Course code: HE20535V01

Bachelor of Applied Commerce majoring in accounting and financial planning

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Overview About this course

Get the best of both worlds when you enrol in the Bachelor of Applied Commerce majoring in Accounting and Financial Planning. In this double major you’ll get the combined skills and accreditation of our Accounting and Financial planning single majors, with only 6 months' extra full time study. Gain the practical knowledge you need to set you up for career success, from contemporary accounting concepts to investment analysis and the psychology of client engagement. Undertake a work placement, benefit from TAFE NSW’s excellent industry connections and choose from full time or part time study with this Financial Adviser Standards (FAS) approved course.

Course Duration

3 years full time or 6 years part time.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Use accounting, financial planning and Xero tax software

  • Create detailed financial plans and statements

  • Build client relationships

  • Uphold ethical standards

  • Use your skills in real world situations and understand contemporary accounting concepts

Course outcomes

Develop specialist skills to gain an advantage in the job market

  • A Financial Advisor Standards approved bachelor's degree

  • Work experience in the financial services industry

  • Eligibility to apply for membership to Certified Practising Accountants (CPA) Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ), Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA), Association of Financial Advisers (AFA), and the Tax Practitioners’ Board as a tax agent and tax (financial) adviser

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

You must demonstrate that you have achieved one of the following:

  • 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

You must also:

  • 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

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • An interest in finance and numbers

  • An interest in helping others

  • Good communication and relationship building skills

  • Problem solving skills

  • Curiosity and attention to detail

  • Checked the requirements set by the Australian Government Treasury’s Financial Adviser Standards

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.

Pathways Future career and study options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like:

Accountant (General)

Accountants (General) provide services relating to compliance-based financial reporting, auditing, insolvency and accounting information systems, and advise on associated record-keeping requirements.

  • Full-time share Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).


  • Employment size Employment size is the number of workers who do this as their main job.

    67,000 workers

  • Average age This is the average age of all workers in this job.

    40 years

  • Weekly pay Median earnings are shown for full-time, non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate, before tax or any amounts that are salary sacrificed. These figures are a guide to earnings only and should not be used to determine a wage rate.


  • Average full-time The average full-time hours that people in this role work each week.

    43 hours

  • Skill level rating Skill level ratings are based on the range and complexity of job roles. In general, the higher the skill level, the more formal education and training, previous experience or on-the-job training needed to be good at the job.

    Very high

  • Gender share

    52% female

  • Future growth The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business estimates the likely change in number of workers in this role, or industry, over the next 5 years. Future growth is the likely percentage change compared to all other job roles.

    Strong Growth

Other jobs include: financial adviser, financial planner, financial analyst, chartered accountant, management accountant, tax agent, auditor, forensic accountant, business consultant, payroll manager, business or venture analyst, business consultant, financial coach, investment manager, superannuation adviser or analyst and insurance adviser.


After completing this course, you will be eligible to apply for membership to Certified Practising Accountants (CPA) Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ), the Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA), the Association of Financial Advisers (AFA), and the Tax Practitioners’ Board as a tax agent and tax (financial) adviser. You will also meet the minimum education requirements for the Financial Adviser Standards (FAS) set by the Australian Government Treasury (formerly set by the Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA)).

Study pathways

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Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning ( or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Subjects Subjects in this course

Completion of this course requires you to successfully complete 28 subjects (280 credit points) made up of 26 core subjects and 2 elective subjects.

Core Subjects

    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 services Facilities and support

      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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      • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

      • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

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