This short learning programme (SLP) introduces students to the field of business management. The rapidly changing and competitive context within which a business operates is examined and the purpose of a business in society discussed. The exciting field of entrepreneurship will be explored and the decisions relating to starting a business introduced. Students also learn about the contemporary issues relating to corporate social responsibility and the business environment.   

Through the exploration of these environments, the student becomes aware of challenging issues managers have to deal with on a daily basis, and the student will gain knowledge of how best to deal with these issues.  


The distance delivery mode provides the student with the opportunity to study in the comfort of their home and to plan the study workload according to their individual pace. The support offered on line and through other means ensures that the student is not left feeling alone in this process and can still enjoy high quality support throughout the process.   

Our distance delivery for the Business Management SLP has been designed with distance students' needs in mind, and includes the following:   

  • A structured learning environment on line that will take you through the learning process making use of the best of instructional design thinking that will enable you to understand and apply as you progress through the studies. The on line design will ensure that you do not get lost.
  • A learner guide designed to lead the student through the textbook. It includes questions and answers for practice and revision.
  • Online Tutors who are subject experts and maintain the human experience of the learning process in each module with you.
  • A Programme Success Tutor who supports your learning journey across all your modules. 


This SLP is specifically designed for an individual wanting to:   

  • Gain a foundational understanding of business management and who may have the intention to further their studies in management.
  • New managers with a knowledge base limited to a specific functional area of business.
  • Persons wishing to update their knowledge of practices in business management in a changing world. 

  British Accreditation Council


Students should meet the following requirements:    

  • Be proficient in English.
  • Should have three to four years work experience.
  • Must be able to engage in self-directed study.
  • Must have access to the internet. 


Business Management SLP is offered as a distance programme. The duration will differ depending on the offer selected. Please speak with a consultant for more information.    


The SLP fee includes all programme material, which becomes the property of the student. This material is a valuable source for ongoing reference.    


The completion of assignments and examinations will be required


There are two parts to this SLP, Business Management 1a and Business Management 1b. Each section is briefly described below:    

Business Management 1A    

  • Understanding of the concepts, principles and practices of management in the business world.
  • Management activities in a business context.
  • The role that corporate social responsibility plays in an organisation.
  • Discusses the four main functions of business management which are planning, organising, leading and control.
  • The impact that different business environments have on the business and managerial roles.
  • Principles of Marketing: This includes creating an understanding of product, price, distribution and promotion strategies.
  • Principles of Finance: This topic provides insight into the role of the Financial Manager and helps the individual with an overview of budgeting, managing costs and interpreting financial statements. No prior knowledge of accounting is required. 

Business Management 1B    

  • Principles of Operations Management: Includes operation principles for manufacturing and service organisations.
  • Principles of Human Resource Management: Some of the key aspects include selection and recruitment processes, staff training and development options and basic leadership principles.
  • Purchasing and Supply Management: The purpose of this learning unit is to place the purchasing or sourcing function and its role in an organisation into perspective, and to explain the management, process and activities of the function.
  • Introduction to Strategic Management: This topic briefly touches on strategic alignment and the Strategic Management process. 


The Business Management programme is a SLP certified by The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE). Varsity College is an educational brand of The IIE.  

Students can, on successful completion, apply to be exempt, based on recognition of prior learning, from the equivalent full qualification/SLP module when registering for any of the following programmes of The IIE:  

 The IIE Bachelor of Commerce degree (Exempt from Business Management 1a and 1b)*. 


What students past and current are saying.

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"I've completed 2 courses with The IIE's Business School at Varsity College Cape Town. My experience with this institution has been overwhelming. The staff and lectures are very helpful and excellent in the roles they play. Their schedules and time frames for each of the courses I've finished thus far have been 100% correct."

Stanley Roman

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"The course was so practical, I feel like I have the ability to go out and manage a project. It's not all theory that I have no clue how to apply. It was a privilege to learn from Bobby Keller at The IIE's Business School at Varsity College Pretoria. He has a lifetime of experience to share."

Lida van Eden

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"The IIE's Business School at Varsity College Cape Town gave me a chance to experience tertiary education the way it should be. I am able to go into the working world with some of their academic teachings and life advice."

Thabiseng Chiwashira

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