The University of Western Australia
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Accounting

Speak the language of business as you learn to summarise, analyse and interpret financial information for shareholders, managers and other stakeholders.

Introduction

Accounting is essential for monitoring and guiding business operations to enable managers to gain an accurate and up-to-date picture of the financial health of their organisations. Accounting is acknowledged as 'the language of business'.

All businesses, big and small, all government agencies and departments, and all not-for-profit institutions, speak the same 'accounting language' around the globe. An accounting education prepares you for a career across borders.

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Course description, features and facilities

The Accounting major focuses on the preparation, interpretation and communication of accounting information essential to effective decision making within an organisation.

You can choose to undertake focused study in either financial or management accounting, or complete a more generalised program of study covering a wide range of accounting subjects in greater depth. The major is designed to meet the accreditation requirements of the main professional accounting bodies, preparing you for entry into the workforce.

This major is taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, workshops, and other in-class activities. At UWA, lecturers integrate leading research into their teaching, which is shaped by a current understanding of practical accounting issues. Several academic staff are heavily involved in the accounting profession and on state and national committees, are text book authors and are at the forefront of developments in the accounting tertiary sector, including the establishment of minimum academic standards for all accounting degrees in Australia.

Our program is fully accredited by the three professional accounting bodies and our graduates are highly sought after by many employers.

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Student profile

Student profile – Jennifer Kent

Accounting is more than just plain old debits and credits; it is the way we communicate the financial health of any business to assess its future. Accounting is the art of analysing financial transactions and creating a system that gives a complete picture of a business. Accountants can therefore be found in every industry from medicine to architecture.

Accounting is a major that can take you all over the world and provides you with the life skills to not only be employed, but to also understand what is needed in creating a business that employs others. Studying Accounting at UWA opens up the business world.

By getting involved in my faculty club I have been given the opportunity to meet with many firm representatives to network and learn about the accounting and commercial worlds and where my Accounting major can take me.

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Structure

UWA's streamlined course structure allows you to pursue studies in a wide range of areas and to take one or two majors in your degree. Your second major can be from a similar field to your first (degree-specific) major, or from a different area or degree entirely.

As well as the units specified in your major, you will study broadening units outside your main area of study and may be able to take a number of elective subjects as well.

You can explore the structure of this major in detail in the University Handbooks.

 

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Professional recognition

The Accounting major is recognised by Australian and international professional bodies as a credible step towards gaining professional accreditation. 
 
You can seek accreditation with CPA Australia, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA). Some additional electives may be required.

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Career opportunities

The Accounting major offers a variety of career paths in the public sector, public accounting firms, small business and self-employment.
 
Professional accountants are employed as company directors, board members, chief executive officers, partners in business and in the profession, as well as banking, company accounting, financial consulting, fund management, merchant banking, public accounting practice, stock broking and taxation.

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Further study opportunities

You can pursue further studies at honours level or undertake a generalist master’s degree such as the Master of Commerce or Master of Business Administration.

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. Prerequisites and minimum scores
  2. Additional information
  3. Recommended subjects
  4. English competency
  5. Advanced standing

Prerequisites and minimum scores

Qualification and prerequisite subjectsCourse entry score
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-15
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in at least WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
80
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Mathematics Applications ATAR
80
International Baccalaureate
  • A score of 4 or above in SL or HL Mathematics (at least Mathematical Studies)
29

Additional information

If you have a pass in Mathematics 2C/2D only, you will need to do a mathematics subject during your first year.

Please note: to complete this major within the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) will require a minimum ATAR of 98 (or equivalent).

Prerequisites and recommended courses may not apply to students completing this major in a degree other than the Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours).

Recommended subjects

Qualification and recommended subjects
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-15
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in WACE Mathematics 3A/3B
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards
  • The Equivalent of Mathematics 3A/3B
International Baccalaureate
  • A score of 4 or above in SL or HL Mathematics (at least Mathematical Methods)

English competency

University study demands strong English language competency. To be eligible for admission to a undergraduate program at UWA, you must demonstrate satisfactory performance in a UWA-approved test of English. This is the case even if English is your first language.

The minimum requirement is a scaled score of 50 or more in WACE English, Literature or English as an Additional Language/Dialect achieved at Stage 2 or Stage 3 – or an equivalent level of achievement in an interstate or international qualification.

Advanced standing

If you have undertaken prior tertiary study within the last five years, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit and/or exemption).

Applications for advanced standing are assessed upon acceptance of any offer of admission made by the University.

