Accountants are critical employees in all sorts of organisations from airlines to farms, manufacturers and movie studios to wineries and zoos. Our graduates have found work here in New Zealand or overseas – there are even accounting jobs at Scott Base on Antarctica!
UC's Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting will lead you to be a chartered accountant in Australia or New Zealand or an equivalent overseas country as our courses meet the requirements for professional accounting bodies.
Our courses consist of accounting, auditing and taxation with vital support components in law, economics, management, mathematics and statistics, communications and information systems.
Accounting knowledge and skills don’t just run to financial statements, spreadsheets and accounting software. They can be about raising investment capital, deploying it wisely, being a steward and exercising professional expertise and judgement.
On our accounting programme, you’ll not only learn these skills, but you’ll learn how to maintain and enhance them as technology, economies, societies and accountancy work changes in the decades ahead. To be work ready when you graduate you will do some in-depth and engaged learning on wide ranging topics, including:
- Accounting and finance in governments, public bodies and public services
- Accounting firm practices, including audit, tax and business consulting
- Accounting, sustainability and corporate social responsibility
- Accounting for social and environmental organisations
- Business sector management accounting, at operational and strategic levels
- International corporate, governmental and non-governmental financial reporting.
Accounting is also available as a minor in the Bachelor of Arts degree.
UC’s Accounting Programme also comprises higher level qualifications at master's and doctorate level. These involve study and research into the wider area accounting. Higher level qualifications are open to graduates with a Bachelor's degree in Accounting who want to add an additional year of study, and those who want to return to study full-time or part-time, including chartered accountants and certified practising accountants.
- See our full list of postgraduate qualifications or contact the Accounting postgraduate coordinator:
UC works closely with accounting institutes to ensure you are well prepared and qualified for your career. We organise regular Accounting Institute Days where accounting institutes introduce students to their organisations and run one-on-one advice settings for students looking at professional pathways. We advertise these days through LEARN emails and run ads for them in some of your lectures.
While the BCom has specific majors in Accounting and Accounting and Taxation, the accreditation pathway may not require a specific Accounting degree. Accounting institutions instead prescribe papers that need to be studied, whether within an Accounting or Accounting and Taxation major, or in any other study.
The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) is the global body for professional accountants.
To become an ACCA member you will need to complete an ACCA Qualification. This involves completing 14 exams (nine of which you may be exempt from depending on previous qualifications), obtaining three years relevant supervised practical experience (PER) and completing a Professional Ethics module.
- Find out more information about the ACCA exam and syllabus.
CPA is one of the world's largest accounting bodies and believes the work of professional accountants is fundamental to the stability, efficiency and sustainability of individual companies, financial markets and the economies of entire countries. A CPA is a highly qualified finance, accounting and business professional.
The CPA Program is a postgraduate accounting program that combines professional education with three years’ relevant practical experience, ensuring you gain both the technical and commercial skills required to stand out.
- Use CPA's course search to see which programmes are prerequisites for entry into the programme.
Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) is the membership body of choice for over 33,000 accounting and business professionals, working around New Zealand and across the globe.
UC Business School frequently hosts international visitors, often as participants in the Erskine programme. Fellows contribute to the department's seminars and research.
The UC Accounting Society aims to enhance the student experience of all accounting students and others who are interested in accounting. AccSoc offers career development enhancement through a range of workshops and tutorials, combined with the opportunity to connect with others, build confidence and develop those all-important soft skills through a multitude of social events. Check them out on Facebook.
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