Graduate Diploma in Accounting - Invercargill

Qualification: Graduate Diploma
Level: 7


Semester 1   11 February to 21 June

Semester 2   8 July to 8 November


One year full-time or two years part-time

Location: Invercargill
Credits: 120

The aim of the Graduate Diploma in Accounting is to give people who already have a degree, or extensive business experience, an opportunity to extend their knowledge in accounting, without having to complete a degree.

This programme is suitable for those who have an existing qualification and want to add accounting to their skill-set.  It requires completion of Bachelor of Commerce second year pre-requisite papers for both financial and management accounting (compulsory).

Our teaching staff have extensive business experience, combined with excellent academic backgrounds and strong links with the professions, while our programmes have a strong practical and applied focus. We know that our programmes will challenge you, but that you will feel supported by us and excited about your future once you decide to study with us. Our business staff are passionate about teaching and enjoy working with students of all ages and from different cultures.

Compulsory papers

ACC201 Financial Accounting

ACC202 Management Accounting

ACC301 Advanced Financial Reporting

ACC302 Advanced Management Accounting

At least 45 credits must be taken from the following list of papers

ACC305 Auditing

CON359 Contemporary Issues

IBS390 International Business

ETH360 Business Ethics

ACC304 Applied Research Project - Accounting - 30 credits (by Programme Leader approval only).

Balance of credits may be taken from the following list of papers (Up to 15 credits)

ACC102 Introduction to Accounting

ACC103 Accounting Practices

ACC104 Introduction to Budgeting & Taxation

ACC105 Analysis of Financial Information

ACC203 Business Finance

ACC204 Accounting Information Systems

ACC206 Taxation

LAW110 Commercial Law

LAW210 Company Law

If a Level 5 paper is selected it must be taken before relevant Level 6 and 7 papers.

This programme is eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme.

  • NO tuition fees
  • 2019 Direct material costs of $505 (GST inclusive)

International Fees can be found here.

Students who have completed the Graduate Diploma in Accounting, will have developed skills and knowledge in the area of accounting. The programme provides the theoretical, practical and professional skills appropriate for employment in a range of accounting areas or further study in the many industries.

Graduates will be able to work in a range of accounting disciplines including financial accounting, financial management, corporate accounting, taxation, auditing, and business consulting in many industries. 

Applicants must have obtained at least an undergraduate degree in any discipline or be a mature student aged at least 20 years and supply evidence of at least three years relevant work experience.  Each mature applicant must provide their curriculum vitae detailing any relevant work experience and academic achievements.  The Programme Manager will use this information to assess whether the applicant is likely to successfully complete the graduate diploma programme.

Language Requirements

Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate of at least 80 percent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having passed an NZQA approved English Proficiency Assessment, or one of the following tests of English language competence in accordance with the NZQA rules below:

  • IELTS test – Academic score of 6, with no band score lower than 5.5
  • TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) – Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) – Score of 60 (with a writing score of 20)
  • University of Cambridge English Examinations – FCE, or FCE for schools, or CAE, or CPE with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill
  • NZCEL – Level 4 with the Academic endorsement
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) – PtoE (Academic) score of 50
  • City and Guilds IESOL – B2 Communicator with a score of 66

Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate below 80 per cent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English must provide evidence that they:

  1. Have gained NCEA Level 3 and met New Zealand University Entrance requirements or
  2. Hold a bachelor’s degree of at least 3 years from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, The Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America or
  3. Have achieved a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, CELTA or
  4. Have achieved one of the English Language competence tests  specified  above

Every candidate for the qualification of Graduate Diploma in Accounting is required to follow to the satisfaction of the Board of Studies, a programme of study for a minimum period of one year. Each year of study comprises two 17-week semesters.

The overall programme of study for every candidate requires 120 credits for successful completion of the qualification.

Individual papers may have specific pre-requisites or other knowledge/skill requirements, which may be required to be satisfied by students.

In order to be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Accounting, the student will have been credited with all required papers and electives as specified in the programme schedule.

A student completing the graduate diplomas will normally be expected to complete the one year programme (full-time equivalent) within four years.

Notwithstanding the requirements set out above, the Head of Faculty with the approval and recommendation of the Board of Studies may allow a student a longer period to complete the programme.

(Please note: students failing to attend for 80% of timetabled programme hours may forfeit Zero Fees Scheme entitlement.)

ACC201 Financial Accounting      
NZ Financial Accounting - 9780071013086      
6th Edition
Deegan & Samkin

ACC202  Management Accounting
Management Accounting: Information for Managing and Creating Value-9781743075906         
7th Edition           
Lang-field-Smith, Thorne and Hilton 
McGraw Hill

ACC301  Advanced Financial Reporting     
NZ Financial Accounting -9780071013086       
6th Edition           
Craig Deegan & Grant Samkin         
McGraw Hill

ACC302  Advanced Management Accounting         
Management Accounting: Information for Decision-Making and Strategy Execution-9780273769989       
6th Edition           
Atkinson, A. Kaplan, R. Matsumra, E. Young, S.          
Pearson Education

ACC304  Applied Research project - Accounting     
Required Research methods for business students - 9781292016627          
7th Edition           
Saunders, M., Lewis, P. & Thornhill, A. (2016).
Pearson Education.

CON359 Contemporary Issues                
No required text (readings)

Please note that textbooks need to be ordered at least 3-4 weeks prior to the commencement of your study