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Bachelor of Applied Management (Accounting)

Level 7

Gain the understanding and expertise to work in today’s ever-changing accounting industry with UCOL’s Bachelor of Applied Management (Accounting).

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Level: 7

Locations: Palmerston North, Online**

Duration: 3 years, full-time or part-time study options

Palmerston North
19 Feb 2018 - 30 Nov 2018
23 Jul 2018 - 28 Jun 2019

Domestic Fees:*
$5,993.00Scholarship info

Find out if you're eligible for fees-free study

International Fees:*

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

With practical industry experience built into this three-year programme, as well as workplace assignments and case studies, UCOL's Bachelor of Applied Management (Accounting) students are well prepared for a career in accounting.

The concept of applied management is core to the degree, where students apply knowledge, skills and capabilities in a variety of ways and contexts.

The Bachelor of Applied Management degree has professional accreditation with Chartered Accountants New Zealand (CAANZ) and Certified Professional Accountants Australia (CPA Australia) for students who undertake the Accounting CA major.

Students can elect to complete the New Zealand Diploma in Business (Accounting) Level 5 as the first year of the Bachelor of Applied Management (Accounting) degree.

 Career & Study Outcomes

Successful graduates have a strong foundation in essential business skills and applied management, and specialist experience and expertise in accounting disciplines including: 

  • Management accounting 
  • Financial accounting
  • Auditing and assurance
  • Taxation
  • Accounting information systems
  • Business finance
Job opportunities may include:
  • Chartered Accountant
  • Accounts Officer
  • Credit Control
  • Analysis and Reporting
  • Auditing
  • Business Services and Corporate Advisory
  • Management Accounting
  • Taxation
To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries, see Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Occupation Outlook for Managers and Analysts.

 Course Information

Some of the following courses are optional and may depend on whether you choose the CA Foundation, CPA Foundation or ACA Pathway within the Accounting major.

Year one courses

Compulsory courses

Applied Accounting (15 credits)
Learn to record and process a wide range of financial transactions manually, as well as using software. You'll act in accordance with the accounting profession’s Code of Ethics to research and communicate technical financial information for a business entity’s performance.

Business Environments (15 credits)
Analyse environmental influences on a business entity.

Business Functions (15 credits)
Apply knowledge of core business functions for operational efficiency and effectiveness.

Introduction to Accounting and Taxation (15 credits)
Apply accounting concepts and standards to prepare financial statements for a business entity and apply tax rules.

Organisations in a New Zealand Context (15 credits)
Review and analyse business entities from a range of perspectives in a New Zealand context.

Understanding Change (15 credits)
Learn to contribute to innovation and change in organisations.

Elective courses (choose two)

Administration Services (15 credits)
Learn to plan, organise, analyse, manage and evaluate administration systems and processes to support management.

Administration Systems, Processes and Projects (15 credits)
Learn to analyse the effectiveness and efficiencies of administration systems and processes; develop and implement strategies to improve administration systems and processes; plan, co-ordinate, monitor, manage and evaluate projects within a budget to support a business entity.

Analysis of Financial Information (15 credits)
Learn to calculate, analyse and interpret financial information to inform decision making for a business entity and evaluate debtor risk. 

Budgets for Planning and Control (15 credits)
Learn to prepare budgets and use budgets to monitor business performance for a business entity and determine internal controls to minimise financial risk for a business entity.

Business Information Management (15 credits)
Learn to use information to support operations and management; produce support materials for business technology to meet business entity needs and manage business technology to support users to meet business entity needs.

Business Planning (15 credits)
Learn to formulate a business plan.

Business Technologies (15 credits)
Learn to research and analyse new and emerging business technologies and apply knowledge of those technologies to support the operations and management within a business entity.

Leadership (15 credits)
Learn to apply leadership skills to achieve organisational outcomes and change.

Managing Projects (15 credits)
Learn to effectively manage a project.

Operations Management and Compliance (15 credits)
Learn to apply techniques to improve operational management and compliance.

Year two courses

Compulsory courses

Intermediate Financial Accounting (15 credits)
Learn to apply the regulatory and technical aspects of financial accounting and external reporting for companies, and evaluate financial and non-financial information.

Intermediate Management Accounting (15 credits)
Learn to collect, interpret, present and use relevant management accounting information for an organisation to effectively plan, control and make appropriate decisions regarding business operations.

