Diploma in Accounting Diploma In Accounting

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DiplomaFull time – 1 year, part time and evening options available.

Annual Fees(indicative 2016)

Programme code



$3,295 - $3,845


February, July





Course related costs

Advised before enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

22 January for February start; 23 June for July start


Christchurch - Madras Street, Timaru, Ashburton, Oamaru


Learn the vital role quality accounting plays across all areas of business today with our qualification which is ideal to launch your career in this well respected industry.

This full time one year diploma provides you with appropriate knowledge and skills in accounting, primarily you will investigate software applications, study accounting principles and accounting practices.

You will also gain a thorough grounding in financial and management accounting with options to specialise in taxation, business financing, or other aspects of business.

Programme structure

To complete this Diploma you are required to complete a minimum total of 120 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

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.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • 50 credits at Level 2 or above with at least 12 credits in each of three subjects including a minimum of 8 literacy credits at Level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo (4 credits must be in reading and 4 credits must be in writing). The literacy credits will be selected from a schedule of approved achievement standards and unit standards.

  • and a minimum of 14 numeracy credits at Level 1 or higher in mathematics or Pangarau on the National Qualifications Framework.

Alternative requirements
  • Equivalent relevant business experience.

Additional requirements
English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

    Note: If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements you are not required to provide evidence of English Language Skills.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an Admission and Enrolment Form or an International Application 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 .

Application documents

Career opportunities

When you have successfully completed this diploma you will be qualified to apply for employment in positions such as an accounts assistant or an administration assistant, which may lead to employment as an office manager. Our diploma is also an excellent foundation for expanding your accounting and business qualifications.

Study pathways

There are opportunities for further study after this diploma. You may decide to continue studying for the NZ Diploma in Business and after completing this qualification you may register with the NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA) as a provisional member.

Further study and work experience are required to become an accounting technician as awarded by NZICA. Completion of this programme will give entry and credit recognition to the business degree.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Computing / ICT
  • Economics
  • Accounting
  • Business