Diploma in Business Management

Diploma in Business Management

Studying Business Management is a practical and rewarding path for those interested in understanding how organisations operate. It is a structured approach to learning about the strategies and techniques that drive businesses forward.

This qualification focuses on business and financial management, entrepreneurship, project management, and related areas such as e-commerce, corporate strategy, business ethics, human resources, and procurement and supply chain management. Additionally, this Diploma offers a unique emphasis on applied psychology and socioeconomics giving you a competitive edge in Business Management.

You can specialise further by pursuing a Boston Degree or Advanced Diploma.

Dip (Business Management)

Time to Complete:

3 (minimum) - 9 (maximum) Years

Study Options:

Full-time or Part-time



NQF Level:




Entry Requirements

National Senior Certificate (NSC), with English passed with endorsement for admission to Diploma study; or National Certificate (Vocational) (NC(V)), with English passed with endorsement for admission to Diploma study; or prior to 2009, Senior Certificate with English as one of the modules passed.


A number of post school qualifications may be used for admission and/or advanced placement into the diploma 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 Certificate, NQF (OQSF) Level 5, minimum Credits 120.

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:

  • E-Commerce Manager
  • Key Accounts Manager/Supervisor/Assistant Manager
  • Service, Sales or Product representative
  • Small Business Manager, Owner or Entrepreneur
  • Field of Floor Manager, Supervisor, Assistant Manager

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
  • Business Management 1
  • Entrepreneurship 1
  • Computer Literacy Advanced
  • Fundamentals of Accounting
  • Human Resource Management 1
  • Applied Psychology
Semester ASemester B
  • Business Management 2
  • Entrepreneurship 2
  • Socioeconomics
  • Commercial Law 1
  • Introduction to Cost and Management Accounting
  • Principles of Procurement and Supply Chain
  • Workplace Psychology
  • Business Ethics
Semester ASemester B
  • Business Management 3
  • Entrepreneurship 3
  • Project Management
  • Applied Research Methods
  • Financial Management for SME’s
  • Commercial Law 2
  • Brand Management
  • Work Integrated Learning

Various Assessment Strategies (ASC, ASW, AS1 to AS5) are used throughout the modules in the programme. For example, AS3 is predominately applied in this programme and consists of a

Formative Assessment (FA1), also known as an assignment or test, which count forty percent (40%) 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. 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.

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
  • Apply general business principles to real life situations and interpret economic realities of local and global communities. 
  • Manage financial and technology resources in organisations. 
  • Analyse data and brand information. 
  • Demonstrate entrepreneurial and project management skills. 
  • Identify the socio-economic needs of society and display cultural sensitivity within organisations.


On successful completion the Learner will be issued a Diploma in Business Management SAQA ID 91922, NQF 6, minimum 374 credits from Boston City Campus.