Boston City Campus

Higher Certificate in Accounting Practice

Higher Certificate in Accounting Practice

H.Cert. (Accounting Practice)

SAQA ID 102038

This programme is offered by Boston City Campus & Business College Head Office in the distance education mode, with all other Boston City Campus & Business Colleges operating as Support Centres. Apply to register at any Boston City Campus & Business College branch countrywide.

This unique higher education qualification provides graduates with endorsement for admission to Bachelor’s degree study from the South African Matriculation Board, subject to their rules.

Download the Fact Sheet for additional, detailed programme information.


Semester A

  • Computer Literacy
  • Academic Literacy
  • Bookkeeping to Trial Balance
  • Business Management 1

Semester B

  • Computerised Accounting (Pastel)
  • Introduction to Taxation
  • Introduction to Auditing and Internal Control
  • Introduction to Cost and Management Accounting
  • Work Integrated Learning

Various Assessment Strategies (ASC, ASW and AS2) are used throughout the modules in the programme. For example, AS2 is predominately applied in this programme and consists of a

Formative Assessment (FA1), also known as an assignment or test, which count fifty percent (50%) towards the overall mark.

The Summative Assessment in the form of a final exam or capstone project (SA1), will count fifty percent (50%).

No supplementary assessment is provided for FA1. A maximum of one (1) additional supplementary assessment opportunity is provided for SA1, which will be charged for. Please consult the Fact Sheet and Student Rulebook for additional, detailed programme information.

Based on credits and notional hours of this qualification, the minimum duration is one year and the maximum duration is three years of study.
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 an informed understanding of bookkeeping functions, make numerous daily computations, update accounting records and maintain the entire company’s books
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the operation of the Income Tax Act and South Africa’s taxation system
  • Demonstrate an informed understanding and competence in Pastel language and navigation
  • Implement basic audit and internal controls in an entity to ensure that the records are accurate and conforms to set standards
  • Understand how functional departments operate and understand how actions in one area affects other areas within the same system
National Senior Certificate (NSC), with English passed with endorsement for admission to Higher Certificate study; or National Certificate (Vocational) (NC(V)), with English passed with endorsement for admission to Higher Certificate study; or prior to 2009, Senior Certificate with English as one of the modules passed. Alternatively, a post school qualification may also be considered, for example, an FET/National Certificate, NQF (OQSF) Level 4, minimum Credits 120.

On successful completion the Learner will be issued a Higher Certificate in Accounting Practice, NQF Level 5, SAQA ID 102038, minimum 122 credits from Boston City Campus & Business College

All modules are compulsory and must be passed.