National Diploma: Financial Accounting


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Course: National Diploma

Mode: Distance

Study Period: up to 36 months 

NQF Level: 6

SAQA ID: 20366

Course Code: ICB400

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Course Overview

This National Diploma is accredited by FASSET SETA and assessed through ICB (Institute of Certified Bookkeepers). You will learn how to compile annual financial statements, sign off documents for close corporations (if you register with SAIBA), work closely with a Chartered Certified Accountant and Registered Auditor. You will also have a thorough knowledge of accounting theory, corporate strategy and regulatory frameworks. This programme will provide the skills required to be an Accounting Technician or a Certified Tax Technician.

Module 1: Bookkeeping to Trial Balance
Module 2: Payroll and Monthly SARS Returns
Module 3: Computerised Bookkeeping
Module 4: Business Literacy
Module 5: Financial Statements
Module 6: Cost & Management Accounting
Module 7: Income Tax Returns
Module 8: Business Law & Accounting Control
Module 9: Corporate Strategy
Module 10: Management Accounting Control Systems
Module 11: Financial Reporting & Regulatory
Module 12: Research Theory and Practice

Study period: up to 36 months   

Study PLUS Course Material

Study material includes a Textbook, Study & Solutions Guide and Workbook, and for those students who require additional assistance in the form of video learning, a FREE USB DRIVE containing Videos and Solutions Playlists.

ICB Assessment and Award

Using the ICB (Institute of Certified Bookkeepers) programme material, 30% of your final mark is calculated from the activities and evaluations you undertake during your Entrepreneurial distance learning course. Your Portfolio of Evidence (POE) is a folder you will receive once you have registered for your assessment, and it must include all tests and assignments you have completed for each module.

You will be required to do a written exam for each module, which accounts for 70% of your final mark and you will include that in your POE, which must be submitted to an ICB assessor. Assessment Centre are located throughout South Africa, so please visit to find an exam venue closest to you. Upon successful completion of your exam, ICB will certify you with a statement of competence showing the respective unit standards, which you have completed.

Important ICB Exam Information

You will need to register as a Student Member with the ICB, and enrol for the exam before prescribed closing dates with them. Please note ICB registration and assessment fees are not included in your course fees and must be paid directly to ICB. Please go to for current fees.

Entry Requirements

Student taking this course will have access to a computer, internet connectivity and data to study this course online.

Students taking this course do not require any accounting knowledge before starting this qualification.

Students will require a computer with Windows 7, 8 or 10 for this course.


This course is accredited by ICB, a SAQA recognized professional body.

Academy of York is accredited by FASSET SETA, SAIOSH, SABPP, PMSA, CompTIA, COMENSA and the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB) and is registered with the QCTO as a Private College.

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