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Commerce

Bachelor Degree

B-COMRCE

Course
Bachelor of Commerce
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 70
Duration
3 years full-time
Credit
600

Outline

Reach your potential in a business career and prepare for the changing job market.

High national ranking

In the University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP) 2018-2019, Curtin ranked in the top 100 universities in the world for the field of Economics and Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services.

Internationally accredited

Curtin is recognised as an elite global business school through its accreditation by AACSB.

Industry links

Graduate career-ready with our Capstone Experience. You’ll have the opportunity to complete an industry work placement, work on an applied business project participate in an international study tour or exchange.

The Bachelor of Commerce will build your business skills and grow your international business outlook. 

The degree starts with a business core year. Afterwards, you’ll study your selected major, plus additional units, to complete your degree structure. 

You’ll benefit from exposure to industry through field trips, internships, practical assignments, guest lectures and networking events. You’ll also develop your decision-making and leadership skills, both of which are essential in a future marketplace. 

In your final year, you’ll enhance your employability by undertaking your Capstone Experience. This will provide you with an opportunity to gain practical skills or expand your international knowledge.

Study our business core

Our business core will give you a solid foundation in business theory and practice, ensuring you graduate with the skills needed to thrive in the business world.

Markets and Legal Frameworks

You’ll explore how key business disciplines are connected and understand the relationship between a business enterprise and stakeholders including government, customers and the broader community.  You’ll also identify the laws and regulations applied to businesses, and learn how business and marketing strategies can impact society and the environment.

Communication Culture and Indigenous Perspectives in Business

You’ll develop an awareness of responsible business practices, and cultural, academic and professional integrity in business. These perspectives will help you in business communications and when making business decisions.

Financial Decision-making

You’ll develop the skills and knowledge needed to make informed and responsible decisions using accounting and financial information. You’ll explore basic accounting and financial terminologies, learn how to interpret financial statements and make investment decisions.

Strategic Career Design 

You’ll discover the impact of changes in the global labour market and social trends, and how technological innovation will affect career opportunities and the future of work. These changes have implications for individual and organisational career management strategies, and personal and professional branding in a digitised global economy.

Analytics for Decision-making

You’ll learn basic data analysis to derive essential information from numerical, textual and visual datasets. As well as understanding the legal and ethical issues related to the collection and use of data, you’ll examine case study data sets from a range of business disciplines, communicate your findings to an audience and make recommendations based on your analyses.

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Customise your degree

Step 1: Choose your primary major

In your first semester, you’ll choose one of the following majors to align your degree to your dream career:

*Only available as part of a double major.

**These majors can studied alongside one specialisation/minor, four elective units or as a double major with each other.

^Available to study online

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Step 2: Complement your primary major

Complement your primary major with one of the options below.

Option 1:

  • Choose a second Commerce major from the list above OR
  • Choose a second major from the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Creative Arts.

With this option you benefit from studying two disciplines in equal depth and graduating with a double major. You can either select a second Commerce major, or from the list of secondary majors from the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Creative Arts:

Option 2: Choose two business specialisations

A business specialisation contains half the number of units as a major, allowing you to broaden your degree by studying two complementary disciplines alongside your primary major. View the full range of specialisations here.

Option 3: Choose one business specialisation and one arts, design or science specialisation

Customise your degree by selecting a business specialisation and one from another area such as Chinese, data science, graphic design, human rights, internet design and journalism.

Option 4: One specialisation and four electives

You can choose to take just one specialisation, and choose elective units to complete the structure of your degree. You can choose elective units from any course offered at Curtin, provided you meet the unit prerequisites.

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Step 3: Choose your Capstone experience

In your final year, you’ll not only complete units relevant to your chosen major – you will also undertake a Capstone Experience* to further your practical skills and international business knowledge.

You’ll have a choice of four Capstone Experiences:

  • Business Engagement
  • Business Innovation Lab
  • Industry Internship
  • Global Experience

Learn more

*Opportunities may vary depending on academic performance.

