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Otago offers two main Accounting degree structures:

  1. The standard BCom in Accounting
  2. The BCom in Accounting that meets the academic requirements to seek professional membership with either Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) or Certified Practising Accountants (CPA) Australia

Most students complete the second option because professional membership provides significantly more scope for career advancement, improved remuneration, and offers more variety in the kind of work they can do.

The exact papers you need to take will depend on which of these two degree structures you choose, and also on when you started your study. Paper requirements for each possible situation are outlined below.

Note: All of the paper requirements below are for a 3-year BCom, majoring in Accounting. If you intend to pursue a double degree, double major, or to include a minor, this planner will not suit your needs. In this case we recommend speaking with a course advisor.

BCom (Accounting) paper requirements (starting 2022 or later)

Recommended degree structure for BCom (Accounting) students who do not wish to seek CA ANZ or CPA Australia accreditation, and are starting their degree in 2022 or later.

Level S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2 Points
100 BSNS 111
S1 or S2
BSNS114
S1 or S2
BSNS 115
S1 or S2
ACCT 102
S1 or S2
BSNS 112
S1 or S2
BSNS 113
S1 or S2
Other
S1 or S2
Other
S1 or S2
144
It is recommended to complete all BSNS papers and ACCT 102 in the first year. To do this, BSNS 115 (prerequisite for ACCT 102) must be completed in S1 and ACCT 102 in S2.
200 ACCT 211
S2
ACCT 222
S1 or S2
ACCT 233
S1
54
ACCT 211, 222, and 233 are typically completed in year 2.
300 ACCT 302, S1
or
ACCT 307, S2
ACCT 315, S1
or
ACCT 310, S2
ACCT 300
S1 or S2
ACCT 300, or
ACFI 300, or
FINC 300
S1 or S2
72
ACCT 302 or 307 and ACCT 310 or 315, plus one more 300-level ACCT paper and one further 300-level ACCT, ACFI, or FINC paper, are typically completed in year 3.
200 or 300 Other Other Other 54
Any level Other Other 36
The “other” papers can incorporate a minor in another subject if desired.
Total 360

BCom (Accounting) requirements (starting 2017–2021)

Recommended degree structure for BCom (Accounting) students who do not wish to seek CA ANZ or CPA Australia accreditation, who began their study during 2017–2021.

Level S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2 Points
100 BSNS 111
S1 or S2
BSNS114
S1 or S2
BSNS 115
S1 or S2
ACCT 102
S1 or S2
BSNS 112
S1 or S2
BSNS 113
S1 or S2
Other
S1 or S2
Other
S1 or S2
144
It is recommended to complete all BSNS papers and ACCT 102 in the first year. To do this, BSNS 115 (prerequisite for ACCT 102) must be completed in S1 and ACCT 102 in S2.
It is recommended to take two papers that are relevant to a minor for “other” papers
200 ACCT 211
S2
ACCT 222
S1 or S2
ACCT 233
S1
54
ACCT 211, 222, and 233 are typically completed in year 2.
300 ACCT 302, S1
or
ACCT 307, S2
ACCT 315, S1
or
ACCT 310, S2
ACCT 300
S1 or S2
ACCT 300, or
ACFI 300, or
FINC 300
S1 or S2
72
ACCT 302 or 307 and ACCT 310 or 315, plus one more 300-level ACCT paper and one further 300-level ACCT, ACFI, or FINC paper, are typically completed in year 3.
200 or 300 Other Other Other 54
Any level Other Other 36
Total 360

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BCom (Accounting) requirements (started prior to 2017)

Recommended degree structure for BCom (Accounting) students who do not wish to seek CA ANZ or CPA Australia accreditation, who began their study prior to 2017.

