Higher Certificate in Business Management

HCBM

This business management certificate in the higher education band aims to prepare students for a career in general management and/or to proceed to higher levels of study and specialisation in the field of Business Management. The Higher Certificate in Business Management not only lays a solid theoretical foundation about general and business management principles, but also contains an experiential learning component typically found in business management practices. Through the acquisition of knowledge and applying such to real-world problems, the student becomes more attractive to the marketplace, and thus more employable.

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Scope of knowledge

To be informed regarding the key terms, concepts, facts, general principles, rules and theories of the business management field, and to be able to recall this information in appropriate settings

Method and procedure

To draw from gained knowledge of the theory surrounding business management in order to select and apply standard methods, procedures or techniques within the business management field

Problem solving

To be skilled at identifying, evaluating and solving defined, routine and new problems within the business management context

Ethics and professional practice

To work effectively within prescribed organisational and professional ethical codes of conduct, values and principles in the business management field.

Accessing, processing and managing information

To be proficient at gathering and selecting appropriate and relevant information from a range of sources, for the completion of business management tasks.

Producing and communicating information

The ability to communicate information reliably, accurately and coherently, using conventions appropriate to the business management context.

Context and systems

The ability to recognise different kinds of systems, their constituent parts, and to understand how actions in one area impact on other areas within the same system.

Accountability

The ability to recognise that his or her actions must be accounted for, and that he or she must strive to work effectively with and respect others, with specific reference to the context of management and leadership.

A matric exemption certificate is not required for entry into these Higher Certificate programmes. Prospective students who have qualified with a school leaving certificate in its most basic form, i.e. excluding Matriculation Exemption, and which has been issued by an approved authority in South Africa, such as Umalusi, will be considered.

The following minimum requirements apply:

  1. National Senior Certificate with at least 30% in the language of teaching and learning; OR
  2. A Senior Certificate with at least 30% in the language of teaching and learning; OR
  3. A National Certificate Vocational (NCV) (Level 4) with at least 30% in the language of teaching and learning.

For international candidates not in possession of a school leaving certificate (in its most basic form i.e. without matric exemption), issued by an approved authority in South Africa, such as Umalusi:

The following school leaving qualifications will be considered for access into these Higher Certificates, with due regard to subject combinations:
General Certificate of Education, International Certificate of Education, Cambridge Overseas School Certificate, International General Certificate of Secondary Education and Similar School Leaving Certificates:

For the above, the following subject combinations are required:
1. A total of four different subjects, including three Ordinary Level / IGCSE subjects graded A to C (or 1 to 6), plus one Advanced Level; OR
A total of six different subjects, including five Ordinary Level / IGCSE subjects graded A to E (or 1 to 8), plus one Advanced Level.

2. A total of five different subjects, including three Ordinary Level / IGCSE subjects graded A to C (or 1 to 6), plus two passes at one of the following levels: Advanced Supplementary, Higher General Certificate of Secondary Education (graded 1-38), South African Senior Certificate Higher Grade, or recognised equivalent; OR
A total of seven different subjects, including five Ordinary Level / IGCSE subjects graded A to E (or 1 to 8), plus two passes at one of the following levels: Advanced Supplementary, Higher General Certificate of Secondary Education (graded 1-3 – Grade 4 is considered to be the equivalent of IGCSE Grades A-C), South African Senior Certificate Higher Grade, or recognised equivalent.

Each of the above combinations must include English Language, or the mother tongue as a first language.

Each module in the programme will be assessed as follows:
Formative self-assessment in the form of self-assessment activities in the learning material
Further formative assessment in the form of two assignments; summative assessment through an examination as follows.

  1. Formative Assessment 1
  2. Formative Assessment 2
  3. Summative Assessment (Examination)

Students must score a minimum of 40% average for the two formative assessments, (which comprises the Class Mark) in order to qualify for entry into the summative assessment (examination). At the conclusion of the summative assessment, the final result is calculated as a percentage according to the following formula:
(Average of Formative Assessments x 30%) + (Summative Assessment result x 70%) = Final Mark (%)

A minimum final module mark of 50% is required to be successful in completing each module. Students are to use the learning material provided, together with additional supportive material and online assistance to prepare for, and complete, the assessments. At the conclusion of the programme, students will be able to achieve the learning outcomes as stated below.