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Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)

Course Name: Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)

Provider: University of South Australia

Level: Bachelor

Delivery Method: Online

Course Overview

Our Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) is an integrated program that provides you with key business and commerce skills with our industry focused core courses. Combined with a specialisation in accounting and the opportunity to embed an internship, mentoring or work integrated learning, you will graduate with the knowledge and confidence to succeed in accounting focused roles.

This program opens up a world of opportunity. It is your chance, as part of the generation of new innovators, to lead the way in the highly regarded and evolving accounting profession.

You will benefit from our strong links with professional industry bodies which means your skills will be fresh, relevant and respected. These links will assist you on a vibrant and challenging career path, with employment opportunities nationally and around the world.

As an accounting graduate, you will be a decision maker and problem solver. You will be confident and analytical, excel in team situations, and understand the economic, legal and political influences that affect global business. These qualities will be key to your role in assisting clients make successful financial and management decisions.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for selection, applicants are required to:

  • Qualify for the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE), and
  • obtain a competitive ATAR, and
  • meet any prerequisite requirements with a minimum grade of C-

Alternatively, applicants can fulfil one of the following requirements with a competitive result, and demonstrate that they fulfil any prerequisite requirements, and other academic requirements for the program:

  • Complete secondary education qualifications equivalent to SACE, or
  • Complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 24 points, or
  • Complete or partly complete a recognised higher education program at a recognised higher education institution, or
  • Complete at least four Open Universities Australia (OUA) courses at undergraduate level or above, or
  • Complete an award from a registered training organisation at Certificate IV level or above, or
  • Qualify for Special Entry, or
  • Complete a University Foundation Studies program

Content and Structure


  • First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
  • Quantitative Methods for Business
  • Accounting for Business
  • Business Law
  • Marketing Principles: Trading and Exchange
  • Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
  • Financial Accounting 1
  • Business and Society
  • Management and Organisation
  • Principles of Economics


  • First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Business Finance
  • Business Intelligence
  • Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
  • Companies and Partnership Law
  • ACCT 2013 Cost Management Systems or Elective
  • Elective
  • Financial Accounting 3


  • First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
  • Elective
  • Taxation Law 1
  • Sustainability Accounting and Reporting
  • Elective
  • Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
  • Auditing Theory and Practice
  • Contemporary Issues in Accounting
  • Strategic Financial Analysis

What you will study

This program requires you to complete a major in accounting and encourages related studies which will strengthen your employment opportunities. Complementary studies include marketing, management, information systems and data management, finance and international business. Your first year will provide an important foundation of business knowledge. From there, you will improve your understanding of business and accounting with studies exploring financial and management accounting, taxation and company law, auditing, sustainability accounting, and global and contemporary accounting issues.

If you are keen to see the world, we encourage you to study at an overseas university. This experience will give you a unique international perspective, and an opportunity to apply your skills in a global context.

We recognise that all students are different and pride ourselves on offering flexible learning options. We offer online and evening classes and you can also study intensively in summer or winter school.

What does it take?

As an accounting decision maker and business advisor, you will need to be a critical and creative thinker who can identify solutions for your clients and the firms which seek your expertise. In addition to mastering the language of business, accountants are excellent communicators who are confident with words as well as numbers. You will need to be able to communicate with a range of people in a range of environments. 

As you will often work with confidential and important information about organisations and individuals, you must also be trustworthy and have the ability to inspire confidence in others.

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