Otago Polytechnic

Bachelor of Applied Management (Accounting)


Dunedin and Auckland (The Auckland programme is for international students only)

Three years full-time; part-time options available

On campus with a major industry project 

February and July (Dunedin); January, March, June, August and October (Auckland)
until start date
  • Location
    Study breaks
  • Dunedin
    20 July 2020
(CA and ACA pathway)
Achieve the academic requirements for Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA), Chartered Accountant (CA) or CPA Australia membership with this internationally-recognised specialised accounting degree of excellence.

This qualification has Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and CPA Australia accreditation and is ideal if you want to embark on a career in accounting as a Chartered Accountant, Associate Chartered Accountant, or Certified Practising Accountant.

Employment opportunities for Accountants are good due to strong demand for accounting services from a wide range of businesses and individuals, and this demand is expected to keep rising.

Incorporating case studies, workplace-based or focused assignments, and a major industry project for professional accounting and associated research project; this hands-on qualification has industry experience and connections at its core. This will enable you to gain the work-ready skills that employers are looking for and to move into the professional accounting environment successfully.

You will also gain core business knowledge in management, commercial law, marketing, business computing, economics, accounting, communication, and business, heritage, culture and sustainability. 

Upon successful completion of this qualification, you will be in the perfect position to then complete the final professional requirements needed to achieve full CA or ACA membership with CAANZ, or membership with CPA Australia.

At our Auckland International Campus, this programme is delivered through the Future Skills Academy due to a sub-contract arrangement between Otago Polytechnic and the provider. Auckland study block dates > 

Entry requirements
  • If you are under 20, you must have:
  • NCEA Level 3
  • 14 credits at Level 3 in each of three NZQA approved university entrance subjects, and
  • 10 Literacy credits at Level 2 or above, made up of: 
    • 5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing, and 
  • 10 Numeracy credits at Level 1 or above, made up of:
    • specified achievement standards available through a range of subjects OR
    • package of three numeracy unit standards (26623, 26626, 26627- all three required).
  • If you are over 20, you must supply evidence of industry experience and/or alternative qualifications such as the New Zealand Diploma in Business.
  • If you are a school leaver or adult applicant who does not meet all of the entry criteria, you may still be given provisional entry to year one at the discretion of the Programme Leader.
  • International students will be individually assessed to ensure they meet degree-level entry requirements. Click here for equivalent academic entry requirements by country. 

If you need to improve your English Language skills, we offer a wide range of English programmes.

Bridging options 

The New Zealand Diploma in Business (offered at our Dunedin campus) provides a sound initial understanding of business operations and therefore provides a good pathway into this programme. Other programmes of study may also provide bridging options. 

Additional documentation 

You must supply certified copies of proof of identify, academic records and proof of residency (where appropriate).

Additional costs

You will need to purchase some textbooks and cover any costs associated with field trips. 

You will study
Year one 
  Course name Level Credits
Core courses Organisations in a New Zealand Context    5    15
  Business Environment    5    15
  Business Functions    5    15
  Principles of Change Management    5    15
Strand Financial Accounting    5    15
  Planning and Managing Financial Performance    5    15
  Preparation and Analysis of Financial Statements    5    15
  Tax and Managing Financial Risk    5    15
Total       120
Year two 
  Course name Level Credits
Core courses Improving Organisational Performance    6    30
  Taxation in New Zealand    6    15
  Intermediate Financial Accounting    6    15
  Intermediate Management Accounting    6    15
  Law of Business Entities     6    15
  Auditing and Assurance    6    15
  Economics    6    15
Total       120
Year three 
  Course name Level Credits
Core courses Introduction to Finance    6    15
  Accounting Information Systems    6    15
  Advanced Financial Accounting    7    15
  Advanced Management Accounting    7    15
  Organisational Research Design    7    15
  Industry Project for Professional Accounting    7    45
Total       120
Your workload 

If studying at our Auckland International Campus

You will be expected to spend about 38 hours per week (or 300 hours per study block) on your course work. This includes both scheduled class time and self-directed study. Some of these hours may be spent in a workplace gaining hands-on experience and developing important industry and business connections.

If studying at our Dunedin Campus 

In your first year, course work will require approximately 40 hours of both directed and self-directed study per week. Class sizes are small, allowing for more one-on-one teaching in a supportive learning environment. As you progress through the qualification, directed study hours are reduced as your study becomes much more self-directed.

Next steps to becoming a CA or ACA with CAANZ

Upon successful completion of this academic programme as specified by CAANZ, graduates will be required to complete the following professional requirements to become a CA:

  • three years of approved practical experience under the guidance of a CA mentor
  • the Chartered Accountants Programme.

Upon successful completion of this academic programme as specified by Chartered Accountants ANZ, graduates will be required to complete the following professional requirements to become an ACA:

  • two years of approved practical experience under the guidance of a CA mentor
  • the Professional Ethics Module.

Further information on these membership requirements is available at charteredaccountantsanz.com

Student loans and allowances

Student loans and allowances are for domestic students only. For information about student loans and allowances please visit the Studylink website. It is important to apply for your student loan/allowance at the same time as you apply for this programme, due to the length of time Studylink take to process applications. Loan/allowance applications can be cancelled at any time if you decide to withdraw your programme application or if it is unsuccessful. 


While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.

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