Associate Degree of Accounting

Course Code HE20522V02 Available Campus
Qualification Associate Degree
Industry Area Accounting And Finance
Course Brochure - PDF 1425KB


The Associate Degree of Accounting is a two year paraprofessional degree that will prepare you for employment in the accounting profession in Australia.

The Associate Degree of Accounting will allow you to develop both practical skills and comprehensive knowledge to equip you for work in the accounting profession. You will develop knowledge and skills in accounting, tax, finance, statistics, marketing and law as they apply to the accounting profession as well as the broader Australian business environment. In second year you will undertake an industry internship which will provide you with the opportunity to synthesise and apply your learning in a real workplace situation, as well as establishing valuable professional contacts.

The Associate Degree of Accounting is designed as a two year full time or four year part time course.

This course is suitable for:
- School leavers;
- Graduates of Certificate IV or higher level qualifications in accounting / bookkeeping / financial services;
- Mature aged students seeking to retrain or change careers.

Credit transfer is offered for identified units from the Certificate IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma qualifications in Accounting or Financial Services (Accounting) and the Certificate IV in Bookkeeping or Financial Services

Higher Education program

TAFE NSW is an accredited Higher Education provider offering Higher Education programs including undergraduate bachelor degrees and associate degrees.

The Northern Sydney Institute also partners with major universities to deliver degrees and guaranteed degree pathways so you can study at a TAFE campus and graduate with a university degree. To find out more about all our Higher Education options see Degree programs.

Entry requirements

Minimum Eligibility Requirements:
Applicants are required to hold, at minimum, one of the following to be considered eligible for admission.
- a NSW HSC (Higher School Certificate) or equivalent.
- a recognised Tertiary Preparation Certificate;
- a qualification from a Registered Training Organisation at Certificate IV level or above;
- the completion of at least one year full-time or equivalent in a degree course at a higher education institution.

Additional Requirements:
In addition to the minimum eligibility requirements the following specific entry requirements apply to entry to this program. All applicants are required to:
- submit a 500 word essay, and
- attend an interview and complete a short numeracy test.

Special Admissions:
If you do not meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this course, you may be able to apply for entry into this course based on mature age or disadvantage. Talk to admissions staff at the campus you wish to study at if you wish to apply for special admission.

International Applicants:
In addition to proof of eligibility and course specific entry requirements, international student applicants whose first language is not English or who have not completed their secondary education in English or who have not completed an Australian educational qualification must demonstrate English proficiency at a minimum IELTS level of 6.5, with a minimum level of 6 in any one band.

How to apply

Click on the APPLY NOW button below and follow the instructions to complete your application online. We will then contact you with details on how to submit your essay questions and any additional documentation we may require to help us assess your application.
Download theTAFE NSW Higher Education Application Form. and follow the instructions on the form to complete your submission and lodge your application in person, by mail or by email. Once your application and essay submissions are approved, we will contact you to arrange an interview.

International enrolment

This course is also available to international students. For more information see the International Students website.

Course outcomes

Career options

This course is for people who want to work in the accounting profession as an assistant accountant, bookkeeper, payroll manager or accounts supervisor.

TAFE NSW courses run only if there is sufficient demand and resources.

Course availability


For further information contact us on 131 674 or (02) 9942 0333.

Full Time
Course Units
Information Session Dates: Wednesday 14 June 2017 or Tuesday 18 July 2017 at 7.00pm, Location: Meadowbank Campus P Building Level 4. Orientation date: 19th July This course has face to face classes. Each subject has 4 hours class work. An additional 6 hours of self-directed study should ne undertaken for each subject. Self-directed study may include: research, writing, online and/or workplace activity. Full-Time (Day): Two years,18 hours per week Part-Time: Four years: 8 -10 hours per week, with an expectation that students will also complete an additional 10 hours per week of independent study. For further information, please send your enquiry email:
Commences 24 July 2017
Length 2 years

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