Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Higher Certificate in Economic and Management Sciences

Qualification code: 98237
NQF level: 5
Total credits: 120
SAQA ID: 90677
APS/AS: 15

Students should note that during the course of their studies they would be required to have access to a computer, a printer and the internet. It is recommended that students choose their modules as follows: Year modules: ECS1500; INF1505; Semester 1: BNU1501; BSM1501; ENG1503; FAC1501; Semester 2: CLA1501; QMI1500; FAC1502; SUS1501. The College has replaced ENG1512 with CLA1501, replaced EUP1501 with INF1505, replaced INM1501 with FAC1502, and ENN103F with ENG1503. Students who have already passed ENG1512, EUP1501, ENN103F and/or INM1501 in this qualification, will retain the credit(s) and will not be required to complete the relevant replacement module(s).

Purpose statement:
The purpose of this qualification is to prepare learners who do not comply with the minimum statutory or institutional admission requirements, for access to Diploma and Degree studies in the Economic and Management Sciences. This qualification will introduce learners to elementary concepts and principles of Economics, Business Management and Accountancy. The qualification should also improve learners' basic proficiency in English, their general computer skills and their basic numeracy skills which are required for studies in the Economic and Management Sciences.
This qualification will be presented using both online and distance learning modes.

Who can register?

  • Applicants (new applicants & Unisa students who applied for admission to a new qualification) may only register if they have received an offer of placement from Unisa and have accepted the offer online. 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 2024 academic year once the registration period opens.

Please note: Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply online for the alternative qualification during the prescribed application period.

How to choose your modules

Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a certain number of NQF level credits within a certain amount of time in order to graduate.

  • Co-requisite: Module A is a co-requisite for Module B. You want to register for Module B, but have not yet passed Module A. You must then register for both Modules A and B simultaneously. You may NOT cancel your registration for Module A unless Module B is also cancelled.
  • Pre-requisite: If Module A is a pre-requisite for Module B, you must pass Module A before you may register for Module B.

You may not register for more than the allowed maximum number of credits / modules per academic year and / or semester: 60 credits per semester or 120 credits per academic year.

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.

Click here for more information on managing your studies.

Curriculum for this qualification

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

Please click on the modules below to see further information (eg semester/year module, NQF level)

First level