Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)

General

Program Description

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Make your accounting career a commercial success

The aim of this course is to produce business professionals who are equipped to solve problems in a multi-disciplinary business environment. The worlds of commerce and accounting will be explored in the context of wider social, legal, economic and political environments. You’ll gain a solid base of understanding across commerce, which is essential in a wide range of careers, plus you’ll complete a series of carefully integrated units in financial accounting, management accounting, auditing and finance.

This flexible and versatile degree allows you to tailor the course to meet your own personal interests. You’ll graduate as an impressive accounting professional with a solid background in commerce, and will be qualified to undertake study programs with both the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand and CPA Australia.

Study a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) at UC and you will:

  • evaluate and synthesise the concepts and theories acquired in accounting
  • exercise critical thinking skills when dealing with ambiguous and incomplete information
  • identify and obtain relevant information for decision making and providing advice to stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds
  • utilise discipline-specific technologies to analyse complex problems in a variety of contexts
  • communicate clear, coherent and independent knowledge and ideas to a variety of stakeholders, addressing a diverse range of business/commerce problems
  • develop the capacity to exercise initiative and professional judgement in an ethically and socially responsible manner
  • engage in a range of authentic, Work Integrated Learning (WIL) opportunities to reflect on and improve professional practice in areas of communication, judgement and cross-cultural teamwork.

Work Integrated Learning

The Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) sees academics and industry working together to develop a range of diverse WIL opportunities for students, including internships, work placements, industry projects, competitions, exhibitions, study tours, virtual real-world learning experiences and more.

The faculty runs a three-week ‘pre-internship preparation program’ where students learn essential employment skills and interview techniques. The program culminates in a series of interviews hosted by Canberra-based accounting firms, with successful candidates going on to secure internships. Previous students have undertaken internships and cadetships with organisations including International IDEA, Legal Aid ACT, eChoice, Boyce Chartered Accountants, Maxim Chartered Accountants and Chartered Accountants ANZ (CAANZ).

The course concludes with a capstone project, which aims to integrate what you’ve learned throughout your degree and prepare you for the transition to either successful future employment or further studies.

Career opportunities

  • Accountant
  • Accounts officer
  • Auditor
  • Tax accountant
  • Financial Accountant
  • Management Accountant
  • Chief financial officer
  • Financial analyst
  • Financial controller

Course-specific information

Students should note the assumed knowledge requirements for individual majors and minors when choosing a program of study.

This course is accredited by CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ).

High-achieving students can enrol in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) program.

Admission Requirements

Normal UC requirements for admission to an undergraduate course.

English Language Requirements

Academic IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Last updated November 2018

About the School

The University of Canberra is a vibrant government university where your future is what matters most. We are recognised internationally, ranked in the top 100 young universities in the world and have ... Read More

The University of Canberra is a vibrant government university where your future is what matters most. We are recognised internationally, ranked in the top 100 young universities in the world and have big plans for your future. We don't just focus on the theory of things, we like to teach our students in the way that they would be working. It's what we call work-integrated learning and it's a big reason that our students are highly sought after and amongst the highest paid and most employable in Australia. Read less