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Graduate Certificate in Accounting

Graduate Certificate

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Accountants count – literally – on their proficiency as highly organised, precise and committed professionals.

If these qualities add up for you, then this six-month course is perfect preparation for a career in accounting and finance.

The Graduate Certificate in Accounting is flexible, allowing you to focus on the areas that most interest you. Topics include business and managerial accounting, financial reporting, contemporary issues in accounting, economics and quantitative analysis, finance, information systems and legal studies.

Multiple career opportunities exist for graduates within accounting and financial services. This course is also a pathway towards our industry-accredited Master of Professional Accounting.

Course Learning Outcome

Develop and create professional solutions to specific problem from a discipline area.

Critically evaluate, analyse and synthesise a specific issue or theory from a professional area to arrive at a conclusion/decision with justification.

Incorporated in Intellectual rigour.

Analyse and compare challenging organisational ethical issues within a professional context.

Apply discipline based knowledge and professional skills in situations that require autonomy and a high level of responsible behaviour.

Demonstrate and apply well developed discipline knowledge and professional skills in a specialised management area within a global perspective.

Apply and integrate research principles and methods to professional management situations.

Incorporated in Intellectual rigour.

Prepare and deliver professional discipline advice, knowledge and ideas orally for a business or public context.

Prepare and deliver professional and justified, discipline advice using written communications suitable for business and public contexts.

Investigate and explain leadership research and practice in the management of people and self.

Appraise self and team regarding participation and performance.

Incorporated in Knowledge of a discipline.

Students study four of the eight core units of the Master of Professional Accounting including business accounting, information systems, financial reporting, contemporary issues in accounting, as well as legal studies, finance, economics and quantitative analysis.

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Gold Coast Session 1 , Session 2 , Session 3 N/A N/A
Online Session 1 , Session 2 , Session 3 N/A N/A

Career Outcomes

The Graduate Certificate in Accounting provides a pathway to the Master of Professional Accounting, which is accredited by CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA). 



We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you are not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Before applying, make sure you double check all entry requirements, gather required documentation and review the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, noting any specifics listed below.

Course requirements

To be eligible for the award of Graduate Certificate in Accounting a candidate shall successfully complete not less than four (4) units (48 credit points) from Part A.

Course structure

Unit Code Unit Title Level of learning Notes

Part A

ACC00712 Business Accounting Introductory
ACC00718 Accounting Information Systems and Processes Intermediate
ECO82001 Economics and Quantitative Analysis Intermediate
LAW00720 Legal Studies Introductory
ACC00713 Company and Financial Reporting Intermediate
ACC00714 Managerial Accounting Intermediate
ACC00716 Finance Introductory
ACC03032 Contemporary Issues in Accounting Theory Advanced