- 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.
All students (international and domestic) for whom English is not a first language:
- must demonstrate English Language skills with an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 6.0, with no band score lower than 5.5 OR
- must provide acceptable alternative evidence of English language proficiency depending on the visa decline rate of the country you are from. See here for acceptable evidence and visa decline rates by country.
Please note: All scores must be achieved in a single test completed in the preceding two years. You cannot combine scores from multiple tests. If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance you are not required to provide evidence of English Language skills.
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.
You must supply certified copies of proof of identify, academic records and proof of residency (where appropriate).
You will need to purchase some textbooks and cover any costs associated with field trips.
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.