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Start date
February
July

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus/Online

Program Code
DBCA

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Fees
2018: AUD$ 29,500 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)
2019: AUD$ 31,000 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
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CRICOS Code
080917C

Key features

  • Gain a foundation of accounting knowledge combined with business, taxation, auditing, law and finance.
  • Develop strong reporting, decision-making, problem-solving, communication and teamwork skills.
  • Learn about the economic, legal and political influences that affect global business.
  • Prepare for a career in accounting and business advisory.
  • Participate in an overseas investigative study tour learning about business practices and political and cultural influences in other regions.
  • The University of South Australia’s Business School is in the top one per cent worldwide1 and awarded five stars in the QS Stars Business School Rankings 2017.

1 UniSA Business School is one of just nine institutions in the country and 163 globally to be accredited by EQUIS. There are a total pool of 16,585 business schools worldwide, AACSB, July 2016.

Snapshot

Snapshot

Ranked in the top one per cent worldwide1, we are one of the largest leading providers of accounting and finance education in Australia and Asia.

You’ll develop strong business knowledge, and skills in financial and management accounting, taxation, company law, and auditing. You will also learn about the current economic, legal and political influences affecting global business as well as develop strong communication and teamwork skills.

We know that employers value graduates with industry experience so there are opportunities to embed an internship, mentoring or work-integrated learning into your degree. You could even work on a business project overseas.

1 UniSA Business School is one of just nine institutions in the country and 163 globally to be accredited by EQUIS. There are a total pool of 16,585 business schools worldwide, AACSB, July 2016.

Why Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)

Why this Degree

As a UniSA graduate, you can rest assured that this is a globally competitive degree respected internationally for its quality and relevance to industry.

Graduates are eligible for membership with CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, the global Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Association of International Accountants (AIA), and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

There are opportunities to participate in an investigative study tour learning about business practices and political and cultural influences in other regions. You will gain practical skills with computer simulation software and use state-of-the-art technologies like IRESS X-Plan financial planning software. 

Our summer and winter schools offer exciting study and learning opportunities such as intensives and internships. You can spread your study load across the year, increase your exchange opportunities and fast track your degree.

Real-world connections

Get on the road to global citizenship with a student exchange program. We have more than 60 partner universities worldwide, and study options that range from two weeks to one year. The Business Career Mentor Program helps you build your industry networks and your career. In 2016 we matched over 190 students with business mentors. The six-month program runs from March every year. You will also have the opportunity to participate in internships, practicums and industry projects. 

Our Centre for Sustainability Governance looks at the practicalities of sustainability from a business perspective, bringing together economists, accountants and finance specialists from a range of backgrounds. We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

UniSA's Advanced Business Study Grants

The UniSA Business School offers high-achieving year 12 students the opportunity to enter the Advanced Accounting, Economics or Finance Stream, which includes a $1,000 grant towards a professional industry development or global study experience to boost employability. Learn more.

Your career

Between now and 2020 the availability of accounting-related roles in Australia is expected to increase by:

  • 17.1 per cent (accountants, auditors and company secretaries)
  • 16.6 per cent (accountants)
  • 22.3 per cent (auditors, company secretaries and corporate treasurers)1

Careers to consider:

  • Practicing accountant: working for private sector, government or individuals; preparing tax returns; keeping accounting systems up-to-date; maintaining financial records; advising on business structures
  • Tax accountant and adviser: compiling company and other business tax returns, and individual tax returns; providing tax planning advice and strategies
  • Forensic accounting: working in a corporate or regulatory environment to investigate fraud and similar crimes; researching and preparing forensic reports for courts; providing expert evidence
  • Business adviser: working with new or established businesses; analysing business plans and financial statements; advising on investments, marketing, funding and financial trends; understanding consumer needs and how to improve profitability; problem solving with clients
  • Auditor/Risk consultant: ensuring financial and operational integrity and compliance; evaluating and reporting on financial, operational and managerial processes and systems; working on business process reviews and risk assessments
  • Insolvency and Reconstruction: working with and achieving the best possible results for stakeholders in cases of personal and business financial distress; administrations and liquidations; restructuring under performing businesses and turnarounds
  • Management accountant: assisting senior management make critical business decisions; preparing forecasts, budgets and risk analysis; advising managers about the financial implications of business decisions

1 Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

Professional accreditation

The program is accredited by CPA Australia and satisfies the educational requirements for entry into the CPA Program.

The program is accredited by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and satisfies the educational requirements for entry into the Chartered Accountants Program.

This program is recognised for maximum exemptions toward the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants' (ACCA) professional programs of study.

This program is recognised for maximum exemptions toward the Association of International Accountants' (AIA) professional examinations.

The program is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and recognised for maximum exemptions for an accelerated pathway into CIMA's professional qualification.

Industry facts

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Employment for auditors, company secretaries and corporate treasurers in Australia is projected to increase by 4,400 (or 22.3 per cent) by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015 

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Between now and 2020 employment for accountants, auditors and company secretaries in Australia is projected to increase by 17.1 per cent1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015 

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The accounting services industry in Australia has grown steadily to 2017 via steady economic growth and increasing demand for industry-specific advisory services1.

1IBISWorld’s Accounting Services in Australia 2017

What others are saying

The Commerce degree that I did, gave me a really broad business understanding, which is critical to my role today. I am involved in decisions across all aspects of the business, not just finance-related, so the broader skill set taught in the Commerce degree has held me in good stead.

