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CG69 - Bachelor of Financial Planning/Bachelor of Accounting

About Financial Planning/Accounting

Financial Planning and 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.

CQUniversity's Bachelor of Financial Planning/Bachelor of Accounting is an excellent preparation for your career. 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, management, taxation, commercial law, superannuation, investment management, risk management and estate planning so that you will have the skills you need to work in many different areas.

The final year of the program contains a set of integrating courses, designed to develop analytical and strategic skills.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Career Opportunities

Modern professional Accountants and Financial Planners 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 within the private or banking sector.

Given the need for financial accountability and cost effective decision making in just about every organisation throughout the world, qualified Accountants and Financial Planners are essential to international businesses, rock bands, government departments, sporting teams, small businesses, multinational corporations and dot-com start ups. With the growing complexity in financial markets, changes in the superannuation law and the growing needs of the individuals to maintain their chosen lifestyle, the need for expert knowledge in planning financial wealth has increased.

Course Overview At A Glance

Program at a glance
Duration 4 years full-time, 8 years part-time 
Availability/Campus Contact Domestic - External
International - External
Courses/Units of Credit 32 courses/192 units of credit
Faculty Arts, Business, Informatics & Education
How to Apply

Domestic - QTAC

QTAC Codes:  853175 Distance Education

International students direct to the University - ONLINE 

Entry Requirements Domestic students - Prerequisites: nil; Recommended study: English and Maths.
Professional Accreditation

Students completing the Bachelor of Financial Planning component of this program will meet the Australian Securities and Investment Commission's RG146 training standard. For more information or for enquiries concerning eligibility please refer to the ASIC website - www.asic.gove.au/asic/asic.nsf.

Students completing the Bachelor of Financial Planning component of this program will receive accreditation from the Financial Planning Association (FPA).  For more information or enquiries concerning eligibility, please refer to the FPA website - http://content.cqu.edu.au/HandbookAdmin/www.fpa.asn.au.

This program is accredited by the CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA) and meets the membership requirements of the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) - Restricted Member IPA status.  However, these organisations accredit each campus individually, so students must check the current status of accreditation for their desired study location.

For eligibility criteria for membership of the Professional Bodies refer to these websites:

http://www.cpaaustralia.com.au/  (CPA Australia)

http://www.charteredaccountants.com.au/ (ICAA)

http://www.publicaccountants.org.au/ (IPA/NIA)

Graduates of the Accounting component of the program may also be eligible to join the Association of Taxation and Management Accountants (ATMA) at the member level and may be eligible to apply for registration with the Tax Agents Board provided they meet the Board's study and work experience requirements.

Residential School not applicable
Practicum/Work placement not applicable
Exit Awards not applicable
Interim Awards not applicable
Post Nominal BFP/BAcct 
Be What You Want To Be Phone: 13CQUni (132786); Enquire: Admissions
CRICOS Codes not-applicable

Program Aims

On successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Understand the roles and work of  financial planners.

    Program Structure

    Students must complete 32 courses/192 units of credit:

    • 27 core courses; and
    • 5 elective courses chosen from the Faculty of Arts, Business, Informatics and Education Undergraduate Electives page, provided prerequisites have been met. 

    Courses Offered

    Year 1
    Course Code Course Name
    Term 1
    ACCT11057 Principles of Accounting
    COIS11011 Foundations of Business Computing
    HRMT11010 Organisational Behaviour
    MRKT11029 Marketing
    Term 2
    ACCT11059 Using Accounting for Decision Making
    FINC11001 Fundamentals of Personal Financial Planning
    LAWS11030 Introductory and Contract Law
    STAT11048 Essential Statistics
    Year 2
    Course Code Course Name
    Term 1
    ECON11026 Principles of Economics
    FINC19011 Business Finance
    FINC19016 Retirement and Superannuation
    LAWS19033 Taxation Law and Practice A
    Term 2
    ACCT19084 Financial Accounting
    FINC19012 Investment Analysis and Risk Management
    FINC19019 Insurance Planning
    Year 3
    Course Code Course Name
    Term 1
    ECON19033 Macroeconomics
    LAWS19032 Company & Association Law
    MGMT19114 Strategic Management
    Term 2
    ACCT19061 Corporate Accounting
    ACCT19062 Issues in Financial Reporting
    FINC19018 Estate and Succession Planning
    Year 4
    Course Code Course Name
    Term 1
    ACCT19060 Management Accounting
    ACCT19064 Auditing & Professional Practice
    ACCT19082 Financial Accounting Theory
    Term 2
    ACCT19066 Accounting Systems and Assurance
    ACCT19083 Corporate Governance & Ethics
    FINC19020 Financial Plan Construction
    Elective courses must be chosen from the Faculty of Arts, Business, Informatics and Education Undergraduate Electives page, provided prerequisites have been met. 

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