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Bachelor of Applied Management (Accounting) Otago Polytechnic

New Zealand



Course info


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 are studying towards becoming 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.

Your workload

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.

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.

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.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Bachelor of Applied Management (Accounting).

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees

Tuition fee: NZ $20,350 (first year)


Mar-20, Jun-20, Aug-20, Oct-20, Jan-21


Auckland International Campus

Level 2/350 Queen Street,


Auckland Central,

1141, New Zealand

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees

Tuition fee: NZ $20,350 (first year)




Otago Polytechnic

Dunedin Campus,

Forth Street,


North Dunedin,

9016, New Zealand

Entry requirement for international students

Students need to have achieved a secondary school qualification that is equivalent to New Zealand’s NCEA levels (National Certificate of Educational Achievement). Entry requirements vary from country to country.

If you are over 20, you must supply evidence of industry experience and/or alternative qualifications such as the New Zealand Diploma in Business or equivalent

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.

If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 6.0, with no less than 5.5 in any band.

TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT): Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)

TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18)

Cambridge English Qualifications: B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill;

Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42

Language Certificate: C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill

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