported (indicative only)
    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.


    • Prerequisites: English (4, SA).


    • 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.

    Career Paths

    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
    • More Course Information

      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.

Course Syllabus