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BH-ADVCOM

Advanced Commerce

Bachelor honours degree

This honours-level degree is designed to give your commerce career a head start, providing you with advanced business skills, leadership attributes and industry connections while also developing your expertise in your chosen discipline.

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Course outline
  • ATAR

    ATAR

    Guaranteed ATAR 85
  • Qualification
    Bachelor of Advanced Commerce (Honours)
  • Duration

    Duration

    4 years full-time
  • Credit

    Credit

    800
  • CRICOS

    CRICOS

    114113K
  • Location

    Location

    Curtin Perth
Course outline

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2024

Semester 1

On campus

Course outline

Outline

Outline

Are you a high achiever, aspiring to be a leader in your business field? Or perhaps you dream of pursing advanced research at the PhD level, discovering new business theories and applications? Our Advanced Commerce degree will ensure you’re well-equipped to thrive in your chosen field, regardless of your desired career path.

This advanced degree combines our three-year Bachelor of Commerce with our one-year Honours program, creating a holistic study journey where you’ll enjoy personalised education and professional development opportunities right from the start. With only a small cohort of elite students selected to study this degree, you’ll learn alongside the next generation of business leaders and researchers.

You’ll begin your study with a foundational year that will provide you with a solid knowledge base in business. You’ll focus on the principles of business acumen, professional practice, leadership, and entrepreneurship through the lens of real-world projects and assessments.

In your second year you’ll begin study in your chosen major. You’ll also have access to higher level units from your second year, such as the Introduction to Research Methods for Honours unit, which is usually not available until your fourth year. Early access to this unit can help you decide between a research or practical pathway in your final year.

You’ll solidify your learning in your third year through a capstone experience, enabling you to apply your studies through a practical industry-based unit. Unique to this advanced degree, you’ll be assigned a personal mentor to help guide your decision-making through this unit.

In your fourth and final year, you’ll apply and integrate your knowledge and skills through a thesis project or a practical industry experience and supporting project.

Throughout your degree, you’ll learn on industry-standard software, such as social media analytics platforms and Refinitiv Workspace trading and financial analysis software. You’ll also have access to biometrics for market research and analysis through our Consumer Research Lab.

In pursuing this degree, you’ll acquire a powerful blend of knowledge, technical expertise and research experience, enhancing your employability and preparing you for future postgraduate studies.

Professional development opportunities

High-achieving students may be eligible for a range of extracurricular activities designed to increase employability. These include:

  • LinkedIn Learning: augmented skill-building resources for independent development
  • Curtin Ignition: an intensive training program for aspiring entrepreneurs
  • High Achievers Program: a fast-track industry experience, accelerating your professional development.

Course structure

First year

In your first year you’ll study our business core units:

  • Analytics for Decision Making: You’ll learn basic data analysis to derive essential information from numerical, textual and visual datasets. As well as understanding the legal and ethical issues related to the collection and use of data, you’ll examine case study data sets from a range of business disciplines, communicate your findings to an audience and make recommendations.
  • Communication, Culture and Indigenous Perspectives in Business: You’ll develop  awareness of responsible business practices and cultural, academic and professional integrity in business. These perspectives will help you in business communications and in making business decisions.
  • Financial Decision Making: You’ll develop the skills and knowledge needed to make informed and responsible decisions using accounting and financial information. You’ll learn basic accounting and financial terminologies, how to interpret financial statements and make investment decisions.
  • Markets and Legal Frameworks: You’ll explore how key business disciplines are connected and understand the relationship between a business enterprise and stakeholders including government, customers and the broader community. You’ll also identify the laws and regulations applied to businesses, and learn how business and marketing strategies can impact society and the environment.
  • Strategic Career Design: You’ll explore the impact of changes in the global labour market and social trends and how technological innovation will affect career opportunities and the future of work. These changes have implications for individual and organisational career management strategies, and personal and professional branding in a digitised global economy.

You'll also have the opportunity to undertake introductory study in fields such as marketing, business law, economics and global business. This can be valuable if you are still deciding on your primary major and want to explore different business fields.