Introduction to Finance (15 credits)
Apply financial management knowledge and skills to a small or medium size business for decision-making purposes.

Project Management (15 credits)
Learn the basic principles and terminology of the profession of project  management,  and  apply  this  to  create  project  plans.  You'll  also  be  given  a  brief introduction to using project management.

Taxation in New Zealand (15 credits)
Apply knowledge of taxation rules to New Zealand taxable entities in a range of situations.

Elective courses (choose two from L5, L6 or L7)

Year three courses (compulsory)

Advanced Financial Accounting (15 credits)
Gain a sufficient understanding of New Zealand's financial reporting environment, and sufficient technical skills to prepare complex financial statements that comply with generally accepted accounting practice. You'll also gain a wider appreciation of financial reporting to enable you to respond and contribute to the development of the accounting profession.

Advanced Management Accounting (15 credits)
Learn advanced techniques and gain skills to be able to provide and evaluate accounting information, including its behavioural implications and contribute to organisational success.

Industry Capstone (45 credits)
Undertake an industry based project/internship of a complex nature.

Professional Practice (15 credits)
Preparation for transition into an applied business profession. You'll source an industry project/internship and produce appropriate documentation.

Elective courses (choose two from L5, L6 or L7)

 Industry Connections

Staff have excellent industry connections with local industry representatives on the School’s Stakeholder Engagement Group.  

Our Business programmes are supported by the Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand (CAANZ), Certified Practicing Accountants Australia (CPA Australia), and the Institute of Management New Zealand (IMNZ). Our business students also benefit from our relationship with the Association of Administrative Professionals New Zealand (AAPNZ). 

Being involved in industry is an important part of our students’ journeys at UCOL. Work placements, internships, industry based assignments and case studies are all part of the process of getting our students industry ready.

 Domestic Entry Requirements

Applicants under 20 years of age:

University entrance requirements comprise NCEA Level 3 - (80 credits, 60 of which are at Level 3 or above).

  • Three subjects at Level 3 or above made up of 14 credits each in three approved subjects
  • Literacy - 10 Credits at Level 2 or above made up of 5 Credits in reading and 5 Credits in writing
  • Numeracy - 10 Credits at Level 1 or above made up of:
    • Achievement Standards - specified Achievement standards through a range of subjects, or
    • Unit Standards - a package of three Numeracy Unit Standards: 26623, 26626, 26627 (all three required).

Or equivalent academic achievement, such as:

Or on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Executive Dean.

Or a provisional enrolment.


For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

International students will be assessed on a case-by-case basis to ensure they meet New Zealand University Entrance requirements. Places are available to international students on a full fee basis. In addition to the Domestic Entry Requirements, the following applies to international student applicants.

English language proficiency
International student applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS (or equivalent including TOEFL) score of 6.0 with no band score lower than 5.5. UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre. The English Proficiency test is accepted for English language entry into all UCOL programmes. 

Under 20 years of age
For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA, International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria apply.

 Advice & Guidance

The Bachelor of Applied Management (Accounting) Level 7, comprises 360 credits.

Double Major 
A double major may be completed when a student completes the courses for another major as the 5 courses for their elective. In this instance, the Co-operative Education Project must cover both disciplines represented by the majors. The degree title will have both the majors included after it eg Bachelor of Applied Management (Accounting and Business Information Systems). 

The 75 elective credits of the Bachelor of Applied Management are a principal feature of its design. They allow students to complement the core courses specific to the degree, and compulsory courses in a major, with courses of their choice thus allowing time to further enhance their future career or personal goals. 

The availability of a particular elective course is subject to an appropriate number of students enrolling in that course. 

The Co-operative Education Project
The Co-operative Education Project is the capstone of the Bachelor of Applied Management, which students complete in their final stage of study. Set in a workplace context, students will spend 400 hours undertaking an industry project to develop an understanding of the workplace.

Graduate Diplomas 
The Industry Project is the capstone of the Graduate Diplomas, which students complete in their final semester of study. Students will be required to apply their knowledge and skill to a workplace issue and will reflect on their learning experience through this application. They prepare for full-time work through professional practice components completed during the project.

Studying Bachelor of Applied Management online**
A selection of Bachelor of Applied Management courses are available online via TANZ eCampus

Application checklist
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email.

Recognition of Prior Learning
Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course or unit standards have already been met.


The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.