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Business & Commerce

Designed to prepare you for the challenges in the global business environment. Commerce students study foundation areas of accounting, economics, business law, management, marketing and technology.

Through specialised study in your chosen major at Curtin University, you will gain the theoretical and practical skills you need to be confident and industry-ready when you graduate.

Leading to

Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Business Administration

Available Majors include:

  • Accounting
  • Accounting & Accounting Technologies
  • Accounting & Banking
  • Accounting & Business Information Systems
  • Accounting & Business Law
  • Accounting & Entrepreneurship
  • Accounting & Finance
  • Accounting & Taxation
  • Advertising
  • Business Information Systems (Professional)
  • Business Information Systems and Supply Chain Management
  • Business Information Technology (Professional)
  • Business Law
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Event Management
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • Human Resource Management & Industrial Relations
  • International Business
  • Logistics & Supply Chain Management
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Professional Human Resources Management
  • Tourism & Hospitality

Careers Include

  • Accountant
  • Administrator
  • Advertising Manager
  • Bank Manager
  • Business Analyst
  • Business Manager
  • Company Secretary
  • Compliance Officer
  • Contract Manager
  • Digital Marketing Specialist
  • Human Resources Officer
  • IT Manager
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Media Planner
  • Recruitment Consultant
  • Settlement Agent
  • Systems Analyst

Your Business and Commerce Pathway

If you have…

✓ Completed Year 12 with an ATAR (or the equivalent in your country).

Diploma of Commerce (Stage 2)

8 university level units studied over 2-3 trimesters. Equivalent to Year 1 of the corresponding Curtin University degree.

Direct Entry into Year 2 at Curtin University

Choose from the Bachelor of Commerce or the Bachelor of Business Administration.

Or if you have…

✓ Completed Year 11 (or the equivalent in your country).

Diploma of Commerce (Stage 1)

8 pre-university level units are studied over 2-3 trimesters.

Diploma (Stage 2)

Equivalent to year 1 of the corresponding Curtin University Bachelor Degree.

Diploma of Commerce Units (Stage 1)

CRICOS Code 087940C

Students must complete the following core units and course-specific units:

Core Units

  • Accounting
  • Academic Communication Skills
  • Academic Research and Writing
  • Economics
  • Information and Media Technologies
  • Management
  • Marketing

Elective Units (select 1)

  • Chemistry
  • Design Skills
  • Essential Mathematics
  • Human Biology
  • Introduction to Design Skills
  • Media Culture and Communications
  • Physics
  • Project Management
  • Programming
  • Technical Mathematics

Diploma of Commerce Units (Stage 2)

CRICOS Code 087940C

Students must complete the following core units and one major related unit:

Core Units

  • Business Law
  • Communication in Business
  • Discovering Marketing
  • Fundamentals of Management
  • Introduction to Accounting
  • Introduction to Business Information Systems
  • Introductory Economics

Major related units (electives):

  • Consumer Behaviour (preferred for Marketing related major)
  • Introduction to Finance Principles (preferred for Accounting/Finance related major)


All Business & Commerce Majors Diploma of Commerce (Core Units - Stage 2)

Stage 2 Units (Core) – 25 Credit Points Each

Communication in Business

The unit covers key aspects of research, written and oral communication in academic and professional business contexts, as well as working to develop students’ teamwork skills including roles of team members. Emphasis will be placed on students’ ability to locate, understand, and critically evaluate business information. Students will learn about business meeting procedures and practices, how to identify and examine the importance of different business stakeholder relationships and the variety of tools used by business to communicate information in a culturally diverse and global setting. Skills in accessing information, synthesising information, argument development, the Chicago author-date referencing system, principles of effective communication with a focus on verbal and non-verbal forms and the professional presentation of documents are all covered during the development of the key assignments.

