The Small Business Owner

Being a small business owner is a dynamic and fulfilling journey that comes with both challenges and rewards. Small business owners are the driving force behind their ventures, responsible for every aspect of their business.

Through this programme, you will gain essential knowledge and skills in business management, entrepreneurship, and Human Resource Management, all crucial for small business ownership. You will also enhance your abilities in integrated marketing communication, business accounting, and using Windows-based applications effectively. Additionally, this programme includes an occupational skills component via the Financial Management Institute.

This Short Learning Programme can serve as a foundation for pursuing admission to a Boston Higher Certificate or Occupational qualification, should you wish to continue your studies.

The Small Business Owner Short Learning Programme


1 Year (full-time)

Entry Requirements

National Senior Certificate; or National Certificate (Vocational) Level 4; or equivalent qualification
OR alternatively Learners can apply for RPL entry into the programme from the Academic
Committee at Boston Head Office.

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 or online.

All modules are compulsory and must be passed.

Ito RPL, on successful completion the Learner may apply for admission to a Boston Higher Certificate Programme or an Occupational Qualification.

Each submission is individually evaluated, hence neither admission nor advanced placement is assured.

  • Introduction to PC*
  • Windows*
  • Word Processing*
  • Spreadsheets*
  • Principles of Business Management*
  • Principles of Entrepreneurship*
  • Integrated Marketing Communication 1 (OINT11615)*
  • Human Resource Management 1 (OHRM11615)*
  • Introduction to Business Accounting (FMI)**

*Formative Assessments are undertaken and the highest grade achieved in Formative Assessment is retained. The final grade is based on the Summative Assessment only. A maximum of one (1) additional supplementary assessment opportunity is provided for the Summative Assessment, which will be charged for.

**Formative Assessments are for practice purposes in order to prepare for the Summative Assessment. The final grade is based on the Summative Assessment only. A supplementary Summative Assessment opportunity is available and will be charged for.

Membership and Assessment fees to FMI, will be charged separately.

Self-Motivated | Entrepreneurial | Ambitious | Confident | Enthusiastic
  • Ability to operate effectively in the workplace using a number of Windows-based end-user applications
  • Apply the principles of general and human resource management to real life situations
  • Apply the basic principles and procedures of accounting.
  • Demonstrate entrepreneurial and project management skills.
  • Knowledge of the integrated marketing communication function within an organisation – planning, implementing and monitoring


On successful completion the Learner will be issued a Boston Short Learning Programme: The Small Business Owner