Bachelor of Commerce
Part time available
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:
- Business manager
- Commercial and taxation law specialist
- Corporate financial manager
- Data analyst
- Expert consultant
- Financial adviser
- Financial analyst
- Financial controller
- Foreign exchange trader
- Investment banker/manager
- Risk manager
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 in External mode, 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 via external mode.
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 in external mode 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 in external mode.
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 in external mode.
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 in external mode.
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.
Take note of the QTAC code for this course in the location you've chosen because 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.
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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Bachelor of Commerce
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
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
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:
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
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
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Expected time to complete
3 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
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)
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
Supplementary exam for
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.
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.
BACHELOR OF COMMERCE
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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.