National Certificate (Vocational): Finance, Economics & Accounting

About this programme:

The National Certificate (Vocational) offers learners a vocational alternative to an academic Grade 10-12 by offering specialised training on NQF levels 2-4.

If you would like to qualify with a specialised NQF level 4 certificate (Grade 12 equivalent) that will enable you to find relevant employment once qualified, the National Certificate (Vocational) is for you.

This course will equip you to work with accountants in big companies or do the bookkeeping of smaller concerns. It will open up further opportunities for you in these fields and equip you to study further in the financial direction.

How is the programme structured?
The National Certificate (Vocational) is a three year qualification at NQF Levels 2, 3 and 4.

All National Certificate (Vocational) programmes consist of a fundamentals learning component and a vocational component and comprise 130 credits on each level.

What will I learn?

The Fundamentals subjects (Levels 2,3,4) are:

-English First Additional Language 
-Life Orientation
-Mathematics / Maths Literacy

The Vocational subjects for the National Certificate (Vocational) Finance, Economics and Accounting are:

  • Applied Accounting (Level 2,3,4)
  • Economic Environment (Level 2,3,4)
  • Financial Management (Level 2,3,4)
  • Entrepreneurship L2 and Project Management L3, L4

Applied Accounting (Level 2,3,4)
Learners will be trained in basic accounting concepts, payments and receipts transactions, credit sales and purchase transactions. The detail of the content will increase on every level.

Economic Environment (Level 2,3,4)
Keeping themselves informed about the current business and industry affairs and in addition the international trading environment, learners will be equipped with a basic understanding of economic principles and procedures.

Financial Management (Level 2,3,4)
The focus of this subject is on abilities for managing new ventures. This includes basic business calculations such as Retail/ Wholesale practices, income statement and shrinkage. The curriculum also includes basic financial calculations.

Entrepreneurship (Level 2)
Students will be taught to start their own business as well as develop their own business plan. They also gain experience in developing questionnaires and conducting research.

Project Management (Level 3,4) 
This subject provides the student with the discipline of defining and achieving targets while optimising the use of resources (time, money, people, materials, energy, space, etc.)

What are the entrance requirements?
The minimum entrance requirement for the National Certificate (Vocational) at Level 2 on the NQF is a Grade 9 Certificate or Level 1 equivalent.

Which campus is this course offered at?
This programme is offered at Mthatha Campuses.

How do I enrol?
You will be required to complete a Career, Maths and English assessment in order to apply for this programme.