Bachelor of Business (Accounting)

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Bachelor of Business (Accounting)

Duration: 3 years full-time/6 years part-time
Delivery: On campus
Credit points: 144 credit points (24 units of 6 credit points each)
Available to: Domestic (FEE-HELP)/International
IELTS: 6.0 with no band less than 6.0
AQF: Level 7
Tuition Fee: International students: $8,200 semester/$49,200 in total
Domestic (FEE-HELP)
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This course has been accredited by CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

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Excelsia College’s Bachelor of Business (Accounting) is a three-year undergraduate qualification comprising discipline and professional studies. The course is a 144 credit points course undertaking 8 units per year (6 credit points per unit) from year 1 to year 3 across two semesters per year. There are both core units and electives in this course.


Reasons to study this program:

  • • Development of both knowledge and skills to be an ethical and responsible accounting professional

    • A breadth of electives in management and entrepreneurship to choose from

    • Authentic curriculum where lessons can be immediately applied

    • Study alongside students from other cultures

Year 1: Setting the Context for becoming a Professional Accountant

In Year 1, students are first introduced to the principles of accounting and management especially the technical skills required to prepare financial statements. Other business-related disciplines include economics and business law which set the framework for good business practice in commerce.

The unique learning experience with Excelsia College will also be introduced as students are required to study two Integrative Studies units: Life Calling and Purpose and Reading and Applying the Christian Story.

Year 2: Specialisation in Accounting

In Year 2, students will advance their knowledge in accounting and business by studying the specialised fields such as Financial Accounting, Management Accounting and Taxation Law. They will broaden their business skills by learning finance in business and the technological advancement driven by the innovative business information systems.

To allow students to be an all-rounder professional, they have to choose two electives from a range of related business subjects such as: Human Resource Management, Marketing Management, Marketing Research, Organisational Behaviour, Project Management, Family Business Management and Social Entrepreneurship.

Year 3: Becoming a responsible and accountable Professional

In Year 3, Excelsia will focus on developing accounting students to be  responsible and accountable professionals by introducing courses such as Audit and Assurance, Ethics and Corporate Governance and Current Issues in Accounting.

In addition, students will further develop their technical accounting skills by learning more complex accounting processes such as preparation of cashflow statements and business forecasts.

Alternate electives such as Organisational Change and Development, Supply Chain and Operations Management, Services Marketing and, Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation are also on offer.

Graduates of the Bachelor in Business (Accounting) may find entry level employment as an accountant, business analyst, auditor, financial advisor and taxation consultant among other career paths.

Upon graduation, such prospective students will have acquired a mix of a broad range of business/accounting knowledge and skills, and more specialist capabilities that will equip them to be innovative, effective and ethical.

Accounting Principles

This unit introduces accounting with a focus on the following:

  • • accounting equation
  • • terms and definitions.
Economics for Managers

This unit covers basic economic theories to assist managers to make sound decisions. A broad view on macro-economics will be discussed including economical tools such as supply and demand curves.

Management Principles

This unit provides a good overview of general management by introducing the various tools and theoretical principles used to make sound decisions. 

Formation 1

The formation units of study recognise that the spiritual, emotional and professional development of a person are closely interlinked. This unit allows students to  explore their personal world view and cultural context as well as understand the context of Christianity and the Bible within Western culture.

Introduction to Business Law

This unit provides an introduction to various Australian laws and regulations that govern the business world, e.g. the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth).

Financial Accounting

This unit focuses on the aspects of financial accounting, from accounts payable and accounts receivable to preparation of financial statements.

Business Data Analysis

This unit introduces all the key tools and formulae to analyse a range of business data and information for effective decision-making.  

Business Finance

This unit will provide students with a good understanding of how companies fund their operations, whether through equity finance (shares) or debt finance (loans).

Management Accounting

This unit provides students with a good overview of internal accounting processes as required by senior executives and management. Some of the tools learned are budgeting, cost accounting and activity-based costing. 

