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Graduate Diploma in Accounting

2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018

About this course

The Graduate Diploma in Accounting covers the eight core units of the Master of Professional Accounting, providing specialist knowledge in business accounting, economic analysis, financial reporting, contemporary issues in accounting, as well as accounting management and information systems.

The Graduate Diploma is a pathway award. Students who complete the Graduate Diploma are awarded eight units of advanced standing towards the Master of Professional Accounting, an industry accredited degree that provides additional specialist study in a variety of business, financial and accounting topics.

Career opportunities

The accounting and finance profession including business accounting, auditing and financial services industry.

Professional recognition

For those who want an accredited postgraduate accounting degree, they should study the Master of Professional Accounting, which is accredited by CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA).

Assessment methods

The course incorporates progressive assessment and examinations. Students are assessed in each unit on the basis of written and oral assignments. These may be business reports, case studies, presentations, research studies and/or business plans.

Teaching methods

This course is flexibly delivered, designed to meet the demands of busy and highly mobile people. The distance education study experience is extremely transportable and is a great option for those who travel, work abroad, and juggle multiple work, personal or family commitments. Students use interactive learning software to network and collaborate with peers and lecturers. Lectures may be streamed live or pre-recorded; either way students can download a recording at their convenience.

Each week, students progress their learning by following activities, readings and case studies laid out, step-by-step, in a website for each unit. As they move through the learning outcomes, they can discuss their progress in forums and ask questions of their peers or lecturer. In most instances, students do not have to commit to strict timetables, except in regards to due dates for assessments.

The on-campus study mode combines a variety of teaching approaches including face-to-face lectures, online activities, as well as online recorded tutorials or lectures. Students can manage their study load from session to session and have the option to mix on-campus and distance education study modes to suit their circumstances.

This degree demands up to 150 hours of study for each unit.

Advanced standing

Your previous learning experiences relevant to one or more units in this course may help you reduce the duration of your degree.

  • Recognition of formal and non-formal learning
    Credit may be awarded to a student for formal learning (gained through full or partial achievement of an accredited qualification or course) or non-formal learning (that takes place through a non-accredited course or program of learning) completed at Southern Cross University or in other learning settings in Australia and/or overseas.
  • Recognition of informal learning
    Credit may be awarded on the basis of current informal learning (that takes place through work, social, family or leisure activities).

To help you identify how much credit you may receive for your related prior learning visit SCU Pathways.

An application for advanced standing must be submitted so we can assess your prior learning. Please apply for advanced standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount of credit awarded will determine the sequence of units you will study.

 Go to course structure to see if specific advanced standing rules also apply to this course.

Learning support

Learning resources

MySCU is a student's point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.

The web-based study environment Blackboard Learn delivers an advanced online learning environment for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces, classrooms, and discussion boards. They can share files, presentations and applications. If a tutorial or lecture is recorded, students can view it afterwards.

Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.

The SCU Library provides a wide range of services that include face-to-face and online help, and access to print and electronic resources. To find out more, see the Library Toolbox.

The Academic Skills team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, assignment reviews and small group or one-on-one face-to-face, phone or Skype consultations during business hours 9am to 4.30pm. Appointments can be made via the MySCU Hub ‘Connect Now’ button or on the Academic Skills home page. Students can also book appointments online in Career Hub.

The YourTutor service provides online after-hours study support for SCU students. This service is available from 4pm to midnight Sunday to Friday via the 'Connect Now' button on MySCU Hub or from a link in nominated unit learning sites. The YourTutor service offers generic writing feedback and live online chat assistance for foundational concepts and study skills.

Equipment and facilities

Southern Cross University provides students with modern well equipped teaching spaces such as lecture theatres, classrooms, and studios or laboratories tailored to meet the needs of specific study disciplines. Contemporary audiovisual equipment is standard in most teaching venues, and students have access to computer labs for individual study purposes.

Course structure

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

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Admission requirements

  1. Applicants for admission to candidature in the Graduate Diploma in Accounting may be selected where they can demonstrate professional standing approved by the School Board to be equivalent to the requirements of Rule 2, Section 3.
  2. With reference to Schedule B in Rule 2, Section 1 the level of attainment should be at least equivalent to IELTS 6.5.

Course requirements

To be eligible for the Graduate Diploma in Accounting a candidate must complete all units listed in Part A of the Schedule of Units.

Advanced standing

  1. Candidates who have completed the requirements of the Graduate Certificate in Accounting or equivalent may be granted advanced standing for up to four (4) units in the Graduate Diploma in Accounting.
  2. Candidates may be granted advanced standing on the basis of relevant work experience or professional qualifications obtained through formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Schedule of units

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How to apply

Domestic students

International students

Confirm you meet the entry requirements including English language and academic entry and any specific pre-requisites.

Southern Cross University accepts applications directly through the International Application for Admissions form.

Additional information on how to apply is available at SCU International. Please note applicants from some countries need to go through an Education Agent.

The information on this page may be subject to change over time. Please check this page again before acting and see our disclaimer.

From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'