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Professional Accounting

Graduate Diploma

GD-PRFACC

Course
Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting
CRICOS
051622C
Duration
1 year full-time
Credit
200
Location
Curtin Perth

Outline

Increase your understanding of accounting practices.

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Accelerated learning

Learn through real-life cases on topics such as corporate law, taxation law, financial accounting and management accounting.

Get the Curtin edge

Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019).

This course, accredited by CPA Australia and ACCA Global (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), is suitable if you wish to upgrade your accounting knowledge to further your career in commerce, government, industry or public practice. The Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting is nested within this graduate diploma.

In addition to the topics covered in the graduate certificate – such as cost behaviour and financial accounting – you’ll study Australian tax law, corporate accounting, date analytics, microeconomics and macroeconomics in an international context.

It is the perfect opportunity for you to sample the accounting discipline in depth before you decide whether to commence Curtin’s Master of Commerce (Professional Accounting).

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

Why study

  • Expand your understanding and skills through theoretical study and real-life cases.
  • Lifelong learning is key to a successful career in accounting. Qualified accountants who possess professional knowledge and expertise experience upward mobility towards management roles in many organisations.
  • The Curtin Accounting Association can help grow your network and connect you with industry. The association is run by Curtin accounting students and is sponsored by Chartered Accountants, EY, KPMG, CPA Australia and the Curtin Student Guild.

Professional recognition

  • This course is accredited by CPA Australia and graduates will be eligible for associate membership of CPA Australia, and begin the CPA Program. 
  • This course is accredited by ACCA and graduates may be eligible for entry into the ACCA Strategic level program by additionally completing the Audit and Assurance module with ACCA.

Career information

Careers

  • Accountant
  • Auditor
  • Corporate treasurer
  • Finance manager

Industries

  • Accounting
  • Finance and investment
  • Government
  • Law
  • Resources and renewables

What you'll learn

  • apply principles of accounting, economics, information systems, statistics, law and social sciences as they relate to reporting business activity.
  • critically analyse issues in collection, recording and reporting of economic activity to enable the development of accounting information systems giving cost effective decision useful information.
  • locate, extract and critically appraise decision useful information related to economic activity from sources within an organisation and from external sources.
  • relate the significance of commercial events and issues to the business and investing community using effectively structured financial communication and appropriate language.
  • use electronic resources to effectively interrogate databases, analyse data, collect information and communicate.
  • take responsibility for self directed learning and the development of a career long attitude of continuing professional development.
  • recognise the global nature of accounting by applying international financial reporting standards and appreciate the information requirements of a global financial system.
  • demonstrate an understanding that cultural practices and differences impact commercial practices and interpersonal relations.
  • apply an ethical approach to analysing and reporting commercial activities; advising clients; demonstrate leadership and the ability to delegate tasks to ensure timely outcomes; Work independently and in teams to achieve agreed outcomes.

Entry requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Essential course prerequisites

A bachelor degree, graduate certificate or equivalent.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Email: ci-enquiries@curtin.edu.au
Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

International student indicative fees for 2020

Fee year: 2020

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $15,500*
Total indicative course fee $31,000*
Indicative year 1 fee $31,000*

Fee year: 2021

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $15,800*
Total indicative course fee $31,600*
Indicative year 1 fee $31,600*

Fees are indicative only.

*Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks. For information about fees at other locations please contact the relevant campus or partner institution by visiting Curtin International’s offshore site.

Location

For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

On Campus and Online

Semester 1 and Semester 2

All endeavours are made to ensure location information for courses is up to date but please note they are subject to change.

The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

How to apply

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Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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