Bachelor of Commerce
Student Domestic International
Study mode Online On campus Blended
Campus locations Sydney Melbourne  Brisbane Adelaide 
Duration3 years full time, 6 years part time, 2 years accelerated
Start date

13 Sep 2021

14 Feb 2022

This course is delivered by Torrens University Australia Ltd, ABN 99 154 937 005, RTO 41343, CRICOS 03389E.

Code BCOM16 | CRICOS 088180G

What is a Bachelor of Commerce?

A Bachelor of Commerce covers fundamental knowledge and skills in the key areas of accounting, finance, economics, quantitative analysis, information systems, and business and taxation law. A commerce degree provides a culturally diverse and work-oriented educational experience, establishing best practice for a long-term professional career.

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A dedicated Success Coach
An ally to encourage, inspire and guide, your Success Coach will help you achieve your goals and create the right trajectory for your career.

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Future-proof your business career
Share our connections with industry partners to upgrade your business practice. See the world of work from a range of different perspectives.

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Accredited by industry peak bodies
This course is endorsed by the Chartered Accountants (CA Australia and New Zealand) and the Certified Practicing Accountants (CPA) Australia.  

Subjects and units

This course comprises of 24 subjects, which includes 10 core subjects and 14 elective subjects. Each subject involves 10 hours of study per week, comprising 3 hours of facilitated study and 7 hours self-directed study.

International students must not enrol in more than one-third (33%) of online subjects over their course and must study at least one face-to-face subject each study period. Most face-to-face courses are also available online. Please note that due to COVID-19 pandemic, authorities have provided exceptions to the usual face-to-face learning requirements.

International students on a student visa are required to study full time, i.e. the student must complete a minimum of 1.0 EFTSL of study per year.

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3
  • Electives
Complete the 6 core subjects listed below. Additionally, you’re required to select two 100 level electives from the electives tab.
  • Business Communications | BIZ101
    The aim of this subject is to provide you with the knowledge and skills to enhance your personal effectiveness, employability, and academic success. This subject introduces you to the concepts of business communications and transferable academic skills. You will examine the different stakeholders and communication contexts which occur in the internal and external business environment, developing the skills and knowledge to effectively interpret and deliver messages in a variety of business situations. This subject will provide you with essential business skills in information literacy, presenting, writing, academic integrity and the use of technology.
  • Principles of Accounting | COMR2008
    This subject introduces accounting systems and processes, leading to an understanding of how financial transactions are recorded and the form and function of financial statements. It includes the preparation, analysis and interpretation of different forms of financial statements. The role of an organisation’s internal accounting functions are introduced along with the different ways organisations cash resources are managed.
  • Principles of Economics | ECON2002
    This is an introductory subject in economics that covers basic microeconomic principles and macroeconomic principles and their application to firms and the macroeconomy. Topics covered include the economic question, how markets and government actions solve the economic question, how firms maximise profits in different market structures, macroeconomic foundations, contemporary models of the economy, money and banking and the operation of fiscal and monetary policies.
  • Principles of Finance | FINA2006
    This course covers the major finance and treasury functions, and provides an understanding of a business’s financial position, covering the theory of capital markets, investment and distribution decisions. Financial risk management, and financial planning and control.
  • Business Law | LAW2000
    This subject introduces students to general legal knowledge relating to the business environment, providing an understanding of the legal responsibilities and risks of doing business in Australia. It introduces the Australian legal system and discusses the legal regulation of companies and the features and purpose of tort and contract law.
  • Quantitative Analysis | STAT2000
    This subject covers the role of statistical analysis in decision-making. Topics include descriptive statistics, frequency and probability distributions, hypothesis testing, and linear regression and correlation.
Complete the 3 core subjects listed below. Additionally, you’re required to select two 100 level electives and three 200 level electives from the electives tab.
  • Management Leadership and Professional Practice | COMR2000
    This course introduces students to their intended profession, the business environment and organisations, and the role of ethical standards, communication skills and behaviour in the practice of their profession. It discusses the relevant ethical codes and behaviour norms and how they should be applied in professional situations.
  • Business Information Systems | COMR2002
    This subject introduces the nature, role and benefits of information systems in businesses and how it can assist in management decision-making. The business process; e-commerce and commerce models; data and its organisation; and users that are crucial in the development and management of information systems are also explored. Students are introduced to cultural, security, privacy and ethical aspects of business information systems. Students will get the opportunity to complement the theoretical knowledge with practical skills by using and managing electronic spreadsheets and database tools.
  • Cultural Awareness: A Personal Perspective | COMR2010
    This subject will assist students in understanding how to productively develop their intercultural competence. Students will develop skills in mindfulness for critical reflection and awareness that supports their intercultural learning. Students will critically engage with a range of theories needed to successfully live together in a culturally diverse world. The subject requires students to explore and critique how they approach cultural differences across a range of personal, social and work contexts. This subject requires students to immerse themselves in an international education experience. Students may undertake this subject as part of an overseas trimester of study and/or work experience normally within the Laureate network of educational institutions, or undertake this subject in the local context. This subject requires students to undertake deep, personal reflection and communication requiring both substantial independent and group learning.
Complete the 1 core subject listed below. Additionally, you’re required to select two 200 level and five 300 level electives from the electives tab.
  • Industry Placement | COMR2004

