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National Certificate N4-N6:
Financial Management

National Certificate
Financial Management

Offered at these Campuses

Mitchells Plain Campus
Full Time Studies
Part Time Studies
Distance Learning
About this Programme

About this programme

The Financial Management programme is offered to students who want to enter the world of finance as a career.

This course consists of N4, N5 and N6 certificates. After completing the N6 certificate students are required to provide proof to the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) of 18 months’ work experience in the relevant industry, in order to qualify for the National N Diploma. The National N Diploma is issued by the DHET if all requirements are met.

Admission requirements

MINIMUM Admission requirements

A National Senior Certificate/Senior Certificate, with Accounting at Grade 12, is a requirement for admission. You may be asked to attend an assessment session.

Career Opportunities

CAREER opportunities

You are trained to provide close support to Accountants, Auditors, Payroll specialists and other accounting professionals.



  • Each level takes six months full time to complete.
  • A total of 18 months to complete the theoretical components (N4, N5 and N6).
  • Each level consists of four subjects. On completion of a level, a student is awarded a certificate at that level.
  • 18 months practical experience in the work environment (in-service training).
  • It takes a minimum of three years to qualify for a National N Diploma.
Course Content

Course content

N4 Certificate

  • Entrepreneurship and Business Management
  • Management Communication
  • Computerised Financial Systems
  • Financial Accounting

N5 Certificate

  • Entrepreneurship and Business Management
  • Financial Accounting
  • Computerised Financial Systems
  • Cost & Management Accounting

N6 Certificate

  • Entrepreneurship and Business Management
  • Financial Accounting
  • Cost & Management Accounting
  • Computerised Financial Systems


Entrepreneurship and Business Management:

Promotes in students an understanding of the principles on which the South African economy is founded and cultivates in students an interest in and a skill for personal entrepreneurship. Gives students insight into the management environment within which the business functions. Develops in students the characteristics and skills which enable entrepreneurs to start and successfully manage their own businesses.

Management Communication:

Equips students with the necessary knowledge (theoretical) and skills (practical) of verbal and non-verbal communication to function efficiently and professionally in the business world. Inculcates acceptable norms and ethics applicable in the business world in terms of self-development, interpersonal relationships and social interaction.

Financial Accounting:

This subject lays the groundwork to understanding how to capture accounting transactions from source documents to financial statements.

Computerised Financial Systems:

This subject introduces the recording of accounting transactions using Excel and Pastel Payroll.

Cost & Management Accounting:

The subject introduces the element of, and importance of, cost control within organisations.

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