B COM ACCOUNTING (3 YEAR DEGREE)
This curriculum is aimed specifically at students
wishing to qualify as chartered accountants. The B
Com degree is followed by a one-year B Com Hons
degree in Accounting, whereafter candidates proceed
to the professional chartered accountancy
Year 1 Business Management
Commercial and Company Law
Year 2 Business Management (1/2 course)
Commercial and Company Law
Year 3 Financial Accounting
Management Accounting and Financial
B COM HONS DEGREE IN ACCOUNTING
This one year full-time honours degree is designed
specifically for candidates wishing to qualify as
chartered accountants. The NMMU Accounting APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION:
Honours degree is accredited by the South African
Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA).
After completion of the honours degree, candidates Telephone No: 044-8742801
will enter into a three year training contract, either Fax No: 044-8742820
with a firm of registered accountants and auditors or E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
with a commercial enterprise registered for such
training purposes with SAICA. During this three year
period candidates write the final professional
qualifying examinations, the successful completion of
which enables candidates to join a group of
School of Business and Social Sciences
professionals who are amongst the highest paid in the
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
George Campus B COM ACCOUNTING
PROGRAMMES OFFERED B. APPLICANTS WHO DO NOT QUALIFY FOR DIRECT STUDYING AT NMMU
The NMMU offers various under- and postgraduate A friendly, stable environment.
accounting degree programmes which aim at preparing Applicants who do not quality for direct entry but who are in Relatively small classes.
candidates for careers in business and accounting possession of a matriculation exemption or conditional Extensive academic assistance.
generally or as professional accountants and auditors, exemption and at least an ‘E’ for mathematics (HG) or a ‘C’ Excellent course material.
financial managers or financial/tax consultants. (SG) may write the acuplacer test. The results of this test will Well qualified and experienced academics.
be assessed by a panel who will grant either entry into a Excellent library and study facilities.
BCom programme or alternatively into the University Nationally and internationally recognised .
NMMU accounting degrees are recognised nationally and Foundation programme. UPE graduates secure outstanding jobs.
internationally and our accounting graduates have not only
done extremely well in the professional qualifying IS SCHOOL ACCOUNTING COMPULSORY?
examination but many of them have also progressed to OPPORTUNITIES
senior management positions in commerce and industry
No. The course is designed both for students who have done Accounting graduates and professionals are sought
and in the accounting and auditing profession, both locally
accounting at school and for those who have not. Research after throughout South Africa and internationally.
has shown that students who do not have school Every organisation, whether it be a business, a
In addition to the BCom and BCom Hons in Accounting accounting are not academically prejudiced. school, university, non-profit organisation,
programmes leading towards various professional municipality, province or club, requires financial
qualifications (CA(SA), ACCA, CFA, CIS, etc), the School CORE ACCOUNTING SUBJECTS managers to manage the organisation and
also offers MCom (Research or Coursework Programmes) particularly to manage the finances and investments.
and PhD (Research) degrees. The core subjects offered by the School of Accounting and a One very seldom hears of an accountant out of
brief description of these are as follows: work!
B COM ACCOUNTING : ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
Financial Accounting Accountants and financial managers do not sit
Recording and summarising financial information in the behind desks all day looking at figures. They make
A. FOR DIRECT ENTRY INTO BCOM: financial records of an enterprise and preparing the significant contributions to organisations achieving
financial statements mainly for users external to the their goals. They work with people at all levels in
1. The standard requirement for admission to a degree enterprise. managing the activities of an organisation. All
programme is matriculation endorsement and a score major corporations have numerous accounting
of 31 points on the School Performance Score Management Accounting professionals on their boards of directors and
(SPS). Measures and reports financial and other information accountants are amongst the highest paid
which assists management with decision making and professionals in South Africa and in the world.
2. School Performance Score (SPS) meeting the goals of the organisation.
The system used for allocating points is given in the WHAT MAKES A GOOD ACCOUNTANT?
table below. The points are totalled to give the SPS . Financial Management
Emphasises the creation and maintenance of economic Numeracy skills
A B C D E F value and the fundamental importance of cash flow. Communication skills
HG 8 7 6 5 4 3 An ability to work hard
SG 6 5 4 3 2 1 Auditing A logical mind
A review of the operations, records and financial
3. Minimum requirement for mathematics: statements of an enterprise by an external professional FURTHER INFORMATION
accountant and auditor, who reports to the owners on
Level Grade 12 Symbol Percentage whether the financial statements fairly present the financial For further information visit our website:
HG E 40% position and results of the enterprise.
SG C 60% http://www.nmmu.ac.za/accounting
Determining the taxes payable by an individual, close
corporation or company in terms of the relevant legislation.
Advising on methods of arranging an individual's or
enterprise's affairs in the most tax efficient manner.