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Bachelor of Accounting


Course details

  • Jul 2024
    Feb 2025
  • Three years
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • $6,950* per year
  • You may qualify for fee-free study under Fees Free Policy
  • Level 7
  • Hamilton City Campus
Course details may change
As part of our move into Te Pūkenga, we are excited to be part of a large-scale review of courses. This is ongoing, meaning some course details may change, including fees and entry requirements. In the meantime, applications are open, and we welcome you to apply. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Build on your interest in numbers and gain the skills to become an accounting professional. Accounting is the financial language of measuring, interpreting and communicating financial information for businesses and organisations. Accountants are in demand in Aotearoa, New Zealand and worldwide, with good prospects to advance your career. 

The Bachelor of Accounting will equip you with the theory and practice of accountancy in an ethical, socially responsible and sustainable way to provide accounting and business advice to companies, organisations and individuals that aligns with Ngā Kaupapa o te Tiriti o Waitangi.

You will explore a range of accounting topics through active and applied learning. Compulsory modules cover core business and accounting topics, enabling you to develop comprehensive professional skills, knowledge and capabilities. An elective in your third year allows you to focus on another topic of interest in business. 

In your third year, you will also undertake a professional accounting project with a local business. This opportunity allows you to apply your learnings in a real-life, hands-on work environment that you can add to your CV for future employment.

This degree has both CAANZ and CPA accreditation meeting their academic eligibility for full membership, and can be studied either part-time or full-time. This allows graduates to become chartered accountants and comes with a range of benefits and networks across Aotearoa, New Zealand and worldwide. Our course structure gives you a breadth and depth of skills and knowledge to work as an accountant, with our graduates being known not only for being highly skilled, but also for being able to hit the ground running.

What you will learn

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Compulsory modules

Module code Module name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
BSNS5001Organisations in an Aotearoa New Zealand Context515  
BSNS5002Business Environments515  
BSNS5003Business Functions515  
BSNS5004Change and Innovation515  
ACCY5101Introduction to Accounting and Taxation
ACCY5102Applied Accounting
ACCY5103Analysis of Financial Information
ACCY5104Budgets for Planning and Control
ACCY5105Commercial Law  
ACCY5106Economics  515  
ACCY6101Intermediate Management Accounting 
ACCY6102Intermediate Financial Accounting 
615ACCY5101 and ACCY5102 
ACCY6103Taxation in Aotearoa New Zealand 


ACCY6104Introduction to Finance 615ACCY5101 
ACCY6105Data Analytics615  
ACCY6106Law of Business Entities 615  
ACCY6107Research Methods615  
ACCY6108Accounting Information Systems615  
ACCY7101Advanced Management Accounting 715ACCY6101 
ACCY7102Advanced Financial Accounting 715ACCY6102 
ACCY7103Auditing and Assurance 715ACCY6102 
ACCY7104Professional Accounting Project 730ACCY6107 

Elective modules

Any approved 15-credit module at levels 5, 6 or 7.

Scheduling and workload

As a general guideline, the expectation is that you will be required to be in class up to five days per week (as a full-time student). This can be from Monday to Friday anytime between 8am and 7pm. The maximum in-class time would be 16 hours per week plus self-directed study or work placement. Our small class sizes help to build strong one-on-one learning relationships with tutors.​ 

Applied Work Integrated Learning

Applied Work Integrated Learning (AWIL) is a formal part of the Centre for Business and Enterprise Bachelor of Accounting degree and graduate diploma programmes.

In the final year of study, ākonga will undertake AWIL, gaining the opportunity to integrate their theoretical and practical knowledge in an authentic workplace environment.

Career/further opportunities

An accounting qualification can lead you into all kinds of industries, working as a trusted business adviser to make strategic financial decisions while reducing exposure to financial risk. Graduates may go on to work in roles such as:

  • Chartered accountant
  • Chief financial officer
  • Company accountant
  • Management accountant
  • Auditor
  • Tax accountant
  • Banking and finance management
  • Risk manager
  • Financial controller
  • Business consultant


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Entry criteria

You can apply for this programme if you are at least 16 years of age on the programme start date for the semester and meet one of the below admission requirements.

General admission
  1. University entrance
    1. NCEA Level 3
    2. Three subjects at Level 3, made up of:
      1. 14 credits in each of the three approved subjects
    3. Literacy – 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of:
      1. 5 credits in reading
      2. 5 credits in writing
    4. Numeracy – 10 credits at Level 1 or above, made up of:
      1. achievement standards - specified achievement standards available through a range of subjects, or
      2. unit standards - package of three numeracy unit standards (26623, 26626, 26627- all three required).


  1. Satisfied the criteria for entrance to a New Zealand University with an equivalent to the above from another secondary qualification.


  1. Successful completion of an approved qualification at Level 4 or above with a relevant pathway. 

Special admission
Applicants who are at least 20 years of age on the programme start date for the semester and who do not meet the level of general admission requirements above and who believe that they have the level of preparedness for study at this level may apply for special admission. In assessing whether to grant special admission the primary focus will be on the applicant’s ability to demonstrate a likelihood to succeed in the programme. All decisions will be at the discretion of the Relevant Academic Authority.

Discretionary admission
Applicants who do not meet the general admission requirements stated above and who believe that they have the level of preparedness for study at this level may apply for discretionary admission. In assessing whether to grant discretionary admission the primary focus will be on the applicant’s ability to demonstrate a likelihood to succeed in the programme. All decisions will be at the discretion of the Relevant Academic Authority.

English language requirements
International applicants are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 6.0, with no individual band score lower than 5.5 from one test taken in the last two years, or equivalent described in NZQA Rules.

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Your first day

Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our welcome page.

Semester 2 2024
Date: Thursday 18 July 2024
Time: 9am-12pm
Venue: Events Room 1, City Campus

Returning students
Please see your timetable for your first day of class.

What you will need

Timetable information, book, and equipment list will be available at the programme induction.

Please bring a pen and paper with you on your first day.

Timetable information

All Wintec timetables are available online here.

How to find your way around

Campus maps can be found here.

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - permits are required. Learn more about parking and find out about discounted bus services here.

He reo pōwhiri, your official welcome to Wintec

Tēnei te mihi mahana ki a koe e piki nei, e kake nei ki te Kuratini o Waikato.

You are warmly invited to attend the official welcome to Wintec for all new students, staff and whānau (family) at either our marae, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa or Rotokauri campus. The pōwhiri is a welcoming ceremony involving mihimihi (speeches), waiata (singing), and will conclude with kai timotimo (light refreshments). Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

Click here to find out when the next pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course-related costs

Additional information

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Book and equipment lists will be available at your programme induction on your first day.

Purchasing textbooks

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