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From the start of the 2016 academic year Nelson Mandela University George Campus will further increase its focused programme offerings in Business and Economic Sciences, with the introduction of a one year Higher Certificate programme in Business Studies.

The decision to offer the programme at Nelson Mandela University George Campus is based on a need identified by the university to create more opportunities for school leavers who, because of limited academic and work experiences are not readily employable.

The aim of this entry-level NQF 5 qualification is thus two-fold (1) to widen access to selected diploma qualifications in the Faculty of Business and Economic Sciences; and (2) to serve as an exit qualification that will prepare students for the world of work and thus render them more employable.

Apart from the fundamental knowledge and skills gained in the fields of Accounting, Economics, Management and Entrepreneurship, Supply Chain Management, Marketing, Tourism and Personal Finance, students will also gain computer, numeracy and communication skills.

Students who successfully complete this Higher Certificate qualification and comply with all other admission requirements may proceed to the first year of any one of five diploma programmes offered by the Faculty of Business & Economic Sciences: Management, Marketing, Tourism Management, Economics and Logistics.

Is this certificate aimed at you?

It is an exit qualification that exposes students to one year of tertiary education in the fundamentals of Business and Economic Sciences, thereby making students more employable.

Students will be provided with an articulation route into one of five diplomas in the field of Business and Economic Sciences: Economics, Marketing, Logistics, Management and Tourism management.

Entrance requirements:

Admission Requirements for the Higher Certificate in Business Studies

National Senior Certificate (NSC)

  • Admission Point Score of 22
  • Minimum NSC requirements for Higher Certificate entry must be met
  • English, Afrikaans or isiXhosa (Home Language or First Additional Language) on at least a level 3 (40-49%)
  • NSC achievement rating of at least 2 (30-39%) for Mathematics or 3 (40-49%) for Mathematical Literacy.
  • Only those applicants who meet direct entry criteria will be considered for this qualification

National Certificate (Vocational) NC(V)

  • Minimum National Certificate (Vocational) Level 4
  • Statutory requirements for Higher Certificate entry must be met.
  • English, Afrikaans or isiXhosa First Additional Language) on at least level 3 (40-49%).
  • NC(V) achievement rating of at least level 2 (30-39%) for Mathematics or level 3 (40-49%) for Mathematical Literacy’
  • Perform satisfactorily on the Access Assessment Battery.

Applicants must have studied in one of the following NC(V) programmes:

  • Office Administration
  • Marketing
  • Finance, Economics & Accounting
  • Management
  • Tourism

Senior Certificate

  • School Performance Score of 18
  • Senior Certificate
  • Pass in Mathematics
  • Only those applicants who meet direct entry criteria will be considered for this course.

Duration of the programme:

The programme, which is offered on a full time basis only, can be completed in one year.

Higher Certificate in Business Studies curriculum:

SBM 1001 – Fundamentals of Business Management

Learning outcomes include being able to:

  • Conceptualise and describe a range of general business management principles, procedures and concepts
  • Apply the basic concepts and principles to a simulated management environment.

BBH 1011 – Fundamentals of Marketing

Learning outcomes include being able to:

  • Conceptualise and describe a comprehensive range of marketing related principles and procedures
  • Apply the basic principles, procedures and concepts to a simulated marketing environment.

BLG 1002 –Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management

Learning outcomes include being able to:

  • Identify and describe the basic supply chain management principles and related concepts
  • Apply the basic concept, principles and procedures to a simulated supply chain management environment.

BFC 1010 – Fundamentals of Accounting

Learning outcomes include being able to:

  • Identify, describe and apply a range of foundational accounting concepts, principles and procedures.

EBF 1001 – Fundamentals of Personal Finance

Learning outcomes include being able to:

  • Conceptualise, describe and apply the basic principles of personal financial planning.

BTO 1002 – Fundamentals of Tourism

Learning outcomes include being able to:

  • Conceptualise, describe and apply the basic principles, procedures and concept related to tourism.

BCN 1001 – Fundamentals of Business Communication

Learning outcomes include being able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of and competence in wide range of basic communication skills applicable to the world of business.

BNS 1011 – Numerical Skills for Business

Learning outcomes include:

  • Recognising, describing and working confidently with numbers and number relations
  • Solving business-related problems and equations by applying knowledge of statistics and probability.

BED 1101 – Principles of Economics

Learning outcomes:

  • The student will be able to identify, describe and apply a range of fundamental concepts, principles and applications in the field of Economics in a market-oriented economy.

BEU 1101/1102 – End-User Computing

Learning outcomes include being able to:

  • Identify the main components of the personal computer and describe their functions
  • Communicate effectively using the digital domain.

Contact:

Natalie du Plessis
Admissions Office
Nelson Mandela University George Campus
Private Bag X6531
George
6530

Telephone no: 044 801 5194
E-mail: natalie.duplessis@nmmu.ac.za