Graduate Certificate in Commerce

Students study the foundational business units to develop foundation knowledge and skills vital for the management of core business functions. This course may be taken as a stand-alone course or as a pathway into one of several masters courses offered by the Business School.

Course overview

Course title
Graduate Certificate in Commerce
Award abbreviation
Course code
Course type
postgraduate certificate
current / 2019
Administered by
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year and mid-year
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
0.5 years
Time limit
2 years
Delivery mode
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)
Dr Nick Letch
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Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2019

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2020 or 2021.

Take units to the value of 24 points, as advised by the Faculty:

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1, S2ACCT5432Introductory Financial Accounting
ACCT1101 Financial Accounting, ACCT5602 Accounting
S1, S2BUSN5100Applied Professional Business Communications
WACE/TEE English or equivalent or BUSN4003 Applied Business Communication or MGMT5610 Applied Professional Business Communications
S1ECON5541Economics for Business: Applications and Policy
ECON5503 Economic Management and Strategy
S1EMPL5412Employment Relations
N/AFINA5432Introduction to Finance
ACCT5432 Introductory Financial Accounting
FINA5530 Managerial Finance
S1, S2HRMT5504Introduction to Human Resource Management
S1, S2MGMT5504Data Analysis and Decision Making
MGMT5513 Data Driven Decision Making
S1, S2MGMT5507Management and Organisations
S2MGMT5508Organisational Behaviour and Leadership
S1, S2MKTG5561Marketing Management
MKTG5550 Marketing Principles

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.


Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The'>student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;


(b) at least eight years of relevant, documented professional experience considered by UWA (following an interview and assessment process) to be sufficient to permit satisfactory completion of the course.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) The following courses form part of an articulated sequence:

  • 40610 Master of Professional Accounting (96 points)
  • 41280 Graduate Certificate in Commerce (24 points)
  • 41660 Master of Human Resources and Employment Relations (96 points)
  • 41670 Master of Business Information and Logistics Management (96 points)
  • 41680 Master of Commerce (96 points)
  • 41690 Master of Marketing (96 points)
  • 42560 Master of Applied Finance (96 points)

(2) Currently, the graduate certificates are used as articulating pathways for students without any prior undergraduate degree. However it has been suggested that this may be an ineffective use of the graduate certificates, other than the Graduate Certificate in Commerce, and that it was far too big a step to undertake the Graduate Certificate in Finance (for example), having never studied before.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 24 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8. To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10.(1) A student who makes satisfactory progress is assigned the status of 'Good Standing'.

(2) Unless the relevant board determines otherwise because of exceptional circumstances—

(a) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the first time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'On Probation';

(b) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the second time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Suspended';

(c) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the third time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded'.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. This rule is not applicable to this course.