Honours degree in Taxation

About the programme

Who is in charge?
The Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Taxation programme is convened by Associate Professor Craig West.

Do I qualify?
Applicants to the programme must meet the basic entrance requirements‚ being a BCom or BBusSci or equivalent undergraduate degree containing taxation course(s) in the final year of that degree. In addition‚ academic references‚ an entrance exam or an interview may be required. All candidates are required to submit their curriculum vitae and academic transcript on application 

How much will it cost?
The provisional course fees are listed on the individualcourse sites (see links below)‚ but the information may also be found in theFee Handbook available at:

How do I apply?
Click here to be directed straight to the UCT Online Application page.

By when must I apply?
Closing dates appear on the UCT Online Application page and are generally 31 October of the year preceding the start of the programme i.e.31 October 2014 if you want to start the course in 2015.  FOR 2016 APPLICATIONS, THE CLOSING DATE IS THE END OF NOVEMBER.

What will I do on the programme?
It depends on the stream that you choose.

Stream 1 (CH001FTX11): The aims of this stream are to advance a candidate’s technical domestic taxation knowledge and develop the ability to perform preliminary research. This stream is aimed at candidate’s that have recently completed their undergraduate studies and are aiming to specialise in taxation.

Stream 2 (CH001FTX12): The aim of this stream is to equip successful candidates with the skills to be well–rounded competent practitioners in the tax field. This stream is aimed at candidate’s already working in a tax environment and aiming to deepen their knowledge of South African case law extend their working knowledge to the drafting of tax opinions and preliminary research.

What courses will I do on each stream? 

Year 1


Year 2

How am I assessed?
Stream 1: You must get 50% or more for each course in the programme and a minimum aggregate of 50% overall. Note that FTX4036S does not carry a mark and is simply a pass/fail grade.

Stream 2: You must get a weighted average of 50% in FTX5030W and a simple average of 50% in the remaining courses. Note that FTX4036S does not carry a mark and is simply a pass/fail grade.

What happens if I fail a course?
Courses may not be repeated. No supplementary examinationsare permitted. Provided that you score at least 40% at first attempt for FTX4035W ‚ you may resubmit the technical report once.

Can I get a distinction?
The degree may be awarded in the First Class if you have an overall weighted average of at least 75%‚ with a subminimum of 70% in the coursework and in the technical report.