Bachelor of Commerce (T3 2020)

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.

This is the Trimester 3, 2020 version of this course.

The Trimester 3 teaching period starts from 9 November 2020.

Applications for this course close 6 November 2020.

Key facts

English language requirements

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


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 information

Develop your passion and skills about how commerce can solve the problems of the future by studying Deakin’s Bachelor of Commerce. With authentic, practical learning experiences including the ability to research and resolve real commercial and community issues, Deakin’s Bachelor of Commerce is at the forefront of providing you with the skills and experience to navigate your professional future.

Want to study a degree that sets you up for a successful career in finance, accounting, management or marketing?

Deakin’s Bachelor of Commerce builds a foundation of robust business and personal skills, and gives you the freedom to pursue your passions in a range of specialised areas of business.

Graduate with a sought-after skill set built around three pillars relating to the everyday, practical challenges of modern businesses: 

  •     financial understanding
  •     market knowledge
  •     personal and professional skills.

Professional development opportunities start from day one. In your first year, you’ll work with the same programs and tools industry professionals use while building core business skills you’ll carry with you through your entire career. From second year you get to choose your area of specialisation. Tailor the course to your interests and career goals by honing your professional expertise in one of the following majors:

  •       accounting
  •       economics
  •       finance
  •       financial planning
  •       food and agribusiness
  •       human resource management
  •       management
  •       management information systems
  •       marketing.

This can be complemented with a minor to enhance your employability, including:

  •       accounting
  •       agribusiness
  •       business analytics
  •       economics
  •       event management
  •       finance
  •       global studies
  •       human resource management
  •       international trade
  •       marketing
  •       professional practice
  •       project management
  •       retail management
  •       social entrepreneurship
  •       taxation regulation
  •       wealth management.

Deakin Business School’s highly developed work-integrated learning (WIL) program gives you the platform to gain valuable work experience that counts as credit towards your degree. Every commerce student at Deakin has access to WIL opportunities. This practical experience and the networking opportunities they provide can make all the difference when you graduate and are applying for jobs. Our curriculum is complemented by a range of experiential learning opportunities including:

  •       mentoring
  •       volunteering
  •       consulting
  •       internships. 

These hands-on experiences allow you to engage with real businesses, like the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the Australian Taxation Office, KPMG, Price Waterhouse Cooper, Bupa and Cherry Energy. Work on industry projects, build long-lasting relationships and get a taste for your future career. Because employers value Deakin commerce students’ practical skills and business mindset, it’s not uncommon for graduates to find employment at the companies they connect with throughout the course.

You can also improve your global employability skills in teamwork and intercultural communication by gaining international experience across Asia, Europe or North America through:

  •       overseas internships
  •       study tours
  •       exchange programs.


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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 unit, MAI010 Academic Integrity. 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 (0-credit point compulsory unit)
  • 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)



Core units


Major units


Elective units


Total units

Core units

  • Accounting for Decision Making
  • Economic Principles
  • Fundamentals of Finance
  • Business Analytics
  • Law for Commerce
  • Marketing Fundamentals
  • Management
  • Professional Insight
  • Compulsory 0-credit point unit

    To be completed in the first trimester of study:-

  • Academic Integrity
  • 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.


    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:

  • Cultural Engagement
  • Industry Based Learning
  • Consultancy Experience
  • Entrepreneurship Experience
  • Internship
  • Key information

    Award granted

    Bachelor of Commerce


    2020 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
    CRICOS code?
    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.

    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)
      • Cloud Campus

    Students who commenced this course prior to Trimester 1 2016, please refer to the below link:

    M300 Bachelor of Commerce (Links to 2015 Handbook. See 2015 Course Listing PDF for structure )

    * 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 within the course structure and 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.


    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:

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

    Work experience

    Elective units may provide the opportunity for Work Integrated Learning experiences.

    More information: WIL Programs

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate course requirements.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

    Entry for applicants with recent secondary education (previous three years) will be based on their performance in the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with an ATAR of at least 50, and pre-requisite units 3 and 4; a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 20 in English other than EAL. 

    Entry for applicants with previous Tertiary, VET, life or work experience will be based on their performance in:

    • a Certificate IV in a related discipline OR
    • a Diploma in any discipline or 50% completion of a Diploma in a related discipline OR
    • successful completion of relevant study, equivalent to at least two Deakin University units, at an accredited higher education institution OR
    • other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent including a Foundation Program approved by Faculty Board or for relevant work or life experience

    IELTS / English language requirements

    Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

    It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)

    Admissions information

    Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the ComparED website.

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enables Deakin to consider disadvantageous circumstances you may have experienced and their 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.

    You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.

    Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our first intake of 2020 students (PDF, 581.6KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    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 calculated depending on the course you choose.

    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 8 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 fees and available payment options.

    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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    How to apply

    Apply through Deakin

    Applications can be made 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. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    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.

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    Across almost every area of business and government, in Australia and overseas, there are excellent employment opportunities for commerce graduates.

    Deakin graduates are in demand because they’re proactive, highly engaged and trained to have a business mindset. That makes them sought-after across a range of professional roles including: 

    • 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 (DBS) is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Only five per cent of business programs worldwide are AACSB accredited and DBS is one of only three business schools in Victoria to achieve this recognition. DBS has been awarded EQUIS accreditation through the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). This global best-practice recognition places Deakin Business School in the top 1 per cent of business schools worldwide.

    Our courses are developed and reviewed with industry and professional input. Thanks to our close links with the sector, government departments, professional associations and other educational providers, commerce graduates can apply for membership to these key professional bodies (depending on units taken):

    * Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
    * Association of Financial Advisers (AFA)
    * Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI)
    * Australian Marketing Institute (AMI)
    * Certified Practising Accountants (CPA)
    * Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ)
    * Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA)
    * Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA)
    * Institute of Managers and Leaders (IML)
    * Institute of Public Accountants (IPA)

    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


    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.


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


    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.