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CQ01 - Bachelor of Accounting


At a glance

Kick-start your accounting career with the Bachelor of Accounting. As well as providing you with an accredited accounting degree, you also have the opportunity to pursue a career in financial planning.

The financial planning major is industry accredited by the Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA) allowing you to forge your career in the industry. Alternatively, you may opt to tailor your studies by completing a major or minors from a number of other business and non-business disciplines.

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Study modes On-Campus, Online
Rank OP: 17 SR: 62 ATAR: 53.35
Units/credits 24/144

Digital Media, Financial Planning, Geography and Environmental Studies, History, Human Resources Management, Journalism, Management, Marketing, Property, Public Relations, Psychology


Digital Media, Financial Planning,Geography and Environmental Studies, History, Human Resources Management, Journalism, Management, Marketing, Property, Public Relations, Psychology

Availability Brisbane; Bundaberg; Cairns; Gladstone Marina; Mackay Ooralea; Melbourne; Rockhampton North; Sydney; Townsville; Online Study
Duration 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
Recommended study English, Maths
QTAC Code BDG: 810131; BNE: 880131; CNS: 820139; GLT: 830131; MKY: 840131; ROK: 850131; TSV: 800139; Online: 850135
VTAC Code MEL: 1700217051 Online: 1700117051
UAC Code SYD: 160020 Online: 160021
CRICOS 003386G

* OP/SR/ATAR details provided on this page are from main round offers for Term 1 2018. They represent the minimum competitive rank that applications were considered for entry to a course. Entry to a course is competitive and a cut off score lower than the minimum competitive rank may have been needed to gain entry to a particular course. Entry ranks vary from year to year so are provided as a historical guide of past performance.


Only the first year of the course is available internally at Bundaberg and Mackay campuses.  Second and third year units may be required to be undertaken via a combination of workshops, internal classes and online study.  Course only available for Term 3 entry at Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and by online study.

Courses at Cairns and Townsville may be delivered by a combination of on-campus study, workshops, residential schools and online study.

Career opportunities

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Accounting you can pursue roles in:

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

You may find employment opportunities in industries such as:

  • business
  • accounting
  • finance.

The Bachelor of Accounting at CQUniversity is highly respected among local and national accounting firms and businesses and our graduates have a high employment rate. In addition CQUniversity graduates are readily employed in Asia, the United Kingdom and Europe.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Accounting (Financial Planning) is accredited by the Financial Planning Education Council (FPEC) and is an approved degree with the Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA). Students who graduate with the Financial Planning major will be eligible to apply for FPA membership.

Depending on the units studied you may be eligible for membership of Certified Practising Accountant Australia, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and the Institute of Public Accountants-Restricted Member IPA status. These organisations accredit each campus individually so you should check the current status of accreditation for your desired location.

For eligibility criteria for membership of the professional bodies visit:

As a graduate of this course you may also be eligible to join the Association of Taxation and Management Accountants at the Member Level and may be eligible to apply for registration with the Tax Agents Board provided you meet the board's requirements.



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 including pursuing a career as a financial planner.

A key feature of this course is the financial planning major which is accredited by the Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA), meeting incoming regulatory requirements to practice as a financial planner.

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.

If you are a domestic student you will also have the option to complete two work integrated learning units as electives, 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.

Why Study at CQUniversity

If you like to analyse, audit, organise and provide solutions for clients, a career in accounting may be for you. Our dedicated suite of accounting and financial management courses enable you to develop in-depth, up-to-date knowledge and skills so you can take a leading role in this growth industry.

A course for you
Whether you are looking to start your career, or widen and improve your employment prospects, CQUniversity can help you to achieve your goals. Choose from education and training options ranging from certificates to diplomas and degree-level study.

Industry relevant
Our courses and units have been developed in partnership with leading industry authorities, ensuring they are current and relevant. Our staff are respected leaders in their fields, often still contributing to research and working within the profession. Above all, every member of our staff is committed to guiding and supporting you throughout your learning journey.

Benefit from the flexibility to study full-time or part-time and either on-campus or by online study. Choose from a variety of study options to individually tailor your learning to suit your personal and professional needs.

Postgraduate and research
CQUniversity offers a range of postgraduate and research courses.

