What will you learn in this CIMA: Certificate in Business Accounting course?

This is an entry-level international accounting qualification. You will learn the basics of management accounting, and you will be guided into the world of management accounting in a way that will make everything easy to understand. You will gain insight into the business world beyond financial accounting, and you will learn how the different areas of accounting relate to one another in the business world. This CIMA course is the perfect stepping stone towards a career in business and finance.

Textbook costs included!

Textbooks can be extremely expensive and some institutions do not include it in the course fee. Not at College SA! Our study material and textbooks are included in the total course price, so you do not have to worry about sourcing your own textbooks. We will send you all the necessary study material to complete this course.

Course Cost and Duration

At College SA we offer you the following ways in which you can pay for your studies:


  • Total Price
    *A once off R950 non-refundable registration fee applies.

What is included in the course fees?

  • Text books and study material
  • Courier fee

Course Starting Dates

With College SA, you can start studying whenever you want: there are no specific course starting dates since we offer distance learning. Please speak to our Educational Planners about your enrolment and study options.

Exam Information

Exams can be taken throughout the year, in the order and combination you choose.

Assessments Information

Exams can be taken in the order and combination of your choosing and at your own pace. You can sit your exams at any point during the year at over 5,000 computer-based assessment (CBA) centres around the world. After passing all five exams, you will be awarded the Certificate in Business Accounting Qualification.

Accreditation Info

Status: Accredited course
Type & reward: CIMA Professional Qualification - NQF Level 5 (SAQA ID: 24418)
Provided by: CIMA
Minimum credits: 120

College SA is an accredited provider of the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting. CIMA (Certified Institute for Management Accountants) is an international body that provides training in management accounting. Their focus is on combining business management and accounting within organisations, which allows professionals to play a larger, more important role in steering the financial direction of an organisation. CIMA provides you with an international qualification wherein you learn valuable skills that are recognised worldwide. This worldwide recognition means that should you pass your CIMA exams, you will become more employable both locally and internationally.

CIMA Short Learning Partner 2018

Entry Requirements

The entrance criteria as stated by CIMA:

  • You don’t need any formal qualifications to do this course.
  • You will need to be proficient in both English and Maths, and have a passion to succeed in business.
  • If you have any previous accounting experience, you might be eligible for exemptions from subjects in this course.
  • Exam fees are not included in your course fees.

 Please Note:

Even though you do not need a Grade 12 to do this course, we would like to point out to our Students that it will be better for you if you do have Grade 12 Maths, to do this course.

Professional Designation

Business Accountant

What subjects make up this course:

What are subjects?

Subjects are the particular fields of study that are covered in a course. The subjects below make up this course and will need to be completed in order for you to complete this course.

BA1 Fundamentals of Business Economics

Learn about the influence and the behaviour of the financial market, and how government economic policy can influence an organisation. Understand the basics of the financial system, and how markets and institutions contribute to commercial growth and development.

BA2 Fundamentals of Management Accounting

This module focuses on fundamental knowledge of, and techniques that support, management accounting. You will learn about the role of management accounting in commercial and public sector organisations, as well as the bigger role it plays in society. Topics covered in this module include The context of management accounting, costing, planning and control and decision-making.

BA3 Fundamentals of Financial Accounting

Learn what financial accounting is, and what the process of preparing financial statements involves. By the end of this module, you will be able to prepare financial statements on your own. Topics covered in this module include accounting principles, concepts and regulations, recording accounting transactions, preparation of accounts for single entities and analysis of financial statements.

BA4 Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate Governance and Business Law

Learn how to present professional standards for the benefit of all stakeholders. Topics covered in this module include business ethics and ethical conflict, corporate governance, controls and corporate social responsibility, general principles of the legal system, contract and employment law and company administration.