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Bachelor of Accounting

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

Undergraduate

Qualification

3 years full-time

Duration

Mar, Jul, Nov

Start Date

24

Units

100% Online

Learning Mode

$43,500*

Fees

‘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

8.6% ▴

As an Accountant, you’ll never go out of business. There’s an expected increase of 8.6% 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

8.6% ▴

As an Accountant, you’ll never go out of business. There’s an expected increase of 8.6% for accounting jobs over the next 5 years.

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

Kick-start a rewarding career where you’ll help people and organisations reach their financial goals.

This course will equip you with the professional skills you’ll need to find your dream role in accounting. Pair knowledge of the latest financial management software, such as Tableau and Xero, with foundational business practices to ensure you enter the workplace with a thorough understanding of core business needs. An industry consulting project for a live client provides additional opportunities for Bachelor of Accounting students to build a professional portfolio of work.

Build your career readiness by hearing from passionate industry speakers and boost your professional networking skills, ensuring you graduate feeling job ready. Past students have connected with representatives from NAB, Genesis Group, Bollard and Associates, and World Vision.

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: Understand 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 with industry. Students hear from guest speakers and live clients with demonstrated experience within their respective fields, such as SEEK.

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Flexible study

What does flexible study mean for me?

Studying at Swinburne Online gives you the freedom to study how it suits you. Decide when and where it fits in with your life and tailor your study journey to your own needs. Get a world-class degree without giving up what’s important.

Flexible study at Swinburne Online

Set a study pace that work with what’s going on in your life. If you’re unsure about how much you can commit to, we can offer part-time options and the option of increasing your unit load as your progress. 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 when it suits. Swinburne Online offers multiple intake dates and flexible unit availability, so you can choose when you begin your studies or if you need to take a break.

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.

Structure

Your course structure

This is an example of a full-time study load. 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.

 

Undergraduate timeline

 

The Bachelor of Accounting consists of 24 units, including six core business units, two capstone units, eight Marketing major units and eight 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.

Course highlight

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 success 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

Learning designed for online

Your study journey with Swinburne Online is tailored to the digital space. You’ll study in a dynamic virtual classroom environment, interact with your peers in the custom-built social platform, and receive support at the times you need it from advisors who understand studying online.

Your online study journey

You’ll complete each of your units in Canvas, your online classroom, and guided through coursework by an online tutor with real-world experience in your field of study. 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 and advisors 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.

Fees

The estimated fee for this course is $43,500*.

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 may change without notice and 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
  • Your learning advisors work in the industry themselves, helping you to stay connected to your career goals
  • Hear from a range of 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.

Testimonial

‘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.’

Hannah

Swinburne Online graduate

FAQs
What are other students asking?
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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.
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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! Swinburne Online now accepts international students into our university degrees. You can find out more about our entry criteria for international students here.
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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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