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Bachelor of Accounting

Boost your business career with in-demand financial training. Study a Bachelor of Accounting and help your clients with the big financial picture, while never losing sight of the small details.

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3 years full-time

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Mar, Jul, Nov

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‘The online flexibility has been a game changer for me. I have no idea where I would be without the ability to study when and how I need to. I have taken my work interstate, overseas, anywhere you can think of.’

Corey, Swinburne Online graduate

9.2% ▴

As an Accountant, you’ll never go out of business. There’s an expected increase of 9.2% for accounting jobs over the next 5 years.


We’re in the QS ‘Top 50 Under 50’ rankings for 2021.

‘The online flexibility has been a game changer for me. I have no idea where I would be without the ability to study when and how I need to. I have taken my work interstate, overseas, anywhere you can think of.’

Corey, Swinburne Online graduate

9.2% ▴

As an Accountant, you’ll never go out of business. There’s an expected increase of 9.2% for accounting jobs over the next 5 years.

We’re in the QS ‘Top 50 Under 50’ rankings for 2021.


Kickstart your business career with an in-demand, financial skillset.

Help individuals and organisations reach their financial goals.

Swinburne Onine’s Bachelor of Accounting will equip you with the professional skills you’ll need to find your dream accounting role. Pairing software, like Tableau and Xero, with foundational business practices, you’ll enter the workplace with an in-depth understanding of core business needs. Utilise your acquired skill with an industry consulting project with real-life clients such as Acrodyne, Build Pass, Epilepsy Foundation, Inception Point, Inclusion Melbourne and Lend For Good.

Build your career readiness by hearing from passionate industry speakers, from places like NAB, Genesis Group, Bollard and Associates, and World Vision and gain professional networking skills.

The Bachelor of Accounting is professionally accredited by CAANZ (Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand) as well as CPA (Certified Practising Accountants) Australia.

What will you learn?

  • Financial Accounting: Generate logical solutions to finance problems that are fit for purpose. Gain awareness of the impact financial decisions have on businesses.
  • Management Accounting: Learn technical skills required to analyse information that support decisions which enhance both customer and shareholder values.
  • Company Accounting: Grasp technical methods to help with the preparation of accounting information and financial statements.
  • Taxation: Understand the Australian taxation system and the basic principles of Australian income tax, fringe benefit tax and goods and services taxation legislation.
  • Auditing: Understand the nature and purpose of auditing within the regulatory auditing environment.
  • Financial Statistics: Use data to analyse and interpret information to guide business decisions in a variety of contexts.

The Swinburne Online-SEEK connection

The suite of Swinburne Online Business degrees provides students with the opportunity to forge connections within the industry. Students hear from industry leaders and work with real-life clients with demonstrated experience within their respective fields, such as SEEK.

Learn more about our industry connections. Download a course guide.

Flexible study

What does flexible study mean for me?

Studying at Swinburne Online gives you the freedom to study when, where and how you want to. Keeping your lifestyle in mind, we tailor your study journey to your own needs. Get a world-class degree without giving up what’s important to you.

Flexible study at Swinburne Online

Set your own study pace! Swinburne Online offers part-time and full time study options to suit your busy lifestyle. Through our part-time studies, you can increase your unit load as you progress through your chosen course.

Interested in fast-tracking your studies? You also have the opportunity to complete up to 12 units per year.

You don’t have to put your life on hold to study. Prioritise what matters to you and fit study around family, work and personal commitments through a course that is flexibly designed for online learners.

Start your study journey when it suits you. Swinburne Online offers multiple intake dates and flexible unit availability. Choose when you begin your studies and when to take a break, if needed.

Flexible study requires flexible support. As a Swinburne Online student, you’ll have support for extended hours, 7 days a week, with Student Advisors available to help with anything from tech support to research advice and dedicated online tutors in each of your units.


Your course structure

Whether you’re looking to fast-track your studies or prefer a part-time study option, Swinburne Online degrees flexibly fit around your study needs.

Here is an example of the study load of a full-time student:

Undergraduate timeline

The Bachelor of Accounting consists of 24 units, including 6 core business units, 2 capstone units, 8 Accounting major units and 8 electives.

Capstone units combine the skills you’ll learn throughout your degree and apply them to practical scenarios to solidify your knowledge. You’ll collaborate with your peers and solve real business problems, giving you the confidence to step into the workforce with practical experience.

Why study a degree in Accounting with Swinburne Online?

Our courses are at the forefront of industry and provide you with the practical skills to succeed come graduation. Get a taste through the course highlight below, or view all units in this bachelor’s degree.

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How you'll learn

Online learning designed for you

Swinburne Online offers a unique, digital study environment that includes a dynamic virtual classroom environment and peer interaction on a custom-built social platform. You’ll also receive support at the times you need it from Online Learning Advisors (OLA) who understand the complexities of studying online.

Your online study journey

With the guidance of online tutors that have real world experience in your field of study, you’ll complete each of your units in Canvas–your online classroom.

Canvas is where you’ll access classes, assignments and discussion boards with your peers.

