Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting

Mid-year intake?

There is no mid-year intake for this qualification.

Qualification duration

Minimum: 3 years

Maximum: 5 years

Full-time

Qualification start date

Semester 1: February

Semester 2: None

Qualification description

Accounting is the language of business. The Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting prepares you for many careers in the challenging world of accounting and finance and is an excellent foundation for work in any area of business.

Our qualification is broad and comprehensive. It provides you with a sound understanding of, and skills in, the core areas of accounting, auditing, taxation and financial management, from both a local and an international perspective. You will cover specialised modules such as Financial Accounting, Financial Management, Auditing, Taxation and Corporate Governance. Within these subject areas, you will develop analytical and practical skills in accounting and management control systems. You will also cover subject areas such as Business English, Computer Skills, Accounting on Computers, Economics and Corporate Law. The emphasis throughout is on the application and developing practical quantitative and financial skills.

Much of the success of our commerce degree is due to our unique blended approach to teaching and learning. We have smaller class sizes, interactive lectures by highly dedicated staff and a curriculum that is relevant and ahead of trends. In addition to the subject-specific knowledge you gain, our methods ensure that you acquire essential work skills such as critical and analytical thinking,
effective problem solving, ethical decision-making, self-discipline, working in teams and communicating effectively.

This degree paves the way to further training as a professional accountant.

Entry requirements

  • You need a South African National Senior Certificate (NSC) with Bachelor degree entry or an equivalent foreign secondary qualification on an NSC level with Bachelor degree entry approved by Universities South Africa (USAF)

Or

  • If you have an international school-leaving certificate, you need to provide a certificate of exemption issued by Universities South Africa (USAF).

Or

  • You should have successfully completed the relevant Pearson Institute foundation programme. On successful completion of the foundation programme, students are required to apply to Universities South Africa (USAF) for a certificate of exemption in order to be admitted to a degree programme.

Or

  • You should have successfully completed a relevant higher certificate qualification. On successful completion of the higher certificate, students are required to apply to Universities South Africa (USAF) for a certificate of exemption in order to
    be admitted to a degree programme.

And

  • You need 25 or more Pearson Institute points.
  • You need 50% or above for Grade 12 Mathematics.

Qualification accreditation

  • Accredited by the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) of the Council on Higher Education (CHE).
  • Registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).
  • Fully accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) (UK).
  • Recognised by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

Possible career options

Do you have a knack for numbers?

The career choices for you, as a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting graduate, are varied and employment options include:

  • Accounting: Chartered, cost and management, financial 
  • Auditing
  • Budgeting
  • Financial Management
  • Tax consulting

Qualification structure

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3