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UNISA Certificate Programmes

UNISA Certificate Programmes

Education Africa, with the UNISA Centre for Business Management, has developed two 1-year Certificate programmes which we run through the University of South Africa (UNISA):

This programme consists of the following modules:

  • Module 1: Introduction to the business world
  • Module 2: The entrepreneur and his business
  • Module 3: Specialised areas of management
  • Module 4: Critical factors determining the success of a manager

The objectives of this programme are to equip potential managers with:

  • A basic knowledge of the economic environment
  • Methods of price determination in a market economy
  • A basic understanding of a macro-economic perspective of the South African economy
  • Knowledge of the three important sectors of the economy
  • The principles of establishing a new business
  • Knowledge of the functioning of a business organisation
  • The principles of general management
  • Knowledge of the functional management areas
  • Knowledge of effective business communication
  • Critical factors determining the success of a manager

This programme consists of the following modules:

  • Module 1: Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • Module 2: Entering the Business World
  • Module 3: The Business Plan
  • Module 4: Managing the Small Business

The objectives of this programme are to:

  • Provide potential entrepreneurs with the necessary knowledge to establish and manage a business in South Africa and elsewhere in Africa
  • Improve the small business management skills of those entrepreneurs who already own a small business.
  • Develop a cadre of entrepreneurs who will promote economic growth and create employment to meet the rising economic expectations of all South Africans.

Both programmes target the sustainability and development of small and medium size enterprises and are open to candidates who have completed their Senior Certificate or equivalent qualification.

We approach both programmes from a problem-solving point of view instead of a content-driven point of view. It implies that the focus in on the problems that students can experience in practice. This approach puts students in the centre of the learning arena and the lecturers on the side-line to support the learning students’ acquisition of knowledge, skills and attitudes. The lecturers attempt to acknowledge the unique circumstances of every student and want to empower them in their own situation to establish and manage a business.

While we have been partnering with UNISA on this project since 1996, a recent development is that (for our Business Focused Management programme) we have now moved away from paper-based learning to teaching through and ICT platform, thus taking the university to the student – be it in a rural or urban setting – and enabling all students to have equal access to the programme. In this way, we are able to give access to Tertiary Education to many more students who may not be in a financial position to physically attend lectures. Travel is only required for the purpose of writing exams at one of the many easily accessible UNISA examination centres around South Africa and even abroad.

Each student receives the following:

  • A tablet with protective screen and cover, which is couriered to each student
  • Monthly data
  • Being registered at UNISA, students automatically gain free access to myUnisa
  • Mentoring and support from Education Africa. We also supplement each module with interactive exam simulation multiple-choice questions, and students are encouraged to join study groups.

These programmes are presented in English only through UNISA.

By registering your staff, your suppliers’ staff, or someone that is unemployed on these courses through Education Africa, you can claim B-BBEE points for your company’s Skills Development Element and Enterprise Development Element. Section 18A tax benefits also apply.

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"This programme is helping me to become a confident, and independent thinker… It is also about how much my life is changing and how positive I am feeling towards the future.”
Kgothatso Modiba
Student of the Education Africa Business Management programme, and recipient of a Walter Sisulu Scholarship

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