Bachelor of Accounting and Finance

Course information for - 2023 entry

Offered at 3 locations

Study mode
Attendance
Duration
3 years full-time or equivalent part-time
CRICOS Code
079454F
IELTS
6.0 overall score (with a minimum of 6.0 in speaking and writing, and 5.5 in listening and reading)
Fees (first year)*
$29664
Start dates
February 2023, July 2023, February 2024, July 2024, February 2025, July 2025

Overview

Want to stand out from the crowd? Future employers will know instantly what career you are qualified for when you apply with this named degree.

Unlike pure accounting degrees, our Bachelor of Accounting and Finance will broaden your career choices. In addition to graduating with an extensive corporate accounting education, you will gain a good understanding of financial systems. This course also covers financial decision-making during times of uncertainty which can be applied to careers in banking, financial consulting, funds management, merchant banking, stockbroking or treasury.

We know that practical experience is important for you, so it’s important for us. Our work integrated learning programs prepare you for the future world of work and build your employability skills, foster an entrepreneurial mindset and hone your communication and project management skills.

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Professional experience

You will be required to complete a compulsory Community Engagement unit featuring between 35 and 70 volunteer hours, and have the option of completing a professional experience unit consisting of 105 placement hours.

Work placement

Our Work Integrated Learning (WIL) programs give you essential job-ready skills and experiences as part of all our degrees.

Your professional experience placement will bridge the gap between academic studies and the real world of work by completing 105 hours of work experience in organisations such as chartered accounting firms, stockbrokers, financial planners, accounts departments of government and private corporations and banks.

Community engagement

Through a community engagement placement you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the contributions of social enterprises with 35-70 hours of volunteering with a not-for-profit organisation.

Volunteer experience

All Faculty of Business undergraduate students are required to undertake a community engagement unit where students engage in voluntary work within a not-for-profit organisation over a period of 35-70  hours.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Accounting and Finance has been accredited by the CPA (Certified Practicing Accountants) Australia, by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and by the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA).

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Accreditation

The Bachelor of Accounting and Finance has been accredited by the CPA (Certified Practicing Accountants) Australia, by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and by the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA).

Learn more about these professional bodies

Careers

Our graduates have pursued careers in:

  • accounting
  • corporate finance
  • stockbroking
  • financial planning
  • corporate accounting
  • auditing
  • funds management

Industry partnerships

ACU works with a variety of industry partners.

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Accounting and Finance, a student must complete 240 credit points (cp).

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Sample program map

Year - Study periodUnit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4Unit 5
Year 1 - Semester 1

BUSN113 Managing People and Organisations

BUSN104 Money Matters

ITEC100 Information Technology in Action

BUSN112 Managing Markets

Year 1 - Semester 2

STAT207 Business Data Analysis

BIPX202 Community Engagement: Building Strengths and Capabilities

LEGL101 Introduction to Business Law: Legal Frameworks for Businesses

UNCC100 Self and Community: Exploring the Anatomy of Modern Society

OR

PHCC102 Being Human

OR

PHCC104 Ethics and the Good Life

Year 2 - Semester 1

ACCT204 Management Accounting

ACCT207 Financial Accounting

BAFN205 Financial Instruments and Institutions

BAFN200 Principles of Finance

Year 2 - Semester 2

ACCT209 Corporate Accounting

LEGL201 Company Law: Directors and Corporate Regulation

BAFN310 Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Finance

BAFN204 Portfolio Management: Investing Wisely

Year 3 - Semester 1

ECON200 Economics: Policy Frameworks and Markets

LEGL300 Taxation Law

ACCT305 Accounting Information Systems

UNCC300 Justice and Change in a Global World

OR

PHIL320 Ethics, Justice and the Good Society

Year 3 - Semester 2

ACCT300 Auditing

ACCT303 Strategic Management Accounting

BIPX301 Professional Experience

BAFN311 Emerging Technologies in Finance

This is a sample program only and units will vary depending on your campus and mode of study. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

AQF framework

Bachelor - AQF Level 7

Overseas study available

We offer two business units at our Rome Campus: BUSN304 and BIPX202. The dates for these units are to be confirmed.

Entry requirements

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International applicants

If you’re an international applicant you’ll need the equivalent of an Australian Year 12 Certificate.

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You’ll also need to comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy , including the English Language Proficiency requirements.

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If you’re an international student completing one of the following qualifications, you will need to apply for admission through your local Tertiary Admission Centre (TAC) and be assessed on your performance in these studies (i.e. your ATAR or equivalent):

 an Australian Year 12 qualification (either outside or in Australia)

an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

a New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 6.0 in speaking and writing, and 5.5 in listening and reading)

Adjustment factors

If you’re currently completing Year 12 you may be eligible for adjustment factors that can boost your rank and help you get into your desired course.

Adjustment factors may be applied to your TAC application if you study particular subjects, attend schools geographically close to our campuses or in certain regional areas, apply as an elite athlete or performer or meet certain other criteria.

Learn more about adjustment factors

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you

Pathways

Pathways into course for international applicants

If you don’t currently meet the direct entry requirements for admission to your chosen program, don’t worry. Our range of pathway programs can help you build the language proficiency, academic skills and confidence you need to succeed. 

Find out more about English language programs 

Find out more about the ACU Foundation Studies program 

Find out more about Diploma pathways 

Further study

The Bachelor of Accounting and Finance may also lead to study at the postgraduate level including Graduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Masters' degrees.

Fees

Course costs

  • Unit fee: $3708
  • Average first year fee: $29664
  • Estimate total cost: $88992

The Tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. The Unit Fee is based on a 10cp unit. Fees are reviewed annually.

Tuition fees for continuing students may increase by up to 3 percent each year for the minimum duration of the course as provided on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). Students who continue to study beyond the minimum duration will have the relevant annual commencing rate applied to their fees for subsequent study periods.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support. 

Explore your options 

Scholarships

You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.

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How to apply

International applicants

Brisbane

Apply through QTAC

QTAC code 116501

Direct application

Apply now

Information on the application procedure

International students undertaking an Australian Year 12 qualification should apply through the relevant tertiary admissions centre.

Deferment

Yes. See Defer your offer.

Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 33% of the program online.

Staff Profile

Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman

Discipline Leader in Accounting, Finance, Economics and Lecturer in Finance, Peter Faber Business School

Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman is the Discipline Leader in Accounting, Finance and Economics and a lecturer in finance. He worked as lecturer in finance at the University of Newcastle. He also worked as a Curriculum Technical Advisor at Kaplan Professional Australia.

Dr Akhtaruzzaman received his PhD from the University of Newcastle, Australia. His main teaching areas are financial institutions management, corporate finance, investments and business analysis. His research interests include asset pricing, financial contagion, interest rate risk and capital adequacy.

Testimonial

Sebastian

"I chose accounting and finance as I've always been good with numbers and had a solid understanding of mathematics.

I really enjoy the beautiful campus, well-structured units and I learn from engaging lecturers. I've found my lecturers to be really giving. You could see they put a lot of time and effort into ensuring everyone understands the content and is engaged in the learning.

In the future I hope to work for a finance firm or a bank."

Sebastian
Accounting and finance student
 

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