Higher Certificate in Management (HCM)

Higher Certificate in Management (HCM)

The Higher Certificate in Management (HCM) is an entry-level qualification designed to equip the student with the skills necessary to function in the different management contexts.

About

This entry-level, post-school, higher education qualification is designed to equip the student with the foundational knowledge and skills necessary to function in entry-level management roles in almost any type of organisation. 


Students will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the management functions of planning, organising, leading and controlling.
  • perform a basic analysis of the business environment.
  • implement basic human resource best practices within a work environment.
  • apply basic project management techniques in solving an organisational problem, thus contributing towards implementing the organisational strategy.
  • integrate foundational knowledge from selected management disciplines in solving problems within familiar organisational contexts.  

 

CAREERS

The Higher Certificate in Management produces people who are able to work in the different management functions needed by most businesses. This qualification provides a “basic level of higher education knowledge” and ensures that the qualifying student is able to “[apply] such knowledge and competence in an occupation or role in the workplace” (HEQF). The programme is typically suitable for:

  • a person with some work experience, who wishes to acquire formal management training in order to fully qualify for a junior management position.
  • a person with some work experience, who wishes to acquire formal management training in order to fully qualify for a junior management position with a special interest in Occupational Health and Safety.
  • a school leaver, who requires a Higher Certificate for access into a Diploma or Degree programme of study.

 

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

Requirements

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

A knowledge, comprehension and application of the English language at NQF Level 4 (Grade 12 or equivalent level) is required.

 

IT REQUIREMENTS

Minimum system requirements:

  • Reliable broadband Internet access
  • Firefox/Internet Explorer/Chrome web browser
  • Microsoft Word
  • PDF Viewer
  • Ability to scan and upload documents
  • Email/Cellphone for notification and communication.

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

In order to determine the curriculum for which a student may register, the Milpark Education points system applies: 

IF YOU MATRICULATED IN 2007 OR EARLIER

For entry into the Certificate, applicants require:

  • a Senior Certificate or equivalent; AND
  • a minimum of 13 points on the Milpark points system

IF YOU MATRICULATED IN 2008 OR LATER

For entry into the Certificate, candidates require a National Senior Certificate (NSC) as certified by Umalusi.

Foreign applicants whose first language is not English are required to provide proof of proficiency in English prior to admission to the qualification. Foreign students who do not hold a South‐African matric certificate must present a matric verification from the South African Matriculation Board on application.

Milpark admits a small number of students onto its programme via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Applicants interested in applying via RPL will be considered individually by the relevant Dean.

Key Information

MODULE DESCRIPTIONS

THE MANAGEMENT ENVIRONMENT

This module details the results that successful managers at different levels of business must deliver within their organisations. It addresses topical and future management issues through both classic and contemporary management thought. In addition to placing management in context, the module also explores the knowledge, skills, and dispositions required of managers to perform the management functions of planning, organising, and leading in an unpredictable and changing business environment.

MANAGING PEOPLE

The purpose of this module is to implement an understanding of the foundation of Human Resource Development theories in order to implement best practice within a work environment. To this end, an equitable, efficient and effective HRM culture will produce collaboration between business units and departments to enhance synergy and productivity.

INTRODUCTION TO MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING

In this introductory module in management accounting, the student is introduced to the fundamentals of business, bookkeeping and accounting. The module will also introduce the provisions and use of accounting information by managers within organisations, and provide the student with the basis to make informed business decisions that will better equip them for the management and control function.

INTEGRATED BUSINESS PROJECT

This module introduces the student to the fundamental concepts, tools and techniques in the area of Project Management. A comprehensive coverage of the rationale for the project approach is offered, followed by a systematic exploration of the main knowledge domains of project management and finally, an integration of the various knowledge domains. A generic approach is adopted which seeks to advance fundamental principles and practices, without subscribing to the requirements of any of the various professional bodies in project management. This module also aims to introduce students to an integrated approach to management. Students will be required to engage with core areas (management and leadership, people management, project management, management accounting and one elected area of their choice) through additional case studies and scenarios. They will be required to write a well-motivated report on a business context (this can be their current business context) that they assessed in terms of strengths and weaknesses (presenting possible solutions and motivating these).

GLOBAL CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP

This module aims to expose students to the four basic principles contained in the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC). These principles are fundamental to the conduct of business nationally and internationally.

