Bachelor of Accounting

Rank thresholdATAR: 60 SR: 60
Duration3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
Online and
Next start termTerm 1, 2024
Study modeOn Campus, Online
Course codeCQ01
Accounting Students in a study room working together


Kick-start your career in accounting and join an exciting new era as data and technology shape the profession of accounting. Future-proof your career with CQUniversity's Bachelor of Accounting and choose from majors in financial planning, management, entrepreneurship and accounting, and property, preparing you to work in traditional and emerging fields of accounting.

Benefit from industry-relevant content taught by real practitioners who bring real-world experience and learnings in all facets of accounting, and learn through simulations, real project work and enhanced work-integrated learning opportunities to graduate work-ready.

You will gain up-to-date knowledge that will prepare you for the digitally evolving nature of accounting and business with the option to tailor your studies further with a choice of complementary minors. 

During your studies, you will study core topics in accounting, finance, law, statistics and economics with the option to major in financial planning, property, management, entrepreneurship and accounting, and marketing. The course is designed to give you the flexibility to tailor your studies and extend your knowledge of complementary discipline areas with a variety of minors to choose from. This wider perspective will enhance your career opportunities by reflecting the skills, knowledge and experience needed for a career in accounting.

Enhance your employability upon graduation with a strong practical focus that encompasses simulations, real project work, and valuable work-integrated learning opportunities. You can further bolster your practical experience and establish valuable connections and networks by choosing to complete an internship, project, or tour. 

Your studies will cultivate robust problem-solving skills, preparing you to effectively communicate in the workforce—a highly sought-after trait by employers.

Study experience

  • Monique Geiszler looking away sitting down with a laptop
    The financial planning units have taught me a lot, in my personal life as well because they cover retirement superannuation, insurance, all of those sort of things I know now for myself as well as to help others in my career.

    Monique Geiszler

    Bachelor of Accounting

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Accounting, you may find employment opportunities in the local, national and global business, accounting or finance sectors in roles such as:

  • auditing and assurance
  • banking
  • business consultancy
  • financial planning
  • forensic accounting
  • professional accountancy
  • taxation.

Structure & Availability


Course structure

You are required to complete a total of 24 units, including 16 core units and an eight-unit major. You can choose a major in Financial Planning, Property, Management, Entrepreneurship and Accounting, or Marketing. You may choose to complete two four-unit minors in coding foundations, criminology fundamentals, introduction to cyber security, marketing, innovation, public practice or liberal studies rather than an eight-unit major.

Unit information

For information on the units you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.

Credit transfer information

If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.

On-Campus Availability

Term 1, 2024Melbourne, Rockhampton, Sydney
Term 2, 2024Melbourne, Sydney
Term 3, 2024Melbourne

Online Availability

Term 1, 2024Available Online
Term 2, 2024Available Online
Term 3, 2024Available Online

Financial Planning major
Approved under the Financial Adviser Standards, this is an ideal major for anyone wishing to practice as an accountant and financial advisor. You'll develop expertise across personal financial planning, business finance, investment portfolios, and retirement and superannuation. To round out your knowledge, you'll also examine the role of insurance and risk management in client-focused financial planning as well as estate planning.

Management, Entrepreneurship and Accounting major
This major will support your Bachelor's if you are interested in a management or entrepreneurial career. It provides a grounding in modern management skills and knowledge. Plus, advanced management accounting knowledge is added to this major to provide a compelling skill set for a diverse career in accounting and management.

Marketing major
Excel with a versatile skillset valued across all industries as you learn to successfully connect with customers and implement demand generation marketing activities. You'll explore consumer behaviour and the broader marketing mix plus, examine the importance of digital integration. To complement your skills in delivering creative strategies, you'll also perform market research, to understand insights and analytics to inform marketing decision-making.

Multi-disciplinary major
The Multi-Disciplinary major is available if you already hold an approved AQF Level 7 degree and wish to gain credit for that degree. Approval from the Head of Course is required to access this major.

Property major
Accredited by the Australian Property Institute (API), this major will certify you as a Property Practitioner. Combined with your professional accounting qualification, you will graduate with a competitive skill set that is highly valued, especially in regional Australia. This major is highly contextual and embeds industry knowledge of property law, contract law, business finance, property economics, property and asset management, construction and property investment, and finance.

Coding Foundations minor
The Coding Foundations minor is perfect if you want the ability to design and create software applications, or apps to attain a career in financial technology (FinTech).

Criminology Fundamentals minor
This minor builds your knowledge of criminology theory, and analytical skills and tools to examine data, social behaviour and legislation within the criminal justice system.
Innovation The Innovation minor provides arms you with the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills to digitally disrupt traditional business with new ideas and market space. 

Introduction to Cyber Security minor 
This minor introduces you to the skills needed to detect and prevent different types of cyber security attacks and the information, networks and systems at risk. 

Liberal Studies minor 
This minor has been designed to support credit, articulation agreements and transition arrangements. Please contact Course Advice for further information.

Marketing minor
Tailor your studies with this minor for insight into the value of marketing fundamentals. You'll explore consumer behaviour, product development and branding, marketing communication and digital marketing concepts.

Public Practice minor
The Public Practice minor is if you want to apply for Taxation Practitioners Board accreditation and develop a career in a public accounting practice. 

This course has no residential schools.

