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Bachelor of Accounting

STARTS: July 2024
Madras Street
International Close Date: Please enquire

Gain the skills to become a recognised accounting professional.

Becoming an accountant will open doors for you across the globe. Our graduates are known not only for being highly skilled, but also for being able to hit the ground running.

Through active and applied learning in small classes, you’ll learn a skills and knowledge in a range of accounting topics such as accounting systems and processes; taxation; finance and financial management; economics; accounting information systems; quantitative methods for accounting; audit and assurance; management accounting; financial accounting and reporting; and business law.

Alongside these accounting areas, you’ll also cover core business topics enabling you to develop comprehensive professional accounting skills, knowledge and capabilities, while an elective will enable you to focus on another topic of interest in business.

In your final year you’ll undertake a professional accounting project which involves applying your learning within a real business environment. You’ll undertake a deep-dive project into a specialist area of accounting and on successful completion you’ll have real-life work experience to add to your CV.

This programme has accreditation from both CAANZ and CPA, and meets CAANZ Chartered Accounting academic entry eligibility. Part-time and full-time study options are available, as well as regular evening class offerings.

Fees for 2024

Domestic Fee
$7,294 - $7,642 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$350 per year

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,
  • Numeracy* - 10 credits at Level 1 or above (specified achievement standards, or unit standards 26623, 26626, 26627)

Or satisfied the criteria for entrance to a New Zealand University with an equivalent to the above from another secondary qualification.

Or successful completion of an approved qualification at Level 4 or above with a relevant pathway.

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.

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 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 6.0 Academic

  • 5.5 Listening
  • 5.5 Reading
  • 5.5 Writing
  • 5.5 Speaking

Funding assistance

If you face unexpected financial hardship during your studies, we have several funds that you can apply for. These are designed to enable you to continue your current course of study. We also have a wide range of scholarships and awards that can provide financial assistance.

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Career opportunities

This qualification will prepare you for accounting and accounting-related roles, including Chartered Accountant. Accounting has good long-term career prospects, with strong support from a professional body to remain current and adaptable in an ever-changing business world.

Study pathways

You can enhance your opportunities in accounting organisations further with a Graduate Diploma in Strategic Management.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics

Bachelor of Accounting

FULL-TIME - 3 Years

Gain the skills to become a recognised accounting professional.

Type Degree
Code TP4775
Next Starts July 2024
Credits 360
Level 7
Additional Equipment/Fees Advised on enrolment
May be eligible for Studylink? Yes
May be eligible for Fees Free? Yes
Reference TP4775-STRU

Fees for 2024

Domestic Fee
$7,294 - $7,642 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$350 per year

Placements or workplace assignments are an integral part of this programme. You don’t need to supply evidence of your Covid vaccination status to apply for or to study this programme but please be aware that some workplaces may require evidence from you that you are fully vaccinated for Covid before allowing you to complete work at their organisation. The number of organisations at which your workplace can be completed may be impacted, depending on your vaccination status.

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Bachelor of Accounting - Year 1 - July 2024
Start date: 22 July 2024
Bachelor of Accounting - Year 2 - July 2024
Start date: 22 July 2024
Bachelor of Accounting - Year 3 - July 2024
Start date: 22 July 2024

With an internationally-recognised Ara qualification, the world is your oyster. Our graduates can be found working and making a difference across the globe…


Credit Recognition

If you have prior relevant experience or previous related study credits, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

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