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Key details

Duration

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

Intake

Semester 1, Semester 2

Locations

CDU Waterfront Darwin, Online
Not available to international students.

Credit points required

80

Course code

TACC01
SATAC/UAC codes

Overview

Our Graduate Diploma of Accounting Studies will develop your understanding of accounting theory, concepts and skills. Successful completion of this course provides a pathway into the Master of Professional Accounting.

Master of Professional Accounting graduates meet the entry requirements for membership of CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) in the UK.

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 80 credit points as detailed below.
 

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

(7 units)

70cp

Specialist Elective units totalling 70 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

  80cp Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Graduate Diploma 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 4 SE
Specialist Elective 1 SE Specialist Elective 5 SE
Specialist Elective 2 SE Specialist Elective 6 SE
Specialist Elective 3 SE Specialist Elective 4 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
Year 2
Specialist Elective 4 SE Specialist Elective 6 SE
Specialist Elective 5 SE Specialist Elective 7 SE

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 4 SE
Specialist Elective 3 SE Specialist Elective 5 SE
Year 3
Specialist Elective 6 SE    
Specialist Elective 7 SE    

 

Entry requirements

Admission criteria

Successful completion of a recognised bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, masters degree or equivalent international qualification.

Applicants who have fully satisfied the entry requirements of the accounting professional bodies in their first degree are not eligible for entry.

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 Diploma 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)
1GD540
872131
Online (FF)
1GD540
872131
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

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