As Banking and Investment Management are related fields, it can be beneficial to those seeking a career in these fields to cover some banking and investment concepts and topics in one degree.
This qualification will function as articulation into a Postgraduate Diploma in Investment Management/Banking, which most financial institutions require for a further career in the sector. As the course curriculum offers some investment modules, it will also assist with the preparation for the CFA Level 1 exam.
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Staff in the banking and investment industry require a degree in order to embark on a career in banking or to enter the investment management environment. Although other bachelor degrees are accepted, banks and investment houses tend to prefer commerce graduates with specialisation in Banking and/or Investment. As Banking and Investment Management are related fields, it can be beneficial to those seeking a career in these fields to cover some banking and investment concepts and topics in one degree. This will provide a strong foundation to enable graduates to operate responsibly and successfully in the general banking, private banking, investment banking and investment management environment at a junior level.
The qualification will function as articulation into a Postgraduate Diploma in Investment Management or in Banking, which most financial institutions require for a further career in the sector. The course curriculum offers some investment-specific modules, which are partially based on the Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) from the CFA ® programme.1
The purpose of the Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree is to provide a broad but solid educational foundation to students in the field of commerce, including various key discipline areas such as business management, accounting and economics.
The qualification has been designed to provide the knowledge base, practical competence and application skills that will enable students either to enter the labour market or to pursue further studies in the fields of Banking and Investment Management. The Bachelor of Commerce degree appears on the Financial Sector Conduct Authority’s (FSCA) list of recognised qualifications for FAIS Fit and Proper purposes.
1 CFA® is a registered trademark owned by the CFA Institute. This programme is not affiliated with, sponsored, or approved by the CFA Institute.
The programme would be suitable for:
Successful completion of this qualification should enable the student to:
Kindly note that there is an overview factsheet available that provides information on all the different BCom majors offered by Milpark.
MAJOR: BANKING AND INVESTMENT: 399 CREDITS
|Semester 1||Year 1||Year 2||Year 3|
||Induction to Business Studies*
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Accounting
Introduction to Business
Introduction to Retail Banking**
Technology and Innovation**
|Semester 2||Year 1||Year 2||Year 3|
Principles of Macroeconomics
Applied Financial Accounting
|Management & Leadership
Ethics and Risk Management
in the Investment Industry**
Introduction to Global
Financial Statement Analysis and Reporting**
|Investment Management 1C**|
|Elective||Business Research Methods
Global Banking Operations**
|Total credits per year||159||109||128/131|
|* 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 in year 1.
** Specialist modules relating to your chosen major may be on offer via distance learning only.
If the candidate matriculated in 2007 or earlier
Candidates who matriculated in 2007 or earlier require:
1. 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/); and
2. A symbol of E or higher for Mathematics on HG, or a symbol of D or higher for Mathematics on SG. Candidates who do not meet the Mathematics requirement may beoffered admission on condition that they successfully complete the BCom bridging programme, if they have achieved at least a symbol of E on HG or a C on SG in any two of the following subjects:
If the candidate matriculated in 2008 or later
Candidates who matriculated in 2008 or later require:
1. 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/); and
2. A minimum mark of 50% for Mathematics or 70% for Mathematics Literacy. Candidates who do not meet the Mathematics requirement but who have achieved a minimum mark of 50% or higher in any two of the following subjects may be offered admission on condition that they successfully complete the bridging programme:
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 BCom degree.
Any applicant who has a certificate other than a South African National Senior Certificate has to provide:
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 Registration: 17 January 2023||Close of Admission/application: 3 February 2023|
|Close of Registration: 11 February 2023|
|Close of Registration: 14 March 2023||Semester 2|
|Close of Admission/application: 7 July 2023|
|Cycle 3||Close of Registration: 15 July 2023|
|Close of Registration: 27 June 2023|
|Close of Registration: 22 August 2023|
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