Highlights

  • Graduates who complete the accountancy major and the professional accountancy accreditation extension meet the academic entry requirements for membership of CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) and the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA), and enrolment in their respective professional programs.

  • Graduates are also eligible for exemptions in the qualifying program for membership of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

  • Students who complete specified units under the Regulation and Tax Extension will meet the academic entry requirements for registration as a Tax Agent with the Tax Practitioners Board.

  • Experience a work placement with selected industry employers (if space is available on your individual study plan).

  • Build experience and first-hand knowledge through your final-year Capstone Project.

  • You can also study this major as part of QUT's new Bachelor of Business - International degree, which includes one year of compulsory overseas studies.

 

Highlights

  • Graduates who complete the accountancy major and the professional accountancy accreditation extension meet the academic entry requirements for membership of CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) and the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA), and enrolment in their respective professional programs.

  • Graduates are also eligible for exemptions in the qualifying program for membership of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

  • Students who complete specified units under the Regulation and Tax Extension will meet the academic entry requirements for registration as a Tax Agent with the Tax Practitioners Board.

  • Experience a work placement with selected industry employers (if space is available on your individual study plan).

  • Build experience and first-hand knowledge through your final-year Capstone Project.

  • You can also study this major as part of QUT's new Bachelor of Business - International degree, which includes one year of compulsory overseas studies.

 

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Why choose this course?

If advising business in today's dynamic world sounds like an interesting challenge, then accountancy is the right career for you.
 
In fact, an accounting qualification is the ideal platform for success in any business career. The accountancy major together with the professional accountancy accreditation extension prepares students for a career in one of the most respected business professions.

In this course you will develop accounting discipline knowledge, critical and analytical thinking, and problem-solving and communication skills. Discipline units focus on financial and management accounting requirements, specialised applications in company accounting, audit and assurance, tax and company regulation. Key accounting concepts and knowledge are developed throughout the entire major as students learn about contemporary issues facing modern businesses.

To complement the accountancy major students can complete secondary study areas in regulation and tax, and forensics and data analytics.

Accounting is an interesting and in-demand profession. Accredited accountants are highly employable and enjoy the benefits of an interesting profession recognised throughout the world.

Real-world learning

We will provide you with opportunities to network with accounting professionals throughout your degree with a variety of industry engagement events such as the Boardroom Seminar Series, Big 4 Roadshow and Mid-Tier Mixer. These events are designed to make you job ready from day one.

You will integrate all of your knowledge in the final-year capstone project. In this simulation, you act as a professional consultant and solve unstructured problems similar to those you will encounter in your career, gaining hands-on experience working in teams to research issues and develop practical solutions.

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What to expect

There are so many options available to you when you study accountancy, with dynamic careers now available in consulting, forensic accounting and business analytics. Due to technological advances many basic accounting functions are becoming automated, allowing accountants more time to analyse and understand data and provide specialised advice to influence business decisions.

In this course you will work on real world examples, engage with industry professionals from day one and be academically eligible for professional recognition upon graduation.

Graduates who complete the accountancy major and the professional accounting accreditation extension will meet the academic entry requirements for membership of CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ), the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA), and enrolment in their respective professional programs.

Careers and outcomes

Careers and outcomes

Knowledge in professional accounting (the accountancy major plus the professional accountancy accreditation extension) will set you up for a career in any accounting firm, large or small. Accountants work in commerce and industry, public or chartered accounting firms, government organisations or as individual practitioners. Many chief executive officers and board directors have an accountancy degree. Explore accounting options in a range of industries, work for national or international organisations, or launch your career in the growth area of business analysis.

Professional accountants are in increasing demand nationally and internationally by organisations throughout commercial, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Professional recognition

Graduates who complete the accountancy major and the professional accountancy accreditation extension meet the academic component of requirements for membership of CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA), and enrolment in their respective professional programs. Graduates are also eligible for exemptions in the qualifying program for membership of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

Graduates who complete only the accountancy major will need to do additional units after graduation to meet these professional requirements.

