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Start Date
February
August

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus/Online

Program Code
DBCA

SATAC Code
424181 (Internal)
424931 (Internal)
424932 (Internal)
424933 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Entry Requirements
Selection Rank (Internal): 65.15 (for 2019)
Selection Rank (Guaranteed): 70.00 (for 2020)
TAFE/RTO (Guaranteed): DIP
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Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Degree overview

  • Study at the No.1 Business School in South Australia for graduate careers1.
  • Join a university ranked in the Top 150 institutions in the world for Accounting and Finance2.
  • Build a strong foundation of knowledge in accounting combined with business, taxation, auditing, finance and sustainability.
  • Develop strong problem solving, reporting, decision-making, communication and teamwork skills, and learn about the economic, legal and political influences that impact global business.
  • Prepare for a rewarding career in accounting and business advisory with an industry-accredited degree.
  • Participate in an overseas study tour learning about business practices and political and cultural influences in other regions.
  • Benefit from fully-flexible learning options including online study.
  • Fast-track your studies and complete an undergraduate degree and master's degree in just four years with our 3+1 Pathway to Masters package.
  • Explore combined degree options including the opportunity to pair your studies with a Diploma in Languages.
  • Receive a $1,000 study grant and a course substitution when you complete Stage 2 Accounting in Year 12.
  • The University of South Australia Business School is in the top one per cent worldwide3 and has been awarded an overall five stars for excellence in the QS Stars Ratings 2019.
  • Study a curriculum informed by world-class research in Accounting4.

1QILT: Graduate Outcomes Survey Course Experience Questionnaire 2016-18 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate and Postgraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.  22019 QS Subject Rankings.  3UniSA Business School is one of just ten institutions in Australia and 187 globally to be accredited by EQUIS (from over 16,500 worldwide). EFMD, October 2019.   42018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Snapshot

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

This industry-accredited degree will provide you with a strong foundation of knowledge in accounting combined with business, taxation, auditing, finance and sustainability. You will also learn about the current economic, legal and political influences affecting global business as well as develop critical problem solving, reporting, decision-making, 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.

Advanced Accounting Grant

Receive a $1,000 study grant towards a professional industry development or global study experience, plus a course substitution, when you complete Stage 2 Accounting in Year 12. Learn more.

1UniSA Business School is one of just ten institutions in Australia and 187 globally to be accredited by EQUIS (from over 16,500 worldwide). EFMD, October 2019.  

What you'll learn

Business_Hub_images-38 copy.jpgYou 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, data analysis, economics and management.

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

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

Degree 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
Accounting for Business ACCT 1008 4.5 Note(s): 2
Career Development for Professionals BUSS 1060 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
Business and Society BUSS 1057 4.5 Note(s): 1
OR
International Study Tour 4.5 Note(s): 4
OR
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 3
Principles of Economics ECON 1008 4.5
Business Law LAWS 1018 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
Business Finance BANK 2007 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Business Intelligence INFS 2036 4.5
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
OR
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,3 Rule(s): 4
Management and Organisation BUSS 2068 4.5 Note(s): 1
Financial Accounting 3 ACCT 3007 4.5
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,3 Rule(s): 1,2,4
Taxation Law 1 ACCT 3002 4.5
Sustainability Accounting and Reporting ACCT 3010 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,3 Rule(s): 1,2,4
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
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,3 Rule(s): 1,2,4

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

Business_Hub_images-35 copy.jpgYour 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

16_1.jpgInternational 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.

Why Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)

Why this Degree

This is a globally competitive degree respected for its quality and relevance to industry.

As a graduate, you will be eligible for membership with leading industry bodies such as CPA Australia, and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

As a student, you'll benefit from our strong links with the accounting profession and professional industry bodies, as well as gain practical skills with computer simulation software using state-of-the-art technologies. You'll also have the opportunity to participate in a study tour learning about business practices, as well as political and cultural influences in other regions.

