Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
The Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting is a four-subject introductory course designed to provide a general understanding of accounting and related areas of business study. It provides foundation knowledge in the areas of accounting, finance, economics and law. This course is designed for students who: do not have an undergraduate background in accounting and who wish to further their business knowledge, or have extensive business experience but lack the formal qualifications for direct entry to the master's programs in professional accounting, or want to complete an introductory course in accounting and related fields and want to prove their ability to undertake postgraduate study and attain postgraduate qualifications. As this course articulates into the master's programs in professional accounting, this enables students who do not possess formal undergraduate qualifications, including TAFE diplomats, to acquire the relevant academic qualification for membership of CPA Australia, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA) and the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA). The course comprises a mix of accounting, finance and related subjects which collectively provide a range of essential business skills and knowledge that are necessary for managerial-level employment in today's dynamic business environment. Career options include management-level positions in industry or government, as well as not-for-profit organisations.
The course totals 24 credit points, made up of four core subjects. The course may be completed in one session of full-time or one year of part-time study. Classes are offered over three teaching periods each year (namely Autumn, Spring and Summer sessions). Not all subjects are available in Summer session. In most cases, subjects are offered on the basis of one three-hour lecture per week over a 13-week period, however, certain subjects may be delivered in intensive mode and completed over a shorter time period.
Standard entry requirements
- Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies. Applicants without a degree require eight years' full-time relevant work experience and evidence of a general capacity to undertake tertiary education. The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0
- Or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21
- Or AE5: Pass
- Or PTE: 58-64
- Or CAE: 176-184.
This course is part of an articulated program comprising the Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting, the Master of Professional Accounting, and the Master of Professional Accounting (Extension).