Bachelor of Accounting

Why study the Bachelor of Accounting at UNE?

Accounting is at the centre of business and finance - from tracking the flow of money to analysing financial activities. The skills you develop through the Bachelor of Accounting are fundamental to making strategic business decisions and helping people stay in control of their money.

Our Bachelor of Accounting is a premier undergraduate degree accredited with CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ). Upon completion of the core units you will meet the entry requirements for these professional accounting bodies and the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA).

You will develop specialised knowledge of the accounting discipline, including technical skills and critical thinking, as well as the skills to collect, measure, and communicate financial information in a range of situations.

This degree comprises a set of core units in accounting, auditing, information systems, economics, finance, business, statistics, and law. In addition to the core, there are optional majors in Advanced Accounting, Agribusiness, Finance, Business Analysis and Transformation.

As an alternative to these majors, the Bachelor of Accounting allows you to choose elective units from other disciplines across the University. You might choose a set of units that will equip you for a career in a particular industry. If your aim is to become an accountant:

in the film industry, choose screen or media studies units;

in forensic accounting, accounting systems design, or auditing IT systems, choose from the computer science suite of units;

with broader business skills, you can undertake management, marketing, human resource management or other units of your choice.

The Bachelor of Accounting gives you the flexibility to take your accounting qualification in the specific direction you choose.

Trimester 3 provides the opportunity to 'fast track' your degree and complete the Bachelor of Accounting in two years full time or four years part time if you choose elective units (rather than an additional major). Choose this path if you want to complete your degree as soon as possible.

If opportunities to work overseas arise while you are studying, UNE provides the flexibility you need to continue your studies. With extensive experience offering accounting to students online, you can be confident of the quality of teaching and support wherever you are located.

You can also study accounting in the Bachelor of Business.

Career Opportunities

UNE's Bachelor of Accounting will give you the technical and theoretical accounting knowledge as well as the analytical, communication and financial skills to succeed in a wide range of careers across all sectors. An accountant doesn't necessarily work in an accounting firm - retailers, charities and record labels all need accountants, just to name a few.

Career opportunities include:



Tax Consultant/Certified Tax Agent

Agribusiness Consultant

Forensic/Investigative Accountant

Corporate Finance

Financial Officer/Administrator in Corporate and Public sectors

Budget Analyst

Financial Advisor


Financial Institution Manager

Small and medium enterprise and/or Agribusiness Manager

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Degree Snapshot


3 Years Full-time
Up to 10 years Part-time



Guaranteed ATAR Selection Rank



Trimester 1, Online
Trimester 1, On Campus
Trimester 2, Online
Trimester 2, On Campus
Trimester 3, Online

Official Abbreviation BAcc
Course Type Undergraduate
CRICOS Code 061316G
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 Online
Course Duration
  • 3 Years Full-time
  • Up to 10 years Part-time
Guaranteed ATAR Selection Rank 72.55
Fees CSP / International
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Total Credit Points 144
How to Apply

All domestic students apply through the link below

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International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International

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Intensive Schools

Mandatory intensive schools may be a requirement of some of the units in this course. See Unit Catalogue for specific requirements.

Entry Requirements

A candidate shall:

(a) be qualified for admission (see Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Rule and Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Procedures); or

(b) hold an approved overseas qualification under the Articulations Programs; or

(c) hold an approved qualification from an Australian TAFE under the Articulation Programs.

Assumed knowledge is any two units of English.

Recommended studies are any two units of Mathematics. For some units in the economics, finance and quantitative statistics areas it is recommended that students have previously studied mathematics. Also Accounting, Economics and Business.

Practical, Clinical or Work Experience

Students may undertake the Work Ready unit as an elective unit.

Advanced Standing

Candidates admitted under Rule (a) are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Candidates may be granted advanced standing for completed qualifications in a relevant discipline, such as accounting and/or finance, that did not form the basis of admission (subject to course coordinator approval). Candidates may be granted 6 credit points of specified or unspecified advanced standing for experiential learning, such as relevant work experience of one year in an accounting or finance role (subject to course coordinator approval).

Candidates admitted under Rule (b) or (c) shall be granted Block or Specified Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature, according to the relevant program of study under the Articulation Programs.

