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Graduate Certificate in Accounting

CRICOS 074225D
Program Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Accounting is an introductory course designed to provide a general understanding of accounting and related areas of business study. It covers foundation knowledge in the areas of accounting, statistics, law and economics, and can provide postgraduate level learning in accounting as a stand-alone award.

Students will develop an understanding of the framework and principles underpinning the preparation of accounting information as well as the ability to apply such principles to the preparation of basic financial statements. There will also be an exploration and analysis of the tools required of the accounting professional, with an emphasis upon the managerial skills and professionalism necessary in contemporary business.

Duration 0.5 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Delivery Site On campus (Eveleigh NSW 2015 or Hobart TAS 7000)
Application date Refer to key dates
Entry Requirements
  • An Australian bachelor's degree (or equivalent qualification, including an overseas qualification); or
  • Completion of TOP's Postgraduate Preparation Program; or
  • Five years' relevant work experience.
English Language Requirements Please refer to English Language Requirements
Credit arrangement Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is available and will be assessed in accordance with TOP's RPL policy and procedure. Please refer to the Application for Recognition of Prior Learning and the RPL policy and procedurefor further details. 
Course Structure

This course contains 4 core subjects in accounting and related fields.

Core Subjects

To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate in Accounting, a student must complete an aggregate of 4 core subjects (24 units of credit).

Please refer to the table for the changes to unit codes and names which will be effective from Term 1, 2020.

Pathway to employment / further study

Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Accounting, students may apply to enrol in the Graduate Diploma of Accounting, Master of Professional Accounting degree or Master of Professional Accounting and Business degree. Students progressing into a higher award will be given credit for studies completed within the Graduate Certificate.

TOP's articulation agreement with the University of Newcastle (UoN) will allow students who complete the GCA at TOP to transfer to the UoN Master of Applied Finance, Master of Professional Accounting or Master of Professional Accounting (Advanced) with full recognition of their TOP GCA subjects. For more information, please see Pathway to The University of Newcastle.

Career options include management-level positions in industry or government, as well as not-for-profit organisations.