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Why study

  • You can study the Bachelor of Commerce as part of a double degree with Arts, Engineering, Law or Science.
  • We seek input from business leaders to ensure your course stays at the forefront of industry trends.
  • Through your course, you will develop key professional, practical skills that you can apply to your first job.
  • Our teaching staff are experts in their fields, many with extensive industry experience. Classes often include guest speakers.
  • You may gain work experience through work placements, vacation placements and internships. Many units include interaction with local businesses and real-world assessments.
  • As a Curtin Business School student, you will experience innovative teaching and learning facilities that recreate real workspaces and prepare you to enter the industry after graduation.

How this course will make you industry ready

A degree is not just about what you know - it's also about what you can do. We know employers want graduates with both business knowledge and practical skills to hit the ground running. This degree will prepare you to graduate career-ready by building these business skills and providing real workplace learning experiences.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Professional recognition

Curtin Business School is recognised as an elite business school through its accreditation by AACSB International. 

Commerce majors are designed, wherever possible, to conform to the membership standards of relevant professional bodies.

What you'll learn

  • apply discipline knowledge to solve complex business problems and create innovative business solutions that consider the global business environment
  • communicate professionally, and in ways that are responsible and appropriate for local, national and international business contexts
  • use relevant technologies and industry information to analyse business problems in ways that demonstrate critical thinking and responsible judgement
  • demonstrate an understanding of cultural diversity and the how this informs respectful and responsible business practices.
  • demonstrate industry readiness through the development of sound practical business solutions, and critical reflection of individual capabilities and the future of work

Admission criteria

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing6.0
Speaking6.0
Reading6.0
Listening6.0
Overall band score6.0

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

I recently attended high school

Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, but also includes those who may have completed their senior secondary studies with a TAFE or other VET provider within the same time frame. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 70
  • STAT entry : Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Other admission options

  • Recipients of the John Curtin Undergraduate Scholarship will receive an early offer to study this course.

  • Successful StepUp Entry and StepUp Equity Adjustment Admission Pathway (StepUp Bonus) applicants will be eligible to be considered for admission into this course.

  • Portfolio entry is available for those who can demonstrate equivalence to Curtin’s ATAR entry through the submission of a portfolio that includes evidence of your academic achievements, qualifications and ability.

  • If you’re an indigenous applicant who hasn’t met Curtin’s minimum admissions criteria, the Centre for Aboriginal Studies offers bridging courses that are tailored to help you gain entry into this course.

Lowest selection rank to which a recent Year 12 student offer was made (including the consideration of any equity or other adjustment factors)

View the lowest selection rank (incorporating ATAR plus any adjustments) of an applicant to which an offer of a place was made in the most relevant recent intake period, this includes any ATAR adjustments.

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin webpage.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most relevant recent intake period.

I have work and life experience

Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 70
  • STAT entry : Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative
  • Portfolio entry is available for those who can demonstrate equivalence to Curtin’s ATAR entry through the submission of a portfolio that includes evidence of your academic achievements, qualifications and ability.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve studied at TAFE or done an apprenticeship

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 70 OR
  • TAFE:
    • AQF Certificate IV - Separate evidence of English language proficiency is required; or
    • AQF Diploma; or
    • AQF Advanced Diploma.
  • STAT entry : Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative
  • Portfolio entry is available for those who can demonstrate equivalence to Curtin’s ATAR entry through the submission of a portfolio that includes evidence of your academic achievements, qualifications and ability.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve gone to university before

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This includes applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It also includes applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Curtin course switcher criteria

Our admission criteria for minimum entry apply to Curtin course switchers. For information on how to meet Curtin's minimum entry requirements, please see our admission criteria web page.

Higher education course switcher criteria

Our admission criteria for minimum entry apply to other higher education course switchers. For information on how to meet Curtin's minimum entry requirements, please see our admission criteria web page.

Other requirements and notes for this course

Regional campuses may offer the common first year units only.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Email: crl@curtin.edu.au

Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

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  • Curtin course code: B-COMRCE
  • CRICOS code: 013905G
  • Last updated on: February 26, 2021