Professional Practice - Institute of Public Accountants (IPA)


The Bachelor of Accounting provides you with a degree that is accredited by CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and meets the associate membership requirements of the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA). If you choose LAWS19034 and PROP12002, you may also be eligible to apply for registration with the Tax Practitioners Board (after meeting the Board's requirements for practical experience). Graduates are also eligible to join the Association of Taxation and Management Accountants at the member level.

The Financial Planning major is an approved qualification to attain a professional designation in financial planning as per the Corporations (Relevant Providers Degrees, Qualifications and Courses Standard) Determination 2021.

As well as providing you with an accredited accounting degree, you also have the opportunity of completing a major (or one or two minors) from a number of other business and non-business disciplines.

Professional Practice and Experience - BUSN13004

Internship, study tour or supervised project.




Rank Threshold


A rank threshold is the minimum competitive rank that applications will be considered for entry to this course. The rank threshold for this course is: SR 60 | ATAR 60.0


Lowest Ranks


The lowest selection rank refers to the lowest rank to which an offer was made for an intake or term and includes adjustment factors applied to an applicant's ATAR such as the Regional Adjustment Scheme and Educational Access Scheme. An ATAR with adjustment factors applied is referred to as a selection rank.

The lowest selection ranks (includes adjustment factors) for Term 1, 2023 for the following locations are as follows:

Online: 63.05

Please note entry to courses is competitive and the lowest score (ATAR or selection rank) will vary from year to year and campus to campus and is provided as a historical guide of past performance.

Student profile

If you would like to know more about entry scores for applicants with recent education and the student profile for this course view our Course and Entry Score Profile for Term 1, 2023.



Institute profile

To find out about CQUniversity's Undergraduate Profile for Term 1, 2023 view our Institute Profile.


Recommended study

English, Maths


No pre-requisites required

English Language Proficiency Requirements

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University. Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:

  • A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
  • An Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) diploma level qualification, or
  • Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0

Completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above, you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall and minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based Test); or
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46; or
  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.

If you are an International student please visit International students English requirements for further information.

Each student will be assessed individually.
You will have to meet this course's inherent requirements by demonstrating essential skills and attributes.

Fees & Scholarships

2023 Indicative Fees

Fee TypeFees
Commonwealth Supported Place – Indicative First Year Fee$15,136

2024 Indicative Fees

Fee TypeFees
Commonwealth Supported Place – Indicative First Year Fee$16,320
Domestic Full Fee Paying – Indicative First Year Fee$17,556

Indicative first-year fee

The fees listed are indicative only and based on enrolling in a full-time study load for one academic year (generally, this is eight units over two terms). Your fees may vary depending on the units you select and the number you study per term. Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change. Understanding your fees.

Commonwealth support and government assistance loans

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are subsidised by the Australian Government, meaning you are only required to pay the student contribution rather than full tuition fees if you meet eligibility requirements. If offered a CSP, you may be eligible for a HECS-HELP government loan. HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme that assists you in paying your student contributions. Provided you meet the HECS-HELP eligibility criteria, you may use HECS-HELP to defer part or all of your student contribution fees. Learn more about paying for university.

Other study costs

Part of your course costs includes Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF). There may also be additional costs as part of your studies, such as textbooks, technology expenses, travel expenses, professional certifications, uniforms, or vaccinations. Explore other study costs.

At CQUniversity, we believe higher education should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time, and we are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and stipends.
Our scholarships could help you pay for things like relocation, living on campus, laptops and technology, childcare, study and living expenses, travel and more. 

How to apply

StateAdmission Code
TasmaniaOnline: 150021
QueenslandOnline: 850135
New South WalesOnline: 160021; Sydney: 160020
VictoriaOnline: 150021 ; Melbourne: 153007
Northern TerritoryOnline: 150021
Western AustraliaOnline: 150021
South AustraliaOnline: 150021

If you have decided what you would like to study and are ready to apply, we’re here to help you along the way.

Want to know more about application dates and other admission information?
View our important dates information and read about other admission considerations such as information for domestic students with overseas qualifications, indigenous support, and elite athlete, coach and performer support.

What’s the best way to apply?

  • Option 1: Ideal for most situations, whether you have completed high school recently or some time ago.
  • Option 2: Ideal if you are studying with one of our partner study hubs.
  • Option 3: Perfect if you are a returning CQU student.

Option 1: Ideal for most situations, apply via a tertiary admission centre.

View the table below for the best application option based on where you live.

If you live in Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC)*
Queensland Apply via QTAC
New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Apply via UAC
Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory, South Australia Apply via ApplyCQUNI

*Please note that you may be required to pay a fee when applying via a TAC.

Option 2: Want to study with one of our partner study hubs? Apply via ApplyCQUni.

Benefit from local support, space, technology and facilities offered by one of our delivery partners - Geraldton Universities Centre and Taree Universities Campus.


Option 3: If you have previously studied with CQU, apply direct.

As a past CQU student, you may be eligible to apply directly to CQU for this course. To apply direct, your prior study with CQU must be a completed or partially completed CQU course or unit, including:

  • CQU’s Skills for Tertiary Entrance Preparatory Studies (STEPS), Tertiary Entrance Program (TEP), or Start Uni Now (SUN) units.
  • A CQU certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree, bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, master or research higher degree, or a unit within these courses.