Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resource Management

Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resource Management

Human Resource Management (HRM) is vital in modern business because it recognises that employees are not just tools but important contributors to a business’s success. HRM encompasses talent recruitment and development, performance management, workforce engagement, and strategic workplace planning, all aimed at harmonising with an organisation’s goals and objectives.

This unique qualification equips you with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values necessary for a career in business, management, or human resource management. By pursuing this qualification, you’ll expand your thinking and be equipped to apply practical solutions that enhance productivity and organisational performance.

BCom (Human Resource Management)

Time to Complete:

3 years (minimum) - 9 years (maximum)

Study Options:

Full-time or Part-time



NQF Level:




Entry Requirements

A minimum requirement for admission into the degree is a:

  • National Senior Certificate (NSC), with English as one of the subjects passed and with endorsement for admission to Bachelor’s degree study; or
  • National Certificate (Vocational) (NC(V)), with English as one of the subjects passed and with endorsement for admission to Bachelor’s degree study; or
  • Prior to 2009, Senior Certificate with English as one of the subjects passed.

A number of post school qualifications may be used for admission and/or advanced
placement into the degree programme with due regard for the 50% credit transfer rule and
guidelines of progression and articulation.

For example, a Higher Certificate, NQF (HEQSF) Level 5, minimum Credits 120; or a Diploma, NQF (HEQSF/OQSF) Level 6, minimum Credits 240 or 360, subject to Matriculation Board endorsement.

This programme is offered by Boston City Campus in the distance mode of education with support provided at Learner Support Centres. Apply to register at any Boston City Campus Learner Support Centre nationwide.

All modules are compulsory and must be passed.

Possible employment opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • Human Resource Manager
  • Recruitment, Selection, and Placement Officer
  • CCMA Officer
  • Employee Relations and Labour Law Consultant
  • Payroll Administrator
  • Training and Development Officer

Did you know that Boston does not work on a points system

Although your subjects may be considered, Boston does not use a point system for entry.
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Semester ASemester B
  • Computer Literacy
  • Academic Literacy
  • Human Resource Management 1
  • Business Management 1
  • Computer Literacy Advanced
  • Commercial Law 1
  • Economics 1
  • Accounting Principles
  • Human Resource Development 1
Semester ASemester B
  • Human Resource Management 2
  • Financial Accounting 1
  • Workplace Psychology
  • Employee Relations & Labour Law 2
  • Business Management 2
  • Introduction to Cost and Management Accounting
  • Business Ethics
  • Organisational Development & Skills Administration
Semester ASemester B
  • Human Resource Management 3A (International Human Resource Management)
  • Employee Relations & Labour Law 3
  • Financial Management
  • Research Methods
  • Human Resource Management 3B (Performance & Reward Management Systems)
  • Project Management
  • Human Resource Management 3C (Human Resource Analytics)
  • Work Integrated Learning

Various Assessment Strategies (ASC, ASW, AS1 to AS5) are used throughout the modules in the programme. For example, AS4 is predominately applied in this programme and consists of;

Formative Assessments (FA1 and FA2), also known as assignments or tests, which count forty percent (40%) – twenty percent (20%) each – towards the overall mark.

Summative Assessments in the form of a final exam or capstone project (SA1), count fifty percent (50%), and a research or reflective essay (SA2) count ten percent (10%) towards the overall mark.

No supplementary assessment is provided for FA1 or FA2. A maximum of one (1) additional supplementary assessment opportunity is provided for SA1 and SA2 respectively, which will be charged for.

Please consult the Fact Sheet and Student Rulebook for additional, detailed programme information.

These represent the Exit Level Outcomes for the programme, SAQA ID 115958, as registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). On completion of the programme graduates will have the necessary knowledge and practical skills required to:

  • Operate effectively in the workplace using a number of Windows-based end-user Applications.
  • Manage integrated strategic human resource systems to ensure that the human resource strategy is aligned with the overall strategy of the organisation.
  • Perform complex decisions by leveraging the data derived from HR analytics in relation to skills development administration, the implementation and deployment of occupational health and safety programmes, reward management systems, all within a thorough legal framework.
  • Apply practical solutions in managing the diverse interests of the primary role players in the labour market and execute approaches that influence productivity and organisational performances.
  • Assume management roles in commerce and human resource management in relation to the practice of people management for the organisation’s diverse workforce.
  • Manage the well-being of the organisation’s diverse workforce in line with statutory provisions and execute organisational programs, manage conflicts and make prudent financial management decisions.


On successful completion, the Learner will be issued a Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resource Management SAQA ID 115958, NQF 7, minimum of 372 credits from Boston City Campus.