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Postgraduate Diploma in Public Sector Accounting (CG034ACC06)

Convener: Mrs. Ilse Lubbe ( Contact: )

Entrance requirements:  

B Com (General Accounting) degree, or similar (level 7)undergraduate degree in Accounting.

Course outline:

This programme focuses on the acquisition of skills in Public Sector Accounting, including the recording and reporting of financial transactions, controls and audits in government entities, preparation of budgets and forecasts, and other reporting issues.  The programme is a response to the urgent need in South Africa for competent and accountable public sector financial managers to improve public sector management and reporting. Accounting graduates are provided an efficient route to completing a relevant university qualification to pursue a career in National, Provincial and Local government organisations.

Duration:  (1-year full time,)

Prescribed curriculum structure:

The programme consists of four courses, each consisting of a number of modules.  A pass in all four courses are required in order to be awarded the PG Dip in Public Sector Accounting qualification.

Compulsory courses:

 Course code

 Course name

HEQF credits

HEQSF level


Public Sector Financial Reporting




Public Sector Structures and Functions




Public Sector Audit and Governance




Public Financial Management








For each of the four individual courses:  formative assessments (including regular submission of assignments and essays), at least one test per semester and final exams.

Per each individual course: Students are required to achieve a year mark of 40% for each course in order to qualify to write the final examination in that course.  The results of the assignments held during the year will constitute the year mark for each course.  The year mark constitutes 40% of the final mark, and a final examination (including an integrated assignment) 60% of the final mark.

Readmission rules:

A student who fails to complete the requirements for the programme at the end of his/her first year of study will be allowed tore-register in the second year for each of the courses that the student failed in the prior academic year. 

No student will be readmitted to the programme if they have failed any course in the programme twice.

NOTE: See individual course outlines by clicking on the course code in the table.