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Course snapshot

Domestic snapshot

  • Start Date

    March, July, October

  • Duration

    0.5 years full-time; 1 year part-time

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Online

  • Placement

    No  

  • Course abbreviation

    GradCertAcc

  • Course code

    1007134

  • Credit points

    48

  • Equivalent units

    4

  • Scholarships

  • Indicative fee

Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

International snapshot

  • Start Date

    February, June, October

  • Duration

    0.5 years full-time

  • Location

    Gold Coast

  • Placement

    No  

Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

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.

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“It was a really wonderful experience. During my last exam I ended up getting a job here on the Gold Coast with an accounting firm."

The Southern Cross Model is a game-changer in higher education study.

Our students now engage in shorter, six-week unit structures designed around immersive and interactive learning experiences. The shorter unit structure gives students a greater sense of momentum as they achieve milestones quickly, resulting in increased student success rates, and course and teacher satisfaction. Lectures are a thing of the past - students will be engaged in active, interactive and discussion-based learning.

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes.

Our online study option is highly interactive and may include a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes.

The method of teaching and assessment may vary from unit to unit.

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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 (GA).

Course Learning Outcome

GA1: Intellectual rigour

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

GA2: Creativity

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

GA3: Ethical practice

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

GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

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

GA5: Lifelong learning

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

GA6: Communication and social skills

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

GA7: Cultural competence

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

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.

Location Teaching period
Gold CoastTerm  1, Term  3, Term  5
OnlineTerm  1
Location Teaching period Annual Fees CRICOS
Gold CoastTerm  1, Term  3, Term  5$15,960 ($3,990 per unit)055690C

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.

Career Outcomes

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. 

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). 

 

Requirements

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you are not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Before applying, make sure you double check all entry requirements, gather required documentation and review the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, noting any specifics listed below.

Entry requirements

  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

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.

Other things to consider

Credit for Prior Learning, also referred to as ‘Advanced Standing’ or Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL), is the process of looking at your prior study and/or experience to assess if you can be awarded academic credit or gain entry to a course on the basis of your existing knowledge and skills.

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Course structure

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. For further assistance see How to Enrol in Units using My Enrolment.

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

Current Students should select their units by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment as these may be different.

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Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableCredit pointsNotes

Complete the following units to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

ACCT5001Business Accounting
Term1,4
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term1,4
Term1,4
MelbourneN/A
Term1,4
Online
Term1,4
Term1,4
PerthN/A
Term1,4
SydneyN/A
Term1,4
BUSN5003Management Communication
Term1,3,5
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
MelbourneN/A
Term1,3
Online
Term1,3
Term1,3
PerthN/A
Term1,3
SydneyN/A
Term1,3
LEGL5001Legal Studies
Term2,5
12
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
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Melbourne
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
Term3
Perth
Term3
Term3
Sydney
Term3
Term3


Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes

Core Units

ACCT5001Business Accounting
BUSN5003Management Communication
LEGL5001Legal Studies
ECON5003Economics

Why Business at SCU

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(THE World University Rankings 2023)

93% graduate employment

Southern Cross has 93% graduate employment in Business and Management

(Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018-2020)

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We’re rated 5-stars for full-time employment, overall experience, skills development, student support and teaching quality

(GUG 2023)

Fees and Scholarships

Domestic students

You are a domestic student if you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, New Zealand citizen, or Australian humanitarian visa holder. Your course will either be a Commonwealth Supported Place or a full fee-paying place. This is noted in the course snapshot.

Commonwealth Supported Places:

In a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), the Government pays some of your fees and you pay the rest as the Student Contribution Amount (SCA).

SCA is calculated per unit, not per course. Eligible students can defer the SCA through a HECS-HELP loan.

Full Fee-Paying Places:

A full fee-paying place is where you pay the full (unsubsidised) tuition fee for your course. Eligible students can defer the payment of their tuition fees through the FEE-HELP scheme (including employer-reserved places for The Hotel School courses).

Also known as SSAF, the Student Services and Amenities Fee is a compulsory fee for most students used to provide important services and amenities to students both on and off campus. It’s charged per unit, based on the unit’s credit point value. Eligible domestic students have the option of deferring this fee through the SA-HELP loan scheme. More about SSAF

Depending on your course, your costs could also include computer equipment and software, books, stationery, field trips, uniforms or other course-specific expenses such as art materials, musical equipment or travel for practicums, internships, vaccinations or industry experience.

Southern Cross University offers a range of scholarships for undergraduate (your first degree), postgraduate, Indigenous Australian students as well as international students. There are also scholarships available to help you study overseas for a short period as an international exchange student. Scholarships range from a few hundred dollars a year to several thousand dollars a year.

More about scholarships

Further fee information

Fees and Scholarships

International Students

If you're an international student, you can find the annual course cost in Australian dollars (AUD$) on our International Courses and Fees page or on the web page for your course under fees.

Also known as SSAF, the Student Services and Amenities Fee is a compulsory fee for most students used to provide important services and amenities to students both on and off campus. It’s charged per unit, based on the unit’s credit point value. Eligible domestic students have the option of deferring this fee through the SA-HELP loan scheme. More about SSAF

Depending on your course, your costs could also include computer equipment and software, books, stationery, field trips, uniforms or other course-specific expenses such as art materials, musical equipment or travel for practicums, internships, vaccinations or industry experience.

Southern Cross University offers a range of scholarships for undergraduate (your first degree), postgraduate, Indigenous Australian students as well as international students. There are also scholarships available to help you study overseas for a short period as an international exchange student. Scholarships range from a few hundred dollars a year to several thousand dollars a year.

More about scholarships

Further fee information

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Dates for the diary

Our shorter, more focused six-week unit structure gives students a greater sense of momentum and motivation as they achieve milestones quickly. Application dates per Term are shown on each course page however refer to our key dates and teaching calendar for detail on when enrolment opens, studies commence and when grades are published. There are also Dual Term and Tri Term calendars for those who have specific subjects.

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