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Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting

Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting for 2020

Why study for a Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting?

The Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting (PGDip (Accounting)) offered at IIE MSA is a Chartered Accountancy pathway that is accredited by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA). The most recent successful SAICA accreditation visit was completed in October 2018.

This programme equips students to:

  • Demonstrate a coherent and critical understanding of generally accepted accounting practice.
  • Demonstrate expertise in the Advanced Management of Accounting.
  • Demonstrate expertise in the Advanced Application of Income Tax Provision and VAT.
  • Display mastery in Audit Processes.
  • Demonstrate expertise in the compilation and interpretation of Group Statements and Business Combinations.
  • Demonstrate a coherent and critical understanding of Advanced Financial Management.
  • Demonstrate expertise in Applied Tax and Tax Planning.

Career Opportunities

The PGDip (Accounting) offered at IIE MSA has been 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 so-called ‘board exams’.

This programme is also accredited by the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) of the Council on Higher Education (CHE).

This programme offered is designed to equip students with skills required to branch into various roles 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).

Programme Outline

The PGDip (Accounting) comprises four compulsory full-year modules and no elective modules. Successful completion of the PGDip (Accounting) requires a pass mark of 50% or more for each module. In order to qualify to write SAICA’s ITC, a pass mark of 50% or more for all four modules must be achieved in the same exam sitting.

  • Financial Reporting (ZPG4016 – 30 credits)
    This module on the application of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) at an advanced level.
  • Tax (ZPG4017 – 30 credits)
    This module focuses on the taxes and duties levied in terms of the Income Tax Act, the Estate Duty Act, and the Value-Added Tax Act.
  • Management Accounting & Finance (ZPG4018 – 30 credits)
    This module aims to provide tools that support analytical reasoning that contributes to effective management and decision-making in the context of real world scenarios. The module draws on a broad understanding of the economy, strategy and risk management.
  • Corporate Governance & Auditing (ZPG 4019 – 30 credits)
    This module aims to provide a thorough knowledge and understanding of the external audit process, corporate governance and company-related legislation. The curriculum focuses on the audit process, computer auditing, the Code of Professional Conduct, the Auditing Professions Act, the Companies Act, corporate governance and sustainable businesses.
What is a Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting

The Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting offered at IIE MSA is a SAICA-accredited qualification and successful completion qualifies students to write the Initial Test of Competence (ITC), the first of SAICA’s so-called ‘board exams’

What is the duration of study for the Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting?

The duration of the programme is either 12 months, 18 months or 24 months, depending on academic progress and achievement of certain academic targets.

What are the subjects offered as part of the Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting?

The PGDip (Accounting) comprises four compulsory full-year modules and no elective modules. Successful completion of the PGDip (Accounting) requires a pass mark of 50% or more for each module. In order to qualify to write SAICA’s ITC, a pass mark of 50% or more for all four modules must be achieved in the same exam sitting

Intakes

January of each calendar year

Application Closing Dates

Monday, 13 January 2020

Programme commencement date (for the 2020 year)

Monday, 20 January 2020

Programme code

102IIE

Fees for 2019

R72,332 per year (full time and after hours)

* Note that fees are subject to an annual change.

Students are responsible for the payment and arrangement of their own transport and accommodation, as well as for text books and off-campus computers or other devices to be able to access and use the internet. On campus, students are able to use IIE MSA IT equipment and internet facilities.

Domestic/South African students are advise to pay 30% of their semester fee before enrolment and the balance by the published payment due date. Alternative payment arrangement can be applied for to pay each module in full before the commencement date of the module.

Payment dates are earlier if you are a commencing international student. This is to allow 6-8 weeks for your study visa applications to be processed prior to enrolment. To avoid delays obtaining a study visa, commencing international students must pay a 30% deposit before enrolling to allow 6-8 weeks for study visa applications and 50% balance on or before enrolment.