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  1. Prerequisites and minimum scores
  2. Advanced standing

Prerequisites and minimum scores

Qualification and prerequisite subjectsCourse entry score
French Baccalaureat
Studies equivalent to WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
12
International Baccalaureate
A score of 4 or above in SL or HL Mathematics (at least Mathematical Studies)
29
UWA Foundation Programme (UWAFP)
Mathematics units as specified in UWAFP prospectus
66
GCE or Cambridge Advanced-level Examinations
A minimum grade of B or above in GCSE O-level Mathematics, or E or above in GCE AS-level Mathematics.
8
Western Australian Universities Preparatory Program (WAUPP)
A scaled mark of 50 or more in at least Mathematics 2C/2D
63
Trinity College Foundation Program
Studies equivalent to WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
85
Monash University Foundation Year (MUFY)
Studies equivalent to WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
270
Canadian Matriculation (except Quebec)
Studies equivalent to WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
60
Chinese Unified Examinations (UEC)
A grade of B6 or above in Mathematics; if you do not have Advanced Mathematics (I) or (II), you will be required to complete a mathematics unit in your first year.
12
Chinese Gao Kao
A score of 80 (out of 150) or above in Mathematics
525
All India Senior School Certificate (CBSE)
Studies equivalent to WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
12
Indian School Certificate (CISCE)
Studies equivalent to WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
60
Norwegian Vitnemål
Studies equivalent to WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
4.14
Swedish Slutbetyg
Studies equivalent to WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
15.70
German Abitur
Studies equivalent to WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
3.17
Singapore-Cambridge A-Levels
A minimum grade of B or above in GCSE O-level Mathematics, or E or above in H1-level Mathematics.
8
South African National Senior Certificate
A grade of 3 (40%) or above in Mathematics
4.60

These are the required prerequisites for applicants who have completed these particular qualifications.

If you are applying for a place based on other qualifications you need to demonstrate that you have knowledge at least equivalent to the subjects specified.

Advanced standing

Students with previous tertiary level qualifications will be considered for advanced standing (credit).

How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

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  1. Application Deadlines
  2. First semester entry
  3. Second semester entry
  4. Information for…
  5. Contact details - admission information

We have two intakes of undergraduate students each year: first and second semester.

Application Deadlines

First semester entry

Australian citizens or permanent residents, including humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens apply through the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre.

Contact the Admissions Centre for advice.

Second semester entry

After the closing date, contact the Admissions Centre for advice.

Information for

Contact details - admission information

UWA Admissions Centre (M353)

Address
The University of Western Australia
35 Stirling Highway
Crawley, Perth
Western Australia 6009
Location
UWA Map
Telephone
(+61 8) 6488 2477 – General enquiries
1800 653 050 – General enquiries (country callers)
Fax
(+61 8) 6488 1226
Enquire on-line
askUWA
Opening hours
Monday – Friday, 9am–4pm

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  1. Application Deadlines
  2. First semester entry
  3. Second semester entry
  4. Information for…
  5. Contact details - admission information

Application Deadlines

First semester entry

International undergraduate applicants must complete this application form and submit it through an authorised UWA overseas representative or directly to the UWA International Centre.

Apply online

UWA representatives offer application advice and support to future students in various countries. Visit the link below to find an authorised UWA agent near you.

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Second semester entry

International undergraduate applicants must complete this application form and submit it through an authorised UWA overseas representative or directly to the UWA International Centre.

Apply online

UWA representatives offer application advice and support to future students in various countries. Visit the link below to find an authorised UWA agent near you.

Apply through an agent

You must also:

Information for

Contact details - admission information

UWA International Centre (M352)

Address
The University of Western Australia
35 Stirling Highway
Crawley, Perth
Western Australia 6009
Telephone
(+61 8) 6488 3939
Fax
(+61 8) 9382 4071
Contacts
International Centre
Enquire on-line
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Location
UWA Map
Opening hours
Monday - Friday, 9am - 4pm
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Accounting: the details

Status
Available 2015
Locations offered
Albany (selected Level 1 units), Crawley
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Internal
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
12-15 contact hours, plus at least twice as much of your own study time
Standard full-time completion
3 years (BCom), 4 years (BPhil(Hons))
Maximum time to complete
10 years
Degrees (available in)
This major is available in:Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)All majors (except Economics and Biomedical Science double majors, Architecture, Specialist Music Studies and Science Communication) can also be taken as second majors in any of our undergraduate degrees
Honours available
Yes
Contact details: course information
Undergraduate Student Centre
UWA Business School
undergrads-business@uwa.edu.au
Ask UWA
(+61 8) 6488 2803
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