Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Diploma in Local Government Finance

The information on this page is for the 2019 academic year. Updated information for the 2020 academic year will be available before the start of the 2020 registration period.

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 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.
  • Re-registering students may register for the 2019 academic year once the registration period opens.

Please note:

  • Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply for the alternative qualification during the next application period.
  • All communication sent to you after the initial study package (with the exception of study guides) will be sent electronically to your myLife e-mail account (eg follow-up tutorial letters, examination timetables and results, financial statements). You will no longer receive such communication in printed format.

How to choose your modules

Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a certain number of modules and NQF level credits within a certain amount of time in order to graduate. You must pass a minimum number of credits / modules annually so that you are able to re-register and continue with your qualification:

  • At least 36 NQF credits (3 modules of 12 credits each) in your first year of study.
  • At least 48 NQF credits (4 modules of 12 credits each) in your second or further years of study.

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

  • At least 60 NQF credits (5 modules of 12 credits each) in a semester.
  • At least 120 NQF credits (10 modules of 12 credits each) per year for year modules.

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

Second level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
ECS1601 - Economics IB Pre-requisite:ECS1501 or ECS1016
FAC1601 - Financial Accounting and Reporting Pre-requisite:FAC1502 (except for qualification code 90017)
FAC2601 - Financial Accounting for Companies Pre-requisite:FAC1502 & FAC1601 (except for qualification code 90017)
FAC2602 - Selected Accounting Standards and Simple Group Structures Pre-requisite:FAC1502 & FAC1601(except for qualification code 90017)
PUB1601 - The Structuring and Functioning of Public Services Co-requisite:PUB1501 or PUB1018
PUB2612 - Local Government Finance IIA
PUB2613 - Local Government Finance Systems IIB
PUB2614 - Local Government Management II Pre-requisite:PUB1511 or LGM111P
PUB2615 - Project Management IIA
PUB2617 - Project Management IIB Co-requisite:PUB2615 or PMN201P
PUB2618 - Fundamentals of Public Administration Research II
PUB2619 - Public Human Resource Management IIA
PUB2620 - Stock and Purchasing Management II

Third level