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Key details

Duration

0.5 year/s full-time
1 year/s part-time

Intake

Semester 1, Semester 2

Locations

CDU Waterfront Darwin, Online
Not available to international students.

Credit points required

40

Course code

UACC01
SATAC/UAC codes

Overview

The Graduate Certificate of General Accounting Studies will help you develop an understanding of accounting principles. This course articulates into the Graduate Diploma of General Accounting and the Master of Professional Accounting and can be your first step to an accounting career.

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Pathways


Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

Fees

Non-Commonwealth supported places

Full fee paying places are available in this course.
2022: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

Accounting students at CDU

Why study accounting at CDU?

Start a career in accounting as a forward-thinking CDU graduate. You’ll network with industry leaders while you develop the skills and knowledge to succeed in roles across the finance and banking industry, as well as diverse roles in the public and private sector.

  • Study electives from other areas to complement your career options or interests
  • #2 Australian uni for graduate employment outcomes (GUG 2022)
  • Study on campus, online, full-time or part-time as it suits you

What will I study?

The course structure includes the compulsory study of an accounting principles unit to equip you with specific skills and knowledge to help you apply underlying theory and concepts in a professional or academic context. You will then be able to select your remaining units from a list of accounting and business units offered in the Master of Professional Accounting to support your career goals.

Course structure



A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 40 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless otherwise indicated.

Unit type

Credit Points

Specific requirements
Core
(1 unit)

10cp

Compulsory Core units totalling 10 credit points as detailed below. 

ACT501 Accounting Principles
 

Specialist Elective

(3 units)

30cp

Specialist Elective Units totalling 30 credit points selected from the  below:

ACT502 Management Accounting
ACT503 Corporate Accounting
ACT504 Auditing
ACT505 Accounting Theory
ACT506 Accounting Information Systems
ECO505 Economics of Sustainability
FIN510 Aspects of Corporate Finance
LAW511 Australian Tax Law
LAW513 Corporate Law
LAW514 Commercial Law
STA510 Business Statistics

 

40

Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Graduate Certificate AQF Level 8 course award. 
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

Study plan

Students commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plans provided below are suitable for students commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard full time or part time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use these as a guide to create an individual study plan.

Full-time Study Plan

Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective

 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
ACT501 Accounting Principles CO    
Specialist Elective 1 SE    
Specialist Elective 2 SE    
Specialist Elective 3 SE    

Part-time Study Plan

Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective

 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
ACT501 Accounting Principles  CO Specialist Elective 2 SE
Specialist Elective 1  SE Specialist Elective 3 SE

Specialist electives may be selected from the following:

Semester 1 Semester 2
ACT502 Management Accounting ACT502 Management Accounting
ACT503 Corporate Accounting ACT503 Corporate Accounting
ACT504 Auditing ACT504 Auditing
ACT505 Accounting Theory ACT505 Accounting Theory
ACT506 Accounting Information Systems ACT506 Accounting Information Systems
ECO505 Economics of Sustainability ECO505 Economics of Sustainability
FIN510 Aspects of Corporate Finance FIN510 Aspects of Corporate Finance
LAW511 Australian Tax Law LAW511 Australian Tax Law
  LAW513 Corporate Law
LAW514 Commercial Law LAW514 Commercial Law
STA510 Business Statistics STA510 Business Statistics

Students commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plans provided below are suitable for students commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard full time or part time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use these as a guide to create an individual study plan.

Full-time Study Plan

Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective

 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    ACT501 Accounting Principles CO
    Specialist Elective 1 SE
    Specialist Elective 2 SE
    Specialist Elective 3 SE

Part-time Study Plan

Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective

 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    ACT501 Accounting Principles CO
    Specialist Elective 1 SE
Year 2
Specialist Elective 2 SE    
Specialist Elective 3 SE    

Specialist electives may be selected from the following:

Semester 1 Semester 2
ACT502 Management Accounting ACT502 Management Accounting
ACT503 Corporate Accounting ACT503 Corporate Accounting
ACT504 Auditing ACT504 Auditing
ACT505 Accounting Theory ACT505 Accounting Theory
ACT506 Accounting Information Systems ACT506 Accounting Information Systems
ECO505 Economics of Sustainability ECO505 Economics of Sustainability
FIN510 Aspects of Corporate Finance FIN510 Aspects of Corporate Finance
LAW511 Australian Tax Law LAW511 Australian Tax Law
  LAW513 Corporate Law
LAW514 Commercial Law LAW514 Commercial Law
STA510 Business Statistics STA510 Business Statistics

Entry requirements

Admission criteria

Applicants who have fully satisfied the entry requirements of the accounting professional bodies in their first degree (such as the CDU Bachelor of Accounting) are not eligible for entry.

Consideration will be given to applicants who do not have one of the above qualifications, but who have at least five years full time equivalent relevant professional experience in accounting and finance roles. Applicants must provide further documentation detailing their employment experience (i.e. work experience certificate from an employer/s) and outlining their roles and achievements in the form of a curriculum vitae (CV) and a statement of purpose. The statement of purpose should address why you would like to be admitted into the course, career goals and aspirations and benefits the course will provide you.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic Module A minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) A minimum overall score of 176, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency A minimum overall grade of C1, valid for three years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module A minimum overall score of 58 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) A minimum overall score of 79 with a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.

 

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Course details

Australian qualification framework

This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
Yes
Award
Graduate Certificate of Accounting Studies
Faculty/College
Asia Pacific College of Business and Law
Sector
HE
Area of study
Accounting

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: student.central@cdu.edu.au Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

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How to apply

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Remember to apply early for your best chance at securing an offer to study with us.

SATAC

SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS.

UAC

UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW.

SATAC/UAC codes

Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
CDU Waterfront Darwin (FF)
1GC565
871351
Online (FF)
1GC565
871351
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

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