Diploma in Business Management in South Africa | iQ Academy

Diploma in Business Management

SAQA ID: 112051 | NQF 6 | Credits: 360

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Pursue a multi-disciplinary qualification in business management. Become equipped to manage and influence all functional disciplines within an organisation, whether private, public or civil society.

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  • Study online

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  • Study at your own pace

    No exam sittings

  • Flexible payment options

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  • Innovative student portal

    Stay in touch with your dedicated Tutor

Over 30,000 students have successfully completed courses with iQA.

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Step 1. Easily complete your Application over the phone.
Step 2. Be advised immediately if you are admitted to study.
Step 3. Start your registration process.

About this course

This Diploma in Business Management offers a well-balanced programme, rich with relevant practical applications across core business disciplines, including finances, production and operations management, and strategy implementation and control. We have integrated specialised modules into the curriculum to add the competitive advantage. Our unique blend of theoretical and up-to-date skills will set you up to be globally relevant in the high demand area of management.

  • Study Method


  • Course Duration

    The diploma consists of a total of 360 credits, with 60 credits offered each year. The course is currently only offered on a part time basis which is over a span of 4 and a half years

  • Study Time

    150 hours in total

    3 hours/week

    (complete in 12 mnths)

Study Method


Course Duration (part time)

4 and a half years

Study Time

15 – 20 hours
per week

Price and Payment Options

Course Fee

  • The course fee is structured on a cost per-module basis.  The cost per module varies depending on your year of study, as outlined below.  You can choose to pay your annual module costs in monthly installments or as a once-off cost each year.
  • Course fees are all-inclusive subject to passing all modules and includes your first examination cost
  • Course fees do not include any module repeats, re-examinations, traveling related costs of exams, or data costs

Fees for the first year

  • Annual Registration Fee: R1,200*
  • Module Fee: R2,500* (6 modules required in the first year)
  • Module Fee for subsequent years from R2,650 – R3,500*
  • Payment Terms offered for your annual fees: 6 months, 9 months, and 12 months
  • Payment Methods:
    • Debit Order on terms
    • Direct Deposit, EFT, Ozow (iPay), Credit or Debit Card (PayGate), and Karri
    • Please note that for Standard Bank customers we are an authorised beneficiary
    • Learn more about payment methods here

* Fees are subject to annual increases (inflationary related) and will be quoted for accordingly

Admission requirements

The following minimum entrance requirements apply:

  1. A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with Diploma endorsement with:
  • at least 40% in English, and
  • at least 40% in Mathematics or 50% in Mathematical Literacy; or
  1. A Senior Certificate (SC) with:
  • at least an E symbol, on Standard Grade level, in English, and
  • at least an E symbol, on Standard Grade level, in Mathematics; or
  1. A National Certificate (Vocational)(NCV) with appropriate subject combinations and the following

levels of achievement:

  • a minimum of 50% in three fundamental subjects including English, AND
  • a minimum of 60% in three compulsory vocational subjects, or
  1. A Higher Certificate or Advanced Certificate obtained in a cognate field.

What you need to enrol:

South African citizens:

  • Certified copy of ID document
  • Certified copy of highest school qualification

Non South Africa citizens:

  • Certified copy of passport
  • Certified copy of study permit
  • Certified copy of SAQA evaluation

Technical Requirements:

  • Access to a reliable internet connection – no textbooks – the course is fully online
  • Email account
  • Smartphone or PC – you can do the course entirely on your smartphone!

Modules in this course

Year 1

  1. Academic Literacy
  2. Introduction to Information Systems
  3. Business Management 1a
  4. Business Communication
  5. Business Ethics
  6. Business Management 1b

Year 2 

  1. Macro Economics
  2. Elementary Quantitative Modelling 1a
  3. Financial Accounting 1a
  4. Management Principles
  5. Micro Economics
  6. Elementary Quantitative Modelling 1b
  7. Contemporary Management Issues
  8. Financial Accounting 1b

Year 3 

  1. Corporate Financial Management
  2. Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Small Businesses
  3. Marketing Management
  4. Production and Operations
  5. Human Resource Management
  6. Personal Financial Management
  7. Purchasing and Supply Chain
  8. Corporate Innovation and Intrapreneurship

Year 4 

  1. International Management
  2. Project Management
  3. Strategic Planning
  4. Corporate Citizenship
  5. Leadership
  6. Strategy Implementation and Control

Year 5 

  1. Integrated Business Plan
  2. Integrated Business Project

Ready to take the next step?