For more information regarding fees please visit the Fee structure

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Programme information

Mode of Delivery

This programme makes use of blended learning, with online teaching resources (such as Moodle, Zoom, etc.) being used mostly for flexible students and face-to-face lectures and tutorials, presentations and discussion sessions more focused on full-time students. Both modes of delivery convey the same content and quality of learning

Assessments

Formal assessment by means of three year tests (April, July, September) and a final examination (October) will be conducted. Various group and individual assignments, presentations, projects, quizzes, homework as well as an extensive series of integrated continuous evaluation tests (CEVs) will be used for assessment purposes. The quantity of assessments differs for full-time and flexible students, to ensure maximum flexibility in the assessment process.

Full-time students are required to write all continuous evaluation tests, year tests and exams at the IIE MSA campus in Ruimsig. Flexible students are required to write all year tests and exams at the IIE MSA campus in Ruimsig. Flexible students are not required to write continuous evaluation tests.

Site of Delivery

Full-time: The PGDip (Accounting) is currently only offered at the IIE MSA campus in Ruimsig, Johannesburg for full-time students.
Flexible: The programme is offered after hours as well making use of blended learning.
Full-time and flexible: All year tests and examinations are currently written at the IIE MSA campus.
Please watch this space for exciting new developments.

Local Entry Requirements

First-time applicants for PGDip (Accounting)
  • Applicants who have successfully completed their SAICA-accredited undergraduate degree with 55% or more in all 4 major 3rd year subjects in the year immediately preceding the year in which they begin the PGDip (Accounting) are automatically offered a place in the programme.
  • Applicants who have successfully completed a bridging programme at a SAICA-accredited University with 55% or more in all 4 major bridging programme subjects in the year immediately preceding the year in which they begin the IIE MSA PGDip (Accounting), are automatically offered a place in the PGDip (Accounting).
  • Applicants who do not satisfy the preceding requirements may also apply IF, in the year immediately preceding the year in which they begin the PGDip (Accounting), they obtained a final mark of at least 55% for Financial Accounting and Management Accounting & Finance either in their 3rd year (i.e. in their SAICA-accredited undergraduate degree) or in a bridging programme at a SAICA-accredited University. Such applications will first be referred to the Programme Leader for consideration

Non-first time applicants for PGDip (Accounting)

From IIE MSA

Students who attempted PGDip (Accounting) programme  in 2018 and/or in 2019 and were either:

  • unsuccessful in gaining entry into their final examinations; or
  • gained entry into the final examinations but were unsuccessful in completing the PGDip

(Accounting) programme offered at IIE MSA, shall be granted provisional entry into the PGDip

Note: Students who have unsuccessfully attempted their PGDip (Accounting) or equivalent CTA three times or more will not be admitted into the PGDip (Accounting) programme.

From other Universities

Students who unsuccessfully attempted a SAICA-accredited CTA (or equivalent) at another university in 2018 and/or in 2019, will be granted provisional entry into the IIE MSA PGDip (Accounting), subject to the approval by the Programme Leader.

Note: Students who have unsuccessfully attempted their PGDip (Accounting) or equivalent CTA three times or more will not be admitted into the IIE MSA PGDip (Accounting) programme.

International Entry Requirements

The PGDip (Accounting) is open to all students wishing to qualify as South African Chartered Accountants.

Minimum entrance requirements

In the event that you do not meet the PGDip(Accounting) minimum requirements, you can apply for The Professional Certificate in Accountancy, a bridging programme into the IIE MSA Chartered Accountancy pathway. Successful completion of the programme will provide entry into the IIE MSA Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting, subject to entry requirements of the Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting.

Award

The Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting is awarded by the Independent Institute of Education (IIE).

Accreditation

The Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE). This qualification is accredited by SAQA, ID 88609 and is on NQF level 8

Apply

Applications are now open. Apply online via the IIE MSA Online Admission system. In order to avoid delays in processing applications, it is crucial to include academic transcripts from all the years of study, including those that were not successful. Having attempted CTA previously is generally an advantage, even if the attempt was unsuccessful, as there has been exposure to the syllabus.

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