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Bachelor of Commerce

Course code W23

In an ever-changing world, a Commerce degree from ECU gives you the edge to succeed for jobs of the future.

Through work integrated learning, networking opportunities, as well as learning from academics with industry backgrounds, you’ll graduate with the skills you need to forge your career. ECU’s Bachelor of Commerce offers a range of majors and minors, as well as study options including on campus and online, so you can tailor your course to your field of interest all the while studying around your life.

There are a broad range of majors to choose from that are created in consultation with industry, with many being professionally accredited and recognised by relevant industry bodies. You can choose up to two majors, a major and a minor, or a major and a range of electives.

You will gain critical skills in areas of leadership, teamwork, critical thinking, communication and problem solving, helping you to succeed in a variety of complex, competitive and dynamic global business environments. The course is structured to provide students with great flexibility in tailoring the degree to suit their individual career aspirations.

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Course overview

Choose student type

Entry requirements

70 Indicative ATAR

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

W23

Fees

Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $14,500

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT PT FT PT
Mount Lawley
South West FT PT FT PT
Online FT PT FT PT
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Location

This course requires attendance at more than one campus or location. See Course Notes.

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

W23

CRICOS code

094285D

Fees

International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $31,850

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

3 years full-time

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT FT
Mount Lawley
South West
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Location

This course requires attendance at more than one campus or location. See Course Notes.

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

  • All applicants must meet the academic admission requirements for this course. The indicative or guaranteed ATAR is as published (where applicable) or academic admission requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • AQF Cert IV;
    • Successfully completed 0.25 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
    • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
    • University Preparation Course;*
    • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
    • Aboriginal University Readiness Assessment; or*
    • Experience Based Entry Scheme.*

    * Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

    For international students, requirements include your secondary school results.

  • English competency requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Year 12 English ATAR/English Literature ATAR grade C or better or equivalent;
    • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
    • IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.0 (no individual band less than 6.0);
    • Successfully completed 1.0 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher in the UK, Ireland, USA, NZ or Canada;
    • University Preparation Course;
    • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
    • Aboriginal University Readiness Assessment;*
    • AQF Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree;
    • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent); or
    • Other tests, courses or programs defined on the English Proficiency Bands page.

    * Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

Course Details

Choose student type

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup, South West or Online

Semester 1: Study part-time at Joondalup, South West or Online

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup, South West or Online

Semester 2: Study part-time at Joondalup, South West or Online

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup

Course Structure

Note: Students wishing to take the Accounting major with one of the following professionally accredited majors (Project Management, Human Resource Management or Marketing) will be required to complete additional credit points/units exceeding that required for completion of the Bachelor of Commerce.

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SBL1100Foundations of Business15
SBL1300Business Environments & Markets15
SBL1400Introduction to Business Analytics15
ACC1100Accounting I15
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ECF1110Economics I15
SBL1600Business Identity and Protocols15
Unit from Major15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective15
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
Unit from Major15
Unit from Major15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective15
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
Unit from Major15
Unit from Major15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective15

Note: Students with a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 65% or higher after their second year of study may be invited to complete an additional year of study to undertake a one year domestic or international internship. Those students will transfer to the Bachelor of Commerce Professional for their third and fourth year of study.

Year 3 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
Unit from Major15
Unit from Major15
Unit from Major15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective15
Year 3 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit TitleCredit Points
Option 1
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective15
Select one unit from:
FBL3501 ^Business Practicum15
SBL3500 ^Integrated Business Application15

Option 2

Internship Minor which consists of:

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
FBL3400 ^Business Internship I30
FBL3500 ^Business Internship 230

Note: Enrolment into the Internship Minor is by application only.

^ Core Option

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For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook

Majors you can study in this course

One or more of the majors in this course is externally recognised when studied within this course. Refer to the major for more information.

Course notes

Important course notes

  • Commerce students at ECU South West will be offered six common core units and the opportunity to complete some electives on campus. In order to complete the Bachelor of Commerce, however, students should be prepared to complete the remaining units online or at ECU's Joondalup campus.

  • The ECU Business Placement and Internship programs provide students with a unique opportunity to gain valuable real-world experience in a public, private or not-for-profit organisation. They enable students to gain relevant work experience, allowing them to develop professional networks, practice applying theory learned during their degree, develop skills and capabilities required to succeed in their chosen profession, and gain a better understanding of the nature of employment and professional conduct in their chosen industry.

    Attendance requirements

    The Internship Program forms one full semester of study and enables students to gain a minimum of 16 weeks (600 hours) of full-time work experience. The Work Placement program comprises 100 hours of work experience during the academic semester. Programs can be completed in all discipline areas, as well as general business opportunities.

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Access, analyse and critically evaluate relevant information to solve challenging business problems systematically.
  2. Apply broad discipline knowledge to a range of business situations, incorporating international/global/cultural perspectives.
  3. Collaborate effectively in team settings to produce measurable outcomes.
  4. Communicate business knowledge, concepts and advice persuasively and clearly in both written and oral formats, using relevant technology.
  5. Generate creative ideas for business innovations that respond to opportunities and constant change.
  6. Reflect on feedback and critique one's own performance in order to identify and plan opportunities for development.
  7. Value professional behaviours and/or personal citizenship that reflect an appreciation of the interrelationship between business ethics and corporate social responsibility.