Students who complete specified units under the Regulation and Tax Extension will meet the academic entry requirements for registration as a Tax Agent with the Tax Practitioners Board.

Research pathways

Bachelor of Business (Honours) option

High-achieving students who wish to take further studies may enrol in BS63 Bachelor of Business (Honours).

Possible careers

  • Business Analyst
  • Business Risk and Governance Consultant
  • Certified Practicing Accountant
  • Chartered Accountant
  • Chartered Tax Adviser
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Corporate Secretary
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Controller
  • Financial Project Manager
  • Forensic Accountant
  • Wealth Management Consultant

Details and units

Your degree at a glance

Year 1

Early in the course, you will be introduced to core business capabilities including critical thinking, professional communication, teamwork, and digital and technological fluency, and build a base of foundational business knowledge spanning the range of business disciplines including strategy, markets, financial issues and the future enterprise. You will commence focused study in the accountancy major in second semester, learning fundamental skills in financial and management accounting.

Year 2

You will learn how to interpret financial information and reports and gain skills in using this information for business decision making. Practical experience in using specialised accounting software will complement your theoretical knowledge in corporate reporting and product costing. You can start to build your professional networks and find out more about the corporate world that awaits you at boardroom seminars. You’ll also start to shape your career with the selection of a second study area.

Year 3

You will draw on the knowledge gained through your major to solve real-world accounting problems such as preparing a tax return or analysing the financial statements of a client business. You’ll also investigate how auditors report on the financial statements of companies, individuals and trusts. For the best chance of a top job to launch your career, attend graduate recruitment events on campus or undertake a work placement with one of our industry partners.

 

Accountancy major units

  • Financial Accounting
  • Accounting Systems and Analytics
  • Audit and Assurance
  • Company Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Financial Accounting Issues
  • Taxation Law
  • Accountancy Capstone

 

Recommended complementary study areas

In order for students to meet the academic entry requirements for membership of CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA), and enrol in their respective professional programs they need to complete the accountancy major and the professional accounting accreditation extension within their course.

Extension options

  • Professional Accounting Accreditation (required for CPA/CA)
  • Regulation and Tax

Accountancy minor options

  • Forensics and Data Analytics 

Additional minor options

  • Finance
  • Applied Economics
  • Quantitative Economics
  • Management

Your degree at a glance

Year 1

Early in the course, you will be introduced to core business capabilities including critical thinking, professional communication, teamwork, and digital and technological fluency, and build a base of foundational business knowledge spanning the range of business disciplines including strategy, markets, financial issues and the future enterprise. You will commence focused study in the accountancy major in second semester, learning fundamental skills in financial and management accounting.

Year 2

You will learn how to interpret financial information and reports and gain skills in using this information for business decision making. Practical experience in using specialised accounting software will complement your theoretical knowledge in corporate reporting and product costing. You can start to build your professional networks and find out more about the corporate world that awaits you at boardroom seminars. You’ll also start to shape your career with the selection of a second study area.

Year 3

You will draw on the knowledge gained through your major to solve real-world accounting problems such as preparing a tax return or analysing the financial statements of a client business. You’ll also investigate how auditors report on the financial statements of companies, individuals and trusts. For the best chance of a top job to launch your career, attend graduate recruitment events on campus or undertake a work placement with one of our industry partners.

 

Accountancy major units

  • Financial Accounting
  • Accounting Systems and Analytics
  • Audit and Assurance
  • Company Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Financial Accounting Issues
  • Taxation Law
  • Accountancy Capstone

 

Requirements

OP
10
Selection rank
79.00

These thresholds are the lowest adjusted scores to which QUT made an offer in Semester 1, 2020.

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There are some changes to subjects and the qualifications we’ll consider for entry to QUT from 2021 and beyond. Make sure you’re prepared to apply.

The selection rank is a good indication of the equivalent ATAR.

