Bookkeeping

From VAT and trial balances to journals and inventory management, this bookkeeping course will teach you the essentials of bookkeeping for business.

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Course overview

This bookkeeping short course will equip you with the practical knowledge and skills to manage the bookkeeping function in any business.

You will learn how to record financial transactions in the various subsidiary journals, record and manage VAT, prepare the trial balance and manage inventory through accounting entries. The practical nature of this course makes it easy for you to master the essentials of bookkeeping, equipping you with the skills to pursue a range of careers.

This is a cohort-based course, the next intake is coming up soon:
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Next intake: 6 March 2023

Register by 28 February 2023

Course syllabus

This course contains 6 units and can be completed in 6 months at the recommended pace of 8 hours per week. With our structured approach to teaching, you will be able to acquire valuable knowledge and skills with ease.

All courses include an orientation week, assessment and feedback opportunities as well as guided lesson plans from your course lecturer every week.

What you will learn about

  • 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 successful completion of this Bookkeeping short course you will be able to:

  • Understand and articulate the nature and function of bookkeeping;
  • Record transactions using the double-entry system of accounting;
  • Explain the VAT system and how it is used;
  • Record and calculate VAT;
  • Identify different source documents used in a business entity;
  • Record bookkeeping transactions in the cash journals;
  • Record transactions in the general journal;
  • Prepare a trial balance;
  • Record credit and sundry transactions in the relevant journals; and
  • Identify perpetual and periodic inventory systems and perform calculations related to these inventory systems.
  • Study method: Online only or with textbooks. Choose when you enrol.

  • Teaching and learning support is delivered online via our intuitive learning platform, iCan.

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  • Dedicated course lecturer
  • Virtual live classes and weekly lesson plans
  • Plus, get free access to life-skills courses exclusive to iQ students

More about this short course certificate

The 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 intended for all students, regardless of prior knowledge, so that they can be empowered and gain the value needed to enter the world of bookkeeping.

No business wants to make mistakes in the recording of their finances. This can lead to inaccurate reports and serious legal consequences from SARS or other regulatory bodies. If you want to succeed in the bookkeeping field you’ll need skills that demonstrate competency in both theory and practice.

This short course covers the entire bookkeeping cycle and includes practical activities with videos to help you achieve mastery of the subject matter. The competencies you gain from this course will help you build a thriving bookkeeping career with confidence.

The main focus of this bookkeeping course is to build the competencies required to record the financial transactions of a business in the books of first entry as well as the posting of totals to the general ledger and the preparation of the trial balance. You can expect to gain skills in the following areas:

  • Recording of transactions in subsidiary journals
  • Recording of transactions in the general journal
  • Value Added Tax (VAT)
  • General Ledger
  • Trial Balance
  • Inventory Management

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be equipped to pursue a range of exciting careers such as:

  • Bookkeeper
  • Junior Bookkeeper
  • Office Manager
  • Office Administrator
 

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  • Complete all units and assignments and receive a print certificate, when eligible, validated by iQ Academy. Highlight your new skills to any business, and confidently grow your career!

  • Learn from subject matter experts and build skills you can count on. 89% of iQ students agree that what they have learnt will significantly benefit their career development. (Student surveys)

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Requirements to study this course

In order to secure a spot in any cohort, students are required to first successfully complete the application process and register by the cohort registration deadline. Registration includes documentation submission and payment of the course fee, there are no registration fees.

Fees payable upon registration will differ depending on the payment option you choose, your Enrolment Consultant will explain this in detail during the application process.

At iQ Academy all of our programmes are offered via distance education. Depending on the course you choose you’ll either be studying fully online or with textbooks and online support.

  • Online-only courses: All course material is available online and can be downloaded, there are no textbooks.
  • Internet-supported courses with textbooks: You will receive textbooks via courier and the course is supported by compulsory online learning activities. Your course material will also be available online.

Teaching and learning will take place online whichever study method you choose. That means that you will need to partake in online learning activities and classes. For more information on each study method, enquire now.

  • Minimum of Grade 10 (Standard 8)
  • Grade 12 or NQF 4 equivalent preferred
  • 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 online-only courses
  • +/- 500MB of data for internet-supported courses
 

When can you start this course?

Our Short Courses are administered in various intakes throughout the year. Enrol for a date that suits you or enquire now if you’d like more information.

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Next intake: 6 March 2023

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Next intake: 4 September 2023

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Next intake: 6 November 2023

Register by 30 October 2023

 

Course fees

R8,395 - R11,955

Fees are all-inclusive, no hidden costs.

Ways to pay the course fee

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Pay as little as R466* / monthly

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What’s included?
  • All your learning material
  • Dedicated lecturer and student support
  • Exclusive Alumni discount: Save 20% on your next course

  • Receive a print certificate, when eligible, validated by iQ Academy

  • Free online DO Life micro-courses

  • Exclusive student community

Enrol for this course in 3 easy steps

Step 1: Begin your enrolment application

Request a call-back, discuss any questions, or complete your application over the phone immediately if you’re ready.

  • Complete the website contact form
  • Recieve a free call-back from an Enrolment Consultant

  • Complete your application for enrolment

Step 2: Register for the cohort

Secure a spot in any cohort by successfully completing the application process and registering by the deadline.

  • Submit required documentation

  • Pay the course fee/s
  • Recieve your student number

Step 3: Start your course

Once your registration is complete you are ready to begin. Remember, if you miss the registration deadline you can always apply for the next cohort.

  • Access iCan (Learning platform)
  • Complete orientation week
  • Engage with your lecturer
 

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