What you need to know
The subjects below will teach you all the skills needed to be successful within this field.
|Introduction to Business English||The subject aims to teach you the basics of communication in any business. In this subject you will learn verbal communication, which will teach you how to communicate effectively with employees and clients face to face and over the phone. You will also learn non verbal communication skills, which will teach you how to communicate in a professional manner through emails and, admin and documentation. You will also get some insight on how to communicate during meetings and presentations.|
|Bookkeeping to Trial Balance||Learn the practical skills needed to be a bookkeeper. Get the proper knowledge with an introduction to business, bookkeeping and accounting. Learn the basic skills on tax, transactions, statements and individual debtor and creditors accounts. Here you will also get some insight on all ledgers and how to prepare and complete a trial balance.|
|Public Accounting Administration||This subject teaches you how to work with government and municipalities accounting. To promote productivity and high-quality financial statements and internal controls. You will also learn how to do payroll and get some valuable knowledge on how to calculate tax from various areas.|
|Computerised Bookkeeping||Learning how to use a computer has become an essential part of doing bookkeeping. It allows you to do your work in an easy and organised manner. Your calculations also have a higher chance of being more accurate. This subject will teach you how to do bookkeeping on a computer. You will also learn about Microsoft Office, Excel, Word and Outlook, covering the basic areas needed when working on a computer. This subject will also teach you about general ledger, customer and supplier accounts, and how to deal with balances and journals. Also learn about processing and procedures while maintaining cash books and petty cash.|
|Business Literacy||Like an Introduction to Business English, you will learn verbal, as well as non verbal communication. However, business literacy takes it a step further, by also teaching you how to work with maths, such as equations and fractions. These are all important skills needed to be an accountant as it will help you with your calculations.|
|Financial Statements||As an accountant, a lot of your duties will deal with financial statements. These include the financial statements of the sole trader, partnerships, close corporations, companies as well as deal with statements of cash flows. Having knowledge of these will make you an asset to the sector, as you will be able to complete financial statements and compile records of all business activities.|
|Cost and Management Accounting||This subject is an introduction to Managerial Accounting. This includes controlling inventory and overhead costs, doing accounting for manufacturing enterprises, dealing with budgeting and standard costing effectively. It also deals with financial management and organisational ethics and revision. This is another area of accounting that is very important in a business, and having knowledge of it will ensure that you become a sought after employee in your company.|
|Technical Public Accounting||This subject will enable you with the technical skills needed to be a public sector accountant. As a public sector accountant, you would need to be able to complete the technical practices of this job. Having knowledge on these aspects of this job will allow you to become a skilled technical accountant.|
|Business Law and Accounting Control||Learn all about business and accounting laws that govern accounting. This subject will teach you about the written and unspoken laws of accounting, managing personal finances and different accounting systems. This will cover all your bases, enabling you with the tools needed to be an accounting professional.|
|Corporate Strategy||You’ll learn how to apply the principle concepts and models to diagnose, analyse and understand the strategic management process. This subject focuses on the customers and clients, as customer satisfaction will lead to more sales, increase in profit, allowing the business to become successful.|
|Management Accounting Control Systems||The purpose of this subject is to teach you the application of management accounting. This subject is the ideal link between managing and accounting, enabling you to be able to solve problems and make decisions concerning the finances and accounting of a company. Proper management of funds in a company could make or break a company.By the end of this subject, you will be able to see the link between basic accounting practices and what a company needs.|
|Financial Reporting and Regulatory Frameworks||You will get an understanding of the framework of accounting and investment property. This subject will give you the skills to use financial instruments. Certain frameworks and laws are put into place, that needs to be adhered, to ensure that there is consistency when completing accounting duties.|
|Research Theory and Practice (by short dissertation; topic: Public Accounting)||With this subject you will explore accounting research. You will be given skills that will enable you to formulate research objectives, analyse and interpret findings as well as draw conclusions and make recommendations. This will improve your accounting skills, as you will find methods suited to you, which will help you with your accounting duties.|
Once you have completed this course, you will then achieve your National Diploma in Public Sector Accounting. You can also check out our other ICB Courses, to enhance your bookkeeping and accounting skills even further.