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Undergraduate Certificate in Accounting


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6 months full time

Next Intake

February, July

Next Intake


Regretfully, we are no longer accepting enrolments into this course. The undergraduate certificate was initiated as an interim measure during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has now been discontinued by the Tertiary Education and Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA).

What are my options?

You may wish to consider enrolment in the Bachelor of Accounting as an alternative.

The discontinued Undergraduate Certificate in Accounting consisted of four of the Bachelor subjects, with the same subject learning outcomes and assessments.

Should you prefer not to commit to the full three years of study with the Bachelor qualification, you have the option to exit with an Associate Degree of Accounting after two years.

Entry requirements for the Bachelor (and Associate) are the same as for Undergraduate Certificate. The Bachelor can be studied full-time or part-time.

Career Pathways

Where will the Undergraduate Certificate in Accounting take me?

Study Pathways

On successful completion of this degree, you will be eligible for entry to our Bachelor of Accounting.

I learned a deeper understanding of what accounting really is. There is a thrill, the challenge of looking at a report and getting to say this happened or this will happen - it’s so powerful!
Jade Magsanay
Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping, Diploma of Accounting and 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

Fee-paying Places

Per year $5780
Per semester $0
Per year $17800
Per semester $8900

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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Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1st of November. 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.


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.

Higher Education Admissions Criteria

As well as the specific entry requirements above, Melbourne Polytechnic admits students on the basis of the following categories:

If you have already studied higher education: Y ou may meet the admissions criteria for higher education at Melbourne Polytechnic if your highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree.

If you have studied a VET course: You may meet the admissions criteria for higher education at Melbourne Polytechnic if your highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a vocational education and training (VET) course.

If you have recent secondary education: You may meet the admissions criteria for higher education at Melbourne Polytechnic if you are a recent secondary education student whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the past two years.

If you have work and life experience: You may meet the admissions criteria for higher education at Melbourne Polytechnic if you have work and life experience and left secondary education more than two years ago and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

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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

Next Steps

Melbourne Polytechnic is committed to providing transparency to the admissions process. In line with this commitment, we provide you with information that will help in making informed choices about your future studies.

Find out more about Melbourne Polytechnic’s commitment to admissions transparency.

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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