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Brisbane TAFEs and Universities and Where to Study Accounting

Brisbane is a vibrant sunny city that has a bustling business community. For this reason, choosing to study in an accounting undergraduate or postgraduate degree in Brisbane is a fantastic career choice! There is a great range of highly regarded universities and education providers, in and around the city of Brisbane.

Accounting refers to the processes and work concerned with recording, analysing and summarising financial transactions that occur in business and personal settings. People who work as accountants, and in finance, are responsible for ensuring that financial records accurately reflect the growth of a business and its profit and loss margins.

In order to gain the appropriate qualifications and enter the Australian workforce as a professional accountant, you will need to complete either a bachelor or masters degree in accounting or complete the Australian Certified Public Accountant (CPA) program.

If you choose to complete the CPA program it is also expected that you have at least 3 years of professional work experience in other industries related to accounting such as; finance, business or bookkeeping. 

Study and work in Brisbane
Brisbane is a fun and rewarding city to live, study and work! (Source: Accountants Daily)

Brisbane Universities and TAFEs that are currently offering degrees and diplomas in accounting that you can check out are;

  • Queensland University of Technology - Bachelor of Business (Accountancy)  ATAR Selection Rank 76.00 
  • Central Queensland University - Bachelor of Accounting                                       ATAR Selection Rank 60.00
  • Griffith University - Bachelor of Accounting and Business Law                                 ATAR Selection Rank 63.00
  • Queensland TAFE - Bachelor of Professional Accounting, Diploma of Accounting, Xero Accounting (short course), and more!

Considering a Career Move to Accounting?

You may already be a working professional, however you could be considering returning to study as a mature age student to open up your career opportunities. If you already have some prior experience and skill working in an industry related to finance and business, then making a career move over to accounting could be perfect for you!

You could also be someone who has recently started their own small business, running a business can be a lot of work so it's a good idea to have some knowledge in accounting so you're able to maximise your financial profits and returns and keep those books balanced. Think about looking into some short courses available at any of your local community centres.

Choose accounting as your new career change!
Accounting is a fast-paced and exciting career, with plenty of avenues for you to explore (Source: Robert Half)

Working full time can make it difficult to find the time to commit to further study, so why not consider an online accounting course? Being able to study online allows you to study when you want, working around your busy schedule and letting you take control of your education. 

Choosing to study accounting online also means that you can choose to study with other education providers and universities across Australia. Here are a few more online study options for you to check out;

  • Swinburne University Online - Bachelor of Business (with a Major in Accounting and Finance)
  • Applied Education - Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping  (QLD Government Funded)
  • Monarch Institute - Diploma of Accounting   (It is a prerequisite to have completed Certificate IV in Accounting prior) 

Remember to check out the other universities mentioned previously as they could have online options as well! Queensland TAFE has a great range of online education available for you to explore, so get researching today.

You could also be someone who has recently started their own small business, running a business can be a lot of work so it's a good idea to have some knowledge in accounting so you're able to maximise your financial profits and returns and keep those books balanced! Think about looking into some short courses available at any of your local community centres.

Short courses such as a Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping, Xero Accounting Certificate, MYOB Advanced Certificate and more, are great to do if you don't have a lot of time to commit to study but need to refresh or update your current skillset for your workplace. Some of these courses can be completed in approximately 2-3 weeks, which is ideal for a busy working professional.

Xero accounting and MYOB are used by many small and medium-sized businesses across Australia. Short courses in these programs will provide you with the skills you need to effectively use payroll, bookkeeping and accounting software technology.

QCE Accounting Exam Preparation and Study Tips

Getting ready for your end of year assessments and exams can feel like an exhausting process. With hours of study and the pressure of achieving that dream ATAR score plus gaining a place at your dream university, it's a lot for one person to think about!

QCE Accounting is a subject that many year 11 and 12 students choose if they have an interest in finance and business. If you have chosen QCE Accounting then you might also be studying other subjects such as; QCE Business, QCE Essential Mathematics and QCE Legal Studies.

For many business and finance-related degrees these subjects as well as QCE English is often preferred and may assist you when applying for university places once you complete your year 12 studies.

Many Australian students make use of tutoring services during their QCE studies in order to achieve their academic goals. Working with an accounting tutor could be a great way for you to boost your confidence, fast track your learning and feel prepared when you have to complete your end of year exams. Check out some of our private and accounting online tutors available here with us at Superprof.

Some other helpful study tips for you to consider if you are a QCE Accounting student is finding a study group. Working alongside other enthusiastic and committed students is a great way to support your learning outside of class.

Another helpful online resource is YouTube, there are plenty of short and long-form videos which can help explain certain concepts in more depth if you are a visual learner. Make sure to check out the most up to date QCE Accounting syllabus on the QCAA website to gain access to practise tests, previous exams, notes, questions and more. 

Career Opportunities in Accounting, Business and Finance

What happens after you've completed your studies and gained your qualifications to work as a professional accountant? Well, let's have a look at some of the exciting career opportunities you can explore with a degree or qualification in accounting.

 

Accounting is important for everyday life
Studying accounting not only has professional advantages, but also personal benefits as you can use this skill to help organise your personal wealth. (Source: Vault Group)

Depending on your level of qualification there are different types of employment you can enter with accounting skills. Let's look at what jobs you can apply for based on what accounting education you have completed.

If you have completed a Certificate IV in Accounting with an accredited education provider you will have skills to allow you to work across a variety of roles in the Accounts and Administration Industries. Jobs in these industries include;

  • Bookkeeping
  • Receivable Clerk Accounting
  • Payable Clerk Accounting
  • BAS Agent

After working in jobs such as the ones listed above you may choose to go on to further study and complete a bachelors degree in Accounting, Finance or Business. Job outcomes that would come with completing accounting study at a higher education institution could include;

  • Financial Accounting
  • Corporate Accounting
  • Auditing
  • Business Services
  • Financial Planning and Management
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Tax Accounting
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Financial Support and Assistance

It's clear that there is a huge range of job outcomes if you choose to study an accounting course in Brisbane. There is also the chance to travel the country and the globe with your new found knowledge and skills in business and finance. 

No matter the level you choose to study accounting, there are sure to be rewarding career opportunities for you to discover. Even if you end up in a completely different industry, having a deep knowledge of accounting will keep you in good stead throughout your life- as financial literacy is something not everyone is blessed with.

Having skills in financial literacy will allow you to use your knowledge when it comes to personal finances and making major financial decisions, it is also a positive way to change your relationship with money and spending and figure out the best way to save and invest your earnings.

There is always the option to share your new found knowledge with others, exploring the world of education and teaching will allow you to connect with people who have similar interests and a desire to learn. Providing others with the basic skills they need to manage their personal finances effectively is a great way to empower others and ensure we can all put food on the table.

You could even consider tutoring here, with us at Superprof!

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A lover of learning, Sophie is currently studying a masters and working part-time in Melbourne.