The study of Accounting covers a wide range of accounting practices and theories in a number of different contexts, providing a solid foundation for a successful professional career.
By studying Accounting, you will gain high-level knowledge of and an ability to:
- collect, analyse and communicate important financial information for key external groups eg, owners, investors and regulators
- provide insight that helps managers to make decisions, such as determining the cost of providing products and service, budgeting and evaluating projects
- audit − verifying the accuracy and reliability of financial information
- assess risk
- ensure adherence to taxation laws and rules.
The subject is therefore divided into:
- financial accounting and reporting
- cost and management accounting
- auditing and assurance
- other relevant areas.
Why study Accounting at UC?
The Bachelor of Commerce Accounting major is a pathway to external qualifications with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, CPA (Australia), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), and other professional accounting bodies internationally.
At UC you will study alternative perspectives on contemporary accounting. Students will learn about the modern, reflective role accountants can play in many spheres such as public and private; social, environmental, economic, political and cultural; colonial and post-colonial; and national, international and transnational.
UC experts will help you answer the question of how does the nature of the accountant’s work differ from other management and professional specialists, politicians and public officials?
You will also consider important topical issues, such as business ethics, the Global North and Global South, Māori as tāngata whenua and the Crown, corporate social responsibility, and the challenges presented by increasing globalisation.
While some previous study of accounting is useful preparation, it is not essential to have studied accounting at secondary school level.
A background in statistics is recommended. However, accounting is not all number-oriented, and a good grounding in spoken and written English communication is essential.
Students with very good Year 13 results in accounting may be offered direct entry to 200-level Accounting courses at the discretion of the Head of Department.
The first-year, 100-level courses required to be taken for a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting are:
- ACCT102 Accounting and Financial Information
- ACCT103 Introduction to Financial Accounting
- ECON104 Introduction to Microeconomics or ECON105 Introduction to Macroeconomics or ECON199 Introduction to Microeconomics (a STAR course for secondary school students)*
- INFO123 Information Systems and Technology
- MGMT100 Fundamentals of Management
- STAT101 Statistics 1
- Plus 30 points from 100-level Commerce or any other UC courses. ACCT152 Law and Business* is recommended.
200-level and beyond
Courses at 200 and 300-level build on knowledge and skills introduced at 100-level. You can study business sector management accounting, corporate social responsibility, accounting and finance in governments and public services, international corporate financial reporting, and accounting firm practices such as audit, tax and business consulting.
As a specialist in accounting you will be able to work in a variety of fields throughout your career. The most common positions our graduates find work in are:
- Accounting Manager
- Credit Analyst
- Manager or Executive
- Chief Financial Officer.
You can focus on a range of areas such as tax, financial management, investment analysis, business services, company or treasury systems accountancy, government finance or third sector development work. UC Accounting graduates get work around the world.
Many Accounting major graduates go on to become chartered accountants, through Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, CPA (Australia) or the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). For membership of some of these professional bodies your Bachelor of Commerce degree must include specific courses (see 'Courses' section above and refer to the individual association website for more information). For further advice you can also contact the Department of Accounting and Information Systems.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Accounting.
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University of Canterbury
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