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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

Higher Certificate in Business Management 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
96746  Higher Certificate 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
Higher Certificate  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 05  Regular-Provider-ELOAC 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Reregistered  SAQA 091/21  2021-07-01  2023-06-30 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

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 replaces: 
Qual ID Qualification Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Min Credits Replacement Status
62109  Certificate: Business Management  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  120   

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose:
The purpose of this qualification is to develop an integrated conceptual understanding, synthesis and application of specific issues in Business management. The qualification is also aimed at the learners having some relevant work experience but who aspire to grow and hold management positions in their respective industries. At the exit point of this qualification, learners will be able to:
  • Apply management principles and in a work-based context.
  • Display project management skills.
  • Utilise technology to communicate effectively.
  • Communicate effectively using both verbal and non-verbal communication.

    Rationale:
    The complex nature of the modern day business world requires that individuals with the requisite level of knowledge and skills be recruited to lead and manage different industries. This qualification (Higher Certificate in Business Management) is developed as a way of contributing to regional and national goals by facilitating capacity building and human resource development in various sectors of the economy. Learners of this qualification will be introduced to different management and business principles to enable them to function effectively in a variety of business settings. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):
    The institution has an overarching RPL policy and the various faculties apply their RPL policies in line with their admission requirements.

    Entry Requirements
    Learners are required to have the following in order to be considered for admission:
  • Senior Certificate.
    Or
  • National Senior Certificate.
    Or
  • National Certificate Vocational. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    This qualification consists of 8 modules at NQF Level 5 totalling 120 Credits.

    Modules:
    Fundamental learning: 45 Credits.
  • Information Retrieval, 15 Credits.
  • Business Communication, 15 Credits.
  • Business Mathematics, 15 Credits.
  • Management Principles, 15 Credits.
  • Project Management, 15 Credits.
  • Marketing, 15 Credits.
  • Accounting and Finance, 15 Credits.
  • Business Law, 15 Credits. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Apply management principles and in a work-based context.
    2. Display project management skills.
    3. Demonstrate ethical considerations in executing business agreements or contracts.
    4. Utilise technology to communicate effectively.
    5. Communicate effectively using both verbal and non-verbal communication. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
  • The principles of Total Quality Management are explained and applied.
  • The evolution of management theory is outlined.
  • Knowledge of general management functions is demonstrated.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:
  • The responsibilities of a project manager are outlined.
  • The phases of a project are described.
  • A project is defined.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:
  • The rights of parties associated with sale agreements are determined.
  • The legal framework within which businesses operate is understood and complied with

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:
  • Knowledge of concepts and developments in computer hardware, software, database management and telecommunications technologies is displayed.
  • The role of information systems is described.
  • The retrieval of information using information systems is realised.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 5:
  • The key elements of an effective presentation are Identified.
  • How verbal and non-verbal communication affects a listener's interpretation of a message is described.
  • Barriers to effective communication are identified and eliminated.

    Integrated Assessment:
    Both formative and summative modes of assessments are used.

    Assessment is based on:
  • The use of work based assignments to test the application of management principles in an organisation.
  • The use of information technology, networks and web browsers to obtain work related information and communicate with peers.
  • The use of basic research to solve problems.

    Assessment centres around:
  • The extent to which the learner has grasped the basic concepts which form the base of management education.
  • The application of theory to a practical context.
  • The methods of research used.
  • A balance between theory and practice and its relevance to the level of the qualification.
  • The use of appropriate technology to ensure effective communication of ideas. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    MANCOSA was established in the post 1994 period with the view of addressing the critical shortage of access to management education in South Africa. Between 1995 and 2000 MANC0SA was engaged in providing Private Higher Education to South Africans in association with its former partner the Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College a College of the University of Brunel, in the United Kingdom.

    The Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College is listed as an accredited state recognised institution in the United Kingdom. During this 5-year period MANCOSA successfully delivered tuition and academic and administrative support to over 860 learners enrolled on the Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College programmes.

    The outcomes and assessment criteria, the Degree of complexity and the notional learning time of this qualification have been benchmarked against the institutions' former international partner, the Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College and best national and international practice. 

    ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This qualification articulates into Degree and Diploma qualifications from related and other sectors of the economy, relevant experience and prior learning.
    The expertise acquired doing this qualification in full or in part can be measured against requirements of other qualifications at this institution or other institutions to obtain credits for specific modules. 

    MODERATION OPTIONS 
    N/A 

    CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    N/A 

    NOTES 
    N/A 

    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
    When qualifications are replaced, some (but not all) of their learning programmes are moved to the replacement qualifications. If a learning programme appears to be missing from here, please check the replaced 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) 



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