Build the practical skills, confidence and connections to excel in your accounting career. Whether you’re interested in becoming a tax agent, a forensic accountant, a business analyst or an entrepreneur, the Bachelor of Applied Commerce majoring in Accounting provides a pathway to a wide range of industries and experiences. You’ll learn in small classes, experience a work placement and benefit from TAFE NSW’s industry connections. When you graduate you’ll be eligible to apply for membership with Certified Practising Accountants (CPA) Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ). With full time or part time study available, you can choose the best option to suit your lifestyle.
3 years full time or 6 years part time.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Use accounting and Xero tax software
Apply a variety of skills related to accounting and taxation, from advanced financial accounting to income tax law
Create detailed financial statements for clients and stakeholders
Uphold ethical standards
Use your skills in real world situations and understand contemporary accounting concepts
Develop specialist skills to gain an advantage in the job market
Graduate with a bachelor's degree
Work experience in the financial services industry
Eligibility to apply for membership to CPA Australia, CA ANZ, and as a tax agent with the Tax Practitioners Board
Accounting skills that are valued by a range of industries
This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
A NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) or its equivalent or
A Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation or its equivalent or
A completed Certificate IV or higher vocational qualification
Attend a pre-admission interview where you may also be asked to complete a short literacy and numeracy task - this helps us to understand how we can support your study success and provide you with any necessary support
Your certificates, transcripts and other entry requirement evidence must be certified through a Justice of the Peace or other authorising officer
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
An interest in finance and numbers
An interest in helping others
Strong attention to detail
Good communication and relationship building skills
Critical thinking and problem solving skills
You do not require an ATAR score for entry into this course.
If you are unable to meet the entry requirements, you may be eligible for special admission.
Please continue with your application and you will be guided to identify as mature aged (at least 21 years old in your first year of study) or disadvantaged (disability, serious or chronic illness, interrupted education, lack of support for study, serious personal problems and/or serious family responsibilities). Please contact us to find out more.
TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.
Our graduates go onto roles like:
Accountants (General) provide services relating to compliance-based financial reporting, auditing, insolvency and accounting information systems, and advise on associated record-keeping requirements.
Other jobs include: financial accountant, chartered accountant, management accountant, tax accountant, tax agent, cost accountant, auditor, forensic accountant, business consultant, payroll manager and business or venture analyst.
After completing this course, you will be eligible to apply for membership to CPA Australia, CA ANZ, and the Tax Practitioners Board as a tax agent.
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
Alternative pathways into this course
Advance your skills to take your career to the next level
The Bachelor of Applied Commerce majoring in accounting does not have any post-graduate courses.
Strengthen your expertise and expand your employability
At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning (https://www.tafensw.edu.au/enrol/recognition-credit-transfers) or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.
Completion of this course requires you to successfully complete 24 subjects (240 credit points) made up of 22 core subjects and 2 elective subjects.
Note: Some courses offer the opportunity to choose subjects from the complete suite of Higher Education electives that are delivered by TAFE NSW. Once you’ve enrolled, contact your Course Coordinator to discuss tailoring your course to align with your interests and goals.
TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.
TAFE NSW Disability Support Service
TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support
TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)
TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service
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