Bachelor of Commerce

Undergraduate degree

Undertake a Bachelor of Commerce at Deakin and have the flexibility to choose from eleven specialisations. Apply to study a Commerce course today.

Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent

Duration

3 years full time

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course overview

Study Deakin’s Bachelor of Commerce and earn a well-recognised qualification that’s a pathway into the professions. You’ll receive an education that’s relevant to industry via commerce majors accredited to each discipline’s top industry bodies. Plus, you’ll get a taste of professional life and understand what it takes to be job ready in work-integrated learning and experiential learning programs.

A traditional yet contemporary degree, the ‘B Com’ is designed to help you find a professional fit and a passion for a discipline, whether it’s accounting, economics, finance, financial planning, human resource management, information systems, management or marketing. You’ll have opportunities to develop personally, to hone adaptability, curiosity, imagination, innovation, entrepreneurial thinking and professional confidence, increasing your chance of success and helping you develop your professional capability.


How can Deakin's Bachelor of Commerce set you up for a successful global career?

You’ll graduate with three pillars of professional skills sought after by employers: financial acumen, market knowledge and management smarts. Academically, you’ll acquire deep knowledge, applied skills and networks. Professionally, you’ll nurture connections with peers and with the professional environment. You’ll learn to deal with change, turbulence and renewal.

From day one of your degree, you’ll participate in professional development opportunities using industry-standard tools. At the same time, you’ll build commercial skills in your specialised area that allow for entry into a ‘vertical’ discipline that forms a profession in commerce:

Major

Profession

  • accounting
  • management accountant, auditor, tax professional, chief accountant
  • economics
  • economist, analyst
  • finance
  • risk manager, chief financial officer, portfolio manager
  • financial planning
  • financial planner, asset manager
  • human resource management
  • hr manager, recruitment officer, chief diversity officer
  • management
  • manager, chief executive officer
  • management information systems
  • business analyst, risk analyst, business process analyst
  • marketing
  • brand manager, chief marketing officer, social media coordinator

To increase your scope, you may wish to complement your major with another major, or up to two minors. This improves the ‘package’ that you can present to potential employers. You can choose minors from:

  • accounting
  • business analytics
  • economics
  • event management
  • finance
  • global and social impact studies
  • human resource management
  • recruitment and talent acquisition
  • people management
  • international trade
  • international business
  • marketing
  • project management
  • retail management
  • taxation regulation
  • wealth management
  • property investments
  • emerging technology
  • entrepreneurship
  • production management.

You’ll have opportunities to interact with your peers, society and industry bodies on Deakin Business School’s work-integrated learning (WIL) program, gaining work experience that counts towards your degree. This experience rounds out your university tenure to help kickstart your career.

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Course information

Award granted
Bachelor of Commerce
Year

2023 course information

VTAC code
1400414513 - Waterfront (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
1400514513 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
1400714513 - Warrnambool, International full-fee paying place
Deakin code
M300
CRICOS code?
001838A Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Warrnambool
Level
Undergraduate
Approval status

This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Commerce students must attain 24 credit points. The 24 credit points include 8 credit points of core units, 8 credit points of units from a major (you will be required to complete at least one major) and 8 credit points of elective units (you may choose to undertake another 8 unit major or up to two 4 unit minors), plus completion of the compulsory 0-credit point module, MAI010 Academic Integrity Module. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake 2 trimesters each year.

To complete the course you must include the following:

  • at least 16 credit points from Business and Law undergraduate units
  • 8 credit points of core Bachelor of Commerce units
  • completion of MAI010 Academic Integrity Module (0-credit point compulsory module)
  • at least one 8 credit point Bachelor of Commerce major
  • Level 1 - no more than 10 credit points
  • Level 3 - at least 6 credit points (at least 4 must be Business and Law undergraduate units)

 

8

Core units

8

Major units

8

Elective units

24

Total units

Compulsory 0-credit point module

To be completed in the first trimester of study:-

  • Academic Integrity Module
  • Core units

  • Accounting for Decision Making
  • Economic Principles
  • Fundamentals of Finance
  • Business Analytics
  • Law for Commerce
  • Marketing Fundamentals
  • Management
  • Professional Insight
  • Major sequences

    Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.

