In this course you will

  • Acquire technical skills that support decision making using financial and non-financial information. 
  • Develop digital competencies and in-demand transferable skills in critical and analytical thinking, teamwork, business ethics, problem-solving and professional communication.
  • Learn firsthand from accounting professionals working in the field in areas such as auditing, taxation, business development, financial reporting, and management accounting.
  • Graduate with a degree recognised by CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) and global accounting bodies (subject to specific core unit selection).
  • Obtain hands-on experience in using real-world accounting and tax return software.
  • Build practical experience and develop advisory skills through a unique final-year Capstone unit that simulates interactions with clients
  • Grow your accounting knowledge with our Regulation and Tax Extension and become a qualified tax agent with the Tax Practitioners Board. 

In this course you will

  • Acquire technical skills that support decision making using financial and non-financial information. 
  • Develop digital competencies and in-demand transferable skills in critical and analytical thinking, teamwork, business ethics, problem-solving and professional communication.
  • Learn firsthand from accounting professionals working in the field in areas such as auditing, taxation, business development, financial reporting, and management accounting.
  • Graduate with a degree recognised by CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) and global accounting bodies (subject to specific core unit selection).
  • Obtain hands-on experience in using real-world accounting and tax return software.
  • Build practical experience and develop advisory skills through a unique final-year Capstone unit that simulates interactions with clients
  • Grow your accounting knowledge with our Regulation and Tax Extension and become a qualified tax agent with the Tax Practitioners Board. 

It’s not too late to apply for Semester 1

If you’re considering study, don’t put it off any longer. We have places available in most courses to start in Semester 1, 2023. Submit your application as soon as possible — applications close Thursday 9 February.

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What to expect

Accounting is more than crunching numbers, it’s often referred to as the 'language of business' as accountants provide key stakeholders with the financial and non-financial information that underpins all business decisions.

If you're data-driven, have an analytical mind and enjoy problem-solving, consider a dynamic future in accounting with QUT's accounting major.

Accountants are in strong demand and work all over the world across a range of industries. All businesses require accountants, and many chief executive officers, board directors and entrepreneurs have accounting degrees.

QUT's Accounting major is future-focused and designed and taught by industry experts and world-class academics to help you develop the skills and expertise needed for a successful career. 

As technological advancements have changed the way we do business, you will learn how accounting systems function and will develop skills using a range of techniques and tools to provide and interpret business information. Developments in technology are integrated throughout the course, and assessment tasks are designed around cases, to ensure that your degree always has a practical focus.

Throughout this major, you will also have great opportunities to be placed in industry-leading organisations and workplaces, where you'll engage with accounting professionals, build important networks, and learn what your future career could really be like.

Your final-year capstone unit is an extended simulation where you and your colleagues will provide professional advice to solve real-world problems for industry clients. These real-world problems will be similar to what you will encounter in your career, and this unit will give you valuable hands-on experience.  

Our Accounting major, together with specified core units, will allow you to pursue qualification as a professional accountant (such as a Chartered Accountant or CPA). These are amongst the most recognised and desirable business qualifications in Australia and worldwide.

Careers and outcomes

Careers and outcomes

As all businesses make use of accounting information to make decisions, professional accountants are in high demand nationally and internationally by organisations throughout commercial, public, and not-for-profit sectors. 

Qualification as a professional accountant (such as a Chartered Accountant or CPA) opens even more doors, as these qualifications are recognised around the world, and professional accountants are actively sought out for their expertise.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Business (Accounting) meets the accreditation requirements for CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ), and the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA). In order to enrol in their respective professional programs and ultimately qualify as a professional accountant, graduates must have completed:

  • Core units BSB105, BSB106, BSB108, BSB131, BSB151 & BSB152
  • All accounting major units

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

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

Graduates will also meet the requirements for affiliate membership with the Governance Institute of Australia, which can lead to qualification as a Chartered Governance Professional.

More information on membership requirements of professional bodies can be found at:

Possible careers

  • Auditor
  • Business analyst
  • Business risk and governance consultant
  • Certified practicing accountant
  • Chartered accountant
  • Chartered tax adviser
  • Chief financial officer
  • Financial accountant
  • Financial analyst
  • Financial controller
  • Financial manager
  • Forensic accountant
  • Management accountant
  • Tax accountant

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. If you are pursuing a professional accounting career, you will develop foundational skills in business law and governance as a core elective unit.

You will commence focused study in the accountancy major during your second semester, learning fundamental skills in accounting and relevant software.

Year 2

You will develop more advanced skills in relation to financial reporting and explore different ways in which management can use information to make better decisions. You will also continue to develop your technological capabilities, and in the specialised area of taxation you will gain experience in using real-world tax return software. If you are pursuing a professional accounting career, you will develop foundational skills in financial management as a core elective unit.

Year 3

In your final year you will become skilled in dealing with complex financial reporting issues. You will also be introduced to the specialised area of auditing, and work on simulated audit working papers. The Accountancy Capstone unit will then bring together your knowledge and skills throughout the degree and, through extended simulations with clients, you will put these to practical effect, providing professional advice as a practitioner would.

Accountancy Major units

  • Accounting Processes and Systems
  • Financial Accounting and Reporting
  • Management Accounting
  • Taxation
  • Corporations Law
  • Company Accounting
  • Audit and Assurance
  • Accountancy Capstone

The Bachelor of Business(Accounting) meets the accreditation requirements for CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ), and the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA). In order to enrol in their respective professional programs and ultimately qualify as a professional accountant, graduates must have completed:

  • Core units BSB105, BSB106, BSB108, BSB131, BSB151 & BSB152
  • All accounting major units

Recommended complementary study areas

  • Business Regulations second major
  • Finance second major
  • Finance minor
  • Financial Planning second major
  • Forensics and Data Analytics minor
  • Forensics second major
  • Regulation and Tax extension

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. If you are pursuing a professional accounting career, you will develop foundational skills in business law and governance as a core elective unit.

You will commence focused study in the accountancy major during your second semester, learning fundamental skills in accounting and relevant software.

Year 2

You will develop more advanced skills in relation to financial reporting and explore different ways in which management can use information to make better decisions. You will also continue to develop your technological capabilities, and in the specialised area of taxation you will gain experience in using real-world tax return software. If you are pursuing a professional accounting career, you will develop foundational skills in financial management as a core elective unit.

Year 3

In your final year you will become skilled in dealing with complex financial reporting issues. You will also be introduced to the specialised area of auditing, and work on simulated audit working papers. The Accountancy Capstone unit will then bring together your knowledge and skills throughout the degree and, through extended simulations with clients, you will put these to practical effect, providing professional advice as a practitioner would.

Accountancy Major units

  • Accounting Processes and Systems
  • Financial Accounting and Reporting
  • Management Accounting
  • Taxation
  • Corporations Law
  • Company Accounting
  • Audit and Assurance
  • Accountancy Capstone

The Bachelor of Business(Accounting) meets the accreditation requirements for CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ), and the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA). In order to enrol in their respective professional programs and ultimately qualify as a professional accountant, graduates must have completed:

  • Core units BSB105, BSB106, BSB108, BSB131, BSB151 & BSB152
  • All accounting major units

Recommended complementary study areas

  • Business Regulations second major
  • Finance second major
  • Finance minor
  • Financial Planning second major
  • Forensics and Data Analytics minor
  • Forensics second major
  • Regulation and Tax extension

 

Requirements

ATAR/selection rank threshold
70.00

These thresholds are the lowest adjusted scores to which QUT made an offer in Semester 1, 2023.

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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

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, 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: CSP $15,000 per year full-time (96 credit points)

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.

Find out more about government loans

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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