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+-5 Years Part-Time


Accounting is the language of business. The Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting prepares you for many careers in the challenging world of accounting and finance and is an excellent foundation for work in any area of business.

Our qualification is broad and comprehensive. It provides you with a sound understanding of, and skills in, the core areas of accounting, auditing, taxation and financial management, from both a local and an international perspective. You will cover specialised modules such as Financial Accounting, Financial Management, Auditing, Taxation and Corporate Governance. Within these subject areas, you will develop analytical and practical skills in accounting and management control systems. You will also cover subject areas such as Business English, Computer Skills, Accounting on Computers, Economics and Corporate Law. The emphasis throughout is on application and developing practical quantitative and financial skills.

Much of the success of our commerce degree is due to our unique blended approach to teaching and learning. We have smaller class sizes, interactive lectures by highly dedicated staff and a curriculum that is relevant and ahead of trends. In addition to the subject-specific knowledge you gain, our methods ensure that you acquire essential work skills such as critical and analytical thinking, effective problem solving, ethical decision-making, self-discipline, working in teams and communicating effectively.

This degree paves the way to further training as a professional accountant.

The career choices for you, as a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting graduate, are varied and employment options include:

Accounting: Chartered, cost and management, financial, Auditing, Budgeting, Financial Management, Tax consulting

Accredited by the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) of the
Council on Higher Education (CHE)

Registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA)

Fully accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

Recognised by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

There’s a popular myth that part-time online study equals lonely study. However, at Pearson Institute of Higher Education, we’ve busted this myth by creating our unique Virtual Learning Environment.

Even though you’ll be studying in your own time and space, we provide you with on-going support and motivation to ensure that you meet your goals and objectives.

This includes:
– Regular communication with our trained consultants
– Lecture communications and success-focused support
– Small group discussions on online forums
– A direct line of contact with your designated lecturer
– A live weekly lecture – online or on campus

Our courses run over 3 semesters(trimester) per year and new students are able to enrol at any of these 3 start dates. Trimesters have an average duration of about 14 weeks with two modules offered sequentially in a trimester. Students will have a number of activities and tasks to be completed and a live lecture weekly. A formative assessment (exam) needs to be completed on Campus at the end of each Trimester which concludes the module. Students will have a 1 week break between Trimesters to recharge.

Part time programme will take a student longer to complete due to the nature of the delivery. Typically a part time programme will take a student 18 months to complete a level and about 5 years to complete all three levels while working.

Available start dates:

2020 – 27 Jan, 18 May, 31 August
2021 – 25 Jan, 17 May, 30 Aug
2022 – 31 Jan, 23 May, 5 Sept

Admission requirements

National Senior Certificate (NSC) with Bachelor degree entry or an equivalent foreign secondary qualification on an NSC level with Bachelor degree entry approved by Universities South Africa (USAF).

If you have an international school-leaving certificate, you need to provide a certificate of exemption issued by Universities South Africa (USAF).

You should have successfully completed the relevant Pearson Institute of Higher Education foundation programme. On successful completion of the foundation programme, students are required to apply to Universities South Africa (USAF) for a certificate of exemption in order to be admitted to a degree programme.

You should have completed a relevant higher certificate qualification successfully . On successful completion of the higher certificate, students are required to apply to Universities South Africa (USAF) for a certificate of exemption in order to be admitted to a degree programme.

You need 25 Pearson Institute of Higher Education points or more

You need 50% or above for Grade 12 Mathematics.