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Diploma of Practical Accounting (Higher Education) Stott's College


Course info


Each unit of the diploma has been designed to give your insight into the types of activities that an accountant would be required to fulfil within the workplace.

You will be exposed to a careful integration of theory, knowledge and skills to ensure that you will gain the necessary experience and exposure to accounting practice to ensure a smooth transition into the workplace. Extensive hands-on experience in the use of Mind Your Own Business (MYOB) software, Perdisco online practice set and preparation of Business Activity Statements (BAS) are an integral part of the course.

You will also have the necessary academic foundations to continue to a relevant undergraduate higher education program at a university or private provider of higher education.

While there are numerous diplomas and bachelor of accounting degrees within the industry, Stott’s Diploma of Practical Accounting course is unique as it integrates all eight units within a practical accounting laboratory designed to simulate the work of accountants in the workplace.

In essence, the employment market looks at these qualifications quite differently. In VET, the Diploma graduate demonstrates competency through a more technically based framework, and is assessed accordingly. Employment opportunities are normally offered through the match of the technical knowledge and practical skills obtained, to the job or defined task required within the industry.

In higher education, the graduate attributes are gained through critical enquiry and an in- depth scholarly discussion. The graduate can move into other higher education qualifications or pursue positions in management that can draw upon analytical thinking, decision-making and problem-solving capabilities. These opportunities are not limited by technical restraints, so there may be more opportunities available, especially in growth industries.

There is an increasing demand for Higher Education qualifications both through government policy and market forces.

Course Structure

The following table shows the suggested sequence of units studied. Students must complete all eight units in order to graduate.


To be eligible for the aware of Diploma of Practical Accounting, students must acquire 8 units (120 credit points) as prescribed below:

  • PBD101 Practical Accounting for Business Decisions
  • MAN101 Introduction to Management
  • AIS101 Business Information Systems for Accountants
  • MRK101 Introduction to Marketing
  • BCA102 Business Communication for Accountants
  • PTD102 Preparation of Tax Documentation
  • PFS102 Practical Preparation of Financial Statements
  • AIS102 Accounting Information Systems

Course Outcomes

For pathway students, upon completion of the course, students will be exempted 8 units in Bachelor of Business (Accounting) at Stott’s.

Career Opportunities

Diploma of accounting graduates has a history of being employed as accountants within public practice as taxation accountants, trainee accountants and auditors and bookkeepers. They also play important roles in the corporate sector as payroll, receivable and payable clerks.

Moreover, graduates of the Diploma of Practical Accounting will not be confined to careers only within the accounting industry, and may take on compliance, IT, management and marketing roles as many other sectors and industries recognize the importance accounting skills and knowledge.



Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Diploma of Practical Accounting (Higher Education).

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees

A$15,000.00 (7,12,062) per year

AUD $1,875 per unit; Administration fee: AUD $200; Materials fee: AUD $500


27-Jul-20, 16-Nov-20


Stotts College

Melbourne City Campus,

168 Exhibition Street,



3000, MELBOURNE, Australia

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees

A$15,000.00 (7,12,062) per year

AUD $1,875 per unit; Administration fee: AUD $200; Materials fee: AUD $500


27-Jul-20, 16-Nov-20


Perth Campus

1/647 Wellington Street,


Western Australia,

6000, PERTH, Australia

Entry requirement for international students

Completed Year 12 or equivalent. The minimum age is 18 years old.

International students must also demonstrate that they have English language ability equivalent to

  • IELTS 6.0 (Academic).
  • TOEFL PB - 534
  • TOEFL IBT - 73
  • PTE Academic - 54
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Pre-2015 - 52

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