Bachelor of Commerce

Qualification duration

Minimum: 3 years (full-time)

Maximum: 6 years

Qualification start date

First intake: 4

February Second intake: 25 March

Qualification description

The multidisciplinary nature of this degree prepares you for work in any area of business.

You will cover the broad principles of commerce and management with a focus on business management, human resource management and marketing. You will also develop a sound foundation in accounting, financial management, project management, economics, research methodology and organisational behaviour. Because of our unique teaching and learningapproaches, you will also develop essential skills for the world of work, such as analytical thinking, effective decision-making, working in teams and communicating confidently.

We use a blend of face-to-face Lecture-Based Learning (LBL) and Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL). Our teaching staff is a mix of full-time academics and working professionals to ensure you benefit from quality academic and industry-specific inputs. You have access to campus resource centres, computer labs and WiFi.

During your studies, you complete practical case studies, conduct individual and group research projects and you participate in an online business strategy game. These projects and assessments ensure relevant business experience and further prepare you for the real world of work.

Through innovative and efficient use of timetabling, Pearson Institute students are able to complete this degree programme within a shorter period as opposed to the mandatory 3 years of study. This will save you valuable time and allow more rapid entry into the job market.

Entry requirements

You need a South African National Senior Certificate (NSC) with Bachelor degree entry or an equivalent foreign secondary qualification on an NSC level with Bachelor degree entry approved by Universities South Africa USAF.


If you have an international school-leaving certificate, you need to provide a certificate of exemption issued by Universities South Africa (USAF).


You should have successfully completed a relevant Higher Certificate qualification. On successful completion of the higher certificate, students are required to apply to Universities South Africa (USAF) for a certificate of exemption in order to be admitted to a degree programme.

Qualification accreditation

  • Accredited by the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) of the Council on Higher Education (CHE) of South Africa.
  • Registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). 
  • Internally and externally moderated by subject matter experts.

Possible career options

Are you excited by anything to do with business?

The career choices for a Bachelor of Commerce graduate, are varied and employment options include:

  • Human resource management
  • Marketing management
  • Project management
  • Research