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Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)

Degree Type Bachelor

Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equiv.


CRICOS 001521M

No new admissions into this program for 2017.


Future students interested in this degree for 2016 and onwards, please visit Bachelor of Commerce

The Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) is designed for students who wish to gain their professional accounting qualifications. The practice of accounting comprises financial accounting and management accounting. Financial accounting is focused on external reporting and auditing functions. Management accounting is concerned with providing information for planning and controlling decisions within organisations.
  • Entry Requirements

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  • Fees and Scholarships

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    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Students who specialise in accounting may join the accounting profession in all areas of commerce and industry. Admission to CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA) requires the completion of an accredited degree, practical experience and courses of study organised by the professional accounting associations. A Bachelor of Commerce is recognised as a fully accredited degree by both CPA and ICAA. Career prospects are available in specialised fields as tax, audit, management accounting, computerised accounting and finance.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Industry Placement

    Work Placement: [Can include]


    Professional Accreditation

    The University's business programs have been awarded international accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) 

    AACSB accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education and has been earned by less than 5% of the world's business schools.

    This means the University of Adelaide's Business Degrees are recognised internationally for their high quality.

    Upon completion of Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) students will be eligible to apply for associate membership of either the Chartered Accountants program (Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia) or the Certified Practicing Accountants program (CPA Australia). To achieve full professional membership both bodies require an additional program of study and a stipulated length of work experience.

    Potential careers

    Manager / Business Management, Finance Manager, Financial Adviser, Financial Services Officer, Taxation Officer, Forensic Accountant, Accountant, Auditor

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

  • Degree Structure
    All students commence in the Bachelor of Commerce and complete the first year of the program before choosing to specialise. The first year provides students with the foundation necessary for a commerce graduate and includes core courses in accounting, economics and business data analysis. In the second and third years, students choose courses to specialise.

    The accounting  specialisation is designed for students who wish to gain professional accounting qualifications. There are fifteen courses within the academic plan that are compulsory for an accounting qualification.

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.


    Example Study Plan

    Indicative study plan
    Year level 1
    Core Courses ACCTING 1002: Introductory Accounting I 
    ECON 1012: Principles of Economics I
    COMMLAW 1004: Commercial Law I
    COMMGMT 1005: Introduction to Management I
    MARKETNG 1001: Introduction to Marketing I
    CORPFIN 1002: Business Finance I

    ECON 1008: Business and Economic Statistics I
    STATS 1000 Statistical Practice I
    Year level 2
    Core Courses ACCTING 2501: Financial Accounting II
    ACCTING 2500: Management Accounting II
    COMMLAW 2500: Commercial Law II
    ACCTING 2502: Accounting Method II
    ACCTING 2503: Accounting Information Systems II
    PROF 2000: Professional Practice II

    Year level 3
    Core Courses ACCTING 3501: Corporate Accounting III
    COMMLAW 3500: Income Tax Law III
    ACCTING 3502: Auditing III

    Electives Three general electives with at least two courses being at Level 3; plus
    Three broadening electives 
    Capstone (Required) ACCTING 3500: Accounting Theory III
    ACCTFIN 3500 Financial Statement Analysis III

    NOTE:CURRENT STUDENTS, please visit the  link below for your study plan templates: 
    * This is an indicative study plan and subject to change


    May include, but not limited to: Examinations, Group Assignments, Individual Assignments, Consulting Projects, Presentations, Quizzes, Tests, Tutorial Work as prescribed within each course.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 21 Dec 2016


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