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Bachelor of Business (Accounting)

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If you’re thinking of joining the growing league of financially astute business leaders who make up the $20 billion accounting industry in Australia, studying a business degree with an accounting focus will put you in a strong position to succeed in any industry, anywhere in the world.

Being good with numbers is only part of the equation; accountants also need to be able to interpret financial data to help inform business decisions, communicate their findings clearly and effectively and often become one of the key business stakeholders.

As the accounting profession adapts to evolving expectations, it is crucial to balance your specialist business and accounting technical skills with professional skills, to enable you to make an impact in a range of complex, global environments.

The Bachelor of Business (Accounting) degree provides an accounting specialisation in a broader business context. The degree has also been accredited by professional accounting bodies Charted Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ), CPA Australia and by ACCA, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, providing a solid endorsement of quality.

The Bachelor of Business (Accounting) offers:

  • 26-subjects in total
  • 12 core business subjects
  • 6 specialisation subjects
  • 6 elective subjects
  • 2 WIL (Work Integrated Learning) subjects.

The degree focuses on interrelated business areas of the accounting profession differentiating it from other accounting courses, providing you with flexibility and choice in your career.

To get ready for the industry, strong focus is given to the employability skills, industry applied knowledge and use of technology across the subjects.

ICMS have an impressive network of Industry Partners in the accounting and finance industries. When you graduate from ICMS you’ll have more than just a degree.

Built into your qualification are two Work Integrated Learning (WIL) subjects, competed over two trimesters.

In the study period prior to your first WIL subject, we work closely with you to secure a suitable placement that is the best fit for your skills, interests and professional goals.

Your placement could take you anywhere in Australia, or internationally. It is all about securing the most suitable placement for you.

That means that by the time you graduate you will have work experience on your CV; a network of contacts in your chosen industry; and the confidence to jump straight into your career.

The Bachelor of Business (Accounting) degree has been accredited by professional accounting bodies Charted Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ), CPA Australia and by ACCA, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, providing a solid endorsement of quality.

Upon completion of the degree, students will be able to enter CA ANZ and CPA professional level programs directly and immediately register as Associate Members.

The Bachelor of Business (Accounting) has also been recognised by ACCA, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. This means that graduates receive exemptions for foundation exams and satisfy entry requirements into the professional level qualification, similar to CA ANZ and CPA Australia.

Click here for more information on: ACCA |  CPA Australia | Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (Chartered Accountants ANZ) 

Upon successful completion of the ICMS Bachelor of Business (Accounting) you will able to:

  • Develop, integrate and evaluate broad business theoretical and technical knowledge.
  • Conduct qualitative and/or quantitative applied research, analyse and apply findings to accounting business practice.
  • Analyse data, create and communicate solutions to complex and unpredictable accounting challenges.
  • Integrate ethical and sustainable solutions into global business practices.
  • Recognise and analyse accounting business operations and challenges and identify solutions.
  • Evaluate the most appropriate skills and technologies for the different challenges presented in accounting contexts.
  • Communicate effectively in diverse accounting contexts and across cultures.
  • Adapt business and specialist knowledge to provide effective responses to complex accounting business contexts.
  • Critically examine team dynamics and effectively apply business management principles and motivational factors to diverse team environments.
  • Reflect on performance and evaluate feedback to design a pathway towards continual learning opportunities and self-improvement in business practices.
  • Manage and self-direct work and learning within the professional business environment.

Quick facts

  • CRICOS Course Code: 106410A
  • UAC Course Code: 530004 (Northern Beaches Campus)*
  • Accreditation Status: Active
  • AQF Level: 7
  • Campus: Northern Beaches Campus, Manly*
  • Duration: 3 years (or part-time equivalent)
  • Accelerated Duration: 2.3 years
  • Industry Training: Minimum 600 hours
  • FEE-Help: Yes, available to Domestic students
  • Study Mode: On-campus & online, subject to availability**
  • Start: February, May, August | Mid-Term Intakes: March, June, October & December (when offered)
  • Indicative Student Enrolments: 25 in 2022 (equivalent course)

*Certain core subjects may be offered in the City Campus, subject to availability
** In accordance with the Australian Government ESOS National Code international students on a student visa can only undertake 33% of their total enrolment load online and must be enrolled in at least one (1) on-campus subject in each compulsory study period. Learn more

Career Options

The Bachelor of Business (Accounting) offers opportunities to pursue a career in any business sector, without limiting your employability to one specialised area within the accounting profession.

The degree reflects the industry and job market demands for entry-level professionals who are skilled in business principles and practices as well as the depth of knowledge in specialised areas of accounting.

  • Financial Accountant
  • Tax Accountant
  • Auditor
  • Business Analyst
  • Financial Advisor
  • Forensic Accountant
  • Investment Manager
  • Finance Manager
  • Management Accountant
  • Chief Finance Officer (CFO)

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*ACC303A Business Taxation is a CA ANZ, CPA and ACCA requirement and are completed as an elective subject while undertaking the degree. Students who do not wish to seek CA ANZ, CPA and ACCA membership may choose any other 300-level elective.

The course information on this website is indicative of a typical study pattern only and is subject to change. Enrolled students will be made aware of changes to their course structure or subjects. Not all subjects are offered every trimester. The Academic Consulting Office can assist you with subject selection and structuring your course. A typical full-time study load is between 6 and 8 subjects per year (an equivalent to 24 credit points).

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