Associate Degree of Accounting

Develop an exciting and vibrant accountancy career with Melbourne Polytechnic's Associate Degree of Accounting. Exit after two years full-time (or four years part-time) with a paraprofessional qualification, or continue your studies and complete the Bachelor of Accounting.

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Start your career with a healthy balance sheet

Accountants today play an important role in developing strategies to assist businesses in their financial and managerial operations. More than recorders and reporters of financial information, contemporary accountants guide their clients through a range of economic conditions.

In the Associate Degree of Accounting you’ll cover all major areas of accountancy:

  • law
  • information management
  • economics
  • statistics

Specialist topics include:

  • accounting information systems
  • risk management
  • corporate governance
  • management accounting
  • company law
  • corporate accounting
  • financial management
  • taxation law compliance

The course is accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).

If you’ve already studied bookkeeping or accounting subjects, speak to us regarding Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and possible course credits.

Industry connections and resources

Our lecturing staff come from a diverse range of academia and business and are highly qualified to deliver quality programs designed to meet both your needs and industry demand.

You’ll have the opportunity to apply for membership with CPA Australia, the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) and the Institute of Practising Accountants (IPA). Please contact CPA Australia, ICA and IPA directly for further information on membership requirements.

The Bachelor of Accounting is accredited by CPA Australia, so completion of the Associate Degree is a step towards further recognition.

Employment outcomes

You will be qualified to work in:

  • entry-level accounting
  • payroll
  • accounts receivable/payable
  • business analysis
  • finance


Assessment may include a combination of examinations, assignments, tests, group and individual reports and projects, essays, practical tasks, literature reviews, journals, presentations, interviews, case studies and class participation.

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Full-time: 2 years

Part-time: 4 years

Class Schedule: *

Mon - AM and PM
Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM
Fri - AM and PM

*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Career Advisor


Find out more on fees and charges

Entrance Requirements

Year 12 VCE or equivalent with a study score of at least 20 in any English, or VET diploma course in financial services, accounting or equivalent, or relevant industry experience. For more information, applicants are encouraged to attend one of Melbourne Polytechnic's Information Nights.

Assessment Methods

The method of assessment may include a combination of examinations, assignments, tests, group and individual reports and projects, essays, practical tasks, literature reviews, journals, presentations, interviews, case studies and class participation.


We will provide a list of required materials and books at the start of the course.

You will have access to PhD and/or CPA qualified staff, journal databases and other library collections.

Pathways to further study

The Associate Degree of Accounting now leads directly into Melbourne Polytechnic's Bachelor of Accounting. Students who successfully complete the Associate Degree of Accounting may be granted up to 16 subjects credit in a number of business bachelor degrees, eg. Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in Accounting or Financial Management), with Melbourne Polytechnic's partner universities or other institutes. The course enables students to maximise their learning and career opportunities by initially gaining a two-year higher education qualification and then articulating to a bachelor or higher degree at a later stage. Contact Melbourne Polytechnic for further information regarding articulation pathways with through us or our partner universities.

Career Pathways

You can move into general and specialist accounting, finance and management. Accountants work across all industry sectors, including
  • manufacturing
  • retail
  • hospitality and tourism
  • arts and entertainment
  • IT and communications
  • health
  • primary industries
  • finance
  • insurance
  • not-for-profits
  • education

Enrolment Intake

  • February
  • July
  • Midyear

Units Of Study

Credit points are a basic measure of student workload. All subjects are given a credit point value. Most subjects at Melbourne Polytechnic are 12 credit points. A normal full-time annual workload is 96 credit points. The academic year is divided into two main semesters; full-time students usually enrol in 48 credit points each semester, part time students usually enrol in 24 credit points each semester or less.

Code Subjects
BACC111 Introduction to business law
BACC112 Principles of accounting
BACC113 Fundamental micro and macro economics
BACC114 Business research and communication
BACC115 Quantitative methods
BACC116 Financial accounting 1
BACC211 Accounting information systems
BACC212 Management accounting 1
BACC213 Commercial and corporations law
BACC214 Industry practium
BACC215 Financial accounting 2
BACC216 Management accounting 2
BACC221 Business finance
BACC312 Corporate accounting