    *Please note: Geelong (Waterfront) and Warrnambool students - some majors require students to undertake Cloud (online) units.

    All students in the Bachelor of Commerce are required to complete at least one major sequence chosen from the following:

    ^ M300 Bachelor of Commerce is the recommended pathway to qualify for membership of professional organisations.

    # For students who commenced prior to 2022 only

    Minor sequences

    *Please note: Geelong (Waterfront) and Warrnambool students - some minors require students to undertake Cloud (online) units.

    Refer to the details of each minor sequence for availability.

    All students in the Bachelor of Commerce have the option to complete up to two minor sequences chosen from the following:


     

    Elective units

    Students may choose up to eight credit points of electives. These may constitute a second commerce major, or a major available in another Faculty (provided any prerequisites can be met), up to two minor sequences (as above) or a combination of units (again pre-requisites allowing) chosen by the student.

    These may include the following Work Integrated Learning (WIL) units offered by the Faculty which are specifically designed to enhance a student’s experience of the workplace:

  • Business for Social Impact
  • Consultancy Experience
  • Entrepreneurship Experience
  • Internship
  • International Consultancy Experience
  • Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waterfront (Geelong)
      • Warrnambool*
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waterfront (Geelong)
      • Warrnambool*
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waterfront (Geelong)
      • Warrnambool*
      • Cloud Campus

    * Not all major sequences are available via Campus study at Warrnambool. Students undertaking units in major sequences that are not available in Campus mode may enrol in units offered in Cloud (online) mode.

    Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

    Additional course information

    Students admitted to the Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) will be given advice on unit selection, however students must take responsibility for planning their own studies to satisfy course rules.

    Part-time study is available via Campus and Cloud (online) mode.  Part-time study refers to academic workload, not mode of study.

    Course duration - additional information
    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Units which contain work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, working with children check or other check. These requirements will be detailed in unit guides upon enrolment.

    Workload

    As a student in the Faculty of Business and Law, you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

    Participation requirements

    Units in this course may have participation requirements that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.

    Placement can occur at any time, including during the standard holiday breaks listed here: https://www.deakin.edu.au/courses/key-dates.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Work experience

    This course provides students the opportunity to complete one or more elective work integrated learning units.
    More Information: WIL Programs

    Entry requirements

    Senior certificate of education

    If you are currently studying Year 12 or completed Year 12 in the previous two years and have not attempted higher education or VET/Polytechnic study since, your selection is based on the following.

    VCE Prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL.

    ATAR

    This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection considerations.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    International equivalent requirements

    To view the international academic admission and English language requirements visit the International entry requirements page. If your course or country of origin is not listed please contact study@deakin.edu.au.

    To submit an application please visit the how to apply page.

    Higher education study

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of higher education after secondary schooling, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    VCE Senior Secondary prerequisite studies

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    ATAR

    This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection considerations.

    Personal statement

    Please complete and submit a personal statement if you would like any of the following to be considered:

    - factors outside your control

    - your professional work

    - life or community experience

    Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    International equivalent requirements

    To view the international academic admission and English language requirements visit the International entry requirements page. If your course or country of origin is not listed please contact study@deakin.edu.au.

    To submit an application please visit the how to apply page.

    Polytechnic study

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of Vocational Education and Training (VET) study after secondary school, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your secondary education and subsequent academic records as part of its selection considerations.

    VCE Senior Secondary prerequisite studies

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Special Tertiary Admissions Test - Multiple Choice

    All Deakin Business School undergraduate courses require a minimum of 55 on the STAT Multiple Choice (MC) where the applicant has not completed senior secondary education (or equivalent) in the last ten years (from commencement date of the course applied for). The STAT MC is not required if the applicant has undertaken any tertiary study (minimum Certificate IV) within the last ten years (from commencement date of the course applied for).

    Personal statement

    Please complete and submit a personal statement if you would like any of the following to be considered:

    - factors outside your control

    - your professional work

    - life or community experience

    Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    International equivalent requirements

    To view the international academic admission and English language requirements visit the International entry requirements page. If your course or country of origin is not listed please contact study@deakin.edu.au.

