Diploma of Commerce

Blow your career options wide open with a Diploma of Commerce, your pathway into accounting, marketing, economics, finance, and more.

Key Information

Duration

8 or 12 months

Intake Dates

March, June, October

Campus Location

Melbourne Burwood

Geelong Waterfront

Online

2022 Fees

A$24,000 ($3,000 per unit)

Domestic International

2022 Fees

A$31,100 (A$3,887.50 per unit)

Course overview

The Diploma of Commerce is your stepping stone to a wide range of career options across private and public-sector organisations. Enter directly into the second year of  Bachelor of Commerce (many majors available), Sport Management, Business Analytics, Law, or Property and Real Estate.

You’ll gain all the foundational knowledge to pursue further study in areas like accounting, business law, economics, finance, international business, marketing and management at Deakin University. Completing a degree in one of these fields is a huge advantage to your future career.

Employment and career options upon completing your Bachelor degree:

  • Accounting
  • Business consulting
  • Business management
  • Economics
  • Financial planning
  • Human resource management
  • Industrial relations
  • International trade
  • IT administration
  • IT system development
  • Law reform
  • Legal aid
  • Marketing
  • Network management
  • Policy research and development
  • Public administration

Pathways to Deakin University

On completion of this Diploma you can pathway into the following degrees at Deakin University:

Bachelor of Commerce

Majors: Accounting, Economics, Finance, Financial Planning, Human Resource Management, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing

Bachelor of Business (Sport Management)

Bachelor of Business Analytics

Bachelor of Laws

Bachelor of Property and Real Estate

Bachelor of Business

Majors: Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Event Management, Organisational Psychology, People Management, Project Management, Business and Digital Communication, Retail and Supply Chain Management, Sustainability and Development

Course and unit outline

For further details about Diploma of Commerce units, unit availability and trimester structures, please download the course and unit outline.

Course structure

Required units

To successfully complete the Diploma of Commerce, students are required to complete and pass 8 core units (1 credit point each) and 1 compulsory module (zero credit points).

The unit covers: the impact of accounting in society; business planning and budgets for management decisions; classification, analysis and summarisation of business transactions; preparation of classified accounting reports; techniques to analyse and interpret financial statements.

Assessment: 40% internal, 60% final examination

This unit addresses the theory of competitive markets,and the need for and effects of government intervention. This includes a consideration of the nature of economics, consumer behaviour and market demand, the firm –its technology and costs, market structures, markets for input, public goods and externalities. This unit also provides the microeconomic framework required to develop an appreciation and understanding of the pricing and output by firms and their implications for economic efficiency.

Assessment: 50% internal, 50% final examination

This unit aims to introduce students to finance and provide an introductory knowledge of the Australian financial system. The unit will discuss some of the fundamental financial concepts such as the time value of money and the concepts of risk and return. Students will learn to apply these fundamental concepts in the areas of investments in equity and debt. These issues will be discussed in the local and international context.

Assessment: 40% internal, 60% final examination

The digital revolution has changed the practice of business. Data to support business decisions (data collected by business systems as well as through the Internet and Social Media such as Facebook and Twitter) are growing exponentially and becoming increasingly difficult to understand and use. Business Analytics is the broad use of quantitative reasoning skills in business decision making. Business Analytics helps managers to solve complex business problems, improve business performance, anticipate and plan for change while managing and balancing risks. This unit will provide students with the analytical knowledge and skills to explore data to find patterns and relationships in data; assess uncertainty and risk of business decisions; evaluate decisions; and forecast and predict trends.

Assessment: 50% internal, 50% final examination

The unit provides the underlying concepts and purpose of Law for Commerce and the Australian legal system. The unit covers the law relating to contract, consumer protection, business entities and relationships, and torts with a focus on negligence.

Assessment: 60% internal, 40% final examination

Marketing focuses on the creativity involved in the marketing process, ranging from understanding consumer needs to designing customer-driven integrated marketing strategies using the marketing mix. It is the intention to build the knowledge on the marketing planning process and how this is successfully implemented in market and computer-oriented organisations that include profit-oriented companies, government and the not-for-profit sector.

Assessment: 60% internal, 40% final examination

The aim of this unit is to provide students with a critical understanding of the intellectual foundations of the study of management. The unit will provide the opportunity to analyse how the solutions to management ‘problems’ have developed under different conditions throughout the nineteenth and twentieth century. The unit also explores how management practice influences, and is influenced by, the external environment. This will involve examining how managerial action impacts on and is shaped by the environment, through a consideration of, ethics, social responsibility, and the social and cultural context of management.

