Bookkeeping Short Course2022-04-11T16:31:21+02:00

Project Description


This Short Course in Bookkeeping aims to give students a solid understanding of the various bookkeeping functions, covering the entire accounting cycle. The curriculum is designed to equip students with both the practical skills and theoretical knowledge needed for a successful career in bookkeeping.

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Course curriculm

The curriculum covers vital bookkeeping topics from VAT to subsidiary journals, general ledger, trial balance and much more! This Bookkeeping course contains 6 substantive units and includes a learning plan, with weekly schedules, to keep your studies on track.

  • Unit 1: Introduction to Business, Bookkeeping and Accounting
  • Unit 2: The Accounting Equation and Double-Entry System
  • Unit 3: Value-Added Tax and Source Documents
  • Unit 4: Recording Cash Transactions
  • Unit 5: Record Credit and Sundry Transactions
  • Unit 6: Inventory Systems

On completion of this course, you will earn an industry-ready certificate that will empower you to explore exciting career directions such as:

  • Small Business Bookkeeper

  • Small Business Owner

  • Junior / Senior Bookkeeper

  • Payroll Administrator

  • Debtors or Creditors Administrator

Course summary

  • Certificate type:
    Short Course Certificate

  • Course Duration:
    6-12 months

  • Study method:
    Fully online or Internet supported

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Step 1: Enquire

  • Complete website contact form
  • Speak to Enrolment Consultant
  • Complete application

Step 2: Register

  • Submit documentation
  • Pay your fees

  • Recieve your student number

Step 3: Start

  • Access iCan (Student portal)
  • Complete orientation week

  • Engage with your lecturer

When can I start?

Our Short Courses are administered in various intakes throughout the year. Enrol for a date that suits you, download our 2022 intake schedule to see when the next cohort starts.

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Students can choose between 2 study methods for this course. Whichever study method you choose you will have access to an expert Course Lecturer.

Method 1: Fully Online

  • Online and downloadable course material
  • Teaching and learning support from specialised course lecturers
  • Master your studies from our cutting-edge interactive student portal, iCan

Method 2: Internet Supported

  • Distance learning with textbooks and internet support (blended learning)
  • Study material is couriered and e-books can be downloaded
  • Teaching and learning support from specialised course lecturers
  • The use of iCan, our student portal, is supplementary for online learning activities
  • Grade 12 (Standard 10) or NQF 4 equivalent
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Alternate admission is possible on the basis of Mature Age exemption (23 years and older)
  • Ability to read and write in English, which is the language of instruction
  • Students should also possess a basic level of digital literacy skills
  • A PC, Tablet or Smartphone
  • Access to a reliable internet connection
  • An active email account

Recommended data:

  • At least 1GB of data per month for fully online study method
  • +/- 500MB of data for online supported study method

Course fees

At iQ Academy we understand that education is an investment and that’s why we offer flexible payment options to suit most working individuals. You can pay your fees in various monthly instalment plans or in full on enrolment. The fees for this course vary depending on which study method you choose.

  • Choose how you want to pay: Monthly instalment plan or in full on enrolment.

  • Choose how you want to study: Fully online or with textbooks (online supported).

Fully Online

  • All course content is delivered online.
  • Monthly instalments from: R424 p/m
  • Instalment terms from: 6 – 18 months
  • Deposit and terms subject to affordability

Online Supported

  • The course is delivered with text books and online support.
  • Monthly instalments from: R498.16 p/m
  • Instalment terms: 18 or 24 months
  • Deposit and terms subject to affordability
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What do your course fees include?

Once you have completed your course and met all the qualifying criteria you will receive a Short Course Certificate from iQ Academy. Your Certificate is printed and couriered to you free of charge!

All your learning material is included in the course fee, whether you pay in instalments or upfront. There are no hidden costs, the only additional fees that may be charged are remarking or repeat registrations.

