Bachelor of Accounting


This programme is delivered fully online. Watch our video to see what online study with Open Polytechnic is like.

To be admitted to this programme all applicants must be at least 16 years of age on the date the programme starts, and meet one of the following requirements: 

University Entrance

NCEA Level 3   

  • Three subjects at level 3, made up of:  
  • 14 credits in each of three approved subjects -

Approved subjects for University Entrance » NZQA 


Literacy- 10 credits at Level 2 or above made up of:  

  • 5 credits in reading  
  • 5 credits in writing  

Literacy requirements for University Entrance


Numeracy  10 credits at Level 1 or above made up of:

  • achievement standards - specified achievement standards available through a range of subjects, or   
  • unit standards - package of three numeracy unit standards (26623, 26626, 26627- all three required). 

Literacy and numeracy assessment standards



An equivalent of the above  from another secondary qualification   


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

Discretionary Admission 

If you do not meet the admission requirements stated above and believe you have the level of preparedness for study at this level, you may apply but will need to provide relevant evidence to support your application for admission and/or may be asked to complete a proficiency test.     

Language Literacy requirements  

Applicants who are unable to provide evidence of the NCEA literacy credits or equivalent, may be required to demonstrate capability using an approved proficiency test or an equivalent described in NZQA Rules.  

International applicants must provide evidence that they have the necessary English language proficiency required for the programme as demonstrated by an IELTS score of 6.0 (Academic) with no individual band lower than 5.5 from one test taken in the preceding two years, or an equivalent described in NZQA Rules and on our website.  

Literacy requirements for University Entrance » NZQA

More about our English language requirements


Maximum Programme Completion Time 

To be awarded the qualification it must be completed in no more than 10  years of first enrolment, unless there are exceptional circumstances.  

International students and domestic students living overseas  

You can study this programme part-time if you’re an international student living in New Zealand or overseas. If you’re living in New Zealand you will need to be in paid employment with a valid work permit.  

You can also study this programme if you’re a New Zealand citizen living overseas. 

Learn more about studying as an international student  

Computer and internet requirements

This programme is delivered online. To complete this programme you will need access to a laptop or desktop computer, reliable broadband internet connection and a data plan able to support online learning such as streaming of videos (including YouTube), downloading content, and writing and submitting online assessments. If you are unsure if your current computer or internet access allows you to complete your online learning with us, please contact us before applying to enrol.