Higher Certificate in Business Management
Higher Certificate in Business Management Course

What can I study after my Certificate?

This Certificate gives you access to further learning in the same or related fields. It will also give you access to our Diplomas. The Diploma will then give you access to our Advanced Diplomas which in turn will give you access to Honours degrees or post-graduate studies.

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.

Hellriegel, Jackson, Slocum and Staude (2008)

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. .

The Higher Certificate in Business Management provides students with a learning pathway across various occupations, sectors and industries. The programme is specifically designed to develop management skills and competencies and to build a foundational knowledge of core business functions. The scope of the Higher Certificate in Business Management on NQF level 5 includes building essential knowledge of marketing management, human resource management, operations management, business communication, business information systems, financial management and project management.

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

  • A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with Higher Certificate admission or an equivalent qualification as evaluated by the SAQA.
  • A minimum total admission point score (APS) of 15 for a combination of six recognised 20-credit National Senior Certificate subjects*
  • A minimum APS of 2 (30-39%) for English Home Language* or an APS of 3 (40-49%) for English First Additional Language*.
  • A minimum APS of 2 (30-39%) for Mathematics* or an APS of 3 (40-49%) for Mathematical Literacy*
1 Year
360 Credits
Accredited by CHE and Registered by DHET
Programme structure

The programme consists of eight (8) compulsory modules.

Students must complete the following to achieve the qualification:

Module 1: Introduction to Business Management

Module 2: The Functions of Marketing in Business Management

Module 3: The Functions of Human Resources in Business Management

Module 4: The Functions of Operations in Business Management

Module 5: The Functions of Finances in Business Management

Module 6: Business Communication in a Digital Era

Module 7: Business Information Systems

Module 8: Managing Business Projects

 

Advantages of studying this programme

Business management forms part of a learning pathway of management programmes across various industries and sectors. Increasingly, employers view post-school qualifications as an indicator of employees’ ability to think, analyse, solve problems and community effectively. However, not all school leavers meet the entry requirements for degree studies, and this programme provides a pathway for learners to access higher education studies and specifically in the field of business management.

 

In addition, this programme provides an opportunity for students who have previously completed specialised programmes or technical programmes, to complete a qualification that will introduce them to business management and to develop their management skills for promotional purposes in a relatively short time span of 12 months; which may be more appealing and cost-effective to some students than completing a full 3-year business management degree.

Career Opportunities
  • Supervisor.
  • Junior manager.
  • Middle manager.
  • Business administrator
  • Office manager.
  • Junior project manager.
  • Junior operations manager.
Module 1
Introduction to Business Management

This module introduces the role of business in society and explains how a business employs its resources to satisfy the needs for products and services. The economic systems of the world are explained, including how small businesses function within a market economy. 

Module 2
The Functions of Marketing in Business Management

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the fundamentals of marketing management within a business context. This module covers the nature and the function of marketing management within the organisation. Furthermore, the marketing process is discussed in this module as well as the components of the marketing environment. The collection, analysis and interpretation are used to segment the market according to consumer behaviour.

Module 3
The Functions of Human Resources in Business Management

The purpose of this module is to provide you with an overview of the tasks associated with human resource management. The module explores the scope and task of human resource management. We also discuss the determining and formulating policy tasks, advising task; rendering a service and controlling employee affairs management tasks in relation to the HR function and impact on other functions. 

Module 4
The Functions of Operations in Business Management

The purpose of this module is to provide you with an understanding of the operations function in relation to other major business functions. You are introduced to concepts related to operations management, including supply chain, supply chain management, logistics, supply and demand and various demand forecasting techniques. 

Module 5
The Functions of Finances in Business

The purpose of this module is to introduce you to financial management from a secondary or support perspective. Upon completion of the module, you will be able to explain the scope of financial management, apply basic principles and practices of financial management and explain budget planning and control issues.

Module 6
Business Communication in a Digital Era

This module covers various communication mediums within an organisation, communication in the digital era, how to deal with multicultural communication within the organisation, and how to overcome barriers to effective communication. The module also teaches you how to conduct succesful meetings.

Module 7
Business Information Systems

This module introduces you to the importance of reliable and accurate information, the information needs of an organisation and the relationship between the information function and other business functions. You will learn how to differentiate between the various components of information systems and understand relevant Information Systems terminology.

Module 8
Managing Business Projects

The purpose of this module is to introduce you to the basic concepts and principles applicable to managing a project within a business environment. A detailed overview is given of the project management life cycle and steps in planning, managing and controlling a project, using the relevant methods and tools to manage projects based on scenarios related to real-life business situations.

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  • Electronic copies of all prescribed textbooks freely available*

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