The 4-year BBA (Accounting) (NQF Level 7) degree provides students with basic business skills required for initial job placement such as Accountant, Accounts Clerk, Book-keeper, and Management Accountant.
Aside from the core accounting skills, this degree also provides various management skills, and will enable students to apply for a Post Graduate Diploma in any accounting field. Students wishing to qualify as Chartered Accountants may be admitted to a suitable degree programme at post graduate level at the prerogative of the specific university applied to. Previous graduates have qualified locally/abroad as Chartered Accountants (CA (SA)), and completed Masters degrees in Accounting and Finance, Post Graduate Diplomas in Finance, and Post Graduate Diplomas in Financial Management.

The 4-year Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting) Degree (HEQF-level 7) aims to equip students with theoretical and practical accounting knowledge, as well as the skills necessary to meet the needs of employing organisations at the senior and executive level of management. The degree provides a foundation for further studies in accounting and finance. Core modules include financial accounting, auditing, taxation, business finance, and cost and management accounting.

The mission of the Accounting Department is to produce professionally competent accounting graduates who are equipped with the appropriate academic knowledge, professional standards, and ethical values. The programme prepares students for the practice of accounting with the knowledge and skills needed to remain effective in a global world that is characterized by rapid change and technological advancement.

Upon successful completion of the psychology programme graduates can expect the following:

  • Demonstrate the ability to process accounting transactions and produce, analyse and interpret financial statements within the context of international financial reporting standards.
  • Possess the ability to calculate tax returns in compliance with relevant tax laws.
  • Gain the knowledge required to identify and evaluate sources of finance for a business and recommend investment opportunities.
  • Understand the role and process of audit in strengthening corporate governance and credibility of financial statements.
  • Understand the procedure of costing and pricing products, services and operations through the use of cost accounting techniques.
  • Understand good principles of management and the impact of organizational culture on a business.
  • Inculcate the values of integrity, objectivity, confidentiality, professional competence, and courtesy.
  • Demonstrate the ability to function responsibly within the working environment.


The BBA Accounting programme is structured to provide opportunities for successful graduates to develop the following knowledge, skills, competencies, attitudes and values as part of their learning and growth while at Helderberg College:

  • Acquire subject knowledge at NQF Level 7 in the areas of Financial Accounting, International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), Cost and Management Accounting, Finance, Auditing, Commercial and corporate law, Taxation, Organisational functioning, Information systems design and development, Economics, and Quantitative methods.
  • Develop cognitive skills particularly in report writing, computer literacy, and ability to identify, find, evaluate, organize, and manage information and evidence; analyse, reason logically and conceptualise issues; solve problems and construct arguments; interpret data and report, engage in ethical reasoning; think and act critically; adapt and respond positively to challenges; receive, evaluate and react to new ideas; appreciate the ethical dimensions of situations and appreciate processes of professional adaptation and behaviour.
  • Ability to be flexible in new/different situations, act strategically; think and act independently; tolerate ambiguity; think creatively; present, discuss and defend views; transfer and receive knowledge; negotiate with people from different backgrounds and different value systems; understand group dynamics.
  • Ability to collaborate with colleagues, enhance the lifelong learning opportunities for responsible citizenship and personal satisfaction where accounting and business dimensions are critical ingredients.
  • Empowered to develop a spirit of service and commitment with integrity in their profession, and enriched to contribute to society with good citizenship.


The BBA Accounting programme may articulate into the pursuit of further studies in accounting and finance. Depending on the institution applied to, graduates who wish to qualify as Chartered Accountants may be admitted to a suitable programme at post graduate level: in some cases graduates may have to go through the Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting route, while others may be required to take certain additional pre-requisite modules. These will be prescribed by the university concerned. It is emphasized that admission to any post-graduate degree programme is the prerogative of the specific institution applied to.

With this qualification, a successful graduate may be employed as an accountant, finance officer, finance manager, internal auditor, tax advisor, treasurer, or general manager.

Complete and pass all the required modules of the programme as outlined in the Prospectus with a minimum grade of 50%, except for all Accounting modules which require a minimum grade of 55%.
Submission of Work Integrated Learning (WIL) portfolio of evidence by the end of the Midterm Break of the final semester.
Comply with the requirements as contained in the Helderberg College Student Code of Conduct.

For more information about BBA Accounting, please see page 94 to 97 of our Prospectus.

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