Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)

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Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)


Program summary

Your pathway to a rewarding career helping clients make better financial decisions.

This program gives you a strong foundation to be successful in an accountancy role in any industry. You’ll study a major in accounting and gain skills in financial management, business consulting and financial advising. You’ll specialise in areas such as financial accounting, law of business associations, company accounting, taxation law, and auditing.

In addition to completing a major in accounting, choose to complete a major in Financial Planning, a Business major, or a minor and/or electives in another Business area. Our program is fully accredited by CPA Australia, the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and Institute of Public Accountants, and has been designed to qualify graduates for associate membership of these professional bodies.

You’ll also have an opportunity to undertake an internship in your final year, consisting of 96 hours and organised by our staff. Our graduates have found roles in firms such as KPMG and Ernst and Young as a direct result of their internship.

Career opportunities

Accounting, auditing, company secretary, stockbroking, financial administration, taxation consulting, banking, business development manager.


CPA Australia^; Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia^; Institute of Public Accountants^; Tax Practitioners Board †

^ It is the responsibility of the student to confirm with the three Australian accounting bodies (CPA, ICAA and IPA) whether any credit granted will impact on their eligibility for professional association membership.
† Students who complete FIN320 Tax and Estate Planning and PED122 Property Law  in addition to all required courses in the Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) will satisfy the Tax Practitioners Board education requirements for becoming a registered tax agent.


The program is fully accredited with CPA Australia, Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and Institute of Public Accountants.

Application and admission advice

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What will I study

Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 288 units as outlined in the Program Structure
  • Complete no more than 10 introductory level (100 coded) courses, including the core course
Program notes
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses)
  • Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods which may include essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations
  • As part of your USC program, you may apply to Study Overseas to undertake courses with an overseas higher education provider
  • Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa
  • When enrolling, please refer to the Plan your study tab
  • You may wish to use electives to complete an additional major or minor
  • Register your selected major(s) and/or minor(s)

How to apply

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students 

Apply via Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) — Use the relevant QTAC code specified on Why study this program?


The below applicants can apply online directly to USC:

  • USC Tertiary Preparation Pathways (TPP) students who are currently enrolled in, or have had an enrolment in the previous two years; or
  • USC / TAFE Articulation program students; or
  • USC students who have completed an undergraduate program within the last two years, or are due to complete their program prior to their proposed semester of commencement;
  • USC students who are currently enrolled in one program and want to study another program concurrently.
International students

Apply direct to USC International

More information

International students should contact USC International

How to enrol

Enrolling for 2017

Enrolling is a 2 step process.

Step 1 - Enrol in your courses

You can enrol in courses for the full year (Study periods 1 and 2). This gives you the opportunity to plan your study well in advance.

If you enrol in your courses on time you have the advantage of selecting your class times earlier than those who don't (Step 2). View Key dates below.

View the instructions to complete Step 1 in the video below or the Enrol in your courses PDF guide.

Step 2 - Select your class times

Check the Academic calendar for the timetable release date for each study period. Once the timetable has been released in January 2017 you can use the Timetable Planner to plan your class times.

You will be notified when class selection opens for the relevant study period and provided with instructions on how to complete Step 2. See Key dates below.

Enrolling for Session 7, 8 (Summer) and Trimester 3, 2016

Use the Timetable Planner to plan your class times.

Then, enrol in your courses and select your class times in USC Central by following the instructions in the video below or the How to enrol when class selection has opened PDF guide (565KB).

To enrol in courses in 2017 (Study periods 1 and 2) follow the Enrolling for 2017 instructions below.

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key session/trimester dates.

New students 

Domestic students: Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps for Getting Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in your courses.

International students should view the Getting Started Guide for International students for enrolment steps.

Please note: USC will complete the enrolment for:

  • Headstart students
  • Honours students (excluding Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)(Honours) students)
  • Cross-institutional and visiting students
  • Higher Degree by Research students
Plan your study

Before you re-enrol it's important to plan your study to make sure you study the right courses at the right time so you can finish your degree when you plan to.

Follow the Planning your study instructions to plan your courses for the upcoming semesters/trimesters/sessions. You can vary your study load between full-time (3-4 courses) or part-time (1-2 courses) in each study period. If you need some assistance, contact Student Central.

Key dates

Date Study term Enrolment stage
22 August 2016 Session 8 (Summer), Trimester 3, 2016 Timetable released 
5 September 2016 Session 8 (Summer), Trimester 3, 2016 Enrolments open 
10 October 2016 Semester 1 and 2, Sessions 1-7, Trimester 1 and 2, 2017  Course enrolments open
30 October 2016 Semester 1, Sessions 1-4, Trimester 1, 2017 

On-time course enrolments close

5 December 2016 Session 1, 2017 Timetable released 
12 December 2016 Session 1, 2017 Class selection opens 
16 January 2017 Semester 1, Sessions 2-4, Trimester 1, 2017  Timetable released 
24 January 2017 Semester 1, Sessions 2-4, Trimester 1, 2017  Class selection opens at 9am for students who enrolled in courses by 30 October 2016 
25 January 2017 Semester 1, Sessions 2-4, Trimester 1, 2017  Class selection opens at 9am for students who enrolled in courses after 30 October 2016 


Confirm your enrolment

View your class timetable in USC Central to confirm you are enrolled in the courses you selected. Close to the beginning of the semester/trimester/session, your course details can be found in My Courses in Blackboard.

To prove your enrolment to Centrelink, print an unofficial transcript from USC Central. Refer to the steps at View your Unofficial Transcript in the USC Central Guide.

Once you are enrolled, learn how to manage your enrolment.

More information

Search for answers and ask questions via askUSC, or contact Student Central.

* For PDF documents you must have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded from the Adobe Download page.

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