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+-2 Years Part-Time

17 May 2021

The higher certificate prepares you for work in the business environment as it introduces you to the core disciplines of the modern workplace. It is also a good stepping-stone for those who do not meet the entry requirements for a degree but wish to gain entry to the PI Bachelor of Commerce after completing this programme.

The focus of the higher certificate is on the key areas of business management, human resource management and marketing. You will also cover Mathematics for Business, Academic English, Computer and Personal Skills Development, Business Communication, Small Business Development and bookkeeping. Within the curriculum, you will be introduced to topical business subject areas such as the elements of the marketing mi x, Microsoft Office Applications, recruitment, management and leadership, governance and sustainability in business. Because of our unique teaching and learning approaches, you will also start developing essential skills for the world of work, such as effective problem solving, critical thinking, working in teams and communicating effectively. On completion of the Higher Certificate in Business Management, you can apply for a Credit Transfer (CT) or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to study towards the PI Bachelor of Commerce degree.

The career choices for you, as a Higher Certificate in Business Management graduate, are varied and employment options include:

Bookkeeping, Communications, Entrepreneurship, General administration, Human resource administration, Marketing administration, Sales consultation

Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) of the Council on Higher Education (CHE)
South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA)

There’s a popular myth that part-time online study equals lonely study. However, at Pearson Institute of Higher Education, we’ve busted this myth by creating our unique Virtual Learning Environment.

Even though you’ll be studying in your own time and space, we provide you with on-going support and motivation to ensure that you meet your goals and objectives.

This includes:
– Regular communication with our trained consultants
– Lecture communications and success-focused support
– Small group discussions on online forums
– A direct line of contact with your designated lecturer
– A live weekly lecture – online or on campus

  • SEQUENTIAL MODULES: Once you finish, the next module is delivered to you. This ensures that you never lose track or get overwhelmed by what’s to come.
  • FOCUSED LEARNING: The courses are structured to take up less time, because you only focus on one module at a time, it helps you stay focused.
  • LOGICAL PROGRESSION: Each module builds on the last one to help you progress through the course swiftly and easily.
  • LECTURER SUPPORT: A dedicated course lecturer supports you throughout the course to ensure that you finish within the allocated time.
  • SUCCESS FOCUSED: The model is structured in a way that allows you to progress quickly and achieve success.
  • CLEAR GOAL POSTS: Every module concludes with an exam. Only once the exam is completed will the next module be released.
  • Please note that modules vary in duration – see course brochure for details.


Total fee: R40 810,00
Discounted upfront full fee: R37 100,00
Fee per module (x2 modules per trimester): R3 710,00

Available start dates:
2021 Intake Start Dates – 17 May, 5 July, 30 August, 18 October
2022 Intake Start Dates – 31 January, 23 May, 5 September

Closing Dates for 2021 Applications:
17 May 2021 intake – Applications close 3 May 2021

Admission Requirements

You need a South African National Senior Certificate (NSC) with certificate or diploma entry or an equivalent foreign secondary qualification on an NSC level (NQF 4) confirmed by SAQA.

If you have an international school-leaving certificate, you need to qualify for matric exemption from the Matriculation Board. Pearson Institute will assist with your exemption application to the Board for evaluation.

Want to learn more about our Part-time, online offerings? Send us your details and a consultant will call you back.