Bachelor of Accounting - CQ01

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. 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 minors in complementary discipline areas of innovation, public practice, coding, criminology and cyber security. 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.


Online, On Campus


SR:60 ATAR:60




3 years full-time, 6 years part-time


Melbourne, Rockhampton, Sydney, Online


No pre-requisites required


English, Maths



Studying the Bachelor of Accounting at CQUniversity gives you the opportunity to pursue an area of interest with your choice of specialisation and prepares you to work in traditional and emerging fields of accounting. 

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 options to choose minor studies in areas such as coding foundations, criminology, cyber security, innovation, and public practice. This wider perspective will enhance your career opportunities by reflecting the skills, knowledge and experience needed for a career in accounting.

You will benefit from a course with a strong practical focus, enhancing your employability when you graduate through a combination of simulations, real project work and enhanced work-integrated learning opportunities. You will also have the option to complete an internship, project or tour, enabling you to gain practical experience and build valuable connections and networks. Throughout your studies, you will develop strong problem-solving skills, enabling you to communicate effectively when you enter the workforce, a skill that is highly desired by employers.

The financial planning major is accredited by the Financial Planning Association (FPA), meeting recent regulatory requirements to practice as a financial planner, while the property major is accredited with the Australian Property Institute. The Bachelor of Accounting gives you the opportunity to study a degree that is recognised by professional accounting bodies throughout Australia and allows you to take advantage of the rapidly changing career opportunities that exist in the modern business environment.

Core Units 16 Major Units 8
Electives None Minor Units 4

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.

Career focussed

The Bachelor of Accounting is an accredited accounting degree leading to a wealth of career opportunities in the accounting and business sectors. The course is designed to give you the flexibility to tailor your studies and extend your knowledge of complementary discipline areas. This wider perspective will enhance your career opportunities by reflecting the skills, knowledge and experience needed for a career in accounting.

This course prepares you for the digitally evolving nature of accounting and business. The core units cover accounting, finance, law, statistics and economics. The major and minor options open areas of complementary disciplines that enhance your well-roundedness as a graduate for the future. You will graduate with the skills needed to help people, businesses and corporations make educated and informed decisions and effectively respond to different challenges and scenarios

Real-world opportunities

You will have the opportunity to complete an internship, study tour or innovation project within the Professional Business Practice and Experience unit. You will gain practical and relevant experience tailored to your career aspirations and be exposed to real-world scenarios and issues. Through this, you will have opportunities to apply your discipline knowledge, and build valuable connections and networks.

Industry connections

You will learn from real practitioners who bring real-world experience and learnings in all facets of accounting from taxation, auditing, superannuation, management accounting and more. Our teaching teams are active members in the accounting industry participating on local accounting committees and boards bringing you the latest and most relevant industry knowledge and forging industry connections that will benefit you throughout your studies and as you graduate.

On-Campus Availability

Term 1 - 2023Melbourne, Rockhampton, Sydney
Term 1 - 2024Melbourne, Sydney
Term 2 - 2023Melbourne, Sydney
Term 2 - 2024Melbourne, Sydney
Term 3 - 2023Melbourne
Term 3 - 2024Melbourne

Online Availability

Term 1 - 2023Available Online
Term 1 - 2024Available Online
Term 2 - 2023Available Online
Term 2 - 2024Available Online
Term 3 - 2023Available Online
Term 3 - 2024Available Online
Financial Planning8
Management, Entrepreneurship and Accounting8
Coding Foundations4The Coding Foundations minor is perfect for accounting students who want the ability to design and create software applications, or apps. Students will learn the steps needed to take an app idea through to a design, then building the app and releasing to customers. Students will gain foundational skills in writing software, as well as managing app data in a database. Students will learn to design user-friendly interfaces to both standalone apps and websites. Through hands-on activities, students will learn technologies such as Java, HTML, SQL and CSS.
Criminology Fundamentals4Students who enrol in this minor will develop a foundational understanding of criminology theory and practice.
Introduction to Cyber Security 4This minor will introduces students to the tools and techniques to secure computers and networks against hackers. Students will learn how computer networks, such as WiFi and the Internet, work, and how hackers attempt to compromise those networks. The minor also covers the mechanisms available to protect networks, such as encryption, firewalls, VPNs and passwords.
Liberal Studies4
Marketing4Students studying a marketing minor will be introduced to the foundations of marketing (the marketing mix). Students will also learn about consumer behaviour, effective advertising for products and services and branding. How to apply these theories and concepts to solve problems are other skills students will develop.
Public Practice4

More about our Majors

Financial Planning Major

Accredited with the Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA), this is an ideal major for anyone wishing to practice as an accountant and financial advisor. If you with to apply for registration with the Tax Practitioners Board (after meeting the Board's requirements for practical experience), you should select the option of LAWS19034 Taxation Law and Practice B and PROP12002 Property Rights and Law. In this major you will build knowledge across personal financial planning, business finance, investment portfolios, and retirement and superannuation. You will 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 Management, Entrepreneurship and Accounting major will suit you if you are interested in a management or entrepreneurial career. It provides a grounding in modern management skills and knowledge. Advanced management accounting knowledge is added to this major to provide a compelling skill set for students who want a career in accounting and management.

Marketing Major

Develop a versatile skillset valued across all industries and learn to successfully connect with customers and implement demand generation marketing activities. You will be introduced to consumer behaviour and the broader marketing mix, and examine the important role of digital marketing in any marketing strategy. You will build skills in performing marketing research, including how to use insights and analytics to inform marketing decision-making.

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 unique skill set that is highly valued, especially in regional Australia. You will develop highly contextual industry knowledge of property law, contract law, business finance, property economics, property and asset management, construction and property investment, and finance.

Unit NameCodeDescription
Professional Practice and ExperienceBUSN13004Internship, study tour or supervised project.
This course has no residential schools.

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

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, 2022.

Institute profile

To find out about CQUniversity's Undergraduate Profile for Term 1, 2022 view our Institute Profile.

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.

International Students should visit for further information.

Each student will be assessed individually.

Security Requirements

No information available at this time.

Health Requirements

No information available at this time.

Assumed Knowledge

English and mathematics

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.

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.

If you choose the Property major, you may be eligible for membership of the Australian Property Institute.
2023 Indicative Fees
Fee TypeFees
Commonwealth Supported Place – Indicative First Year Fee$15,136.00

Indicative first-year fee

The fees listed are indicative only and based on enrolling in a full-time study load for one academic year for a Commonwealth Supported Place. 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. 

QueenslandONL: 850135; ROK: 850138
VictoriaONL: 1700117051; MEL: 1700217051
New South WalesONL: 160021; SYD: 160020
Western AustraliaONL: 150021

If you apply via a Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC) listed under 'How to Apply', please use the relevant TAC code listed above to complete your application.

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 Apply via UAC
Victoria; Tasmania Apply via VTAC

Note: applications via VTAC are closed from Friday, 2 December 2022 and reopen Wednesday, 4 January 2023. While VTAC is closed, please submit your application via ApplyCQUni.

South Australia; Northern Territory; Western 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.

If you are studying with: Study Support
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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.
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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