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Bachelor of Accounting

A single three year undergraduate degree offered by the ANU College of Business and Economics

BACC
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
  • Field of Education
    • Accounting - general
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
  • Field of Education
    • Accounting - general

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Accounting requires completion of 144 units, of which:

A maximum of 60 units may come from completion of 1000-level courses

The 144 units must include:

24 units from completion of minor in Business and Economics Essentials

30 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

BUSN1002 Accounting Processes and Systems
FINM1001 Foundations of Finance
BUSN2011 Management Accounting
BUSN2015 Company Accounting
BUSN3001 Accounting Theory

18 units from completion of courses from the following list:

BUSN1101 Introduction to Commercial Law
BUSN2101 Law of Business Entities
BUSN2036 Financial Statement Analysis
BUSN3008 Financial Reporting By Corporations
BUSN3017 Corporate Social Responsibility, Accountability and Reporting
INFS2005 Accounting Information Systems

18 units from completion of courses from the following list:

BUSN3002 Auditing
BUSN3003 Advanced Management Accounting
BUSN3006 Public Sector Accounting
BUSN3008 Financial Reporting By Corporations
BUSN3014 Principles of Tax Law
BUSN3017 Corporate Social Responsibility, Accountability and Reporting
BUSN3051 Accounting Analytics

6 units from completion of courses on List 1 of the ANU College of Business and Economics
 

48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

Further Information
Students wishing to qualify for membership of CPA Australia must enrol in BUSN1101 Introduction to Commercial Law, BUSN2101 Law of Business Entities, INFS2005 Accounting Information Systems and BUSN3014 Principles of Taxation Law.  BUSN3002 Auditing is optional, but students are strongly advised to complete this course. Students who do not complete BUSN3002 at university must complete it in the CPA program in order to advance to the CPA status.

Students wishing to qualify for membership of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand must also enrol in BUSN3002 Auditing, in addition to BUSN1101 Introduction to Commercial Law, BUSN2101 Law of Business Entities, INFS2005 Accounting Information Systems and BUSN3014 Principles of Taxation Law. 

FDD with Law (ALLB):
Due to incompatibilities between (BUSN1101 and LAWS1204) and (BUSN2101 and LAWS2203), student will need to select three courses other than BUSN1101 and BUSN2101 from the second list of courses (that is, select three courses from BUSN2036, BUSN3008, BUSN3017 and INFS2005). 

You will meet the prerequisites of BUSN3014 by studying LAWS1204.
 

Minors

Elective Study

Once you have met the program requirements of your degree, you may have enough electives to complete an additional elective majorminor or specialisation.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units BUSN1001 Business Reporting and Analysis 6 units ECON1101 Microeconomics 1 6 units STAT1008 Quantitative Research Methods 6 units FINM1001 Foundations of Finance 6 units
BUSN1002 Accounting Processes and Systems 6 units ECON1102 Macroeconomics 1 6 units BUSN1101 Introduction to Commercial Law 6 units CBE Elective 6 units
Year 2 48 units BUSN2015 Company Accounting 6 units 2000 level Accounting course 6 units Elective course 6 units Elective course 6 units
BUSN2011 Management Accounting 6 units 2000 level Accounting course 6 units Elective course 6 units Elective course 6 units
Year 3 48 units BUSN3001 Accounting Theory 6 units 3000 level Accounting course 6 units Elective course 6 units Elective course 6 units
3000 level Accounting course 6 units 3000 level Accounting course 6 units Elective course 6 units Elective course 6 units

Admission Requirements

At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not guarantee entry into the program.


In line with the university's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors.


The University reserves the right to alter or discontinue its programs and change admission requirements as needed.

Domestic applicants

Before applying for a program, you should review the general information about domestic undergraduate admission to ANU programs and how to apply, and the program-specific information below.

  • Applicants with recent secondary education are assessed on:
    • completion of Australian Year 12 or equivalent, and the minimum Selection Rank (from their academic qualifications, plus any adjustment factors) requirement for this program; and
    • co-curricular or service requirement (applies to applicants who complete secondary education in the year prior to commencing at ANU); and
    • English language proficiency; and
    • any program-specific requirements listed below.
  • Applicants with higher education study are assessed on:
    • previous higher education studies; or secondary education results if completed less than one full-time equivalent year (1.0 FTE) of a degree; or the result from a bridging or preparatory course; and
    • English language proficiency; and
    • any program-specific requirements listed below.
  • Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are assessed on:
    • previously completed VET qualifications at AQF level 5 or higher (i.e. a Diploma or above); or secondary education results if the VET qualification is not completed; and
    • English language proficiency; and
    • any program-specific requirements listed below.
  • Applicants with work and life experience are assessed on:

International applicants

Applicants who complete a recognised secondary/senior secondary/post-secondary/tertiary sequence of study will be assessed on the basis of an equivalent selection rank that is calculated upon application. A list of commonly observed international qualifications and corresponding admission requirements can be found here. Applicants must also meet any program specific requirements that are listed below.