    A key element of this subject is the sourcing by students of an approved host organization with which to complete a minimum of 120 hours of discipline-based professional work placement.

    While work experience is a component of the placement, there is considerable emphasis on the development of workplace knowledge and employability skills such as communication and problem solving skills, the role and responsibility of discipline-based professionals and the links between theory and practice in the workplace. Key tasks will be the completion of a reflective journal covering the placement as well as reflection on the experience of finding a placement, and the identification and analysis of key learning outcomes.

Electives available to students may be chosen from the elective bank below. Choose 14 electives:
  • Year 1 - two 100 level
  • Year 2 - two 100 level, three 200 level
  • Year 3 - two 200 level, five 300 level
  • Financial Accounting | ACCT2000
    This subject expands on the financial accounting concepts and practices introduced in Principles of Accounting. It also covers the regulatory environment for financial reporting in Australia, the purpose and interpretation of accounting standards, the preparation of financial statements for partnerships and the issue of shares and debentures.
  • Corporate Accounting | ACCT2002
    This subject covers the more advanced financial accounting issues of company reconstruction, accounts of liquidators and receivers, amalgamations and takeovers, inter-corporate investments and consolidated accounts, and joint ventures. Prerequisite: Principles of Accounting
  • Annual Report Analysis and Interpretation | ACCT2005
    This subject involves the critical analysis of public company annual reports from accounting, financial, business model, governance, environmental and social accountability aspects. It is a capstone subject that requires the application of knowledge and skills developed throughout the course. Prerequisite: Financial Accounting Regulation Application and Theory; Corporate Accounting
  • Auditing and Internal Controls | ACCT2004
    This subject covers the nature and purpose of auditing and the regulatory and professional requirements of auditors with a focus on auditing standards and their application to the audit process. The general business significance of internal controls is explored in addition to the audit of internal controls. Prerequisite: Financial Accounting Regulation Application and Theory
  • Management and Cost Accounting | ACCT2006
    This subject covers the application of numerical and analytical skills for budgeting and forecasting, product and process costing, planning and control, performance evaluation, and the management of working capital It also introduces the role and purpose of strategic management accounting. Prerequisite: Principles of Accounting; Business Information Systems; Principles of Economics.
  • Financial Accounting Regulation: Application and Theory | ACCT2007
    This subject involves the critical evaluation and application of accounting standards and covers the theoretical principles and concepts underlying accounting practice. The focus is on the conceptual framework of accounting and its application to contemporary accounting practice and includes discussion of current national and international developments in accounting and financial reporting.
  • Corporate Finance | FINA2001
    This subject is concerned with the formulation of an organisation's financing strategies. It discusses financial distress and agency costs, dividend policy and taxation and their influence on financing policy, initial public offerings in debt and equity markets, convertibles, warrants and capital market signalling, corporate diversification and agency theory. Prerequisite: Principles of Finance
  • Financial Markets and Institutions | FINA2002
    In this subject, students will explore the various financial markets which operate both in Australia and globally to gain an understanding of the mechanisms which underpin these financial markets and institutions. With an emphasis on viewing these markets in action, students will develop a practical understanding of how the markets work and how securities are traded within the markets, utilising their knowledge of security valuation knowledge. This subject will also explore the regulatory and ethical considerations under which financial markets and the intermediaries working within them operate.
  • Investment and Portfolio Management | FINA2003
    This subject identifies investment classes available for managed funds. It discusses the pricing of risky assets, asset allocation techniques for both fixed-income and equity portfolios, the measurement of portfolio tracking error and risk exposure, and portfolio performance evaluation. Prerequisite: Corporate Finance; Financial Markets and Institutions.
  • International Financial Management | FINA2004
    This subject extends financial decision making into an international context. It will cover the international monetary system, the foreign exchange market, the determination of currency exchange rates, the major forms of foreign exchange exposure, the strategies to manage this exposure through the use of futures, swaps and options. This subject then examines how multinational firms make capital expenditure, cost of capital and capital structure decisions, and finally, international trade finance. Prerequisite: Investments and Portfolio Management; Derivatives and Risk Management
  • Derivatives and Risk Management | FINA2005
    This subject discusses the role derivative markets play in finance, covering the concepts of arbitrage, options pricing, the application of options and futures to hedging and risk management, and currency and fixed-interest derivatives. Prerequisite: Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Law | LAW2001
    This subject covers the national corporate law framework and its application to the business environment. Topics include the role and application of the Corporations Act, the regulatory environment for companies in Australia, the concept of separate legal entity, and the procedures for starting, operating and winding-up a company. Prerequisite: LAW2000 Business Law
  • Income Tax Law | LAW2002
    This subject provides an overview of the Australian taxation system with a special focus on the concepts of income tax law. Topics include jurisdiction to tax, assessable and non-assessable income, capital gains and losses, deductions, tax accounting, tax entities, anti-avoidance and tax administration. Prerequisite: Business Law

