Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)

  • Career opportunities in almost any industry
  • Opportunity to study an additional business major
  • Fully accredited by CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia

Program title: Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) (Program code: BU356)
Award abbreviation: BCom(Acc)
QTAC code: 012151 * (Sippy Downs); 018151 (Southbank); 012851 *** (Gympie)
OP / Rank for 2014 entry: OP-16 / Rank-64
Duration: 3 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Commence: Semester 1 or Semester 2 ^
Recommended prior study: English; Maths A, B or C
Fee type 2014: Commonwealth supported places, Fee paying places, International fee-paying places
Total units: 288
CRICOS code: 076978B. Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa.
Prerequisites: (South Bank only): Successful completion of a Diploma of Accounting through a nationally recognised training organisation within the last 10 years  

* Campus note: In addition to being able to study all courses at Sippy Downs, students may choose to complete some core and foundation business subjects at the Noosa Centre or Gympie campus. There may be a limited selection of subjects available at South Bank. The option to study at Noosa or Gympie is not available to international students on a Student visa.
*** Only some first-year core and foundation business courses are offered at Gympie. The remainder of the degree is completed at Sippy Downs.
^ Semester 2 entry not available at Southbank.

Accounting offers a wide variety of career opportunities in many different organisation types.

Students major in accounting and gain skills in financial management, business consulting and financial advising. First year courses include accounting principles, management and economics. Specialised courses include financial accounting, law of business associations, company accounting, taxation law and practice, auditing and professional practice, and contemporary accounting issues.

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 †

† 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.

Program leader
Greg Laing

Dr Greg Laing
Tel: +61 7 5459 4675

Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Complete 6 required introductory (100 coded) courses.
  • Complete 10 required advanced (200/300 coded) courses.
  • Complete 8 elective courses, 4 must be advanced (200/300 coded) courses.
  • Complete no more than 10 introductory (100 coded) courses, including the core course.
  • Complete no more than 6 courses from the School of Communication, School of Social Sciences or Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering.
  • (Optional) Use electives to complete a minor to supplement the required major.
  • Register any selected Majors or Minors with Student Administration.
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 including essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations. Not all courses will necessarily include all methods.
  • As part of your USC program, you may apply to participate in the Global Opportunities (GO) Program to undertake courses with an overseas higher education provider. It is advisable to contact your Program Advisor to discuss timing and course issues.
  • Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa.

Program Structure

Introductory courses (6)

ACC106 Accounting Principles
BUS101 Business Analytics
BUS102 Introduction to Economics
BUS104 Management and Organisational Behaviour
BUS108 Introduction to Informatics
COR109 Communication and Thought

Advanced courses (10)

ACC210 Financial Accounting
ACC211 Business Finance
ACC220 Law of Business Associations
ACC221 Company Accounting
ACC310 Management Accounting
ACC311 Taxation Law and Practice
ACC320 Contemporary Accounting Issues
ACC321 Auditing and Professional Practice
BUS203 Business Law and Ethics
BUS320 Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility

Elective courses (8)

Select 8 elective courses, 4 must be advanced (200/300 coded) courses.

Up to 6 electives may be from either faculty (Arts and Business or Science, Health, Education and Engineering).


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USC makes admission offers for undergraduate programs to applicants who are judged to have a reasonable expectation of success in the program to which they are made an offer, in accordance with the Admissions, Enrolment and Graduation – Academic Policy.

International applicants must meet specific entry requirements and apply directly to USC International.

To be eligible for admission as a domestic student to an undergraduate program at the University of the Sunshine Coast, an applicant needs to:

  • be eligible for an OP or Selection Rank equal to or above the cut-off level in the offer round, through completion of a recognised formal or non-formal qualification, including:
    • Secondary study
    • Tertiary and certificate study
    • Bridging / preparatory study
    • Alternative entry qualifications (eg professional qualifications, employment experience, Personal Competencies Assessment, Special Tertiary Admissions Test).
    Refer to Entry pathways for more information
  • have satisfied any subject prerequisites as specified in the program summary. Refer to Satisfying subject prerequisites for more information. Recommended prior study is not a prerequisite subject, but a recommendation as to what knowledge students should possess in the subject area.
  • have satisfied the English Language Proficiency requirements. If English is not your first language, you need to meet the minimum English language requirements for your chosen program.

Once a completed application is submitted, a student is eligible for admission when they receive an offer to an undergraduate program.

As a USC student, you will need to refer to your study plan to enrol in the appropriate courses each semester or session.

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  2. Refer to your Study Plan to plan your courses for the study period
  3. Find your courses and decide on your classes in the class timetable
  4. Log on to USC Central and enrol in courses and classes
  5. Register your major or minor with your faculty (if applicable)
  6. Apply for credit transfer or cross-institutional study (if applicable)
  7. Pay required study fees by the fee due date
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Sarah O'Keefe
Sarah O’Keefe

Accountant — Private Enterprise Division, KPMG

Sarah began her career with KPMG through her USC internship and was then offered employment as a graduate accountant. She now works in the Private Enterprise Division where she is constantly learning new things.

She particularly enjoyed the open and friendly atmosphere at USC. “Everyone there was always willing to help, especially the lecturers and tutors who have an open door policy.”

Manuel Barth

Accountant — KPMG
Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)

As the recipient of multiple awards and bursaries while at USC, it is no surprise that Manuel scored a top job upon graduating. As an accountant at KPMG he handles private enterprise, superannuation and audits. “I chose USC because it really does give you the best of both worlds. The location is absolutely fantastic. It is close to home, the lecturers and tutors are always willing to help with any problem you have and the student to teacher ratio is also very good.”

business and IT graduate Doug Francis
Douglas Francis

Accountant — Audit Services, Ernst & Young

“The Bachelor of Commerce at USC has given me a strong foundation to allow me to be successful in my role. Studying a semester in Korea with the GO Program was also important in helping me develop my personal skills … The ability to live at the beach while also studying at a first-class university that offered smaller class sizes, experienced teaching staff and industry-recognised study programs, made USC an obvious choice to complete my studies.”

Get real-world experience

You’ll have the chance to complete an internship in your final year of study. The internship consists of 96 hours in the accounting sector. Many students have received graduate employment as a direct result of their internship.

There’s help available

Find out about student support services and scholarships including the Poole Group Scholarship and the Holmans Taxation and Accounting Bursary specifically for accounting students.

Study commitment

In general, you will attend lectures and tutorials for 3-4 hours per course per week. You will require further time to complete readings, research and assessment tasks. Your assessment tasks include reports, tests, essays and exams.