Business Studies - Accounting

Program: BSTA
Credential: Certificate
Delivery: Part-time
Length: 1 Semester
Duration: 252 Hours
Effective: Fall 2017
Location: Barrie


This program is designed to provide students with the fundamentals of accounting functions.  Students can expect to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary for an entry-level position in a variety of business settings including small business ownership. Completing the six courses of this certificate provides students with a pathway to a Georgian College Business - Accounting diploma.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may work in a broad range of employment settings in all sectors of business and industry, including banks, small business, manufacturing firms, non-profit organizations, and self-employment.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • record business transactions for sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAPP);
  • prepare period end adjusting entries and financial statements;
  • prepare bank reconciliations;
  • explain the terminology, basic concepts and principles of cost accounting;
  • prepare accounting transactions for job costing and process costing;
  • prepare a cost of goods manufactured statement;
  • record accounting transactions using computer software.

Admission Requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • any Grade 111 or 12 Mathematics (C, M, or U)

Minimum of 60% in Grade 11 College or University level Mathematics (MBF3C or MCF3M) 

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to:

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

Graduation Requirements

4 Mandatory Courses
2 Optional Courses

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester.


Mandatory Courses
ACCT 1000Financial Accounting Principles 1
ACCT 1001Financial Accounting Principles 2
ACCT 1014Applied Accounting Applications
ACCT 2003Cost Accounting 1
Optional Courses
Select 2 courses from the available list during registration. Program options may include:
ACCT 2000Cost Accounting 2
ACCT 2001Intermediate Accounting 1
BUSI 1019Payroll Administration
FNCE 2002Taxation

Information contained in College documents respecting programs is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. The college reserves the right to add or delete programs, options, courses, timetables or campus locations subject to sufficient enrolment, and the availability of courses.