Industry partners and work placements

An important element of this course is the placement of the students with an endorsed host organisation(s). Work placements provide a valuable resource for you to develop hands-on practical experience to ensure you graduate confident and job-ready. A key task will be the completion of a reflective journal covering the experience and the identification and analysis of key learning outcomes.
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Lontya Kalililo
Bachelor of Commerce
What I liked most about studying with Torrens University was the support services in place. For example, our Business Success Coach was a key figure in helping me reach my goals.

Learning outcomes

  • Gain an understanding of investments at corporate and shareholder levels
  • Develop theoretical knowledge while working with real-life practical examples
  • Understand the inner workings of business information systems
  • Gain or enhance your management and leadership skills
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Why study with us?

As the country’s fastest-growing university, Torrens University Australia brings a fresh approach to higher education. We focus on giving you the skills and the knowledge to ensure long-term success in your career. Our academics are highly qualified and will support you in every step of your study.
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With our industry placements, you can intern at some of the globe’s most influential organisations.
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Industry leading and future-focused: we give you all the tools you need to create your own success.
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Their insights will help shape you into the next generation of business leaders.
Bring out your best in a business course.
You’ll get hands-on, practical experience with some of the brightest minds, solving genuine industry problems.
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Choose your student type for entry requirements, fees and scholarships


  • Domestic
  • International

Admissions criteria and pathways: Domestic students

To be eligible for admission you must satisfy one of the entry requirements below.
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Australian Year 12 or equivalent; and
Pass in Year 12 General Mathematics (or above).
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OR Successful completion of a Vocational qualification (AQF Level 4 or above), or Successful completion of a Higher Education qualification.

OR work and life experience that demonstrates skills and knowledge gained through paid or unpaid employment, formal learning and/or non-formal learning (presented on a current resume with attached cover letter).

Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already completed a qualification you may be able to credit this against your degree with us, even if it’s from another institution. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.

Fees: Domestic students

Domestic fees
Check the Domestic Course Fee Schedule for the cost of your course.
FEE-HELP
Eligible Australian students may choose to defer some, or all, of their tuition fees through FEE-HELP, a loan scheme repaid through the tax system based on income.
  • Domestic fees

    Check the Domestic Course Fee Schedule for the cost of your course.

    View our fees

  • FEE-HELP
    Eligible Australian students may choose to defer some, or all, of their tuition fees through FEE-HELP, a loan scheme repaid through the tax system based on income.

    View our fees

Scholarships: Domestic students

We’re serious about supporting your studies from start to success, which is why we offer the opportunity to earn a reduction in your course fees, so you can focus on getting into a career you’ll love.

How to apply: Domestic students

Get started
Read through the admissions criteria and ensure you meet the entry requirements.
Apply
It’s easy! Apply online below or contact us and we can help on 1300 575 803.
Offer
We’ll contact you shortly after to confirm your details and help you through the rest of the process.

Admissions criteria and pathways: International students

Before you get started with your course application, check you meet all the requirements listed below.

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Australian Year 12 or equivalent; and
Pass in Year 12 General Mathematics (or above).

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Academic IELTS 6.0 (no band less than 5.5) or equivalent

OR alternative entry requirement may be available. Contact the International Admissions team for more information.

Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already completed a qualification you may be able to credit this against your degree with us, even if it’s from another institution. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning. Learn more about study pathways.

Fees: International students

International fees
Check the International Course Fee Schedule for the cost of your course. Onshore international students requiring a student visa should choose campus-based / blended options.
Fee payment
Course fees can be paid in 3 instalments, each instalment to be paid before the beginning of the academic stage census date.
  • International fees

    Check the International Course Fee Schedule for the cost of your course. Onshore international students requiring a student visa should choose campus-based / blended options.

