Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Advanced Diploma in Accounting Sciences

Qualification stream: Certificate in The Theory of Accounting (Revised Curriculum 2020)
Qualification code: 98230 - CT1
NQF level: 7
Total credits: 120
SAQA ID: 90559
APS/AS: 50
This stream should be selected by candidates who wish to eventually qualify as Chartered Accountants CA (SA). Students must pay attention to the admission criteria applicable to anticipated postgraduate studies. All year modules must have been completed in two academic years for admission to the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Accounting Sciences (the qualification should not be older than three years). If not, admission to the Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting Sciences, will be considered. *Candidates should note that during the course of their studies they would be required to have access to a computer, printer and the internet. No credits are permitted towards the modules of this stream. This qualification will be presented using both online and distance learning modes.
Purpose statement:
The purpose of this qualification is to: Provide learners with intellectual enrichment in the field of accounting sciences. Provide learners with an advanced understanding of current thinking, theory and methodology in the field of accounting sciences. Give those learners with Bachelor's Degrees in Accounting Sciences, but not accredited by Professional Accounting Bodies, or those with Diplomas in Accounting Sciences, or equivalent, the opportunity to proceed to Postgraduate studies accredited by such Professional Bodies.
This qualification will be presented using both online and distance learning modes.

Who can register?

  • Applicants may only register once they have received confirmation from Unisa that their application for admission has been accepted. Unisa reserves the right to not process and / or to cancel your registration if it is found that you were incorrectly admitted to a qualification. Admission to the alternative qualification is not automatic. It will depend on whether you comply with admission requirements and if space is available.
  • Re-registering students may register for the 2021 academic year once the registration period opens.

Please note:
Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply online for the alternative qualification during the prescribed application period.

How to choose your modules

Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a certain number of NQF level credits within a certain amount of time in order to graduate.

You may not register for more than the allowed maximum number of credits / modules per academic year and / or semester:

  • For the 2021 academic year, you must register for your semester 1 and 2 modules by 12 March 2021. There will be no semester 2 registration period. No exceptions or registration extensions will be permitted.
  • The maximum number of credits that will be allowed is 120 credits.

The maximum number of credits do not include supplementary and / or aegrotat examinations from a previous semester. Modules taken for non-degree / non-diploma purposes also count towards the maximum number of credits allowed.

You must take your available time into consideration when choosing your modules, as this will impact your academic performance. You need approximately

  • 6 to 8 hours per week for semester modules.
  • 4 to 6 hours per week for year modules.

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Curriculum for this qualification

As you are deciding on the modules you will be registering for, remember to write down the module names and codes so that you have something that you can refer to when completing your registration.

First level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
AUE3761 - The Audit Process Pre-requisite:AUE2601 & AUE2602
FAC3761 - International Financial Accounting Pre-requisite:FAC2601, FAC2602 & TAX2601
FAC3762 - International Group and Financial Accounting (year module) Pre-requisite:FAC2601, FAC2602 & TAX2601
MAC3761 - Management Accounting III Pre-requisite:MAC2601 & MAC2602
TAX3761 - Taxation of business activities and Individuals Pre-requisite:TAX2601 and FAC1601