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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
The IIE Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting can be completed in 1-year full-time. The academic year runs from February
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.
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.
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
You will graduate with The IIE Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting.
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:
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.