Higher Certificate Business Management Course | iQ Academy

Higher Certificate in Business Management

SAQA ID: 87026 | NQF 5 | Credits: 120

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Take the lead with a Higher Certificate qualification. Learn the core management competencies required for running successful organisations.

Accredited qualification

Expert South African curriculum

Flexible payment options

Online access to tutor, content and other students

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Over 30,000 students have successfully completed a course with iQA.

Are you ready to join us? Send an enquiry and one of our Student Advisors will call you back shortly:
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

The Higher Certificate in Business Management is a versatile qualification that lays a solid theoretical foundation about general and business management principles.

It covers the fundamental cornerstones of business and provides knowledge and application opportunities so you can enhance your skills as a business person.

This qualification has been designed to build your career in business and expand your education journey.

NQF level 5

Study Method

Distance learning with textbooks and online support
Part time

Course Duration

Average course duration: 24 months

Maximum study period: 36 months

Study Time

20 hours per week

(to complete in 24 months)

  • Study Method

    Distance learning with textbooks and online support
    Part time

  • Course Duration

    Average course duration: 24 months

    Maximum study period: 36 months

  • Study Time

    20 hours per week

    (to complete in 24 months)

Price and payment options

Course Fee

  • Fees include all textbooks, study guides and courier– there are no hidden costs.

Monthly Payments Options

  • Year 1: R679 pm x 15 months
  • Year 2: R709 pm x 15 months
  • (other flexible plans available)


  • No registration fee, but a deposit may be required subject to affordability


  • R20,820 (Year 1: R10 185 and Year 2: R10 635)
  • No registration fee
  • Debit order for terms
  • Direct Deposit, EFT, Ozow (iPay), Credit or Debit Card (PayGate), Karri
  • Please note that for Standard Bank customers we are an authorised beneficiary

Admission requirements

South African students

  • National Senior Certificate, or Senior Certificate; or National Certificate Vocational (Level 4)
  • At least 30% in the language of teaching and learning
  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • Proficient in English
  • Do not require matric exemption certificate

The following documentation is required to support South African applications:

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

International Students

  • General Certificate of Education; International Certificate of Education; Cambridge Overseas School Certificate; International General Certificate of Secondary Education; or Similar school leaving certificates
  • Subject to certain subject combinations

The following documentation is required to support international applications:

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

Modules in this course

Module 1: Business Management

Module 2: Human Resource Management

Module 3: Marketing Management

Module 4: Finance for Managers

Module 5: Transition to Leading Others

Module 6: Project Management


Each module in the programme will be assessed as follows:
• Continuous assessment
• Two or more assignments
• Examination or Portfolio

Closing dates

The Higher Certificate Programme has two intakes during the year:

Semester 1

  • Registration closing date: 05 February 2021
  • (Deadline includes payment and submission of required documentation)

Semester 2

  • Registration closing date – to be announced in 2021

Exciting career opportunities

The Higher Certificate is a multi disciplinary qualification that allows a successful student to pivot into various opportunities in nearly every employment sector. Key roles include:

  • Supervisor
  • Junior Manager
  • Team Leader
  • General Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Other junior to mid level managerial positions

Ready to take the next step?

Submit an enquiry and a Student Advisor will call you back soon!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a higher certificate course?

A higher certificate course is a formal qualification registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and accredited by the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) and Council on Higher Education (CHE).

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?

Students have the following options for submitting assignments/assessments:

  1. iCan Student Portal:
    Upload assignment on iCan
  1. Email Submissions:
  2. Fax:
  3. Posting to IQ Academy:
    IQ Academy
    Private Bag X6

What do I get, after I complete this course?

Upon successful completion of each of the six modules, or the full Learning Programme, on condition that your student account is paid up, you are eligible to be awarded the Higher Certificate qualification.

Certificates may be awarded at an official graduation ceremony or in absentia.

Prospective graduates will be notified by the Office of the Registrar about the detailed arrangements pertaining to the ceremony, including date, venue, guests, academic dress, etc.

The Institution reserves the right not to award a certificate should a student be in arrears or if a student has failed to submit required documentation.

Are there exams for this course?

Yes there are exams, but before exams, there are formative assessments that need to be completed.

  • For the purpose of this Learning Programme, formative assessments are individual assignments that must be submitted for marking.
  • Marked assignments will be returned to you for review and feedback purposes.
  • Unless stated otherwise, there are a minimum of TWO compulsory assignments for each module and you are required to complete and submit all module assignments before or on the due date.
  • You must submit ALL assignments if you wish to gain entry to the examination (summative assessment).
  • There will be an exam for each subject.

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