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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
84947  Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management 
ORIGINATOR
Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA) 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
CHE - Council on Higher Education  HEQSF - Higher Education Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
Postgraduate Diploma  Field 03 - Business, Commerce and Management Studies  Generic Management 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  120  Not Applicable  NQF Level 08  Regular-Provider-ELOAC 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Reregistered  SAQA 06120/18  2018-07-01  2021-06-30 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2022-06-30   2025-06-30  

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:

The competencies captured in this qualification will enable the learner to further develop their functional and reflective understanding of business management and administration. The qualification is intended to develop an integrated conceptual understanding, synthesis and critical application of specialised knowledge and skills in business management, as well as in general management, organisational behaviour, human resource management, marketing management, accounting and economics. Learners will also master skills inherent in research and decision-making.

Learners successfully mastering the competencies in this qualification will be able to contribute to the broader society by making broad business decisions based on specific knowledge of specialised areas in business management.

The qualifying learner will be capable of:
  • Making business decisions using quantitative methodologies, technology and specialised knowledge in business management.
  • Conducting advanced reflection on specialised practices and methods in order to contribute towards the extension of knowledge in business management.
  • Analysing the integrated management of resources and processes in a business context.
  • Analysing the socio-economic challenges of Southern Africa.

    Rationale:

    This qualification meets the needs of the sector by empowering learners with the skills and competencies necessary to function at a higher level in the business management environment, both within the public and private sectors.

    Further, the qualification allows working professionals to undertake advanced reflection on current specialised practices and methods in the business environment, using a high level of theoretical engagement and intellectual independence.

    The typical leaner attempting this qualification will have completed a cognate Bachelor's Degree, have the relevant work experience in the business environment and occupy a management position. This qualification will allow the learner access to further learning in the same or a related field. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners have the knowledge, skills and cognitive ability required for a Postgraduate Degree at NQF Level 8.

    Recognition of Prior Learning:

    This qualification may be achieved in part or completely through the Recognition of Prior Learning, which includes formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience. Care will be taken that the mechanism used provides the learner with an opportunity to demonstrate competence and is not so onerous as to prevent learners from taking up the Recognition of Prior Learning option towards gaining a qualification.

    Recognition of Prior Learning may also be used to grant access to the qualification for those learners who do not meet the minimum admission requirements.

    Access to the Qualification:

    There is access to this qualification for learners who have:
  • Achieved an appropriate Bachelor's Degree at NQF Level 7 or 8, or an equivalent qualification.
  • At least two years appropriate work experience. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    To be awarded the qualification learners are required to obtain a minimum of 120 credits at NQF Level 8.

    The qualification comprises the following six modules, of 20 credits each, at NQF Level 8:
  • General and Operations Management.
  • Organisational Behaviour.
  • Human Resources Management.
  • Marketing Management.
  • Accounting for Decision-Making.
  • Economics. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Make business decisions using quantitative methodologies, technology and knowledge of specialised areas in an ethical and responsible manner.

    2. Conduct advanced reflection on specialised practices and methods in order to contribute towards the extension of knowledge in business management.

    3. Analyse the integrated management of resources and processes in a business context.

    4. Analyse the socio-economic challenges of Southern Africa.

    Critical Cross-Field Outcomes:

    This programme develops all the Critical Cross-Field Outcomes as listed below. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    The following Associated Assessment Criteria are applied in an integrated manner for all the Exit Level Outcomes:
  • The appropriate technology is utilised across specialised areas in the business management context.
  • Research skills are applied in an integrated manner in the business management context.
  • Business management skills are applied across specialised fields in the business management context.
  • Knowledge acquired during advanced reflection is transferred into practice through effective communication.
  • An understanding of resource and process management is demonstrated in an integrated business management context.
  • Management and commercial problems are identified, analysed and solved.
  • Insight is demonstrated into the socio-economic challenges in Southern Africa.

    Integrated Assessment:

    Formative assessment will be applied continually throughout the learning pathway of the individual learning outcomes and/or modules. Summative assessment will be applied to ensure the achievement of each learning outcome and/or module. Integrated Assessment will be applied extensively across the modules of learning so as to ensure the integrated achievement of the Exit-Level Outcomes. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    The outcomes, assessment criteria, degree of complexity and the notional learning time of this qualification have been favourably compared to similar qualifications from the following institutions:
  • The Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College, England.
  • The University of Bedfordshire (formerly University of Luton), England. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    Horizontal Articulation:

    This qualification may articulate horizontally with any cognate qualification at NQF Level 8.

    Vertical Articulation:

    This qualification may articulate vertically with any cognate Master's Degree. 

    MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Internal and external moderation must be conducted by moderators appointed by the provider.
  • Both internal and external moderators must be in possession of an appropriate qualification at least one level above that of this qualification, as well as relevant and current workplace experience. 

  • CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    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. Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA) 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.