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  • Fee payment

    Course fees can be paid in 3 instalments, each instalment to be paid before the beginning of the academic stage census date.

    View our fees

Scholarships: International students

We want you to have the best possible chance to succeed, which is why we offer a range of financial scholarships to support our international students during their study journey.

How to Apply: International students

Get Started
Read through the admissions criteria and ensure you meet the entry requirements.
Apply
It’s easy! You can apply online below or contact our International team on 1300 575 803.
Offer
We’ll contact you shortly after to confirm your details and help you through the rest of the process.

Key intake dates

31 May 2021 | 13 September 2021 | 14 February 2022

Frequently asked questions

  • What does admissions criteria mean?

    Admissions criteria is a set of criteria that must be met to be eligible to apply for a chosen course.

    To gain entry to an accredited undergraduate course at Torrens University Australia, applicants must both satisfy general admissions criteria and meet any additional course requirements where specified.

    All admissions criteria and course-specific requirements apply consistently across campus locations and study modes. To find out more, visit admissions criteria.

  • What if I don’t meet the entry criteria for a degree?

    Torrens University Australia has recognised pathways to help you gain entry into our bachelor degrees based on different criteria.

    To find out more, visit Study pathways or contact one of our knowledgeable Course and Careers Advisors.

  • Can I get course credit for previous experience?

    Yes, course credit is available upon application and academic approval.

    If you have already completed a qualification or have relevant work experience, you may be able to receive credits towards your degree. This credit can take the form of credit transfer, block credit or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

    Our Program Directors will carefully review the learning gained from your previous qualification and/or experience to ensure we provide you with credit towards our degrees whenever appropriate. Review our course credits page or chat to one of Course and Careers Advisors.

  • What are course credits?

    Course credits are credits that can be applied to your course based on your prior experience or qualifications. To find out more, visit course credits

    .

  • What are Torrens University Australia’s courses’ ATAR requirements?
    Torrens University Australia no longer considers ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) as our primary entry requirement. We have removed ATAR as the key admissions criteria for applicants aiming to study at Torrens University Australia. We strongly believed an alternative to the ATAR system should be found, which more broadly assesses students, especially when soft skills are emerging as important employability attributes. So, students with a recent secondary school education are now considered for admission if they have a Year 12 (Australian secondary school) certificate.
  • Am I a domestic or an international student?

    Domestic students are Australian and Permanent Residents. International students are those who hold citizenship or Permanent Resident status of all other countries.

    International students from countries whose first official language is one other than English need to provide evidence of English Language Proficiency.

  • How do Torrens University Australia fees charge?

    Torrens University Australia is a full-fee paying institution. To find out more, visit Tuition Fees.

    Domestic students may be eligible for FEE-HELP. For more information on FEE-HELP, please visit: https://www.studyassist.gov.au/.

    Please note we do not currently offer any full fee waivers for international students. We do not offer stipends or living allowances.

  • How much are Torrens University Australia courses?

    For a full list of tuition fees, visit Tuition Fees.

    Remember, if you're an Australian citizen or permanent resident, your fees can be covered by FEE-HELP. You can find out more information on FEE-HELP on the StudyAssist website at https://www.studyassist.gov.au/fee-help or contact us and we can guide you through the process.

  • Am I eligible for FEE-HELP?

    To get a FEE-HELP loan, you must:

    • be an Australian citizen and study at least part of your course in Australia, or
    • be a New Zealand Special Category visa (SCV) holder or permanent humanitarian visa holder and meet the residency requirements.
    • be enrolled in a fee-paying place at a provider that offers FEE-HELP loans
    • be enrolled in an eligible course at your provider by the census date (your provider can tell you if your course is eligible)
    • submit the Request for FEE-HELP form to your provider by the census date
    • not have already borrowed up to your HELP loan limit.

    Permanent residents can only get FEE-HELP for approved bridging studies.

    If you are studying at a non-university, you will also need to meet the ‘pass rate’ requirements.

    You can find out more information on the StudyAssist website at https://www.studyassist.gov.au/fee-help or speak to a Course and Careers Advisor and we can guide you through the process.

  • Can I apply for FEE-HELP?

    To be eligible for FEE-HELP you need to be an Australian citizen , and have a tax file number. You must also be studying at an approved higher education provider, such as Torrens University Australia.

    You can find out more information on the StudyAssist website at https://www.studyassist.gov.au/fee-help or contact us and we can guide you through the process.

