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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

Bachelor of Commerce in Law 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
110687  Bachelor of Commerce in Law 
ORIGINATOR
Regent Business School (Pty) Ltd 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
CHE - Council on Higher Education  HEQSF - Higher Education Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National First Degree  Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security  Safety in Society 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  360  Not Applicable  NQF Level 07  Regular-Provider-ELOAC 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Registered  EXCO 05168/19  2019-09-11  2022-09-11 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2023-09-11   2028-09-11  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification. 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose:
This qualification is aimed at promoting access to higher education and equipping learners with appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes attuned to the demands of business and industry. Learners will gain a critical understanding of the interplay between the disciplines of modern business management, strategic financial planning and governing rules of the law.

The qualification design reflects the logical progression of learning by introducing learners to the foundational and fundamental aspects of their learning areas in the first year and then progressing to the higher-order skills of analysing, interpreting and applying the principles and theories of focus areas in the second and third years of study.

This qualification is designed to develop the learner's ability to think and act strategically and professionally and to contribute meaningfully to the organisations they will be serving. Consequently, it facilitates the development of a well-rounded strategic business knowledge base in conjunction with substantial legal skills, knowledge and insight to allow for professional practice entry into a broad range of business enterprises as well as further studies in law or commerce.

Rationale:
This qualification will provide access to higher education to persons wanting to consolidate their careers in the field of Law and will complement other the existing accredited qualifications. This qualification is of special interest to the working professional in business and private organisations and those who wish to pursue a career in Commercial Law. The course work is designed to provide the learner with an understanding and working application of the principles of Commercial Law.

This qualification will contribute to the following:
  • Contributes to national goals by facilitating capacity building and human resource development.
  • Empowers learners with skills and competences to function and progress in the Legal environment.
  • Recognises and caters for the career needs of learners who are in employment with increasing legislative requirements placed on businesses and associated red tape the need for legal professionals within the commercial law environment is increasing in South Africa.

    The qualification's content is designed to provide learners with graduate-level knowledge, specific skills and applied competence (including the development of graduate attitudes and qualities). The qualification provides opportunities for continued personal intellectual growth, gainful economic activity and rewarding contributions to society. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):
    This qualification may be obtained in whole or in part through the Recognition of Prior Learning.

    In the cases where prior learning is to be recognised for purposes of access to the qualification is assumed that the learning derived from work or life experience will be a major element in the profiles of non-standard entrants primarily by means of an examination of their Curriculum Vitae (CV).

    Such 'non-standard' candidates will be selected on the recommendation from their organisations/companies.

    Where prior learning is recognised for advanced standing, credit will be given for prior certificated learning in accordance with established practice at South African higher education institutions. The amount of 'specific' credit granted is dependent on the match between prior learning and award towards which the intended qualification leads.

    Credits may only be accumulated for modules, which are prescribed within the structure of a named award.

    Entry Requirements:
    The minimum entry requirement for this qualification is:
  • National Senior Certificate, National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level 4.
    Or
  • Senior Certificate, NQF Level 4.
    Or
  • National Certificate Vocational or equivalent NQF Level 4 qualification. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    This qualification consists of the following compulsory modules at National Qualifications Framework Level 5, 6 and 7 totalling 360 Credits.

    Compulsory Modules, Level 5, 120 Credits:
  • Business Communication, 15 Credits.
  • Fundamentals of the South African Legal System, 15 Credits.
  • Business Management 1, 30 Credits.
  • Economics 1, 30 Credits.
  • Accounting 1, 30 Credits.

    Compulsory Modules, Level 6, 120 Credits:
  • Information Systems, 20 Credits.
  • Business Law, 20 Credits.
  • Business Management 201, 20 Credits.
  • Financial Law, 20 Credits.
  • Public Law, 20 Credits.
  • E-commerce Law, 20 Credits.

