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Develop your accounting skills while getting the latest insights from industry heavyweights, and graduate with the balance of theoretical and practical knowledge employers are looking for.

You'll have the opportunity to gain an accredited accounting qualification while building your own specialisation in a business discipline. In your final year, you will have the opportunity to take part in one of our accounting work placements.

La Trobe is featured in the world’s top 200* for accounting and finance subjects. We are also in the top 3 in Victoria for accounting auditing and accountability research.**

In your final year, you may study subjects that provide you with the eligibility to apply for membership and recognition by CPA Australia or Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ). Becoming a member in a professional body can help you get ahead.

Choose from a variety of internships, study tours, internships and languages, and even study electives overseas at one of La Trobe’s top business school partners.

Career opportunities

Graduates from this course have gone on to successful careers in:

  • accounting
  • auditing
  • business law
  • financial and risk management
  • public sector accounting
  • taxation.

Previous graduates have been employed by a range of businesses and organisations including  :

  • Deloitte
  • EY (Ernest & Young)
  • KMPG
  • PwC
  • Qantas
  • Westpac.

* Students are required to complete specific subjects in order to graduate with the CPA Australia and CAANZ accredited qualification, please refer to the Handbook for further details.
**QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017.
*** Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2015-16.

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Bachelor of Accounting

Course offer year:
2018
Semester starts:
March, July, November
Campus/ATAR*:
Melbourne 65.35
Other N/A
Sydney 62.4
Duration:
3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Prerequisites:
VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL. NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Professional recognition:
The Bachelor of Accounting is accredited by CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). Students are required to complete specific subjects in order to graduate with the CPA Australia and CAANZ accredited qualification, please refer to the Handbook for further details. Membership may require an application to the professional body and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements:
Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online for other information to be considered during the selection process e.g. details on work experience or reasons for applying.
Subject bonus:
A study score of 25 in any Business equals 4 aggregate points per study. A study score of 20 in any LOTE equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.
See Student Handbook for more details:

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Sample course structure

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Business Foundations
  • Accounting and Finance for Business
  • Accounting for Management Decisions
  • Business Economics

Semester 2

  • Business Analytics
  • Accounting and Information Systems
  • Second major core subject or elective subject
  • Second major core subject or elective subject

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Cost Accounting and Decision Making
  • Fundamentals of Finance
  • Introduction to Business Law and Ethics
  • Second major core subject or elective subject*

Semester 2

  • Corporate Reporting
  • Sustainability
  • Second major core subject or elective subject*
  • Second major core subject or elective subject*

* Law of Business Associations (LST2LBA) is a subject required for accreditation by both CPA Australia and CAANZ and must be taken as an elective subject in second year.

Year 3

Semester 1

  • Management Accounting and Control
  • Level 3 second major core subject or level 3 elective subject*
  • Level 3 second major core subject or level 3 elective subject*
  • Level 3 second major core subject or level 3 elective subject*

Semester 2

  • Auditing and Assurance
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Level 3 second major core subject or level 3 elective subject*

This sample course structure is only indicative. For an up to date version please consult the Handbook.

*Taxation ACC3TAX is no longer part of the membership requirements for CPA Australia. However, students can choose to complete this subject as an elective to support their application for professional membership of CAANZ. Students who do not complete the taxation subject as part of their degree may be required to undertake further study to be admitted to membership of CPA Australia.

Specialisations, majors and minors

Majors and Minors:

In addition to the accounting major defined within the core subjects of this course you may choose to complete a second major, or one or two minors, instead of completing all nine elective subjects.  The majors and minors may be chosen from any on offer in the university, subject to their being no more than eight subjects for a major and four subjects for a minor, and subject to having completed any prerequisite subjects required.

Several attractive Majors, which complement this course, for you to consider are:

  • Financial Management;
  • Economics;
  • International Business;

Several attractive Minors, which complement this course, for you to consider are:

  • Forensic Accounting;
  • International Commerce;
  • International Management.

For more information on Business Majors and Minors and the subjects on offer within them link to Business Majors or Business Minors.

Contact us

Graduate career ready

Prepare for a successful career in accounting with a course accredited by CPA and CAANZ*.

Enquire now

Choose Bachelor of Accounting at La Trobe

Develop your accounting skills while getting the latest insights from industry heavyweights, and graduate with the balance of theoretical and practical knowledge employers are looking for.

You will have the opportunity to gain an accredited accounting qualification while building your own specialisation in a business discipline. In your final year, you will have the opportunity to take part in one of our accounting work placements.

La Trobe is featured in the world’s top 200* for accounting and finance subjects. We are also in the top 3 in Victoria for accounting auditing and accountability research.**

In your final year, you may study subjects that provide you with the eligibility to apply for membership and recognition by CPA Australia or Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ). Becoming a member in a professional body can help you advance your career.

