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DegreeFull-time, 3 years | Part-time up to 10 years
Annual Fees(indicative 2019)
Domestic$6,150 - $6,800
International$18,770+ $500 text book costs
Course related costsAdvised before enrolment
Domestic Applications due
|Received all year|
International Applications due
|22 January for February start, 23 June for July start|
|Christchurch - Madras Street|
Move up from accounting technician level and prepare for chartered accountant status.
With our practical, experience-based approach you'll be prepared to move into the professional accounting environment.
You'll gain advanced knowledge in computing, commercial law, economics, marketing and management within a business context, as well as communication, business, heritage, culture and sustainability.
To obtain Chartered Accountant status you must also complete three years of approved employment. Approved employment is recognised when you are:
- working in a relevant accounting role with an approved or recognised training employer
- working for at least 17.5 hours per week for a period of three months or longer
- under the guidance of a recognised mentor
If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.
To complete this Degree you are required to complete 360 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.
To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.
University Entrance: NCEA Level 3 (60 credits at Level 3 and 20 credits at Level 2 or higher) which must include 14 credits at Level 3 in each of three approved* subjects and
- Literacy* - 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading, 5 credits in writing and
- Numeracy* - 10 credits at Level 1 or above (specified achievement standards, or unit standards 26623, 26626, 26627)
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) Ara Business and ICT Pathway or equivalent
Note: If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.
* NZQA approved subjects: see http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/qualifications-standards/awards/university-entrance/
Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?
If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.
Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace. Contact Ara for advice.
What if English is not my first Language?
If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study. Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart .
- If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
- If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS, Pearson or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.
IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS test report form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.
What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?
You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.
OVERALL IELTS REQUIREMENTS
On completion of this academic programme as specified by NZICA, graduates will also be required to complete:
- 1 year's General Practical Experience
- 1 year's Specified Practical Experience under the guidance of an NZICA registered mentor
- a Professional Competence programme
On completion of this academic programme of study as specified by NZICA, graduates will also be required to complete:
- 3 year's Practical Experience with an NZICA approved training employer
- the Chartered Accountants Programme of four technical modules and a capstone module
To apply for either of these programmes please
- complete an Admission and Enrolment form
If you don't meet the criteria for entry into this programme, we can help you meet entry level with our foundation and bridging programmes.
Alternatively, if you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning .
Associated chartered accountants are well placed within the profession to work for chartered accountants in public practice, as financial and business analysts or advisors, and in management roles.
Go on to complete the professional requirements for full NZICA ACA membership or undertake further study towards one of our graduate diplomas.
Recommended school subjects
- Computing/ ICT
Analysis of Financial Information
Budgets for Planning and Control
Introduction to Accounting and Taxation
Introduction to Marketing and Sales
Organisations in a New Zealand Context
Auditing and Assurance
Intermediate Financial Accounting
Intermediate Management Accounting
Introduction to Finance
Taxation in New Zealand
The Law of Business Entities