School of Commerce

National Certificate: Bookkeeping

Want to be able to offer indispensable bookkeeping and accounting skills, or become an accountant someday? The Financial Accounting Programme is for you! 

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NQF Level




Min Credits



This Programme is ideal for any student who wants to be employed in a finance department, wants to assist with the finances of a growing company, or who is thinking of opening their own bookkeeping practice one day. 

This accounting programme will equip you with knowledge and practical skills in bookkeeping, payroll and monthly SARS, computerised bookkeeping and business literacy. The awesome part about this offering is, that you can choose your mode of delivery. Would you prefer to study via correspondence (also referred to as distance learning) or would you prefer to get online live facilitation where you will have direct access to your facilitator and class mates by attending online classes?


On successful completion of this programme, you will able to: 

  • complete monthly bookkeeping to trial balance (manual and computerised)
  • disclose profit and financial position
  • reconcile suppliers, inventory and bank statements
  • calculate PAYE/UIF/SDL
  • determine payroll tax and other deductions
  • complete EMP201, EMP501, IRP5, IRP6 and IT3a documents and VAT returns


On successful completion of this programme, you will able to apply for the following jobs: 

  • Junior Bookkeeper
  • Accounts Clerk
  • Reconciliation Clerk
  • Payroll Clerk
  • Accounts Payable/Receivable Clerk


The National Certificate in Bookkeeping consists of the following four modules:

Module name
Bookkeeping to Trial Balance
Payroll and Monthly SARS Returns
Computerised Bookkeeping – you will need access to a PC or a laptop for this subject
Business Literacy


• Grade 10 (Standard 8) or equivalent
• No prior accounting knowledge is needed
• You must be at least 16 years old.


Foreign applicants whose first language is not English are required to provide proof of proficiency in English, prior to admission to the qualification. Foreign students who do not hold a South African matric certificate must present a matric verification from the South African Matriculation Board on application. 

Open registration throughout the year.