Boston City Campus

Higher Certificate in Commerce in General Management

Higher Certificate in Commerce in General Management

H.Cert. (Commerce) (General Management)

SAQA ID 21079

This programme is offered by Boston City Campus & Business College Head Office in the distance education mode, with all other Boston City Campus & Business Colleges operating as Support Centres. Apply to register at any Boston City Campus & Business College branch countrywide. 

Download the Fact Sheet for additional, detailed programme information.

SABPP Learner Management fee, Student Membership fee and Occupational Programme Assessment Fee will be charged separately.


Semester A

  • Computer Literacy (HCLT101-1)*
  • Academic Literacy (HALP1181)**
  • Business Management 1 (HBMN1181)**
  • Introduction to Socioeconomics (HSEC1181)** 

Semester B

  • Marketing Management (HMKT1181)**
  • Commercial Law (HLWC1181)*
  • Human Resource Functions (HHRF1181)**
  • Introduction to Accounting Practice (HIAP1181)**

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.


Based on the credits and notional hours of this qualification, the minimum duration is three (3) semesters over a period of eighteen (18) months, and the maximum duration is three (3) years. For more information see, Table overleaf. 


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
  • 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


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).


Ito RPL, on successful completion the Learner may apply for admission to any Boston Diploma or Higher Certificate Programme. Each submission is individually evaluated, hence neither admission nor advanced placement is assured.

All modules are compulsory and must be passed.