Second year

In your second year, you’ll begin studying your chosen major or double major. Go to Customise your course to see what majors and study combinations are available.

Third year

In your third year you’ll finalise your study in your chosen major and ‘cap’ off this study with one of our practical capstone experiences, enabling you to apply your skills and knowledge in an industry setting.

Fourth year: choose your pathway

Choose between our industry or research pathways:

  • Industry pathway: undertake a practical experience through an industry experience, such as a work placement or study tour, combined with an industry project
  • Research pathway: tailored for those with ambitions of pursuing a PhD, this pathway will provide you a solid foundation for further academic study and research.

Exit pathway

You can exit this degree with a Bachelor of Commerce after completing 600 credits (equivalent to three years of full-time study). If you have a course-weighted average (CWA) lower than 75%, we may recommend exiting with a three-year bachelor degree rather than completing your honours.

Further study

Postgraduate coursework

Upon graduation from our Advanced Commerce degree, you may qualify for direct entry into many postgraduate courses, including:

Depending on your major/s, you may also qualify for direct entry into additional postgraduate courses.

Postgraduate research

If you studied the research pathway in your fourth year, you may also qualify for direct entry into our research degrees. This includes our Master of Research, which is a one-year degree designed to expand on your honours research.

If you graduated with first or upper second class honours, you may be eligible to pursue a PhD in your field without needing to complete a master degree first. Visit our Higher Degree by Research page for more information.

Customise your degree

You can customise your degree to suit your career goals. If you aren’t sure what you want to study yet, our expert teaching staff will take you through the options in your first semester and help you choose the best pathway that embraces your unique passions and your career aspirations.

Step 1: Choose your business major

Choose one:

1. Available to study online

2. Available as part of a defined double major

3. Includes an embedded specialisation for accreditation by a professional body. Cannot be studied as part of a double major

Step 2: complement your major

Choose one of four options to complement your major.

Option A: a second major

With this option you benefit from studying two disciplines in equal depth and graduating with a double major. You can choose a second business major, or a major in arts and creative industries:

Option B: two business specialisations

A specialisation contains half the number of units as a major, allowing you to broaden your degree by studying two complementary disciplines alongside your primary major.  View list of specialisations.

Option C: a business specialisation and a non-business specialisation

Customise your degree by selecting a business specialisation and a specialisation from another area such as arts, design or even science. View list of specialisations.

Option D: a business specialisation and electives

You can complement your business specialisation with four elective units. You can choose elective units from any course offered at Curtin, provided you meet the unit prerequisites. 

Step 3: choose your capstone experience

In your final year, you will undertake a capstone experience to further your practical skills and international business knowledge.

You'll choose one of the following experiences:

  • Enhancing Your Business Mind (recommended): Designed in consultation with industry, this unit aims to equip you with skills needed to succeed in the business environment. The content is designed around you, the student, to be fun, engaging, stimulating, and educational all at once. The unit will push you out of your comfort zone (in the most supportive way of course) to teach you things that you didn’t realise you needed to know – your first job outside of university is a big step in your career and we want you to feel confident in your ability to have a positive impact on your new team’s environment.
  • Business Innovation Lab: You’ll use your initiative, creativity and adaptability as you work on an applied business project within a start-up environment. As part of an interdisciplinary team, you'll solve a problem or advance an innovation while demonstrating your managerial judgement, professional communications and commitment to responsible business practice.
  • Business Internship: You’ll have the opportunity to gain work experience with an external employer or work on a real industry project related to your area of study, in Australia or internationally. These projects have defined objectives with activities that a graduate in the role would be expected to complete. During your internship, you could:conduct research or data analysis; scope the viability of new projects; support the implementation of new systems; revise marketing strategies; assist with an upcoming event. Note that selection for internships is a competitive process.
  • Interactive Study Tour: Our Interactive Study Tour allows you to have a study abroad experience from home! You'll collaborate with fellow students from Curtin's global campuses to develop strategies for dealing with current and emerging global problems.
  • Business and Law International Experience: Complete your degree while travelling the world by studying a short course with one of our exchange partners.
  • Business Study Tour: Visit regions, countries and organisations in Australia or overseas to experience different ways of doing business.

