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ITC Preparatory Course | Changes to lecture programme and structure

The UCT Board Course ITC Preparatory Course, consisting of a four-hour lecture in each of the four core ICT subjects, was originally scheduled to happen on the 28th of November 2016 in various cities across South Africa. However, as result

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ITC January 2017 – The Road to Success

Dear Candidates This weekend the 2016 Rio Olympic games comes to a close. The past two weeks has seen has entertained and amazed at the talent and exceptional brilliance of the human spirit – championed in the grit, determination and

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APC 2016 Weekly Update – Part 3

BUSINESS NEWS – FALLING COMMODITY PRICES Commodity prices have come crashing down.  These are the one-year returns of some commodities, as at the end of February 2016: Natural Gas Down 39% Brent Crude Oil Down 38% Copper Down 19% Platinum

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APC 2016 Weekly Update – Part 2

BUSINESS NEWS – THE VOLATILE RAND This past week has been a volatile one for the Rand.  This is becoming increasingly the case.  The Rand is one of the most traded currencies in the world (18th according to one survey)

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APC 2016 Weekly Update – Part 1

One of the features of our APC programme is that there are weekly updates that highlight key business events. These will be shared every Friday, and to give you a feel for the content, we will be releasing a few of

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Re-writing the ITC? We can help!

There are over 500 students that will be writing the ITC again in 2015 and UCT Board Course would like to see every one of them succeed!   We understand that re-writing the exam can be daunting. But it doesn’t

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Repeating the APC in 2015?

There are over 300 students that will be writing the APC again in 2015. UCT Board Course would like to see every one of them succeed!   It is our firm view that completing a professional programme is the best

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Learnaccounting.uct.ac.za – a free resource for anyone to use

Some offers make me suspicious because they seem too good to be true. Imagine someone saying that there are over 20 hours of videos explaining tricky Financial Reporting, Management Accounting and Finance concepts. Most of these videos are then translated

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Why 94% pass rate?

Why did the UCT Board Course students achieve a 94% pass rate when the national average was 86%? Great question! We have some thoughts on the matter because we are keen to go even higher in 2015!   We start

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Teamwork – Key to APC Success

On 13 November 2015 the pre-release information will be made available, and you will have five days to pour over the details and conduct further research. What you get out of those five days is crucial to your success in

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The APC 2014 Results: Record Pass Rate for UCT Board Course

Paul Maughan talks about the APC 2014 Results that were released on Friday 27 February. Our educational philosophy is simple – we aim to prepare all our students for more than an exam, we prepare them for a succesful professional

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CFO South Africa: Expert Insight from Alex Watson

Alex Watson talks about rethinking financial disclosures in integrated reports. Most listed South African companies include either full or summarized financial statements in their integrated reports (In 2013 54 of 100 largest listed companies included full financials and 35 summarized). 

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Read effectively and efficiently…

Article written by Andrew Hyland. I am sure that you have all read the blog post that focuses on answering discussion questions in tax. Regardless of which subject you are dealing with, before you answer any question(s) there is a

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New Developments at the UCT College of Accounting – Learn Accounting @ UCT

Bukela Ufunde is a new and exciting multilingual online project of the College of Accounting funded by the Finance and Accounting Services Sector Education and Training Authority (FASSET). The project identifies and prepares short concept videos on principles in Financial

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The ITC Preparatory Course – what do our past students have to say?

We recently caught up with past ITC Preparatory Course students: Unam Mahlati, Zizile Ndziba and Gareth Lake. They all passed the ITC on their first attempt, with Gareth achieving the number one position in South Africa, an incredible result considering

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Repeating the ITC – A Roadmap

Article written by Alex Watson and Andrew Hyland Being unsuccessful in your attempt of the ITC or any exam for that matter is disappointing and disheartening. Using our experience of lecturing and tutoring on the UCT PGDA programme and board

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How to answer discussion questions – Taxation

As you approach your final exams, have you given as much thought to your exam technique as you have to revising your content? Honing your exam technique by knowing exactly how to answer specific questions is key. Discussion questions continue

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Past learner feature – Fazlin Esterhuizen

After completing a Business Science degree at UCT, Fazlin Esterhuizen went on to complete her PGDA through UNISA. She is now in her second year of articles at Mazars Cape Town, which requires long hours and lots of learning. When

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About to finish your PGDA? So what’s next?

Are you finishing your PGDA/CTA/GDA this year? The incredible journey to becoming a CA(SA) is only getting started. Next up is tackling the SAICA ITC examination and we at UCT Board Course are here to support you on that journey.

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Congratulations to Hellen Kgosana

This week we shared some exciting news with Hellen Kgosana who prepared for SAICA’s ITC exam with UCT Board Course. Hellen obtained her CTA via UNISA, which is no easy feat given that she worked full time and studied part time. She

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Do you aspire to be a CFO?

Article written by Professor Alex Watson. 75% of the chief financial officers (CFOs) of JSE top 200 are CAs(SA), while 1 in 4 of all the Directors of JSE top 200 are CAs(SA). If you are aspiring to be one

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How has being on a board of directors helped my teaching?

Article written by Goolam Modack. I have been an independent non-executive director and board member for various subsidiaries of a listed entity since 2010. As a director of one of the subsidiaries, I am invited to attend the listed entity’s

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Lessons learned as a CA (SA): 10 years on

Article written by Taryn Miller. Where do you think you’ll be in 10 years’ time? If you don’t have a clue, relax! Figuring out the right fit for you is part of your career-journey. If you know exactly what you

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New exam. New model.

