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Bachelor of Business (Accountancy)

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. 

360 (3.0 EFTS)
Mt Albert
Start dates
February or July
Full-time for three years or part-time options available

Programme overview

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. See the CPA Australia Accredited Courses list for further details.
  • Take advantage of CPA Australia and CA ANZaccreditation agreements.
  • Join an industry approved training organisation.

To find out more about accounting careers visit:

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. 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)

2. 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Maori (4 in reading, 4 in writing)

3. 14 credits in NCEA Level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pangarau

4. If English is your second language, you will need one or more of the following:

  • Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University entrance
  • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency
  • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years

Don't have NCEA? We also accept:

  • A relevant qualification at Level 3 on the NZQF or above or an equivalent qualification; OR
  • Provide sufficient evidence to be eligible for special or discretionary admission.

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses including timetables, please click on the course names below.

Courses Credits Aim
Economic Principles (ACTY5270) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to apply the fundamental elements of economic theory to contemporary business issues.
Law of Business Obligations (ACTY5320) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide students with an in depth understanding of legal rules and fundamental legal obligations in the New Zealand business environment.
Organisations in a New Zealand Context (BEBP5105) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To identify the risks, ethical behaviour and bi-cultural nature of business entities in New Zealand.
Business Environments (BEBP5106) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To analyse the environment in which business entities operate and to address identified performance issues and risks.
Business Functions (BEBP5107) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To investigate how the principles of relevant business functions and internal relationships influence performance improvement.
Principles of Change Management (BEBP5108) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To analyse change, innovation and sustainable management in business entities and make decisions for performance success.
Financial Accounting (BEBP5605) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to record and process a wide range of financial transactions manually and using accounting software, apply accounting concepts and process balance day adjustments for a business entity registered for Goods and Services Tax (GST) and demonstrate the effect on the financial statements.
Planning and Managing Financial Performance (BEBP5606) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to prepare budgets, monitor performance against budgets, and act in accordance with the accounting profession’s Code of Ethics to research and communicate technical financial information for a business entity’s performance.
Preparation and Analysis of Financial Statements (BEBP5607) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) Apply accounting concepts and standards to prepare financial statements, calculate ratios and analyse financial performance and interpret financial information to inform decision making for a business entity.
Tax and Managing Financial Risk (BEBP5608) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to understand and apply: tax rules for individuals and small businesses, internal controls to minimise financial risk for a business entity, methods to evaluate debtor risk and relevant actions to mitigate risks for a business entity.
Courses Credits Aim
Financial Accounting (ACTY6201) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide students with the skills to prepare general purpose financial reports in accordance with generally accepted accounting practice (GAAP) and to discuss the concepts and valuation bases underlying their preparation.
Accounting Information Systems (ACTY6206) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to use and evaluate accounting information systems to provide information to support business processes.
Taxation (ACTY6210) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To introduce students to the fundamental tax principles and apply them to entities in the New Zealand environment.
Management Accounting (ACTY6212) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide students with an in-depth understanding of the core concepts and techniques for planning and control of costs in organisations.
Law of Business Entities (ACTY6320) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to explore the legal issues surrounding the creation, administration and termination of business structures.
Courses Credits Aim
Advanced Financial Accounting (ACTY7201) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to critically examine accounting theories, current financial accounting issues and apply advanced financial accounting techniques.
Advanced Management Accounting (ACTY7212) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to critically evaluate those management accounting techniques that contribute to business strategy and enhance organisational performance.
Internship Based Learning (BSNS7030) 30.0 credits (0.25 EFTS) To provide students with the opportunity to integrate their learning across their programme of study and to apply theoretical and practical business skills to an approved project and work objectives in industry. To critically reflect upon the processes undertaken in completing the project and work objectives so as to inform their future personal and professional development.
Courses Credits Aim
Business Finance (ACTY6290) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide students with an understanding of the corporate finance theory and the ability to apply analytical techniques to facilitate investment, financing and dividend decisions of a firm.
Talent Development and Management (BSNS6341) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop employee knowledge, skills and ability (KSA) talent requirements that align with the future needs of the employee and organisation.
Organisational Behaviour (BSNS6342) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop students’ ability to critically assess the impact that individuals and groups/teams have on behaviours within organisations.
Operations Management (BSNS6350) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To conduct, and communicate the results of Business Process Improvement (BPI) investigations.
Supply Chain Management (BSNS6352) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To manage efficient, effective and sustainable supply chain processes and procedures incorporating inventory control strategies and systems.
Research Practice (BSNS6371) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to apply research methodologies and techniques with the purpose of completing a formal research proposal.
Buyer Behaviour (BSNS6372) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to critically evaluate the issues and processes related to the major psychological and sociological elements which influence both individual and group buying behaviours.
Courses Credits Aim
Advanced Auditing (ACTY7209) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide students with an understanding of the role and practice of external auditing of financial statements.
Organisational Strategies (BSNS7340) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to participate in the development of corporate and functional strategies using market intelligence.
Applied Operations Management (BSNS7350) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to participate effectively in the investigation of an operations-related programme for improvement and change.

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