IIE Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting

Please note, not all programmes are available on all IIE Varsity College campuses. To find out if your programme of interest is available, contact the campus directly.

Course Information
  • Course: Postgraduate Diploma
  • Mode: Distance (Minimum 1 Year)
  • NQF Level: 8
  • Credits: 120
  • SAQA ID: 88609
  • 2024 Fees: Click to view

The IIE Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting provides the knowledge and skills required within the fields of Auditing, Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, Financial Management and Taxation, that affords a successful learner admission to the South African Institute of Chartered Accountant’s Initial Test of Competence (ITC) examination. The Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting is presented for learners who wish to qualify as Chartered Accountants. The programme is therefore designed to meet the academic requirements of the Competency Framework of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA). This Competency Framework provides the academic programme requirements for entrance to the ITC, the first of two professional exams assessed for the Chartered Accountant qualification.

This qualification is designed to graduate students with the ability to think and act strategically, professionally and ethically and to contribute meaningfully to the Accounting and Business sector. The programme design thus facilitates the development of a wellrounded Chartered Accountant. Graduates have both the theoretical depth and the applied skills relevant to further study or to succeed in the world of work.

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The IIE Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and is registered by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) as a 120-credit qualification on level 8 (SAQA ID: 88609).

The IIE Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting is accredited by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) and successful completion qualifies students to write the Initial Test of Competence (ITC), the first of SAICA’s professional exams.

This programme is designed to equip students with skills required to branch into various roles as a Chartered Accountant including:

  • Public practice
  • Consulting in Taxation, Management Accounting, IFRS, Auditing, etc.
  • Finance functions, including Financial Manager (FM), Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
  • Academia (teaching and learning, research and community-based involvement).

The IIE’s distance delivery mode provides you with the agility of studying towards a tertiary qualification asynchronously, at different times from different locations. Distance students need to commit to approximately 20-25 hours a week for distance engagement (most of which is after hours) with material and assessments to succeed.

Here are some of the benefits you can expect:

  • A sequenced online learning environment that allows you the ability to manage your learning experiences flexibly and autonomously.
  • A learner guide designed to lead you through the module material and learning outcomes, empowering you to effectively pace your learning in preparation for assessments.
  • Our Learning Management System is designed to break up your learning units into manageable sections which include various activities to support learning
  • Module expert online lecturers that facilitate module teaching and learning support through various technology enhanced mediums.
  • Online Success Navigators provide administrative and operational guidance and support throughout your academic journey.
  • A professionally registered Student Wellness Manager/Counsellor available for short-term, primary counselling services. Additionally, the Student Wellness Manager/Counsellor hosts various webinars and virtual talks on topics that promote a balanced lifestyle as you pursue your academic goals.

The IIE is not only accredited in South Africa but its dedication to providing quality education also led to it being accredited by the British Accreditation Council (BAC) in 2014. The British Accreditation Council is an independent authority in the United Kingdom that accredits private providers globally, including Greece, Switzerland, Singapore, India, Mauritius and the United Arab Emirates. In 2017 The IIE had its accreditation status confirmed by the BAC as an Independent Higher Education Institution confirming our confidence in the international comparability of our standards.

South African students need to know, when they select a private higher education institution, that the standards offered are equivalent to those of a public University. Our students get this from our extensive local accreditation and registration. The students also benefit from knowing that we meet international standards too. The IIE is accredited as an Independent Higher Education Institution by the British Accreditation Council. Locally and internationally we have demonstrated the quality of what we offer.

The IIE’s Varsity College students can be confident that their IIE learning experience meets international best practice standards.

Students studying the Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting are required to come onto any IIEVC or the IIEMSA campus to write all assessments excluding the Continuous Evaluation (CE) assessments which will be completed as Assignments. It is important to note that the first Continuous Evaluation (CE) assessment will be scheduled for the first week of class.

  • For students based in South Africa, Distance students may select any campus of The IIE’s Varsity College or IIE MSA as their Examination Centre. Distance students must confirm their chosen IIEVC or the IIEMSA campus on registration.
  • An alternative examination centre is only permissible for students studying abroad and those located in a province of South Africa where there is no IIE Varsity College or IIE MSA campus. If there is no IIE Varsity College or IIE MSA campus within reach, an alternative venue will need to be sourced by the student. For non-IIE venues, there is an alternative venue levy per module.