Diploma in Business Management 2nd Year

The second year of the Diploma in Business Management introduces you to four core functional areas essential to successful business management: human resources, marketing, operations, and financial management. 

Each of the eight modules consists of a multiple-choice assignment. The four longer format assignments for each subject are completed at your own pace before the due dates to ensure your access to the third and final year. 

There are no sit-down, timed exams!

Second-year Structure


Subjects and Modules

Subject: Human Resources Management II

Learn how to shape workplaces with the Human Resource Management function that are both productive and supportive. The first module, an engaging introduction to Human Resource Management, gives you a robust understanding of strategic planning and analysis in the HR field. You will learn how strategies and policies are crafted to drive organisational success. The second module explores the intricacies of employee grievances, the principles of equal employment opportunities and the crucial role of codes of conduct.

This module explores the human resource environment and the managerial processes involved in developing and shaping the human resource strategy. The goal is to enhance your understanding of the factors that influence competitiveness, ultimately impacting an organisation’s survival and growth strategy. The module covers the responsibilities of HR departments and the expectations of the HR function, including how HR can support organisations’ business strategies. The module also delves into the significance of strategic human resource planning (SHRP), the integration of strategic planning with human resources, and HR research methods and metrics. Furthermore, the module comprehensively discusses job design, job analysis, and work teams.

This module aims to enhance your understanding of how different environments impact the parties involved in the labour relations system. Throughout this module, you will explore the interconnections between economic, political, and social factors that influence labour relations in South Africa. The module covers topics such as the historical context of labour law, the South African Constitution, and the legislative process. It also introduces the concept of diversity management within the context of perception and conflict. Additionally, this module provides insights into labour relations and the dynamics of social dialogue at various levels. Finally, it delves into the relevant acts that impact labour relationships.

Subject: Marketing Management II

The second subject of year two of the Diploma in Business Management consists of two main modules: Introduction to Marketing Concepts and Promoting Products and Services. The first module provides a comprehensive overview of marketing, including the marketing landscape, consumer behaviour, market segmentation, targeting, and positioning. The second module focuses on making strategic decisions related to products and services, such as brand equity development and management, value creation in service marketing, and pricing strategy determination.

This module is designed to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of marketing management in a business context. It explores the nature and role of marketing management within an organisation’s overall business strategy. Additionally, the module delves into the relevant aspects of micro, macro, and market environments to develop effective marketing strategies. Various marketing strategies are examined, including how to enter or penetrate a market using the appropriate marketing mix (product, price, promotion, and distribution decisions). You will gain insights into consumer behaviour and learn how to accurately collect, analyse, and interpret marketing information. Furthermore, the module will guide you in segmenting the market environment to effectively target the desired audience for positioning your organisation’s products or services.

Module 4 builds upon the knowledge acquired in Module 3, delving deeper into product decisions and service offerings. It explores the various classifications of products and services, including convenience, essential, emergency, specialisation, and luxury products and services. Additionally, it examines the distinction between the core product and augmented products. Marketing-related product decisions are thoroughly discussed, encompassing features, branding, packaging, and labelling. Understanding the product life cycle is the foundation for designing various product planning models. The module further emphasises the significance of value creation in service marketing and customer satisfaction. The module explores distribution decisions, such as selecting distribution channels, channel leadership, and market coverage. The module culminates with an insightful discussion on the importance and function of the supply chain.

Subject: Operations Management II

The two modules of Operations Management include: “Introduction to Operational Management” and “Operational Management in Action.” Where the previous Marketing Management subject focuses on enhancing marketing strategies and maximising consumer appeal, operations management shares similar objectives such as product development and product lifecycle. However, it emphasises efficiency, productivity, and various quantitative and qualitative factors from a business perspective. In the second-year Operations Management subject, you will gain insight into productivity measurement, forecasting, Total Quality Management (TQM), service quality, and quality tools and techniques.

