Higher Certificate in Business Management Practice

Higher Certificate in Business Management Practice

Business management involves the art of making informed decisions, coordinating resources, and optimising processes to achieve desired results. It demands careful planning, adaptability, and strategic thinking.

This qualification offers a strong foundation in Business Management Practice and covers foundational knowledge, theory, and skills in areas like business management, industrial psychology, socioeconomics, basic accounting, business communication, company law, and computer literacy. A standout feature is the focus on nurturing your entrepreneurial skills, opening doors to diverse entry-level career prospects in business and commerce.

Additionally, this qualification provides a pathway for further academic progress such as a Boston Diploma or Degree.

HCert (Business Management Practice)

Time to Complete:

1 year (minimum) - 3 years (maximum)

Study Options:

Full-time or Part-time



NQF Level:




Entry Requirements

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

Alternatively, a post school qualification may also be considered, for example, an FET/National Certificate, NQF (OQSF) Level 4, 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:

  • Team Leader or First Line Manager
  • Field or Front Office Assistant Supervisor
  • Junior Administration Management Assistant
  • Small Business Manager
  • Junior Office Clerk
  • Data Controller
  • Service, Sales or Product Representative

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.
Your endorsement says it all.
Semester ASemester B
  • Computer Literacy
  • Academic Literacy
  • Business Management 1
  • Entrepreneurship 1
  • Introduction to Accounting Practice
  • Introduction to Socioeconomics
  • Commercial Law 1
  • Introduction to Industrial Psychology
  • Work Integrated Learning

Various Assessment Strategies (ASC, ASW and AS2) are used throughout the modules in the programme. For example, AS2 is predominantly applied in this programme and consists of a

Formative Assessment (FA1), also known as an assignment or test, which count fifty percent (50%) towards the overall mark

The Summative Assessment in the form of a final exam or capstone project (SA1), will count fifty percent (50%).

No supplementary assessment is provided for FA1. A maximum of one (1) additional supplementary assessment opportunity is provided for SA1, 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
  • Manage accounting and technology resources in organisations
  • Analyse theories of industrial psychology and commercial law
  • Demonstrate entrepreneurial skills
  • Identify the socio-economic needs of society and display cultural sensitivity within organisations


On successful completion the Learner will be issued a Higher Certificate in Business Management Practice, NQF Level 5, SAQA ID 97394, minimum 120 credits from Boston City Campus.