The field of accountancy is rapidly evolving due to the affordability and availability of Information and Communication Technology such as accounting software and other emerging technologies that include artificial intelligence, block chain and cloud accounting. Number crunching is no longer the core function of the modern accountant. Accountants are expected to take on a variety of responsibilities including integrated reporting, research activities, consultancy services, project management and decision support that previously lay outside the scope of their job descriptions. Accountants must therefore acquire, inter alia, academic writing skills, research skills, project management skills, entrepreneurial skills and report writing skills in order for them to be able to provide research based solutions to organisational problems.
Additionally, candidates who pursue professional accountancy training, such as that offered by the Zambia Institute of Chartered Accountants (ZiCA), acquire extensive knowledge and skills in traditional accounting functions including financial reporting, financial management, auditing, management accounting and taxation. However, these candidates require other skills e.g. in academic writing, research, report writing etc. which are not adequately covered during professional training. This programme is therefore, tailored to fill this skills gap in respect of ZiCA graduates and students.
The aim of this programme is to equip students with knowledge and skills in order for them to carry out accounting roles in the areas of financial reporting, financial management, auditing, management accounting, taxation and consultancy effectively. The programme also aims to facilitate the development of academic, research, project management and entrepreneurial competences of candidates who have completed the penultimate or intermediate levels of professional accountancy qualifications such as CA Zambia and ZiCA to enhance their capacity to provide research-based solutions to organisational challenges.
The BSA degree has been designed specifically for ZiCA students who have completed the ZiCA Licentiate Level, the ZiCA Diploma in Accountancy or the Application Level of the Chartered Accountant Zambia qualifications. Candidates with these qualifications will take a minimum of two years to complete the BSA degree. The BSA programme is also relevant to ZiCA Professional Level and CA Zambia graduates. Such candidates are expected to complete the programme in a minimum period of one year.
To qualify for admission to the BSA degree programme an applicant must have any of the following qualifications:
Five credits at ‘O’ Level including English and Mathematics.
Holders of the ZiCA Diploma in Accountancy qualification.
Holders of the CA Zambia Application Level and ZiCA Licentiate Level qualifications.
Holders of Part or full qualifications in either CA Zambia or ZiCA professional accountancy qualifications.
DURATION OF STUDY
The course of study for the award of the BSA degree shall be completed in a period of:
not less than four and not more than six academic years in the case of full time students;
not less than five and not more than seven academic years in the case of evening, part
time and distance education students;
not less than one and not more than seven years for students awarded exemptions on
grounds of prior learning.