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); 012851 (Gympie); 018151 ** (Southbank)
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.

* In addition to being able to study all courses at Sippy Downs, all core, foundation and required courses are offered at Gympie. Elective courses are limited to Marketing and Management courses. Further elective courses are available at Sippy Downs.
** Only first-year courses are offered at South Bank in 2015. Years 2 and 3 of the program become available in 2016 and 2017.
The option to study at Noosa or Gympie is not available to international students on a Student visa.

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.

Program coordinator
Greg Laing

Dr Greg Laing
Tel: +61 7 5459 4675

Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Complete 6 required introductory level (100 coded) courses.
  • Complete 10 required advanced level (200/300 coded) courses.
  • Complete 8 elective courses, 4 must be advanced level (200/300 coded) courses.
  • Complete no more than 10 introductory level (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 major (8 courses) or minor (4 courses).
  • Register any selected majors or minors with the Faculty of Arts and Business.
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 Study Overseas to undertake courses with an overseas higher education provider. It is advisable to contact your Faculty 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 level (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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Sippy Downs




In addition to being able to study all courses at Sippy Downs, all core, foundation and required courses are offered at Gympie. Elective courses are limited to Marketing and Management courses. Further elective courses are available at Sippy Downs.

There may be a limited selection of courses available at South Bank.

The option to study at Noosa or Gympie is not available to international students on a Student visa.



Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students 

Apply via Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) – Use the relevant QTAC code specified on the program summary

International students

Apply direct to USC International

More information

If you have questions about domestic applications and admissions:

International students should contact USC International

If you have questions about your program:

New 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 classes.

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
Current students

Information on how to enrol is contained in tutorial videos in the USC Central Guide.

Your study load can be varied between full-time (3-4 courses) or part-time (1-2 courses) in a study period. Your Study Plan in USC Central will guide you with choosing your courses, or alternatively contact your faculty office for advice.

Refer to the timetable for class information and the Academic Calendar for key semester / trimester / session dates.

It may be useful to use the Program Planner (PDF 283KB) * to plan your degree and Student Timetable Planner Semester 1, 2015 (PDF 147KB) * to plan your classes for the semester / trimester / session.

Confirm your enrolment

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

Contact Student Central.

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

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 (now the Study Overseas 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.