Accounting online short course

Course starts in 5 days (Still accepting late registrations)

Course information

Registration Closes:
25 September 2020
Course Starts:
1 October 2020
9 weeks online
7 - 10 hours per week
ZAR R14,500
Payment Options
University of Cape Town (UCT)


Cover the fundamentals of accounting and learn everything you need to know to fulfil a supporting role in any accounts department with this online accounting course.

The success of any organisation relies on strong financial management. Distinguish yourself in a developing accounting sector, with a high demand for qualified personnel, by learning to draft financial statements, budget, and measure and evaluate financial performance on an online financial accounting course.

Upon completion of this basic accounting course, you’ll earn a certificate from UCT to validate your skill set, backing your ability to use your newfound financial acuity to strengthen your professional and personal finances.

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What will set you apart

In just 9 weeks on this online financial accounting course, you’ll learn to:

    • Develop the practical skills to control and manage finance-related aspects of any business or venture
    • Understand and implement accounting and credit management information systems
    • Navigate the complexities of business tax and how it impacts financial management
    • Interpret, evaluate and reinforce the long- and short-term financial stability of your business
    • Manage cash flows and adhere to auditing regulations backed with the confidence you’ll gain on this UCT online accounting course

Course curriculum

This online financial accounting course covers everything from budgeting to credit control, giving you the confidence to navigate the fundamentals of accounting. Each week you’ll tackle a new module, giving you maximum flexibility to work in your own free time.

  • Orientation Module: Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Course Module 1: The fundamentals of accounting - part 1
  • Course Module 2: The fundamentals of accounting - part 2
  • Course Module 3: Drafting financial statements - part 1
  • Course Module 4: Drafting financial statements - part 2
  • Course Module 5: Drafting budgets
  • Course Module 6: Measuring and evaluating financial performance
  • Course Module 7: Internal control and accounting systems
  • Course Module 8: Business tax
  • Course Module 9: Credit management and control

Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town (UCT)

On completion of this course you earn a certificate from a top-tier university as powerful proof of your new competencies and use it to set yourself apart from the rest and get recognised in the job market.
Disclaimer: The visual representation of the certificate here serves as an exemplar, and may be subject to change at the discretion of the University.


Your teaching team

At GetSmarter, we improve lives through better education. One of the ways that we achieve this is by bringing rich industry context to an academic environment through our expert facilitation and engagement. We work with university faculty and industry experts to provide a practical, industry lens on the world's leading university subjects.

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Our next available short course starts in 5 days. (Still accepting late registrations)

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    You can either pay your tuition fees in full before the course starts, or you may opt for a two-part payment plan for courses nine weeks and shorter. For courses ten weeks or longer, there is a three-part payment plan available. To find out more on payment options please visit our Payment and Financing page.

    If you want to find out more about any of these options or you want to know which you qualify for please get in contact with an Enrolment Advisor here.


    GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.

    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Advisor who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


    By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.

    Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?

    37% of our past students receive financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too. Here is a guide to show you how to receive financial assistance from your employer.


    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Advisor, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.