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graduate diploma in professional accounting level 7 new zealand

Last Updated on September 14, 2021 by Alvina Ibe

Graduate Diploma in Accounting

Level 7

Upskill to become a professional accountant and help organisational leaders make smart financial decisions with UCOL’s Graduate Diploma in Accounting.A photograph of a UCOL lectuer interacting with a student in the class


Level: 7

Locations: UCOL Manawatū in Palmerston North

Duration: 1 year, full-time

25 Jul 2022 – 30 Jul 2023

Domestic Fees: *
$6,367.00Scholarship info

Find out if you’re eligible for fees-free study

International Fees:*

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

Accountants provide a valuable service to organisations and businesses – recording business transactions, preparing financial statements and reports, and helping management with strategic planning.

UCOL’s Graduate Diploma in Accounting course will give you the expertise to manage financial information and the skills to create and implement financial strategies. You’ll also gain real-world experience by working with a local business/organisation on a project.

 Career & Study Outcomes

  • Management accountant
  • Financial accountant
  • Operations and production management

To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries, see Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Occupation Outlook for Accountants and Careers NZ’s Guide for Accountants.

 Course Information

This programme comprises 120 credits.

Level 6 courses

Intermediate Financial Accounting (15 credits)
Learn to apply the regulatory and technical aspects of financial accounting and external reporting for companies, and evaluate financial and non-financial information.

Intermediate Management Accounting (15 credits)
Learn to collect, interpret, present and use relevant management accounting information for an organisation to effectively plan, control and make appropriate decisions regarding business operations.

Taxation in New Zealand (15 credits)
Apply knowledge of taxation rules to New Zealand taxable entities in a range of situations.

Level 7 courses

Advanced Financial Accounting (15 credits)
Gain a sufficient understanding of New Zealand’s financial reporting environment, and sufficient technical skills to prepare complex financial statements that comply with generally accepted accounting practice. You’ll also gain a wider appreciation of financial reporting to enable you to respond and contribute to the development of the accounting profession.

Advanced Management Accounting (15 credits)
Learn advanced techniques and gain skills to be able to provide and evaluate accounting information, including its behavioural implications and contribute to organisational success.

Professional Practice (15 credits)
Preparation for transition into an applied business profession. You’ll source an industry project/internship and produce appropriate documentation.

Industry Project/Internship (30 credits)
An applied research project involving a work placement at an organisation to which theoretical learning and self-reflection is applied.

 Student & Staff Profiles

  • Wilson GeorgeGraduate Diploma in Accounting GraduateWilson George made such a great impression while doing an accounting internship through UCOL that he was offered a full-time job.Meet Wilson
  • Kanthy AneeshGraduate Diploma in Accounting GraduateClass of 2018 Graduand Kanthy Aneesh is already succeeding in her chosen career-path, having turned her internship into a permanent role.Meet Kanthy

 Industry Connections

The Graduate Diploma is well supported by industry and this strong industry involvement means that students are able to apply their knowledge and skills and develop an analytical approach to real world problems and issues.

 Domestic Entry Requirements

A bachelor’s degree in any field excluding Accounting

Level 6 or 7 Diploma and relevant work and/or life experience (equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree) or Evidence of equivalent practical, professional or educational experience e.g. 3 – 5 years full time work experience [relevant to business studies].

For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL’s NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

Places are available to international students on a full fee basis. 

In addition to the Domestic Entry Requirements, the following applies to international student applicants.

English language proficiency
International student applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS (or equivalent including TOEFL) score of 6.0 with no band score lower than 5.5. UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre. The English Proficiency test is accepted for English language entry into all UCOL programmes.Under 20 years of age
For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA, International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria apply.

 Advice & Guidance

Recognition of prior learning

Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course or unit standards have already been met.

Application checklist
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don’t have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Check if you’re eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you’re 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email.


The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.

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