Choose from a variety of internships, study tours, internships and languages, and even study electives overseas at one of La Trobe’s top business school partners.

Career opportunities

Graduates from this course have gone on to successful careers in:

  • accounting
  • auditing
  • business law
  • financial and risk management
  • public sector accounting
  • taxation.

Previous graduates have been employed by a range of businesses and organisations including  :

  • Deloitte
  • EY (Ernest & Young)
  • KMPG
  • PwC
  • Qantas
  • Westpac.

* Students are required to complete specific subjects in order to graduate with the CPA Australia and CAANZ accredited qualification, please refer to the Handbook for further details.
**QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017.
*** Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2015-16.

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Course details for international students

Bachelor of Accounting (066343J)

Course offer year:
2018
Semester starts:
March, July, November
Fees amount ($A):
30 000
Campus:
Melbourne; Other; Sydney
Duration:
3 years
English language requirements:
Successful completion of English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 5B certificate at undergraduate (EFS5 (60%) UG) level conducted by La Trobe Melbourne; for more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website. IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with no individual band score less than 6.0; TOEFL Paper-based Test - a minimum overall score of 550 with a score of 5 or more in the Test of Written English; TOEFL Internet-based Test - a minimum overall score of 60 with a minimum for SLR 18; W 22; La Trobe Melbourne Foundation Studies: 60 per cent final result in a course; English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted. Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English) for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0. Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): a minimum score of 57 with no communicative skill score less than 50. Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher. Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a pass grade of C or higher; or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements:
LTM Foundation Studies - 65 International Baccalaureate - 24 GCE A Levels - 7 HKDSE - 2 x Level 4 Sri Lankan A Levels - CCC STPM - 8 Norway Upper Secondary Certificate - 3.5 Sweden Slutbetyg - G All Indian Sen SC (Best 5 Subjects) - 60 Vietnam (Year 12) - 8 Indonesia (SMA) - 8 GAC Cert. IV - GPA 2.6 GAOKAO - see: the website If you do not meet these entry requirements you might be interested in La Trobe's Foundation Studies and Diploma Programs, which provide an alternative pathway to La Trobe's undergraduate program. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website. NB: The scores above are indicative only and may change based on the number of applications received and places available. Achieving the above listed scores does not guarantee an offer of a place.
Professional recognition:
The Bachelor of Accounting is accredited by CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). Students are required to complete specific subjects in order to graduate with the CPA Australia and CAANZ accredited qualification, please refer to the Handbook for further details. Membership may require an application to the professional body and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
See Student Handbook for more details:

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Sample course structure

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Business Foundations
  • Accounting and Finance for Business
  • Accounting for Management Decisions
  • Business Economics

Semester 2

  • Business Analytics
  • Accounting and Information Systems
  • Second major core subject or elective subject
  • Second major core subject or elective subject

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Cost Accounting and Decision Making
  • Fundamentals of Finance
  • Introduction to Business Law and Ethics
  • Second major core subject or elective subject*

Semester 2

  • Corporate Reporting
  • Sustainability
  • Second major core subject or elective subject*
  • Second major core subject or elective subject*

* Law of Business Associations (LST2LBA) is a subject required for accreditation by both CPA Australia and CAANZ and must be taken as an elective subject in second year.

Year 3

Semester 1

  • Management Accounting and Control
  • Level 3 second major core subject or level 3 elective subject*
  • Level 3 second major core subject or level 3 elective subject*
  • Level 3 second major core subject or level 3 elective subject*

Semester 2

  • Auditing and Assurance
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Level 3 second major core subject or level 3 elective subject*

This sample course structure is only indicative. For an up to date version please consult the Handbook.

*Taxation ACC3TAX is no longer part of the membership requirements for CPA Australia. However, students can choose to complete this subject as an elective to support their application for professional membership of CAANZ. Students who do not complete the taxation subject as part of their degree may be required to undertake further study to be admitted to membership of CPA Australia.

Specialisations, majors and minors

Majors and Minors:

In addition to the accounting major defined within the core subjects of this course you may choose to complete a second major, or one or two minors, instead of completing all nine elective subjects.  The majors and minors may be chosen from any on offer in the university, subject to their being no more than eight subjects for a major and four subjects for a minor, and subject to having completed any prerequisite subjects required.

Several attractive Majors, which complement this course, for you to consider are:

  • Financial Management;
  • Economics;
  • International Business;

Several attractive Minors, which complement this course, for you to consider are:

  • Forensic Accounting;
  • International Commerce;
  • International Management.

For more information on Business Majors and Minors and the subjects on offer within them link to Business Majors or Business Minors.

Contact us