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Start date:
4 March 2019
Duration: 
1 year full time or longer for part time
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face
Online

Overview

Gain the knowledge and skills for a fulfilling business career in accounting.

If you’ve got a bachelor degree in a non-accounting discipline, this one-year course offers a fast track into accounting as a profession.

VU’s Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting will teach you the technical, analytical and interpersonal skills that are essential for a professional accountant working in today’s global economy.

You’ll gain awareness and insights from key units in this course – from managerial accounting and business law to professional auditing and issues in contemporary accounting. This course will qualify you as an accountant and also satisfies the educational requirements for membership with associations within the industry.  

Delivered by the Victoria Graduate School of Business (VGSB), this course is taught at our City Flinders Campus. In the heart of Melbourne’s busy CBD, the campus is within walking distance to a range of great restaurants, shops and easy transport options.

 

The Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting is accredited by Certified Practising Accountants Australia (CPA Australia), one of the world’s largest accounting bodies, with a global membership across 118 countries.

If you choose to take an additional Taxation unit as part of this course, you can also gain accreditation with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, a professional body with more than 115,000 members.

Our campus libraries have photocopying, computing and printing facilities as well as electronic and print resources.

You'll also have access to a rich collection of online resources at any time of the day or night, including:

  • databases
  • e-learning content for courses
  • student email
  • student software packages
  • social networking tools.

On campus, we make sure that all of our students have access to digital resources. We offer:

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Careers in accounting

A Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting can set you up with a career in either accounting or finance – across the private, not-for-profit or government sectors. VU graduates generally secure roles as general accountants or management accountants.

Salaries

Employment for accountants in Australia has risen strongly over the last decade and is expected to continue growing strongly until at least November 2020 (Job Outlook). The average annual earning of an accountant is $73,008 (Job Outlook).

Course structure

The Graduate Diploma of Professional Accounting course is a 96 credit point (8 unit), one year full-time duration award which may be studied in part-time mode. The course consists of eight postgraduate business units.

Semester 1

Semester 2

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Review theoretical approaches and analyse their application to achieve effective accounting practice;  
  2. Justify and interpret theoretical concepts and related knowledge to think critically in the resolution of business problems in authentic/contemporary Accounting Information Systems;  
  3. Critically apply cross disciplinary knowledge in creative decision making;  
  4. Demonstrate independent judgement in a range of technical or management functions in response to contemporary and future business challenges;  
  5. Evaluate the effectiveness of Accounting and associated Information Systems in the support of complex management decision making;  
  6. Effectively communicate complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences;  
  7. Contribute consistently, with personal accountability for outputs in a dynamic 21st century work team, working in an ethical and socially responsible manner.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: Full-fee

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.

If you enrol in a:

To calculate the total cost of your course:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in any discipline
OR
Completion of an Australian Graduate Certificate (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
OR
Applicants with a minimum three (3) years approved work experience will be considered for admission to this course.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

Apply direct to VU

Apply direct to VU using our admission centre submit applications for one or more courses, track and save your progress and upload additional information.

Direct applications are due on 24 February 2019 for our next intake which starts on 4 March 2019.

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Already a VU student?

If you are already a VU student, apply direct to VU using our Admissions centre to transfer into this course. Remember it’s best to be accepted into your new course before withdrawing from your current one.

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