Diploma of Business (Accounting)


1-Year Diploma or pathway to ICMS Bachelor of Business (Accounting)


Stand-alone Diploma qualification

or your pathway to an ICMS Bachelor degree

Accounting is fundamental to any business – anywhere in the world. Professionals with broad business and accounting skills are relied upon by investors and decision-makers in all areas of industry for their expert knowledge and skills in planning, evaluating and reporting on a wealth of business matters.

The Diploma of Business (Accounting) is designed to equip you with a range of key business skills combined with an introduction into the accounting industry. The course consists of six core business subjects and two accounting subjects to form a qualification that is sure to be in strong demand within the growing Accounting services sector.

The Diploma of Business (Accounting) produces graduates who are professionally competent and capable of taking their place in a competitive global environment. Graduates will have an understanding of the fundamentals of business and have the practical skills to make an immediate contribution to the specialised area of accounting. 

By including subjects such as Pathway to Success, Financial and Commercial Literacy, Management Accounting, Global Citizenship, Data Informed Decision Making, Marketing and Management Solutions for a Changing World, the Diploma of Business (Accounting) opens up a range of different potential job opportunities within business and management.

Aspire Institute, is a trading name of ICMS, International College of Management, Sydney Pty Ltd. The Diploma of Business (Accounting) offers you a stand-alone ICMS qualification delivered through the Aspire Institute or, should you wish to further your studies, you could choose to use your diploma qualification as a pathway into the second year of a bachelor degree at ICMS. Upon successful completion of the Diploma of Business (Accounting) you will receive advanced standing for subjects which are part of a bachelor business degree at ICMS.

All Aspire diploma students are part of the greater ICMS student community, with lectures held at the Northern Beaches Campus or at the City Campus, subject to availability. Aspire students receive dedicated academic support, including study skills.

What you will learn

  • Develop, integrate and evaluate broad business theoretical and technical knowledge.
  • Conduct qualitative and/or quantitative applied research, analyse and apply findings to accounting business practice.
  • Analyse data, create and communicate solutions to complex and unpredictable accounting challenges.
  • Integrate ethical and sustainable solutions into global business practices.
  • Recognise and analyse accounting business operations and challenges and identify solutions.
  • Evaluate the most appropriate skills and technologies for the different challenges presented in accounting contexts.
  • Communicate effectively in diverse accounting contexts and across cultures.
  • Adapt business and specialist knowledge to provide effective responses to complex accounting business contexts.
  • Critically examine team dynamics and effectively apply business management principles and motivational factors to diverse team environments.
  • Reflect on performance and evaluate feedback to design a pathway towards continual learning opportunities and self-improvement in business practices.
  • Manage and self-direct work and learning within the professional business environment.

Career Opportunities

The Diploma of Business (Accounting) positions graduates for roles such as: Assistant Accountant, Finance Officer, Office Assistant, Administration Officer, Cost Clerk, Office Clerk, Accounts Payable Coordinator, and Accounts Receivable Coordinator.

Quick Facts

Course NameDiploma of Business (Accounting)
CRICOS Code106408F
UAC Code530504
Accreditation StatusActive
AQF Level5
CampusNorthern Beaches Campus, Manly
(core business subjects may be offered in the City Campus, subject to availability.)
Duration1 Year (or part time equivalent)
FEE-HelpYES Domestic students
Study Modeon campus | online*
StartMain Intakes: February, May, August
Mid-Term Intakes: March, June, October & December
Annual Indicative Student EnrolmentsNew course
Entry RequirementsDomestic Students |

International Students

Pathway optionsInternational College of Management Sydney (ICMS)

* In accordance with the Australian Government ESOS National Code international students on a student visa can only undertake 33% of their total enrolment load online and must be enrolled in at least one (1) on-campus subject in each compulsory study period. Learn more

Course Structure

TermSubject TypeSubject CodeSubject Name
T1COREBUS101APathway to Success
COREACC101AFinancial and Commercial Literacy
SPECIALISATIONACC102AManagement Accounting 1
COREMGT102AGlobal Citizenship
T2CORESTA101AData Informed Decision Making
SPECIALISATIONACC103AFinancial Accounting 1
COREMGT101AManagement Solutions for a Changing World

Elective Listing

Sample subjects

Management Accounting I (ACC102A)

This subject will enable students to learn the knowledge and skills required of managers who are working in the current complex and diverse business environment. The subject examines costing, cost management, budgeting, performance management and pricing.

 Students will learn a variety of skills to assist in interpretation and presentation of accounting information to various stakeholders. Students will also learn about and practice the processes and techniques of management accounting that focus on the effective and efficient use of organisational resources.


Marketing (MKT101A)

Marketing has changed significantly over the past decades from traditional to contemporary marketing. While traditional marketing is still relevant today to some, many more businesses are reaping greater profits using contemporary marketing strategies.  

This subject will expose students to a range of contemporary marketing strategies including database marketing, relationship marketing, interaction marketing, networking marketing, customer engagement using co-creation marketing strategies, and marketing ethics. The aforementioned principles of marketing are demonstrated using situations that students will encounter in their professional practice of marketing.

This Diploma leads to the following Bachelor’s Degree

International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS)
International College of Management Sydney
Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
CRICOS: 106410A