Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Bachelor of Consumer Science

The information on this page is for the 2019 academic year. Updated information for the 2020 academic year will be available before the start of the 2020 registration period.

Qualification stream: (Fashion Retail Management Stream)
Qualification code: 98005 - FAR
NQF level: 7
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 62424
APS/AS: 20
The practical sessions will be conducted in Gauteng. Transitional arrangements: Students who have completed MND3073 are not required to register for GGH3708; students who have completed MND303V or MNM3706 are not required to register for MNM3705; students who have completed MNM3036 are not required to register MNM2608; students who have completed MND301T are not required to register MNM3708.
Purpose statement:
Students who qualify for the Baccalaureus Consumer Science degree have developed competence in being a professional Home Economist with a traditional background to be employed as a specialist trained in extension, business or become an entrepreneur in clothing management, the food product development in industry or food service enterprises. The Home Economist /Consumer Scientist will develop competence in adult education and intervention to train people to fulfil roles in business and industry or to establish small-scale enterprises.
This qualification will be presented using both online and distance learning modes.

Who can register?

  • Applicants may only register once they have received confirmation from Unisa that their application for admission has been accepted. Unisa reserves the right to not process and / or to cancel your registration if it is found that you were incorrectly admitted to a qualification.
  • Re-registering students may register for the 2019 academic year once the registration period opens.

Please note:

  • Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply for the alternative qualification during the next application period.
  • All communication sent to you after the initial study package (with the exception of study guides) will be sent electronically to your myLife e-mail account (eg follow-up tutorial letters, examination timetables and results, financial statements). You will no longer receive such communication in printed format.

How to choose your modules

Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a certain number of modules and NQF level credits within a certain amount of time in order to graduate. You must pass a minimum number of credits / modules annually so that you are able to re-register and continue with your qualification:

  • At least 36 NQF credits (3 modules of 12 credits each) in your first year of study.
  • At least 48 NQF credits (4 modules of 12 credits each) in your second or further years of study.

You may not register for more than the allowed maximum number of credits / modules per semester:

  • At least 60 NQF credits (5 modules of 12 credits each) in a semester.
  • At least 120 NQF credits (10 modules of 12 credits each) per year for year modules.

The maximum number of credits do not include supplementary and / or aegrotat examinations from a previous semester. Modules taken for non-degree / non-diploma purposes also count towards the maximum number of credits allowed.

You must take your available time into consideration when choosing your modules, as this will impact your academic performance. You need approximately

  • 6 to 8 hours per week for semester modules.
  • 4 to 6 hours per week for year modules.

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Curriculum for this qualification

As you are deciding on the modules you will be registering for, remember to write down the module names and codes so that you have something that you can refer to when completing your registration.

First level

Second level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
CLO2601 - Textiles: Fibres
CLO2603 - History of Costume Co-requisite:CLO1501 (or XLO1501)
CLO2604 - Clothing and Textile Project
CLO2605 - Fashion and Visual Merchandising
CLO2606 - Fashion Retail
MNM2602 - Essentials of Marketing
MNM2605 - Consumer Behaviour Pre-requisite:MNM1601 or MNM1502 or MNM1501 or MNM1502 or MNM1503 or MAR111Y or MNM1504 or MNM1505 or MNM1506 or MNM1507 or MNB1501 or MNB101D
MNM2606 - Advertising and Sales Promotion Pre-requisite:MNM1501 or MNM1502 or MNM1503 or MAR111Y or MNM1504 or MNM1505 or MNM1506 or MNM1507 or MNB1501 or MNB101D

Third level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
CLO3701 - Social Psychology of Clothing
CLO3702 - Clothing Range Planning Co-requisite:CLO1501 (or XLO1501)
CLO3703 - Evaluation of Apparel Co-requisite:CLO1501 (or XLO1501) & CLO2601
CLO3704 - Textiles: Yarns, Fabric and Finishes Co-requisite:CLO2601
CLO3706 - Fashion Development, Production and Marketing Co-requisite:CLO2601 & CLO2605
CLO3707 - Fashion Buying and Styling (Theory) Co-requisite:CLO2605
CLO3708 - Fashion Buying and Styling Project Co-requisite:CLO3707
GGH3708 - Environmental Awareness and Responsibility
MNM3705 - Marketing Applications Pre-requisite:MNM1601 or MNM2605 or MNM2611 or MNM2614
MNM3708 - Retail Management Pre-requisite:MNM2601 or MNM2603 or MNM2604 or MNM2605 or MNM2606 or MNM2607 or MNM2612 or MNM2044 or MNM1601