Holmes Institute

Bachelor of Professional Accounting (BPA)

Holmes Institute

Course details

CRICOS course code: 073287J

Level of study: Bachelor's Degrees


Course Overview

The Holmes Institute Bachelor of Professional Accounting (BPA) degree is designed to provide a rigorous accounting education based on a balanced combination of essential theory with the requirements of professional practice. The BPA degree provides comprehensive training in accounting and business for those who plan to enter the accounting profession. The specialist training in the core professional areas of accounting, finance and law is integrated with an understanding of the broad commercial context relevant to the management and conduct of business. Traditional accounting and finance studies are thus complemented by developing students' competencies in business-oriented knowledge and perspectives.

Course Structure

The Bachelor of Professional Accounting is a three-year course, delivered over six trimesters on a full-time basis. To meet the requirements for graduation, all students must successfully complete 24 units.

The 24 units consists of 12 core units covering a major specialisation in the professional requirements in accounting, finance and law, 4 core business units, and 8 elective units.


On successful completion of this course, students are awarded the Bachelor of Professional Accounting (BPA) degree. The course meets the Australian Qualifications Framework specifications for a Level 7 bachelor degree.

Professional Accreditation

Holmes BPA is accredited by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, CPA Australia and the Institute of Certified Management Accountants.

Career Opportunities

The Holmes Institute maintains strong links with all of the major professional accounting bodies in Australia, as well as with professional accountants currently working in practice. Whilst completing the BPA degree program, Holmes is able to provide students with career related advice and other relevant information to help both students and graduates select an appropriate career path in a suitable industry sector.

Mode of Delivery

This course is delivered face-to-face on campus. Units are delivered in a lecture and tutorial format.


The Holmes Institute provides students with a range of both formative and summative assessments to ensure all students are being effectively evaluated on their performance throughout their studies. Assessments include a balance of both individual and group-based tasks, as well as a variety of online based assessments. Students are provided with both formal and informal feedback from the relevant Academic staff and students also have the opportunity for more direct consultation, if required.

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Course opportunities

Start date: Expected July 2023
Expected November 2023
Study mode: Full time

Gold Coast campus

Level 2, Circle on Cavill
3184 Surfers Paradise Boulevarde, Surfers Paradise Gold Coast Queensland 4217
Start date: Expected July 2023
Expected November 2023
Study mode: Full time

Brisbane Campus

171 Elizabeth Street
Brisbane Queensland 4000

Entry criteria

1 Overseas students must demonstrate English proficiency through one of the following means. a) Successful completion of studies in English (Language or Mode of Instruction) such as Year 12 at Australian High School or an Australian Diploma or higher qualification;

b) Successful studies at a recognised Australian educational institution at an equivalent study level based on at least a 50% pass rate in a recent semester of study;

c) An English test score using one of the following English language Tests as approved by Holmes: • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) • Pearson Test of English (PTE) • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) • Cambridge English qualification.

An English test score with minimum requirements as follows:

• IELTS Overall 6.0 with no band score lower than 5.5; OR

• PTE Academic Score of 50; OR

• TOEFL iBT Score of 60-78; OR

• Cambridge English: Advanced from Cambridge ESOL (CAE) Score of 169, OR Equivalent.


Holmes Institute
Melbourne Campus
185 Spring Street Melbourne Victoria 3000