Level S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2
Points
100 BSNS 108
S1 or S2
BSNS 102
S1 or S2
BSNS 107
S1 or S2
ACCT 102
S1 or S2
BSNS 103
S1 or S2
BSNS 104
S1 or S2
BSNS 105
S1 or S2
BSNS 106
S1 or S2
144
It is recommended to complete all BSNS papers and ACCT 102 in the first year. To do this, BSNS 107 (prerequisite for ACCT 102) must be completed in S1 and ACCT 102 in S2.
It is recommended to take two papers that are relevant to a minor for “other” papers.
200 ACCT 211
S2
ACCT 222
S1 or S2
ACCT 233
S1
54
ACCT 211, 222, and 233 are typically completed in year 2.
300 ACCT 302, S1
or
ACCT 307, S2
ACCT 315, S1
or
ACCT 310, S2
ACCT 300
S1 or S2
ACCT 300, or
ACFI 300, or
FINC 300
S1 or S2
72
ACCT 302 or 307 and ACCT 310 or 315, plus one more 300-level ACCT paper and one further 300-level ACCT, ACFI, or FINC paper, are typically completed in year 3.
200 or 300 Other Other Other 54
Any level Other Other 36
Total 360

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BCom (Accounting) – CA ANZ and CPA Australia academic requirements (starting 2022 or later)

Recommended degree structure for BCom (Accounting) students seeking CA ANZ or CPA Australia accreditation and starting their degree in 2022 or later.

Papers required for CA ANZ/CPA accreditation are marked with *

Level S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2 Points
100 BSNS 111*
S1 or S2
BSNS 114*
S1 or S2
BSNS 115*
S1 or S2
ACCT 102*
S1 or S2
BSNS 112*
S1 or S2
BSNS 113*
S1 or S2
Other
S1 or S2
Other
S1 or S2
144
It is recommended to complete all BSNS papers and ACCT 102 in the first year. To do this, BSNS 115 (prerequisite for ACCT 102) must be completed in S1 and ACCT 102 in S2.
200 ACCT 211*
S2
ACCT 222*
S1 or S2
ACCT 233
S1
BLAW 211*
S1
BLAW 212*
S2
90
ACCT 211, 222, and 233 are typically completed in year 2.
CA ANZ/CPA ICT competency is satisfied by BSNS 115 and ACCT 260, or by ACCT 306.
Students seeking CA ANZ/CPA accreditation should take BLAW papers. They are normally completed in year 2.
300 ACCT 302* S1
or
ACCT 307* S2
ACCT 315* S1
or
ACCT 310 S2
ACCT 300
S1 or S2
ACCT 300, or
ACFI 300, or
FINC 300
S1 or S2
ACTP 311*
S1
ACTP 312*
S2
108
Must take ACCT 315 and either ACCT 307 or ACCT 302.
ACCT 315 and either ACCT 302 or 307, plus one more 300‑level ACCT paper and one further 300‑level ACCT, ACFI, or FINC paper are typically completed in year 3.
Students seeking CA ANZ/CPA accreditation should take ACTP (professional) papers. ACTP papers are normally completed in year 3.
Any level Other – If don’t have ACCT 306, must take ACCT 260 18
Total 360

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BCom (Accounting) – CA ANZ and CPA Australia academic requirements (started 2017–2021)

Recommended degree structure for BCom (Accounting) students seeking CA ANZ or CPA Australia accreditation, who began their study during 2017–2021.

Papers required for CA ANZ/CPA accreditation are marked with *

Level S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2 Points
100 BSNS 111
S1 or S2
BSNS 112*
S1 or S2
BSNS 113*
S1 or S2
BSNS 114*
S1 or S2
BSNS 115*
S1 or S2
ACCT 102*
S1 or S2
Other
S1 or S2
Other
S1 or S2
144
It is recommended to complete all BSNS papers and ACCT 102 in the first year. To do this, BSNS 115 (prerequisite for ACCT 102) must be completed in S1 and ACCT 102 in S2.
200 ACCT 211*
S2
ACCT 222*
S1 or S2
ACCT 233*
S1
54
ACCT 211, 222, and 233 are typically completed in year 2.
CA ANZ/CPA ICT competency is satisfied by ACCT 102, 222, 233, 310/315, BSNS 112, 115 or ACCT 306.
BLAW papers are normally completed in year 2.
300 ACCT 302*, S1
or
ACCT 307*, S2
ACCT 315*, S1
or
ACCT 310*, S2
ACCT 300
S1 or S2
ACCT 300, or
ACFI 300, or
FINC 300
S1 or S2
72
Must take either ACCT 302 or 307, and either ACCT 315 or 310 to satisfy CA ANZ/CPA requirements.
ACCT 302 or 307 and ACCT 310 or 315, plus one more 300-level ACCT paper, as well as one further 300-level ACCT, ACFI, or FINC paper is typically completed in year 3.
200 or 300 BLAW 211*
S1
BLAW 212*
S2
ACTP 311*
S1
ACTP 312*
S2
72
ACTP papers are normally completed in year 3.
Any level Other 18
Total 360