Assessment: 60% internal, 40% final examination

The Personal Insight unit is a compulsory unit offered in Deakin’s Bachelor of Commerce program and is also available to students from other programs and faculties within the University. The University recognises the importance of students gaining professional identity skills to enable them to understand them through Personal Insight. The unit aims to broaden students’ self-awareness and understanding of the sophistication their career preparedness and means of communication necessary to be successful in both their business and personal lives.

Assessment: 100% internal

The Academic Integrity module is a compulsory 0 credit point module in all Faculty of Business and Law courses. The module's learning and assessment activities provide students with guidance on what constitutes academic integrity. It will allow students to develop knowledge, skills and good practice principles to avoid plagiarism and collusion and thereby maintain academic integrity.

This module consists of approximately 3 hours of online learning experiences delivered through Moodle.

There are no classroom or scheduled learning activities. Students undertake independent learning activities at their own pace.

Assessment: 100% (Individual Quiz) – Online multiple-choice questions

Transferring to Deakin University

Australian and international students

Weighted average mark (WAM) required for transfer, by campus:

Course Trimester Intake Melbourne Burwood Geelong Waterfront Warnambool Cloud Maximum Credits

M300 Bachelor of Commerce ≠ (B, WF, WB, C)

Major sequences:
Accounting (B, WF, WB, C)
Economics (B, WF^^, C)
Finance (B, WF^^, WB^^, C)
Financial Planning (B, WF^^, WB^^, C)
Human Resource Management (B, WF, C)
Management (B, WF, C)
Management Information Systems (B, WF^^, C)
Marketing (B, WF^^, C)

T1
T2
T3+++
50 50 50 50 8
M391 Bachelor of Business (Sport Management)
(B, C)
T1
T2
T3
50     50 8#
M340 Bachelor of Business Analytics
(B, C)
T1
T2
50     50 8#
M312 Bachelor of Laws
(B, WF, C)
T1
T2++
70 70   70 8#
M348 Bachelor of Property and Real Estate
(B, C)
T1
T2
T3
50     50 8#

M325 Bachelor of Business (B, WF~, C)

Major sequences:
Entrepreneurship and Innovation (B, WF, C)
Event Management (B, WF^^, C)
Organisational Psychology (B, WP~, C)
People Management (B, WF, C)
Project Management (B, WF^^ C)
Business and Digital Communication (B, WF^^, C)
Retail and Supply Chain Management (B, WF^^, C)
Sustainability and Development (B, WF^^,C)

T1
T2
T3
50 50   50 8#

Cloud (Online) option is not available to international students

T1 (Trimester 1 entry); T2 (Trimester 2 entry); T3 (Trimester 3 entry)
* See Diploma to Degree transfer criteria
++ Offered at Burwood (Melbourne) and Cloud (Online) only
+++ Offered at Cloud (Online) only
≠ Choice of majors limited and not available on all campuses
# These degrees require you to take additional first year degree units when you transfer to Deakin University. The degree may therefore take longer to complete
^^ Students will be required to undertake units in Cloud (Online) mode
~ Waterfront (Geelong) students will undertake some units of study at Waurn Ponds (Geelong).

Learn more about this Diploma

Find out more about what you can expect from the Diploma of Commerce course, directly from our staff and students.

Entry requirements

Australian Entry Requirements

The following is required for Australian students:

  • Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 (VCE or the equivalent from any Australian state or territory)
  • VCAL Senior completion
  • Completion of Cert IV and above
  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above
  • Work experience - Mature Age only

Bangladesh Entry Requirements

The following is required for Bangladesh students:

  • Completion of Higher Secondary Certificate with GPA of 3.5
  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above

Brunei Entry Requirements

The following is required for Brunei students:

  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels

Cambodia Entry Requirements

The following is required for Cambodian students:

  • Diploma of Upper Secondary Education with a C grade average
  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above
  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels

China Entry Requirements

The following is required for Chinese students:

  • Successful completion of Senior Middle 3 (Gao San) with 60%
  • Vocational Academic Program - 60%;
  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels
  • Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 (VCE or the equivalent from any Australian state or territory)

Fiji Entry Requirements

The following is required for Fijian students:

  • Successful completion of Form 7 with a B in English and Maths and a pass in all other units, with an overall score of 240

France Entry Requirements

The following is required for French students:

  • Baccalaureate with an average of 10

Ghana Entry Requirements

The following is required for Ghana students:

  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels
  • Minimum 5 grades C6 in Senior School Certificate Examination SSCE
  • West African Senior School Certificate WASSC

Hong Kong Entry Requirements

The following is required for Hong Kong students:

  • Completion of HKDSE with a minimum total score of 8 points over the best 4 subjects from Category A and C (Excluding Physical Education)

India Entry Requirements

The following is required for Indian students:

  • Completion of the All India Senior School Certificate with aggregate 58% or above. All education boards accepted.

