Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Postgraduate Diploma in Forensic Auditing

Qualification code: 98234
NQF level: 8
Total credits: 120
SAQA ID: 85046
APS/AS: 50
Students should note that during the course of their studies they would be required to have access to a computer, a printer and the internet. Modules APL4862 and AUE4801 are 12 credit semester modules offered in both semesters. Candidates may not enrol for all the modules in their first year of study without prior approval from the chair of the Department of Auditing and they should enrol for the modules in the following sequence: ALF4861; APL4802; AUE4866; AUE4863; AUE4864 and AUE4801. Students who have already passed LFI4861 will be exempted from AUE4866.
Purpose statement:
A Postgraduate Diploma: Forensic Auditing (PGDFA) learner is actively engaged in becoming a well-rounded, educated person and in preparing for further, more specific study or for the forensic auditing work environment. This qualification offers an advanced understanding of theories and practices pertaining to the field of Forensic Auditing and equips the learner with the necessary skills to manage forensic audit activities in diverse business environments. The Postgraduate Diploma: Forensic Auditing learner performs a critical role in society by practising ethics pertinent to business and communicates in a clear, rational and logical manner. The purpose of this qualification is firstly to prepare learners for a career in forensic auditing. Secondly, this qualification prepares learners to write the Certified Fraud Examiners' (CFE) examination. Thirdly, this qualification forms part of the learning pathway to qualify as a Forensic Practitioner (CFP-FA) with the Institute of Commercial Forensic Practitioners (ICFP).
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 2022 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.

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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.

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
ALF4861 - Applied Law for Forensic Auditors Recommendation: It is recommended that the student should have a sound understanding of labour law or should have completed the LLW2601 and LLW2602 modules.
APL4802 - Applied Labour Law for Forensic Auditors
AUE4801 - Forensic Audit Reporting Co-requisite:ALF4861 & APL4802 & AUE4863 & AUE4864 & AUE4866
AUE4863 - Financial Fraud Schemes
AUE4864 - Fraud Prevention and Detection
AUE4866 - Fraud Investigation for Forensic Auditors