National Diploma Financial Accounting (NQF 6)

Purpose of Qualification

This qualification provides learners with the knowledge, understanding, skills and experience to become Financial Accountants as well as aiding social transformation through the formal acknowledgement of competencies, skills and knowledge in the Financial Accounting field and develop a specialist accounting and management career, either within South Africa or in other countries around the world.

Overview (Total Credits: 280)

Career Focus

  • Cost Accountant

  • Accountant

  • Financial Accountant

  • Financial Director and Accounting Officer

  • Management Accountant

  • Junior Accountant

Registered With

The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB); FASSET SETA

Accredited By

The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB)

Admission Requirements

Grade 12 or Equivalent NQF Level 4 qualification learners who have completed the National Diploma: Technical Financial Accounting at NQF Level 5 will be granted credits toward completion of this qualification.


  • Progression to degree in Accounting
  • Certified Accounting Technician (CAT)
  • CIMA Diploma in Management Accounting
  • Qualifications of other professional bodies such as the ICB and Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

Assessment of Programme

Assessment is conducted as both a Formative Assessment and a Summative Assessment. The Formative Assessment is covered as continuous assessment tests and completion of an Online Portfolio of Evidence by the student. The Summative Assessment takes place as a national summative exam for first and second semesters.

Course Structure

Year 1 Modules

Semester 1

  • Bookkeeping to Trial Balance

  • Payroll and Monthly SARS Returns

  • Business Literacy

Semester 2

  • Computerized Bookkeeping
  • Financial Statements
  • Cost and Management Accounting

Year 2 Modules

Semester 1

  • Income Tax Returns

  • Business Law and Accounting Control

  • Corporate Strategy

Semester 2

  • Management Accounting Control Systems
  • Financial Reporting and Regulatory Framework
  • Research Theory and Practice

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