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
    22 July 2019
  • Dunedin
    18 February 2019
    22 June 2019 - 21 July 2019
    13 April 2019 - 28 April 2019
    28 September 2019 - 13 October 2019
(CA and ACA pathway)

Achieve the academic requirements for Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA) or Chartered Accountant (CA) membership with this internationally-recognised specialised accounting degree of excellence.

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

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.

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. 

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. 

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. 

Programme structure 
Year one     
Compulsory courses Level Credits
Introduction to Accounting 5 15
Professional Communication 5 15
Business, Heritage, Culture and Sustainability 5 15
Commercial Law 5 15
Economics 5 15
Introduction to Marketing 5 15
Business Computing 5 15
Management 5 15
Total   120
Year two    
Compulsory courses Level Credits
Applied Management 6 15
Research Methodology 6 15
Accounting Major courses - compulsory Level Credits
Accounting Practices 5 15
Intermediate Financial Accounting 6 15
Intermediate Management Accounting 6 15
Taxation in New Zealand 6 15
Auditing and Assurance 6 15
The Law of Business Entities 6 15
Total   120
Year three    
Major compulsory Level Credits
Business Statistical Analysis 5 15
Introduction to Finance 6 15
Accounting Information Systems 6 15
Advanced Financial Accounting 7 15
Advanced Management Accounting 7 15
Industry Project for Professional Accounting 7 45
Total   120
Overall programme total   360
Your workload 

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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