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Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting

The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE)

The IIE Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting provides candidates with a thorough theoretical grounding and knowledge
base in the key principles of financial accounting, taxation, management accounting & finance and lastly corporate
governance and auditing. Graduates will develop a wide range of highly sought-after professional skills that are
founded in the underlying theory but also in the practical hands-on application of the theoretical knowledge.

The outcomes for this qualification were identified as critical to drive a successful career in accountancy,
management accounting, taxation and/or internal and external auditing, providing competent highly qualified chartered
accountants in the private and the public sectors. By understanding business processes in the context of the related
subject disciplines, graduates will be able to solve complex business problems and meet business needs through
application of legislation and sound business practice, such as International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs)
and International Standards of Auditing (ISAs). Graduates will also be suitably prepared to demonstrate competencies
in knowledge integration, and to contribute to the economic well-being of their organisation in a responsible manner.

What is this Postgraduate Diploma’s accreditation status?

The IIE Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting (PGDip (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 Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting is also
accredited by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA). The most recent successful SAICA
accreditation visit was completed in October 2018.

Who is the Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting aimed at?

This IIE Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting (PGDip (Accounting)) is aimed at students who are interested in becoming
chartered accountants (CAs (SA)). Successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting allows graduates to
enlist for the Initial Test of Competence (ITC) of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants
(SAICA).

What entry requirements will I need to study this Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting?

FIRST ATTEMPT STUDENTS

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 (Professional Certificate in Accountancy (PCA) 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).

Note: Any first-time applicant from The IIE and other institutions who do not meet
these entry requirements, will have to complete The IIE’s Professional Certificate in Accountancy (PCA)
bridging course first.

REPEAT ATTEMPT STUDENTS

Students who previously attempted a PGDip in Accounting or equivalent at The IIE or at another institution:

  • 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).

Note: 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.

Please note, requirements for entry to this qualification are correct at the time of printing, however, these may
change.

How is this Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting structured at The IIE MSA?

The IIE Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting is a one-year postgraduate diploma. 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).   

Please note that in line with academic practice, The IIE’s curriculum is reviewed annually and 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 an updated programme curriculum on an annual
basis.

What about timetables?

The IIE Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting can be completed in 1-year full-time. The academic year runs from February
to November.

As far as possible timetabling is designed to accommodate student needs, but timetables remain subject to change
throughout the year. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that timetable structures will remain the same during the
course of your studies. Class attendance is compulsory.

What must I pass in order to graduate with this Postgraduate Diploma?

In order to be awarded this qualification, you must have achieved a minimum final year mark of fifty percent (50%)
for each of the four core modules of the programme.

How long do I have to complete this qualification? 

Students have a maximum of 2 years to complete this qualification, which includes two supplementary assessment
opportunities in May and October of the year following the year in which the Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting is
attempted for the first time. It must be noted that only the supplementary process can be extended into the second
year.

With what qualification will I graduate?

You will graduate with The IIE Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting.

Career opportunities: what career areas can I pursue once I have completed this Postgraduate Diploma?

This postgraduate diploma will open up an attractive range of career options. The Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting
is a perfect steppingstone to a diverse and exciting range of career opportunities, such as:

  • Chartered accountancy;
  • External auditing;
  • Consulting in Taxation, Management Accounting, IFRS, Auditing, etc.;
  • Finance functions, such as Financial Manager (FM), Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Chief Executive Officer
    (CEO);
  • Academia (teaching and learning, research and community-based involvement).
  • Many more.

Would it be possible to study further and obtain another postgraduate qualification once I have completed The IIE
Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting?

The IIE Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting 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 8 – the
same level as other postgraduate qualifications at both private and public South African institutes of higher
education.  The opportunity to apply for another postgraduate certificate/diploma or Master’s degree at any
South African university or higher education institution exists subject to meeting their specific programme entrance
criteria.

It is important to remember that your academic results remain a key factor when applying for further studies.

Call the IIE MSA campus to discuss your career options with one of our Student Advisors.
Tel: +27 11 950 4009 or email enquiries@iiemsa.co.za    

Disclaimer:  Please note that this fact sheet is accurate at the time of publication.  The Independent
Institute of Education (The IIE) reserves the right to alter any of the content prior to commencement of registration
due to changes in regulation, policy, market requirements or any other valid reason.