Company Law

This unit extends a student’s knowledge from a basic understanding of the Australian business laws to a more detailed study on various regulations on a company such as contract law, tort, and director duties.  

Formation 2

This unit provides students with an introduction to a resilience model for spiritual and holistic wellbeing. In the development of mature identity, it explores an ethical approach to current issues and character formation, and encourages the student to explore the integration of these into the professional context.  

Business Information Systems

This unit explores the dynamic of technological advancement in the digital world and how that affects the business in data and information management.

There is special focus on internal control using the five components of the Committee of Sponsoring Organization (COSO) of the Treadway Commission frameworks. 

Financial Analysis

Extending their learning from business data analysis, students will be given a range of financial analytical tools to examine financial reports for making sound business decisions.


Taxation is an important skill for students to learn to become a professional accountant. In this unit, students will learn the basic calculations of various Australian tax regulations including the underlying theories and governing laws.

  • • Human Resource Management

    • Marketing Management

    • Marketing Communications

    • Organisational Behaviour

    • Project Management

    • Cross-Cultural Management

    • Management of Small to Medium Enterprises

    • Family Business Management

Audit and Assurance

Audit is an integral part of accounting as financial statements of large and listed companies must be reviewed by an auditor. Students will be required to learn all the key concepts with regards to auditing, assurance and associated risk management.  

Ethics and Corporate Governance

Students are introduced to the importance of being ethical and professional in the discharge of their accounting work. Topics
covered include:

• corporate and social responsibility

• sustainable accounting

• fraud detection

• internal control.

Advanced Financial Accounting

Students will advance their skills in financial accounting by learning complex issues such as:

• lease accounting

• intangibles assets

• earnings per share

• positive accounting theories.

Advanced Taxation

Students will advance their skills in taxation by learning complex issues such as:

• capital gains tax

• goods and services tax

• dividend and calculation of franking credits

• withholding tax.

Advanced Management Accounting

Students will advance their skills in management accounting by learning complex issues such as:

• transfer pricing

• dashboard reporting

• balanced scorecard

• performance management

• strategic alignment.

Current Issues in Accounting (Capstone)

Students will keep up-to-date on all accounting related issues that are affecting specific industries or the business world at large.

Current developments on accounting standards (e.g. lease) will also be discussed and explored.

  • • Employment Relations

    • Performance Management

    • Marketing Research

    • Services Marketing

    • Organisational Change and Development

    • Supply Chain and Operations Management

    • Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation

    • Social Entrepreneurship

Entry Requirements

In order to be admitted into the Bachelor of Management and Entrepreneurship, Applicants will be required to provide evidence of completion of the NSW Higher School Certificate or its interstate or overseas equivalent.

Applicants for whom English is not their first language must provide: certified documentary evidence that their secondary schooling, or tertiary studies of at least one year, were conducted in the English language; or evidence of English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0. 

For test score equivalencies for alternative tests visit the International Students page.

Applicants who have completed a higher education qualification (associate degree, bachelor degree, graduate certificate or graduate diploma) in any discipline are be eligible for admission.

Applicants who have completed senior secondary studies or equivalent qualification with a vocational education training (VET) or TAFE provider within the last two years are eligible for admission.

Applicants who do not have a NSW Higher School Certificate (or equivalent) or completed their secondary education more than two years ago and have not undertaken or completed vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then can apply for admission using work and life experience.

‘Experience’ could include a combination of factors which demonstrate readiness for higher education, including mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. 

For more information please visit the Future Students information page.

If the applicant is successful they will be issued an offer letter and a written agreement. Students will need to respond to the offer within 6 weeks. This is done online and a confirmation will be emailed back to the applicant. At this point, applicants are welcome to apply for Credit or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). If you are eligible for credit or RPL, you may be exempt from completing some units and you may be able to finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.


Please refer to the Credit and Recognition of Prior Learning Policy reference.

Download the Student Selection and Admission Policy and Procedure.

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