Diploma in Human Resource Management

Human Resource Management is a crucial and dynamic function within organisations. It plays an essential role in ensuring the efficiency, effectiveness, and well-being of a workforce.

This qualification focuses on Human Resource Management and Development. It covers topics such as labour law, industrial relations, workplace psychology, managing financial and technology resources, and developing business and project management skills. This curriculum readies you for a diverse range of introductory roles in the field of Human Resource Management.

Graduates of this Diploma may consider the pursuit of a Boston Degree or Advanced Diploma.

Dip (Human Resource 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:

  • Human Resource Assistant, Practitioner, Officer or Manager, specialising in:
    • Planning, Recruitment, selection, and remuneration/payroll
    • Safety, health and environment
    • Information and administration systems
  • Industrial Relations Assistant, Practitioner, Officer or Manager
  • Junior Researcher, Analyst or Advisor
  • Consultant in Human Resource Management/Development or Industrial Relations

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Semester ASemester B
  • Computer Literacy
  • Academic Literacy
  • Human Resource Management 1
  • Public Relations 1
  • Computer Literacy Advanced
  • Fundamentals of Accounting
  • Human Resource Development 1
  • Applied Psychology
Semester ASemester B
  • Human Resource Management 2
  • Workplace Psychology
  • Business Management 1
  • Commercial Law 1
  • Human Resource Development 2
  • Labour Law and Industrial Relations 1
  • Socioeconomics
  • HIV Workplace Policy and Training
Semester ASemester B
  • Human Resource Management 3
  • Business Ethics
  • Project Management
  • Applied Research Methods
  • Human Resource Development 3
  • Labour Law and Industrial Relations 2
  • Computerised Payroll
  • 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 human resource management and development principles to real life situations and adhere to regulatory requirements in performing human resource functions. 
  • Manage financial and technology resources in organisations. 
  • Analyse data and legal information. 
  • Demonstrate business management and project management skills. 
  • Identify the socio-economic needs of society and display cultural sensitivity within organisations.


Upon successful completion of the qualification, the Learner will be issued a Diploma in Human Resource Management SAQA ID 90719, NQF Level 6, minimum 366 credits from Boston City Campus.