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Course code
BS05
QTAC code
413021
CRICOS code
003491G
Delivery
  • Online
  • Gardens Point
Delivery
  • Online
  • Gardens Point
Duration
3 years full-time
6 years part-time
Duration
3 years full-time
Entry
February and July
Entry
February, July and November
Conditions apply for International students wishing to commence study in November. Contact bus@qut.edu.au for more information.
Offer Guarantee
Yes
Deferment

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course, we assume you have sound knowledge of the subject/s listed below. If you don't have the subject knowledge, you can still apply for the course but we encourage you to undertake bridging studies to gain the knowledge:

  • English, or Literature, or English and Literature Extension, or English as an Additional Language (Units 3 & 4, C)
  • General Mathematics, or Mathematical Methods, or Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C)

More about assumed knowledge

 

QUT year 12 early offer scheme 

If you’re a current Queensland Year 12 student, you may be eligible to receive an offer for this course on 20 November, before receiving your ATAR or selection rank. 

Offer guarantee

If you achieve an ATAR/selection rank of 93.00 or higher (including any adjustments) and satisfy all other admission requirements, you are guaranteed an offer for this course.

Advanced standing

If you have prior studies or work experience, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit). You can apply for advanced standing once you've been accepted to QUT. If you're in your first semester of study, you must apply for advanced standing within 10 days of receiving your offer.

More about advanced standing

Deferment

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

More about deferring your offer

Adjustments to your selection rank

Any adjustments you receive to your selection rank (or OP equivalent) will be applied to this course.

Find out if you’re eligible for an adjustment to your selection rank

Offers we made to school leavers in Semester 1, 2019

The scores listed in the tables below reflect the offers that were made to recent school leavers. If you are not a school leaver, take a look at the entry thresholds box at the top of this page to see the lowest adjusted scores required overall to receive an offer.

Excluding adjustments Including adjustments
OP Selection rank OP Selection rank
Highest OP/selection rank
to receive an offer
OP 1
Selection rank 99
OP 1
Selection rank 99
Median OP/selection rank
to receive an offer
OP 8
Selection rank 84
OP 8
Selection rank 84
Lowest OP/selection rank
to receive an offer
OP 13
Selection rank 9
OP 9
Selection rank 82

You can find out more about your fellow students’ backgrounds with this course’s student profile.

Other admission options

If you are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, you may be eligible for admission through our Centralised Assessment Selection Process (CASP).

Minimum academic requirements

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide to the grades you need to apply for this course.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

I completed secondary school in Australia

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course, we assume you have sound knowledge of the subject/s listed below. If you don't have the subject knowledge, you can still apply for the course but we encourage you to undertake bridging studies to gain the knowledge:

  • General Mathematics, or Mathematical Methods, or Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C)

More about assumed knowledge

Guide to entry thresholds

These thresholds are the lowest adjusted scores to which QUT made an offer in Semester 1, 2020.

OP
10
Rank
79
Offer guarantee

If you completed secondary school in Australia and achieve an ATAR/selection rank of 93.00 or higher (including any adjustments) and satisfy all other admission requirements, you are guaranteed an offer for this course.

Assumed knowledge

It is assumed you have knowledge in the equivalent General Mathematics, or Mathematical Methods, or Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C).

Minimum English language requirements

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide on meeting QUT’s English language requirements.

Your scores and prior qualifications in English-speaking countries are considered. Approved English-speaking countries are Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, United States of America and Wales.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

We accept English language proficiency scores from the following tests.

English Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
Pearson PTE (Academic)
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
58 50 50 50 50
Cambridge English Score
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement. You must provide your Candidate ID and Candidate Secret Number, these are printed on your Cambridge English Confirmation of Entry.
176 169 169 169 169
IELTS Academic
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
6.5 6 6 6 6
TOEFL iBT
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
79 16 16 21 18

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language programs to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

Haven't completed an English language test? We can help!

If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre

Fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2021 fees

2021: CSP $14,500 per year full-time (96 credit points) (Subject to the passing of legislation)

2021 fees

2021: $31,100 per year full-time (96 credit points)

2020 fees

2020 CSP $11,200 per year full-time (96 credit points)

2020 fees

2020: $31,100 per year full-time (96 credit points)

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