BCom Chartered Accountancy
Qualifications that are offered
- BCom Chartered Accountancy (three years, full-time)
- Post-graduate diploma in Chartered Accountancy or BCom honours in Chartered Accountancy (equivalent to a Certificate in the Theory of Accounting or “CTA”) (one year, full-time)
- Several master’s and doctorate degrees in any of the main subjects are also offered
What does a chartered accountant (CA) do?
CA is an exceptionally diverse and dynamic qualification, with several career opportunities. As a CA, you can follow, amongst others, any of the following career paths:
Auditor: Express your opinion on the fairness of financial statements
Tax specialist: Advise clients on taxation matters
Financial manager: Lead a team that handles the finances of a company and produces financial information, e.g. budgets, VAT returns, debtors’ management, etc.
Business consultant: Advise clients about business matters such as profit improvement, investment strategies, risk management, estate planning, etc.
Computer auditor: Apply IT expertise in the audit environment
Corporate finance specialist: Give advice about mergers and acquisitions of businesses
Structured finance specialist: Structure transactions, agreements, investments and businesses
Entrepreneur: Be your own boss by establishing and managing your business of choice
Academic/training provider: Lecture at a university or provide training to the accountancy profession
Where can I work?
There are many options, e.g. public practice (auditing firms), the corporate environment (work for a company), the public sector (work for the government), your own business or in academia.
Although there are many other options, many of our students go to work for the so-called ‘Big 4’ firms:
Visit SAICA for a complete list of firms and companies (training offices).
Why CA at the NWU-Puk?
- Excellent results in the national examinations of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA), with regular distinctions and students reaching the top 10 list in South Africa.
- Lectures are offered in parallel medium i.e. presented separately in Afrikaans and English.
- Dedicated lecturers and researchers who regularly receive awards, e.g. best lecturer at the NWU, SAAA researcher of the year and SAAA educator of the year.
- Support to students in the form of additional facilitation classes, 'open door' access to lecturers and full-time academic clerks, life and career mentors and professional psychologists.
- A great emphasis on the development of skills that are important for the workplace.
- Positive feedback from employers about the high quality CAs that we deliver
- Dynamic collaboration with the NWU Career Centre to help students early on to find a good job.
- APS 30 and Mathematics level 5 (60-69%)
- Grade 12 Accounting is a recommendation, but not a prerequisite.