    To submit an application please visit the how to apply page.

    Work and life experience

    If you finished Year 12 more than three years ago or did not finish Year 12, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    VCE Senior Secondary prerequisite studies

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Special Tertiary Admissions Test - Multiple Choice

    All Deakin Business School undergraduate courses require a minimum of 55 on the STAT Multiple Choice (MC) where the applicant has not completed senior secondary education (or equivalent) in the last ten years (from commencement date of the course applied for). The STAT MC is not required if the applicant has undertaken any tertiary study (minimum Certificate IV) within the last ten years (from commencement date of the course applied for).

    Personal statement

    Please complete and submit a personal statement if you would like any of the following to be considered:

    - factors outside your control

    - your professional work

    - life or community experience

    Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    International equivalent requirements

    To view the international academic admission and English language requirements visit the International entry requirements page. If your course or country of origin is not listed please contact study@deakin.edu.au.

    To submit an application please visit the how to apply page.

    Selection adjustments

    Subject adjustment

    A study score of 30 in Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics equals 3 aggregate points per study. A study score of 30 in any Business, English other than EAL, any Information Technology or Maths: Further Mathematics equals 2 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.

    Access and equity

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enable Deakin to consider disadvantaged circumstances you may have experienced and the impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you’re from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements. Learn more about Deakin’s special entry access schemes.

    Recognition of prior learning

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for Recognition of Prior Learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your Recognition of Prior Learning.
    Your Recognition of Prior Learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

    You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The tuition fees you pay are determined by the course you are enrolled in.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together eight credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about international student fees.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

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    Apply through VTAC and Deakin

    International students who are currently completing an Australian Year 12 in Australia or overseas should apply through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC), as well as directly to Deakin through StudyLink Connect – Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.

    Apply through Deakin

    All other international students apply directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage.
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Entry pathways

    Expand your career options and create pathways into further study.

    Careers

    Career outcomes

    Deakin graduates are in demand because they are proactive, highly engaged and trained in commercial thinking. As a commerce graduate, you’ll enter a professional vertical career that reflects your choice of industry-accredited discipline. These verticals operate in each industry and across government and non-governmental bodies. Professional entry level roles for Deakin commerce graduates include:

    • accountant
    • economist
    • financial planner
    • human resource manager
    • business analytics professional
    • social and economic policy developer
    • international trade officer
    • marketing manager

    Professional recognition

    Deakin Business School ranks in the top 1% of business schools globally.* The school holds the prestigious and globally recognised AACSB and EQUIS accreditations, which attest to quality, academic and professional excellence, ongoing improvement, innovation and graduate employability.

    Students who complete the accounting major can apply for the:

    Students who complete the marketing major are eligible for a one-year credit towards their five-year Certified Practicing Marketer certification awarded by the Australian Marketing Institute (AMI).

    Students who complete the finance major are recognised through the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program.

    Students who complete the financial planning major satisfy the education standards of the Financial Adviser Standards (FAS). This enables students to provide financial advice in Australia and eligibility to enter certification programs of the professional financial planning associations. These include the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® Certification Program by the Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA) and the Fellow Chartered Financial Practitioner designation by the Association of Financial Advisers (AFA).

    Depending on your units of study, commerce graduates are also eligible to apply for membership to the:

    Students should consult the professional body or a course adviser to identify additional requirements for membership.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities

    Apply a broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge of commerce and its applications

    Communication

    Communicate commerce concepts and information effectively including in oral, written and visual forms in a cohesive and understandable manner to academic audiences, business professionals and laypersons

    Digital Literacy

    Use technologies to identify, locate, evaluate, synthesise and disseminate and communicate information in the field of commerce

    Critical thinking

    Evaluate and critically analyse academic, professional and business information and values

    Problem Solving

    Identify solutions to a diverse range of authentic problems in commerce

    Self-management

    Take personal responsibility for actions, self-reflect and critique own performance and identify and plan future professional development

    Teamwork

    Interact and collaborate with others from a range of disciplines and backgrounds

    Global Citizenship

    Engage effectively in different environments and contexts reflecting social, sustainable, ethical, economic, and global perspectives in the field of commerce