Bachelor of Accounting and Finance

Available to:
Domestic and International students.
CRICOS:
079454F
Location:
  • Brisbane
  • Melbourne
  • North Sydney
Duration:

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

2019 Main Round ATAR/OP :
  • Brisbane (17/65)
  • Melbourne (58.50)
  • North Sydney (58.50)

Pathway: Students who have successfully completed two units in the Certificate in Commerce may apply for entry with credit into this degree.

Description

The Bachelor of Accounting and Finance is a specialist three year full-time or part-time equivalent degree offering a comprehensive course in the theory and applications of accounting and finance.

The course involves units in accounting that allow graduates to be simultaneously recognized as accounting and finance professionals.

Unlike pure accounting degrees, the Bachelor of Accounting and Finance offers a broader understanding of financial instruments, institutions, markets and systems. It involves the study of financial decision-making under uncertainty, which is applicable to banking, financial consulting and planning, funds management, merchant banking, stockbroking and treasury.

Because of the comprehensive nature of the course, graduates will be particularly well qualified in highly sought after specialised areas such as auditing, budget analysis, portfolio management, investment analysis, mergers and acquisitions, risk analysis and taxation strategy.

Course duration

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Campus availability and study mode

Campus availability

  • Brisbane (Attendance)
  • Melbourne (Attendance)
  • North Sydney (Attendance)

Study mode definitions

Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.

Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).

Online: Fully online (including assessments).

Sample Course Map

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 BUSN103
Managing people and organisations
ACCT100
Introduction to Accounting
BUSN114
Working with technology
ECON200
Economics: policy frameworks and markets
Year 1 - Semester 2 STAT207
Business data analysis
BUSN112
Managing markets
LEGL101
Introduction to business law: legal frameworks for businesses
UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
Year 2 - Semester 1 ACCT204
Management accounting
(Pre: ACCT100)        
ACCT207
Financial accounting
(Pre: ACCT100)
BAFN205
Financial instruments and institutions
BAFN200
Principles of finance
Year 2 - Semester 2 ACCT209
Corporate accounting
(Pre: ACCT207)
LEGL201
Company law: directors and corporate regulation
(Pre: LEGL101)
BAFN306
Entrepreneurial finance (Pre: BAFN200)
BAFN204
Portfolio management: investing wisely
(Pre: BAFN200)
Year 3 - Semester 1 BIPX202
Community engagement: building strengths and capabilities
LEGL300
Taxation law
(Pre: LEGL101)
ACCT305
Accounting information systems
(Pre: ACCT207)
UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world
(Pre: UNCC100)
Year 3 - Semester 2 ACCT300
Auditing
(Pre: ACCT209)
ACCT303
Strategic management accounting
(Pre: ACCT204)
BUSN304
Working with diversity and conflict
or
BIPX301
Professional experience
BAFN307
Financial risk management (Pre: BAFN200)

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment: Deferment Information.

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start dates

Brisbane
  • Semester 1 - Applications closed
  • Semester 2 - July
Melbourne
  • Semester 1 - Applications closed
  • Semester 2 - July
North Sydney
  • Semester 1 - Applications closed
  • Semester 2 - July

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $10403 Commonwealth Supported (indicative only; subject to passage of legislation)

Important Note on Fees

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Essential requirements for admission

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites at year 12 level, or equivalent:

New South Wales

  • Prerequisites: English (Standard) (Band 2) or EAL (Band 3)

Queensland

  • Prerequisites: English (4, SA)

Victoria

  • Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English

Or be admitted under the Passion 4 Business Program.

International applicants need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

Admission criteria

The table below shows the range of ATARs/OPs (excludes adjustment factors) and Selection Ranks (may include adjustment factors) achieved by students who were accepted into this course last year. These may vary from year to year. Learn more about admission to ACU.

ATAR/OP range

For those offered places in 2019

OP Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest OP to receive an offer 6 6
Median OP to receive an offer 15 13
Lowest OP to receive an offer 19 15
Rank Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest Rank to receive an offer 91 91
Median Rank to receive an offer 69 74
Lowest Rank to receive an offer 63 69
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 64.50 73.20
Median ATAR to receive an offer 58.60 62.95
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 52.65 59.40
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 77.70 85.70
Median ATAR to receive an offer 59.40 67.20
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 48.80 58.80

Student Profile

Breakdown of how students entered this course last year and in what numbers.

Applicant background 2019
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
6 17.14%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 7 20.00%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
<5 N/P
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of OP/Rank (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 16 45.71%
Recent secondary education admitted where both OP/Rank and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum OP/Rank) 0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP/Rank was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum OP/Rank requirement) <5 N/P
International students <5 N/P
All students 35 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.
Applicant background 2019
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
5 23.81%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 0 0.00%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 11 52.38%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) <5 N/P
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) 0 0.00%
International students <5 N/P
All students 21 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.
Applicant background 2019
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
<5 N/P
Vocational education and training (VET) study <5 N/P
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
<5 N/P
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 17 42.50%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) <5 N/P
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) 8 20.00%
International students 5 12.50%
All students 40 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.

Further information

Applying for admission

Brisbane, Queensland
Apply through QTAC
Melbourne, Victoria
Apply through VTAC
Sydney (North Sydney), NSW
Apply through UAC

Direct Applications

You can apply Direct to ACU for selected Bachelor's degrees if you have not already applied through VTAC or UAC.
Please note that you must apply through VTAC or UAC if you are a Year 12 student, or if you're applying for an undergraduate course at more than one institution.

