School of Accountancy(SoA)

School of Accountancy(SoA)

Welcome to the website of the School of Accountancy at the Faculty of Management and Law – University of Limpopo (UL). The School of Accountancy(SoA) is the latest addition to the club of only 14 SAICA Accredited Universities in South Africa.

Welcome to the website of the School of Accountancy at the Faculty of Management and Law – University of Limpopo (UL). The School of Accountancy

It is a flagship financial skills incubator responding proactively to accountancy transformation and the development of employable professionals. It is host to the UL Thuthuka Project initiated in 2004 in partnership with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) and the University of Johannesburg with the main objective to: Identify and nurture talent from the rural areas of Limpopo and provide these students with access to a quality education and an opportunity to qualify as Chartered Accountants.

Overview

The School’s core business is primarily focused on achieving excellence in teaching and learning, research and community engagement relevant to the development and socio economic needs of its communities. We offer two streams of undergraduate programmes to prospective students as follows:

  • A four year Bachelor of Accountancy (BAccSc) degree for students studying towards the chartered accountancy qualification and
  • A three year Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) including its extended curriculum programme offered over four years. There is close articulation between the two programmes.
  • A research and practice oriented BCom Hons, MCom and DCom programmes completes our fleet of academic programmes.

School of Accountancy(SoA) Contact

Contact SoA

School of Accountancy (SoA) University of Limpopo
Private Bag X1106
Sovenga, 0727 South Africa
Tel : (015) 268 2604 Fax :(015) 268 3526
email:school.accuntancy@ul.ac.za

SoA Admin

Ms F.K Mathye
Position: Principal Administrative Officer
Tel: 015 268 2626 Fax: 015 268 3526
Email:felicity.mathye@ul.ac.za

Ms Makgomo Manale
Position: Administrative Officer: Academic Support
Tel: 015 268 3811 Fax: 015 268 2335
Email:makgomo.manale@ul.ac.za

Ms Lizzy Lemao
Position: Administrative Officer: Student Support
Tel: 015 268 2604 Fax to Email: 086 729 6618
Email:masefoko.lemao@ul.ac.za

School of Accountancy(SoA)

Postgraduate Programmes

The fleet of postgraduate academic programmes of the School of Accountancy includes the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Commerce in Accountancy (Honours)
  • Master of Commerce
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Accountancy)
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Bachelor of Commerce in Accountancy (Honours)

The re-designed Honours Bachelor of Commerce in Accountancy with a public financial management focus is the School of Accountancy, Faculty and the University of Limpopo’s response to the financial skills need of the Country, Limpopo Province and its Municipalities. The rationale for this qualification is to produce post graduates in accountancy with specialized skills and applied competence in theoretical and practical knowledge of accountancy – with advanced critical thinking not just to prepare and interpret financial records, but also to infuse research enquiry in contemporary areas of accounting requiring epistemological enquiry and solutions to address emerging challenges to accountancy and public sector finance. It also enhances entry into accounting professional examinations such as the South African Institute of Professional Accountant (SAIPA), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA). This qualification aims to equip graduates with deeper mastery of financial accounting, management accounting and finance, auditing in a manner that prepares them to be responsible social citizens to assume higher managerial, accounting and finance positions in Municipalities and the Province. Furthermore, this qualification prepares the learners toward national competency framework of the PFMA and the MFMA.

Entrance requirement:

Generally, access will be given to enthusiastic learners presently in possession of a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Accounting or relevant qualification to enable registration into the first level of study. Applicants should have passed Financial Accounting, Management Accounting/Finance, Auditing and Taxation at NQF level 7 (old level 6) with an average of 60%.

