Are you wanting to build a career in the investment and/or asset management industry? Then why not take the first step now by enrolling in Milpark Education’s Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Investment Management?
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The investment management industry is characterised by job qualification requirements that are relatively high. For example, in most cases, applicants need to be in possession of at least a degree in some combination with a designation called the CFA® designation (Chartered Financial Analyst®, which consists of three levels) in order to enter the working environment. The programme curriculum on this BCom stream offers some investment-specific modules, which are partially based on the Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) from the CFA® programme1. Most modules offered on this qualification are highly technical in content, and require a substantial amount of practice and engagement in order to successfully pass them.
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 this field. The BCom degree, with a major in Investment Management, will provide a solid basis to enable graduates to operate at an entry level position in the investment management environment. It will also function as articulation into a BCom Honours or Postgraduate Diploma in Investment Management, Portfolio Management and/or Finance, which most investment management companies require for a further career in the sector.
The BCom 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: INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT: 396 CREDITS
In the table below, the "Year 1, Year 2, and Year 3" columns correspond with the complexity of the coursework and progression of the academic levels. These labels align with international BCom standards. The columns do not represent the time it takes for a student to complete the qualification at Milpark. Students have a minimum of four (4) years, and a maximum of nine (9) years, to complete the qualification. This allows for flexibility on the learning journey, at a pace that enables students the best possible opportunity for successful outcomes.
|Induction to Business Studies*
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Accounting
Introduction to Business
Financial Management 1
Financial Management 2
Principles of Macroeconomics
Applied Financial Accounting
Management and Leadership
Introduction to Global
Financial Statement Analysis
Ethics and Risk Management
in the Investment Industry**
Business Research Methods
|Total credits per year
|* 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.
** NOTE: specialist modules relating to your chosen major will 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)
|Close of Registration: 12 January 2024
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|Close of Registration: 16 August 2024
Continue your learning journey with us by applying for one of our Postgraduate Diplomas aimed at the financial services industry.