Send an Enquiry and a friendly Student Advisor will call you back soon!

Who this course is for

This diploma is perfectly designed to suit a range of individuals in the corporate and entrepreneurial fields, from the junior level employee who wants to move into a managerial role to managers who want to be more effective, grow their competencies, or even just want to solidify their knowledge and experience with an academic qualification. It’s even suitable for entrepreneurs who want to start their own businesses or better position their businesses for success.

  • People in managerial positions who want to upskill themselves with business management training or expand their professional achievements by adding an academic qualification
  • Junior level employees wanting to move into managerial roles through additional knowledge and an academic qualification
  • Entrepreneurs who want to start a business or better position their existing business for growth

Course equips you to:

  • Apply managerial competencies and integrate elements of ethics into various managerial principles
  • Effectively and efficiently apply contemporary management principles in organisations
  • Understand how the various functional management areas fit into the broader field of business management
  • Understand the importance of project management
  • Design, construct, and implement a strategic plan
  • Develop a business plan for a new business venture and apply the basic skills of managing a new business
  • Apply the basic principles of personal financial management
  • Apply the principles of good corporate citizenship in an organisation

Do you need more information?

Download the Course Brochure, it has more details.

Exciting career opportunities

  • General Management Positions
  • Project Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Purchasing Management
  • Production, Operations, and Supply Chain Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Financial Management
  • Business Consulting
  • Small Enterprise Management and Entrepreneurship

Learn online, at your own pace!

The Diploma in Business Management Course is fully online and has been designed flexibly so you can study at your own pace:

  • Course material provided in digital and e-book format
  • Learn anywhere, anytime with a mobile first design
  • Access to a dedicated tutor, student community forums and innovative student portal
  • Plus get FREE access to our exclusive Do Life modules that help you build everyday life skills
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Frequently Asked Questions

I’m new to online learning, where do I start?

Log on to the iCan student portal and find the orientation module in your course. The module gives you all the information you need to help you navigate and become familiar with the workings of your online course.

Do I need to be online all the time to study?

No, each module has an eBook containing all the course material. You can download the eBook to your device and work through the material while you’re offline.

Is the qualification registered on the NQF/SAQA?

Yes, the qualification is registered on SAQA and the SAQA ID is 112051, NQF Level 6

Is iQ Academy a registered Institution?

Yes, iQ Academy (Pty) Ltd Company Registration No. 2006/033114/07 is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training until 31 December 2021 as a Private Higher Education Institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997, Registration Certificate No 2112/HE07/001/.  Refer to website for certificate of registration with the Department of Higher Education and Training.

How do I get academic support?

A dedicated tutor is available online to provide support and assistance. They can answer your questions via iCan messages or the discussion forums. Your tutor can also be contacted by email or telephone.

How do I submit assignments?

For this course, you will submit your assignments online. Find instructions on how submissions work on your online learning orientation module, which is on the iCan student portal. You will be able to do your assignment online and get your results instantly.

Are there exams for this course?

Not all modules require a formal examination.  Annual examination will take place twice a year for those modules for which a formal, written examination is required.  Details regarding examinations will be communicated.

What do I get, after I complete this course?

Once you complete your course, you will get a Diploma in Business Management, SAQA ID 112051  (NQF Level 6) from iQ Academy. To qualify for this certification, you must:

  • Fulfil all academic requirements
  • Pay up your student account
  • Email clear copy of your ID document to certificate@iqa.ac.za or fax to 086 758 4800

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