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.


On Campus, Online


SR:60 ATAR:60




3 years full-time, 6 years part-time


Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Online


English and mathematics



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 many different areas of accounting.

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). Graduates are also eligible to join the Association of Taxation and Management Accountants at the member level.

The course has a strong focus on problem-solving, enabling you to communicate effectively when you enter the workforce, a skill that is highly desired by employers.

You will also have the option to complete an internship in your final term, enabling you to gain practical experience and further enhance your employability.

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

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 Management or Entrepreneurship and Accounting. You may choose to complete two four-unit minors in either innovation, public practice or liberal studies rather than an eight-unit major.

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

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

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

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.

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 - 2022Brisbane Melbourne Sydney
Term 2 - 2022Brisbane Melbourne Sydney
Term 3 - 2021Melbourne
Term 3 - 2022Melbourne

Online Availability

Term 1 - 2022Available Online
Term 2 - 2022Available Online
Term 3 - 2021Available Online
Term 3 - 2022Available 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
Unit NameCodeDescription
Professional Practice and ExperienceBUSN13004Internship, study tour or supervised project.
This course has no residential schools.
Entry scores are not applicable for this course.

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

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Assumed Knowledge

English and mathematics

Modern professional accountants are multi-skilled and dynamic. They enjoy a wide range of career opportunities in areas such as assurance services, consulting services, information technology (IT) services, forensic accounting, international accounting, strategic management, taxation and financial planning. The ability to give worthwhile business advice and guidance is increasingly becoming critical.

Given the need for financial accountability and cost effective decision making in most organisations throughout the world, qualified accountants are essential to a wide range of businesses, government departments and not-for-profit organisations.

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 accredited with the Financial Advisor Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA) and supplies the educational requirement for practice as a Financial Advisor.

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.

Please note the following important information:

»» Fees are in Australian dollars A$.

»» Fees are indicative only and do not cover additional costs such as textbooks, accommodation, visa applications, OSHC, general living etc.

»» Fees are based on a full-time study load and the final fee payable will be determined by your selection of units and if any credit was awarded for recognition of prior learning.

»» The University reserves the right to amend fees at any time during the course. Fees are reviewed yearly and may increase in the following year to enable CQUniversity to continue to provide quality services and facilities to students.

»» Courses are subject to change at the discretion of the University.

»» It is your responsibility to make yourself aware of the entry requirements and prerequisites of the courses you wish to undertake.

»» The typical annual fee shown provides an estimate of the tuition fees for the first year of the course in the same academic year. This estimate assumes a full-time study load of 4 units per term (based on two terms).

»» International students holding an Australian Student Visa can only undertake courses online from an overseas location.

»» Courses undertaken online may be studied on a full-time or part-time mode.

»» International students studying on-campus in Australia may take no more than 33 per cent of their entire course by online education, and this option cannot be taken in its entirety during a compulsory term (Term 1 and Term 2).For more information, please submit your enquiry at

Please refer to our international course fees page.

We offer a range of scholarships to support international students and encourage you to apply for one that's right for you.

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My internship was the first time where I enjoyed what I was doing in the workplace. At the completion, my supervisor offered me an employment opportunity. Now I am working at the accounting firm and gaining more skills and knowledge. My dream came true because of CQUni, who taught me everything I need to learn and to experience.

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Bachelor of Accounting

I've always wanted to be an accountant because I really enjoyed maths and was interested in economics. Applying to study at CQUniversity was quick and smooth, and I also received credits from my previous studies!

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Bachelor of Accounting