    Compulsory Modules, Level 7, 120 Credits:
  • Business Ethics, 20 Credits.
  • Labour Law, 20 Credits.
  • Taxation, 20 Credits.
  • International Business Law, 20 Credits.
  • Property Law, 20 Credits.
  • Consumer Law, 20 Credits. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Demonstrate well-rounded and systematic knowledge of the structure of the South African legal system and the relationship between the various sub-disciplines of law that comprise our legal system.
    2. Identify and evaluate the basic principles and norms of the modern South African Private and Mercantile Law.
    3. Engage with advanced legal texts pertaining to legislation, court precedent and academic articles to source, identify and select appropriate and relevant information to support and inform statements, recommendations and decisions related to legal and corporate financial position.
    4. Interpret, analyse and solve questions of law of an advanced nature, including legal problems encountered in financial planning.
    5. Articulate, contextualise and communicate a legal conundrum and its likely solution in a professional and academically appropriate manner. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    The following Associated Assessment Criteria will be used to assess the Exit Level Outcomes in an integrated way.
  • Apply theory and principles in a work-based context.
  • Utilise appropriate technology in various communication modes.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of legal concepts.
  • Display research skills in solving work related problems.
  • Communicate legal and business knowledge acquired.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of economic issues.
  • Demonstrate an ability to propose solutions to problems on legal and business issues.

    Integrated Assessment:
    Formative Assessment: The scheme of work includes assignments based on the learning material and students are given feedback. The process is continuous and focuses on smaller sections of the wok and limited number of outcomes.

    Summative Assessment: Examinations or equivalent assessment such as a research essay or portfolio in order to determine a representative selection of the outcomes practiced and assessed in the formative stage. Summative Assessment also tests the student's ability to manage and integrate a large body of knowledge to achieve the stated outcomes of a module.

    These Assessment methods include:
  • Written examination.
  • Case studies.
  • Interpretative and analytical problem solving in the written examination.
  • Work based assignments.
  • Self-assessment activities in the course material. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    Many countries in the European Higher Education Area have a two-year Associate Degree and four-year Degree structure and most universities in Europe referenced their qualifications with the EQF's 8 Level framework. However, in the United States the higher education qualifications are not designed within a national qualifications framework system and have a very different credit allocation system.

    Therefore, this qualification compares well with qualifications offered in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. The New Zealand Bachelor's degree also requires a minimum of 360 credits from Levels 5 - 7 with the New Zealand Qualifications Framework also consisting of 10 Levels and therefore offers the best comparison.

    The Australian Bachelor's Degree is also situated at NQF 7 and is typically 3 - 4 years in duration, whereas the Scottish Framework has 12 levels which provides for a significant difference in level of proficiency required. All countries, however, require a basic schooling education with a sufficient grading for entrance into the degree qualifications which is similar to the entry requirements for this qualification.

    The University of Auckland offers a Bachelor of Law (even though it is a four-year 480 credit qualification) provides similar learning opportunities as this qualification. The purpose of the University of Auckland's qualification states that it is a combination of compulsory law courses, elective law courses, non-law courses from another degree qualification and one General Education course and includes wide range of law elective courses, including Corporate and Commercial Law, Public, Criminal, International, Family, and Environmental Law, Land Law, and Legal Foundations.

    The B Com Law offered by the University of Sydney provides the best comparison with this qualification in terms of its exit levels and modules, namely that it include the following: Accounting, Business Law, Management, and Business Information Systems. The credit values allocated to the various modules in this qualification also compares favourably with those of the University of Sydney. 

    ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This qualification allows possibilities for both vertical and horizontal articulation.

    Horizontal Articulation:
  • Bachelor of Commerce, Level 7.

    Vertical Articulation:
  • Bachelor of Commerce Honours, Level 8.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Law, Level 8. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
    N/A 

    CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    N/A 

    NOTES 
    N/A 

    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
    NONE 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. Regent Business School (Pty) Ltd t/a Regent Business School 



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