Postgraduate Diploma In Accounting

This SAICA accredited qualification enables students with relevant work experience and appropriate qualifications to further develop their functional and reflective competencies in management, leadership and administration.

1 year
NQF Level 8
120 credits

Key features

  • Relevant to the economic context of the business environment.
  • Based on Industry trends and needs
  • Benchmarked against sound business & accounting principles
  • Flexible Programme Delivery options
  •  Easily accessible support
  • Builds a sustainable advantage


The Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting (PGDA) is a one year programme that prepares students for the Initial Test of Competence (ITC) or the Board 1 examination set by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA). The Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting is a distance programme supported by lectures.


Upon successful completion of the programme, the student should be able to:

  • Display the necessary competencies to successfully complete the SAICA ITC examination.
  • Be equipped technically for a career as a chartered accountant.

  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the theories and practices relating to Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, Auditing and Taxation in the context of business and commerce and management.

  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate in a rational and logical manner

  • Identify and solve real-world problems pertaining to Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, Finance, Auditing and Taxation in the context of business and commerce and management.

  • Be able to analyse and evaluate data in order to justify sound and rational decisions.

Programme structure

Duration: 1 year


  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Advanced Auditing
  • Advanced Taxation
  • Advanced Managerial Accounting and Finance (MAF)

Admission requirements

A Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or equivalent with SAICA accreditation.

Closing date for registration for this programme is 31 August 2020. Seats are limited. TCs apply.


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