The IIE Bachelor of Accounting (BAC) degree will provide candidates with a thorough theoretical grounding and knowledge in the key principles of Financial Accounting, Management Accounting and Finance, Auditing and Taxation. Thus, the Bachelor of Accounting (BAC) degree is for students who intend to pursue a professional career in Accounting.
The IIE’s Bachelor of Accounting degree is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and is registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) as a 422-credit qualification on level 7 (SAQA ID: 99284).
The Bachelor of Accounting degree is also accredited by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) as an undergraduate degree to prepare students for the Chartered Accountant qualification.
If you enjoy working with numbers in the accounting context and like the thought of applying this in the business world, then consider studying this Degree. This is the Degree to study should you wish to become a Chartered Accountant or Professional Accountant.
The objective of the BAC degree is to qualify students in the field of accountancy and provide a stepping stone to a range of professional accounting qualifications. The degree is structured in accordance with the new HEQSF guidelines and will provide students with the knowledge, skills and applied competencies identified by professional Accounting bodies.
The BAC degree was specifically designed to cover the core content of the educational component of the professional accounting frameworks. The design is intended to offer students the opportunity to gain access to further professional accounting qualifications through:
Candidates can demonstrate suitability for admission in terms of Senate’s resolution 6.6 of 20 October 2005 which allows for Senate’s discretionary conditional admission (if applicable).
Please note, requirements for entry to this qualification are correct at the time of printing, however, these may change. At the time of registration, please check that the entry requirements have not
All applicants for The IIE undergraduate degree studies, including international students, are required to write the Academic and Quantitative Literacy (AQL) – National Benchmark Test (NBT), unless they:
A student’s Academic Literacy (AL) score of the AQL – NBT is used for placement in student support programmes and does not replace the admission requirements for a specific degree programme.
Applicants who achieve an AL score lower than 64 are required to register for and successfully complete the two Academic Literacy modules; namely Introduction to Scholarship A (ITSA) and Introduction to Scholarship B (ITSB). Applicants who do not write the AQL - NBT prior to admission will automatically be registered for ITSA and ITSB whether or not these are credit bearing modules in their qualifications. These candidates may, on provision of an AL - AQL - NBT score of 64 or above, be exempted from one or both the modules if and only if these are non-credit bearing modules in their qualifications. For candidates who are completing the modules as a result of the low AL- AQL - NBT score or who did not provide an AL-AQL - NBT score, successful completion of ITSA and ITSB is a prerequisite for registering for any third year modules and thus any student who has not completed ITSA or ITSB in their first year of study will be required to do so in their second year. Students enrolled on a
distance programme will have access to these modules, but it would not be a pre-requisite for registering for any third year modules. Where ITSA or ITSB is credit bearing in the qualification concerned, successful completion of one or both (depending on the curriculum structure) is also a graduation requirement.
In order to be awarded this qualification, you must have achieved a minimum final year mark of fifty percent (50%) for each module of the programme.
You will graduate with The IIE Bachelor of Accounting degree.
This degree will open up an attractive range of career options; this degree is an ideal stepping stone to a diverse and exciting range of business related career opportunities. These opportunities include, but are not limited to becoming a:
The IIE’s Bachelor of Accounting degree is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and is registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) at level 7 - the same level as other equivalent undergraduate degrees at South African universities. The opportunity to apply for a postgraduate certificate/diploma or honours degree at Varsity College or any South African university exists subject to meeting specific programme entrance requirements.
If you intend pursuing a career as a Chartered Accountant, you may apply for the postgraduate CTA programme at a SAICA accredited university, subject to their admission requirements. Successful completion of the CTA programme will enable you to write the Initial Test of Competence set by SAICA.
If you intend pursuing a career as a Professional Accountant, you may apply to SAIPA to register for their professional examinations.
As a registered student at Varsity College, we will support you to explore the possible postgraduate options that align to your chosen career area. Each year we also provide our students with a postgraduate information pack. It is important to remember that your academic results remain a key factor when applying for further studies.
The IIE BAC degree is a three year degree. The academic year runs from February to November. The modules are delivered on a full-time basis with lectures and tutorials being scheduled during the day from Monday to Friday.
In addition to attending lectures, you will be expected to spend time conducting your own study plan as well as research and work on assignments. Learning material is of the highest quality and offers students a blended learning experience where the face-to-face teaching sessions are supplemented with specific online learning activities, digital content/study material, relevant current textbooks and assessments.
To gain the most from the blended learning experience and VC’s Wireless classrooms and campuses, students are required to BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) mobile device – netbook, laptop or tablet – to develop the necessary academic and digital literacies over the three years of this degree.
The curriculum below is correct at the time of print. Please note that in line with academic practice, The IIE’s curriculum is annually reviewed thus changes may occur in module structure and sequence in order to ensure that the qualification remains relevant. The exit level outcomes of the programme do not change. Registered students receive updated programme curriculum on an annual basis.
Documents detailing specific module outcomes per core discipline are available from the campus should you require these details.
*SLP: Short Learning Programme