Your course lecturer provides all the academic support you need to successfully complete your course.

Enjoy a learning plan that maps out your study schedule each week, and includes live Microsoft Teams sessions with your lecturer and fellow students.

Your online student portal to master your studies, connect with your lecturer and fellow students.

Get access to our wide range of DO Life online micro-courses and grow your everyday life skills on the go.


Hear what our students have to say

“Making it possible for everyone to study”

Thanks iQ, for making it possible for everyone to study without feeling the financial pressure with your fee structures. The lectures are amazing. Looking forward to the future now…thank you!

Xolelwa Johanna Thuputlela

“You will never regret it”

Challenging as it was but I am grateful to our facilitators who were with us throughout. I’d encourage everyone to take a course with iQ, you will never regret it. Thank you and keep up the good work!

Anna Ivy Masondo

“This is so easy to do”

It’s so much easier studying online, downloading all my study guides through my cell phone without a laptop. It’s a good experience for me. This is so easy to do!

Vesnant Singo

“Education paves the way to success”

I began my journey with iQ & never looked back. I was promoted from receptionist to admin manageress. I truly believe education paves the way to success.

Roxanne Naidoo


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Bookkeeping: FAQ’s

The curriculum covers vital bookkeeping topics from VAT to subsidiary journals, general ledger, trial balance, and much more! This course will equip students with practical skills in bookkeeping, giving them the competitive edge to progress their careers. Upon completion of this course, students can pursue various career paths across a wide variety of industries.

This Bookkeeping Short Course is aimed at students wanting to enter the bookkeeping profession and students who wish to upskill themselves in the world of business as it relates to accounting and bookkeeping functions.

The course is therefore suitable for all levels of experience, regardless of prior knowledge in bookkeeping or not. By the end of the course, students will walk away with practical skills and knowledge that can be applied to kick-start or advance their careers.

Upon completion of the Bookkeeping short course, students should be able to:  

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of basic bookkeeping concepts, security, and organisational ethics;
  2. Administer Value Added Tax (VAT) transactions;
  3. Understand the process of recording cash and credit transactions;
  4. Understand debtors and creditors management;
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the reconciliation process and how to compile an initial trial balance;
  6. Insight into the preparation of salaries, wages, and PAYE documents;
  7. Insight into the year-end procedures; and
  8. Understanding of how to draft financial statements and calculate the tax payable to SARS.
  • Unit 1: Introduction to Business, Bookkeeping and Accounting
    This unit introduces students to fundamental accounting concepts. You will explore the history of accounting, various uses and users of financial information, the bookkeeping and financial management cycle so that you can understand and articulate the nature and function of bookkeeping in the business context.
  • Unit 2: The Accounting Equation and Double-Entry System
    Learn how to record transactions using the double-entry accounting system by defining and classifying assets, liabilities, and owner’s equity and understanding the accounting equation and business entity rule. This unit also covers how to record transactions in the general ledger.
  • Unit 3: Value-Added Tax and Source Documents
    In this unit, you will gain an understanding of the South African Value-Added Tax system and how it is used so that you can identify the various source documents used in a business entity and gain the practical skills to record and calculate VAT.
  • Unit 4: Recording Cash Transactions
    This unit equips students with the practical skills needed to record bookkeeping transactions in the relevant journals, showing them how cash flow relates to the business and explaining the general ledger and its relationship to the trial balance.
  • Unit 5: Record Credit and Sundry Transactions
    This unit focuses on the practicalities of recording credit and sundry transactions in the relevant journals. It will help students understand credit transactions and debtors and creditors. Students will also learn how to record transactions and credit entries as well as perform general journal entries as they relate to credit transactions.
  • Unit 6: Inventory System
    Learn how to identify inventory systems and perform the calculations related to them. You will be exposed to inventory calculation at the initial measurement of inventory systems, recording of transactions in the different inventory systems as well the posting of inventory transactions to the general ledger.

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