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Bachelor of Accounting Science at Wits

Bachelor of Accounting Science at Wits: The Bachelor of Accounting Science (BAccSC) degree prepares you for the qualification as a Chartered Accountant. The programme includes four core areas of study: Management Accounting and Finance, Financial Accounting, Auditing and Taxation.

Qualification: BAccSc

Faculty: Commerce, Law and Management

Duration: 3 year degree

School: Accountancy

Study mode: Full-time

You will also take introductory courses in Economics, Commercial Law, Mathematics and Statistics, and Accounting Information Systems.

The curriculum is fully compliant with international accounting education requirements, as well as those of the following boards:

  • South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA)
  • Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors Board
  • International Federation of Accountants (IFAC)

Once you’ve completed your BAccSc, you will need to complete a Higher Diploma in Accounting (HDipAcc), which is a one-year, full-time postgraduate programme. If you successfully complete the HDipAcc, you will be eligible to write the SAICA qualifying exams (otherwise known as Board Exams).

The exams are written in two parts and you will need to complete a three-year training contract in the accountancy profession (Training in Public Practice) or in commerce and industry (Training Outside Public Practice). After writing your first exam, you will need to choose a specialist course in either Financial Management or Auditing. You will then write the second qualifying exam. Once you have successfully completed both exams, you will be eligible to register as a chartered accountant with SAICA.

Career Opportunities

  • Charted Accountant
  • Fund Manager
  • Internal Auditor
  • Tax Specialist


Course Modules

Please note that this degree structure is changing and is currently under development.


  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Financial Accounting
  • Economics IA (Microeconomics)
  • Economics IB (Macroeconomics)
  • Commercial Law I
  • Computational Mathematics I
  • Business Statistics I


  • Financial Accounting II
  • Management Accounting and Finance II
  • Taxation II
  • Auditing II
  • Business Enterprise Law
  • Mercantile Law
  • Information Systems Data Analytics II


  • Financial Accounting III
  • Management Accounting and Finance III
  • Taxation III
  • Auditing III

Entry Requirements

APS 44+

English Home Language OR First Additional Language Level 5

Mathematics Level 6


Applicants with an APS of 39-43, as well as English 6 and Mathematics 6, will be wait-listed subject to place availability.

Listing Amenities

  • Accredited
  • Free Wifi

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