Note that opportunities may vary according to academic performance and any international travel restrictions.

What jobs can the Advanced Commerce lead to?

A degree in Advanced Commerce can lead to a diversity of careers in business, leadership and research. Go to your chosen major to see the associated career pathways.

What you'll learn

  • demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental business principles and practices, as well as expertise in one or more specific business disciplines
  • engage in critical analysis of complex and multi-dimensional business problems, utilizing both practical and theoretical tools to address them, and evaluate the results within the context of existing disciplinary knowledge
  • demonstrate advanced proficiency in digital literacy and cultural competencies specific to a chosen business discipline and demonstrate the ability to apply them within the framework of professional practice
  • communicate professionally, in ways that are responsible and appropriate for international business contexts and in formats relevant to the audience
  • critique and use ethical practices and demonstrate professional and academic integrity

Why study Advanced Commerce

Holistic study experience

Enables you to enrol in honours from your first year, giving you early access to fourth-year units and the opportunity to take units or internships over summer – and potentially complete your degree faster.

Strong industry partnerships

Gain valuable exposure to prestigious organisations such as the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia (CCIWA) and Innovation Central Perth (ICP), thanks to our strong industry partnerships.

Personalised education

Receive a tailored learning experience that includes guidance and personal mentorship from internationally respected industry experts and teachers.

Professional recognition

Wherever possible, our business majors are designed to conform to the membership standards of relevant professional bodies. Refer to individual business majors for specific professional recognition and accreditation information.

Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

Select an option that best suits you:

You’re considered a high school leaver if you:

  • Completed year 12 in Australia or overseas in the past two years, or
  • Completed TAFE or VET studies in the past two years.

ATAR pathway

  • Guaranteed ATAR 85

    This course has a guaranteed ATAR of 85

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    There are no essential WACE subjects for this course.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Desirable WACE subjects

    There are no desirable WACE subjects for this course.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

StepUp Entry

StepUp Entry

Successful StepUp Entry and StepUp Equity Adjustment Admission Pathway (StepUp Bonus) applicants will be eligible to be considered for admission into this course.

Alternative pathways

  • Indigenous applicant

    If you’re an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicant who hasn’t met Curtin’s minimum admissions criteria, the Centre for Aboriginal Studies offers bridging courses that are tailored to help you gain entry into this course.

  • STAT entry

    Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

    STAT elements considered are WE and either V or Q.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6

Speaking

6

Reading

6

Listening

6

Overall band score

6

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

How others gained admission

View the ATAR breakdown to see the low, median and high ATAR scores of students who started studying this course recently.

To see the other pathways students have taken, see the pathway breakdown.

You’re considered someone who has recently left university if:

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This may include applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It may also include applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

Curtin course switcher criteria

Our admission criteria for minimum entry apply to Curtin course switchers. For information on how to meet Curtin's minimum entry requirements, please see our admission criteria web page.

Higher education course switcher criteria

Our admission criteria for minimum entry apply to other higher education course switchers. For information on how to meet Curtin's minimum entry requirements, please see our admission criteria web page.

ATAR pathway

  • Guaranteed ATAR 85

    This course has a guaranteed ATAR of 85

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    There are no essential WACE subjects for this course.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Desirable WACE subjects

    There are no desirable WACE subjects for this course.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6

Speaking

6

Reading

6

Listening

6

Overall band score

6

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

Unsure what option suits you?

We’re here to help you navigate the complexities of university admission. Choose the support you need from the options below.

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

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Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.

Fees and charges

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees

2024 Fee year:

$16,300*

Commonwealth supported

Commonwealth supported

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

To be eligible for the Commonwealth supported fee:

  • Australian citizens must complete some of their course of study while residing in Australia.
  • Australian permanent residents or New Zealand citizens must be residing in Australia for the entire course.

For further information on eligibility please refer to the Australian Government Study Assist website.

If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Looking for more detail on the course structure?

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Location

For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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2024

Semester 1
  • On campus

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  • Curtin course code: BH-ADVCOM
  • CRICOS code: 114113K
  • Last updated on: 27 February 2024

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