School of Investment & Banking

Bachelor of Business Administration with a Major in Banking

Interested in a career in business administration or in banking? Then the BBA with a major in Banking is the course for you. This all-encompassing course will equip you with the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to operate effectively in a management role within the banking sector. It also serves as a foundation for those wanting to do postgraduate studies in Business Administration or Banking. 

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NQF Level

7

SAQA

61700

Min Credits

360

DESCRIPTION AND PROGRAMME PURPOSE

The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with a major in Banking is designed to offer a well-balanced exposure to the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to operate effectively in a general management environment within a bank, or as a foundation for postgraduate studies in Business Administration or Banking. The BBA qualification sets a broad foundation for a conceptual and functional understanding of business management issues, built specifically around learning areas in Banking. With major changes to the industry in the form of a rise in digitalisation, machine learning and artificial intelligence, bank management and new business development are gaining in importance, over more technical skills.

Students are exposed to specific areas in Banking in a carefully integrated manner that reinforces lateral learning to achieve the set outcomes of the qualification. One of the exit outcomes of the qualification focuses specifically on developing an understanding of the entrepreneurial and/or intrapreneurial process and the role of entrepreneurship in business and economic development. In the banking environment, this could help evaluate new ventures from a financing point of view, but also encourage intrapreneurial activities that may lead to Fintech ventures. In addition to the major focus areas, students are exposed to fields such as Banking without Boundaries, Business Management and Leadership Development, which are selected to align the qualification to the demands of the contemporary banking organisation.

WHO SHOULD ENROL

The BBA degree with a major in Banking would be suitable for candidates:

  • who require a generalist qualification as foundation in the fields of Banking and Business Management.
  • who would like to acquire knowledge of the key principles, rules and theories applicable to management, with a focus on the Banking discipline.
  • who would like to pursue a formal qualification for a desired career or even career advancement in the field of Banking and Business Management.
  • who regard themselves as entrepreneurs or intrapreneurs and would like to start their own business in or outside of their current employment. At the end of the qualification, students will be able to contribute to their own business venture or the workforce in a positive, ethical and sustainable manner.

PROGRAMME OUTCOMES

Successful completion of this qualification should enable the student to:

  1. Communicate effectively in a business environment.
  2. Demonstrate competence in conceptualising, conducting and reporting on business research at a basic level.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding and application of management principles in a business environment.
  4. Determine the potential impact of legal and economic factors on a business organisation.
  5. Demonstrate a functional understanding of the roles, core processes and interfaces between the various departments of a business.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to contribute to a process of driving transformation and change within a business organisation.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of the entrepreneurial process and the role of entrepreneurship in business and economic development.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

BBA MODULE COMPOSITION/STRUCTURE (386 OR 388 CREDITS DEPENDING ON ELECTIVE CHOSEN)

Year 1  Year 2  Year 3
Induction to Business Studies*
Business Numeracy*
Introduction to Business Management
Business Communication
Principles of Microeconomics
End-User Computing**
Finance for Managers 
Banking without Boundaries
Sales Management***
Introduction to Retail Banking***
General Management
Business Research Methods
Risk Management 
Year 1  Year 2  Year 3
Marketing Management Practice
Business Law 
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Accounting 
Management and Leadership 
Bank Management***
Global Banking Operations***
Sales and Marketing Strategy***
Electives (choose one):
Technology and Innovation
Management
OR
Entrepreneurship 
136  130  120/122
* Please note that Induction to Business Studies and Business Numeracy are only offered via Distance Learning Online (DLO) and should be completed in the first semester of study.
** This subject must be registered for by all first-year students at the beginning of semester 1. The subject is only available on DL.
*** NOTE: specialist modules relating to your chosen major may be on offer via distance learning only.

The admission criteria for the Bachelor of Business Administration are as follows:

If the candidate matriculated in 2007 or earlier

Candidates who matriculated in 2007 or earlier require a Senior Certificate with matriculation endorsement/exemption for degree studies. Candidates who have a Senior Certificate but who do not meet the matriculation endorsement/exemption requirements stated above, may apply to Universities South Africa (USAF), for mature age exemption (https://mb.usaf.ac.za/).

If the candidate matriculated in 2008 or later

Candidates require a National Senior Certificate (NSC) with a minimum of 50% in four NSC 20-credit subjects, including English as the language of instruction at Milpark Education, as certified by Umalusi. Candidates who have a National Senior Certificate (NSC) but who do not meet the matriculation endorsement/exemption requirements stated above, may apply to Universities South Africa (USAF), for mature age exemption (https://mb.usaf.ac.za/). Candidates who have completed a relevant Higher Certificate (NQF 5) or Diploma (NQF 6) in the field of business or commerce, may also be admitted to the BBA degree.

Other certificates

Any applicant who has a certificate other than a South African National Senior Certificate has to provide:

  • a SAQA Certificate of Equivalence, if they want to enrol for a Higher Certificate, Advanced Certificate, Diploma or Postgraduate qualification (www.saqa.org.za);
  • or a USAF Exemption Certificate, if they want to enrol for a Bachelor’s degree (https://mb.usaf.ac.za/).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) applications 

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.

Distance Learning Online (DLO) Distance Learning (DL)
Cycle 1 Semester 1
Close of Admission/application: 31 December 2021 Close of Admission/application: 28 January 2022
Close of Registration: 14 January 2022 Close of Registration: 11 February 2022

 

Cycle 2
Close of Admission/Application: 25 February 2022
Close of Registration: 11 March 2022