Overview

Make a positive social impact on business as an individual and part of a team in government, for-profit and for-purpose businesses. Select a major area of specialisation and combine it with your core business studies to become a business innovator and learn how to think like an entrepreneur. Plus, there are no exams except where required for professional accreditation. 

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Your major

Develop core skills in both accounting and financial analysis to gain essential business investment, foreign exchange deal and risk management knowledge. This Accounting and Finance major is accredited by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and CPA Australia. 

Your industry experience

Bolster your CV with real industry experience while you study through our Work Integrated Learning programs – a guaranteed part of all our bachelor degrees. This can include placements, internships or industry-linked projects. 

Skills you’ll learn

  • Communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Data analysis
  • Digital literacy
  • Financial analysis
  • Financial planning

Your career opportunities

  • Accountant
  • Financial planner
  • Business analyst
  • Investment banker
  • Risk analyst

Key codes

CRICOS course code
088382J
VTAC Code (IFP)
3400235103
VTAC Code (CSP)
3400235101
International student visa

International students in Australia who hold student visas are required to study full-time and on campus. Courses that are taught entirely online are only available to international students studying outside Australia or those in Australia who are not on a student visa. Online courses are not available to international students in Australia who hold a student visa.

Professional accreditations

Why Swinburne?

Top 5% of the world’s higher education business schools

Top 300 for business and economics

#1 in Melbourne for student support 

#1 in Melbourne for graduate salary one year out

Qualifications

One of the following:

  • the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, such as an interstate or international Year 12 qualification
  • completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification (including diplomas, advanced diplomas, associate degrees and degrees).
     

Applicants without a formal qualification may be considered for entry if they have significant and relevant work experience and/or upon completion of the STAT test.

Successful completion of Australian Year 12, or equivalent overseas qualification.

Course prerequisites

  • VCE Units 3 and 4: a minimum study score of 25 in any English (except EAL) or 30 in English as an Additional Language (EAL) or equivalent. 
Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum entry requirements for the course does not guarantee an offer of a place. See admission requirements for general information about the admission process.

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

Need to undertake an English assessment for entry?

A prerequisite for many courses, the Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) can now be done at our Hawthorn campus.

Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum entry requirements for the course does not guarantee an offer of a place. See admission requirements for general information about the admission process.

Credit transfer

Credit is granted in recognition of previous study and/or experience and allows students to gain advanced standing towards their course. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) allows students to gain credit (advanced standing) towards their course in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/or formal training. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Apply for a pathway course

Pathways allow students to progress from one qualification to another where the first course is recognised as an entry requirement and/or provides credit (advanced standing) to the second.

Note: This information should be used as a guide for those who have completed a course and are seeking credit into another course. For those yet to commence their course, during the time taken to complete, this information may change. Credit available may vary depending on the major selected within any given degree. Progression to professional degrees may be subject to additional criteria or academic performance.

How credit points work

Successful completion of the Bachelor of Business requires students to complete units of study to the value of 300 credit points. All units of study are valued at 12.5 credit points unless otherwise stated.

5+3
Business Fundamental and Business Practice Core units
+
16
Major units
=
3-year bachelor degree

What your course could look like

Units are listed in a proposed sequence. However this can be amended depending on unit availability, prerequisite requirements and the semester in which you commenced your course.

Units of study Unit code
Semester 1
Financial Information for Decision Making
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
ACC10007
Economics for Business Decision Making
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
ECO10005
Contemporary Management Principles
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
MGT10009
Marketing and the Consumer Experience
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
MKT10009
Semester 2
Design Thinking and Teamwork
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
BUS10015
Business Digitalisation
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
INF10024
Financial Statistics
Major unit, 12.5 credit points
FIN10002
Want to see the full range of electives?

Learn about all the electives you can take in the course handbook.

Units of study Unit code
Semester 1
Financial Information Systems
Major unit, 12.5 credit points
ACC10008
Company Accounting
Major unit, 12.5 credit points
ACC20013
Principles of Financial Planning
Major unit, 12.5 credit points
FIN10003
Financial Management
Major unit, 12.5 credit points
FIN20014
Semester 2
Management Accounting for Planning and Control
Major unit, 12.5 credit points
ACC20007
Ethics and Client Relationships
Major unit, 12.5 credit points
FIN20015
Finance and Behavioural Bias
Major unit, 12.5 credit points
FIN20017
Law of Commerce
Major unit, 12.5 credit points
LAW20019
Units of study Unit code
Professional placement - Major (12 months)
Work Experience in Industry A
Practical unit, 25.0 credit points
WEI20001
Integrated Professional Placement A - Business
Academic unit, 25.0 credit points
BUS20010
Work Experience in Industry B
Practical unit, 25.0 credit points
WEI20002
Integrated Professional Placement B - Business
Academic unit, 25.0 credit points
BUS20011
or
Professional placement - Minor (6 months)
Work Experience in Industry A
Practical unit, 25.0 credit points
WEI20001
Integrated Professional Placement A - Business
Academic unit, 25.0 credit points
BUS20010
Units of study Unit code
Semester 1
Business Practice Core Option*
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
Taxation
Major unit, 12.5 credit points
ACC30005
Auditing
Major unit, 12.5 credit points
ACC30010
Personal Financial Risk and Estate Planning
Major unit, 12.5 credit points
FIN30022
Semester 2
Industry Consulting Project
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
BUS30032
Accounting Theory
Major unit, 12.5 credit points
ACC30008
Investment and Financial Planning Project
Major unit, 12.5 credit points
FIN30017
Retirement Planning
Major unit, 12.5 credit points
FIN30023

