DIPLOMA IN BUSINESS MANAGEMENT (ACCOUNTING) - 3 YEARS

The 3-year Diploma in Business Management (Accounting) programme (HEQSF-Level 6) focuses on accounting, finance, management and other related subjects. It aims to equip students with both theoretical and practical accounting knowledge, along with the skills required to meet the middle management needs of employing organisations.

PROGRAMME PURPOSE
The purpose of the Business Management Diploma in Accounting programme is:

  • To develop the ability to process accounting transactions and draft financial statements using a computerised information system.
  • To provide the ability to calculate individual tax liability in compliance with tax law.
  • To provide a basic understanding of investment appraisal techniques and sources of finance.
  • To inculcate an appreciation of good principles of management.
  • To provide students with a broad understanding of book-keeping and business related areas, with a practical focus on values such as integrity, competence and dedication to service.

DEPARTMENTAL MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of the Accounting Department is to produce professionally competent Accounting graduates who are equipped with academic, professional standards and ethical values. The programme prepares the 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.

QUALIFICATION OUTCOMES
Upon successful completion of the Accounting diploma programme graduates can expect the following:

  • Demonstrate the ability to process accounting transactions and draft financial statements using a computerised information system.
  • Demonstrate the ability to calculate individual tax liability in compliance with tax law.
  • Acquire a basic understanding of investment appraisal techniques and sources of finance.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of good principles of management.
  • Obtain a broad understanding of book-keeping and business related areas, with a practical focus on values such as integrity, competence and dedication to service. 

GRADUATE ATTRIBUTES
The Accounting diploma 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 6 in the areas of financial accounting, Economics, Pastel, taxation, company law, cost and management accounting, auditing, principles of finance and business ethics.
  • A commitment to continuous learning and sharing of knowledge, and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity.
  • Develop expertise in numeracy, quantitative literacy, computer literacy and technical ability.
  • The ability to plan in advance and think strategically and independently.
  • Gain a talent for clear expression, both oral and written.
  • Develop practical skills in forming good office etiquette and good work habits which include team work and presentation skills.
  • Develop the ability to recognize problem situations and offer an appropriate approach to problemsolving.
  • The facility to deal with different cultural practices.
  • A commitment to the highest standards of endeavour and the ability to take on leadership roles.
  • An awareness of pertinent ethical, social and cultural issues and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities.
  • Empowered to develop a spirit of service and commitment with integrity in their profession, and enriched to contribute to society with good citizenship.


FURTHER STUDIES
The diploma forms the basis from which a bachelor’s degree in accounting and other related areas may be pursued.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
This qualification may lead to employment as an assistant accountant, assistant internal auditor, account manager, assistant finance officer or accountant among others.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
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.

 

More information can be found in our Prospectus, on pages 103 to 105. Please get the Prospectus from our Downloads page.

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