Bachelor of Commerce (Major in Accounting)

Provided by University of Newcastle, Australia/ UON Singapore

Course introduction


Do you love crunching figures? Are you intrigued by the workings of the financial world? Do you wish to plug into this ever-growing industry?

The Bachelor of Commerce (with a major in Accounting) is your first step to becoming a fully qualified accountant. This programme embodies solid theoretical studies that are complemented with real-world applications. As accountancy is at the very heart of all organisations, you will find the programme offers enormous scope and opportunities.



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(Academic Ranking of World Universities 2014)

Over 2,000 University of Newcastle students currently enrolled in PSB Academy

Professional Accreditation

The Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) program provides the gateway for students to achieve an accredited undergraduate degree and then enter and undertake further studies with CPA Australia or Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia (ICAA) to attain CPA or ICAA status.

Programme Structure
  • This programme consists of 24 modules
  • 3 trimesters in Year 1 and 2
  • 4 modules are taught in each semester/trimester by both University faculty and local lecturers
Year 2 and 3 represent an accelerated programme which allows a typical 3-year programme to be completed in 2 years.

Students may also enjoy the benefit of transferring or completing their studies on campus in Australia.

Assessment and Examination

Assessments may include assignments, tests, projects, and final examinations.

Curriculum Overview

Programme Structure

This is an accelerated programme which allows a typical 3-year programme to be completed in 2 years.

Academic Year 1 & Year 2:

The University of Newcastle Australia Degree Programme
1st Trimester
  • Accounting for Decision Makers
  • Managing the Organisation
  • Microeconomics for Business Decisions
  • Business Decision Making
2nd Trimester
  • Accounting Practice
  • Information and Communication in Business
  • Foundations of Law
  • Principles of Marketing
3rd Trimester
  • Law of Business Organisations
  • Financial Accounting
  • Company Accounting
  • Management Accounting

Academic Year 2 & Year 3:

The University of Newcastle Australia Degree Programme
4th Trimester
  • Macroeconomics in the Global Economy
  • Finance
  • Business Strategy
  • Advanced Management Accounting
5th Trimester
  • Organisations, Politics and Society
  • Accounting Theory
  • Leadership and Entrepreneurship
  • Elective
6th Trimester
  • Issues in Financial Accounting
  • Taxation
  • Auditing and Assurance
  • Elective

Delivery of modules may not follow the sequence as shown and are subject to change.

Area of Studies

As a graduate of the programme, you will be equipped to take advantage of career opportunities in the following professions:

  • Chartered Accounting
  • Public Practice
  • Tax
  • Auditing
  • Public Sector Accounting
  • Not-for-profit Sector Accounting
  • Management

Entry Requirements

Local Student Admission

Admission Requirements

The University of Newcastle, Australia Degree Programme

  • GCE A Levels (minimum 3 A- level passes including Mathematics, excluding General Paper) and meeting the minimum entry requirement of the programme; OR
  • Diploma from a local Polytechnic or other recognized institutions; OR
  • Completion of the Foundation of Business Studies from PSB Academy; OR
  • Higher NITEC; OR
  • Other Diploma or equivalent qualification would be assessed on a case by case basis
Applicants with Diplomas or Advanced Diplomas in related studies from polytechnics or other recognised institutions may be considered for advance standing into the Year 2 courses.

Duration & Intake

Programme Duration

Programme Duration

The programme can be completed within 2 years.


Local Students

August every year

Fees & Funding

Local Student

Programme intake:  Aug

Programme Fees: S$1,615.70 (Per Module)

16 - 20 Months (16-20 Modules)
Eligible for:
  • Local Polytechnic Diploma (Business related)
  • Advanced Diploma(Business related)
  • Or equivalent
S$25,851.20* to S$32,314*
24 Months Programme (24 Modules)
Eligible for:
  • GCE A Level
  • Higher Nitec
  • Local Polytechnic Diploma
  • PEI Diploma(Non-Business related)
  • or equivalent

Singaporean/PR graduates of PSB Academy are entitled fee rebates for subsequent programmes. Please contact our Programme Consultant for more information.

* All fees inclusive of 7% GST and may be subject to change annually
* Programme fees exclude textbooks

International Student

Programme Fees (International Admissions)

Installments Amount
1st Installment $6,462.80
2nd Installment $6,462.80
3rd Installment $6,462.80
4th Installment $6,462.80
5th Installment $6,462.80
6th Installment $6,462.80
Total Fees $38776.80

* All fees inclusive of 7% GST and may be subject to change annually
* Programme fee excludes textbooks