Highlights

  • Graduates who complete the accounting major and the professional accounting accreditation extension meet the academic entry requirements for membership to several of the world’s largest accounting bodies including CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) and the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA), as well as 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 the Regulation and Tax Extension will gain the skillset and knowledge that can lead them to a Tax Agent qualification with the Tax Practitioners Board.

  • Gain real-world experience and complete a work placement with selected leading 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.

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

Highlights

  • Graduates who complete the accounting major and the professional accounting accreditation extension meet the academic entry requirements for membership to several of the world’s largest accounting bodies including CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) and the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA), as well as 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 the Regulation and Tax Extension will gain the skillset and knowledge that can lead them to a Tax Agent qualification with the Tax Practitioners Board.

  • Gain real-world experience and complete a work placement with selected leading 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.

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

Why choose this course?

If you enjoy working with numbers, want to solve real-world problems, and master complex global markets, consider a future in finance with an accountancy degree.  

Accountants work all over the world across a range of industries. All businesses require accountants, and many chief executive officers, board directors and entrepreneurs have accountancy degrees. QUT’s accountancy students graduate with more than just technical accounting knowledge—they develop strategic business acumen and the analytical and communication skills that allow them to succeed in a variety of business roles.

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.

Students can also complete secondary study areas in regulation and tax, forensics, and data analytics to complement the accounting major.

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

QUT’s accounting major offers you practical experiences and opportunities to build a professional network with potential employers while still studying. You will interact and form connections with professionals and future employers through work placements and industry events.

QUT offers up to 20 industry engagement events for accounting students each year. These events are attended by all major accounting firms as well as small and medium enterprises. Events such as the Big 4 and Mid-Tier Roadshow, as well as the Boardroom Seminar Series, offer students the opportunity to network with accounting professionals and gain industry-relevant knowledge.

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What to expect

The demand for qualified accountants across all industries is high and there are many dynamic career opportunities available to accounting graduates in consulting, forensic accounting, and business analytics. 

The accountancy profession is rapidly evolving with the rise of technological advances. Many essential 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 accounting 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

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

After graduation, you can QUT graduates work in a range of careers including:
• accounting information systems consultant
• auditor
• business analyst
• business adviser
• business risk and governance consultant
• chief financial officer (CFO)
• financial accountant
• financial manager
• management accountant.

The forensics and data analytics minor can lead to roles such as forensic accountant or data analyst.

Completing a second major in finance can lead to opportunities in areas such as investment management.

By completing the regulation and tax extension you will gain skills and knowledge that can lead to qualification as a tax agent.

The professional accounting accreditation extension will help you achieve a globally recognised qualification.

Professional recognition

Graduates who complete the accounting major and the professional accounting 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 accounting 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

ATAR/selection rank threshold
70.00

These thresholds are the lowest adjusted scores to which QUT made an offer in Semester 1, 2022.

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Course code
BS05
QTAC code
413021
CRICOS code
003491G
Delivery
  • Online
  • Gardens Point
Delivery
  • 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
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 strongly 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

 

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 the last day of Queensland Year 12, before receiving your ATAR or selection rank.

Find out more about the QUT Year 12 Early Offer Scheme

Helping you to get into your course

If you don't think your ATAR or selection rank is high enough to get into this course, you can guarantee your entry with guaranteed advanced standing by upgrading through one the following programs which you can select as one of your QTAC preferences:

QUT College Diplomas

As a QUT College Diploma in Business, Entrepreneurship (business pathway), or Esports (business pathway) graduate you will automatically receive an offer to start the Bachelor of Business within one week after completion of the diploma. You will also automatically receive up to 1.0 year (96 credit points) credit transfer and be able to complete the degree in 2 years as a full-time student (or equivalent part-time).

Find out more about the QUT College Diploma in Business

Find out more about the QUT College Diploma in Entrepreneurship

Find out more about the QUT College Diploma in Esports

Dual TAFE-Qld Greater Brisbane/QUT award

If you enrol in a QTAC offer in a Diploma of Accounting dual TAFE-Qld Brisbane/QUT award you will automatically receive a QUT conditional offer in June (semester 1 QTAC offer) or October (semester 2 QTAC offer) after your enrolment at TAFE-Qld Greater Brisbane is confirmed.

Upon completion of the TAFE-Qld diploma you will be able to enrol at QUT. You will also automatically receive 1 year (96 credit points) credit transfer and be able to complete the degree in 2 years as a full-time student (or equivalent part-time). More details will be provided in your QUT conditional offer letter.

 

Offer guarantee

If you achieve an ATAR or selection rank of 84.00 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 ATAR/selection rank

Any adjustments you receive to your ATAR or selection rank will be applied to this course.

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

Offers we made to school leavers in Semester 1, 2022

The figures listed in the tables below reflect the offers that were made to recent ATAR students. The entry thresholds box at the top of this page shows the lowest adjusted ATAR/selection rank required to receive an offer for all applicants for the most recent January QTAC offer round.

Excluding adjustments Including adjustments
Highest ATAR/selection rank
to receive an offer
Selection rank 98.45
Selection rank 99.95
Median ATAR/selection rank
to receive an offer
Selection rank 78.95
Selection rank 80.00
Lowest ATAR/selection rank
to receive an offer
Selection rank 61.05
Selection rank 70.05

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).

I completed my studies outside of Australia

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.

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

I completed secondary school in Australia

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

More about assumed knowledge

ATAR/selection rank
70.00
Offer guarantee

If you completed secondary school in Australia and achieve an ATAR/selection rank of 84.00 or higher (including any adjustments) and satisfy all other admission requirements, you are guaranteed an offer for this course.

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. Tests must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement.

English Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
PTE Academic/PTE Academic Online 58 50 50 50 50
Cambridge English Score
You must share your results with QUT through the Candidate Results Online website.
176 169 169 169 169
IELTS Academic / IELTS Online 6.5 6 6 6 6
TOEFL iBT / Home / Paper 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.

Fees

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

2023 fees

2023: To Be Announced

2023 fees

2023: $31,800 per year full-time (96 credit points)

2022 fees

2022: CSP $14,600 per year full-time (96 credit points)

2022 fees

2022: $31,100 per year full-time (96 credit points)

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Find out more about undergraduate course fees

HECS-HELP: loans to help you pay for your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan.

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Scholarships

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

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Corporate Partners in Excellence (CPIE) Scholarship - commencing students

A scholarship for future undergraduate students in business, seeking a competitive edge to launch their career.

Scholarship eligibility
Academic performance

QUT Excellence Scholarship (Academic)

QUT's premier offering for students with outstanding academic achievement.

Scholarship eligibility
Academic performance

Business Academic Excellence Scholarship

Scholarship eligibility
Academic performance

The Lord Mayor's Multicultural Roundtable and QUT Business School Scholarship

Scholarship eligibility
Migrants or refugees; From a non-English speaking background

Laurie Cowled Indigenous Scholarship for Business Students

A scholarship for future and current Indigenous female students enrolled in undergraduate or postgraduate studies in business.

Scholarship eligibility
Indigenous Australian; Struggling financially; Women

Equity scholarships scheme

Scholarship eligibility
Struggling financially

QUT Elite Sport Scholarship

Scholarship eligibility
Sporting excellence

International Merit Scholarship

Scholarship eligibility
Academic performance

QUT Budding Entrepreneur Scholarship

Scholarship eligibility

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