Bachelor of Business Administration


Program Description

Chartall Business College

The Chartall Business College Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree focuses on the management and administration of people, processes, practices, and systems (MAPPPS). This is the golden thread that we pull through all our subjects to ensure coherence and workplace applicability.

It has been widely benchmarked with similar BBAs offered in other countries.

How is the BBA delivered?

The Chartall Business College BBA has eight first year and eight second-year subjects. The third year is made up of a research project and four or five subjects depending on your area of specialization (financial services, employee wellness, property practice or small business management/general).

Full-time students typically take four subjects per semester, while students who are working typically take three subjects per semester.

Each subject is taught by an e-lecturer with vast workplace experience. They deliver using case studies to show the applicability of the theory. Each subject is curated into 18 weeks, with weekly e-lectures (view anytime) and weekly e-tutorials (five must be attended live, the rest can be viewed anytime). All the study materials are curated weekly for ease of reference and the e-books are included in the cost (hardcover textbooks are extra though if an e-book is not available). Ongoing student support and faculty tutoring on demand provides students with the support and guidance necessary to complete the degree.

How is the degree assessed?

Each subject is assessed through online texts, a workplace (practical application) assignment, and an exam. The exam is usually open book and ‘take home’ (there are a few closed book exceptions). Exam preparation sessions and support sessions ensure all students are ready for the final assessments.

Who is the BBA for?

The design of the Chartall Business College BBA has a very strong workplace focus and employers and students see the impact of this as the student progresses through the qualification. The compulsory research project in the final year must address a significant workplace challenge and this offers huge value to employers and students alike as it is practical and meaningful. The student will be required to undertake a rigorous research study on this challenge and propose a solution that can make a real contribution to business improvement.

What are the entry requirements?

Access to the BBA degree will be given to applicants who hold a valid school leaving certificate which includes a pass in English at 60%. Non-South African school leaving certificates will be evaluated for equivalence (as recognized by the South African Qualifications Authority). Exceptional applications from students who do not meet the above requirement will be admitted at the discretion of the Academic Council through recognition of prior learning (RPL for access).

Applicants need either to be employed or to produce evidence that they will be able to complete the workplace-based learning, workplace-based assessments and workplace-based research project. (South African students who are not employed will be assisted to secure part-time employment in South Africa.)

What are the subjects?

The Bachelor of Business Administration consists of 44 subjects (21 are compulsory, the rest are elective) at the following NQF levels:

NQF Level 5 (year 1) - 8 compulsory subjects, each worth 12 credits, totaling 96 credits:

·Communication for Business

·Principles and Practices in Human Resource Management

·Financial Accounting

·Principles of Marketing

·Principles of Management

·Emotional Intelligence

·Business Process Management 1

·Project management

NQF Level 6 (year 2) - 12 compulsory subjects, each worth 12 credits, totaling 144 credits, namely:

·Principles and Practices of Innovation

·Administration and Management of IT Systems

·Ethics & Compliance


·Management & Costs Accounting

·Organisational Psychology

·Business Process Management 2 (or Economics if you are pursuing the finance or property elective streams)

·Enterprise Resource Planning

·Operational Risk Management

·Commercial Law

·Management and Administration of Social Networks

·Research methodology and statistics

NQF level 7 (year 3) - 24 subjects, one of which is compulsory (48 credits), three are compulsory if a particular elective stream is selected (students must select at least 120 credits for this year, where 60 are compulsory and 60 are optional).

Last updated Jan 2019

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About the School

Chartall Business College was established in 2007 in response to two concurrent, national regulatory requirements.

Chartall Business College was established in 2007 in response to two concurrent, national regulatory requirements. Read less