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Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting

Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting for 2021

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.

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 advanced diploma in accounting 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.

Career Opportunities

The Advanced Diploma in 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 postgraduate diploma programme is also accredited by the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) of the Council on Higher Education (CHE).

This advanced diploma in accounting 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 Postgraduate Diploma in 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
    This module on the application of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) at an advanced level.
  • Tax
    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
    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
    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 12 months.

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, achieved in the same exam sitting. A student who has completed the PGDip(Accounting) successfully will qualify to write SAICA's ITC exam.

Intakes

February of each calendar year

Programme commencement date (for the 2020 year)

Monday, 3 February 2020

Programme code

PGAC412

Fees for 2021

Students are advised to pay their deposit on/before registration and the balance by the published payment due date. Alternative a payment arrangement can be applied for before the 28 February 2021.

International students registering for the first time at IIE MSA will be subject to an International Student Levy of R6,500 payable upon registration.

2021 Annual Fee:

R79,500

* Note that fees are subject to an annual increase.

For more information regarding fees please visit the Fee structure.

Students are responsible for the payment of their own transport and accommodation during the various intakes, as well as for textbooks, computers or other devices to use the Internet.

Payment Methods

For more information on our payment methods visit https://www.iiemsa.co.za/pay-fees/

Find out more

Telephone: +27 11 950 4009
Email: enquiries@iiemsa.co.za

Programme information

Mode of Delivery

This programme makes use of blended learning, with online teaching resources (such as Moodle, Zoom, etc.), face-to-face lectures, tutorials, presentations and discussion sessions.

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.

Students are required to write all continuous evaluation tests, year tests and exams at the IIE MSA campus in Ruimsig.

Site of Delivery

The PGDip (Accounting) is currently only offered at the IIE MSA campus in Ruimsig, Johannesburg for full-time students.

Local Entry Requirements

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.

International Entry Requirements

A SAQA Evaluation Certificate with NQF L7 equivalence in an appropriate field

Limited additional admission via RPL is possible. Please contact the campus for assistance.

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

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.