Undergraduate qualifications

Advanced Diploma in Accounting Sciences

Qualification stream: Certificate in the Theory of Accounting
Qualification code: 98230 - CTA
NQF level: 7
Total credits: 120
SAQA ID: 90559
APS/AS: 50
Maximum time to complete this qualification:  3 years

Admission and re-admission requirements

Qualification admission requirements

Your admission to Unisa is dependent on you meeting the specific admission requirements for your chosen qualification.

An appropriate Diploma in Accounting Sciences or its equivalent, with at least 2 modules on NQF level 6 in both Financial Accounting and Management Accounting and with at least one module on NQF level 6 in both Auditing and Taxation,
an appropriate Bachelor's degree in Accounting Sciences or its equivalent, with at least 2 modules on NQF level 6 in both Financial Accounting and Management Accounting and with at least one module in both Auditing and Taxation on NQF level 6,
An appropriate Advanced Certificate in Accounting Sciences as well as any relevant Diploma on NQF level 6 or any Bachelor's degree on NQF level 7.

For admission to the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Accounting Sciences the following criteria must be met:
i) The qualification should not be older than three years.
ii) All ten of the final-year semester modules of the admission qualification must have been completed in not more than three consecutive semesters or in the case of year modules in one academic year.
If not, admission to the Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting Sciences will not be considered.

Student fees and funding your studies

Application fee

Pay the application fee once you've received your student number:

  • R105 for online applications
  • R160 for hard copy applications

Please note that this application fee is non-refundable even if you decide not to study through Unisa or do not qualify for admission to Unisa.

Student fees

Click here to find out more about Unisa's student fees, and the bursaries and loans for Unisa students.

Apply for admission

  • Unisa has re-opened applications for the 2018 academic year for first-time entering undergraduate students (higher certificate, diploma and degrees) who have not previously applied for admission to the 2018 academic year.
  • First-time entering undergraduate students may apply via the Unisa application website or via a self-help station at a Unisa Service Centre by 19 January 2018.

Please note:

  • Everyone wanting to start a new qualification must apply for admission.
  • Unisa will inform you of the outcome of your application. If successful, Unisa will indicate for which qualification you have been accepted and will offer you a space for the period for which you have applied (ie either semester 1 or semester 2).
  • You must accept or decline Unisa's offer within the prescribed period of time.
  • If you accept Unisa's offer, you must register for the period for which you have been granted admission (ie semester 1 or semester 2). Should you not register for the relevant semester of study, you will need to re-apply for admission during the next application period.

Additional support for this qualification via TVET colleges

Unisa has an agreement with various Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges to offer classes in a selected number of qualifications. These classes have proved to generally improve the throughput rate of students who enrol for them.

Take note of the following:

  • Make sure that your TVET college of choice offers support in your qualification. 
  • Apply for admission during Unisa's application period via your TVET college or via Unisa.


Unisa will send the necessary information about registration dates and the registration process to all successful applicants who have confirmed their acceptance of Unisa's offer. Visit www.unisa.ac.za/register for registration information.

Curriculum / modules

The curriculum information for this qualification will be available closer to the registration phase.