What is business studies?
Business is about how individuals and groups of people organise, plan, and act to create and develop goods and services to satisfy customers. Business is influenced by and impacts on the cultural, ethical, environmental, political, and economic conditions of the day. Issues such as sustainability, citizenship, enterprise, and globalisation are central to both business and the study of business. The knowledge and skills gained in business studies, and exposure to enterprise culture, can help shape “creative, energetic, and enterprising” young people who will contribute to South Africa’s economic future. In business studies, students develop their understanding of business theory and practices in
a range of relevant contexts, through experiential as well as theoretical approaches to learning. Business studies has natural links to the social sciences learning area. Contexts for business can also be drawn from other learning areas, such as technology. Simply click on your preferred field of study below and expand your career opportunities. Remember if you need help, we are always just a click away, or alternatively contact us on 021 556 8464. HC Varsity is a registered exam centre however students not living in Cape Town can click on the following link to find an exam centre close to them. ICB IBS CSSA HC Varsity offers a variety of courses from accredited institutes:
The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB)
The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB) is a Professional Body and a Quality Assurance Partner (QAP) of the Sector Education and Training Authority for Finance, Accounting, Management Consulting and other Financial Services (FASSET). The ICB has been around since 1931. Its role is to improve and maintain the quality, credibility and reputation of bookkeeping, accounting, office administration and financial management training and qualifications in Southern Africa. ICB graduates are recognised worldwide by the International Association of Bookkeepers, the Southern African Institute of Business Accountants, the South African Institute of Tax Practitioners, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). The ICB has four Certification Programmes for students to study. Each certification programme comprises a series of learning programmes made up of short courses. ICB assessments can be written at assessments centres around South Africa. HC Varsity is a registered ICB exam centre you can click here for more information.
The Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO)
The Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) is a Quality Council established in 2010 in terms of the Skills Development Act. Its role is to oversee the design, implementation, assessment and certification of occupational qualifications on the Occupational Qualifications Sub-Framework (OQSF). The QCTO is one of three Quality Councils (QCs) responsible for a part of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). Collectively, the Quality Councils and the South African Qualifications Authority (whose role is to advance the objectives of the NQF and oversee its development and implementation), all work for the good of both learners and employers. Their vision is to qualify a skilled and capable workforce; our mission is to effectively and efficiently manage the occupational qualifications sub-framework in order to set standards, develop and quality assure national occupational qualifications for all who want a trade or occupation and, where appropriate, professions. HC Varsity is a registered Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) Examination Centre (no. 0199992104) for all of the Nated Programmes (N4 - N6).
Transport Education Training Authority (TETA)
The Transport Education and Training Authority (TETA) is tasked with the responsibility of education, training and skills development in the Transport Sector. Taking cognisance of the pivotal role transport plays in the economic and social development of the country as a whole and the changes that are happening globally, TETA has consciously set itself up to be at the forefront of innovation in training and human capital development.To this end, the vision that TETA has adopted for the coming years is to be at the heart of skills innovation in the Transport Sector in all its learning programme interventions and in the way business is done with the sub-sectors and transport industry as a whole. That in itself calls upon the Transport SETA to be globally focussed, looking at cutting edge technologies in the human resource development field in general.
Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Services SETA)
The Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Services SETA) was established and registered in March 2000 in terms of the skills development Act of 1998 and is responsible for the disbursement of the training levies payable by all employers. These levies are collected by the South African Revenue Service (SARS) via the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), and are to be disbursed through a management system motivated by skills requirement assessment and monitoring. Thus the Services SETA will ensure that the skill requirements of the services sector are identified and that adequate and appropriate skills are readily available.