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Bachelor of Commerce

Townsville, External, Cairns
February, July
3 years full-time
Part-time available
Attendance mode
External, Internal
Entry Requirements
OP 19 | English (4,SA). Maths B desirable.
ATAR 50.85 | English. Maths B desirable.
Rank 63
CNS: 322021
TSV: 312021
External: 312029
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Gain an understanding of foundational concepts of commerce and pursue your passion in one or two key commerce areas. You can specialise in a range of areas, including accounting, banking and finance, economics, financial management and financial advising.

Your skills are relevant to a large number of industries as a commerce graduate. Job opportunities depend on what major you decide to specialise in. You will have the ability to understand the importance of data-driven decision making - a quality highly valued by employers.

Depending on your chosen major(s), potential careers could include:

  • Accountant
  • Business manager
  • Commercial and taxation law specialist
  • Corporate financial manager
  • Data analyst
  • Economist
  • Expert consultant
  • Financial adviser
  • Financial analyst
  • Financial controller
  • Foreign exchange trader
  • Investment banker/manager
  • Risk manager
  • Stockbroker.

Broaden your horizons and gain a global perspective by completing one semester at JCU Singapore, or at one of our 52 partnering universities around the world. Develop essential job-readiness skills through the work-integrated learning capstone program so that you can graduate with confidence. Build a creative and innovative mindset with a course designed to future-proof a career in commerce.

You are able to choose from five majors. A major is your chosen area of specialisation. While all majors are available Online (or externally), not all majors are available face-to-face at all campuses. The handbook provides details about the subjects you can study within each major and the campus availability for each major.


As an accountant, you will contribute to the most critical function of all businesses and organisations — their financial viability. You will learn how to recognise financial patterns and be an efficient problem solver for all businesses in various industries.

Core subjects will give you foundation knowledge of decision making for businesses, analytical skills and the ability to interpret data. You will gain an in-depth understanding of financial management, business modelling, company accounting, taxation and auditing.

The accounting major is offered at JCU Townsville and JCU Cairns and Online.

Banking and Finance

Throughout this major, you will study funds management, financial markets and risk management. You will learn about the different approaches to managing financial institutions, including commercial banks, rural cooperatives and microfinance institutions.

You will have the skills to make decisions that help businesses develop and thrive, and the capacity to work in government, non-government, private, or not-for-profit organisations. With an understanding of international finance and sustainable economic growth, employers will value your theoretical and practical knowledge. This major is offered Online at JCU Australian campuses (with limited on-campus subjects availability in JCU Townsville) and face-to-face at JCU Singapore.


Develop the skills to predict the behaviour of market participants, including governments, competing businesses and consumers. Become essential to the success of businesses by anticipating the behaviour of market participants.

You will explore drivers of economic growth and government policy options to shape that growth, as well as exploring decision-making tools for managers and how to conduct cost-benefit analysis. You will gain knowledge about economics at the individual level by exploring consumer decision-making and the behavioural foundations of those decisions.

The major in economics is offered at JCU Townsville and Online

Financial Advising

The Financial Advising major provides the relevant study you need to become a financial advisor. Gain the analytical skills and specialist business practices required to advise clients on a broad range of financial products and services.

With subject offerings that align with the FASEA industry standards, you will attain the capacity to assist your clients to make informed decisions on superannuation, retirement, insurance and estate planning, investments, taxation and finance.

The major in financial advising is offered at JCU Townsville and Online.

Financial Management

Understand different approaches to financially manage businesses effectively and efficiently. You will learn business modelling, investment portfolio management, financial risk management and multinational business finance.

With financial management skills that are transferable to most industries, you can forge your own career pathway. Combine this major with Accounting, Economics or Business Intelligence and Information Systems to strengthen your skill set.

This major is offered at JCU Townsville, JCU Singapore and Online.

International Trade

Gain a global perspective and develop analytical, communication and critical thinking skills to pursue a career that crosses borders.

Build a strong understanding of the fundamentals of finance and international trade law. Take your place in the global boardroom with skills to explain strategic, interpersonal and psychological aspects of business negotiation. Learn how to network and influence stakeholders with creative and innovative thinking in the communication of complex business analyses.

In an increasingly globalised world, your ability to evaluate and analyse opportunities in international trade will make you a valued employee around the world.

This major is offered Online and in Singapore.

Note the course QTAC code for the location you've chosen. You'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

Townsville (312021) - Apply now
Cairns (322021) - Apply now
External (312029) - Apply now

OP Score/Rank is indicative only. Entry scores will be finalised in the major offer round.

Our campuses in Singapore and Brisbane operate on a trimester system – three semesters per year. View academic calendars.

