The Advanced Diploma in Business Management (ADBM) may just be what you need to take your career to the next level. This programme is designed to teach you the skills you need to be a successful business leader. It will focus on strategies for business operations, product and service development, and optimal pricing practices. Let’s look at the ADBM and what it can do for your career.

Why study for the Advanced Diploma in Business Management?

The Advanced Diploma in Business Management is a realistic and constructive programme. It is perfect for middle to top managers in any business function, specifically operations, marketing, or financial management. Its focus on business leadership development means you’ll learn practical 21st-century business knowledge. Enabling you to thrive in a globally competitive marketplace that drives the bottom line. You’ll learn how to attract and develop talented teams, design and optimise operations, achieve cost leadership, deliver high-quality products and services, and master digital and content marketing.

One of the key benefits of the ADBM is its emphasis on real-world applications. Rather than simply learning theoretical concepts, you’ll have the opportunity to apply what you learn to your current job practically. This means that you’ll be able to instantly see the results of your studies in your work and make meaningful contributions to your organisation.

Another benefit of the ADBM is its focus on ethical business leadership. This means that you’ll learn how to lead with integrity, making decisions that benefit the company as well as its stakeholders. This will not only help you to make a positive impact on your organisation but will also set you apart as a leader who is trusted and respected.

The Advanced Diploma in Business Management prepares students to apply acquired business understanding across a broad range of industries. Whether you’re interested in healthcare, finance, tech, or any other industry, the skills you learn in the ADBM are transferable. This means that you’ll have the flexibility to pivot your career in a new direction, taking on new challenges and exploring new opportunities.

Programme Design

The flagship programme of BMT College is the Advanced Diploma in Business Management. This comprehensive programme is structured around six modules that cover various aspects of business management. The research component equips students with the skills to conduct fact-based research, enabling them to make informed decisions and demonstrate effective leadership.

The programme begins by setting the stage with the first module in Strategic Management. Subsequent modules build upon this foundation by emphasising the creation of holistic business strategies that encompass all facets of the organisation. For instance, the business strategy influences the human resource strategy, encompassing aspects such as recruitment, organisational behaviour, and cultivating the desired corporate culture.

Operations management encompasses pricing, logistics, and distribution, which are the practical execution of the business strategy. Marketing strategies, including brand decisions, public relations, and customer service, directly impact operations and the financial performance of the organisation, as discussed in the Management Accounting module. Moreover, business ethics and social responsibility must align with the organisation’s vision, mission, and strategic positioning. When these ideals are in harmony, the organisation is on track for success.

In addition to acquiring advanced knowledge in various subjects, this programme aims to illustrate to students that all parts of a business work collaboratively to execute the organisation’s vision and strategy effectively.

Further Studies

The Advanced Diploma in Business Management is a registered NQF level 7 programme registered with SAQA and accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE). It not only prepares students for a career in business leadership but also enables them to pursue further studies, such as a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management, Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration, Bachelor of Business Administration Honours, and similar qualifications. Although BMT College does not currently offer these programs, they are available at various institutions in South Africa.

Career Opportunities

When it comes to career opportunities, the sky is truly the limit with the Advanced Diploma in Business Management. Graduates of the programme are well-equipped to take on leadership roles in a variety of industries, from healthcare to finance to tech. Some potential job titles include operations manager, marketing director, financial analyst, and CEO.

How to start with the ADBM

BMT College students who have successfully completed the Diploma in Business Management or the Diploma in Human Resource Management (NQF level 6) automatically qualify to register for the Advanced Diploma. Applicants who have completed an appropriate three-year NQF level 6 Diploma in a similar field or a bachelor’s degree in any field may also qualify to register for the programme.

The easiest route, if you have yet to do any other qualifications after matric, is to register for and complete the Diploma in Business Management and then continue with the Advanced Diploma in Business Management. (Entry requirements for the Diploma are a matric, or RPL, or mature age exemption).

If you are unsure if you qualify for the Advanced Diploma, feel free to contact the College, where you will be assisted by one of our friendly student liaisons.

Study Duration

The Advanced Diploma in Business Management can be completed in one year, or in eighteen months, depending on how you want to approach the research component. The ADBM is registered as a 120-credit, NQF level 7 programme with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). 120 credit programmes are typically one-year qualifications.

If you are starting from scratch (no previous qualifications), then you will first start with the Diploma in Business Management, a three-year accredited programme on NQF level 6, and then continue with the Advanced Diploma in Business Management that can be completed in one year.

NOTE: It is not necessary to first do the Higher Certificate in Business Management (NQF level 5). If you start with the Higher Certificate, then you will still need to basically complete the full Diploma before getting access to the Advanced Diploma.


If you’re a middle to top manager looking to take your career to the next level, the Advanced Diploma in Business Management is definitely worth considering. With its focus on business leadership development, emphasis on real-world applications, and transferable skills, this programme can help you achieve your career goals and make a positive impact on your organisation. Why not take the next step and register today?


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