This module offers a comprehensive overview of the operations function, its importance, and the duties of an operations manager. Topics covered include process strategy, capacity planning, mass customisation, and productivity, including single-factor, labour, and material productivity, as well as allocating limited resources. The transformation model is explored in detail, with a focus on the boundaries of the operations system. Goods and services are analysed from an operational perspective, with specific attention given to their distinguishing features. Forecasting is also introduced as a planning tool, with a detailed explanation of various approaches and techniques, including qualitative and quantitative methods.

Module 4 in the Marketing Management subject introduced the promotion of products and services, while this module focuses on the operational function of developing products and services. The module aims to strike a balance between product design, development, and sustainability. By applying the relevant generic processes such as planning, designing, testing, and implementing a product, you will gain the skills to develop a new product. The module revisits the Product Life Cycle (PLC) management tool discussed in Marketing Management. In this module, we approach it from the perspective of Operational Management by analysing advanced concepts and case studies. It also provides an in-depth understanding of the design process and how to implement an operational strategy, including production process control. The notion of quality is introduced, and practical steps are taken to ensure Total Quality Management (TQM). By the end of the module, you can confidently identify gaps in products and services using quality tools and techniques such as flow charts, check sheets, histograms, Pareto analysis, benchmarking, and best practices.

Subject: Financial Management II

The Financial Management subject aims to help you practically apply this function in an organisation. The subject includes two modules: Introduction to Economics and a module covering Financial Ratios, Planning, and Practices. The purpose of Financial Management II is for you to acquire practical knowledge of the connection between major sectors, microeconomics, and macroeconomics. You will also learn about measuring the economy’s performance and the significance of supply and demand. The second module will teach you how to create budgets, track actual expenses, manage VAT administration, and perform basic financial analysis.

This module provides an introduction to the fundamental principles of economics. It covers the key players in the economy, the flow of income and spending, and the major economic flows. You will explore macroeconomic concepts, including economic growth, full employment, price stability, and equitable income distribution. The module also delves into microeconomics, discussing essential concepts such as supply and demand, equilibrium, shifts along the demand and supply curve, and demand elasticity and utility. Additionally, it offers a comprehensive explanation of the marketplace, encompassing perfect competition, monopoly, and oligopoly, with relevant and relatable examples to illustrate these concepts.

This module will equip you with a solid understanding of fundamental financial management principles. You will delve into the accounting framework, financial ratios, and reporting structures. Additionally, you will gain proficiency in interest calculations, budget creation, and the recording, preparation, and analysis of cost information. The module covers various cost types and allocation methods. It also explores pricing decisions aligning with the marketing and operations management subjects. Furthermore, you will explore VAT’s practical administration, including input and output VAT aspects. The module concludes by delving into essential business, banking, economics, and statistical techniques.


  • 8 Formative Assignments after each module
  • 4 Summative Assignments after each subject
  • 1 FISA (Final Integrated Summative Assignment) after all completed subject

2nd Year Payment Plans

First Year


Ease into the Diploma in Business Management, with the option to change your learning pathway to Human Resource Management after the first year. 
The first year consists of eight modules with a multiple-choice assignment each.
In addition, you will complete four longer format assignments in your own time to pass the first year and continue with the second year. There are no sit-down, timed exams! Read more…

Second Year


The second year of the Diploma in Business Management introduces you to the core business management functional areas: human resources, marketing, operations, and financial management. 
Each of the eight modules consists of a multiple-choice assignment. Four longer format assignments are completed at your own pace before the due dates to ensure your access to the third and final year. 
There are no sit-down, timed exams! Read more…

Third Year


The third and final year is the last step in achieving this sought-after qualification. As a BMT College Diploma in Business Management graduate, you will also automatically qualify for the Advanced Diploma in Business Management (NQF level 7). 
The final year consists of eight multiple-choice assignments, four longer format assignments and a project. 
The final panel interview sets you up to graduate in style and receive your qualification at our official annual ceremony. Read more…

Qualifications that may interest you:

Diploma in Human Resource Management

Higher Certificate in Business Management

Advanced Diploma in Business Management 

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