Does Stellenbosch offer Accounting?

School of Accountancy​​​

Who are we?

The School of Accountancy’s existence goes as far back as the former Faculty of Commerce and Administration, namely 1925 – only seven years after the establishment of what is now the University of Stellenbosch. The first staff member in the Department of Accounting was a local accountant, who was appointed as senior lecturer in Accounting Sciences: Mr. BJA Thomas.

In 1960 Prof. CA Smith was appointed as the first professor in the Department of Accounting. ​

In 2013 the structure and name of the Department of Accounting changed to the School of Accountancy, the name and structure we still use today. ​


Presently the School is the largest academic environment in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences and in Stellenbosch University, with more than 90 lecturers and support staff.  We serve an intake of more than 2000 new first-year students in our modules every year, as well as more than 3300 undergraduate and 480 postgraduate students in total..

The School strives to expand access for students to its programmes without sacrificing academic excellence.

The School has a record of excellent performance in the external professional examinations, taken by our alumni every year. As an example, the pass rate of our alumni BAccHons students is amongst the best three of universities nationally every year, while we also regularly have alumni under the Top 10 students nationally in these challenging examinations.

The School’s graduate BComHons(Management Accounting) students do equally well in the CIMA professional examinations.

As a large academic environment within Stellenbosch University, research (in order words, creating knowledge) is a further priority for the School.  Lecturers in the School are therefore continuously busy with innovative research in the respective subject fields in the Accounting sciences, be it in their individual capacity or as student supervisors and mentors for students.

Staff, in their personal capacity, and also the School as an entity, strive towards making a positive impact on both the community of Stellenbosch, as well as neighbouring areas and on a national level.  ​

Strategic focus areas

  • Maintaining excellent student throughput rates (undergrad and postgrad).
  • Maintaining excellent pass rates of alumni students in professional examinations.
  • Having a transformed, demographically representative student body holistically ​developed through the intergation of the curriculum and the co-curriculum.​​
  • Appointment and rete​ntion of excellently qualified lecturers with a continued focus om employment equity.
  • Maintaining comparatively excellent levels of research outputs.
  • Impacting on local and national society through the application of our fields of expertise​.

Overview of Public Universities in South Africa

Here's an overview of some public universities in South Africa, including general admissions requirements and estimated application periods. Keep in mind, specific program requirements and dates can vary significantly, so it's important to check each university's official website for the most current information.

University of Pretoria

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with minimum scores in specific subjects related to the chosen program; for international students, equivalent qualifications.
  • Application Period: Usually opens in March and closes at the end of July for most programs.

University of Cape Town

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with pass levels required for degree study; subject-specific requirements depending on the program.
  • Application Period: Application opens in April and closes at the end of July.

Stellenbosch University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required marks; some programs have additional testing.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and typically closes at the end of June.

University of the Witwatersrand

  • Admissions Requirements: Matriculation certificate with university exemption; required scores vary by faculty.
  • Application Period: Begins in March and ends on the 30th of September.

University of Johannesburg

  • Admissions Requirements: Matric exemption with a minimum APS score; specific subject requirements based on the faculty.
  • Application Period: Opens in April and generally closes by the 30th of September.

University of the Free State

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific marks for the program applied to; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Typically opens in April and closes at the end of August.

University of Venda

  • Admissions Requirements: Completion of the National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for diploma or degree studies; specific APS scores needed.
  • Application Period: Usually from May to September.

University of Fort Hare

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; certain programs may have specific requirements.
  • Application Period: Opens around May and closes at the end of September.

University of the Western Cape

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific performance levels; additional requirements for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Generally from May to September.

North-West University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; program-specific requirements may apply.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and usually closes by the end of August.

Rhodes University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate or equivalent; minimum academic performance in certain subjects.
  • Application Period: Applications open in April and close at the end of September.

Nelson Mandela University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; portfolio or additional tests for some faculties.
  • Application Period: Opens in April, with a deadline at the end of August for most programs.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Opens in May and typically closes by the end of September.

University of Limpopo

  • Admissions Requirements: Senior Certificate with endorsement for diploma or degree courses; specific APS scores for different programs.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

University of Zululand

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for bachelor’s degree studies; specific score requirements for various programs.
  • Application Period: Usually between April and November.

Central University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores for the chosen field of study; additional criteria for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Application period generally starts in May and ends in October.

Vaal University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with a pass that qualifies for admission to bachelor’s degree, diploma, or higher certificate programs.
  • Application Period: Typically from May to September.

Walter Sisulu University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; additional criteria for certain faculties.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

This list provides a starting point for understanding the admissions landscape across South Africa's diverse higher education institutions. Given the variability in programs and requirements, it's crucial to consult each university's website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.