Higher Certificate in Business Management

Programme focus: General business administration knowledge, skills and practices across
all major business functions with an introduction to managerial principles and practices.

Managerial competencies can be defined as the knowledge, skills, behaviours, and attitudes needed by managers to be effective in a wide range of managerial jobs and in various organisational settings.

The authors identify six specific competencies that are transferable from one organisation to the next, namely: communication, planning and administration, teamwork, strategic action, global awareness, and self-management, which are specifically covered in this programme. .

About the Higher Certificate

The Higher Certificate in Business Management is a brilliantly designed, broad academic and practical programme that equips students with the essential skills and competencies to manage diverse teams. This certificate offers a learning pathway across various occupations, sectors, and industries, designed to build foundational knowledge of core business functions. The programme also serves to nurture and develop managerial skills and competencies.

The scope includes essential topics such as marketing management, human resource management, operations management, business communication, business information systems, financial management and project management.

Graduates of this programme will be equipped to excel in various departments of an organisation, including junior and middle management positions.

Enrol for the comprehensive Higher Certificate in Business Management, gain essential skills and competencies and become a valuable team member in your organisation.

Higher Certificate in Business Management Structure


Why study the Higher Certificate

The Higher Certificate in Business Management is ideal for general administrators, middle managers, junior managers, team leaders, first-line managers and supervisors.

The compact programme packs a powerful punch and is perfect for anyone wanting to quickly gain practical and significant business knowledge. The programme will also fit the plans of candidates needing a qualification for promotion or placement in a position.

Career Opportunities

The Higher Certificate in Business Management equips you with a versatile business skill set that’s valued across a wide range of industries. Each path offers its own set of challenges and rewards, promising a dynamic and fulfilling career.

  • Supervisor – This position is usually the first step on the management ladder and entails overseeing a team and ensuring smooth operations in your assigned division.
  • Junior manager – This role requires you to manage a team or department, report to senior management and handle various tasks related to the business.
  • Middle manager – A mid-level managerial position that is responsible for overseeing different departments within an organisation and reporting directly to executive-level managers.
  • Team leader – As a team leader, you will oversee a group of employees who work together to achieve a common goal, and your role will include managing team dynamics, delegating tasks and providing guidance and support.
  • General administrator – This position involves handling various administrative tasks such as record-keeping, scheduling appointments, coordinating meetings and working with different departments within an organisation.
  • Business Administrator – This role involves overseeing the daily operations of a business and ensuring that all departments are functioning effectively. This position requires strong organisational, analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Office Manager – As an office manager, you will be responsible for overseeing the administrative operations of an organisation, including supervising support staff, implementing procedures and policies, and ensuring efficient communication within the workplace.
  • Junior project manager – This role involves assisting a project manager in planning, organising and coordinating projects within an organisation. It requires strong project management skills, time management, and attention to detail.
  • Junior operations manager – As a junior operations manager, you will be responsible for ensuring the efficient functioning of an organisation’s operations, including managing resources, streamlining processes and developing strategies to improve productivity.
  • Human resource assistant – This role involves assisting with various human resource tasks such as recruitment, onboarding, employee relations and performance management. It provides a solid foundation for a career in HR management.
  • Marketing coordinator – As a marketing coordinator, you will assist in developing and executing marketing strategies for a company, including market research, campaign planning and managing social media platforms.

Mode of Delivery

BMT College is an open distance education provider which allows you the flexibility to study anywhere, anytime, whilst also attending to your other responsibilities.

Our perfectly structured online learning mode of delivery lets you stay in close contact with your lecturer and fellow students.

Moreover, our state-of-the-art Virtual Campus will never let you feel isolated and out of touch with fellow students.

Entry Requirements

  • A National Senior Certificate (NSC) (matric) as certified by Umalusi.


  • an equivalent qualification as evaluated by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).

  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) based on work experience.

  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) based on age exemption (older than 23 years). 


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


The Higher Certificate in Business Management consists of eight subjects that are made up of eight modules. That is one module for each subject. All subjects must be completed within the prescribed period to achieve the qualification.

This module explores the pivotal role of businesses in society and delves into how organisations utilise resources to meet the diverse needs of customers. It also sheds light on the world’s economic systems, highlighting the functioning of small businesses within a market economy. Additionally, the module explores the significance of management in the business environment, delving into the core management functions and the skills and competencies required at different levels within a business.

This module provides students with a comprehensive understanding of marketing management in a business context. It covers the nature and function of marketing management within an organisation, as well as the marketing process and its components. Additionally, the module explores the marketing mix elements, namely product, price, promotion, and distribution decisions, and guides students on developing effective marketing strategies. Market segmentation based on consumer behaviour is also covered, with an emphasis on the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data. The module concludes with a discussion on the significance of customer service.

The third module of the Higher Certificate in Business Management provides students with an overview of the core tasks involved in human resource management. It begins by exploring the scope and responsibilities of human resource management. We then delve into the formulation of policies, advisory roles, service provision, and employee affairs management, all within the context of the HR function and its impact on other management areas. The module also covers human resource provision, retention, and governance, which are all key factors influencing effective human resource management.

This module focuses on the operations functions within an organisation in relation to other key business functions. It introduces students to various concepts in operations management, such as supply chain, logistics, supply and demand, and different demand forecasting techniques. Lastly, students will delve into inventory management and the calculation of inventory costs, wrapping up the fourth module of the Higher Certificate in Business Management.

This module provides students with an introduction to financial management, focusing on a secondary or supporting perspective. In other words, this module focuses on financial management from the point of view of departments other than the financial department, such as technology, human resource management, and legal services. By the end of the module, students should be able to comprehend the scope of financial management, apply fundamental principles and practices, and articulate budget planning and control issues. Additionally, students will learn how to analyse financial statements as a valuable source of information for financial management and measure and interpret an organisation’s financial performance.

Effective communication is crucial in any business environment. This module covers fundamental aspects of communication, such as different communication mediums and channels used within organisations, communication in the digital era, managing multicultural communication, and overcoming barriers to effective communication. The sixth module of the Higher Certificate in Business Management also covers the practical aspects of conducting productive meetings.

As with communication, information technology plays a crucial role in modern organisations. The evaluation, implementation, and management of Information Systems (IS) have become vital for effective business management. This module introduces students to the significance of reliable and accurate information in a business context, as well as an organisation’s information requirements and the interplay between the information function and other business functions. Students will also gain the ability to distinguish between different components of information systems and comprehend relevant IS terminology. The concept of “systems” is explored in terms of objectives and characteristics. Furthermore, contemporary issues such as information in the online world and information as a valuable management resource are also examined and discussed.

The final module of the Higher Certificate in Business Management introduces the fundamental concepts and principles of effective project management in a business environment. Students will gain a detailed understanding of the project management life cycle, including the planning, management, and control phases. They will also learn how to effectively apply the appropriate methods and tools to manage projects, drawing from real-life business scenarios. As part of the summative assessment, students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding by successfully completing a basic project based on a given scenario and applying project management principles and practices.

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