10 Weeks


This course will equip you with the skills to utilise financial information for key decision-making and empower you to comply with legislative and other requirements for businesses in the South African and global landscape.


Accounting skills are vital in terms of knowing how to prepare and interpret financial statements and how to use them to comply with the requirements of various stakeholders in business. Financial statements are key to inform the decision-making process of management, but are also a requirement in terms of the Companies Act of South Africa. Financial statements are used to prepare tax returns and are also submitted to the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) on an annual basis.

Aspiring finance, accounting and investment professionals need to understand what financial statements are and how these are prepared as this is a crucial part of their career. Managers and entrepreneurs also need to understand how to leverage accounting outputs to drive strategic decision-making.

Subject Matter Expert

Nestene Clausen is a director, consultant and founder of The Audit Pro, a company that prides itself in excellent service in the accounting, audit and tax industry. Nestene is a registered Chartered Accountant (SA) and Registered Auditor. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Accounting from North-West University.

She completed her academic articles at North-West University in 2013, professional articles at CAP Chartered Accountants in 2015, and lectured in auditing for two years at the University of Cape Town, before founding The Audit Pro in 2017.

Nestene is passionate about accounting education and the power it holds to transform the economic landscape of South Africa. She is a regular speaker on this topic, having presented at various conferences, including the British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA) conference in the UK.

Course and Technical Requirements


To successfully access and complete this course, you will be required to have a registered email account, access to a computer/laptop/tablet and stable internet connection. You will be required to be familiar with using a computer as you may need to be able to read and download documents in Adobe PDF Reader, view Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, and read and create documents in Microsoft Word.


Our online short learning programmes may require additional software applications. These additional software applications requirements will be communicated to you in this information pack and/or on the website course page. UNi4 Online does not provide any additional software applications required for online short learning programmes.

Please note: Google, YouTube and Vimeo may be used in our online course delivery. If any of these services are blocked in your jurisdiction, you may have difficulty in accessing our course content

Learning Approach

Our online short learning programmes are broken into self-paced manageable modules designed to be interactive and engaging:

  • The programme is available to be viewed on smart devices and includes mobile, tablets and personal computers.
  • Relevant case studies, articles and recommended reading are part of supplementary resources available.
  • Apply and evaluate what you have learned in each module with the self-grading quizzes and assignment submissions.
  • View a range of introductory course videos by your Subject Matter Expert.
  • Scheduled live webinars are included with the Online Academic Tutor.
  • Network, collaborate and interact with your fellow participants and Online Academic Tutor via the discussion forum.


Upon successful completion of this online short learning programme, you will be awarded with a UNi4 Online Certificate of Completion.

Learning Objectives

Your dedicated Online Academic Tutor (OAT) will provide you with necessary guidance, offer advice and answer questions on course content, to help you achieve academic success.


  • MODULE 0 | Orientation Week 1
    Navigating the Virtual Learning Environment
  • MODULE 1 | What is Financial Accounting? Week 2
    The role and its interrelated components
  • MODULE 2 | Skills Required of a Financial Accountant Week 3
    Explanation of the skills and its application in various scenarios
  • MODULE 3 | Accounting Framework Fundamentals Week 4
    Analyse the requirements of various accounting frameworks
  • MODULE 4 | Preparing Financial Statements: Components of Financial Statements Week 5
    Learn to analyse a set of real financial statements
  • MODULE 5 | Preparing Financial Statements: Accounting Policies Week 6
  • MODULE 6 | Preparing Financial Statements: Trial Balance to Financial Statement Components Week 7
    Analyse the appropriateness of various accounting policies in different scenarios
  • MODULE 7 | Corporate Tax Week 8
    The basics of corporate tax
  • MODULE 8 | Reviewing, Interpreting and Presenting Financial Statements Week 9
    An evaluation of a set of financial statements
  • MODULE 9 | Wrap-up Week 10
    Synthesise your learning journey experience

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