(Distance Short Learning Programme)



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.

  British Accreditation Council

Admission Requirements  

    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.


The programme fee includes ICB registration and ICB assessment fees and programme material, which becomes the property of the student. Please note that study and solution guides are not included in the material pack but can be purchased separately.  



    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.
    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.
  • 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.
  • Purchasing and Supply Management
  • 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:  

  • Higher Certificate in Business Principles and Practice. (Exempt from Business Management 1a and 1b).*
  • The IIE BCom degree (Exempt from Business Management 1a and 1b).

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

All SLPs available through Varsity College’s The Business School have been specifically designed for working adults. These SLPs differ from The IIE full qualifications available through Varsity College 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.  


The IIE has been internationally recognised and accredited by The British Accreditation Council (BAC).The BAC has been responsible for setting standards within the independent further and higher education sector for 25 years. Their accreditation is held by hundreds of colleges in the UK and overseas. They provide the leading mark of educational quality for the sector, which is used by students, parents, agencies and beyond as a guarantee of standards. For more information please visit  


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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