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Associate Degree of Accounting

Associate Degree Accounting

Start your accounting career with this practical qualification

If you're interested in understanding the numbers behind business success, this two-year qualification is a great place to start for a rewarding career in accounting. You can choose to go straight to work in support roles in the accounting profession or you can continue your studies and enrol into third year of an accounting or commerce degree either at TAFE or with one of our partner universities – choose from Australian Catholic University, Charles Sturt University, Macquarie University or University of New England.

More information about this course


  • Sydney metro: Meadowbank, St George, Ultimo
  • Regional: Newcastle, Ourimbah

Note that the course will only run at locations where minimum enrolment numbers are met.

Duration: 2 years full time or part time equivalent

Course load: Students must complete 16 subjects and achieve 160 credit points to complete this course. Each subject is worth 10 credit points.

Next intake: July 2017

Course overview: The Associate Degree of Accounting is an undergraduate qualification taught in English. The course is located at Level 6 on the Australian Qualifications Framework.

The Associate Degree of Accounting is a practical industry focussed qualification that includes an internship in second year. Graduates of the course will have the knowledge and practical skills in the areas of accounting, tax, finance, business and law and will be well equipped to work in a range of accounting fields.

Students who successfully complete the first 8 subjects (one year full-time) may choose to exit with a Diploma of Accounting.

Further enquiries:

Entry requirements and how to apply

You must satisfy at least one of the following four entry requirements to be eligible for admission into this course:

  • NSW HSC (Higher School Certificate) or equivalent; OR
  • Recognised Tertiary Preparation Certificate; OR
  • Certificate IV level or higher vocational qualification; OR
  • Completion of at least one year full-time study or equivalent in a degree course at a higher education institution

This course requires you to submit additional information with your application, including a short essay, interview and numeracy test. This additional information will be assessed to determine your suitability for entry into this course, and where there are more applicants than study places available, will be used to rank your application.

Note 1: You do not require an ATAR for entry into this course .
Note 2: If you do not meet any of the four minimum entry requirements, you may be able to apply for entry under special admissions provisions including mature age or disadvantage.

For full details of application requirements and to download the application form, visit the Applying and fees page

Study requirements


Full time students enrol in four subjects per semester, with face to face classes totalling approximately 16 hours per week. Students are expected to undertake an equivalent amount of private study to maximise success in the course.


A range of assessment methods are used across subjects in this course to allow students to demonstrate both practical skills and theoretical knowledge. Most subjects require the completion of 3 to 4 assessment tasks. Assessment types include, but are not limited to essays, reports, case studies, group activities, presentations, tests and examinations.


You can view the course structure and an overview of study requirements for each subject by downloading the Course Information Brochure


Students who have completed other studies in a related field or who have extensive relevant industry experience may be eligible for exemption from similar subjects in the Associate Degree of Accounting. All applications for exemption must be made to the course coordinator and must include supporting documentation. Students should attend class until they are formally advised that their application for exemption has been granted.

Tuition fees

In 2017 domestic students will pay a tuition fee of $1,200 per subject (a total of $19,200 for the full associate degree*). This course attracts FEE-HELP, so eligible students can study now and pay later.

Tuition fees for international students can be found on the TAFE NSW International website.

*Note that tuition fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change. Check current fee information in the Fee Schedule on the Fees and Payments page .

There may be additional costs to purchase resources required for individual subjects. The course coordinator can advise you of any additional course fees.

Information for international students

This course is available for enrolment by international students, subject to meeting course entry requirements and satisfying student visa conditions. For more information and the current course fee for international students go to the TAFE NSW International website.


While every effort has been made to ensure information about this course is accurate and up to date, you are advised to contact the course coordinator for specific and up to date information about tuition fees and academic requirements of the course.