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Undergraduate Certificate in Accounting


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Business transactions are vital to the acquisition and maintenance of wealth in our economy, start your career in accounting with the Undergraduate Certificate in Accounting.

This short certificate program will give you key decision making skills based on an understanding of fundamental economics, business accounting, quantitative methods and project management.

There is strong market demand for accounting skills, your Undergraduate Certificate in Accounting will make a significant contribution to the business world whilst learning transferable skills in business acumen and professional judgment. You will be able to confidently engage and seek employment in the finance sector through an understanding of analysis, data interpretation and communication of economic and business decision data to a variety of stakeholders.

With an Undergraduate Certificate in Accounting, you will:

  • Gain accounting and project management skills, valued by organisations of all kinds
  • Finish your course in 6 months (full-time)
  • Learn from leaders in accounting and sustainable business
  • Get a semester’s credit towards your Bachelor of Accounting.

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Course Details

Delivery methods

Course delivery continues at Melbourne Polytechnic during the challenges of the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation the world is facing right now. Our top priority remains the health, safety and well-being of our community.

This program has responded to the COVID-19 restrictions by modifying its delivery to a blended model supporting remote learning. For the immediate term, we’ve changed the way our students attend class, with all lectures, tutorials and seminars moved online.

A collaborative learning environment is created through the requirement of students to attend synchronous online sessions at the normal class times. These sessions are run through Moodle, our learning management system, and conferencing software (e.g. Zoom or Teams). This includes assessment wherever possible.

Alternative arrangements are being made for activities which must be conducted on-campus.

  • Blended learning
  • Classroom

Assessment Methods

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

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 Subject Elective Description Year Semester
BBS204 PROJECT MANAGEMENT Core This subject provides students with project management skills and knowledge to apply to planning, scheduling and controlling a complex business related project. The subject will present a range of project management theories and practices. Students will develop a project plan chosen from a selected business situation and use current project management tools to document and manage the process. 1
BAC115 QUANTITATIVE METHODS Core The aim of this unit is to introduce or to refresh student’s knowledge of fundamental mathematical and statistical techniques to adequately address business issues and decisions. This subject provides an overview of the principles and concepts of financial mathematics and business statistics. The mathematics covered in the subject is closely applied to business settings and issues and focuses on developing students’ skills in numeracy, problem solving, presenting data, and the use of business software and calculators. 1
BAC113 FUNDAMENTAL ECONOMICS Core This subject introduces the student to how the Australian and global economy impacts business decisions. Students will learn the core principles of micro and macroeconomic principles, models and policies. The student will apply this knowledge to gain an understanding of how economic influences frame and impact both local and global business. 1
BAC103 BUSINESS ACCOUNTING Core This subject introduces students to the knowledge of accounting processes from the recording of transactions in journals and ledgers to the preparation of financial statements using both manual and computerised accounting systems. In this subject, students will acquire the knowledge, skills and understanding of generally accepted accounting principles which govern the preparation, presentation and communication of accounting information. Students will prepare accounting information for both internal and external stakeholders using relevant information technology. 1

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Fees & Costs

Per year $
Per semester $5100
Per year $17800
Per semester $8900

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Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1 November 2021. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

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Additional expenses

The Student Services and Amenities Fee is charged at forty cents (40 cents) per student contact hour and is capped over a twelve (12) month period, effective from the enrolment date, to:

  • $250 for full fee-paying students; and
  • $175 for concession-paying students studying Certificate I, II, III, or IV.

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

When you are studying higher education courses you may qualify for FEE-HELP payments for part or all of your tuition fees. FEE-HELP loans do not cover materials costs.

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All Applicants All applicants are required to attend an interview.

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years) Successful completion of Year 12 VCE or equivalent with no specified minimum ATAR score and a study score of at least 20 in any English.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study Successful completion of a VET diploma.

Applicants with higher education A complete or incomplete higher education qualification.

Applicants with work and life experience Relevant industry or life experience.

Academic: Australian Year 12 equivalency
English: Academic IELTS 6.0 with no individual band below 5.5, Pearson PTE Academic 50 overall with no individual communicative skill below 42, or Melbourne Polytechnic recognised equivalency.
Other: Full-time only

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Applicants for this course will need to have met the academic requirements. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

You may also be required to attend an interview to discuss your career plans, aptitude and understanding of your chosen course of study and the requirements of tertiary study. (This may be conducted face-to-face or by through a video conference call using Skype or other application).

During your interview, you may be asked to provide:

  • Your CV outlining your relevant work and life skills and experience
  • Any letters of reference from employers
  • Documents relating to prior study including course transcripts and subject outlines from other Higher Education Providers if you wish to apply for credit

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