Higher Certificate in Business Management2022-04-01T10:18:49+02:00

Project Description

Higher Certificate in Business Management

The Higher Certificate in Business Management, at NQF level 5, is an entry-level qualification that provides students with the required competencies to pursue various entry-level managerial roles. This programme has been designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills that are imperative for career and/or academic advancement in business management.

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Course curriculm

The programme curriculum covers a wide range of modules that enable students to gain a solid understanding of general management principles and practices. This qualification contains 7 substantive modules and includes a learning plan, with weekly schedules, to keep your studies on track.

  • Module 1: Academic Literacy (10 Credits)
  • Module 2: Business Management (20 Credits)
  • Module 3: Human Resource Management (20 Credits)
  • Module 4: Principles of Leadership (14 Credits)
  • Module 5: Marketing Management Literacy (20 Credits)
  • Module 6: Finance for Managers (16 Credits)
  • Module 7: Project Management (20 Credits)

The applicability of the skills learnt in this programme is advantageous to entrepreneurial, small, and medium enterprises and benefits large organisations as well. Upon successful completion of this qualification students can pursue exciting career paths such as:

  • Project Officer
  • Business Administrator
  • Supervisor
  • Team Leader
  • Junior manager
  • Office manager
  • Entrepreneur

Course summary

  • Certificate type:
    NQF Level 5 Higher Certificate | 120 Credits

  • SAQA ID:

  • Course Duration:
    24 months part-time, 12 months full-time

  • Study method:
    Internet supported
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Step 1: Enquire

  • Complete website contact form
  • Speak to Enrolment Consultant
  • Complete application

Step 2: Register

  • Submit documentation
  • Pay your fees

  • Recieve your student number

Step 3: Start

  • Access iCan (Student portal)
  • Complete orientation week

  • Engage with your lecturer

When can I start?

Higher Certificates have 2 Semesters per academic year. Applications for the 2nd Semester of 2022 are now open –  secure your spot before it’s too late!

  • Next semester starts: 18 July 2022
  • Registration deadline: 01 July 2022


  • Distance learning with textbooks and a strong internet-dependent component
  • Teaching and learning support from specialised lecturers
  • Study packs are couriered which contain study and programme guides
  • This programme has a fixed schedule and students are required to adhere to the study plans
  • Access to iCan, our student portal, for compulsory online learning activities

To gain access to this programme, candidates must have one of the following qualifications:

  • National Senior Certificate (NSC), or Senior Certificate (NC), or National Certificate Vocational (NCV level 4)
  • At least 30% in the language of teaching and learning;
  • Matric exemption certificate optional

Supporting documents include a certified copy of ID document and Grade 12 certificate [NSC, NC, NCV (NQF level 4)] *Foreign learners are required to obtain a SAQA equivalent of your qualification and a study/work permit.

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Ability to read and write in English, which is the language of instruction
  • A basic level of digital literacy skills
  • If you do not meet the minimum requirement, you may still enrol on the basis of relevant work experience or mature age exemption
  • Laptop, PC, Tablet or Smartphone
  • Access to a reliable internet connection
  • An email address
  • Web browser (Chrome or Firefox)
  • +/- 500 MB of data per month to partake in online learning activities

Course fees

At iQ Academy we understand that education is an investment and that’s why we offer flexible payment options to suit most working individuals. You can pay your fees in various monthly instalment plans or in full on enrolment.

Full course fee

  • Pay the course fee upon enrolment as a once of cost.
  • Year 1: R11,648 / Year 2: R12,480

Monthly instalments from

  • Instalment terms from: 6 – 24 months
  • Deposit subject to affordability
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What do your course fees include?

All your learning material is included in the course fee, whether you pay in instalments or upfront. There are no hidden costs, the only additional fees that may be charged are remarking or repeat registrations.

Your lecturer provides all the academic support you need to successfully complete your course.

Enjoy a learning plan that maps out your study schedule each week, and includes live Microsoft Teams sessions with your lecturer and fellow students.

