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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.

The IIE Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting provides the knowledge and skills required within the fields of Auditing, Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, Finance and Taxation for admission to the professional exams to qualify as a Chartered Accountant in South Africa. The Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting is for learners who would like to qualify as a Chartered Accountant. The programme was 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 Initial Test of Competence, the first of two professional exams assessed for the Chartered Accountant qualification.


Minimum Admission RequirementsNotes
Students from an IIE SAICA accredited undergraduate degree:
A successfully completed, SAICA-accredited undergraduate degree at The IIE within a
maximum time frame of 4 years and completed all 4 major 3rd year subjects in the year
immediately preceding the year in which they are admitted into the PGDip (Accounting), OR
A successfully completed accountancy bridging programme (Professional Certificate in
Accountancy (PCA) and completed all 4 major subjects in the year immediately preceding
the year in which they are admitted into the PGDip (Accounting).
Students from SAICA accredited undergraduate degrees at another institution:
A successfully completed, SAICA-accredited undergraduate degree within a maximum time
frame of 4 years and completed all 4 major 3rd year subjects, with an average of 55% or
more in the year immediately preceding the year in which they are admitted into the PGDip
(Accounting), OR
A successfully completed accountancy bridging programme and completed all 4 major
subjects, with an average of 55% or more, in the year immediately preceding the year in
which they are admitted into the PGDip (Accounting).
REPEAT ATTEMPT STUDENTSNote: Students who have unsuccessfully
attempted their PGDip (Accounting) or
equivalent CTA three times or more at
either The IIE or any other higher
education provider, will not be admitted
into The IIE’s PGDip (Accounting)
programme – such students would first
have to complete The IIE’s Professional
Certificate in Accountancy (PCA) bridging
course to be considered for the PGDip
(Accounting) at The IIE again
Students who attempted the IIE’s PGDip (Accounting) programme in no later than the
previous two academic years but were unsuccessful in completing the programme, shall be
granted provisional entry into The IIE’s 2020 PGDip (Accounting).
Senate
Discretionary
Admission
Recognition of
Prior Learning
(RPL)
Candidates must 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).

The IIE Post Graduate 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 109416:).

The IIE Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting is also accredited by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants


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).

At The IIE’s Varsity College we are proud of and passionate about our shift away from the ‘traditional lecturing’ methodology to our blended-learning strategy – the VCBlend.

This blended-learning strategy extends learning beyond the confines of the classroom and creates opportunities for our students to work collaboratively, with peers and their educators, to construct their understanding of concepts. Student engagement is supported by the use of a learning management system (LMS) and the online learning materials that have been developed to underpin our teaching strategy.

Due to the VC Blend approach, you will be expected to spend time conducting your own research, study for assessments and work on assignments. To gain the most from the blended learning experience, VC’s Wireless classrooms and campuses, students are required to BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) such as mobile devices, netbooks, laptops or tablets, etc. so as to develop the necessary academic and digital literacies over the three years of this diploma.

This student-focused approach compels our students to be accountable for their learning while developing the critical skills they will need to thrive in the rapidly changing 21st century work environment.

As such, academic life for our students is dynamic, challenging and relevant


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.

Call your nearest IIE’s Varsity College campus to discuss your career options with one of our Student Advisors.


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,” said Dr Coughlan, Director, The Independent Institute of Education.

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