Bachelor of Accounting

The Bachelor of Accounting is accredited by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA), and serves as the first step toward becoming a Chartered Accountant. It is also recognised by the Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA).

This qualification prepares you for a wide range of careers in accounting, auditing, taxation, financial management, and more. The programme focuses on developing practical skills and applied competencies necessary for success in the business world. This degree will provide a solid foundation for your postgraduate studies.

BAcc (Accounting)

Time to Complete:

3 years (minimum) - 9 years (maximum)

Study Options:

Full-time / Part-time / Open-distance



NQF Level:




Entry Requirements

National Senior Certificate (NSC), with English, Mathematics and Accounting amongst the modules passed and with endorsement for admission to Bachelor’s study; or National Certificate (Vocational) (NC(V)), with English, Mathematics and Accounting amongst the modules passed and with endorsement for admission to Bachelor’s studies; or prior to 2009, Senior Certificate with English, Mathematics and Accounting amongst the modules passed.

A number of post school qualifications may be used for admission and/or advanced placement into the degree programme with due regard for the 50% credit transfer rule and guidelines of progression and articulation. For example, a Higher Certificate in Accounting, NQF (HEQSF) Level 5, minimum Credits 120; or a Diploma in Accounting, NQF (HEQSF/OQSF) Level 6, minimum Credits 240 or 360.

This programme is offered by Boston City Campus in the distance mode of education with support provided at Learner Support Centres. Apply to register at any Boston City Campus Learner Support Centre nationwide.

All modules are compulsory and must be passed.

This undergraduate Degree is accredited by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA), and is the first stage of the professional track towards Chartered Accountancy.

Possible employment opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • Chartered Accountancy
  • Financial Manager
  • Financial Advisor
  • Business Manager
  • Cost and Management Accounting
  • Banking

Did you know that Boston does not work on a points system

Although your subjects may be considered, Boston does not use a point system for entry.
Your endorsement says it all.
Semester ASemester B
  • Computer Literacy
  • Academic Literacy
  • Business Management 1
  • Financial Accounting Principles, Concepts and Procedures
  • Computer Literacy Advanced
  • Commercial Law
  • Economics 1
  • Legal Aspects of Accounting
  • Financial Accounting Reporting
Semester ASemester B
  • Business Management 2
  • Computer Literacy: Digital Transformation (Big Data, AI, Machine Learning)
  • Auditing Theory and Practice
  • Financial Accounting for Companies (IFRS)
  • Principles of Management Accounting
  • Taxation of Individuals
  • Ethics in Accountancy
  • Corporate Governance in Accountancy
  • General Financial Reporting (IFRS)
  • Principles of Strategy, Risk and Financial Management Techniques
  • Computer Literacy: Computational Thinking & Programming
  • Work Integrated Learning
  • Integrated Examination 1
Semester ASemester B
  • Audit Planning, Tests of Control, and Substantive Procedures
  • Selected Accounting Standards and Simple Group Structures
  • Distintive Financial Reporting (IFRS)
  • Selected Accounting Standards and Simple Group Structures
  • Application of Management Accounting Techniques
  • Taxation of Business Activities
  • Procedures in Finalising an Audit
  • Group Financial Reporting
  • Specific Financial Reporting (IFRS)
  • Applications of Financial Management Techniques
  • Taxation: Specific and Distinctive
  • Integrated Examination 2

Various Assessment Strategies (ASC, ASIS, ASW, AS1 to AS5) are used throughout the modules in the programme. For example, AS5 is predominately applied in this programme and consists of Formative Assessments (FA1 and FA2), also known as assignments or tests, which count thirty percent (30%) – fifteen percent (15%) each – towards the overall mark.

Summative Assessments in the form of a final exam or capstone project (SA1), count sixty percent (60%), and a research or reflective essay (SA2) count ten percent (10%) towards the overall mark. No supplementary assessment is provided for FA1 or FA2. A maximum of one (1) additional supplementary assessment opportunity is provided for SA1 and SA2 respectively, which will be charged for.

An overall mark of fifty percent (50%) is required to pass a module.

On completion of the programme graduates will have the necessary knowledge and practical skills required to:

  • Operate effectively in the workplace using a number of Windows-based end-user Applications
  • Apply principles, theories and methodologies of financial accounting from the processing of basic transactions to the preparation of financial statements for a complex and broad range of both individual business and groups in accordance with the International Standards of Financial Reporting
  • Demonstrate the ability to provide accurate financial information, analyse financial reporting needs, establish relevant systems, and perform external financial reporting
  • Develop knowledge and an understanding of the underlying principles and concepts relating to auditing and assurance and technical proficiency in using auditing techniques
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the general legal framework, and specific legal areas relating to business including the South African tax system as well as the ability to prepare tax calculations in accordance with legal requirements
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of the underlying principles and concepts relating to financial management and management accounting
  • Identify, evaluate, and analyse socio-economic needs of society, display an awareness of professional ethics and ethical standards, and recognise the need for life-long learning


On successful completion the Learner will be issued a Bachelor of Accounting SAQA ID 103057, NQF 7, minimum 400 credits from Boston City Campus.