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Bachelor of Accounting

  • Qualification

    Undergraduate

  • Duration

    3 years full time or equivalent part time

  • Units

    24

  • Start Date

    Mar, Jul, Nov

Overview of the course

Overview of the course

Be in demand. Study a Bachelor of Accounting to kick-start your career in finance

In this rewarding career, you’ll help people and organisations with their big picture goals, while never losing sight of the small details. Learn highly sought-after skills to help your clients make the most of their finances.

This course will equip you with the professional skills you’ll need to find your dream role in accounting. Not only will you get to use the latest financial management software, but you’ll learn foundational business practices to ensure you understand core business needs. You’ll also get to work on a specialist consulting project, meaning that you’ll be able to step into the workforce with confidence upon graduation.

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

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What you will learn

  • Financial accounting: Generate logical solutions to finance problems that are fit for purpose and be aware of the impact of financial decisions on businesses.
  • Management accounting: Learn technical and analytical skills required to analyse relevant information that supports managerial decisions in enhancing 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.
  • Forensic accounting: Examine concepts of forensic accounting and the process of fraud examination.

What are the entry criteria?

Non-Year 12 entry

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.

Year 12 entry

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

Credit arrangements

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.

Diploma entry pathways

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 and scholarships

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.

"I found the flexibility of studying while also working full time very useful, as it allowed me to access study around my busy lifestyle. My degree has provided me with skills that are a requirement in my current role. Without them, I may not have been as successful in obtaining this role."

Leah, Swinburne Online graduate

Course Units

A total of 24 units are taken to complete the Bachelor of Accounting, including six core units, two capstone units, eight accounting major units and eight electives.
In capstone units you 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.

Core units

Learning and Communicating for Innovative Business Practice (COM10011)
Financial Information for Decision Making (ACC10007)
Economic Principles (ECO10004)
Introduction to Business Information Systems (INF10003)
Introduction to Management (MGT10001)

Capstone units

Advanced Innovative Business Practice (BUS30024)
Industry Consulting Project (BUS30009)

Accounting major units

Financial Information Systems (ACC10008)
Management Accounting for Planning and Control (ACC20007)
Company Accounting (ACC20013)
Taxation (ACC30005)
Accounting Theory (ACC30008)
Auditing (ACC30010)
Financial Statistics (FIN10002)
Financial Management (FIN20014)

Recommended electives

Forensic Accounting (ACC30003)
Planning for Career Success (CAR10001)
Big Data Management (INF20016)
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Career opportunities

Career opportunities

  • Accountant

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

  • Financial Accountant

    Take the reigns 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.

  • Management Accountant

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

  • Financial Controller

    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.

  • Auditor

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

  • Tax Analyst

    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.

  • Bookkeeper

    If you've got an eye for detail, you'll love working as a Bookkeeper. Maintain accurate financial records and create statements. You'll be involved in processing payroll, sending invoices and maintaining employee records.

Industry connections

Industry connections

  • Projects

    Work on an industry consulting project, solidifying your knowledge and giving you highly employable skills.

  • Software

    You’ll get to use industry standard software, such as Python and Xero.

  • Teaching

    Your learning advisors work in the industry themselves, helping you to stay connected to your career goals.

  • Guest Speakers

    You’ll hear from a range of industry experts, giving you the opportunity to collaborate with professionals in your field.

Accreditations

Accreditations

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International

Swinburne 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.

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ)

The Bachelor of Accounting is professionally accredited by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ).

Certified Practising Accountants (CPA)

The Bachelor of Accounting is professionally accredited by Certified Public Accountants (CPA) Australia.

Financial Planning Education Council

The Bachelor of Accounting is accredited by the Financial Planning Education Council and graduates are eligible for entry into the Financial Planning Association of Australia’s Certified Financial Planner (CFP) certified program.

Career Insights

Career Insights

Whether you have ambitions to work at a multinational corporation, work for a not-for-profit, your local business, or your own company, a Bachelor of Accounting at Swinburne will give you the skills and knowledge to make it in any market.

