Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting

Designed to provide students with a robust foundation and critical skills to function in a wide range of financial and accounting tasks in private and public organisations. 

3 years
NQF Level 7
360 credits

Course Overview

Are you interested in having a career in the lucrative, ever-growing world of business finances? 

This innovative course allows students to learn accounting principles and practices to attain middle management-level financial positions at local and international businesses. 

The Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting equips students with theoretical and practical financial and accounting practices that thoroughly prepare them for professional, commercial, and economic business environments. 

It gives students the abilities and knowledge they need to thrive as accountants and financial managers in the public and private sectors. 

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  • Provides students with an in-depth understanding of accounting and business finances. 
  • Gives students a foundational knowledge of a range of core business and financial disciplines, including business ethics, statistics, mathematics, taxation, and more.  
  • Equips students with advanced skills and proficiency to make financial decisions that will assist in investment planning.  
  • Teaches students to analyse and solve finance-related issues. 
  • Gives students the expertise to record and process financial information. 
  • Provides students with forefront knowledge and expertise in information systems. 
  • Teaches students about work ethics related to finances and how to handle these situations. 
  • Equips students with the skills to plan, organise, lead, and control projects. 
  • Gives students a good understanding of theories and practices related to auditing in the field of financial management and commerce. 

Course details

The BCom in Accounting is a three-year distance learning course with a highly student-focused approach. It enables students with diverse needs and various responsibilities to study even while employed. 

Students can choose how they want to take the course:

Option 1: Distance learning

This option is perfect for students who want to work independently. Modules for the distant learning option incorporate workshops, case-study analysis, and self-directed reading. Every semester, these optional workshops take place over two weekends and allow students to interact with their professors and classmates in real-world situations. 

Workshops are held in areas with a sufficient level of demand.

Option 2: Rich-distance learning

This choice is best for students who value the independence of independent study while preferring to maintain frequent contact with their tutors and classmates. Students who select the rich-distance learning option will interact formally with instructors and other students (on an online platform). 

Rich-distance learning is a fantastic option for students who want to experience the “traditional” manner of studying but at a much-reduced cost.


Course structure and modules

The Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting runs over three years and combines semester and annual modules.

Year 1

Semester Modules

  • Business Management 101
  • Business Statistics 102
Annual Modules
  • Accounting 1
  • Economics 1
  • Commercial Law 1

Year 2

Semester Modules

  • Ethics 201
  • Accounting Information Systems 202

Annual Modules

  • Management Accounting and Finance 2
  • Auditing 2
  • Financial Accounting 2

Year 3

Annual Modules
  • Management Accounting and Finance 3
  • Auditing 3
  • Financial Accounting 3
  • Taxation 3


Upon completing this degree, students will have the skills and expertise to pursue the following careers: 

  • Accountant
  • Accounting Assistant
  • Accounting Manager
  • Bookkeeper
  • Business Manager
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Data Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Consultant
  • Financial Crime Risk Manager
  • Financial Manager
  • Head of Assets
  • Internal Auditor
  • Investment Manager
  • Investment Officer
  • Payroll Manager
  • Pricing Administrator
  • Private Banker
  • Procurement Officer
  • Property Accountant
  • Risk Manager
  • Settlement Specialist
  • Tax Compliance Officer
    Vice President of Finance

Entry requirements

Admission requirements for the BCom in Accounting are the following: 

  • An “E” symbol in Mathematics and Bachelor’s Degree endorsement.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements but have appropriate work experience can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) as an alternative admission to the course. These admissions are based on the candidate’s prior studies, age, work, and management experience. 

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