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BCom (Accounting) – CA ANZ and CPA Australia requirements (started prior to 2017)

Recommended degree structure for BCom (Accounting) students seeking CA ANZ or CPA Australia accreditation, who began their degree prior to 2017.

Papers required for CA ANZ/CPA accreditation are marked with *

Level S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2 Points
100 BSNS 108*
S1 or S2
BSNS 102*
S1 or S2
BSNS 107*
S1 or S2
ACCT 102*
S1 or S2
BSNS 103
S1 or S2
BSNS 104*
S1 or S2
BSNS 105
S1 or S2
BSNS 106
S1 or S2
144
It is recommended to complete all BSNS papers and ACCT 102 in the first year. To do this, BSNS 107 (prerequisite for ACCT 102) must be completed in S1 and ACCT 102 in S2.
200 ACCT 211*
S2
ACCT 222*
S1 or S2
ACCT 233*
S1
BLAW 211*
S1
BLAW 212*
S2
90
ACCT 211, 222, and 233 are typically completed in year 2.
CA ANZ/CPA ICT competency is satisfied by ACCT 102, 222, 233, 310/315, BSNS 112, 115 or ACCT 306.
BLAW papers are normally completed in year 2.
300 ACCT 302*, S1
or
ACCT 307*, S2
ACCT 315*, S1
or
ACCT 310*, S2
ACCT 300
S1 or S2
ACCT 300, or
ACFI 300, or
FINC 300
S1 or S2
ACTP 311*
S1
ACTP 312*
S2
108
Must take either ACCT 302 or 307, and either ACCT 315 or 310 to satisfy CA ANZ/CPA requirements.
ACCT 302 or 307 and ACCT 310 or 315, plus one more 300-level ACCT paper, as well as one further 300-level ACCT, ACFI, or FINC paper, are typically completed in year 3.
Any level Other 18
Total 360

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General advice for BCom (Accounting) students

Give yourself options

You can choose your “other” papers in your first year to give you the option of 200‑level study in a second subject (this can count towards a double major or a minor).

Pay attention to prerequisite requirements

  • Information about each Accounting paper and prerequisites can be found on this website and also on the Accounting subject page. The Department requires prerequisite papers to be passed before attempting subsequent papers.
  • From 2012 to 2021, students enrolling in ACCT 211, ACCT 222, ACCT 233, FINC 202, FINC 203 and FINC 206 were required to have achieved at least a C+ grade in the respective 100-level prerequisite papers. With effect from 2022, this requirement no longer applies – any level of pass (i.e. C- or higher) in the prerequisite papers is adequate.
  • Make sure you complete the degree requirements for the type of career you wish to have, as you don’t want to delay your graduation through poor paper choices!

Essential communication skills

Communication skills are an important part of both university study and later employment. The Department strongly encourages you to enhance your oral and written communication abilities.

We recommend that Accountancy and Finance students take either:

Alternatively, students can engage in writing workshops through the Higher Education Development Centre:

HEDC student workshop programme

Contact a course advisor

For individual help planning your degree, make an appointment with a Student Adviser through Student Development, or contact the Department of Accountancy and Finance to be put in touch with a departmental course adviser.

Student Development

Contact the Department of Accountancy and Finance

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