Bookkeeping courses at home

Bookkeeping Courses at Home

It is entirely possible to do bookkeeping courses at home. You can even get a full ACCA or CIMA accounting qualification through distance learning. There are so many different courses available that you need to think carefully about which one will best suit your needs. There is a wide range of options to consider when choosing what to study, as well as how to go about studying it.


The different institutions each have their own advantages and disadvantages. Some of the disadvantages, however, may not be relevant to you. For example, the exam venue may be quite far from where you live, but perhaps you are used to driving long distances for work, and do not regard this as a disadvantage. Weighing up the pros and cons of all institutions will help you to select the best course and best institution at which to study. There are a variety of other factors that you need to consider, and we have covered some of them in this article for your convenience.

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Short courses vs. Longer courses

Most colleges provide both short courses and longer, more comprehensive courses in bookkeeping. If you want to improve an existing skill, or acquire a specific new skill, a short course may be your best option. A short course will focus on a particular skill related to bookkeeping, e.g. budgeting, payroll and tax returns, or computerised bookkeeping. Longer courses are aimed at those who want to make a career out of bookkeeping, and will usually cover several subjects. Longer courses can take around 24 months to complete, and will provide you with a solid foundation in bookkeeping.


Full-time vs. Part-time

You may think that considering full-time or part-time studies only applies to people who will be attending classes, but this is not true. You can do your studies from home on a full-time or part-time basis as well. Studying from home on a full-time basis may enable you to complete a course more quickly, while studying on a part-time basis will allow you to attend to your other responsibilities, such as work and child care.

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Advantages of studying from home

It is entirely up to you to decide whether you would prefer to study from home or in a classroom. However, studying from home has the following advantages:

  • It gives you the opportunity to study in an environment that is comfortable for you.
  • It allows you to study in your own time and at your own pace.
  • It is readily accessible, even to those who do not live near major towns/cities.
  • It is more affordable in the sense that it allows you to save on expenses such as travelling costs.
  • It allows you to work while you study.


If you are interested in studying from home, and would like to find out more, you can visit our Colleges page, where you will find contact details for a number of distance learning institutions offering accredited bookkeeping courses in South Africa.


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