Graduate Certificate in Accounting

2023 course information for Domestic Students
2023 course information for International Students

updated 6:01 AM on Fri, 25 November

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

IELTS
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Duration
0.5 years full-time; 1 year part-time
0.5 years full-time
Location
Gold Coast, Online
Gold Coast
Start date
March, July, October
February, June, October
Course code
1007134
Course abbreviation
GradCertAcc
Credit points
48
Equivalent units
4
CRICOS
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Fees
Commonwealth supported
Fees
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Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

Course overview

Accountants count – literally – on their proficiency as highly organised, precise and committed professionals.

If these qualities add up for you, then this six-month course is perfect preparation for a career in accounting and finance.

The Graduate Certificate in Accounting is flexible, allowing you to focus on the areas that most interest you. Topics include business and managerial accounting, financial reporting, contemporary issues in accounting, economics and quantitative analysis, finance, information systems and legal studies.

Multiple career opportunities exist for graduates within accounting and financial services. This course is also a pathway towards our industry-accredited Master of Professional Accounting.

Accountants count – literally – on their proficiency as highly organised, precise and committed professionals.

If these qualities add up for you, then this six-month course is perfect preparation for a career in accounting and finance.

The Graduate Certificate in Accounting is flexible, allowing you to focus on the areas that most interest you. Topics include business and managerial accounting, financial reporting, contemporary issues in accounting, economics and quantitative analysis, finance, information systems and legal studies.

Multiple career opportunities exist for graduates within accounting and financial services. This course is also a pathway towards our industry-accredited Master of Professional Accounting.

Current Southern Cross students – to access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook.

Entry requirements

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

  1. Applicants for admission to candidature in the Graduate Certificate 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.

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

CategoryScore
Overall Score6.5

About the course

Students study four of the eight core units of the Master of Professional Accounting including business accounting, information systems, financial reporting, contemporary issues in accounting, as well as legal studies, finance, economics and quantitative analysis.

Domestic students

LocationTeaching period
Gold CoastTerm  1, Term  3, Term  5
OnlineTerm  1, Term  3

International students

LocationTeaching periodAnnual FeesCRICOS
Gold CoastTerm  1, Term  3, Term  5$15,200 ($3,800 per unit)055690C
 Notice

Tuition fees are in Australian dollars, and are subject to change, including annual increases over the duration of a course. Annual tuition fee is based on completing 8 units per year. In addition students are required to pay OSHC for the duration of their visa in advance. Non-tuition fee covers textbooks, stationery and excursions.

How to apply

Where and when do you want to study?

Applications for this course are made directly to Southern Cross University via our online application service.

International students studying in Australia

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Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Graduate Certificate in Accounting students must complete the equivalent of 4 units (48 credit points), comprising 4 core units.


Course structure


Schedule of units

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes

Core Units

ACCT5001Business Accounting
BUSN5003Management Communication
LEGL5001Legal Studies
ECON5003Economics


Course progressions

Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. Assistance on how to enrol can be accessed here.

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

Browse uni-wide elective units by selecting Uni-wide elective in the advanced filter of the Unit search

Browse shared majors and their units at Shared majors

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes

Complete the following units to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

ACCT5001Business Accounting
Term1,4
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
MelbourneN/A
Term1,4
Online
Term1,4
Term1,4
PerthN/A
Term1,4
SydneyN/A
Term1,4
Anti-requisitesACC00700 Basic Business Accounting
BUSN5003Management Communication
Term1,4
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term1,4
Term1,4
MelbourneN/A
Term1,4
Online
Term1,4
Term1,4
PerthN/A
Term1,4
SydneyN/A
Term1,4
LEGL5001Legal Studies
Term2,5
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2,5
Term2,5
MelbourneN/A
Term2,5
Online
Term2,5
Term2,5
PerthN/A
Term2,5
SydneyN/A
Term2,5
ECON5003Economics
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Melbourne
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
Term3
Perth
Term3
Term3
Sydney
Term3
Term3



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Learning outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Course Learning Outcome

Develop and analyse fundamental issues and theories from a discipline area based on specific judgments to critical application in business practices.

Develop and analyse fundamental issues and theories from a discipline area based on specific judgments to critical application in business practices.

Apply ethical and cultural practices in challenging interpersonal, organisational and governance issues in business environments.

Develop discipline knowledge and skills in a specialised management area integrating global perspectives, problems solving and leadership skills.

Develop discipline knowledge and skills in a specialised management area integrating global perspectives, problems solving and leadership skills.

Communicate disciplinary advice, professional knowledge and ideas on complex issues orally or through written communication in a business or public context.

Apply disciplinary knowledge and skills at an appropriate level to demonstrate responsible behaviour towards various cultural contexts.


Assessment methods

The course incorporates progressive assessment and examinations. Students are assessed on the basis of written and oral assignments reflecting authentic work tasks and contemporary topics. These assignments come in a range of formats designed to assist knowledge and skills development over the duration of the course. Formats include business reports, case studies, discussion board posts, presentations, quizzes, and research plans and studies.

Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

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 online forums and ask questions of their peers, lecturer or tutor.

Career opportunities

Completion of this course opens opportunities in a variety of roles in the accounting and financial services industry. The course will also enhance the financial knowledge and skills of business owners and managers in any industry. 

Professional recognition

The Graduate Certificate in Accounting provides a pathway to the Master of Professional Accounting, which is accredited by CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA). 

 

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