The Student Hub is your online campus, where you’ll access the support and resources to assist you throughout your study journey. From managing your course to technical support and library resources, you’ll find it all in one easy location.

Swinburne Online will be there for you each step of the way. From enrolment through to graduation, we offer extended, flexible support in each of your units. Our OLAs are waiting to assist with anything from technical support to referencing and assignment tips.

Entry requirements

Completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification (including diplomas, advanced diplomas, associate degrees and degrees). Additional performance criteria and prerequisite requirements may also apply.

Students admitted to the course with prior tertiary studies that satisfy part of the academic requirements of this course may be eligible for academic credit of up to 16 units.

Applicants without a formal qualification but with significant and relevant work experience and appropriate English language skills, or a suitable Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) result, will be considered if they can demonstrate that they can undertake the course with a reasonable prospect of success.

Read our Applying and Enrolling FAQs.

The University may determine selection criteria and restrictions in respect of courses to apply in addition to these entry requirements.

Successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, such as an interstate or international Year 12 qualification.

Credit transfer

Credit is granted in recognition of previous study and/or experience and allows students to gain advanced standing towards their course. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis. Speak to a Course Consultant about applying for credit.

Applicants who have completed a Diploma in a related discipline may be eligible for credit of up to 8 units; the equivalent of a third of the course. Students admitted to the course with prior tertiary studies that satisfy part of the academic requirements of this course may be eligible for academic credit of up to 16 units.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) allows students to gain credit (advanced standing) towards their course in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/or formal training. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis. Speak to a Course Consultant about applying for RPL.

Pathways allow students to progress from one qualification to another where the first course is recognised as an entry requirement and provides advanced standing to the second.

Credit available may vary depending on the major selected within any given degree but in most instances you may receive up to 8 unit credits.

Our Course Consultants will step you through the process of entry and credit using previous study.


The estimated annual fee for this course is $16,323*. This is based on completing eight 12.5 credit point units in one calendar year.

Commonwealth provided loans are available to assist eligible students to pay their course fees and there are a range of university, government and privately funded scholarships and prizes.

Discover more information about HELP loans.

Course fees will be affected by a student’s unit selection and any credit awarded in recognition of previous academic experience.

This course is offered to domestic and offshore international students. Depending on your citizenship, you may be eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place.

Domestic students also contribute to student services and amenities via an annual fee.

Scholarships are available for both commencing and current students. You may be eligible for Swinburne Scholarships.

Career Outcomes

Your pathway to industry

The Bachelor of Accounting prioritises your readiness to succeed come graduation through industry connections embedded in your degree:

  • Work on an industry consulting project: Solidifying your knowledge and giving you highly employable skills
  • Work on real-world case studies: Helping you to step into the workplace with confidence
  • Industry-working Online Learning Advisors: Helping you to stay connected to your career goals
  • Engaging with industry experts and guest speakers: Giving you the opportunity to collaborate with professionals in your field

Help clients manage their finances and give expert advice on financial reporting, forecasting and analysis.

Take the reins and run the accounting and financial activities of an organisation. Ensure reporting requirements are met and provide timely and accurate information to the management team.

Drive the future of your organisation – you’ll communicate your financial expertise to inform important decisions that will affect your company and its’ growth.

Oversee the day-to-day operations of your finance department. Through a strong analytical lens, you’ll lead the development and implementation of complex financial strategies.

Auditors are the detectives of the finance world. You’ll examine financial records and ensure things are running smoothly, efficiently and legally.

Help individuals and organisations prepare their tax returns, with tax planning and tax accounting. With your expert tax law knowledge, you’ll be essential during the end-of-financial-year.

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International

Swinburne Online business degrees are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, and are a part of the five per cent of business schools worldwide accredited by AACSB. The alumni of AACSB accredited business schools are among the world’s most influential leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs impacting business, government, and non-profit sectors.

Learn more about our professional accreditations. Download a Course Guide.


‘Before I studied, I didn’t know which direction my career would take me. I knew if I was to advance, I needed to study and develop my knowledge. From the moment I did this, my career absolutely took off. I was able to apply the knowledge and theory I was learning within my degree directly to my job and it solidified my learning. Take the plunge, you won’t regret it.’


Swinburne Online graduate

What are other students asking?
We offer either HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP to Australian citizens and permanent humanitarian visa-holders for all of our university courses. For undergraduate degrees, Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for all students who meet the entry criteria. HECS-HELP is available for Australian citizens and permanent humanitarian visa-holders as part of their CSP offer. New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents will need to pay their unit fees up front, but will be eligible for our domestic student fee. For postgraduate courses, Australian citizens and Permanent Humanitarian visa-holders that are eligible for courses, will be able to use FEE-HELP to pay their tuition fees. International students are not eligible for any Australian government fee assistance.
You can study at Swinburne Online from any state or territory in Australia, as long as you meet the entry requirements for your online course and have an Internet connection!
Yes, you are only required to attend exams at the end of each teaching period. There are no formal mid-semester exams.

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