Higher Certificate in Accounting

Develop an integrated conceptual understanding, synthesis and application of accounting principles with an accounting course online.

1 year
NQF Level 5
120 credits

Key Features

  • Accredited and Registered
  • Cutting-edge curriculum
  • Flexible structure
  • Online support 
  • Affordable and Accessible
  • Internationally benchmarked
  • Multicultural Faculty and support


The Higher Certificate in Accounting 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 programme for persons wishing to work as book-keepers and junior accountants.

The programme 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 programme will develop junior management and leadership skills, and provide participants with skills in accounting, organisation and management. The purpose of this programme is to equip students with a sound fundamental knowledge base regarding accounting.

The Higher Certificate in Accounting is a qualification in a career pathway towards an accounting and financial management specialist.

Who Should Apply?

  • School leavers looking to pursue a career in accounting.
  • Individuals looking to work in the accounting field.


Completion of the Higher Certificate meets the minimum entry requirement for admission to an appropriate Advanced Certificate. A Higher Certificate may also allow access to an appropriate Bachelor’s degree.

Mode of Delivery

This programme is offered through online learning. Each module is delivered over a 5 week period.

Career Opportunities

On completion of the programme, graduates can aspire to the following positions:
  • Accountant
  • Accounts Clerk
  • Bookkeeper
  • Debtors Clerk

Programme Structure

Duration: 1 year


  • Management Principles
  • Introduction to Financial Management
  • Basic Accounting
  • Financial Accounting Practices
  • Introduction to Business Law
  • Basic Economics and Finance


  • Knowledge Checks
  • Short essay questions
  • Project

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.
  • 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 several types of accounting positions available for those with an Accounting Certificate. These include bookkeeper, accounts clerk, credit controller, junior accountant or assistant accountant.

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