Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Higher Certificate in Tourism Management

Qualification code: 98226
NQF level: 5
Total credits: 120
SAQA ID: 101434
APS/AS: 15
Candidates are advised to register for the following modules in the first semester: ENN1504, EUP1501, FAC1501, MNG1502 & IOP1502. Students who have already passed DTM1502 in this qualification, will retain the credit and will not be required to complete SUS1501. Students should note that during the course of their studies they would be required to have access to a computer, printer and the internet. Some of the pre-requisites and/ or co-requisites outlined in this qualification may not apply as they do not form part of the curriculum.
Purpose statement:
The primary purpose of the qualification which is closely tied to the rationale is to introduce learners to the tourism field. This qualification is designed to enable students to join the tourism industry sector at the entry level. This qualification will enable qualifying learners to: Have a fundamental understanding of tourism management theory and principles. Perform basic duties under supervision in the field of tourism management, for instance, general front office duties, do travel bookings, and provide customer care in this context. Understand how travel and tourism organisations gain competitive advantage to achieve their aims. Know the principles and benefits of good customer service in travel and tourism organisations. Be able to demonstrate the skills, qualities and behaviours needed for effective performance in the tourism workplace.
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