Diploma: Bookkeeping

Course fee

Price: Enquire with a consultant

Course Introduction

In this programme you will enhance your skills in and knowledge of bookkeeping methods, accounting, commercial law, economics and finances.

Course Contents


  • Theoretical aspects of communication
  • Written communication

Office Practice

  • Functions of an office
  • Recording and disseminating information
  • Report planning, drafting and checking
  • Office technology
  • Systems and control of salaries and wages

Management 1

  • Introduction to management
  • The management environment
  • Goal formation and planning
  • Organising and organisational design
  • Decision making
  • Leadership
  • Motivation
  • Communication
  • Control
  • Management of organisational change

Financial Accounting 1

  • Double-entry System
  • Books of Original Entry
  • Accounting Concepts
  • Valuation of Assets
  • Financial Statements
  • Control Accounts and Reconciliations
  • Correction of Errors
  • Departmental Accounts
  • Partnerships (Elementary)
  • Interpretation of Accounts
  • Incomplete Records
  • Manufacturing Accounts (Cost of Production Statements)

Bookkeeping and Accounting 1

  • The principles of accounting
  • The accounting cycle
  • The various source documents, accounting records and accounting procedures
  • Bank, debtors and creditors reconciliations
  • Elementary income statements and balance sheets

Bookkeeping and Accounting 2

  • Books of account
  • Business forms
  • The trial balance
  • Preparation of final accounts (year-end adjustments)
  • Final accounts and balance sheet
  • Control accounts
  • A business and the bank
  • Value-added tax (VAT)
  • Salaries and wages
  • Financial control of Club accounts


  • Different Methods of Collecting, Classifying and Tabulating Data
  • The Different Sources of Published Statistics and How to Apply the Data
  • The ability to Use and Interpret Statistics as Applied to Commercial and Industrial Results

Principles of Business Law

  • General introduction
  • Law of contract
  • Contracts of sale
  • Contracts of lease
  • Contracts of employment
  • Contracts of agency
  • Contracts of partnership
  • Negotiable instruments
  • Security


Aspects of the Income Tax Act with reference to:  Taxable income and assessed losses

  • Rebates
  • Double taxation agreements 

Select one of the following:

  • Economics
  • Cost and Management Accounting 1
  • Internal Auditing 1 
  • Corporate Law 

Career Fields/Further Studies

Successful students will gain the knowledge and skills that they require to enter the field of accounting. Please enquire at the nearest Damelin Correspondence College branch for the prospectus containing information with regard to further studies. 


Qualification: DipBook (DCC) NQF 6
SAQA ID: 21057
NQF Level 6
Credits: 240

Programme Duration

You should be able to complete this course within 24 months.

Entrance Requirements

Grade 12 (Std 10) or equivalent NQF 4 qualification, or 2 year's verifiable and relevant working experience. 

Student Assessment

Assessment is the process of gathering information using various methods to gauge the effectiveness of the teaching and learning process in a systematic way. When you submit your assessments, a qualified subject matter expert evaluates your performance against the teaching and learning segments.

In order to accommodate your needs as a distance learner, we have included the teaching element in your learning material. In addition to this, you have access to a tutor, who is available through our DAT query support system, as you work through your learning material. 


Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Diploma: Bookkeeping. 

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