Structure and assessment

Program Structure

You are required to complete a total of 24 units including;

16 compulsory core units and either

  • one (1) eight (8) unit major from the below list or 
  • two (2) four-unit minors from the below list

Majors and minors:

  • digital media
  • financial planning
  • geography and environmental studies
  • history
  • human resources management
  • journalism
  • management
  • marketing
  • property
  • public relations
  • psychology

Students choosing not to undertake a major or minors listed above may select eight (8) elective units, which can be chosen from any undergraduate course at CQUniversity, provided pre-requisite and co-requisite requirements are met.

Course information

For example units you could study as part of the Bachelor of Accounting course please click here.

As CQUniversity is committed to providing quality, up-to-date and relevant education, please note units are refreshed regularly and may not be an exact indication of unit availability for your study. Please call 13 27 86 if you have specific questions regarding unit information regarding your specific application.

Work integrated Learning

Domestic students have the opportunity to undertake work integrated learning, enabling you to gain practical experience through professional work placement to further enhance your employability.

Credit transfer information

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

Entry requirements

OP: 17 , SR: 62 , ATAR: 53.35

OP = Overall Position (QLD school leavers), SR = Selection Rank (mature age students), ATAR = Australian Tertiary Admission Rank

Course Requirements

To successfully complete your studies, you may be required to demonstrate that you can meet course requirements associated with your course. For more information on these course requirements please view the ‘Course Requirements’ section found under the ‘What do I need to start?’ page under the ‘Getting Started’ tab of the Student Handbook . Additional information on student placements and work integrated learning can also be found in the Student Handbook, on the ‘Course Features’ page under ‘Getting Started’.

Student Profile

Information on the Student Profile for this course by campus as well as the OP/ATAR profile for recent school leavers is available at our future students page.

English Requirements

International Students

If you have English as your second language (international or domestic students born outside of Australia, Canada, NZ, UK, Ireland, South Africa or USA), you need to meet different English language proficiency requirements depending on the level of study and/or program you wish to undertake. Visit our English Requirements page for more details.

Domestic Students

If you are not born in Australia,Canada,New Zealand,United Kingdom,Ireland, or United States of America you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University. Information on English Language Proficiency requirements is available here.

Fees and scholarships


Degree-level students should check their Offer Letter to confirm the type of place they have been offered as this determines which fees apply to their enrolment. Students offered

  • Commonwealth supported places are liable to pay Student Contributions;
  • domestic full-fee places are liable to pay Tuition Fees;
  • international full-fee places are liable to pay International Tuition Fees.

In addition to these fees, degree-level students pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee. NOTE: Some students who are exempt from paying Student Contributions and Tuition Fees, e.g. Research Higher Degree candidates, will be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee.

Fees are calculated upon enrolment, and recalculated after any enrolment change made prior to census date. Fees are also recalculated after administrative changes or updates are made to a student record, e.g. changes to citizenship status or Fee Liability Category.

Once calculated, fees can be viewed by logging into MyCentre, which also allows students to view and print Fee Notices on demand. The due date for payment is detailed on the Fee Notice.

PLEASE NOTE that paper Fee Notices are not issued by CQUniversity – students must access their Fee Notices in MyCentre.

For current degree-level fee schedules and information about HELP schemes, please select from the following:


Please see our Scholarships site for scholarships that you may be interested in.

How to Apply


You've made an excellent choice. Now that you've decided to train or study at CQUniversity, the next step is to apply, and we're here to assist you every step of the way.

You can lodge your application to study at CQUniversity via one of the following Tertiary Admission Centres:

  • Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre (QTAC)
  • South Australia Tertiary Admission Centre (SATAC)
  • Universities Admission Centre (UAC)
  • Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC)
  • Western Australia (Apply WA).

Use the table below to find your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre depending on where you live, and where/how you wish to study:

Should you require assistance please contact our Student Advice team.

Undergraduate Apply through QTAC Apply through UAC Apply through SATAC Apply through VTAC Apply through Apply WA Apply through your state tertiary admissions centre, if the program is not listed, apply through QTAC

For more information on applying for Bachelor of Accounting, please click here.

For further information

If you have any questions about the course, please call us on 13 27 86.

You can also register your interest to stay up-to-date with course developments, application timelines and events happening in your area.

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