School of Accountancy(SoA)

Master of Commerce

The purpose of this qualification is to produce specialist MCom accounting graduates in sustainability accounting with emphasis in: sustainability reporting and analysis, sustainability assurance/eco auditing, environmental management accounting (EMA), environmental/green taxation, and carbon credit/accounting. It would produce graduates with competence in theoretical and practical knowledge of sustainable development and accounting – with critical and analytical skills to guide corporate planning and decision to fall in line with sustainable development ideals. Holders would form an invaluable resource for firms to minimizing emerging climate change risks, and at the same time take advantage of bountiful opportunities that climate change provides. Therefore, this qualification prepares the learners to assume national and international positions in corporations, government or development agencies as sustainability accounting managers, environmental managers and/or sustainability advisors.

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Entrance requirement:

Generally, access will be given to enthusiastic learners presently in possession of a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Accounting or relevant qualification to enable registration into the first level of study. Applicants should have passed Financial Accounting, Management Accounting/Finance, Auditing and Taxation at NQF level 8 (old level 7) with an average of 60%.

Candidates seeking enrolment into this qualification should show high level psychological maturity and exhibit independence in handling large volume of self-study materials with minimal assistance while also recognising the scarcity of time and to manage same effectively. Show potential to engage in research enquiry which will result in documented research dessertation.

Doctor of Philosophy (Accountancy)

The PhD programme in Sustainability Accounting is designed to educate researchers, university teachers, captains of industry and top government officers in the specialist role of accounting in achieving corporate goal in a symmetrical trend with sustainable development. The PhD thesis on sustainability accounting recognises the limitations of traditional accounting inquiry in dealing with the complex reality of social institutions interacting with natural phenomena. The research produced by the program´s doctoral dissertations will focus on integrative research that is needed to explore accounting, society and environment and, policy issues in sustainable development. It expands further the knowledge and research from MCom in sustainability accounting.

Entrance requirement:

Generally, access will be given to enthusiastic learners presently in possession of a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Accounting or relevant qualification to enable registration into the first level of study. Applicants should have passed MCom or equivalent qualification at NQF level 9 (old level 8) with an average of 60%.

Candidates seeking enrolment into this qualification should show high level psychological maturity and exhibit independence in handling huge volume of self-study materials with minimal assistance while also recognising the scarcity of time and to manage same effectively. Show potential to engage in research enquiry which will result in documented research protocol and thesis.

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School of Accountancy(SoA)

Undergraduate Programmes

Academic Programme

Undergraduate

Bachelor of Commerce (BCom – Accounting)

The Bachelor of Commerce (BCom – Accounting) is a three-year degree course and forms part of the requirements for training as a General Accountant. Upon the successful completion of the three-year degree candidates are eligible to write professional examinations of many professional formations including South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA), Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) amongst other professional bodies. Employment opportunities are available in Municipalities and Provincial Government for those who choose not to pursue the professional rout. Qualifying graduates with BCom-Accounting can also pursue further studies such as theBCom (Honours) degree.

Bachelor of Accounting Science Degree (BAccSc – BCompt) (CA Programme)
The Bachelor of Accounting Sciences (BAccSc) is a four-year degree course and forms part of the requirements for training as a chartered accountant CA(SA). It is followed by onepostgraduate year to obtain a BComHonsdegree or postgraduate diploma in Accounting and the Certificate in the Theory of Accountancy (CTA). Thereafter, a three-year training contract period can be completed, during which time the applicable professional qualifying examinations are written. Upon the successful completion of the three-year training contract and the qualifying examinations concerned, candidates are eligible to register with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) as a CA (SA).

School of Accountancy(SoA)

DP Certificate

DULY Performed (DP) Certificate

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The general academic rule G13.1 requires a minimum of 40% in the module/course to qualify to write semester or year end examinations.

In addition to rule G13.1:
Every student in the School of Accounting and Auditing and service students must achieve a Duly Performed Certificate (DP) in each course/module before the year-end or semester examinations may be written.  The requirements for this course are:

9.1.         Attend at least 80% of all tutorials and satisfy the requirements as set out in the course/module outline.
9.2.         Complete and submit at least 80% of all projects, case studies, assignment and exercises due for submission.