Chartered Accountancy


This is one of the University’s flagship programmes, which is accredited with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA). South African Chartered Accountants (CAs(SA)) are leaders in business and in high demand, both locally and internationally.

 Typical tasks include:

  • Audit accounts and express your opinion on the fairness of financial statements

  • Advise clients on taxation matters

  • Advise clients about business matters, such as profit improvement, investment strategies, risk management, estate planning, etc.

  • Be your own boss by establishing and managing your business of choice

  • Lecture at a university or provide training to the accountancy profession

Core subjects 

  • Financial Reporting

  • Auditing and Corporate Governance

  • Taxation

  • Management Accounting

  • Financial Management

  • Strategy, Risk Management and Governance

Degree options

BCom in Chartered Accountancy

Degree duration: 3 years, full time 

Offered at: 

  • Potchefstroom [P]

  • Mahikeng [M]

  • Vanderbijlpark [V]

BCom in Chartered Accountancy- Extended Programme

Degree duration: 4years, full time

Offered at:

  • Mahikeng [M]

  • Vanderbijlpark [V]

Admission requirements

BCom  in Chartered Accountancy

  • APS: 32

  • Mathematics: Level 5 (60%) - If Accountancy Grade 12

  • Mathematics 65% - If no Accountancy Grade 12

BCom  in Chartered Accountancy -Extended programme

  • APS: 28

  • Mathematics: Level 3 (40%)

  • English: Level 4 (50%)

Professional bodies 

South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA)

For more information visit their website:

Also recognised by:

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

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


Also recognised by:

South African Institute of Tax Professionals (SAIT)

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Also recognised by:

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

For more information visit their website:

Career opportunities 

CA is an exceptionally diverse and dynamic qualification, with several career opportunities. There are many options, e.g. public practice (auditing firms), corporate environment (work for a company), public sector (work for the government), your own business or in academia. Although there are many other options, most of our graduates go to work for the so-called ‘Big 4’ firms, being Deloitte, EY, KPMG and PWC. As a CA, you can follow, among others, any of the following career paths:

  • Auditor
  • Tax specialist
  • Financial manager
  • Business consultant
  • Computer auditor
  • Corporate finance specialist
  • Structured finance specialist
  • Entrepreneur
  • Academic/training provider

Post-graduate studies

Post-graduate studies in Chartered Accountancy includes

  • BCom Honours Degree (CTA)
  • MCom and
  • PhD

These post-graduate degrees are offered at

  • Potchefstroom [P]
  • Vanderbijlpark [V]

Download our Honours and PGDA brochure here.