  • How do I apply for FEE-HELP?

    If you receive an offer from Torrens University Australia, and you meet the eligibility requirements, you may be eligible for FEE-HELP. You will need to complete a Commonwealth Assistance Form if you want to defer payment of some, or all, of your tuition fees. You will need to quote your tax file number or provide a Certificate of Application for a Tax File Number. The form must be completed before the due date.

    You can find out more information on the StudyAssist website at https://www.studyassist.gov.au/fee-help or speak to our Course and Careers Advisors and we can guide you through the process.

  • Is there a FEE-HELP limit?

    For 2020, the HELP loan limit is $106,319 for most students. The Australian Government publishes the HELP Loan limit on their website.

    FEE-HELP is a loan scheme that assists eligible fee-paying students to pay their tuition costs. Eligible students can borrow up to the FEE-HELP limit to pay their tuition fees. Note: Any loan fees that were applied to study prior to January 1, 2019 will not count towards your FEE-HELP limit.

    Students repay the loan to the Australian Government through the tax system once a student reaches the minimum income threshold level for repayment, which for 2019-20 is $45,881.

    You can find out more information on the StudyAssist website at https://www.studyassist.gov.au/fee-help or Contact Us and we can guide you through the process.

  • What courses are available for FEE-HELP?
    To find out more, visit How to Apply.
  • What is FEE-HELP?

    FEE-HELP is a loan scheme that assists eligible full-fee-paying students pay their tuition costs.

    You must be studying at an approved FEE-HELP provider in order to access a FEE-HELP loan, such as Torrens University Australia.

    A FEE-HELP loan does not cover costs like accommodation, laptops or textbooks, and must be repaid once you start earning above a certain income threshold.

    To find out more, visit the Study Assist website: https://www.studyassist.gov.au/help-loans/fee-help.

  • Is there anything I can do to prepare for Torrens University Australia?

    There are lots of resources to help you prepare for university life. Attend one of our workshops or events and get some tips firsthand from our industry-focused lecturers and current students.

    The events programs range in topic and delivery mode, so there should always be one to suit your needs. At any time you can contact one of our Course and Careers Advisors to talk through your career goals. They can guide you on what to expect and how you can get prepared earlier. If you know exactly which course you want to enrol in, you could take advantage of the early entry program.

  • What is the Early Entry Program?

    The Torrens University Australia Early Entry Program has been created to allow you to apply and secure your place for your chosen course before you finish your Year 12 exams.

    To find out more, visit Early Entry Program or email enquiries@tua.edu.au or phone 1300 575 803.

  • How do I apply?

    Applying is easy and can be done online by filling out the apply form. If you have any difficulty, please contact a Course and Careers Advisor, who can talk you through the process.

    ALL SA/SACE and Victorian high school students must apply through SATAC and/or VTAC. Search for Torrens University Australia, Billy Blue College of Design or Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School. International applicants may also need to demonstrate compliance with relevant legislative requirements, for example, requirements for student visas (this does not apply for online study outside of Australia).

  • How will I know if my application has been processed?
    Our Course and Careers Advisors will help you through every step of the application process and provide you with updates. If your application is successful, you will receive an offer letter via email.
  • I am having trouble with my application. Who can help?
    Our friendly Course and Careers Advisors are available to answer all your questions and guide you through the application process. Fill out the contact us form and one of them will reach out to you.
  • What are pathways?

    All Torrens University Australia courses have specific entry requirements, but we also offer multiple pathways into courses when you don’t meet those entry requirements.

    There are different pathways for different courses. For example, we offer a range of diploma courses which pathway into bachelor degrees in Business, Design and Creative Technology, Health and Hospitality. We also have graduate certificate and graduate diploma courses which pathway into masters courses in Business, Global Project Management, Sports Management, Health, Education, Design and Hospitality. 

    For more information on different types of pathways available, visit study pathways.

  • How can I pay for my course?

    Payment information will be outlined in your offer letter but there are a couple of different options:

    1. Upfront payment via credit card, BPAY, cheque or overseas bank account transfer
    2. Full or partial payment via FEE-HELP Government Assistance (domestic students only)
  • What are the key dates for 2021?
    To find out more, visit Key Dates.
  • What are the semester and term dates?

    Torrens University Australia has three main intakes each year, usually during February, June and September. There are also a range of accelerated intake dates available, meaning if you just miss the start date, you don’t have to wait until the next intake.

    You can apply any time throughout the year for the next intake start date – or a future start date if you are planning ahead. Different semester dates apply for Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School as well as some of our other courses.

    To find out more, visit key dates.

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