The School of Accountancy offers two undergraduate programmes: a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) and a Bachelor of Accounting Science (BAccSci). Both are 3-year full-time degrees. In making a decision about which programme to do, you should consider your career aspirations.
Bachelor of Accounting Science (BAccSci)
The Bachelor of Accounting Science is required if you wish to qualify as a Chartered Accountant.
On successful completion of the BAccSci, you will be required to complete a Higher Diploma in Accounting (HDipAcc), a one-year postgraduate programme. Graduates who have successfully completed the HDipAcc are then eligible to write the qualifying examinations (otherwise known as Board Exams) for the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA).
This examination is written in two parts, and you will need to complete a training contract of three years in the accountancy profession (Training in Public Practice) or in commerce and industry (Training Outside Public Practice). After writing your first examination, you will need to choose a specialist course in either Financial Management or Audit, following the completion of which you will write the second qualifying examination. On passing this, you will become a Chartered Accountant and registered with SAICA.
Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) in Accounting
The B Com Accounting degree is a three-year full-time programme comprising both compulsory courses and elective courses that students can choose from within the School of Accountancy, School of Law, School of Economic Business Science or from the Faculties of Science and Humanities. This allows students to tailor their degree quite specifically to meet their particular career aspirations.
Students who graduate with a BCom Accounting can use it as a stepping stone to become a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) (USA or SA), a Professional Accountant registered with the South African Institute for Professional Accountants (SAIPA), a Management Accountant registered with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), or a Chartered Certified Accountant registered with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).
PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC) partners with the Financial Accounting Division each year to deliver the Winter School for Grade 12 students and prospective CAs. The Winter School provides a unique opportunity to gain exposure to the accounting profession and get insight into what the study path to becoming a CA will look like.