What will I learn?

The Diploma of Applied Commerce requires the completion of eight Level 100 subjects. These subjects are the same as those in the first year of the Bachelor of Applied Commerce.

Graduates of the Diploma of Applied Commerce will:

  • Apply broad knowledge of financial process and industry practice in limited contexts.
  • Utilise underpinning knowledge of fundamental financial business concepts, products and legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Act with integrity, employing mandatory standards of sustainable, socially just and ethical practice in their work.

Upon completion of this Diploma, you will be eligible to receive 1 year advanced standing in the Bachelor course. The Bachelor of Applied Commerce is a professional degree preparing graduates for employment in the financial services sector in Australia and overseas. This Bachelor has been designed with two majors: an accounting major and a financial planning major.

The Bachelor of Applied Commerce has been designed to incorporate common subjects that students of both majors will complete. Students then complete specialist financial planning or accounting subjects to complete their chosen major. All students complete eight common subjects in first year. In second year, there are four common subjects, with students completing a further four specialist subjects for their chosen major. In third year, students complete two common subjects including an internship, and a further six specialist subjects for their chosen major. Students will also have the option of completing a double accounting/financial planning major by completing additional subjects.

Students must participate in additional support classes to improve their language skills. The support is integrated into the program within class and provided after class.

Course Structure

To receive the Diploma of Applied Commerce students must complete all core units and, if available, a range of additional units.

Core Units

ACBUS101A - Academic Foundations

ACBUS102A - Management Fundamentals

ACBUS103A - Foundations of Accounting

ACBUS104A - Finance and Investment

ACBUS105A - Business Statistics

ACBUS106A - Marketing Fundamentals

ACBUS107A - Financial Planning Fundamentals

ACBUS108A - Applied Economics


Graduates can enter into Year 2 of the Bachelor of Applied Commerce and can choose to major in either Financial Planning (HE20531) or Accounting (HE20532).



TAFE NSW allows for two or more courses to be packaged together leading to a TAFE NSW Bachelor Degree, either to meet the prerequisite requirements for a course or to plan your studies around your career goals. You can submit a single TAFE NSW application form and will be able to apply for one Student Visa for the full duration of the package.

Bachelor of Applied Commerce - Accounting Major - Duration : 3 years

Bachelor of Applied Commerce - Financial Planning Major - Duration : 3 years



Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$18,000.00 (US$ 12,296) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

3 February 2020, 20 July 2020



Ultimo College,

651-731 Harris Street,


New South Wales,

2007, SYDNEY, Australia

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$18,000.00 (US$ 12,296) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

3 February 2020, 20 July 2020


Northern Sydney Institute - Meadowbank Campus

See Street,


New South Wales,

2114, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students

Completion of Year 12 or equivalent

English Requirements

Academic IELTS 5.5 overall score with a minimum band score of 5.0 or one of the following:

TOEFL (iBT) with the following minimum scores: overall 46, reading 4, listening 4, speaking 14 and writing 14

Pearson Tests of English (PTE) Academic overall score of 42 and a minimum score of 34 in each component

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About this uni

TAFE NSW is the largest vocational education and training provider in Australia, grooming its students to be job-ready through hands-on learning.

  • Students can study at 50+ locations in New South Wales
  • Home to over 5,000 international students each year
  • Study options include certificates, diplomas and degrees
  • Offers industry-aligned programs in small classes