3+1 Pathway to Masters

Want to gain a postgraduate degree with just one extra year of study? You can package the Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) with the Master of Finance, Master of Finance (Financial Planning) or Master of Management (various specialisations) and graduate with two qualifications in just four years with our 3+1 Pathway to Masters program. This unique offering allows you to fast-track your studies, develop greater expertise and broaden your career opportunities. You will study a three-year bachelor degree and a one year master’s degree (typically two years) in four years by using undergraduate electives or select courses. Learn more.

Combined degrees

We offer a wide range of combined degree combinations, including the option to pair accounting with a Diploma in Languages, so you can specialise in two fields and expand your career prospects. See how you can pair this degree with another degree in business, or from another discipline, and tailor your qualification to your interests. Learn more.

More ways to study

Our flexible delivery and extra-curricular opportunities are designed to suit your lifestyle, preferred way of learning and career interests. You can benefit from online and on-campus study, part-time or full-time learning, Summer and Winter School intensive courses, mentoring and networking opportunities with industry, and accelerated learning pathways. Plus, you can make the most of professional development courses endorsed by industry, build leadership skills employers value through UniSA+ and seek support at our on-campus Business Student Hub.

Real-world connections

In addition to learning from teachers with professional experience as part of your studies, we offer opportunities for you to connect with industry outside the classroom:

  • Complete an internship or industry project 
  • Become a global citizen with our overseas exchange program – we have more than 60 partner universities worldwide, and study options that range from two weeks to one year
  • Build your network and career by participating in our Business Career Mentor Program which pairs you with an experienced business professional

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

This could be you

Take a glimpse into Accounting and Finance at the UniSA Business School with graduate, Lilian.

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Career outcomes

Your career

As the No.1 Business School in South Australia for graduate careers1, our quality teaching and experiences beyond the classroom will ensure you graduate career-ready.

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)2

Careers to consider:

  • 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
  • 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
  • Forensic accountant: working in a corporate or regulatory environment to investigate fraud and similar crimes; researching and preparing forensic reports for courts; providing expert evidence
  • Insolvency and reconstruction adviser: 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
  • Practising 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/Corporate tax consultant: compiling company and other business tax returns, and individual tax returns; providing tax planning advice and strategies

1QILT: Graduate Outcomes Survey Course Experience Questionnaire 2016-18 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate and Postgraduate). Public SA-founded universities only. 2Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015.

Professional accreditation and recognition

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

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

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.

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.

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.

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

Alternative Pathways

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Deferment

This degree is available for deferment. This option is made available by responding to your offer during the application process via the SATAC website. Applicants who receive an offer into a midyear degree are eligible to defer for six months.

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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student sports and fitness facilities, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. 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 loads 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, an ideal 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 Student 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 Student Hub is there to facilitate your life at university, so you get the most out of your UniSA experience.

Our student support services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help, we're here to assist. We provide a full range of support services, including:  

  • academic counselling 
  • personal counselling 
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare 
  • common rooms 
  • prayer rooms 
  • security officers 
  • services offered through our student association, USASA

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

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.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

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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What others are saying

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)

My qualification in accounting, and applied knowledge, helped me to successfully elevate myself through the finance industry and enjoy a rewarding career in management; which in turn afforded me the chance to take my life into a very different direction during midlife. My master degree in art provided both direction and clarification to my emerging professional arts practice along with supportive networks and connections.

Janice Lane

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), Master of Visual Art and Creative Practice

Janice Lane

Janice Lane

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), Master of Visual Art and Creative Practice

UniSA opened up my opportunities; I was a mature-age student and a single mother. In offering flexibility in study, the University opened up the new beginnings for my future. After working for a mid-sized accounting firm I started my own accounting business, providing specialist tax and accounting services for rental property investors.

Margaret Duncan

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)
Employment: Owner and Director, Margaret Duncan Consulting Services

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Margaret Duncan

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)
<br />Employment: Owner and Director, Margaret Duncan Consulting Services