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Graduate Diploma in Accounting
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About this course

Accounting is universally applicable - every organisation, no matter how big or small, needs one. Even in times of economic downturn accountants are in demand. With commercial know-how, lateral thinking, professional judgment and excellent communication skills, accountants support the growth of all businesses. 

The Graduate Diploma in Accounting is a postgraduate level qualification that is CPA Australia accredited and provides specialist knowledge in business accounting and law, economic and financial reporting, contemporary issues in accounting, as well as accounting management and information systems. 

Consisting of eight units, the Graduate Diploma in Accounting provides a fast-track towards becoming a CPA - a professional title that will provide opportunities internationally. On completion of our Graduate Diploma of Accounting, you will satisfy all CPA Foundation units, and be eligible to become a CPA associate member. 

The Graduate Diploma in Accounting is also available via an online delivery mode, offering up to six intakes a year.

Career opportunities

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

Professional recognition

The Graduate Diploma of Accounting is accredited by CPA Australia.

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

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including face-to-face lectures and tutorials. Some units offer online activities, classes, pre-recorded and/or live lectures. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

The distance education study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive online pre-recorded and/or live lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to 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, email, phone, and one-on-one support.

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

Schedule of units

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How to apply

Domestic students

Our enrolment advisors can help you move easily through the application process, including advance standing. Please call us on 1300 854 556 or apply now.

International students

This course is offered fully online in part-time study mode (maximum of 6 units per year). This course is not CRICOS registered and therefore not suitable for international students wishing to study in Australia. Those who would prefer to study in Australia please refer to SCU International Study Options for onshore students for further information. If you’re planning to study online from your home country then apply now.

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