Introduction to Accounting

This unit delivers the following topics:

  • Introduction to business structures and start-up options.
  • Development of a strategic plan.
  • Cost volume profit analysis and assessment of special orders.
  • Appraisal of capital investments using capital budgeting.
  • Preparation of cash budgets and loan schedules.
  • Preparation and interpretation of financial statements.
  • Accounting for basic transactions, (GST) and end-of-period adjustments.
  • Investigating the methods and motivations for earnings management.
Introduction to Business Information Systems

This unit provides an overview of Business Information Systems (BIS) and Business Information Technology (BIT), different types of BIS and BIT and their role in organisations and contribution to organisational success. Students will learn how use technology appropriately to develop BIS that effectively support, enable and enhance business and organisational processes. Proves an introduction to the different activities and tools used to develop, maintain and operate effective BIS.

Introductory Economics

An introduction to economic concepts and principles, supply and demand analysis, elasticity, economic efficiency, market failure and macroeconomics. This unit also covers the areas of unemployment and inflation, model of aggregate supply and demand and global markets.

Discovering Marketing

Introducing the topic of marketing, it’s role and importance in any type of organisation. Topics include the marketing concept, marketing environment, marketing information systems, market segmentation, identification of target markets, buyer behaviour, product, place, price and promotion decisions, and the special aspects of marketing. 

Business Law

An introduction to law with a business focus. Students examine the nature and sources of law in Australia. The key aspects of civil law are explored in relation to business, with particular emphasis on contract law.

Fundamentals of Management

This unit outlines management theory and practice. After examining the current landscape of management practice, students analyse the major functions of management and some of the key areas of management practice. This unit also introduces the key skills required of contemporary managers. Specifically, students are required to prepare solutions to management problems and develop team-working skills.

All Business & Commerce Majors Diploma of Commerce (Specific Units - Stage 2)

Stage 2 Units (Specific) – 25 Credit Points Each

Consumer Behaviour

Introducing the role of consumer behaviour and how it is shaped by the social and cultural environment and the psychological foundations. This unit focusses on the decision processes in consumption behaviour in different buying situations.

Introduction to Finance Principles

This unit will:

  1. Introduce basic concepts and principles to financial processes, products and institutions
  2. Introduce finance theory as it applies to financial processes, products and institutions
  3. Develop a foundation in finance for students specialising in related fields
  4. Present a set of financial tools that facilitate financial analysis and decision-making


2021 Fees

Australian Students

Course Per Unit Total Fees ($AUD)
Diploma (Stage 1) 1,950 15,600
Diploma (Stage 2) 2,025 16,200

International Students

Course Per Unit Total Fees ($AUD)
Diploma (Stage 1) 3,125 25,000
Diploma (Stage 2) 3,687.5 29,500

Entry Requirements

Australian Students

Course Entry Requirements
(Stage 1)

Year 11 with 50%

Diploma (Stage 2)

Minimum ATAR 50 OR AQF Certificate IV OR equivalent Foundation Year grades

International Students

Diploma (Stage 1) Diploma (Stage 2)
General Certificate of Education (GCE) GCE O-Level with 4 passes Minimum of 2 points from 2 GCE A‐Level OR 1 point from 1 GCE A‐Level and 2 points from GCE AS‐Level
International Baccalaureate (IB) Completion of Year 1 Diploma with at least 18 points (minimum of 4 subjects) Minimum of 20 points over 6 IB units in one sitting
Global Assessment Certificate (GAC) Enquire at Curtin College Enquire at Curtin College

For more information about entry requirements and pre-requisites for Australian and International applicants:

Entry Requirements Pre-Requisites English Requirements

We accept students from a variety of academic backgrounds, as well as students who have completed alternative training. We also accept students with work and/or life experience:

Entry Options Student & ATAR Profiles


Diploma of Commerce (Stage 1)
February | June | October

Diploma of Commerce (Stage 2)
February | June | October


Diploma of Commerce (Stage 1)
2-3 Trimesters (8-12 months)

Diploma of Commerce (Stage 2)
2-3 Trimesters (8-12 months)

Note: This is a full-time course at Curtin’s Bentley campus.

Next Intake June 2021 (Stage 1 & Stage 2)

Apply now for Diploma of Commerce and you could be on your way to year 2 of the Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Business Administration at Curtin University within 8 or 12 months. 

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