Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting

Developing learners to be able to function in a wide range of financial and accounting tasks and to be able to function and add value in private and public sectors.

3 years
NQF Level 7
360 credits

Key Features

  • Accredited and registered
  • Cutting-edge curriculum
  • Flexible structure
  • Online support
  • Affordable and Accessible
  • Internationally benchmarked
  • Multicultural Faculty and support
  • BCom Accounting Degree distance learning


The Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting is a sought after qualification. The coursework on the programme is designed to provide students with a sound understanding of the core learning areas of accounting as well as the core management functions. The programme will equip students with the skills and competencies necessary to function in both the private and public sector environments.

The programme is intended to provide students with a qualification that will enable access to the labour market and provide the successful graduate with the necessary skills to generate economic growth. This programme is accredited with the Council on Higher Education and not aligned with professional bodies in South Africa. Students wishing to become professional accountants in public practice are requested to consider professional association qualifications.

Who Should Apply?

The programme is directed at those who have matriculated and wish to pursue a career in accounting as well as those with technical qualifications in accounting and are seeking to enter into management positions.


A Bachelor’s Degree is the minimum entry requirement for admission onto a Postgraduate Diploma or a cognate Honours degree.

Mode of Delivery

This programme is offered through online learning and digital support.

Career Opportunities

On completion of the programme, graduates can aspire to the following positions:
  • Financial Accountants/ Analysts
  • Credit Controllers
  • Compliance Officers
  • Management Accountants

Programme Structure

Duration: 3 years

Year 1

Semester 1
  • Introduction to Business Management
  • Business Mathematics
  • Economics 1A

Elective – Choose one of the following electives

  • End User Computing
  • Digital Transformation in the Business Environment

Semester 2

  • Introduction to Functional Areas of Management
  • Business Communication
  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Economics 1B

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Taxation 2A
  • Financial Accounting 2A
  • Business Law
  • Management Accounting and Finance 2A

Semester 2

  • Financial Accounting 2B
  • Commercial Law
  • Introduction to Business Ethics
  • Introduction to Auditing

Year 3

Semester 1

  • Financial Accounting 3A
  • Management Accounting and Finance 3A
  • Taxation 3A
  • Auditing 3A

Semester 2

  • Financial Accounting 3B
  • Management Accounting and Finance 3B
  • Taxation 3B
  • Auditing 3B

Admission Requirements

  • 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.
  • A Higher Certificate; an Advanced Certificate or Diploma
  • Applicants that did not achieve a Bachelors pass in Matric and are over the age of 23 years will be considered via mature age exemption
  • To be considered via RPL, applicants should be above the age of 23 years.
For further information on this alternative route, please contact a student advisor. All applicants with an international qualification will be considered in accordance with MANCOSA‘s institutional rules.

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Frequently Asked Questions

There are various different types of career choices available for those who have completed an Accounting Degree or an accounting course from an accredited distance learning institution. Some of these include bookkeeper, staff accountant, accounts clerk, payroll officer, auditor, financial analyst or tax advisor.

There are two types of accounting practices that are used to accomplish different financial goals and objectives. These include financial accounting and management accounting. Financial accounting is the process of recording-keeping of historical financial data. This means that an accountant or Financial Administrator has to keep track of items by balancing books. Management accounting provides data about the operations of the company. The purpose of this type of accounting is to generate specific reports relating to risk and performance. There are also several types of specialisations within the field of accounting. These include Cost Accounting, Tax Accounting, Forensic Accounting and Auditing.

An Accountant works with a business’s financial statements to accurately reflect the financial health of the organisation. They use their skills to manage duties relating to payroll data, billing and invoicing, preparing financial statements and budgets, analysing expenditure reports, and supervising financial transactions.

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