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Graduate Certificate in Accounting

Approved Abbreviation: GradCertAcc

Western Sydney University Course Code: 2790.1

AQF Level: 8

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is Quarter 3, 2016 or later.

This course is designed for those students who need to complete a minimum of four units to aid in achieving the educational requirements for admission to professional accounting bodies. It is also a course that is designed to allow students who do not meet the direct entry requirements into the Accounting Masters a pathway to progress to the Accounting Masters programs.

Study Mode
Six months full-time or one year part-time.


Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree, or higher, in any discipline


Successfully completed an Associate Degree, or higher, in a business discipline


Successfully completed an Advanced Diploma, or higher, in a business discipline and have a minimum of five (5) years general work experience in a related field


Have a minimum of three years full-time equivalent managerial/professional work experience in a related field


Submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

Applicants seeking admission on the basis of work experience must support their application with a Statement of Service for all work experience listed on the application.

Statement of Service

International applicants must achieve IELTS 6.5 overall score with a minimum 6.0 in each subset, or equivalent English language proficiency.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University.  Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 40 credit points which consists of 30 credit points core units listed below and 10 credit points alternate units from the pool.

Core Units

200432Commercial Law
200396Introductory Accounting
200494Management Accounting

Alternate Units

200401Accounting Theory and Applications
200400Company Accounting
200433Company Law
200426Corporate Finance
200399Information Systems for Accountants

Or any other business unit with the approval of the Director Academic Program.

Exit Award

Students wishing to exit from the 2689 Master of Professional Accounting or 2691 Master of Accountancy may be awarded a Graduate Certificate in Accounting on completion of 40 credit points of approved units.

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