Finance and Accounting

National Diploma: Financial Management (Accounting)

Starting: 15 February 2022

Registrations are now open for 2022!

2 years full-time

About this programme

Knowledge and understanding of accounting and financial management is fundamental to the day-to-day business activities of any organisation.  This programme has been designed with a broad set of fundamental proficiencies in accounting allowing graduates to apply for a wide range of accounting positions in an assortment of organisations.

South Africa has a shortage of accounting professionals and financial managers and now more than ever, qualified and skilled individuals are in demand by organisations across a broad spectrum of industries.

The foundation of this National N Diploma in Financial Management (NDipFM) lies in you being equipped with knowledge and skills, which provide a competitive edge in the corporate world. It also provides the opportunity to explore current trends in accounting and corporate finance while enhancing business skills.

Certification on successful completion of studies

Students write national examinations set and administered by the Department of Higher Education (DHET).  Successful students graduate with the following:

  • National Certificate: N4 Financial Management (SAQA ID# 66874; NQF Level 5), and
  • National Certificate: N5 Financial Management (SAQA ID# 66954; NQF Level 5), and
  • National Certificate: N6 Financial Management (SAQA ID# 66998; NQF Level 5), and
  • Unigrad Short Learning Programme Certificate in Pastel Accounting Intermediate


National N Diploma: Financial Management (SAQA ID# 67040; NQF Level 6)

The diploma is awarded to students who have completed their N4, N5 & N6 national certificates and 2000 relevant practical workplace hours over a period of no less than 18 months


Admission requirements

National Senior Certificate (Grade 12).  If you are currently in Grade 12 you apply with your final grade 11 results and the most up-to-date grade 12 results.  Should you be accepted on the above you are still required to pass Grade 12.  An appropriate National Certificate (N3) or equivalent may also be considered for students who do not have a Grade 12 National Senior Certificate. 


Textbooks, exams, lectures and various student events are included in the tuition fee.  Contact Unigrad and speak to any full-time student career consultant for course fee information.


The duration is 2 years of lectures presented by qualified professionals.  Lectures are held during the week. After completing N4 – N6 students should complete 2000 relevant practical workplace hours over a period of no less than 18 months to obtain the highly respected National N Diploma in Financial Management.


Year 1

Year 2

  • Financial Accounting N4 
  • Financial Accounting N5 & N6
  • Computerised Financial Systems N4
  • Computerised Financial Systems N5 & N6
  • Cost and Management Accounting N5
  • Cost and Management Accounting N6
  • Entrepreneurship and Business Management N4
  • Entrepreneurship and Business Management N5 & N6
  • Management Communication N4


Financial Accounting N4-N6

Accounting theory, principles and concepts · The recording of transactions from source documents · Bank reconciliations · Control accounts · Year-end procedures for sole proprietors (perpetual) · Accounting entries for a trading organisation according to the periodic inventory system · Departmental accounts · Non-profit organisations · Statement of cash flows · Partnerships · Branches · Stock valuation, insurance and MU · Incomplete records, single entry and correction of errors · Analysis and interpretation · Conceptual framework · VAT · Companies · Close corporations ·  Auditing

Cost and Management Accounting N5-N6

Costing concepts and objectives · Material · Labour · Manufacturing overheads · Job costing · Contract costing · Standard costing · Direct and absorption costs · Break-even · Budgets · Accounting systems and financial statements

Computerised Financial Systems N4-N6 (Including Pastel)

Introduction to Windows commands · Word processing · Computerised bookkeeping · Opening a set of accounts, input cash and credit block transactions for a service enterprise · Application of VAT in a computerised package · Opening a set of accounts for a retail company · Spreadsheets · Stock reports and cards · Salaries and wages · Income statements · Manufacturing · Balance sheet · Cash flow · Payroll · Financial statements on an accounting package (report writer) · Analysis and interpretation · Advanced document project on a computerised accounting package · Advanced spreadsheet · Cost and management applications on a spreadsheet · Budgets on an accounting package · Handling of budgets – spreadsheet

Management Communication N4

Fundamental communication principles · Interpersonal relationships · Job interviews · Meeting procedures · Language usage and oral communication · Concise communication · Business communication

Entrepreneurship & Business Management N4-N6

Entrepreneurship • Creativity and idea generation • Market and financial feasibility study • Marketing • Business plan • Management functions • Self-management • Ethics and social responsibility • Operations management • Human resource fundamentals • Strategic planning and strategy implementation • Competitive analysis • Strategy and competitive advantage • Buying an existing business • Franchising • International business plan • Consultancy