Advanced Diploma: Business Administration

Duration: 2 years

Delivery Site: College Street 

Entrepreneurship and Professional Development of Students

The Department strives to instil entrepreneurial skills in our graduates to support their academic talents.

Ongoing entrepreneurial exposure is presented via successful local business people and other entrepreneurial experts.

Students and staff are encouraged to become members of the various professional and institutional bodies.


Graduates can be employed as:

  • Divisional Manager
  • Information Systems Official
  • Purchaser
  • Asset Control Official
  • Debtors/Creditors.

Prospective Employers

  • Government (national departments, provincial departments and local authorities)
  • Private and Parastatal Organisations
  • Research Organisations
  • Tertiary Education Institutions
  • Non-Governmental Organisations.


Purpose of the Qualification

This qualification aims to provide learners with broad-based theoretical and practical knowledge in Business Administration.

It aims to develop the capacity for lifelong learning and an awareness of the social context in which the graduate will work once entering the business world and is intended for persons who can function as operational and tactical (functional) managers in any enterprise.

The qualifying learner will be competent in applying selected business principles and techniques in supporting and implementing strategies, policies and procedures.

Students who complete this diploma will be in a position to grow with the department and become administrative consultants or managers.

Exit Level Outcomes of the Programme

After completion of the programme, a learner will be able to perform a wide range of skills in the administrative management, business management, and finance fields.

Further, prospective educators can teach in disciplines such as Administrative Management, Business Studies, Personnel Management, and Entrepreneurship.

Critical Cross-Field Outcomes

The achievement of this qualification means that the learner will be able to:

  • Identify and solve problems and make responsible ethical decisions within own limit of authority.
  • Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community.
  • Organise and manage oneself and one’s activities responsibly and effectively.
  • Collect, organise and critically evaluate information.
  • Communicate effectively using visual, mathematics and language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems.
  • Be culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts in managing and interacting with diverse people in the workplace.

Minimum Admission Requirements

National Senior Certificate (NSC)

The possession of a National Diploma Management or Administrative Management or its equivalent shall serve as the general admission requirement for this programme

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Prior learning shall be recognised, subject to the requirement of each programme and as per WSU’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy.

International Students

Applications from international students are considered in terms of:

  • Universities South Africa (Usaf)
  • Institutional Equivalence Reference Document.
  • Where required, submission of international qualification to SAQA for benchmarking in terms of HEQF.

Mature Age Endorsement

Refer to requirements as per WSU’s General Rules & Regulations – Section 1.6.