Skilled bookkeepers are an invaluable part of any organisation. Without them, companies would find it challenging to maintain financial clarity and keep track of the information needed to make important operating and financing decisions.
The University of Cape Town (UCT) Bookkeeping online short course covers a range of bookkeeping fundamentals and provides instruction on topics like inventory control, value added tax (VAT) liability, bank reconciliations, and statutory returns. Learn how to complete journal entries, prepare ledgers and compile accurate, reliable financial reports. Improve your ability to impact your company positively, and receive formal proof of your skills from Africa’s leading university.1
On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:
An understanding of the key concepts, principles, and processes underpinning effective bookkeeping
The skills to record, interpret, and report financial information for any organisation
The ability to manage debtors and creditors ledgers, and produce bank reconciliation statements
Is this course for you?
This course is aimed at junior bookkeepers and entry-level finance clerks looking to update their skill set and formalise their knowledge. It’s equally suitable for professionals in administrative roles who want to develop new skills, and small business owners eager to acquire basic competencies in accounting.
While there are no formal prerequisites for this course, some prior experience in bookkeeping will be advantageous.
Learn how to keep your business’s finances organised as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.
Orientation Module Welcome to your Online Campus
Module 1 The basics of bookkeeping
Module 2 Inventory control
Module 3 Value added tax
Module 4 Journals: Part one
Module 5 Journals: Part two
Module 6 The general ledger
Module 7 Debtors and creditors
Module 8 Bank reconciliations
Module 9 Statutory returns, wages and salary registers
Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town (UCT)
Strengthen your bookkeeping skills and earn an official certificate of completion from the University of Cape Town.
Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you, at no additional cost, upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements.
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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.
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.
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.