Your online student portal to master your studies, connect with your lecturer and fellow students.

Get access to our wide range of DO Life online micro-courses and grow your everyday life skills on the go.


Hear what our students have to say

“Making it possible for everyone to study”

Thanks iQ, for making it possible for everyone to study without feeling the financial pressure with your fee structures. The lectures are amazing. Looking forward to the future now…thank you!

Xolelwa Johanna Thuputlela

“You will never regret it”

Challenging as it was but I am grateful to our facilitators who were with us throughout. I’d encourage everyone to take a course with iQ, you will never regret it. Thank you and keep up the good work!

Anna Ivy Masondo

“This is so easy to do”

It’s so much easier studying online, downloading all my study guides through my cell phone without a laptop. It’s a good experience for me. This is so easy to do!

Vesnant Singo

“Education paves the way to success”

I began my journey with iQ & never looked back. I was promoted from receptionist to admin manageress. I truly believe education paves the way to success.

Roxanne Naidoo


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Higher Certificate in Business Management: FAQ’s

The programme’s integrated, up-to-date curriculum and wide range of modules enable students to gain a solid understanding of general management principles and practices while discovering the fundamentals of related business areas such as human resources, leadership, financial management, marketing management, and project management.

The applicability of the skills learnt in this programme is advantageous to entrepreneurial, small, and medium enterprises and benefits large organisations as well.

This programme will suit a range of individuals pursuing careers in business management or those wishing to proceed to higher levels of study in this field but are unable to gain access to a diploma or degree programme. This would include:

  • Grade 12 school leavers
  • Junior-level employees who aim to progress into managerial roles through additional knowledge and a qualification.
  • Entrepreneurs who want to start a business or better position their existing business for growth.

Upon successful completion of the Higher Certificate in Business Management, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an ability to exercise critical thinking and literacy skills in an academic context;
  • Explain, interpret and evaluate business management;
  • Explain, compare and apply aspects of human resource management;
  • Demonstrate, explain and apply marketing management principles;
  • Analyse and present aspects of finance for managers;
  • Analyse and evaluate the principles of leadership;
  • Explain, interpret and apply aspects of project management.
  • Module 1: Academic Literacy 
    This module is designed to equip students with the required academic knowledge and skills for successful completion of their programme online. The module explores: various strategies and techniques for studying effectively, problem solving and logic, building effective reading and academic writing skills, as well as preparing students for assessment throughout their studies
  • Module 2: Business Management
    You will be introduced to the fundamentals of business management and gain insight into business operations and general management functions, including planning, leading, organising, motivating, and control within any organisation. You will also explore entrepreneurship and discover the importance of a business plan.
  • Module 3: Human Resource Management
    Topics covered include traditional functions and the new role of HR Management, South African labour regulations and its application in the workplace, contemporary approaches to training, development and learning, as well as strategic leadership and people management.
  • Module 4: Principles of Leadership
    Learn the concepts and theories of: knowledge of self, others and groups, communication, motivation, and core leadership principles. You will gain the leadership skills needed to effectively manage yourself and others.
  • Module 5: Marketing Management Literacy
    This module introduces you to the foundational concepts and practices in Marketing. You will gain an understanding of how marketing creates customer value while learning about the 7 Ps of the marketing mix, and also focus on the market place, the marketing environment and how to manage within a macro environment. Additional topics include consumer behaviour, market analysis, market research, and customer relationship management.
  • Module 6: Finance for Managers
    This module introduces you to key financial concepts, which will be of particular benefit to those studying finance for the first time. Gain the knowledge and practical skills needed to participate in financial-related business activities, covering topics such as financial management, financial statements, budgeting, risk and return, working capital, and more.
  • Module 7: Project Management
    Develop an essential understanding of this critical field for success in business. This module is suitable for students starting out in project management, and those wanting to improve their skills in the successful planning and delivery of projects.

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