Academic Colours

Spectrum Orange (BCC 57)

Further Information

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Course rules and plans for the Bachelor of Accounting, 2019, will be available between November and January. Course information relating to other years is available by selecting the year required from the list at the top right hand side of the page.
Course Aims

The Bachelor of Accounting offers a thorough and deep understanding of accounting concepts, methods and techniques for professional practice in the business world. It provides graduates an excellent opportunity to acquire both theoretical and technical knowledge plus practical skills in diverse contexts, as well as developing a vivid career in accounting within local and global settings. This course also builds a cemented foundation for further professional development to highly motivated graduates.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate broad knowledge of the accounting discipline, including technical knowledge, to facilitate a career in accounting and further professional development and professional practice;
  2. exercise judgement under supervision to solve routine accounting problems in straightforward contexts using social, ethical, economic, regulatory and global perspectives;
  3. apply integrated theoretical and technical accounting knowledge which includes a selection of auditing and assurance, finance, economics, quantitative methods, information systems, commercial law, corporation law and taxation law;
  4. critically apply theoretical and technical accounting knowledge and skills to execute routine accounting tasks;
  5. justify and communicate accounting advice and ideas in straightforward collaborative contexts involving both accountants and non-accountants; and
  6. reflect on performance feedback to identify and action learning opportunities and self-improvements.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Consolidate effective command in specialised knowledge of the accounting discipline, including technical skills and critical thinking, to facilitate a career in accounting and entry into further professional development and professional practice. Graduates will have an awareness of the global contexts and international developments within the accounting discipline and the implications of these for businesses and the profession. Graduates' discipline knowledge will cover the core curriculum areas in a global context.

Communication Skills

Communicate extensively to a range of stakeholders using appropriate and diverse written, verbal, numerical, statistical, graphical and visual methods. Develop interpersonal skills to articulate a lucid and independent exposure of technical knowledge and information as well as building rapport with clients, colleagues and others, whilst recognising the accountability and transparency of financial reporting and disclosure of adequate information in the accounting profession. Graduates will be able to demonstrate expertise of the generic skills as required by the CA ANZ, CPA Australia and IPA.

Problem Solving

Ability to explain and apply accounting standards, using advanced methods and sophisticated techniques in a variety of contexts, to identify problems and issues and formulate solutions within the professional area of accounting, both independently and as a member of a group. Exercise critical thinking and judgement for decision-making and solving emerging issues in accounting with intellectual independence and rigor.

Information Literacy

Competence in identifying accounting issues and problems. Capacity to collect, organise, analyse, present and critically evaluate relevant information using appropriate formats, methods and techniques for the accounting discipline, both in domestic and international contexts. Graduates will be able to demonstrate proficiency in critical thinking when analysing the information they collect.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

Demonstrate an understanding of the nature and importance of professional ethics and integrity required in the accounting discipline, including an awareness of relevant professional codes of conduct, strategies to identify and deal with unethical behaviour and of their professional responsibility towards clients, colleagues and the community as a whole. Graduates will be able to demonstrate professional integrity and ethical behaviour as required by the CA ANZ, CPA Australia and IPA. Graduates also become aware of the importance of current and emerging social and environmental issues as these apply to their accounting careers.

Lifelong Learning

Acquire skills to facilitate engagement in self-directed learning in the workforce or further study with personal strategies for lifelong professional development and practice, and own learning to acquire knowledge for multi-dimensional strategic and critical thinking. With own responsibility and accountability graduates will pursue learning both independently and cooperatively, and this continual development will enable them to respond appropriately to complex, unfamiliar and unexpected challenges in the dynamic business environment. Graduates will develop the capacity to incorporate feedback from external source and self-review to improve decision-making skills throughout their careers. They will also become familiar with the value systems and cultural perspectives of fellow students and the accounting profession.

Independence and Collaboration

Acquire the capacity to work independently and use feedback on past performance to improve future performance. Collaborate effectively in a team or group to achieve common goals and solve problems, take responsibility and use initiative to contribute to the group outcome. Graduates also become aware of the multicultural environment, acting with dignity and showing respect to other members of the group.

How to Apply

Domestic Students

All domestic students apply through the link below

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International Students

International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International

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