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Bachelor of Commerce in Business Management

NQF 7 | SAQA ID 84767 | 360 CREDITS

Programme details

The Bachelor of Commerce in Business Management is aimed at managers and leaders who will fully appreciate the importance of socio-economic transformation. Students will focus on the key elements of business management of people, organisational behaviour, systems thinking, technology management and innovation management. This qualification is designed to prepare future business leaders for the multifaceted world of work. The qualification seeks to promote the development of knowledge, skills and capabilities required within varied management, administration and leadership contexts, by focusing on the business leadership discipline posited against the overarching fields of business management and administration. This takes cognisance of the complex interrelationship of a number of elements that contribute to and enhance, the sustainability of business ventures, including technology management; innovation management; and, people management, within a systems thinking framework.

The qualification is thus structured in such a way that it introduces individuals to the core competencies needed to identify and leverage business opportunities including opportunities provided through social enterprises and establish practices that will enhance the viability of ventures. These competencies relate to the latest in local and global trends in business management, administration, and leadership within a business and/ or social enterprise environment. The foundation of the curriculum is built on a combination of widely acknowledged Business Management disciplines, coupled with the choice of elective modules in the curriculum that hone students’ skills in a particular management discipline.


Qualification rules

  • This qualification consists of compulsory and elective modules at NQF Level 5, 6 and 7 totalling 360 Credits.

  • All Year 1 modules (compulsory and electives), totalling 120 credits are aligned to NQF Level 5.

  • All Year 2 modules (compulsory and electives), totalling 120 credits are aligned to NQF Level 6.

  • All Year 3 modules (compulsory and electives), totalling 120 credits are aligned to NQF Level 7.

  • Students are required to select one elective stream and complete all the associated elective modules. Rules of Combination.

  • Project-based Research 1 is a pre-requisite for Project-based Research 2.

  • Principles of Accounting is a pre-requisite for Financial Management 2, and Financial Management 2 is a pre-requisite for Financial Management 3.

  • Introduction to Project Management is a co-requisite for Year 1 elective modules.

  • All elective modules in Year 1, of a selected elective stream, are co-requisites; all elective modules in Year 2 are co-requisites; and all Year 3 elective modules are co-requisites.

  • The completion of all modules associated with an academic year is a pre-requisite for progress to the following academic year.


Minimum admission requirements

  • National Senior Certificate NSC/SC (a) - with a minimum of 30% in English or a minimum of 33.3% in English for the Senior Certificate (SC) coupled with:
    If the candidate offered six NSC/SC(a) 20 credit subjects, an achievement rating of 4 (50%) or better in four NSC/SC(a) subjects; OR

  • If the candidate offered a mix of SC, NSC and SC(a) 20 credit subjects, and passes an achievement rating of 4 (50%) or better in at least four subjects, which must be Higher Grade SC and/or NSC and/or SC(a) subjects; OR

  • National Certificate NC(V) – In addition, a student must (a) achieve at least 50% in three fundamental subjects and (b) achieve at least 60% in four vocational subjects, chosen from the NC (V) Level 4 subjects; OR

  • Alternatively a Higher Certificate, an Advanced Certificate or Diploma in a cognate field.

  • A certificate of exemption issued by USAf (Universities South Africa) is required for applicants who have obtained a Senior Certificate without endorsement or equivalent foreign school-leaving qualification, who meet the requirements of the published regulations and wish to pursue first degree studies. The Office of the Registrar will facilitate, on behalf of the candidate, an application for degree admission, to USAf, once the candidate has provided proof of payment to USAf.

All applicants to the programme must comply with the following minimum requirements:

  • English First language: 50%

  • English Second Language: 60%

  • Mathematics: 50% OR Mathematical Literacy: 70%.

Candidates who do not meet the additional institutional entry requirements will be granted provisional admission to the programme, conditional on the following:

  • Passing the first module should the candidate not meet the English requirement

  • Passing Mathematical Literacy should the candidate not meet the Mathematical requirement (A fee, over and above the programme fee is payable for this module)


If you do not meet the Admission Criteria and would like to discuss your study options. Please email Admissions at

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)


Alternative access routes should the candidate not meet the admission requirements:

  • RPL for access


RPL is at the Senate’s discretion on a case-by-case basis.


For more information, please refer to the Policy on the link below or email Admissions at

D20 – RPL, CAT and Articulation Policy

Programme overview

Choose from five intakes per year:


Next Open Day:

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Study Mode:

Online Distance Education with online learning engagements


Min:  3 years
Max:  6 years 


Fully supported


The DaVinci Institute for Technology Management (Pty) Ltd, Registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997. Registration No. 2004/HE07/003. This qualification is accredited by the Council on Higher Education and Registered on the National Qualification Framework (NQF) by the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA).

Application Fee:

R 350.00

Admission & Registration Fees 2023:


Positions some alumni of the programme hold:

  • Data Payroll Specialist

  • Payroll Administrator

  • Team Leader

  • Quality Assurance Manager

  • HR Coordinator

  • Client Service Manager

  • Operations Manager

  • Credit Analyst

  • Relationship Consultant

  • Home loan Servicing Consultant

  • Senior Advisers – IT Support

  • Senior Operations Manager

  • Sales Representative

  • Financial Business Partner

  • Chief Information Officer

  • Regional Manager

  • Customer Service and Sales Executive

  • Project Manager

  • Digitalisation Manager

  • Business Admin Expert

  • Commercial Recovery Specialist

  • HR Manager

When you exit the qualification, you should be equipped to:

  • Evaluate management development theories and the impact they may have on sustainable development within the student’s economic context.

  • Demonstrate the ability to apply techniques related to the management of technology, the management of innovation, and the management of people processes within a working or community environment.

  • Examine and communicate ideas and concepts related to systems thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making.

  • Apply technology, innovation, people, and systems thinking concepts to transform individuals, communities, and/or organisations.


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