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Bachelor of Professional Accounting

If you’re good with numbers, a career as a professional accountant is the perfect choice. A career in accounting can take you to the top.
This course is offered at multiple locations, select your prefered campus to see when it is offered.
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Gippsland - Churchill
On-line Learning
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Gippsland - Churchill
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
On-line Learning
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
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This course may be on offer at a partner institution.

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
(360 credit points = 3.0 EFTSL)
Lowest Adjusted ATAR 50.00

This comprehensive course is designed for people with an aptitude for numbers and desire to forge a career in professional accounting. Whether you see yourself working for the government a company or even your own business this degree will teach you the ins and outs of the systems and financial strategies that will prepare you for a rewarding career.

Your core subjects will include accounting taxation law auditing finance and economics. In addition you'll be future-proofing your career by developing skills in creativity innovation marketing and digital business. You will have the opportunity to undertake a practical placement internship or project. Many of our graduates secure employment directly from Federation University work integrated learning and placement courses. Our strong links with industry and real-world experience gained throughout your degree ensure you start your career when you start studying with Federation.

The career opportunities for accounting graduates are vast. According to the Australian Government Job Outlook projections demand for accountants is forecast to grow. Our Bachelor of Professional Accounting course gives you the flexibility to choose a career in any industry. You could become a financial accountant management accountant auditor business manager financial consultant or CFO just to name a few. Accountancy is also considered a great launching pad to become a CEO.

The Bachelor of Professional Accounting is recognised by both CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand enabling you to pursue a pathway to qualification as a professional accountant. The degree is also accredited with the Tax Practitioners Board allowing graduates a streamlined pathway to becoming a registered tax agent.

  • Banker
  • Public accountant
  • Taxation Accountant
  • Accountant
  • Auditor
  • Commercial manager
  • Business manager
  • Business consultant
  • Business director
  • Corporate finance
  • Financial Analyst
  • Professional accountant

Sample structures are just one example of the many options available within your chosen course.  Please contact Federation University for further information on available options.

Please note this is a sample structure only and is not to be used for enrolment purposes.  To enrol, please refer to the information provided to you by Federation University for your individual course structure or view our enrolment information page.

To view current unit information and cost, click on the individual unit name below, or click here to view current unit information and cost for ALL units.

Year 1

Semester 1

BUACC1508, 15 credit points
BUECO1509, 15 credit points
BUENT1501, 15 credit points
BUMGT1501, 15 credit points

Semester 2

BULAW1502, 15 credit points
BUMKT1501, 15 credit points
COOPC1023, 15 credit points
STATS1000, 15 credit points

Year 2

Semester 1

BUACC2604, 15 credit points
BUACC2607, 15 credit points
BUACC2613, 15 credit points
BULAW1503, 15 credit points

Semester 2

BUACC2605, 15 credit points
BUACC3714, 15 credit points
BULAW2611, 15 credit points
BUMGT2622, 15 credit points

Year 3

Semester 1

BUACC3706, 15 credit points
BUACC3741, 15 credit points
BUHRM3706, 15 credit points
BULAW3733, 15 credit points

Semester 2

BUACC3701, 15 credit points
BULAW3734, 15 credit points
CEL Suite of Courses (2)

Elective Courses

12 hours per week

Students will complete 60 days of co-operative industry placement. 

Important for Yr 10 students

Entry requirements (year 12)

Admissions Criteria for current Year 12 students and recent secondary graduates (the past 2 years)

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in any English.
This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection considerations.

Guaranteed ATAR:
This course has a guaranteed ATAR.
If you meet the program pre-requisites and any ‘Essential Requirements for Admission’, we will guarantee you a place in this program with this ATAR. We use the adjusted ATAR, factoring in subject adjustments and SEAS as detailed below.

Subject Adjustments:
A study score of 35 in any Business, Economics or any Information Technology equals 3 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 5 points.

SEAS (Special Entry Access Scheme):
Applicants who have experienced educational disadvantage are encouraged to apply for the Special Entry Access Schemes (SEAS). Depending on eligibility and your circumstances, a SEAS application may provide support for your course application.

Entry requirements (non year 12)

Admission criteria for applicants with a Higher Education Study:
This course uses the applicants’ entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.
Compulsory: Previous higher education studies with results at a pass level, including any 'single subjects of study', or successful completion of a tertiary preparatory program such as the Federation Access Studies Program (FAST).
Admission criteria for applications with a Vocational Education and Training study:
This course uses the applicants’ entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.
Compulsory: Successful completion of a relevant VET qualification at Certificate III level or higher.
Admission criteria for applications with work and life experience:
This course uses the applicants’ entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.
Minimum requirements:
Applicants who have not completed secondary education, or undertaken any TAFE or university studies will not be eligible for entry into this program. Applicants in this category should consider a pathway program such as Federation Access Studies (FAST) Program.

English language requirement

Overall Academic IELTS score of 6.0, with no bands less than 6.0; or equivalent

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

VTAC application: Yes

VTAC code: 3700811361 (On-line Learning), 3700511361 (Mt Helen), 3700711361 (Churchill), 3701811361 (Berwick)

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: BH5

2024 Indicative Fees

Fee Type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$16,323 student contribution amount

A Commonwealth Supported Place is subsidised by the Australian Government.  Your fees (student contribution amount) are set on an annual basis by the government and are determined by the discipline area and band of your individual units, not the overall course.  Each unit falls into a band which determines the student contribution.

2024 annual student contribution amounts for 1 EFTSL (equivalent full-time student load) range between $4,445 Band 1 to $16,323 Band 4.  To find the Band, EFTSL and contribution amount for each unit, check the Sample Structure or refer to the 2024 unit listing.

Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and the indicative amount should be used as a guide only.  It is based on a typical enrolment for a student undertaking the first year of study in this course.  For 0.5 EFTSL (60 credit point) courses the certificate fee is displayed.  Total cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved credit you receive.

Other fees

You will also need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Fee assistance

You may be eligible for a HECS-HELP loan, which can be used to defer payment of all or part of your student contribution.  You may also be eligible to defer payment of your SSAF through a SA-HELP loan.


Our scholarships and grants can help with your study costs.  Explore our scholarships to find an opportunity that's right for you.

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Diploma of Business (Higher Education) 

Credit will be considered if you have successfully completed higher education or TAFE studies in a relevant area. Advanced standing will be determined on an individual basis, depending on your eligibility for credit transfer, prior experience and qualifications.

Federation Access Studies Program (FAST) - designed to provide you an alternate entry into tertiary study. On successful completion of FAST, students can apply for entry in to a wide range of Federation University Australia Higher Education programs at degree level.

The Bachelor of Professional Accounting is recognised by both CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, enabling you to pursue a pathway to qualification as a professional accountant.

The degree is also accredited with the Tax Practitioners Board, allowing graduates a streamlined pathway to becoming a registered tax agent.

To help you get the most from your online learning experience, it's important that you own or have frequent access to a fast and reliable computer that's ideally not more than two years old.

You will also need frequent access to a reliable high-speed internet connection.  You should expect to use approximately 5GB of data each month, per unit, just for study use.

For further information, visit the Minimum IT requirements for studying online webpage.

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all courses is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this course overview including the availability of courses and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any course, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909

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Course co-ordinator

Sisira Colombage