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 three-year undergraduate degree programme that equips students to enter a range of professional careers in the exciting field of accounting. The programme aims at developing a student’s intellectual ability and provides skills for the recording and processing of financial information within an accounting framework.


This BCom Accounting Degree programme provides a solid grounding in the academic theory underpinning the main concepts of the field of Accounting. The accredited distance learning curriculum includes a significant practical component based on assignments and case studies. A range of more generalised modules such as Introduction to Functional Areas of Management and Business Communication, which are regarded as essential in today’s competitive business environment are also included in the programme.


Upon successful completion of the Accounting Degree, distance learning, programme, the student should be able to:
  • Display the necessary knowledge and skills, attitudes and applied competence to enable them to demonstrate administrative proficiency
  • Display knowledge of management in general
  • Apply skills of rational judgment and planning
  • Recognise and appreciate changes within organizations
  • Make appropriate use of information technology


  • Analyse and solve operational problems
  • Display skills for the recording and processing of financial information within an accounting framework
  • Display ethical behaviour in a corporate management context
  • Develop the functional competence of a graduate to proceed to middle management level within an accounting (auditing/tax) environment

Programme structure

Duration: 3 years

Year 1

Semester 1
  • Introduction to Business Management
  • End User Computing/Digital Transformation in the Business Environment
  • Business Mathematics
  • Economics 1A

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
  • It is possible in some cases, to gain entry into the programme on the basis of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)


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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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