UNISA Accounting Sciences Qualifications

UNISA Accounting Sciences Qualifications

Do you enjoy working with numbers or are you strong in Mathematics? Do you like to keep track of your money or wonder about why one company exceeds financially and others go bankrupt? If your answer is yes, then you may want to consider an Accounting qualification from the UNISA Accounting Sciences department. 

The department of Accounting Sciences oversees all qualifications relating to the field of accounting. There are four key focus areas in this field: Financial Accounting, Auditing, Management Accounting, and Taxation. 

  • Financial accounting is all about bookkeeping and compiling financial statements.
  • Auditing centers on compliance, risk, and fraudulent activities. There are several sub-categories including internal auditing, external auditing, and forensic auditing. 
  • Management accounting oversees the aspects of finance which relate to a business such as budgets, reporting, and analysis.
  • Taxation is concerned with how individuals and businesses pay taxes and other relevant laws. 

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Qualifications for UNISA Accounting Sciences

Accounting Sciences is one of the most diverse fields of study. UNISA offers several courses in the field ranging from short courses to postgraduate degrees. 

Short Learning Programmes (SLPs)

A short programme is a great idea if you want to broaden your knowledge of a specific part of Accounting Sciences. Some of the SLPs form part of advanced UNISA Accounting Sciences qualifications so you may get credit for them if you continue to study a diploma or degree course. Here are the SLP options: 

Higher Certificate in Accounting Sciences

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The Higher Certificate in Accounting Sciences is ideal for people who are undecided on a specialization. The programme gives exposure to a wide range of activities for each discipline while advancing key skills. You will learn more about basic bookkeeping, taxation, and auditing. 

An APS of 14 is required to apply for the Higher Certificate. You will have an NQF level 5 qualification once you complete the programme. 

Advanced Certificate in Accounting Sciences

The Advanced Certificate is a continuation of your studies or suitable for people who want to further their understanding of Accounting Sciences. The programme will teach you about accounting, auditing, tax, and financial management. 

To study this qualification you must have a minimum APS of 50. An NQF level 6 qualification is bestowed on successful students. 

Diploma in Accounting Sciences

The Diploma in Accounting Sciences is a wide-ranging programme with elective choices for you to specialise in certain subjects. The programme is perfect for individuals with entrepreneurial skills and who want to manage a small business. Internal auditing and management accounting are included in the coursework. 

You need to have a minimum APS of 17 to apply for the Diploma in Accounting Sciences. Students will receive an NQF level 6 qualification after completing the programme. 

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Advanced Diplomas 

There are five options for individuals who want to obtain an advanced diploma for UNISA Accounting Sciences. All of these programmes require applicants to have an APS of 50. An NQF level 7 qualification is awarded at the end of the programme. 

The Advanced Diploma in Accounting Sciences Certificate in The Theory of Accounting is a practical choice if you plan on acquiring the designation of CA (SA) at some point in time. The programme covers advanced concepts and theories relating to accounting sciences. 

An Advanced Diploma in Accounting Sciences Financial Accounting enriches your knowledge of accounting and considers advanced methodology. You can use this course as a stepping stone to getting accreditation from Professional Bodies. 

The Advanced Diploma in Accounting Sciences Internal Auditing is a great option if you plan on having a career in internal auditing, computer auditing, or forensic auditing. The course will broaden your accounting knowledge and can be used in the process of obtaining official accreditation. 

Another option is the Advanced Diploma in Accounting Sciences Management Accounting, which considers a wide variety of accounting topics that relate to management. The course will also help you to study further if you want to be accredited by a Professional Body. 

The final option is an Advanced Diploma in Accounting Sciences Taxation that teaches you everything you need to know regarding tax in South Africa. You can qualify to be a Tax Practitioner and use the course in the process of becoming accredited by Professional Bodies. 

Postgraduate Diploma

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Deciding to study a postgraduate diploma gives you the opportunity to further your studies and gain more knowledge of specific fields. These programmes advance your skills and encourage critical thinking. 

Unisa offers the following Postgraduate Diplomas:

An APS of 50 and a previous diploma or similar qualification is required to apply for a postgraduate diploma. The qualification provides successful students with an NQF level 8

Bachelor of Accounting Sciences 

Many students prefer to study a Bachelor degree as it covers relevant topics in great depth and prepares you to start a career in the industry. The abbreviated version is BAccSc. The UNISA Accounting Sciences department has four available Bachelor’s degree programmes. 

The Bachelor of Accounting Sciences in Financial Accounting broadens knowledge regarding bookkeeping and preparing financial statements. Upon completion, you may register at the South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA) or South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA). 

Another option is the Bachelor of Accounting Sciences in Internal Auditing where you will learn more about how to identify issues within companies. The programme is a step towards becoming a Registered Auditor with various organisations including the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA). 

The Bachelor of Accounting Sciences in Management Accounting focuses on gaining knowledge relating to internal business finances such as budgets and reporting. Depending on your achievement, you may be recognized as a Chartered Management Accountant (CMA) at the International Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). 

The final option is the Bachelor of Accounting Sciences in Taxation where the scope of the programme includes everything related to tax for businesses and individuals. SARS recognizes this qualification for registration as a Tax Practitioner and you can become a member of the South African Institute of Tax Practitioners. 

To apply for admission to any of the BAccSc programmes, you will need a minimum APS of 21. Graduating students will receive an NQF 7 qualification and have the opportunity to obtain accreditation from a professional body. 

Bachelor of Accounting Sciences Honours in Management Accounting

UNISA Accounting Sciences qualifications

The Honours programme for Accounting Sciences is specific to Management Accounting. The coursework will provide graduates with knowledge at the same level as an Honours Bachelor of Commerce level. This will ensure students have the required skills and competencies to function in management, commerce, and business fields.

The Bachelor of Accounting Sciences Honours in Management Accounting prepares students for leadership and management positions in the South African economy. To partake in the Honours programme you will need an APS of 60 and completed a BAccSc undergraduate qualification. The Honours programme provides an NQF level 8 qualification upon completion. 

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Master’s Degrees

Students may wish to further their studies and take on a Master’s Degree. UNISA’s Accounting Sciences department provides two options for Master’s Degrees with several programme choices for each. You can decide between pursuing a Master of Accounting Sciences degree, or a Master of Philosophy in Accounting Sciences. 

Both types of Master’s degrees do require students to complete a research study. The Master of Accounting Sciences has additional theory modules to strengthen critical thinking. The Master of Philosophy in Accounting Sciences relies more heavily on complex research. 

The following qualification streams exist for the Master of Accounting Sciences programme:

Similar qualification streams are available for the Master of Philosophy in Accounting Sciences programme: 

There are strict requirements for admission to the Master’s programme. A previous Honours degree or Postgraduate Diploma must be submitted to show that a certain amount of credits have been completed successfully. A research proposal must also be presented and approved to continue with the programme. Both types of Master’s degrees will give students an NQF level 9 qualification. 

Doctoral Degrees

The final qualification is the Doctor of Philosophy in Accounting Sciences, which provides students with an NQF level 10 qualification. The degree has a strong emphasis on research and detailed research proposal is a prerequisite when applying for the programme. 

The following doctoral degrees are available: 

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