Bachelor of Commerce (Major: Accounting)

School of Business, Fremantle Campus

Often called ‘the language of business’, accounting is the means by which individuals and business communicate financial information. These days, in addition to their financial duties, accountants are often expected to take on leadership roles within a business. A Bachelor of Commerce with a Major in Accounting from The University of Notre Dame Australia will provide you with the skills for the setting, communicating and monitoring business strategies in a global context.

  • Why study this degree?

    Endorsed by the Institute of Public Accountants and operating under the guidelines issued by CPA Australia and the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), our Bachelor of Commerce with a Major in Accounting is an accredited degree taken over three years of full-study – or the equivalent of part-time study.

    Initially, you will build the foundations of your business education with subjects such as accounting, business communication, business law, economics, and more. Following this, students will specialise with nine accounting subjects, before having the opportunity to choose three elective subjects. Upon the completion of your program, you will have the skills and knowledge needed to work in a variety of areas such as accounting firms, banking, management consulting and mining.

    As part of your degree you will be required to undertake 150 hours of hands-on job experience known as practicum. Our Business Internship program includes valuable workplace experience, interaction with practitioners and preparation for the job market, as well as CV workshops, interviewing technique classes, coaching sessions, and more. For those who would like international experience we offer the opportunity to complete part of your degree at one of our partner institutions. Speak to our Study Abroad Office about studying in Asia, Europe and North America.

  • Program summary

    Three Core Curriculum courses

    • Introduction to Philosophy
    • Introduction to Theology
    • Ethics

    Eight Business foundation courses

    • Accounting
    • Business Communication
    • Business Information Technology
    • Business Law
    • Economics
    • Principles of Management
    • Principles of Marketing
    • Quantitative Methods for Business

    Ten Accounting courses

    • Accounting for Corporate Entities
    • Advanced Accounting Concepts
    • Auditing
    • Company Law
    • Financial Accounting
    • Managerial Accounting
    • Managerial Accounting and Control
    • Managerial Finance
    • Taxation

    Plus two Accounting elective courses (to be chosen from)

    • Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation
    • History of Austrian Economics
    • Macroeconomic Theory and Policy
    • Microeconomic Theory and Policy
    • Principles of Finance
    • The Economics of Financial Crises

    More information about the courses can be found at the course descriptions page.

    Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations.

  • Real-world experience

    You will learn from academics who are industry leaders and, through our practicum placements and internship programs, you will gain real professional experience and make valuable contacts with potential employers.

  • Study Abroad

    You will have the opportunity to complete part of your degree at one of our partner institutions
    through our exchange program. Get in touch with the Study Abroad Office to find out more about
    studying in Asia, Europe and North America.

  • Entry requirements

    Academic requirements for this program are outlined below.  In addition, to be eligible for admission, all applicants need to satisfy minimum requirements outlined at admission requirements. These include those relating to age and English Language Proficiency.  We also consider your application more broadly – your non-academic achievements (such as any previous leadership roles, volunteering, work, church and/or community involvement) as well as personal qualities - your aspirations and interests and your capacity to complete your chosen program.

    Applicants with recent Secondary Education:

    • Indicative ATAR of 70 with a score of 50+ in ATAR English, ATAR Literature or ATAR English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD)
    • Minimum International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 24

    Applicants with Higher Education Study

    • Other university studies completed at undergraduate level or higher, a minimum of 4 successfully completed subjects;
    • Successful completion of the Notre Dame Tertiary Pathway Program.

    Applicants who have successfully completed subjects at another University, which are relevant to the selected program of study, may be eligible for Advanced Standing.

    Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

    • Completed AQF Certificate IV or higher in a relevant discipline, from an accredited provider such as TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

    Applicants with Work and Life Experience

    Applicants who left secondary education more than two years previously and who have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then, but with relevant work and life experience. Such experience may include, but is not limited to:

    • STAT score of 145 in the Multiple Choice and Written English sections are required.
    • Mature-age completion of two Year 12 WACE or HSC exams with a resulting ATAR of 70 or above
    • Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) or equivalent results if these have been completed within the last 5 years.

    Please note: all applicants must be of school leaving age or older to apply.

  • Fees and costs

    More information can be found at the Fees page.

  • Career opportunities

    The following careers are open to graduates of this program:

    • International business consultant
    • Accountant
    • Management consultant
    • International banking
    • Mining executive
  • Professional accreditation

    The Bachelor of Commerce (Major: Accounting) is fully accredited by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, CPA Australia and the Institute of Public Accountants.

  • More information

    For more information on the Bachelor of Commerce (Major: Accounting), please call our Prospective Students Office on +61 8 9433 0533 or email

    All international enquiries should contact the International Students Office on

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