Need some help deciding what to study?

Our future student events include a mix of on-campus and online sessions designed to help you decide what to study at ECU.

Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $14,500 *

* Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

AUD $31,850 *

* International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, and has been calculated based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for each individual unit you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Scholarships

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

Find a scholarship

Career Opportunities

The Bachelor of Commerce prepares students for a diverse range of business-related careers. Students graduate with an evidence-based career e-portfolio along with a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experience, and learn how to apply the theoretical concepts studied in a practical and real-world setting. Over the course of the degree students have the opportunity to undertake international study tours, work integrated learning opportunities and internships in their chosen field.

Possible future job titles

Corporate Accountant, Bank Officer, Management Consultant, Economic Adviser, Financial Analyst, Human Resources Manager, Recruitment Consultant, Project Manager, Marketing/Sales Manager, Sport/Event Manager

Courses you can consider if you are interested in progressing further in this area.

Become World Ready

A language minor could make a major difference

Our Bachelor of Commerce degree offers you a fantastic choice of 14 major subjects. Each major will give you a solid grounding in a specific area, e.g. Finance, or Human resource Management.

But to broaden your employability prospects and prepare you to be more 'world ready', you should consider adding one of our language minors to your chosen major.

For example, you might choose to major in International Business and add a minor in Mandarin or Japanese to really give you an edge if you’re working overseas.

To explore your options, start with the Commerce degree page.

Student stories

  • Serena Stevens

    Serena Stevens

    ECU South West Accounting student

    "My work placement at AMD Chartered Accountants will help me prepare for my future career"

    I already had a strong finance background and wanted to extend my knowledge. ECU’s South West Campus has allowed me to pursue studies while still living in Bunbury. The ongoing support from lecturers has been phenomenal and I’ve made friends for life.

  • Angela Marchese

    Angela Marchese

    Project Management and Human Resource Management student

    "My work placement will count as credit towards my degree"

    I graduated from high school as one of the top ten achievers in my year. ECU’s School of Business and Law has an outstanding reputation so I applied for direct entry using my high school results. The facilities at ECU are exceptional and I feel so lucky to have access to them. All students have access to unlimited Wi-Fi, library resources and computer facilities as well as private study rooms and areas. The lecturers are qualified, helpful and friendly, making me comfortable in my studies. These facilities give me the ability to complete every assignment to a desired standard. I also have the opportunity to complete a work placement for a company provided by ECU that will count as credit towards my degree.

  • Emma Fishburn

    Emma Fishburn

    ECU South West Accounting and Marketing student

    "ECU’s South West Campus, and online options, made studying commerce possible"

    I had always wanted to study again, but the timing was never right. After moving to Bunbury, I was no longer working full-time and had small children at home. It finally felt like a good time to go back to uni. I am completing the remainder of my course online and am really enjoying the flexibility.

Quick guide to uni-speak

    • ATAR is the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank, the primary criterion for entry into most undergraduate university courses in Australia. The ATAR is a percentile score which denotes a student's ranking relative to their state-wide peers upon completion of their secondary education.

    • CRICOS is the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students. A CRICOS code is allocated to education institutions (like ECU) who are approved to recruit, enrol and deliver education to overseas students. Courses with a CRICOS code are available to international students who meet the entry requirements.

    • A major, or unit set, is your chosen area of in-depth study in an undergraduate course. It usually involves 8 units of study, or one-third of the units in a 3-year degree. Talk to your Student Information Office if you need help choosing a major subject.

    • Minors include between 4 and 6 study units in a specific discipline. Not all courses require you to complete a minor. Your minor subject doesn't appear on your printed degree (parchment), but is part of your academic transcript.

    • If you're enrolled in 3 or more units in a semester this is considered full-time study. To complete most 3-year degrees studying full-time you'll need to complete 4 units per semester, i.e. 24 units over 3 years.

    • If a course is available to study part-time you can generally expect it to take twice as long to complete as it would in full-time mode. Part-time students are enrolled in 1 or 2 units maximum per semester.

      Note: International students who hold a student visa can only choose the full-time study option for our courses. This is to ensure the course is completed within the duration of the student visa.

    • Most courses start in Semester 1 each year, usually in the last week of February. Some courses can be started in Semester 2 (we call this mid-year). There's a week of Orientation before each semester to help you get used to uni life.

    • A lot of our courses start in Semester 2 each year, usually in the last week of July. We call this mid-year. There's a week of Orientation beforehand to help you get used to uni life.

    • We use a points system to make it easier for you to understand your study progress. Most Bachelors degree study units are allocated 15 credit points. If you're studying a 3-year full-time degree you'll need to successfully complete 360 credit points - that's 24 units x 15 points per unit.

    • These are compulsory units you have to successfully complete as part of your course.

    • An elective is a unit you choose to study that counts towards your course requirements, but isn't compulsory. For some courses we recommend elective units. In some situations, a course coordinator may approve an elective unit as a replacement for a compulsory one.

Do you have any questions about the Bachelor of Commerce?