Diploma of Accounting/Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)

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Diploma of Accounting/Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)


Program summary

In this articulated pathway, you first complete the Diploma of Accounting at TAFE Queensland Brisbane, South Bank and then continue studying to complete the degree at either South Bank or USC’s Sippy Downs campus.

This diploma provides skills and knowledge for graduates to work strategically with executive and management teams to provide expert financial advice to support business decision making. Graduates can prepare income tax returns, implement and maintain internal control procedures and provide management accounting information. The bachelor component provides a complementary theoretical grounding in commerce, including studies in financial accounting, taxation law and practice, auditing, and contemporary accounting issues. Refer to the Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) for more information.

Career opportunities

Refer to separate entry for the Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting).

Teaching mode

There are different teaching modes between the TAFE Queensland Brisbane diploma modules and the University’s Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) courses. Diploma modules are face-to-face teaching with performance-based assessment. The University’s Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) courses include three or four hours of contact per course per week, generally in the mode of a one-hour lecture and two-hour tutorial. Students complete a further six to seven hours of self-directed learning per course per week. The self-directed learning consists of readings, research, assignments and other assessment items.

Please note: This full-time program commences only in Semester 1 each year. New students do not undertake any USC courses until they complete their TAFE Queensland Brisbane diploma.

Application and admission advice

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What will I study

Select your location, starting year and starting semester below to display your program structure and a recommended study sequence.

Program structure

This pathway is an articulation between the Diploma of Accounting at TAFE Queensland Brisbane, South Bank and the Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

TAFE Brisbane

Students completing the Diploma of Accounting at TAFE Queensland Brisbane will be awarded credit towards their USC degree as specified below.

8 courses credit:

ACC106 Accounting Principles
BUS108 Introduction to Informatics
COR109 Communication and Thought
BUS199 Introductory Level Business Elective
BUS199 Introductory Level Business Elective
BUS199 Introductory Level Business Elective
BUS199 Introductory Level Business Elective
BUS299 Advanced Level Business Elective

University of the Sunshine Coast (USC)

Students complete 16 courses within the USC degree component, either at South Bank or USC’s Sippy Downs campus.

Introductory courses (3)

BUS101 Business Analytics
BUS102 Introduction to Economics
BUS104 Introduction to Management

Advanced courses (10)

ACC210 Financial Accounting
ACC220 Law of Business Associations
ACC211 Business Finance
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 (3)

Select 3 advanced level elective courses (200/300 coded) from the Faculty of Arts and Business courses available at South Bank. Students can also access the full suite of electives from either faculty (Arts, Business and Law, or Science, Health, Education and Engineering), on campus at Sippy Downs.

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.

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Recommended study sequence

This recommended study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students in previous structures should use this sequence to inform order of courses and current course details. For courses in your commencing structure not included in the current sequence, search the course code for current course offerings and requisites.

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
  • Present your completed Diploma of Accounting to enable 8 courses (96 units) of transfer credits to be applied to your academic record
Program notes
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses)
  • Most courses are valued at 12 units unless otherwise specified
  • 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
  • Not 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?.

International students

Apply directly to the relevant TAFE Queensland institution using one of the below links. Note: not all TAFE articulation programs are available to International students on a student visa. Check the program summary for details:

More information

If you have questions about your program:

How to enrol

New to USC?

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

Continuing students

Before you enrol, visit Planning your study 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.

Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.

More information

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester, session and/or trimester dates.

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

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