Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Diploma in Local Government Finance

Qualification code: 90083
NQF level: 6
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 99281
APS/AS: 17
Students should note that during the course of their studies they would be required to have access to a computer, printer and the internet.
Purpose statement:
The primary purpose of the qualification is for learners to demonstrate vocational knowledge and skills and to acquire applied competencies and the necessary attitudes in the field of Local Government Finance to become lifelong learners, employable workers and contributors to financial management in various institutions. A second purpose of the qualification is for those holding this Diploma in Local Government Finance to widen the vocational leadership and management base of innovative and practice-based local government financial management. A third purpose of the qualification is to enable diplomats in local government finance to become members of the Institute of Municipal Finance Officers (IMFO). This qualification lays the foundation for career advancement and further studies in the field of Local Government Finance. Upon completion of the Diploma in Local Government Finance, the learner would have been actively engaged in becoming a well-rounded, educated person, specifically prepared for further and more specific study and also for the work environment as an employer/manager in the financial section of a government entity. The qualification aims to develop financial management skills through strengthening their understanding of local government legislation and developing their financial reporting skills. The theoretical foundation will guide learners in the work environment to act at a functional level as Financial Managers.
This qualification will be presented using both online and distance learning modes.

Who can register?

  • Applicants (new applicants & Unisa students who applied for admission to a new qualification) may only register if they have received an offer of placement from Unisa and have accepted the offer online. 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. 
  • Re-registering students may register for the 2024 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.

  • Co-requisite: Module A is a co-requisite for Module B. You want to register for Module B, but have not yet passed Module A. You must then register for both Modules A and B simultaneously. You may NOT cancel your registration for Module A unless Module B is also cancelled.
  • Pre-requisite: If Module A is a pre-requisite for Module B, you must pass Module A before you may register for Module B.

You may not register for more than the allowed maximum number of credits / modules per academic year and / or semester: 60 credits per semester or 120 credits per academic year.

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.

Click here for more information on managing your studies.

Curriculum for this qualification

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

Please click on the modules below to see further information (eg semester/year module, NQF level)

First level

Second level

Module (Please click on the module to see further information) Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
FAC2601 - Financial Accounting for Companies Pre-requisite: FAC1601, CAS1501 & CBC1501
Recommendation:TAX2601, FAC2602
FAC2602 - Selected Accounting Standards and Simple Group Structures Pre-requisite:FAC1601, CAS1501 & CBC1501
Recommendation:TAX2601, FAC2601
PUB2612 - Local Government Finance IIA
PUB2613 - Local Government Finance Systems IIB
PUB2614 - Local Government Management II Pre-requisite:PUB1511
PUB2615 - Project Management IIA
PUB2617 - Project Management IIB Co-requisite:PUB2615
PUB2618 - Fundamentals of Public Administration Research II
PUB2619 - Public Human Resource Management IIA
PUB2620 - Stock and Purchasing Management II

Third level