Shane Smallacombe, Chief Financial Officer, Adelaide Football Club

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)

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Shane Smallacombe, Chief Financial Officer, Adelaide Football Club

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)

The UniSA Business School's accounting specialisation has a strong emphasis on the importance of communication and teamwork. You need to be able to communicate technical concepts in terms that your clients can understand and action. Beyond the theoretical knowledge, I have found these skills to be useful when interacting and corresponding with clients and colleagues.

Lilian Te

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), Bachelor of Business (Finance)
Employment: Corporate Tax Advisor, KPMG Australia

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Lilian Te

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), Bachelor of Business (Finance)
Employment: Corporate Tax Advisor, KPMG Australia

I was able to participate in the mentor program, Chartered Accountancy achiever program and networking events within the university and accounting organisations. It gave me an insight into the industry and the skills I need to have when I enter the workforce.

Damien Mcleod

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)

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Damien Mcleod

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)

What you'll learn

What you Learn

You will start with core courses in business. These will give you a solid grounding in important areas including accounting and quantitative methods for business; business law, finance, business intelligence and data management; and economics and marketing principles.

You’ll then branch out into your accounting specialisation, learning cutting edge knowledge and skills in:

  • financial and management accounting
  • taxation and company law
  • auditing
  • sustainability accounting
  • global and contemporary accounting issues
  • strategic financial analysis

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include: 

  • reports, project documentation, case studies and presentations 
  • assignments 
  • examinations 
  • industry-relevant, research-based projects 
  • practicals and team-based projects 
  • participation in the workplace and in class

Global opportunities

International exchanges and intensive study-tours open doors to new possibilities and experiences, and our Business School has strong connections with prestigious universities in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Travelling and studying with leading academic staff and your peers is a wonderful opportunity to develop first-hand knowledge of the international business environment. You’ll find the experience invaluable for your personal and professional development, giving you a global perspective.

UniSA has links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests. Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Once you are a current student, you will be able to explore various study tours and exchanges and take advantage of Student Mobility Grants to make going on an overseas exchange or study tour achievable.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Quantitative Methods for Business MATH 1053 4.5 Note(s): 1
Accounting for Business ACCT 1008 4.5 Note(s): 1,3
Business Law LAWS 1018 4.5 Note(s): 1
Marketing Principles: Trading and Exchange MARK 1010 4.5 Note(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Financial Accounting 1 ACCT 1006 4.5 Note(s): 1
Business and Society BUSS 1057 4.5 Note(s): 1
Management and Organisation BUSS 2068 4.5 Note(s): 1
Principles of Economics ECON 1008 4.5 Note(s): 1
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Financial Accounting 2 ACCT 2005 4.5
Management Accounting ACCT 2006 4.5
Business Finance BANK 2007 4.5 Note(s): 1
Business Intelligence INFS 2036 4.5 Note(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Companies and Partnership Law COML 2005 4.5
Cost Management and Control Systems ACCT 2013 4.5 Note(s): 4
OR
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 4
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 4
Financial Accounting 3 ACCT 3007 4.5
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 4
Taxation Law 1 ACCT 3002 4.5
Sustainability Accounting and Reporting ACCT 3010 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 4
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Auditing Theory and Practice ACCT 3005 4.5
Contemporary Issues in Accounting ACCT 3003 4.5
Strategic Financial Analysis BUSS 3083 4.5 Note(s): 1
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 4
Schedule for students awarded 36 units of block credit Note(s): 2
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Accounting for Business ACCT 1008 4.5
Quantitative Methods for Business MATH 1053 4.5
Business Law LAWS 1018 4.5
Principles of Economics ECON 1008 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Financial Accounting 1 ACCT 1006 4.5
Companies and Partnership Law COML 2005 4.5
Business Intelligence INFS 2036 4.5
Business Finance BANK 2007 4.5
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Financial Accounting 2 ACCT 2005 4.5
Management Accounting ACCT 2006 4.5
Taxation Law 1 ACCT 3002 4.5
Sustainability Accounting and Reporting ACCT 3010 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Financial Accounting 3 ACCT 3007 4.5
Auditing Theory and Practice ACCT 3005 4.5
Contemporary Issues in Accounting ACCT 3003 4.5
Strategic Financial Analysis BUSS 3083 4.5

I worked as a practising accountant and now bring this experience to our programs working alongside an outstanding team of academics, educators, professional staff, alumni and the accounting industry. Our programs develop students with the skills and knowledge to become the next generation of accountants and business leaders.

Dr Gerard Stone

Program Director

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Program Director

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Adelaide - City West campus

City West is in Adelaide’s most lively precinct, close to art galleries, music venues, cafés and restaurants. It has brand new learning spaces; modern lecture theatres; architecture workshops, contemporary art and design studios; and well-equipped student lounges. Explore City West >

Your study experience

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

The Business School Hub is a convenient, central support service for Business School students, from first year through to graduation. The team provides expert advice on study options, elective choices and any academic difficulties. It also helps with referrals to support services across the University. The Business School Hub is there to facilitate your life at university, so you get the most out of your UniSA experience. 

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:  

  • careers advice 
  • help with student visas and health cover 
  • personal counselling 
  • academic counselling 
  • fees and finance help 
  • common rooms 
  • prayer rooms 
  • security officers 
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. 

When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have. 

24/7 digital environment

This degree is offered online. With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. You can:

  • study online, including accessing videos and course resources
  • participate in virtual classrooms
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use forums and discussion boards for team work and communication

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Please note some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any requirements like this are detailed on individual course pages.

Student services

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

Alternative Pathways

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