Graduate Diploma of Accounting

2022 course information for Domestic Students
2022 course information for International Students

updated 6:01 AM on Sat, 20 November

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

IELTS
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Duration
1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
1 year full-time
Location
Gold Coast, Online
Gold Coast
Start date
March, July, October
February, June, October
Course code
1107135
Course abbreviation
GradDipAcc
Credit points
96
Equivalent units
8
CRICOS
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Fees
Fee paying
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 are vital to the operation and success of businesses everywhere, with their input influencing financial strategies, daily operations, legal requirements and more.

This course is equally diverse. You'll cover topics including business accounting, information systems, financial reporting, contemporary issues in accounting, legal studies, finance economics and quantitative analysis.

The Graduate Diploma in Accounting is not just for newcomers to the profession; it can also benefit business owners and managers in other industries.

Graduates can anticipate a variety of career opportunities in the accounting and finance industry, including business accounting, auditing and financial services. This course is also a pathway to the industry-accredited Master of Professional Accounting for which graduates receive eight units of credit.

Accountants are vital to the operation and success of businesses everywhere, with their input influencing financial strategies, daily operations, legal requirements and more.

This course is equally diverse. You'll cover topics including business accounting, information systems, financial reporting, contemporary issues in accounting, legal studies, finance economics and quantitative analysis.

The Graduate Diploma in Accounting is not just for newcomers to the profession; it can also benefit business owners and managers in other industries.

Graduates can anticipate a variety of career opportunities in the accounting and finance industry, including business accounting, auditing and financial services. This course is also a pathway to the industry-accredited Master of Professional Accounting for which graduates receive eight units of credit.

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 Diploma of 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

You will study eight units of the Master of Professional Accounting. Subjects covered include business accounting, information systems, financial reporting, contemporary issues in accounting, as well as management accounting, 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$30,400 ($3,800 per unit)055689G
 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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Why choose SCU?

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Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018

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Good Universities Guide 2021

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 create professional solutions to specific problem from a discipline area. Critically evaluate, analyse and synthesise a specific issue or theory from a professional area to arrive at a conclusion/decision with justification.

Incorporated in Intellectual rigour.

Analyse and compare challenging organisational ethical issues within a professional context. Apply discipline based knowledge and professional skills in situations that require autonomy and a high level of responsible behaviour.

Demonstrate and apply well-developed discipline knowledge and professional skills in a specialised management area within a global perspective. Apply and integrate research principles and methods to professional management situations.

Incorporated in Intellectual rigour.

Prepare and deliver professional discipline advice, knowledge and ideas orally for a business or public context.

Prepare and deliver professional and justified, discipline advice using written communications suitable for business and public contexts.

Investigate and explain leadership research and practice in the management of people and self.

Appraise self and team regarding participation and performance.

Incorporated in Knowledge of a discipline.


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. It is therefore a great option for those who juggle multiple work, personal or family commitments. On-campus classes are supplemented by online lectures, discussion forums and electronic resources.

On-campus classes offer a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. Lectures may be streamed live or pre-recorded; either way students can download a recording at their convenience. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

In addition, students can progress their learning each week 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 class or in online forums and ask questions of their peers or lecturer.

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

Career opportunities

Completion of this course opens opportunities in a variety of professional roles in the accounting and finance industry, including business accounting, auditing and financial services. The course will also enhance the financial knowledge and skills of business owners and managers in all industries. 

Professional recognition

This course is 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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Domestic future
students

Call 1800 626 481 during business hours.

International future
students

Call +61 2 6620 3876 during business hours.

Current
students

Email: enquiry@scu.edu.au
Call 1800 005 687 during business hours.


Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Graduate Diploma of Accounting students must complete the equivalent of 8 units (96 credit points), comprising:
- 8 core units (96 credit points).

Exit Awards
Students may be eligible to exit with the Graduate Certificate of Accounting after completing the equivalent of 4 core units (48 credit points).
 


Course structure


Schedule of units

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes

Core Units

ACCT5001Business Accounting
ISYS5004Accounting Information Systems and Processes
ECON5003Economics
LEGL5001Legal Studies
ACCT6001Company and Financial Reporting
ACCT6002Managerial Accounting
STAT5001Business Analytics
BUSN5003Management Communication


Course progressions

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
Term1,4
Term1,4
MelbourneN/A
Term1,4
Online
Term1,4
Term1,4
PerthN/A
Term1,4
SydneyN/A
Term1,4
Anti-requisitesACC00700 Basic Business Accounting
ACCT6002Managerial Accounting
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
MelbourneN/A
Term4
Online
Term4
Term4
PerthN/A
Term4
SydneyN/A
Term4
Pre-requisitesACCT5001 - Business Accounting
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
ECON5001Economics and Quantitative Analysis

Not currently available

ACCT6001Company and Financial Reporting
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
Pre-requisitesACCT5001 - Business Accounting
Anti-requisitesACC00701 Accounting for Group Entities ACC00703 Business Financial Accounting
ACCT6004Finance
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
Anti-requisitesFIN00706 Financial Management in Business
Enrolment informationThis unit is taught on the assumption that students have basic knowledge of accounting as included in ACCT5002 - Accounting for Managers or equivalent.
ISYS5004Accounting Information Systems and Processes
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
MelbourneN/A
Term3
Online
Term3
Term3
PerthN/A
Term3
SydneyN/A
Term3
ACCT6006Contemporary Issues in Accounting Theory
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
MelbourneN/A
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
PerthN/A
Term3
SydneyN/A
Term3
Pre-requisitesACCT6001 - Company and Financial Reporting


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