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Bachelor of Accounting

About this course

Accountants play a critical role within businesses as they provide financial advice and work strategically across all levels. Southern Cross University's Bachelor of Accounting has been designed to meet the changing needs of business with subjects aimed at producing work ready graduates who have the scope of skills to suit both private practice and a range of other industries.

Career opportunities

In private and public, large and small, accounting firms in metropolitan, regional and rural settings. Or, in a range of other industries including banking, finance and insurance services, financial management, scientific and technical services, public administration and safety and international business. Accountants are sought after in every industry. There is also ample opportunity for self-employment. 

Professional recognition

Southern Cross University has accreditation for this course with the following professional bodies:

  • Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA)
  • Certified Practising Accountants (CPA) Australia

Southern Cross University has applied for accreditation for this course with the following professional bodies:

  • Institute of Public Accountants (IPA)

This accreditation will enable graduates to enrol in CA, CPA Australia, and the IPA postgraduate programs. 

Professional placement

Students may choose as electives, one or two double-weighted internship units. 

Major areas of study

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Law

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, email, phone, and one-on-one support.

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.

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Course requirements

To be eligible for the Bachelor of Accounting a candidate shall successfully complete not less than twenty-four (24) units (288 credit points) comprising:

  1. all units listed in Part A; and
  2. one four (4) unit stream from Part B; or
  3. four (4) elective units from Part C.

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

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How to apply

Domestic students

Applications for this course 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'