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National Certificate N4-N6:
Business Management

National Certificate
Business Management


Mitchells Plain Campus
Full Time Studies
Part Time Studies
Distance Learning
About this Programme

About this programme

Our Business Management programme is offered in two areas of specialisation depending on the campus at which you are enrolled.

This course consists of N4, N5 and N6 certificates. After completing the N6 certificate, students are required to provide proof to the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) of 18 months’ work experience in the relevant industry, in order to qualify for the National N Diploma. The National N Diploma is issued by the DHET if all requirements are met.

Admission requirements

Minimum Admission requirements

  • Senior Certificate (Grade 12); or
  • National Senior Certificate (NSC) (Grade 12); or
  • National Certificate (Vocational) [NC(V)] NQF Level 4

You may be asked to attend an assessment and interview.

Career Opportunities

CAREER opportunities

The Business Management qualification provides a thorough basis on which to launch an exciting career in a wide variety of finance, business and retail-related fields.

  • Entrepreneurial
  • Wholesale
  • Retail
  • Salesperson
  • General management
  • Assistant to manager of a small or medium-sized business


  • Each level takes six months full-time to complete.
  • A total of 18 months to complete the theoretical components (N4, N5 and N6).
  • Each level consists of four subjects. On completion of a level, a student is awarded a certificate for that level.
  • 18 months practical experience in industry.
  • It takes a minimum of three years to qualify for a National N Diploma.
Course Content

Course content

*Depending on Campus and study mode selected

N4 Certificate

  • Entrepreneurship and Business Management
  • Management Communication
  • Introductory Accounting
  • Computer Practice

N5 Certificate

  • Entrepreneurship and Business Management
  • Sales Management
  • Computer Practice
  • Financial Accounting N4

N6 Certificate

  • Entrepreneurship and Business Management
  • Sales Management
  • Computer Practice
  • Computerised Financial Systems N4


Entrepreneurship and Business Management:

Promotes in students an understanding of the principles on which the South African economy is founded and cultivates in students an interest in and a skill for personal entrepreneurship. Gives students insight into the management environment within which the business functions. Develops in students the characteristics and skills which enable entrepreneurs to start and successfully manage their own businesses.

Management Communication:

Equips students with the necessary knowledge (theoretical) and skills (practical) of verbal and non-verbal communication to function efficiently and professionally in the business world. Inculcates acceptable norms and ethics applicable in the business world in terms of self-development, interpersonal relationships and social interaction.

Introductory Accounting:

This subject explores the fundamentals of accounting and the principles of accounting.

Computer Practice:

Provides a detailed exploration of the various elements of word processing and computer literacy.

Sales Management:

This subject examines the principles of sales and the art of selling to your consumer. Expands on sales techniques and sales theory.

Computerised Accounting Systems:

These are software programs that are stored on a company’s computer or network server, or are remotely accessed via the Internet. Computerised accounting systems allow you to set up income and expense accounts, such as rental or sales income, salaries, advertising expenses, and material costs.

Labour Relations:

To provide students with theoretical knowledge and attitudes as well as general and specific kills in labour relations applicable to the workplace.

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