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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 and communicate their findings clearly and effectively.

As the accounting profession adapts to evolving expectations, it is crucial to balance your specialist business and accounting skills with ‘soft’ managerial 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 approved for professional accreditation by CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (Charted Accountants ANZ) – 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.

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 approved for professional accreditation by CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (Chartered Accountants ANZ).

What the accreditation means for ICMS students is that they will enjoy automatic exemptions from CPA foundation programs – which saves the students the cost and time for six subjects – as well as eligibility to register as associate members of CPA upon graduation.

A further advantage for students is that industry training worked into the ICMS Bachelor of Business  (Accounting) counts towards full accreditation with CPA.

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

Career Options

The Bachelor of Business (Accounting) offers opportunities to pursue a career in the 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)

Quick facts

  • CRICOS Course Code: 106410A
  • UAC Course Code: 530004
  • 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: 17 in 2020 (equivalent course)

*Certain core subjects may be offered in the City Campus, subject to availability

*ACC303A Business Taxation is a CA and CPA requirement and are completed as an elective subject while undertaking the degree. Students who do not wish to seek CA and CPA 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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