Higher Certificate in Commerce in General Management

This unique qualification equips you with foundational knowledge, skills and attitudes for front-line management roles in any organization.

The programme focuses on general management, computer literacy, and work orientation, providing you with essential knowledge, theory, and methods. By studying this qualification, you will apply business, commercial law, marketing, project management, and human resource principles to real-life scenarios. This SABPP accredited qualification serves as a stepping stone towards a Boston Diploma or Degree, opening doors to further education opportunities.

HCert (Commerce) (General Management)

Time to Complete:

18 months (minimum) - 3 years (maximum)

Study Options:

Full-time or Part-time



NQF Level:




Entry Requirements

  • National Senior Certificate (NSC); or 
  • National Certificate (Vocational) (NC(V)) Level 4; or 
  • Prior to 2009, Senior Certificate; or 
  • Further Education and Training (FET) Certificate

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:

  • Assistant Services Manager
  • Assistant Administration Manager
  • Assistant Front Line Manager or Supervisor
  • Assistant Bookkeeper or Debtors/Creditors Clerk
  • Recruitment and Placement Officer/Assistant
  • Small Business Owner/Manager

Semester ASemester B
  • Computer Literacy (HCLT101-1)*
  • Academic Literacy (HALP1181)**
  • Business Management 1 (HBMN1181)**
  • Economics  1
  • Marketing Management (HMKT1181)**
  • Commercial Law 1
  • Introduction to Accounting Practice (HIAP1181)**

Choose one of the following electives:

  • Human Resource Functions; or
  • Human Resource Training and Development
Semester A 
  • Project Management 1 (HPRM1181)**
  • Basic Finance and Budgeting (HBFB1181)**
  • Work Integrated Learning HCERT GMT (HWCGMT1181)***

*Assessment Strategy C (ASC): Formative assessments (FA1 and FA2), also known as quizzes, will count fifty percent (50%) – twenty five percent (25%) each – towards the overall mark. A summative assessment in the form of a final exam (SA1), will count fifty percent (50%) towards the overall mark.


**Assessment Strategy 2 (AS2): The formative assessment (FA1), also known as an assignment or test, will 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%).

***Assessment Strategy W (ASW): Formative assessments (FA1 and FA2), also known as assignments, will count forty percent (40%) – twenty percent (20%) each – towards the overall mark. Summative assessments in the form of a practicum, will count forty percent (40%), and a research or reflective essay (SA2) will count twenty percent (20%) towards the overall mark.

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 business -, marketing – and human resource – management principles to real life situations
  • Manage accounting and project management information
  • Analyse theories of human resource development and commercial law
  • Demonstrate professional communication skills
  • Identify the socio-economic needs of society


Boston will apply, on behalf of the Learner, to the SABPP for verification of the Learner’s results. On successful verification the Learner will be issued a Higher Certificate: Commerce: General Management SAQA ID 21079, NQF Level 5, 160 credits from SABPP.

The South African Board for People Practices (SABPP) is a Quality Assurance Partner (QAP) of the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) and is registered as a Professional Body by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).