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. 


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Students should meet the following requirements:    

  • Be proficient in English.
  • Should have three to four years work experience.
  • Must be able to prepare for lectures and engage in self-directed study outside the classroom and be prepared for dynamic discussion in the classroom.
  • Must have access to internet


While you can generally structure your study time as you need to, there are scheduled online sessions through which you can receive mediated support, assignment and examination deadlines and timetables, to keep your studies moving forward.     

A reliable internet connection, own device with (at least) Windows 8 and Google Chrome, are all essential for any student enrolling for this programme.


IIE Business Management is offered as a distance SLP, with supporting online mediated sessions over a period of one year.     


This SLP is presented via a distance mode of delivery supported by online mediation sessions. Students will be required to complete various forms of assessments and activities, with the final assessments being written in hard copy at the site of registration.     

What is The Teaching and Learning Strategy of the IIE's Varsity College, and how will it help prepare me for the 21st century working world?     

At the IIE's Varsity College we are proud of and passionate about our shift away from the 'traditional lecturing' methodology to our blended-learning strategy – the VCBlend.     

This student-focused approach compels our students to be accountable for their learning while developing the critical skills they will need to thrive in the rapidly changing 21st century work environment. As such, academic life for our students is dynamic, challenging and relevant.     

The curriculum below is correct at the time of print. Please note that in line with academic practice, The IIE's curriculum is annually reviewed thus changes may occur in module structure and sequence in order to ensure that the qualification remains relevant. The exit level outcomes of the programme do not change. Registered students receive an updated programme curriculum on an annual basis.


The purpose of this SLP is to provide the student with knowledge and understanding of the context of business, the nature of management and the role of business management in the world of work. This SLP covers the different management activities, entrepreneurship, forms of small business and the business environment. The SLP also introduces students to various functional departments such as operations, human resources, marketing, finance and general management.


The SLP cover the following topics:    

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 IIE Principles of Business Management programme is a SLP that is certified by The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE). Student enrolled for the SLP can submit an application for academic credit upon completion, to be exempt from the equivalent module when registering for: ; 

  • The IIE BCom (exempt for Business Management 1a and Business Management 1B)

*Important note: Entrance requirements apply. Please speak to a consultant for more details. Content changes may occur

All SLPs are available through The Business School at Varsity College have been specifically designed for working adults. These SLPs differ from The IIE full qualifications available through Varsity College and which are registered on the National Qualifications Framework. Before registration students must ensure that the programme selected best suits their individual learning and workplace objectives.


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."

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