Diversity factors & English language proficiency  
As Australia's national university, ANU is global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia, but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe. If required, competitive ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency.

Further information is available for English Language Requirements for Admission

ATAR:
80
International Baccalaureate:
29

Prerequisites

There are no formal program prerequisites. But assumed knowledge is:-ACT: Mathematical Methods (Major) or NSW: Mathematics or equivalent. More information about interstate subject equivalencies can be found here.

Adjustment Factors

Adjustment factors are additional points added to an applicant's Selection Rank (for example an applicant's ATAR). ANU offers adjustment factors based on performance and equity principles, such as for high achievement in nationally strategic senior secondary subjects and for recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. 

Selection Rank adjustments are granted in accordance with the approved schedules, and no more than 15 (maximum 5 subject/performance-based adjustment factors and maximum 10 equity-based adjustment factors) can be awarded. 

You may be considered for adjustment factors if you have:

  • applied for an eligible ANU Bachelor degree program
  • undertaken Australian Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate
  • achieved an ATAR or equivalent at or above 70
  • not previously attempted tertiary study.

Please visit the ANU Adjustment Factors website for further information.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$48,384.00

Scholarships

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

The Bachelor of Accounting is designed to develop your knowledge and skills in reporting, analysing and managing financial resources in business and government entities. In addition to meeting the education requirements for membership of the Australian accounting professional bodies, the degree offers flexibility for you to study in related disciplines of your interest, including finance, business information systems, management, marketing, international business and corporate sustainability.

You will be equipped with the ability to critically analyse emerging accounting issues, and be inspired by the professional and scholarly accounting research that provides you with insights into issues underlying the accounting numbers, thus fostering your academic and professional competence. Gaining these academic and professional attributes will enhance your accounting career opportunities, or pursuance of advanced accounting studies.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will be able to:

  1. Integrate theoretical and technical accounting knowledge in a business context.
  2. Exercise judgement under supervision to provide possible solutions to routine accounting problems in straightforward contexts using where appropriate social, ethical, economic, regulatory, sustainability, governance and/or global perspectives.
  3. Critically apply theoretical and technical accounting knowledge and skills to provide possible solutions to routine accounting problems.
  4. Justify and communicate accounting advice and ideas to both specialists and non-specialists.

Further Information

Students wishing to qualify for membership of CPA Australia must enrol in BUSN2101 Law of Business Entities, INFS2005 Accounting Information Systems and BUSN3014 Principles of Taxation Law. BUSN3002 Auditing is optional, but students are strongly advised to complete it in their degree. Students who do not complete this course at university must complete it in the CPA program in order to advance to CPA status.

Students wishing to qualify for membership of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand must also enrol in BUSN3002 Auditing, In addition to BUSN3014 Principles of Taxation Law, BUSN2101 Law of Business Entities and INFS2005 Accounting Information Systems.

Electives: 

Students have 48 units of electives in a single degree program. Electives can be selected from CBE or other Colleges. No more than 10 courses at 1000 level.

Students wish to undertake an out of college elective may contact the relevant College directly.

Student Responsibility:

It is the student's responsibility to select electives in such a way that:

  • they satisfy prerequisites for the corresponding course/s.
  • they conform to the rules set out in Programs and Courses or if unsure seek advice from the CBE office.
It is the student's responsibility to select the courses appropriate for his/her program.

FDD with Law (ALLB):

Due to incompatibilities between (BUSN1101 and LAWS1204) and (BUSN2101 and LAWS2203), student will need to select three courses other than BUSN1101 and BUSN2101 from the second list of courses (that is, select three courses from BUSN2036, BUSN3008, BUSN3017 and INFS2005).

You will meet the prerequisites of BUSN3014 by studying LAWS1204.

FDD with Commerce:
Bachelor of Accounting cannot be combined with Bachelor of Commerce with an Accounting major.

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The Bachelor of Accounting is designed to develop your knowledge and skills in reporting, analysing and managing financial resources in business and government entities. In addition to meeting the education requirements for membership of the Australian accounting professional bodies, the degree offers flexibility for you to study in related disciplines of your interest, including finance, business information systems, management, marketing, international business, corporate sustainability and economic studies.

