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Study Business: Differences between Qualifications

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Why study Business Management?

The 21st century education inclines to respond to the economical, technological, and societal shifts that are happening at an ever-increasing pace. Today, we have the accessibility to study business, depending on our personal goals, career goals and industry trends.  However, potential students are frequently perplexed by the variety of qualification options at their disposal and cannot decide which one to choose. Some may believe that these qualifications are all essentially the same in terms of career advancement.  

This blog facilitates your understanding of the different types of qualifications with regards to Higher Certificates, Bachelor Degrees and Postgraduate Diplomas and informs your decision of pursuing one.

Higher Certificates

Do not confuse Higher Certificates with Higher School Certificate (HSC). Higher Certificates are an ideal foundation for preparing yourself to work in a competitive business environment. It will introduce you to basic business topics like project management, financial management, marketing, and computing. The Higher Certificate will enable you to develop essential business skills such as effective problem solving, critical thinking, teamwork, and effective communication.

In just one year, a specialised higher certificate can fast track your career by upgrading your knowledge and skills in your desired field.

Duration:  1 Year

In- demand fields to choose from:

Business Management

Supply Chain Management

Project Management

Information Technology

Bachelor Degrees

The three-year bachelor’s degrees aim at developing your intellectual ability, executive personality, and managerial skills. Thanks to distance learning and online learning modes, you do not have to wait until you complete your degree after three years to get a sense of the workplace. Hence, you have the possibility to study and apply your knowledge in a real-life context and grow your business thinking. Bachelor degrees can vary from general management to specialised degrees broadening your employment prospects.

Employers will consider your education to be an essential part of your resume, and many corporations might not consider a candidate without a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. Therefore, the significance of pursuing a degree is linked with more career advancement and employment opportunities.

Duration: 3 Years

Various fields:

Business Administration

Supply Chain Management

Human Resource Management

Marketing Management

IT Management



Postgraduate Diplomas

Why Postgraduate Diplomas? Often, financial, time or work commitments may not allow you opt for a full master’s degree immediately. However, you can still have the opportunity to advance your career by pursuing a postgraduate diploma. This will give you in-depth knowledge of management to aid you work up the career ladder.

On the other hand, if you realise in-depth research just is not what you would enjoy for now. The option to graduate with a postgraduate diploma ensures that you enhance your skills without the commitment to dissertation of a masters.

Duration:  1 Year

In- demand fields to choose from:

Business Management

Project Management

Risk Management

Educational Management

Subsequently, all these programmes are a pathway to giving yourself a distinct advantage in the competitive career marketplace and empowering you to study further. It concentrates on management in a rapidly changing, information-rich global marketplace.

Master’s Degree

A master’s degree is considered as one of the most valuable and popular advanced qualification for it provides you with a life changing experience. Any master’s degree would impart with critical application of management theory to day-to-day business context. A Master of Business Administration (MBA) exposes you to other key business areas, giving you greater competitive advantage to:

  • Launch your own business venture and become an entrepreneur;
  • Make a career change if you do not for a specialised master’s degree;
  • Grow your leadership and soft skills; and
  • Increase your earning potential.

Anyhow, the demand for a master’s degree remains high and definitely enhances your employability.

Duration:  1.5 to 2 Years

While any of these qualifications will help your career, it is important to distinguish among them to be able to opt for the chosen career path and achieve your overall goals. All our programmes are awarded by MANCOSA and REGENT Business School. Both institutions are accredited by the Council of Higher Education (CHE) and Department of Higher Education (DHET) in South Africa. The programmes are also recognised by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) in Mauritius.

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