*Upon enrolment you will choose your Business Practice electives, these include Sustainable Business Practice, Future Work Skills, internships, and study tours.

2023 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$15,142

Total fee* ($AUD)

$45,426

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$36,900

Fees are estimates only

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. These fees apply to 2023 unit enrolments for HE Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) and Undergraduate Full Fee Paying (FFP) only and may change for units studied in future years. If part-time study is permitted, annual fees will be proportionally lower based on the number of units taken per semester.

Fees are estimates only

The indicative course fees shown apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

How do I pay my fees?

HECS-HELP is a loan and discount scheme available to you if you are eligible and enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place. A HECS-HELP loan can cover all or part of your contribution amount. You can also choose to pay your fees up front. 

International students need to pay tuition fees up-front by the relevant due date. You can find the due dates on your Statement of Account.

To pay your fees:

  • log in to My Financials
  • check your Australian bank account details are correct 
  • check your Statement of Account to see how much you owe 
  • pay using your preferred payment method.

Eligibility for HECS-HELP

You are eligible for a HECS-HELP loan if you have been offered a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) for an undergraduate degree at Swinburne or a UniLink course, and you:

  • are an Australian citizen and doing at least one unit of your course in Australia; or
  • hold a permanent humanitarian visa and will be living in Australia for the duration of your course; or
  • hold a New Zealand Special Category visa and meet the special eligibility requirements for New Zealand citizens.

Student services and amenities fee

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

The fee shown in the capped amount for 2024.

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

This amenities fee is included within your annual tuition fee listed above. The fee shown in the capped amount for 2024.

Please refer to the Student Services Amenities Fee page for more information.

SSAF fee* ($AUD)

$351

SSAF fee* ($AUD)

$351

Scholarships

Scholarship applications for 2023 are open. Scholarships at Swinburne are about providing opportunity, promoting equity and recognising excellence and achievement. We want you to reach your potential and achieve your life and career goals. 

Our handy guide will assist you to gather documents for your application.

When you apply for a Swinburne course, we automatically consider you for an international scholarship of up to 20 per cent off your course fees – no separate application required! Just apply for your Swinburne course of choice and when we review your course application, we will also assess you for an international scholarship.

Professional placement fees

Students who participate in a six- or 12-month professional placement will be subject to an increase in total course fees.

Apply through an agent

Most international students use an education agent to help them through the application process. Swinburne has agents all over the world that can help you with your application to study. Search for a Swinburne representative in your country. If your country is not listed, please contact us.

Representatives and agents
BA-BUS11
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Apply directly

Ready to take on a new challenge and reach your academic goals? If you already know which course you want to study and understand the entry requirements, what are you waiting for? Apply online! Remember, you cannot apply direct if you have an active VTAC application.

Course code
BA-BUS11
Apply directly
Course code
BA-BUS11
CRICOS code
088382J
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Apply through VTAC

International students currently studying Year 12 in Australia must apply through VTAC. VTAC is the central office that administers the application processes for places in tertiary courses, scholarships and the Special Entry Access Scheme at universities, TAFEs and independent tertiary colleges in Victoria. 

VTAC is the central office that administers the application processes for places in tertiary courses, scholarships and the Special Entry Access Scheme at universities, TAFEs and independent tertiary colleges in Victoria.

VTAC Code (CSP)
3400235101
Apply through VTAC
VTAC Code (IFP)
3400235103
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Start dates
Location
Last date to apply
Start dates
October intake
Location
Hawthorn
Last date to apply
25-October-2023
Start dates
30-October-2023
Semester 1
Location
Hawthorn
Last date to apply
21-February-2024
Start dates
26-February-2024
Semester 2
Location
Hawthorn
Last date to apply
24-July-2024
Start dates
29-July-2024
Start dates
Location
Start dates
October intake
Location
Hawthorn
Start dates
30-October-2023
Semester 1
Location
Hawthorn
Start dates
26-February-2024
Semester 2
Location
Hawthorn
Start dates
29-July-2024
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29-November-2023
  • "Make sure you check out the available scholarships. They became a really good goal for me during Year 12 and are achievable if you put in the hard work. I also recommend coming to Open Day – you can ask questions (even silly ones!) and get answers from current students."

    Rachel , Bachelor of Business