Overview

This professionally-accredited programme is designed to equip students with knowledge and skills to become professional accountants in public practice and business. Financial accounting is a specialised branch of accounting that keeps track of a company’s financial transactions. Students are taught how to use standardised guidelines to record, summarise and present transactions in a financial report/statement, such as the statement of financial position/statement of profit/loss and other comprehensive income.

Typical tasks include:

  • Prepare monthly, quarterly and annual financial statements

  • Perform tax calculations

  • Organise and perform internal audits

  • Analyse financial trends

  • Perform month-end and year-end close processes

  • Consult with clients on financial accounting services

Core subjects

Subjects include, but are not limited to:

  • Financial Accounting

  • Taxation

  • Auditing and Corporate Governance

  • Management Accounting

  • Financial Management

Degree options 

BCom in Financial Accountancy

Degree Duration: 3 years, full time

Offered at: 

  • Potchefstroom [P]
  • Vanderbijlpark [V]
  • Mahikeng [M]

 

BCom in Financial Accountancy- Extended programme

Degree Duration: 3 years, full time

Offered at: 

  • Vanderbijlpark [V]
  • Mahikeng [M]

Admission requirements

BCom in Financial Accountancy 

  • APS: 28
  • Mathematics: Level 4 (50%)

 

BCom Financial Accountancy - Extended programme

  • APS: 24
  • Mathematics: Level 3 (40%), or Mathematics literacy: Level 7 (80%)
  • English: Level 4 (50%)

Professional bodies

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

The BCom Financial Accountancy degree entitles students to claim exemptions for nine foundation level exams from ACCA. For more information visit their website:

https://www.accaglobal.com/africa/en.html

South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA)

For more information visit their website: https://www.saipa.co.za/

Please note: The BCom honours in Financial Accountancy is accredited with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) as a CTA bridging programme. In other words, students who successfully complete the BCom honours in Financial Accountancy will be able to apply for the CTA should a student desire at this stage to become a member of SAICA as a chartered accountant.

Also recognised by:

South African Institute of Tax Professionals (SAIT)
For more information visit their website:  http://www.thesait.org.za/

Career opportunities

  • Professional accountant

  • Internal auditor

  • Cost and management accountant

  • Financial manager

  • Tax practitioner

  • Lecturer

Post-graduate studies

Post-graduate studies in Financial Accountancy includes:

  • BCom Honours Degree 

  • MCom and

  • PhD

These post-graduate degrees are offered at

  • Potchefstroom [P]

  • Vanderbijlpark [V]

For information on the  admission requirements please see the yearbook