Indonesia Entry Requirements

The following is required for Indonesien students:

  • SMA III with an average grade of 6.5 in 4 academic units
  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels
  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above
  • Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 (VCE or the equivalent from any Australian state or territory)

Japan Entry Requirements

The following is required for Japanese students:

  • Successful completion of Kotogakko Year 3 a B grade average or a GPA of 3

Kenya Entry Requirements

The following is required for Kenya students:

  • Completion of KCSE with a C grade average
  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels
  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above

Korea Entry Requirements

The following is required for Korean students:

  • High school Diploma average D grade

Kuwait Entry Requirements

The following is required for Kuwait students:

  • Completion of Shahadat Al-Thanawaya Al-Aama (General Secondary Education Certificate) with a 70% average in final results.

Laos Entry Requirements

The following is required for Laos students:

  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above

Macau Entry Requirements

The following is required for Macau students:

  • Successful completion of Senior Middle 3 with a B or 75% average in 4 academic units

Malawi Entry Requirements

The following is required for Malawi students:

  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels

Malaysia Entry Requirements

The following is required for Malaysian students:

  • 2 passes (minimum E grade) in STPM
  • Malaysia Independent Chinese Secondary Schools Unified Examination Certificate with a pass in 4 academic subjects
  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels
  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above

Myanmar Entry Requirements

The following is required for Myanmar students:

  • Completion of Basic Education High School Exam with grade of 50% in final year results
  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels
  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above

Nepal Entry Requirements

The following is required for Nepalese students:

  • Completion of Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Year 12) with a GPA of 2.4

Nigerian Entry Requirements

The following is required for Nigerian students:

  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above

Oman Entry Requirements

The following is required for Oman students:

  • Additional year of study following General Secondary Education Certificate or Year 12 American program

Pakistan Entry Requirements

The following is required for Pakistan students:

  • Completion of Higher Secondary School Certificate with a grade average of 55%
  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels

Papua New Guinea

The following is required for Papua New Guinea students:

  • Higher School Certificate with a grade average of 70%

Philippines Entry Requirements

The following is required for Philippines students:

  • Successful completion of Year 12 with an 80% average
  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above
  • Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 (VCE or the equivalent from any Australian state or territory)

Saudi Arabia Entry Requirements

The following is required for Saudi Arabia students:

  • Additional year of study following General Secondary Education Certificate or Year 12 American program

Singapore Entry Requirements

The following is required for Singapore students:

  • 2 H2 passes in GCE A-levels
  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above

South Africa Entry Requirements

The following is required for South African students:

  • Successful completion of Year 12

Sri Lanka Entry Requirements

The following is required for Sri Lankan students:

  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels or equivalent

Sweden Entry Requirements

The following is required for Sweden students:

  • Avgangsbetyg with a grade average of 2.5 and a 4 in English

Taiwan Entry Requirements

The following is required for Taiwan students:

  • Successful completion of Senior Middle 3 with a B or 60% average in 4 academic units

Tanzania Entry Requirements

The following is required for Tanzania students:

  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels

Thailand Entry Requirements

The following is required for Thailand students:

  • Successful completion of Matayom 6 with a GPA of 2.0
  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above
  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels

Turkey Entry Requirements

The following is required for Turkey students:

  • Successful completion of Lise Diplomasi with GPA of 3.0

Uganda Entry Requirements

The following is required for Uganda students:

  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels

USA Entry Requirements

The following is required for USA students:

  • Successful completion of Grade 12 or equivalent with a SAT score of 1000

Vietnam Entry Requirements

The following is required for Vietnam students:

  • Successful completion of Year 12 with a 6.0 GPA
  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above
  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels
  • Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 (VCE or the equivalent from any Australian state or territory)

Zambia Entry Requirements

The following is required for Zambia students:

  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels

Zimbabwe Entry Requirements

The following is required for Zimbabwe students:

  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels

English Language Entry Requirements

International students must be able to demonstrate English language proficiency before being admitted to this course.

Additional information

Your course timetable

Online and on-campus classes run between 11am and 9pm on weekdays (Melbourne timezone, AEST). Most units run as 2 x 2-hour classes each week. You can also expect between 4-6 hours of private study per unit, per week.

Transfer guidelines

View the transfer requirements for the Diploma of Commerce below. 

Domestic Students

International Students