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Bachelor of Business (Accountancy)

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


Unitec Institute of Technology


Accountants understand the financial impacts of operations and play a vital role in the success of a business. Gain a sound understanding of both accounting and finance principles, and learn to apply your technical accounting knowledge in a variety of business settings.

Accountants are pivotal to the successful functioning of businesses. They provide the numbers to analyse business problems and opportunities, and maintain the accounting systems and processes to ensure tax and financial reporting requirements are met. Accountants can also check the financial statements of organisations (auditing) and provide advice on a wide range of issues from tax planning to buying and selling businesses.

Because accountancy can be broad and full of variety, the Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) has been designed to develop your skills in accounting to work in a variety of roles in a number of diverse organisations. You'll develop the accounting, financial, analytical and interpersonal skills required to become effective in working with financial accounts. Study at Unitec and learn the software platforms, double entry accounting and decision-making skills used to analyse and interpret financial statements.


  • Develop a high-level of technical competence in accounting, concentrating on problem-solving and adaptability to change in the marketplace
  • Focus on current business practices
  • Internship Based Learning – a work placement in your final year and a chance to apply your skills in a business organisation of your choice
  • Successful completion of this programme gives you the academic requirements for professional membership of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand or CPA Australia
  • Day and evening classes may be offered
  • Opportunity to graduate with a double major

Bachelor of Business double majors

Studying for a double major at Unitec is strongly recommended. Double majors further grow your knowledge and capabilities, and it makes you more employable and competitive in the job market.

Double major options with the Bachelor of Business include::

  • Accountancy and Marketing
  • Accountancy and Management
  • Marketing and Management

Career pathway

  • If you choose the right courses, the Bachelor of Business (Accounting) meets the academic requirements for CA ANZ's CA and CPA professional pathways.
  • Progress to the Graduate Diploma in Professional Accountancy for advanced technical requirements.
  • Take advantage of CPA Australia and CA ANZ accreditation agreements.
  • Join an industry approved training organisation.


  • Financial accountant
  • Chief financial officer
  • Management accountant
  • Chartered accountant
  • Taxation consultant
  • Systems accountant
  • Business analyst
  • Audit manager

Entry criteria

Academic requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

  • 42 credits at NCEA Level 3 or higher including: 14 credits in two different approved subjects; and 14 credits from up to two subjects (approved or non-approved);
  • 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Maori (4 in reading, 4 in writing);
  • 14 credits in NCEA Level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pangarau;
  • Successful completion of Unitec’s Certificate in Foundation Studies (Whitinga) (Level 3) with a relevant pathway, where appropriate; or Certificate of University Preparation (Level 4) or Certificate in Foundation Studies (Level 4) or equivalent.

English Language Requirements: IELTS – Academic score of 6.0 with no band score lower than 5.5; TOEFL – Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18); PTE - Academic score of 50 with no band score lower than 42.

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