Higher Certificate in Business Management

Develop skills, knowledge and values in the areas of team management, strategic management, project management, marketing, finance and people management.

1 year
NQF Level 5
120 credits

Key features

  • Accredited and Registered
  • Cutting-edge curriculum
  • Flexible structure
  • Online support 
  • Affordable and Accessible
  • Internationally benchmarked
  • Multicultural Faculty and support
  • Business Management Certificate online


The Higher Certificate in Business Management is a one year programme that develops skills, knowledge and values in the areas of team management, strategic management, project management, marketing, finance and people management.

The Business Management Certificate programme is aimed at preparing students for a career in business and management. It focuses on the functional areas of management and ensures students apply theory to practice.


Upon successful completion of the Business Management Certificate programme, the student should be able to:
  • Apply basic mathematics in a business context;
  • Apply management principles in a work-based context;
  • Communicate effectively through varied media (e.g. written, verbal, visual);
  • Demonstrate skill in the use of technology and computer software applications in business and industry;
  • Display competence in interpreting and analysing financial statements;
  • Make sound management decisions based upon planning and examination of appropriate alternatives;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental principles of marketing; and
  • Understand the legal system as it relates to business systems.

Programme structure

Duration: 1 year


  • Introduction to Business Management
  • End User Computing/Digital Transformation in the Business Environment
  • Business Mathematics
  • Introduction to Business Law
  • Fundamentals of Project Management
  • Business Communication
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Fundamentals of Marketing


  • Knowledge Checks
  • Short essay questions
  • Project

Admission requirements

  • The minimum entry requirement is the National Senior Certificate or National Certificate Vocational with appropriate subject combinations and levels of achievement; or
  • An equivalent NQF level 4 qualification with proven proficiency in English
  • It is possible in some cases, to gain entry into the programme on the basis of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)


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A higher certificate in business management will prepare you for a career in the business world in a number of different industry sectors and in diverse departments. Graduates can find entry-level positions like a data analyst, insurance underwriter, sales consultant, office administrator or operations assistant.

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