Business Management: NATED N4 National Certificate

Do you want to learn the skills needed to run a business successfully? Apply with us today and achieve your N4 Business Management qualification. Why wait?

Course Summary

Award type:
National N Certificate
Accredited by:
DHET, QCTO
Duration:
12 Months
Entrance Requirement:
Matric Certificate – National Senior Certificate OR Amended Senior Certificate, Study through distance learning, Write and understand English

This is the foundation level of the 3-course NATED Business Management Programme. This course prepares you for the  Business Management: NATED N5 National Certificate. 

The  Business Management: NATED N4 National Certificate is offered in conjunction with the Bellview Institute of Distance Learning.

Matric College

Business Management: NATED N4 National Certificate - Subjects

Here are the subjects you will complete for the Business Management: NATED N4 National Certificate:

Compulsory Subjects

  • Management Communication N4
  • Introductory Accounting N4
  • Entrepreneurship and Business Management N4
  • Computer Practices N4
How NATED Courses Work

Career Opportunities

Here are the career opportunities available to you on completion of your Business Management: NATED N4 National Certificate:

  • Assistant Manager
  • Entrepreneur
  • Sales Assistant 
  • Business Assistant 
  • Office Assistant

What Will I Learn?

By the end of the Business Management: NATED N4 National Certificate, you will have learned the following:

  • Basics of entrepreneurship and business management 
  • Computer literacy
  • Fundamentals of economics
  • Business Law
  • Basic Accounting
  • Basic Financial Management

Business Management: NATED N4 National Certificate Assessments

You will be assessed on each of your subjects. This is to determine if you have grasped the principles and concepts of the subjects. You do not have to complete 6 months of practical work for you to be awarded your Certificate.

Assignments

There will be three open-book assignments that you are supposed to complete at home and submit by the given timeline. To qualify for the exam, you must have passed at least 40% of your assignments.

Exams 

There are two exam opportunities. One in May / June and the other one in October / November.  For the May / June examination, the registration is in February and for the October / November exam, the registration is in August.

A National N4 Certificate is a qualification that was designed by the Department of Higher Education And Training (DHET). It is made up of theory and practical components. It prepares a student for the work environment. The N4 Certificate in Business Management prepares you for the basics of how to manage a business.

When businesses start, there is a need for good business management for the business operations to be sustained. The Business Management: NATED N4 National Certificate will equip you with basic skills and knowledge to run a business.  Here are other reasons why you should study this course:

  • Career opportunities
  • Competitive salary
  • Accredited
  • Certified at every level
  • Scarce skills
  • Distance learning

Career Opportunities

Business Management is not confined to any particular industry. With a business management qualification, you are not confined to any particular department in an organisation. You can work in Operations, Sales or even Administration. This makes your career opportunities wide.

Competitive Salary

Salaries for Business Managers are competitive. Since every business needs a manager, Business Managers are in demand. Because of this demand, Business Managers tend to be paid well.

 Accredited

The NATED N4 Business Management course, as with all NATED courses, is accredited by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and the Quality Council of Trades and Occupation (QCTO). This course is also registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF), which is administered by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).

Certified At Every Level

One of the beauties of studying a NATED course is that you are certified at every level.

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT COURSE LEVELAWARD
N4Certificate
N5Certificate
N6Certificate
N6 + 18 months work experienceDiploma

Scarce Skills 

Because Business Management is a scarce skill, your chance of finding employment is high. As has been mentioned already, scarce skills offer better salaries.

Distance Learning

You can study this course at Matric College through distance learning. With distance learning, you study in the comfort of your home. Study materials are couriered to you. The following online tools are also used when you study by distance learning:

  • Email
  • Whatsapp study Groups
  • Facebook Study Groups
  • Telephone 
  • Website

Yes, Business Management is a good career. By studying Business Management, you will gain transferable skills which you can use in the following industries:  

  • Finance
  • Healthcare 
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail
  • Nonprofit
  • Government
  • Private companies

During studying the NATED Business Management Programme, you will gain the following transferable skills:

  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Strategic thinking
  • Numeracy 
  • Time Management 
  • Project Management  

Leadership

As a Business Manager you will lead a team. You can become an effective manager if you have leadership skills. Your team will be looking up to you to provide leadership to them as you go about your duties.