Melbourne

You can apply Direct to ACU for selected Bachelor's degrees if you have not already applied through VTAC or UAC.
Please note that you must apply through VTAC or UAC if you are a Year 12 student, or if you're applying for an undergraduate course at more than one institution.

North Sydney

Admission Pathways to this course

Admission Schemes

Adjustment Factors which may improve your Selection Rank

Articulation from another course

Work and Life Experience

  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
  • Work experience - A Selection Rank can be calculated based on your work experience - you need to document all of your experience and provide supporting documentation

If you have a Selection Rank but it's not enough for this course

  • Complete 2 non-award individual UG units; the results attained for these units can then be converted to a Selection Rank
  • Complete a VET qualification such as an AQF Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma
  • Commence another ACU Bachelor degree with a lower required Selection Rank, successfully complete 2 or more units, then apply for an internal transfer to this course. A new Selection Rank will be calculated from your results in the ACU units.

Career paths

Graduate Career Opportunities arise in both the private and public sectors and cover a wide range of occupations:

  • Accountant
  • Auditor
  • Budget Manager
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Financial Adviser
  • Financial Assurance and Compliance Manager
  • Financial Manager
  • Financial Planner
  • Investment Analyst
  • Tax Agent

Professional recognition

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.

Pathways to further study

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

More course information

Graduates of TAFE and other VET providers, holding a cognate Certificate, Diploma or Advanced Diploma may be eligible to receive advanced standing for some units in the course. The exact level of advanced standing will be determined on a course-by-course basis.

Contacts for future students

Enquiries:

Description

The Bachelor of Accounting and Finance is a specialist three year full-time or part-time equivalent degree offering a comprehensive course in the theory and applications of accounting and finance.

The course involves units in accounting that allow graduates to be simultaneously recognized as accounting and finance professionals.

Unlike pure accounting degrees, the Bachelor of Accounting and Finance offers a broader understanding of financial instruments, institutions, markets and systems. It involves the study of financial decision-making under uncertainty, which is applicable to banking, financial consulting and planning, funds management, merchant banking, stockbroking and treasury.

Because of the comprehensive nature of the course, graduates will be particularly well qualified in highly sought after specialised areas such as auditing, budget analysis, portfolio management, investment analysis, mergers and acquisitions, risk analysis and taxation strategy.

Course duration

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Start dates and campus availability

Brisbane
  • 22-Jul-2019 , 10-Feb-2020 , 20-Jul-2020 , 15-Feb-2021 , 26-Jul-2021
Melbourne
  • 22-Jul-2019 , 10-Feb-2020 , 20-Jul-2020 , 15-Feb-2021 , 26-Jul-2021
North Sydney
  • 22-Jul-2019 , 10-Feb-2020 , 20-Jul-2020 , 15-Feb-2021 , 26-Jul-2021

Deferment, credit points & course units

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.

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Course structure – 1st year

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 BUSN103
Managing people and organisations
ACCT100
Introduction to Accounting
BUSN114
Working with technology
ECON200
Economics: policy frameworks and markets
Year 1 - Semester 2 STAT207
Business data analysis
BUSN112
Managing markets
LEGL101
Introduction to business law: legal frameworks for businesses
UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
Year 2 - Semester 1 ACCT204
Management accounting
(Pre: ACCT100)        
ACCT207
Financial accounting
(Pre: ACCT100)
BAFN205
Financial instruments and institutions
BAFN200
Principles of finance
Year 2 - Semester 2 ACCT209
Corporate accounting
(Pre: ACCT207)
LEGL201
Company law: directors and corporate regulation
(Pre: LEGL101)
BAFN306
Entrepreneurial finance (Pre: BAFN200)
BAFN204
Portfolio management: investing wisely
(Pre: BAFN200)
Year 3 - Semester 1 BIPX202
Community engagement: building strengths and capabilities
LEGL300
Taxation law
(Pre: LEGL101)
ACCT305
Accounting information systems
(Pre: ACCT207)
UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world
(Pre: UNCC100)
Year 3 - Semester 2 ACCT300
Auditing
(Pre: ACCT209)
ACCT303
Strategic management accounting
(Pre: ACCT204)
BUSN304
Working with diversity and conflict
or
BIPX301
Professional experience
BAFN307
Financial risk management (Pre: BAFN200)

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Course costs

  • Unit Fee: $3156.00 (2019)
  • Average first year fee: $25248.00 (2019)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $75744.00 (2019)

Important Note on Fees

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.

Essential requirements for admission

Equivalent of Australian High School completion plus academic IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 6.0 in speaking and writing, and 5.5 in listening and reading)

Applying for Admission

How to Apply

Information on the application procedure.

International Students Apply Now
International students undertaking an Australian Year 12 qualification should apply through the relevant tertiary admissions centre:
NSW & ACT
Apply through UAC
Queensland
Apply through QTAC
Victoria
Apply through VTAC

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Career paths

Graduate Career Opportunities arise in both the private and public sectors and cover a wide range of occupations:

  • Accountant
  • Auditor
  • Budget Manager
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Financial Adviser
  • Financial Assurance and Compliance Manager
  • Financial Manager
  • Financial Planner
  • Investment Analyst
  • Tax Agent

Professional recognition

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.

Pathways to further study

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

More course information

Graduates of TAFE and other VET providers, holding a cognate Certificate, Diploma or Advanced Diploma may be eligible to receive advanced standing for some units in the course. The exact level of advanced standing will be determined on a course-by-course basis.

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