On successful completion of this Course students will be able to:

  • Define and integrate theoretical principles applicable to accounting and apply those principles in a range of practices
  • Systematically review and critically evaluate research from a variety of sources in order to make informed judgements on options for innovatively solving a range of problems that arise in business contexts
  • Formulate creative solutions that are fit for purpose and demonstrate cognisance of the impact of business decisions on the environment, economy and society
  • Coherently articulate a line of reasoning demonstrating cultural sensitivity and apply a framework to analyse and offer solutions to ethical dilemmas
  • Communicate a range of business arguments by evaluating and implementing alternative communication strategies as appropriate to the audience
  • Build on and continuously develop the intellectual independence to be critical and reflective learners, cognisant of new technologies
  • Work collaboratively in groups

Course rules

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Accounting students must complete 300 credit points comprising of:

  • Eight [8]) core units of study (100 credit points) AND
  • Eight [8] units of study from the Accounting major (100 credit points) AND
  • Eight [8] units of Secondary studies (100 credit points) comprising of a second major, minor/s, or electives OR
  • Sixteen [16] units of study from the Accounting and Financial Planning major (200 credit points)

Students may not complete more than 125 credit points (normally 10 units) at Introductory Level.

A unit of study can only be counted once, where units are shared between majors and/or minors, students must choose an approved alternate.

Professional Placements

Professional Placements are subject to a competitive selection process. International students may be eligible for a Professional Placement where a relevant Professional degree exists. International students who successfully gain a placement through the selection process will be required to change courses to the relevant Professional degree, in order to complete a placement and should consider any visa and extended study duration implications prior to applying.

Students who undertake a 12 month professional placement are subject to the following course rules and must complete 375 or 400 credit points comprising:

  • Eight [8] Core Units of Study (100 credit points); AND EITHER
  • Six [6] units of study comprising a minor and/or elective units (75 credit points) AND
  • Eight [8] units of study from the Accounting major (100 credit points); OR
  • Sixteen [16] units of study from the Accounting and Financial Planning major (200 credit points) AND
  • Four [4] units of study from the Professional Placement Co-Major (100 credit points)

Students who elect to undertake a 6 month professional placement are subject to the following course rules and must complete 337.5 or 350 credit points comprising:

  • Eight [8] Core Units of Study (100 credit points); AND EITHER
  • Eight [8] units of study from the Accounting major (100 credit points); AND
  • Seven [7] units of study comprising a minor and/or electives (87.5 credit points) OR
  • Sixteen [16] units of study from the Accounting and Financial Planning major (200 credit points) AND
  • Two [2] units of study from the Professional Placement Minor (50 credit points);

Volume of Learning
The Bachelor of Accounting consists of 300 credit points. Units normally carry 12.5 credit points. A standard annual full-time load comprises 100 credit points and a part-time load comprises 50 credit points. The volume of learning of the Bachelor of Accounting is typically 3 years. For students who complete a Professional Placement the Bachelor of Accounting consists of 325-375 credit points. Units normally carry 12.5 credit points. A standard annual full-time student load comprises 100 credit points, and a standard part-time load comprises 50 credit points. The volume of learning of the Bachelor of Accounting with a 6 month placement is typically 3.5 years. The volume of learning of the Bachelor of Accounting with a 12 month placement is typically 4 years.

Maximum Academic Credit
The maximum level of credit that can be granted for the Bachelor of Accounting is 150 credit points (normally 12 units)

The full Course Information Set and Whole of Institution Set are available for reference.

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Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

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  • Do I have to purchase learning materials?

    For students undertaking a degree, most of your learning materials are included with a free license provided to you by Swinburne Online. However, in some cases, you will be notified via your student email that you will need to buy specific software or eTexts. For TAFE Business students, all of your learning materials will be available online and are covered by your course fees. You won’t need to purchase any further materials.

  • Which units should I start with?

    When you enrol to study a degree with us, you will nominate how many units you would like to select per teaching period, based on a recommendation from one of our Course Consultants. From here, our enrolments team will allocate you automatically to the units they feel will be best suited to your needs, so you don’t need to worry about choosing units. If you want to choose something different than what you are allocated to, that is no problem, just get in touch with our Student Liaison Team and they will take care of it for you.

  • Do I need to be logged on to study at specific times?

    You won’t normally have to be online at a specific time. Your course material is available for you from the beginning of each teaching period and you can work through it in the hours that suit you.

    There are some live webinar sessions that run approximately once a month. These are a special opportunity for students to sign in at the same time as their tutors, normally before an assessment deadline. It gives you the chance to ask any questions relating to the assignment in real time and hear other student’s questions and thoughts. We understand that students won’t always be able to make these sessions, so they can be replayed the next day.

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