ELECTIVES (select one)

MONITORING AND EVALUATION FOR MANAGERS

This module introduces the student to the fundamental monitoring and evaluation principles and processes for use in the public management context.

PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING MANAGEMENT

In this introductory module in Marketing Management, the student is introduced to the basic principles of marketing management and is provided with a framework for writing and implementing a marketing plan. Topics include an analysis of the marketing environment, process of selecting a target market, marketing mix strategies, implementation and control of marketing strategy, services marketing and contemporary marketing management developments. This module prepares the student to apply acquired competencies and skills in developing and reflecting on marketing strategies that will contribute to the satisfaction of consumer needs and the development of an organisation.

FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING

In this introductory module in Financial Accounting, the student is introduced to the fundamentals of business, bookkeeping and accounting. Recording of transactions to trial balance level, as well as compiling of financial statements, also provides a much-needed foundation for the student’s subsequent intellectual and career development.

ECONOMICS

This introductory module in Microeconomics introduces the student to the fundamental problems of scarcity, choice and opportunity costs. It emphasises the importance of equilibrium in the system, as demonstrated, for example, in the price mechanism, consumer equilibrium and producer equilibrium. It defines the firms, households, sectors and markets as building blocks for the macro economy. The representation and analysis of economic data in various forms, including graphs, tables, equations, etcetera, also provide a much-needed foundation for the student’s subsequent intellectual and career development.

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY

This module provides the student with the necessary background and competency to understand the principles and practice of occupational health and safety. The objective is to provide entry-level managers with the necessary skills to understand and identify occupational health and safety issues.

How to apply

Students need to complete the admission process and receive academic acceptance onto the programme before registering for modules (subjects or courses).

Admission:

*International students: please refer to the admission requirements for international students by clicking here .

Before applying, be sure that you:

  1. meet the minimum entry requirements as per the course programme brochure.
  2. adhere to the admission closing dates as per the course programme timetable.
  3. have all required documentation available as set out in the course programme brochure.
OR

Contact our student service centre at 086 999 0001 where a consultant will gladly assist you by completing your admission application on your behalf.

Upon successful admission, you will receive an acceptance letter via email as well as login details to access myMilparkmyMilpark, our online student environment.


Exemptions:

If you have completed a qualification at another accredited institution, you may be eligible for subject exemptions.

To apply for an Exemption:

  1. submit the relevant application if any of the modules you have completed previously (no more than 10 years ago) are similar to the modules on the qualification you are applying for.
  2. submit your original exemption application form together with originally certificated documents via post or hand delivery to Milpark.
Note: If you have previously completed a qualification at Milpark Education, you may also be eligible for subject exemptions, however these will be automatically granted on admission. No application is required.

Registration:

On successful admission, you can proceed with the registration of your semester modules.
*International students: please refer to the registration requirements for international students by clicking here .

To register, ensure that you:

  1. have received your login details to access myMilparkmyMilpark.
  2. adhere to the registration closing dates as per the relevant course programme timetable.

(You will be required to upload your proof of payment proof of deposit/EFT, bursary letter or credit card.)

OR

Contact our student service centre at 086 999 0001 where a consultant will gladly assist you by completing your registration application on your behalf.

Upon successful registration, a confirmation of registration letter will be sent together with your study material (where applicable).
All admission and registration information can be also viewed online on myMilpark .myMilpark .

Students need to complete the admission process and receive academic acceptance onto the programme before registering for modules (subjects or courses).

Admission:

*International students: please refer to the admission requirements for international students by clicking here .

Before applying, be sure that you:

  1. meet the minimum entry requirements as per the course programme brochure.
  2. adhere to the admission closing dates as per the course programme timetable.
  3. have all required documentation available as set out in the course programme brochure.
OR

Contact our student service centre at 086 999 0001 where a consultant will gladly assist you by completing your admission application on your behalf.

Upon successful admission, you will receive an acceptance letter via email.


Exemptions:

If you have completed a qualification at another accredited institution, you may be eligible for subject exemptions.

To apply for an Exemption:

  1. submit the relevant application if any of the modules you have completed previously (no more than 10 years ago) are similar to the modules on the qualification you are applying for.
  2. submit your original exemption application form together with originally certificated documents via post or hand delivery to Milpark.

