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Graduate Diploma in Business (Financial Planning)

Australia and New Zealand International
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Campus
Gardens Point
Campus
Gardens Point
Duration
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
Course starts
February and July
February and July
CRICOS
069962B

Highlights

  • Get prepared for a career as a financial planner, financial advisor, investment manager or superannuation adviser.
  • This course is ideal if you are interested in changing your career to financial planning, or if you are an existing financial planner and want to extend or upgrade your current qualification.
  • Develop technical skills as well as communication skills in order to understand your clients’ needs and communicate effectively and professionally.
  • Build expertise in the fields of taxation, cash flow modelling, superannuation, insurance and investment planning to suit a diverse range of clients and contexts.
  • Graduates who complete the degree will satisfy the education requirements to seek membership with Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA). As a student of this degree you can become affiliated with the FPA at no charge gaining valuable access to career development activities and resources of the FPA.
  • This course is also approved by the Financial Advisers Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA). A FASEA approved degree is mandatory in order to practice as a financial planner or advisor in Australia. 

Highlights

  • Get prepared for a career as a financial planner, financial advisor, investment manager or superannuation adviser.
  • This course is ideal if you are interested in changing your career to financial planning, or if you are an existing financial planner and want to extend or upgrade your current qualification.
  • Develop technical skills as well as communication skills in order to understand your clients’ needs and communicate effectively and professionally.
  • Build expertise in the fields of taxation, cash flow modelling, superannuation, insurance and investment planning to suit a diverse range of clients and contexts.
  • Graduates who complete the degree will satisfy the education requirements to seek membership with Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA). As a student of this degree you can become affiliated with the FPA at no charge gaining valuable access to career development activities and resources of the FPA.
  • This course is also approved by the Financial Advisers Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA). A FASEA approved degree is mandatory in order to practice as a financial planner or advisor in Australia. 

Why choose this course?

Financial planning profession helps people and businesses to manage their financial affairs and meet their financial goals. Financial planners assist their clients to set their financial goals, prepare financial plans and implement recommendations. They provide advice regarding: cash flow and liability management; retirement, investment, tax and estate planning; and risk management and insurance planning.

This course will equip you with the knowledge you need to lead the industry as a professional financial planner. You will develop technical skills to provide effective, holistic solutions to complex and unpredictable financial problems. You will also develop superior communication skills in order to understand your clients’ needs and communicate effectively, ethically and professionally.

Real-world learning

We will provide you with opportunities to engage with real-world financial problems throughout your degree. You will conclude your degree with a capstone unit, financial plan construction, where you will use contemporary financial planning software to analyse the needs of a real-world client and prepare a financial plan.

What to expect

In this course you will be first introduced to foundational concepts, theories and practices in business and corporations’ law, financial planning principles and regulations and investment management. You will further build your knowledge and skills in taxation law and practice, superannuation and wealth management and ethics and professional relationships. Throughout this course you take part in practical projects including analysis of real-world financial and regulation issues, developing an investment plan for a client based on the client’s information and completion of income tax returns. Your final two units will focus on engaging clients to prepare an insurance and risk management plan and a financial plan.

Careers and outcomes

Professional recognition

This course is approved by the Financial Advisers Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA). A FASEA approved degree is required to practice as a financial planner or advisor in Australia. Graduates of this program will also satisfy the education requirements to seek membership with the Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA). As a student of this degree you can become affiliated with the FPA at no charge gaining valuable access to career development activities and resources of the FPA.

Possible careers

  • Financial Advisor
  • Financial Planner
  • Investment Manager
  • Superannuation Advisor

Details and units

You will undertake eight core financial planning units (total of 96 credit points).

You will undertake eight core financial planning units (total of 96 credit points).

Requirements

Course code
BS79
CRICOS code
069962B
Campus
  • Gardens Point
Campus
  • Gardens Point
Duration
1 years full-time
2 years part-time
Duration
1 years full-time
2 years part-time
Entry
February and July
Entry
February and July

Academic entry requirements

A completed recognised bachelor degree (or higher) in any discipline with a minimum grade point average (GPA) score of 4.00 (or equivalent on QUT's 7 point scale).

Alternative entry

Applicants without an undergraduate degree who have at least seven (7) years of relevant professional experience may apply for entry.

Minimum academic requirements

Academic entry requirement

A completed recognised bachelor degree (or higher) in any discipline with a minimum grade point average (GPA) score of 4.00 (or equivalent on QUT's 7 point scale).

Minimum English language requirements

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide on meeting QUT’s English language requirements.

Your scores and prior qualifications in English-speaking countries are considered. Approved English-speaking countries are Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, United States of America and Wales.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

We accept English language proficiency scores from the following tests.

English Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
Cambridge Advanced English Score
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT. You must provide your Candidate ID and Candidate Secret Number, these are printed on your Cambridge English Confirmation of Entry.
176 169 169 169 169
IELTS Academic
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
6.5 6 6 6 6
Pearson PTE (Academic)
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
58 50 50 50 50
TOEFL iBT
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
79 16 16 21 18
IELTS Academic
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
6.5 6 6
Pearson PTE (Academic)
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
58 50 50
TOEFL iBT
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
79 16 21

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If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre

Fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2020 fees

2020: $28,300 per year full-time (96 credit points)

2020 fees

2020: $33,100 per year full-time (96 credit points)

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