School of Management, IT and Governance

Bachelor of Commerce – General (BCom)

Management Studies focuses on the provision of educational opportunities to equip candidates for careers in the field of commerce and industry. A wide theoretical training and sound foundation in the principles of Accounting, Economics, Finance, Information Systems, Management, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Supply Chain Management and Public Administration are provided. The undergraduate degree courses offered are specially designed to develop in candidates an innovative and entrepreneurial outlook as well as an adaptability of mind that will enable them, after a brief period of practical experience, to become eligible for responsible managerial positions (in the private and/or public sectors) or, if desired, self-employment
The university strategic plan places emphasis on research, teaching, learning and scholarship. Additionally, there is a need for a socially cohesive and inclusive institutional culture that thrives. This overall University focus is embodied as part of the School of Management Information Technology and Governance’s purpose. Hence, the Bachelor of Commerce degree is designed to provide a primary foundation into the field of business and commerce. Ultimately, this would serve to develop graduates from their primary discipline into organisational management and leadership positions as well as entrepreneurial development and innovation. This is required in order to work in the dynamic complex environment of contemporary Africa and its transition agenda as well as the need for internationalisation and globalisation. This programme will also serve as a bridging programme to the Bachelor of Commerce Honours and related management and commercial fields.

3 years

* NSC Degree with a minimum of 30 NSC points (excluding Life Orientation)
  • Level 4 Mathematics
  • Level 4 English (home or first additional language)
  • Level 4 Life Orientation or equivalent
Or * Matriculation Exemption with 36 points and Mathematics HG ‘D’ or SG ‘B’
Marketing and Supply Chain Management Lecturer, Product manager, Brand manager, Social media marketing manager, Researcher, Marketing representative, Sales representative, Business analyst, Customer relationship manager, Advertising, Public relations manager, Retailer manager, Product manager, Brand manager, Social media marketing manager, Researcher, Marketing representative, Sales representative, Customer relationship manager, Advertising, Public relations manager, Retailer manager, General Manager, Business Advisor, Logistics Manager

Information Systems & Technology Lecturer, Business Analyst, Software Architect, Software Engineer, Enterprise Resource Planning Specialist, Project Manager, IS/IT Auditor, Systems Analyst, Information Architect, Researcher

Human Resource Management Lecturer, Human Resource Consultant, Labour Relations Consultant, Human Resource Manager, Researcher

Management and Entrepreneurship: Lecturer, Entrepreneur, Management Consultant, Public Relations Manager, Researcher, General Manager

Other careers Financial Manager, Economist, Econometrician, Trader, Broker, Public Manager, Municipal Manager

First Year

Second Year

✱ Offered only in Westville Campus

Third Year

To complete a major in Accounting, these are the only combinations allowed for BCom General at level 3:
  1. Financial Accounting (ACCT311 and ACCT312) and Auditing (ACCT321 and ACCT322) or,
  2. Financial Accounting (ACCT311 and ACCT312) and Managerial Accounting and Financial Management (ACCT331 and ACCT332) or,
  3. Financial Accounting (ACCT311 and ACCT312) and Taxation (ACCT341 and ACCT342)