Single degree

  • This degree requires 144 units
  • A maximum of 60 units of 1000 level courses
  • 15 compulsory courses
  • 9 electives (of which 1 must be CBE List 1 elective courses)

Commencing Semester 1:
Semester 1 

  • BUSN1001 Business Reporting and Analysis - 6 units
  • ECON1101 Microeconomics 1 - 6 units
  • STAT1008 Quantitative Research Methods - 6 units
  • FINM1001 Foundations of Finance- 6 units
Semester 2 
  • ECON1102 Macroeconomics 1- 6 units
  • BUSN1002 Accounting Processes & Systems - 6 units
  • BUSN1101 Introduction to Commercial Law - 6 units
  • List 1 Elective Course - 6 units

Commencing Semester 2:
Semester 2 

  • ECON1101 Microeconomics 1 - 6 units
  • BUSN1001 Business Reporting and Analysis - 6 units
  • STAT1008 Quantitative Research Methods - 6 units
  • BUSN1101 Introduction to Commercial Law - 6 units

Double degree

  • This degree requires 96 units of CBE courses
  • A maximum of 48 units of 1000 level CBE courses
  • 15 compulsory courses
  • 1 CBE List 1 elective courses

Commencing Semester 1:
Semester 1 

  • BUSN1001 Business Reporting and Analysis - 6 units
  • ECON1101 Microeconomics 1 - 6 units

Semester 2 

  • STAT1008 Quantitative Research Methods - 6 units
  • ECON1102 Macroeconomics 1- 6 units


Commencing Semester 2:
Semester 2 

  • BUSN1001 Business Reporting and Analysis - 6 units
  • ECON1101 Microeconomics 1 - 6 units

About this degree

Single degree
In a Bachelor of Accounting single degree program you will study a total of 144 units.  Typically you will take 4 courses per semester (total of 24 units) as a full time student giving you a total of 24 courses across your whole degree. You will need to complete a minimum of 16 CBE courses (96 units) but will also get to choose 8 courses (48 units) from other ANU Colleges.  You can try a range of courses or take a major or minor in a non-CBE subject, the choice is yours.

Double degree
In a Bachelor of Accounting double degree program you will study a total of 16 courses (96 units).  Typically you will take 4 courses per semester (total of 24 units) as a full time student giving you a total of 16 courses (96 units) across your whole degree.  However, for each semester you are likely to take 2 courses from your Accounting degree and then 2 courses from the other half of you degree - still a total of 4 courses a semester.



Enrolment Status

It is possible to enrol in fewer courses per semester but it will take you longer to finish your program and get your degree. If you are an international student you must always be enrolled full-time in 24 units each semester.


Important things to keep in mind when choosing your 1000-level courses

When you enrol for the first time you will study ‘1000-level’ courses. These courses have ‘1’ as the first number in their course code, such as ECON1101.



Please also note that:

  • You need to enrol in courses for both First Semester and Second Semester.
  • In your first year, you cannot study more than four courses (24 units) per semester, eight for the year. 
  • You may take 1000-level courses later in your program.   But remember you can’t count more than ten 1000-level courses (60 units) in total towards your single degree.
  • You can change your enrolment via ISIS in courses up until the Monday of Week 2.

Electives

You can use your electives to enrol in any courses that you like, provided you meet prerequisite requirements.

  • Remember that you can choose up to 8 courses from another ANU College if you are undertaking the single Bachelor of accounting degree.
  • If you are in a double degree, your electives must be CBE courses.
  • Don't forget the maximum number of 1000 level courses is 10 in single degree.



Study Options

Bachelor of Accounting

This is a typical study plan for the first year of a student undertaking a Bachelor of Accounting degree

Study Options

Year 1 48 units BUSN1001 Business Reporting and Analysis 6 units ECON1101 Microeconomics 1 6 units STAT1008 Quantitative Research Methods 6 units FINM1001 Foundations of Finance 6 units
BUSN1002 Accounting Processes and Systems 6 units ECON1102 Macroeconomics 1 6 units BUSN1101 Introduction to Commercial Law 6 units CBE Elective 6 units

Bachelor of Accounting - Double Degree

This is a typical study pattern for the first year of a student undertaking a Bachelor of Accounting with another degree, such as the Bachelor of Arts (degree B).

Study Options

Year 1 48 units BUSN1001 Business Reporting and Analysis 6 units ECON1101 Microeconomics 1 6 units Degree B Course 6 units Degree B Course 6 units
STAT1008 Quantitative Research Methods 6 units ECON1102 Macroeconomics 1 6 units Degree B Course 6 units Degree B Course 6 units

Disciplines

For further information on specific discipline you can:


Academic Advice

Please refer to the CBE Fast Track page:
https://www.cbe.anu.edu.au/fasttrack 


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