Graduate Diploma in Accounting Graduate Diploma in Accounting

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Graduate DiplomaFull-time, 1 year | Part-time up to 4 years

Programme code

CH3993

Starts

February, July

Credits

120

Level

7

Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

22 January for February start; 23 June for July start

Location

Christchurch - Madras Street

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Domestic

$6,200 - $6,800

International

$20,090+ $500 text book costs

Course related costs

Advised before enrolment

About this programme

Complement your degree with accountancy skills and experience applicable to many business situations and commercial pursuits.

Our qualification equips you with the skills and knowledge in peak demand and builds on your basic accounting skills and provides detailed study in taxation and compliance, as well as advanced financial and management accounting.

You will be capable of identifying opportunities for cost efficiencies, savings and future growth, and helping business leaders understand fiscal risk. In addition, you will also complete work experience on a business project. You will need to have current knowledge of accounting at an introductory level to enrol in this programme.

Career opportunities

With this qualification you will have developed competencies in advanced accounting concepts relating to finance, tax, financial and management accounting. You will be eligible for support roles within chartered accountant offices, or within businesses in the public, private and not for profit sectors. This graduate diploma is also useful for strengthening your prospects when considering other business or management career positions.

Study pathways

You can continue to study for the ACCA, or the CPA Australia Professional or Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand professional pathway.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Computing / ICT
  • Economics

Programme structure

To complete this Graduate Diploma you are required to complete 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
  • A bachelor's degree in any field excluding Accounting, however some previous study in Accounting or equivalent knowledge is required.

Alternative requirements
  • 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.

Additional requirements
English requirements
  • 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 .

    OR

    • 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

6.0 ACADEMIC

SPEAKING

5.5

READING

5.5

WRITING

5.5

LISTENING

5.5
Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

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

Your on-the-job experience may count towards part or even all of this qualification. To learn more, contact our Centre for Assessment of Prior Learning (CAPL) .

Application documents

Credit recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.