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Bachelor of Commerce

Handbook year


Course code


Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)

Professional accreditation status

Pending accreditation for the Accounting Major which will be jointly accredited by CPA Australia and the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ).


Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English (Maths B desirable)

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

72 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules

A maximum of 30 credit points may be taken at level 1

A minimum of 18 credit points must be taken at level 2

A minimum of 18 credit points must be taken at level 3

Course learning outcomes

JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development, and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility. JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia. They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability. They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national, and international communities of the tropics.

In the context of a JCU graduate on successful completion of the Bachelor of Commerce graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a broad and coherent body of knowledge for a career in a changing business and not for profit environments
  • Work collaboratively and creatively to promote innovation and apply critical thinking and problem-solving strategies in disruptive business domestic and global contexts
  • Demonstrate initiative, independence, judgement, and reflective practice with a commitment to lifelong learning and professional development
  • Critically evaluate, interpret and communicate information, data and resources in academic and digital contexts
  • Model ethical, sustainable and socially responsible standards in decision making and professional practice
  • Compare and contrast business objectives with societal values to create adaptable and manageable solutions
  • Critically analyse the core professional obligations and values for sustainable business operations
  • Select, analyse and interpret quantitative and qualitative data, using appropriate methodologies and applications and convey findings and recommendations through effective written and oral communication
  • Apply technical and digital skills, including literacy and numeracy necessary for professional practice in business

Course Structure


Level 1

BU1002:03 Accounting for Decision Making

BU1003:03 Principles of Economics

BU1007:03 Principles of Data Analysis for Business

BU1104:03 Introduction to Management Concepts and Application

BU1105:03 Business Communication

BU1108:03 Marketing Matters

BU1112:03 Business Law

Level 3

BU3101:03 Professional Internship or BU3102:03 Multi-Disciplinary Project or BU3103:03 Independent Project


Select a Major from Table A


Select one of the following options:

OPTION 1 (Second Major)

Select a second major. Please refer to Table A for possible double major combinations.


OPTION 2 (Electives)

Select 24 credit points of elective subjects (or 18 credit points for students undertaking the Accounting major) as per the parameters below:

6 credit points of level 2 subjects, 6 credit points of level 2 or 3 subjects, 3 credit points of level 3 subjects and 9 credit points (3 credit points for students undertaking the Accounting Major) of any undergraduate subjects.

TABLE A (Majors)

Type of major

Mandatory, Single or double

Credit points in major

24 credit points (except Accounting with 30 credit points)




Allowable Second Majors

*Not all second majors are available in all locations. Please check campus availability of second majors







Available mid-year

Financial Advising

Financial Management

Banking and Finance



Available mid-year


Financial Advising

International Trade

Financial Management





Available mid-year

Banking and Finance

Financial Advising

Financial Management

International Trade

Financial Advising




Available Mid-year

Banking and Finance


Financial Management




Available mid-year


International Trade

International Trade 



Available mid-year


Financial Management









Pending CPE






Expected time to complete

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

8 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression

Must successfully complete 12 credit points at level 1 before attempting any level 3 subject.

This course has a Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) program culminating in a third year core subject.  Students must successfully complete the prescribed WIL preparation modules and quizzes to be eligible to apply for a WIL capstone subject.

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment


Professional accreditation

Pending accreditation with CPA and CAANZ for the Accounting Major within this program.

To be eligible for accreditation with Certified Practicing Accountants (CPA Australia) and/or the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) students must complete the Accounting major that consists of 30 credit points.

Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for
final subject

A student who has failed a single subject towards the award in their final teaching period and who gained 40% or more of the marks for that subject, may be granted a supplementary examination in that subject. However, if that subject is required for accreditation, then the criteria specified by that accreditation will apply.



Students may apply for credit transfer for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.

Maximum allowed

48 credit points


Credit will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 18 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions


Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on

Majors will appear on the testamur

Exit with lesser award

Students who have completed 24 credit points of their course award requirements, and withdraw from or fail to meet the requirements for progression in the later years, may be eligible for the award of Diploma of Tertiary Studies.

Course articulation

Not applicable

Annual Tuition Fee: $10,900 (Estimate only)

Student Services and Amenities fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.

A variety of Scholarships are available to suit different student types.

An OP or ATAR is the score required for entry into most undergraduate courses. If you are not a Year 12 school leaver or do not have an OP or ATAR, you can be assigned an equivalent rank score. Ranks are calculated from previous study that you might have completed, either secondary, tertiary or vocational, or previous paid employment experience.

JCU offers pathway courses to help you move into a degree. Pathway courses provide you with an individualised study plan and specialised support as you transition to university.

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Ready today for tomorrow

Build work-ready skills through professional work placements, JCU Business and Commerce graduates are prepared for the global workforce.