About this course

This course is designed to provide an introduction to the world of finance, which is an essential area of expertise for both managers and business owners. The aim of the course is to equip non-financial professionals with the skills to effectively analyze and utilize different types of financial information to make informed decisions.

You will be introduced to the basics of financial management, including financial statements, analysis of financial statements, management of working capital, budgeting, time value of money, risk management, and return on investment.

Course summary
  • 8 units

  • 6 months at 8 hours/week

  • Certificate included

Foundations of Financial Management


Short Course


Fully Online


6 months


8 h/week

Pay as little as R499* / monthly

Flexible payment options available

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What you will learn about

This course contains 8 units and can be completed in 6 months at the recommended pace of 8 hours per week:

  • Unit 1. Introduction to Financial Management
  • Unit 2. Introduction to Accounting Principles and the Accounting Equation
  • Unit 3. Financial Statements
  • Unit 4. Analysis of Financial Statements
  • Unit 5. Introduction to Working Capital Management
  • Unit 6. Budgeting and Financial Planning
  • Unit 7. Time Value of Money
  • Unit 8. Risk and Return

With our structured approach to learning, you can quickly gain valuable knowledge and skills. All courses include onboarding information, video lessons and multiple assessment opportunities.

Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Discuss the various financial accounting and financial management concepts and principles;
  2. Record basic accounting transactions;
  3. Prepare financial statements for a sole trader;
  4. Analyse financial statements and interpret financial results;
  5. Outline the importance of working capital management;
  6. Discuss financial planning and budgeting;
  7. Prepare a cash budget;
  8. Calculate the present and future value of single amounts, annuities, and uneven cash flows using compound interest rates;
  9. Explain the concept of risk and return and its impact on financial decision-making; and
  10. Calculate the expected and actual rate of return of an investment.

Is this course right for me?

This course is suitable for non-financial managers that require a better understanding of the dynamics involved in financial management, as well as equipping them with practical experience. The course will benefit any businessperson involved in finance requiring a theoretical understanding and practical application of financial tools, techniques, procedures, and terminology.

This course contains easy to understand content with many examples to help students master the concepts. The course caters for people with limited financial knowledge, and the content is therefore focused on problem-solving and decision making at a beginner’s level, whilst ensuring students gain the practical skills and understanding to master the management of finances within a business.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be equipped to pursue a range of exciting careers such as:

  • Junior Financial Manager
  • Business Manager
  • Financial Administrator
  • Financial Controller
  • Entrepreneur / Small business owner

When can you start this course?

Our Short Courses are administered in various intakes throughout the year. Enrol for a date that suits you or enquire now if you’d like more information.


Short Course Admissions

  • Minimum of Grade 9 (Standard 7)
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Alternate admission is possible on the basis of Mature Age exemption (23 years and older)
  • Ability to read and write in English, which is the language of instruction
  • Students should also possess a basic level of digital literacy skills

Our Short Course programmes are offered all year round, making enrolling easy and convenient anytime. Complete our online application form, and await a call from one of our friendly Enrolment Consultants.

At iQ Academy, we offer all our programmes exclusively through online learning. Students must have regular access to a device and a stable internet connection, whether via a mobile device or any other means.

Don’t worry about course materials, as they are all available online and can be downloaded to your smartphone, PC or tablet for offline use. We do not provide printed textbooks. If you prefer printed materials, you can easily download and print them yourself.

Our teaching and learning activities occur 100% online. If you require more information, please feel free to enquire now.

  • A PC, Tablet or Smartphone
  • Access to a reliable internet connection
  • An active email account
  • At least 1GB of data per month

Simple pricing, big value

Our course fees are all-inclusive, there are no hidden costs. Get access to feature-rich learning and exclusive student benefits.

Total course fee

  • All inclusive

  • Choose how you pay: Upfront or in monthly instalments

Monthly instalments

Pay as little as R499* / monthly

  • Interest free payment plans

  • Receive your digital certificate when you have finished paying off your plan

*Terms and deposit are subject to affordability. View our payment options for more information.

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Enhance your job prospects with a verified way to showcase your new skills and knowledge.
  • Easily downloadable

  • Industry aligned

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“Thank you for the lessons, experience, support, opportunity to study at an affordable price, and most of all for adding value to my life.”

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Short Course FAQ’s

Our short course programmes are courses that can be completed over several weeks or months, depending on the course you enrol for. Short courses are designed to complement a working professionals lifestyle through flexible distance learning. Assessments are done through the submission of assignments, no exams are required.

Our curricula are developed by industry experts and are internally quality-assured and approved by our Academic Board. Our short courses are institutional programmes and are non-credit bearing. For more information on our institutional registration and accreditation status view our accreditations.

Short courses are typically non-credit-bearing programmes, affording students the opportunity to build their professional credentials without the higher cost and time associated with studying for a university degree or qualification.

There are no written examinations for short courses. As part of your learning, you are encouraged to complete short quizzes throughout each unit, which help you build and test your knowledge. You must complete and submit one formative assessment at the end of each unit. To meet the requirements for a course, you will have to pass the final summative assessment at the end of the course, before you can get certified.

Once you have completed your course, you will get an iQ Academy Short Course Certificate. Your certificate demonstrates that you have acquired industry-relevant skills which can enhance your promotional and employment opportunities. In order to qualify for a certificate you will need to:

  • Pass all your assignments
  • Pay up your student account

Our short courses integrate interactive media with e-learning activities as well as online recorded lectures. The following learning activities form part of the overall learning path:

  • Reading activities
  • Multimedia activities such as video clips and podcasts
  • Self-reflections
  • Case studies
  • Assessment activities & compulsory submission of formative and summative assessments