Bookkeeping and Accounting Courses at Oxbridge Academy
At Oxbridge Academy, you will have the opportunity to develop your bookkeeping and accounting skills by studying from home via distance learning.
Download the Accounting and Bookkeeping brochure here.
Short Learning Programmes
These non-accredited skills courses are designed to equip you with fundamental knowledge and skills in bookkeeping and accounting.
National Qualifications (N4-N6)
These N4 – N6 qualifications are registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). They are formal qualifications designed to prepare you for a successful career in the financial environment. The knowledge and skills that you gain when studying these courses is aligned with the needs of employers in the financial sector. If you have completed your N6 level and can provide evidence of 18 months of relevant practical experience, you may be eligible to apply for – and receive – a National Diploma.
The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB) is a well-established independent external examination body for accredited business qualifications in Southern Africa. They’ve been appointed as a quality assurance partner for the QCTO and are authorised to conduct examinations on a number of registered qualifications. We offer the following programmes:
- National Certificate: Bookkeeping (NQF3)
- National Certificate: Small Business Financial Management (NQF4)
Feedback from our bookkeeping and accounting students
Delivery was excellent and the course (Accounting and Bookkeeping) was interesting. People who were at Oxbridge were always helpful and professional.
– Yenziwe Winn-Friedah Nkabinde
I am glad for the opportunity to study with Oxbridge Academy. I gain so much knowledge on how to work with money and how to budget.
– Marlene Nel
How can I benefit from studying bookkeeping and accounting at Oxbridge Academy?
- You can develop your bookkeeping and accounting skills in your own time from home.
- You can choose to study a course that suits your professional needs.
- You will get help from an industry-expert tutor if you need any assistance with your studies.
- You can pay for your studies in affordable monthly instalments.
What is the difference between bookkeeping and accounting?
Bookkeeping and accounting are similar in the sense that they both involve working with financial data, and they both play a role in the accounting cycle. Bookkeeping, however, is only involved in the initial recordkeeping stage of the accounting cycle.
For a better understanding of the differences between bookkeeping and accounting, have a look at the following definitions:
Bookkeeping involves the accurate recording of the financial transactions that take place in an organisation on a daily basis. General bookkeeping tasks may include:
- making journal entries
- posting journal entries to ledger accounts
- filing source documents
- paying accounts
- preparing invoices
- sending statements to customers/clients
- processing payroll data
Accounting, on the other hand, involves recording, classifying, summarising, reporting, analysing, and interpreting the financial data so that it can be used for decision-making by senior management. General accounting activities may include using the data recorded during the bookkeeping process to:
- draw up financial statements
- perform calculations
- compile financial reports
Unlike bookkeeping, accounting is divided into specialised branches, including financial accounting, management accounting, tax accounting, and auditing. While in theory there is a clear distinction between bookkeeping and accounting, there is an overlap of the roles of bookkeepers and accountants in practice. In a small organisation, for example, you might find that the bookkeeper is responsible for preparing the financial statements, even though this is technically part of accounting rather than bookkeeping. To carry on reading about the differences between bookkeeping and accounting, click here.
Why should I study bookkeeping and accounting?
A bookkeeping or accounting course can prepare you for a rewarding career in the financial field. This type of course will also give you a sound understanding of important financial concepts. Whether you plan to pursue a career as a bookkeeper or accountant, or whether you want to work in a managerial role in the business world, having a basic understanding of financial recordkeeping and reporting is essential.
Aside from equipping you with the skills you need to pursue a specific career, studying a bookkeeping or accounting course can help you to:
- Improve your qualifications so that you can advance in your career
- Stand out from other job candidates
- Learn the basic financial skills you will need when managing a small business
Career opportunities in the field of bookkeeping and accounting
Bookkeeping and accounting play an integral role in the business world. As a result, bookkeeping and accounting skills will always be in demand. Some of the careers that may be open to those who have studied bookkeeping or accounting include:
- Accounting Clerk
- Office Administrator
- Payroll Administrator
- Technical Financial Accountant
- Management Accountant
- Tax Accountant
- Financial Manager
- Financial Advisor
(Note that the careers listed above require different levels of skills and qualifications. If you want to work in this field, we suggest that you research the careers you’d like to go into before you choose your course.)
Accountants also have the option of furthering their studies and working towards positions such as Company Secretary, Accounting Officer, Chief Financial Officer, or Auditor. To find out more about the various career options that are available in the field of bookkeeping and accounting, click here.
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- Accounting cycle: The process of recording, classifying, and summarising the financial transactions that take place within an organisation.
- Financial records: Formal documents reflecting financial transactions that have taken place. Examples include invoices, receipts, and financial statements.
- Journal: Book of original entry for financial transactions. Financial transactions that take place within an organisation are first recorded in a journal – in date order – before being transferred to a ledger account.
- NQF: National Qualifications Framework. The NQF is a system used to give national recognition to the knowledge and skills gained by learners/students when they complete certain courses or training programmes. Each nationally recognised qualification is linked to one of the eight levels of the NQF, making it easier for students, employers, and academic institutions to compare the academic levels of different qualifications.