Article written by Paul Maughan. The final board exam has had a facelift. Watch this video for a comprehensive explanation of the changes. This article is not going to repeat what the new exam is all about but is rather going to

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How case studies assist me in teaching the MBA

Article written by Mark Graham. About twelve years ago, I was asked to teach the Accounting module on the MBA programme at UCT’s Graduate School of Business. This module comprises about 30 hours of face-to-face time and approximately 60 hours

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Why technical competence isn’t enough in the real world

Article written by Shaun Parsons. In 2014, the Assessment of Professional Competence replaces both the Public Practice Examination (PPE) and the Financial Management examination on the path to qualifying as a CA(SA). When a new CA(SA) enters the market, that

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What is ‘blended learning’?

As a student, it’s likely you’ve been studying in a classroom for most of your life and attending lectures. UCT Board Course has taken many factors into account regarding the modern working individual wishing to achieve their CA (SA), and

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Are you using your IFRS handbook effectively?

We’ve been fielding a number of questions regarding IFRS handbooks. In this video, Professor Alex Watson talks us through the use of the these handbooks, what version you should be using and discusses ways to ensure that you are using

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The new format of SAICA’s APC examination

Paul Maughan talks us through some of the major changes from SAICA’s Part II exam to the new Assessment of Professional Competence. Paul discusses why SAICA has made the change, why we at UCT Board Course support this new format

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Business Analysis and Governance (BAG)

Did you know that the UCT College of Accounting has been equipping students for the new APC exam for the last 2 years already? The BAG project gives students the opportunity to apply pervasive skills and create real-life business scenarios

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Why is UCT Board Course starting in March?

One of the most frequently asked questions by Trainee Accountants regarding our APC Professional Programme, is “Why does UCT Board Course start in March?” Firstly, this is a great question and well done on noticing this key difference. We believe

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Our experience with integrated reporting

Article written by Goolam Modack. We know that SAICA will assess professional competence, knowledge and skill through a case study that is simulated on a real life situation. As you may be aware from previous articles, we have chosen to

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Why integrated reports will help you prepare for the APC

Article written by Alex Watson. Accounting students spend many years developing technical knowledge. The focus of the APC is the development of professional competence, which requires the use of technical knowledge to make appropriate decisions.  University studies and the ITC

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Why is online learning gaining momentum?

Online learning is a topic of conversation that is dominating the field of education worldwide. Education leaders are examining the strong pull towards digital tools and they are looking at how these tools will shape the way knowledge is presented

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Why our educational philosophy is more than just videoed lectures put online

As 2014 is the very first year that Trainee Accountants in South Africa will write the new, integrated SAICA Assessment of Professional Competence (APC), enrolling in the Programme that will give you the best possible chance of success is essential.

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Who will win a trip to Thailand?

ITC 2014 is upon us! We know you’re hard at work, preparing for one of the biggest exams of your career. So we thought we’d offer some extra motivation and remind you that we’re awarding one lucky Candidate with a

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What we’ve learnt from our APC Pilot Programme

Article written by Shaun Parsons. The UCT Board Course has recently concluded the three-month pilot of its 2014 APC programme. The objective was to test our draft content and case study setting skills, and trial our online learning platform. Fifteen

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Q&A with Chris Stafford

In order to ensure that we deliver the best possible APC Professional Programme that we can, UCT Board Course ran a three-month Pilot Programme in 2013. Before we finalised our APC Professional Programme for 2014, we took the time to

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Exam Technique Tips

Article written by Paul Maughan Practical tips Drink water regularly whilst studying and preparing. This helps your brain to think and prevents dehydration. Have you ever wondered why you get that headache after studying for a while? You are most

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The journey from student to CA (SA) – Senior Lecturer Paul Maughan

Paul Maughan is a senior lecturer in Managerial Accounting and Finance and is a recent winner of UCT’s Distinguished Teacher Award. He lectures at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as on UCT’s MBA programme. Discover why Paul chose

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The journey from student to CA (SA) – Professor Mark Graham

Professor Mark Graham has been an academic for 18 years and the Head of the UCT College of Accounting since 2010. In addition to lecturing at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as on UCT’s MBA Programme, he is

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The journey from student to CA (SA) – Professor Alex Watson

Professor Alex Watson is the Teaching and Learning coordinator for the UCT College of Accounting and the Educational Co-ordinator of the Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting (CTA-equivalent). In addition, she is the editor of a number of Financial Reporting textbooks,

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How to become a Knowledge Athlete – Part 4

  Are you prepared for that question that catches you by surprise? In the final video of this series, Paul Maughan form the UCT Board Course, focuses particularly on the day of the exam. He discusses best practice techniques that

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How to become a Knowledge Athlete – Part 3

  Are you spending too much time shining your diamonds? In Part 3 of becoming a Knowledge Athlete, Paul Maughan discusses some of the most common things students say when preparing for exams. How important is time management to you?

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How to become a Knowledge Athlete – Part 2

  Do you always start studying by tidying your room? Now that you’ve watched Part 1 and visualised what you want to achieve when you write your final exams, it’s time to concentrate on your daily habits. In this video

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How to become a Knowledge Athlete – Part 1

Paul Maughan, a recent winner of UCT’s Distinguished Teacher Award, in association with GetSmarter, has prepared a series of videos leading up to some of the most important exams on your journey to becoming a Chartered Accountant. The videos feature

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Why would I want to be a CA, isn’t it boring?

Article written by Paul Maughan Are CAs boring? Accountants are often labelled “conservative” and “boring”. While that may be changing, let’s face it, there are still no cool TV shows about accountants. Sure there are plenty about doctors, lawyers and

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Register to win a trip to Thailand

You’re about to finish your CTA/GDA exam, but you’re on your way to becoming a Chartered Accountant, so it doesn’t end there. Your ITC exam is just around the corner and we’ve made it our business to support you in every

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