Bachelor of Accounting

School of Business, Sydney Campus

When you study a Bachelor of Accounting at The University of Notre Dame Australia, you’ll receive a thorough grounding in all areas of business. Embracing both the theoretical and practical skills needed to ensure your success, your program will cover everything from business law and IT to corporate accounting and auditing. In addition, an internship with some of Australia’s best-known corporations will give you the opportunity to test your skills in the real world.

  • Why study this degree?

    As long as we have commerce, society will always need accountants. And, with the rise of so many
    new industries in Australia, accountants have never been in higher demand. Studying your degree
    with Notre Dame will give you an extra edge, especially as our degree is fully accredited by CPA
    Australia and Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand.

    As part of your degree, you will be required to undertake 150 hours of practical experience in a
    workplace of your choice. This is not work experience but an embedded internship – indeed many of
    our students later find full-time employment with the company where they took their practicum.
    According to the current QILT (Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching) survey of Australian
    academic institutions, 76.7 percent of our graduates found full-time employment on the completion
    of their business program at Notre Dame – more than 3 percent above the national average.

    The School of Business has built up strong links with the business community in New South Wales
    which provides obvious benefits for our students. The Commonwealth Bank, Century 21, Nine
    Network, Bauer Media and St George Bank are just some of companies which participate in our
    internship roster. Apart from a dynamic internship program, the university attracts some of the
    state’s high achievers to teach and inspire our students.

    A degree in accounting offers a wide variety of career paths. Depending on your interests and choice
    of courses, you could specialise in internal auditing, forensic accounting or tax accounting.

  • Program summary

    3 Core Curriculum Courses

    • CORE1001 Logos I
    • CORE1002 Logos II
    • CORE1003 Logos III

    4 Business Foundation Courses

    • BUSN1000 Economics
    • BUSN1030 Quantitative Methods for Business
    • BUSN1060 Business Information Technology
    • BUSN2400 Business Law

    11 Accounting Courses

    • BUSN1110 Accounting for Business
    • BUSN2150 Financial Accounting A
    • BUSN2160 Financial Accounting B
    • BUSN2110 Managerial Accounting
    • BUSN2200 Managerial Finance
    • BUSN2450 Taxation
    • BUSN3100 Strategic Business Intelligence
    • BUSN3110 Accounting for Corporate Entities
    • BUSN3120 Accounting Theory
    • BUSN3130 Auditing
    • BUSN3400 Company Law

    5 Elective Courses

    • BUSN1200 Principles of Finance
    • BUSN2210 Financial Markets and Instruments
    • BUSN2010 Microeconomic Theory and Policy
    • BUSN2020 Macroeconomic Theory and Policy
    • BUSN2070 History of Austrian Economics
    • BUSN2350 The Economics of Financial Crises
    • BUSN3270 Financial Analysis and Valuation
    • BUSN3380 Advanced Economics

    Or any other courses offered by the University 

    1 Internship

    • BUSN3900 Business Internship

    *The above is the typical course load for a student studying this degree full-time.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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:

    • HSC Performance Band Results with a Band 4 in English and a minimum average of Band 4s in HSC Category A Courses (or interstate equivalent). Applicants must be eligible for an ATAR or OP.
    • Minimum International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 25.

    Applicants with Higher Education Study

    • Other university studies completed at undergraduate level or higher. Programs in Arts & Sciences and Business require a minimum of 2 successfully completed subjects. Programs in Education, Nursing, and Philosophy & Theology require a minimum of 4 successfully completed subjects; or
    • Successful completion of the Notre Dame Tertiary Pathway Program or of another Enabling Program at a level deemed sufficient by the University.

    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 to the School of Education require a completed AQF Diploma or higher in a relevant discipline.

    Applicants with Work and Life Experience

    Applicants with relevant work and life experience who left secondary education more than two years ago and have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then may seek admission on the basis of:

    • Their experience. ‘Experience’ could include a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as Mature Age entry, relevant professional experience, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study. Evidence must be provided as to the type and duration or employment (minimum of two years) in a relevant industry. The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) may be required.
    • STAT – Scores of 150 in the Multiple Choice and Written English sections are required.
    • Higher School Certificate (HSC) (or equivalent) results if these have been completed within the last 5 years.
  • Fees

    This Program has the following loan scheme(s) available for eligible students:

    The FEE-HELP loan scheme assists eligible fee-paying students with the payment of all, or part, of their tuition fees, not including additional study costs such as accommodation or textbooks. Your FEE-HELP debt will be indexed each year in line with the Consumer Price Index.

  • Career opportunities

    The following careers are open to graduates of this program:

    • Banking and finance
    • General business
    • Government
    • Private consulting
    • Not-for-profit organisations
  • Student profile data

    Table 2 below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in this Program. It provides data on all students who commenced in this Program in the most relevant recent intake period, including those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

    TABLE 2a – Bachelor of Accounting BASIS OF ADMISSION IN SEMESTER 1, 2021 INTAKE

    Applicant background

    Semester 1 2021

    Number of students

    Percentage of all students

    (A) Higher education study
    (includes a bridging or enabling course)
    N/A N/A
    (B) Vocational education and training (VET) study<5N/P
    (C) Work and life experience
    (Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
    (D) Recent secondary education:
    • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
      (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)
    • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, interview, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
    N/A N/A
    • Admitted   on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, interview, school marks &   recommendation with no minimum ATAR requirement)
    <5 N/P
    International studentsN/AN/A
    All students<5100.0%


    (Excluding adjustment factors) *
    Selection Rank
    (ATAR plus any adjustment factors) *
    [only if relevant]
    Highest rank to receive an offer N/A N/A
    Median rank to receive an offer N/A N/A

    Lowest rank to receive an offer

    N/A N/A


    “<5” – the number of students is less than 5
    N/A – Students not accepted in this category
    N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students

  • More information

    For more information on the Bachelor of Accounting, please call our Prospective Students Office on +61 2 8204 4404 or email

    All international enquiries should contact the International Students Office at

The Notre Dame difference

An exceptional educational experience
  • Overall quality
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    in NSW

  • Learner
    in NSW

  • Teaching 
    in NSW

  • Skills 
    in NSW

Federal Government’s Quality Indicators for Learning & Teaching  -   In the Business & Management (undergraduate) category.

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