Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Accounting Sciences

Qualification code: 98255
NQF level: 8
Total credits: 120
SAQA ID: 85107
APS/AS: 50
Rules:
Candidates should note that during the course of their studies they would be required to have access to a computer, a printer and the internet. This qualification may be obtained on a piece meal basis, but only students who pass all the modules in one academic year will be awarded a Certificate in the Theory of Accounting (CTA) which will allow them to sit for SAICA's Initial Test of Competency (ITC). For more details see the link to CTA student support under the College of Accounting Sciences website.
Purpose statement:
The purpose of this qualification is to enable qualifying students to be certified as "Competent in the Theory of Accountancy" which is the admission requirement for part one of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants' (SAICA's) Qualifying Examination. The Postgraduate Diploma: Applied Accounting Sciences replaces the BCompt Honours Degree: "Competent in the Theory of Accountancy", that is currently being offered by UNISA. This qualification is endorsed by the SAICA. Its composition is based on the learning outcomes provided by SAICA and the syllabi of the Qualifying Examinations, in order to become a Chartered Accountant. It is in line with those of other SAICA recognised South African Universities.
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.

Click here for more information on managing your studies.

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.