Skip to Content

Bachelor of Accounting

About this course

The Bachelor of Accounting has been developed to provide graduates with the ability to identify, critically analyse and exercise professional judgement for challenges that face all organisations in today’s highly dynamic business environment using social, sustainable, ethical, economic, regulatory and global perspectives.

This degree is designed to produce work-ready graduates for a wide range of career opportunities, including being an accountant. It gives graduates the opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge to meet the rapidly changing nature of professional roles in accounting and in the banking and finance sector.

Accountants are critical to every type of organisation – public, private, government, business and not-for-profit. As finance professionals, accountants are relied on to solve business problems and communicate relevant information in diverse environments.

Career opportunities

Graduates will have the skills and knowledge to manage their own accounting practice. They may also typically find employment in areas such as financial and business advisory services, tax, business consulting, business planning, business valuations, employee relations, estate and trust planning, forensic accounting and sustainability strategy development.

Professional recognition

Southern Cross University is fully accredited with the following professional bodies: 
  • Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) 
  • CPA Australia 
  • Institute of Public Accountants (IPA). 
This accreditation will enable graduates to enrol in CAANZ, CPA Australia and the IPA postgraduate programs. 
Depending on the specialist areas chosen, the following accreditation applies:
  • Taxation specialisation: two additional units are required to complete the educational requirements for registration as a Tax Agent by the Tax Practitioners Board
  • Financial services specialisation: meets the educational requirements as determined by Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) RG146.

Major areas of study

Students are able to select units from the following three specialist areas:
  •  Taxation
  •  Financial services
  •  Business management.

Assessment methods

Assessment may be in the form of essays, reports, audio or video presentations, online quizzes, case analyses, and examinations.

Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including face-to-face lectures and tutorials. Some units offer online activities, classes, pre-recorded and/or live lectures. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

The online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive online pre-recorded and/or live lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Advanced standing

Your previous learning experiences relevant to one or more units in this course may help you reduce the duration of your degree.

  • Recognition of formal and non-formal learning
    Credit may be awarded to a student for formal learning (gained through full or partial achievement of an accredited qualification or course) or non-formal learning (that takes place through a non-accredited course or program of learning) completed at Southern Cross University or in other learning settings in Australia and/or overseas.
  • Recognition of informal learning
    Credit may be awarded on the basis of current informal learning (that takes place through work, social, family or leisure activities).

To help you identify how much credit you may receive for your related prior learning visit SCU Pathways.

An application for advanced standing must be submitted so we can assess your prior learning. Please apply for advanced standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount of credit awarded will determine the sequence of units you will study.

 Go to course structure to see if specific advanced standing rules also apply to this course.

Learning support

Learning resources

MySCU is a student's point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.

The web-based study environment Blackboard Learn delivers an advanced online learning environment for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces, classrooms, and discussion boards. They can share files, presentations and applications. If a tutorial or lecture is recorded, students can view it afterwards.

Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.

The SCU Library provides a wide range of services that include face-to-face and online help, and access to print and electronic resources. To find out more, see the Library Toolbox.

The Academic Skills team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, assignment reviews and small group or one-on-one face-to-face, phone or Skype consultations during business hours 9am to 4.30pm. Appointments can be made via the MySCU Hub ‘Connect Now’ button or on the Academic Skills home page. Students can also book appointments online in Career Hub.

The YourTutor service provides online after-hours study support for SCU students. This service is available from 4pm to midnight Sunday to Friday via the 'Connect Now' button on MySCU Hub or from a link in nominated unit learning sites. The YourTutor service offers generic writing feedback and live online chat assistance for foundational concepts and study skills.

Equipment and facilities

Southern Cross University provides students with modern well equipped teaching spaces such as lecture theatres, classrooms, and studios or laboratories tailored to meet the needs of specific study disciplines. Contemporary audiovisual equipment is standard in most teaching venues, and students have access to computer labs for individual study purposes.

Course structure

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

Table of contents

Course requirements

To be awarded the Bachelor of Accounting students must successfully complete 24 units (288 credit points) comprising:

                  i.  22 core units

                 ii.  2 elective units

Exit Award

Students can exit with the Diploma of Accounting if 96 credit points have been successfully completed comprising any 8 units from the Bachelor of Accounting.


Advanced standing

Generally, students seeking advanced standing will be assessed on a case-by -case basis due to strict accreditation requirements for this degree.

Schedule of units


How to apply

Domestic students

On-campus Session 1 and 2

On-campus applications for this course are made through the NSW Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

On-campus Session 3

Applications to study this course on-campus commencing in Session 3 are made directly to SCU via our online application service.

Online Sessions 1, 2 and 3 (external)

Applications for this course to study online are made directly to SCU via our online application service.

International students

Confirm you meet the entry requirements including English language and academic entry and any specific pre-requisites.

Apply OnlineSouthern Cross University accepts applications directly through the International Application for Admissions form or via our online application services.

Additional information on how to apply is available at SCU International. Please note applicants from some countries need to go through an Education Agent.

The information on this page may be subject to change over time. Please check this page again before acting and see our disclaimer.

From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'