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CQ01 - Bachelor of Accounting

About Accounting

Accounting is the kind of career that can take you anywhere. From computer auditing to taxation planning to treasury, an accounting degree gives you endless career possibilities. 

CQU's Bachelor of Accounting is an excellent preparation for your career in accounting. As well as helping you to develop excellent technical skills, our degree will hone your analytic and problem-solving abilities, and help you become an effective communicator across a range of media. Your studies will have a wide base, including such areas as computing, economics and marketing, so that you will have the skills you need to work in many different areas of accounting.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Career Opportunities

Modern professional accountants are multi-skilled and dynamic.  They enjoy a wide range of career opportunities in areas such as Assurance Services, Consulting Services, Information Technology (IT) Services, Forensic Accounting, International Accounting, Strategic Management, Taxation and Financial Planning.

Given the need for financial accountability and cost effective decision making in just about every organisation throughout the world, qualified Accountants are essential to international businesses, rock bands, Government departments, sporting teams, small businesses, multinational corporations and dot-com start ups.

Course Overview At A Glance

Program at a glance
Duration 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time 
Availability/Campus Contact Domestic - BDG; BNE; EMD(Year 1 only); GDC; GLD(Year 1 only); MEL; MKY; ROK; SYD; External
International - BDG; BNE; FIJI; GDC; MEL; MKY; ROK; SYD; External
Courses/Units of Credit 24 courses/144 units of credit
Faculty Business and Law
How to Apply QTAC
Entry Requirements
Professional Accreditation Graduates are eligible for membership of Certified Practising Accountants Australia (CPA Australia) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA). However, these organisations accredit each campus specifically, so students should check the current status of accreditation for newly established locations. Graduates of this program are also eligible to join the Association of Taxation and Management Accountants (ATMA) at the Member level and are eligible to apply for registration with the Tax Agents Board provided they meet the Board's requirements for practical experience.
Residential School not applicable
Practicum/Work placement not applicable
Exit Awards not applicable
Interim Awards not applicable
Post Nominal BAcct 
Be What You Want To Be Phone: 13CQUni (132786); Enquire: Admissions
CRICOS Codes 003386G - QLD / 034380B - VIC / 035333A - NSW

Program Aims

Traditional accounting has changed! Accountants develop a range of skills in analysis, presentation and communication of organisational information, and find professional positions across areas such as computer auditing, taxation planning, management accounting, treasury, financial consulting and strategic management. The accounting degree prepares graduates for all of these fields and ensures that students graduate with good communication and technical skills. Graduates from this program are currently working in positions in banking, large international public accounting firms, smaller regional public accounting firms and as accountants and managers in industry. They are readily employed in Asia, the United Kingdom and Europe. In particular Australian employers value the international and electronic communication skills of graduates.The program satisfies the education requirements of CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, and graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the Tax Agents Board provided they meet the Board's requirements of practical experience. Graduates are also eligible to join the Association of Taxation and Management Accountants at the Member level, without further study.

The Bachelor of Accounting program not only offers students the opportunity to study a degree that is recognised by professional accounting bodies throughout Australia, but also allows students the flexibility to design a program of study that will best meet their individual career aspirations and take advantage of the rapidly changing career opportunities that exist in the modern business environment.

Career options

Accountant.

Program Structure

Students must complete a program of 24 courses consisting of:
  • 8 compulsory courses
  • 10 accounting technical specialist courses
  • 6 elective courses

Courses Offered

Course Code Course Name
8 compulsory courses:
ACCT11059 Using Accounting for Decision Making
ACCT19083 Corporate Governance & Ethics
COIS11011 Foundations of Business Computing
ECON11026 Principles of Economics
HRMT11010 Organisational Behaviour
LAWS11030 Introductory and Contract Law
MATH11246 Quantitative Methods A
MGMT11164 Business Analysis & Communication
ACCT19060 Management Accounting
ACCT19061 Corporate Accounting
ACCT19064 Auditing & Professional Practice
ACCT19066 Accounting Systems and Assurance
ACCT19082 Financial Accounting Theory
FINC19011 Business Finance
LAWS19031 Commercial Law
LAWS19032 Company & Association Law
LAWS19033 Taxation Law and Practice A
10 accounting technical specialist courses:
ACCT11057 Principles of Accounting
  • Plus 6 elective courses, selected from any 6 units of credit undergraduate course offered by CQU, subject to approval by the Dean. A maximum of twelve Level 1 courses may be credited towards the Bachelor of Accounting. Note that 7 core courses, plus ACCT11057, MRKT11029 and STAT11048 are Level 1 courses.

    Students who are unsure of their electives should select courses from the list:
  • MRKT11029 Marketing
  • ACCT19062 Issues in Financial Reporting
  • FINC19012 Investment Analysis and Risk Management
  • BUSN19022 International and Electronic Business
  • LAWS19034 Taxation Law and Practice B
  • STAT11048 Essential Statistics

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