Programme Code: SAQA-93811 – NQF level 5 – Credits 120

This qualification is an undergraduate qualification that offers a combination of theory and practice in the key area of accounting. The purpose of the qualification is to provide a structured qualification for students wishing to work as bookkeepers and junior accountants.

The qualification aims to develop an integrated conceptual understanding, synthesis and application of accounting principles. It provides a relevant higher education qualification enabling students to gain meaningful employment.

The qualification will develop junior management and leadership skills, and provide participants with skills in accounting, organisation and management.

The purpose of this qualification is to equip students with a sound fundamental knowledge base regarding accounting. The Higher Certificate in Accounting provides a career pathway for those wanting to specialise in accounting and financial management.

Upon successful completion of the programme, the student should be able to:

  • To maximise personal development growth management and leadership skills and contribute to positive economic change in the countries from which students are drawn and;
  • To develop students ability to apply supply chain management theory in practice;
  • To understand basic economic principles;
  • To understand how supply and demand work;
  • To explain microeconomics and macroeconomics;
  • To discuss economic growth and development;
  • To understand the labour market;
  • To display knowledge of the basic concepts in financial management;
  • To interpret financial statements and link to economic performance and
  • To describe current asset management techniques (inventory).

Duration: 1 year


Year Semester Description
1 1 Business Management
Business Law
Financial Accounting A
2 Management Accounting
Basic Economics and Finance
Financial Accounting B

  • The minimum entry requirement is the National Senior Certificate or National Certificate Vocational with appropriate subject combinations and levels of achievement; or
  • An equivalent NQF level 4 qualification with proven proficiency in English.