This qualification is designed to encourage access to the accounting profession. It is offered to those candidates who would like to enter the world of finance as their career.

Career Options

What will I be qualified as once I’ve completed this course?

• Act as support for a Chartered Accountant in a large firm

• Accountant for a small firm

• Accounting Technician/Clerk

• Bookkeeper

• Debtors/Creditors Clerk

• Payroll Administrator

• Assistant to a Cost Accountant

• Internal Auditor Clerk

What will I be able to do?

• Financial accounting

• Bookkeeping

• Payroll administration (salaries and wages)

In which industries will I be able to work?

You will be able to work in any industry.

What could I do to further improve my skills and my chances of furthering my career?

Achieving the necessary entry requirements at academic level during this course will enable you to continue studying in a business-related or finance-related field of study. This can be done by studying towards a specific business qualification at an institution of Higher Education, such as a University or University of Technology, based on your academic achievements meeting their specific admission requirements. Should you not wish to continue studying once you’ve completed this qualification, you will be able to work towards promotion within your career by working within your field of study and gaining experience within the industry. You would also be able to start and manage your own small business. As with any other career, you would need to work very hard to prove your skills and abilities, be dedicated and be prepared to continue learning throughout your career.

Programme Structure

What will I be studying during this course?


• Financial Accounting N4

• Computerised Financial Systems N4

• Entrepreneurship N4

• Management Communication N4


• Financial Accounting N5

• Computerised Financial Systems N5

• Entrepreneurship N5

• Cost & Management Accounting N5


• Financial Accounting N6

• Computerised Financial Systems N6

• Entrepreneurship N6

• Cost & Management Accounting N5

Note: All final exams are set by the Department of Higher Education and Training. After completing the N6 Certificate, students need to complete 18 months of practical experience in their area of study to obtain a National N-Diploma.

Admission Requirements

What do I need to have completed before I can apply to study this course?

Grade 12 or an equivalent qualification with Accounting

Candidates are expected to pass a short literacy (English) assessment before acceptance into this course. The medium of teaching in this course is English and students must be able to speak and write English. Candidates may also be asked to attend an accounting assessment.


• 6 months per level full-time (3 semesters to complete up to N6 level)

• 18 months practical experience

• Enrolment in January and July (Part-time – Not available)

Contact Details

Contact Person: 

Sharon Grobbelaar
Course Details

Course Delivery Method: 

Blended Blended

Presented Presented Courses