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


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 – Amanda Lim

Accounting is more than just numbers; strong communication skills and the ability to think critically are just as important to succeed. The degree of flexibility offered in my degree not only allows me freedom to explore areas I find intellectually stimulating, it also pushes me to stretch the limits of my comfort zone.

I am amazed by how seamlessly the Accounting major has managed to encompass such a wide range units relevant to my study. This has ultimately equipped me with ample skills and knowledge (in terms of both breadth and depth) to strive in my career, and life in general. The opportunity to interact with my peers and the staff here in UWA has truly been an extraordinary and incomparable experience.

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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, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, 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. English competency
  4. 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 WACE Mathematics: Specialist 3A/3B
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Mathematics Methods ATAR
International Baccalaureate
  • A score of 4 or above in SL or HL Mathematics (at least Mathematical Methods)

Additional information

If you do not have a scaled score of 50 or higher in Mathematics: Methods ATAR, you will need to successfully complete additional mathematics study as part of your degree.

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).

English competency

University study demands strong English language competency. To be eligible for admission to an 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.

How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. How to apply
  2. Semester one entry
  3. Semester two entry
  4. Fees
  5. Information for…
  6. Contact us

How to apply

We have two intakes of undergraduate students each year: Semester One (commencing in late February) and Semester Two (commencing in late July/early August).

Semester one entry

Australian citizens or permanent residents, including humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens apply online via the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC).

Applications open mid-August, with the on-time deadline in late September the year prior. Submissions are available after this date, but a late fee applies

Refer to the TISC website or contact Future Students for further details.

Semester two entry

Apply through the University's Online Application System (OASys) for mid-year entry to a range of courses at UWA.

Applications generally open early May and close in late June.

Contact Future Students for advice.


As some units vary in cost, the actual student fee will depend on the mix of units you choose. The domestic student fees page has further details.

Information for

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Future Students

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First Floor, Ken and Julie Michael Building
7 Fairway (corner Cooper Street)
Crawley, Perth
Western Australia 6009
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Monday – Friday, 8.30am–5pm (Western Standard Time)

Note: If you have already submitted an application, contact Admissions.

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Accounting: the details

Available 2017
Locations offered
Albany (selected Level 1 units), Crawley
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
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
Contact details: course information
UWA Business School Student Centre
M254, 35 Stirling Hwy Crawley WA 6009
(+61 8) 64882780
Additional information