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Graduate Diploma in Accounting

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Level of study:
Tuition fees:
1 year
Start date: Expected February-2021
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Got a head for figures and a love of organising? Why not use those strengths to gain a qualification in accounting to complement your existing studies?

The Graduate Diploma in Accounting is useful for people who may be seeking a promotion within their current job or who want to broaden their skill base. The qualification allows you to extend your knowledge in a complementary discipline without having to undertake a full degree. With a skillset in accounting you will be in constant demand for your ability to plan and record the financial performance of every kind of commercial venture. You could work in a diverse range of organisations, including public sector entities, national and multi-national corporations, NGO’s and self-employment options.

During this programme, you will learn how to record and process financial transactions and prepare financial statements and cash budgets for entities in accordance with current accounting practices in New Zealand, undertake a series of compulsory accounting courses and a practical industry project. Benefit from the guidance and support of highly experienced staff whose main focus is on providing you with industry-relevant skills that you can apply directly to the real-world of finance and accounting.

Your workload

Your programme of study will generally include lectures and seminars/tutorials. You will be expected to contribute at least 20 hours per week of your own time in self-directed study to allow for successful completion of the qualification.

You will also complete a 200-hour industry project, gaining hands-on experience and developing important industry and business connections.

Further study options

Progress into higher levels of learning and enhance your employment potential with postgraduate study in Accounting. Further graduate diploma studies in Business Information Systems or Innovation and Entrepreneurship could also be of interest.

Entry criteria

  • An undergraduate degree, OR
  • Appropriate degree-equivalent practical, professional or scholarly experience
  • Has completed BX Research Methodologies OR equivalent.

  • You may NOT enrol in this major if you have already studied it at undergraduate level.

If English is not your first language, you must provide:

New Zealand University Entrance OR
Overall Academic IELTS 6.0 with no individual band score lower than 5.5 (achieved in one test completed in the last two years), OR

TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT): Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)

TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18)

Cambridge English Assessments: B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill;

Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42

Language Certificate: C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill


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