Note: If you have previously completed a qualification at Milpark Education, you may also be eligible for subject exemptions, however these will be automatically granted on admission. No application is required.


Registration:

On successful admission, you can proceed with the registration of your semester modules.
*International students: please refer to the registration requirements for international students by clicking here .

To register, ensure that you:

  1. have received your login details to access myMilparkmyMilpark.
  2. adhere to the registration closing dates as per the relevant course programme timetable.

(You will be required to upload your proof of payment - proof of deposit/EFT, bursary letter or credit card.)

OR

Contact our student service centre at 086 999 0001 where a consultant will gladly assist you by completing your registration application on your behalf.

Upon successful registration, a confirmation of registration letter will be sent together with your study material (where applicable).
All admission and registration information can be also viewed online on myMilpark .myMilpark .

Registration:

*International students: please refer to the registration requirements for international students by clicking here .

To register, ensure that you:

  1. have received your login details to access myMilparkmyMilpark.
  2. adhere to the registration closing dates as per the relevant course programme timetable.

(You will be required to upload your proof of payment proof of deposit/EFT, bursary letter or credit card.)

OR

Contact our student service centre at 086 999 0001 where a consultant will gladly assist you by completing your registration application on your behalf.

Upon successful registration, a confirmation of registration letter will be sent together with your study material (where applicable).
All admission and registration information can be also viewed online on myMilpark .myMilpark .

All international students need to apply via the manual admission route and submit original certified documentation.

If the entry requirements for your chosen Milpark qualification is a South African National Senior Certificate (NSC), you need to obtain an exemption certificate from the Higher Education South Africa (HESA). Visit www.hesa.org.za for further information.

If the entry requirement for your chosen Milpark qualification is a prior undergraduate qualification, you need to obtain an equivalent certificate for foreign qualifications completed. Visit www.saqa.co.za for further information.

  1. Students enrolling via distance learning:
    • do not need to comply with any visa or residency requirements.
    • will conclude admission and registration processes at a distance.
    • will receive study materials via courier in their country of residence.
    • will receive support via distance methods.

    Note: Students are liable for additional costs in respect of courier and examinations.
    Please contact the student service centre 086 999 0001 for further information.

  2. Distance learning students who want to visit South Africa to attend a single short workshop or write an examination at a local venue, have to do so based on the normal visa/visiting requirements as stipulated by the Department of International Affairs (or Home Affairs).

    Note: Such a visit does not imply permission to remain in South Africa indefinitely based on registration at Milpark Education.

  3. Distance learning students are not allowed to provide a South African residential or postal address. Such registrations will not be concluded as the normal visa/study permit requirements have to be complied with as for contact/residential students below.

Contact learning

International students who do not have permanent residence in South Africa or who are not South African citizens need to follow the steps below:

Step 1

Consult their embassy/ Department of International Relations/ South African Embassy for specific prerequisites with regards to the legal requirements for registration with a South African academic institution.

Step 2

Obtain:

  • An official provisional admission letter from Milpark.
  • Proof of medical cover. The relevant South African law states:

"In terms of the Immigration Act No. 13 of 2002 as Amended and its Regulations, any prospective student to the Republic of South Africa, must provide proof of medical cover with a medical scheme registered in terms of the Medical Schemes Act, 1998 Act 131 of 1998."

  • Proof of sufficient funds to cover tuition fees, maintenance and incidental costs.
  • Proof of a cash deposit or bank guarantee equivalent to airfare or transportation costs to the student’s country of origin for repatriation purposes or forfeiture to the state should permit conditions not be complied with.
  • A medical certificate — a clean bill of health is required.

Step 3

Apply for a study permit by submitting Form 1 to the local Department of International Relations/South African Embassy.
The student will need to provide the embassy with an undertaking that they will leave South Africa on completion of her/his studies.

NB: Students should await the outcome of their application prior to making travel arrangements to South Africa.

Step 4

If a student is able to obtain a study permit on time, then they may continue with their application for full admission and registration for their selected modules.

NB: A certified copy of the International student’s passport together with a certified copy of a valid study permit must/will be kept in the student’s record file at Milpark Education. If a student is unable to obtain a study permit on time, then they must postpone their programme until the date on which they are in possession of a study permit.

 

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