The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE)





This short learning programme (SLP) is ideal for any individual wanting to learn how to maintain an accurate record of the financial activities of a business. It offers the flexibility and convenience of distance learning, while maintaining a high level of support through an online tutor who will guide the learning process.


• Debtors and credit controllers
• Office administrators
• Junior bookkeepers
• Entrepreneurs wanting to manage their own books



  • Be proficient in English.
  • Must be able to prepare for lectures and engage in self-directed study and students must have access to the internet.

The curriculum below is correct at the time of print. Please note that in line with academic practice, The IIE’s curriculum is annually reviewed thus changes may occur in module structure and sequence in order to ensure that the qualification remains relevant. The exit level outcomes of the programme do not change. Registered students receive updated programme curriculum on an annual basis.


Bookkeeping and business calculations is offered as a Distance SLP, the duration of the programme varies according to date of registration..


This SLP is presented via a distance mode of delivery, supported by online mediation sessions. Students will be required to complete various forms of assessments and activities, with the final assessments being written in hard copy at the site of registration.


The SLP fee includes all programme material, which becomes the property of the student. This material is a valuable source for on-going reference. Please note that the learn manual will be available in electronic format.


The programme aims to accomplish the following:
To provide students with the foundational and practical knowledge of mathematical principles, concepts and methods needed to perform calculations for various business modules. This module covers the concepts and principles of appropriate accounting frameworks and policies. The module provides you with the applied competence to orderly and systematically identify and record monetary values of business transactions.


The programme topics include the following:

  • An introduction to business calculations
  • Working with non-integers, percentages, ratios and proportions
  • Working with equations
  • Introduction to business, bookkeeping and accounting
  • The accounting equation and double entry system
  • Value added tax and source documents
  • Recording cash transactions
  • Recording credit and sundry transactions
  • Inventory (stock) systems
  • Debtors (accounts receivable) and creditors (accounts payable)
  • Salaries and wages
  • Year-end procedures




The Bookkeeping and Business Calculations Programme is a SLP that is certified by The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE). Students enrolled in this SLP can apply, on successful completion, for recognition of the learning achieved, for the equivalent module offered on a full time qualification, when registering for any other IIE programmes.”  

  • IIE Higher Certificate in Business Principles and Practice (apply to be exempt from Business Calculations and Accounting)*
*Important note: Entrance requirements apply. Please speak to a consultant for more details. Curriculum changes may occur.



All SLPs are available through The Business School have been specifically designed for working adults. These SLPs differ from the IIE full qualifications available through Varsity College and which are registered on the National Qualifications Framework. Before registration students must ensure that the programme selected best suits their individual learning and workplace objectives. 



The IIE is internationally recognised and accredited by the British Accreditation Council (BAC). The BAC has been responsible for setting standards within the independent further and higher education sector for 25 years. Their accreditation is held by hundreds of colleges in the UK and overseas. They provide the leading mark of educational quality for the sector, which is used by students, parents, agencies and beyond as a guarantee of standards. For more information please visit 



What students past and current are saying.

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"I've completed 2 courses with The IIE's Business School at Varsity College Cape Town. My experience with this institution has been overwhelming. The staff and lectures are very helpful and excellent in the roles they play. Their schedules and time frames for each of the courses I've finished thus far have been 100% correct."

Stanley Roman

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"The course was so practical, I feel like I have the ability to go out and manage a project. It's not all theory that I have no clue how to apply. It was a privilege to learn from Bobby Keller at The IIE's Business School at Varsity College Pretoria. He has a lifetime of experience to share."

Lida van Eden

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"The IIE's Business School at Varsity College Cape Town gave me a chance to experience tertiary education the way it should be. I am able to go into the working world with some of their academic teachings and life advice."

Thabiseng Chiwashira

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