Communication

You will need good communication skills as a Business Manager. This is because, in your day-to-day duties, you will not only communicate with your team but also with customers and others from outside of the organisation.

Strategic Thinking

There will come instances when challenges occur. As a manager, your team will look up to you to solve problems that may arise. Your team will look up to you to provide the necessary guidance.

Numeracy 

Numeracy skills will possibly be needed in your role as a Business Manager. There will be finances to deal with. It might be required of you to add, multiply or subtract. 

Time Management 

Your duties as a Business Manager may have timelines. Timelines for tasks to be adhered to. This will lead to you being efficient and effective in your work. Perform your duties on time every time.

Project Management 

As a Business Manager, part of your duties will involve managing projects. Again, projects have timelines and being able to be an effective Business Manager, your project management skills must be good.

NATED is an acronym for National Accredited Technical Education Diploma. NATED courses have their origins from the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). They were designed when the Department saw the need to fill the skills gap in the job market. 

The courses are career-oriented and they have a practical component. The following are the programmes that make up NATED courses:

A NATED Certificate is a Certificate acquired through studying any of the above NATED Programmes. All NATED Programmes have 3 Certificate courses, that is, N4, N5, and N6.

You can qualify for the Business Management: NATED N4 National Certificate if you hold any one of the following qualifications:

  • Matric
  • Matric Equivalent Qualification

Matric

You need to be a holder of either a National School Certificate (NSC) or a Senior Certificate (Amended) to qualify for this course. 

Matric Equivalent Qualification

Matric Equivalent courses are courses that are on the same NQF Level as a Matric Certificate, that is, NQF Level 4. Here are the two Matric Equivalent courses that are acceptable:

  1. Bookkeeping: Further Education and Training
  2. Small Business and Financial Management: National Certificate

Yes, you do qualify for the Business Management: NATED N4 National Certificate course without Matric but you can qualify if you have a Matric Equivalent qualification.

Your Next Step Is To Get Your Business Management: NATED N5 National Certificate

Upon successful completion of your Business Management: NATED N4 National Certificate, you can move on to study for the Business Management: NATED N5 National Certificate.

Why Choose To Study With Matric College?

To ensure that you succeed in earning your Business Management: N4 National Certificate, here is what Matric College will do for you:

  • Provide you with textbooks
  • Provide you with expertly written study notes
  • Access to your tutors
  • Access to a Facebook Study Group
  • Access to student support services from 08:00 am to 05:00 pm Monday to Friday
  • Assist with exam preparations

It can take you 6 – 12 months to complete the N4. Here is how long the Business Management Programme can take you:

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT COURSE LEVELDURATION IN MONTHS
N4 Certificate6 – 12
N5 Certificate12 – 24
N6 Certificate18 – 36
N6 Diploma18 months work experience

The N4 Certificate is at NQF level 5 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) system. NQF is the South African National Qualifications Framework which rates qualifications according to their credits. The higher the NQF Level the higher the qualification. 

Here is a table to show you how the NQF Levels work:

NQF Levels

Application Process

Follow these simple steps to register with Matric College:

  1. Contact one of our course experts
  2. Receive your study materials within 5 – 7 days of registering

How Do I Study Business Management: NATED N4 National Certificate

Upon successful completion of your registration and you receive your study material here is what you need to do:

  • Study with the help of our tutors and online resources
  • Interact with your tutors and fellow students on study groups
  • Prepare for your exams
  • Write your exams and pass
  • Get your NATED Certificate

Where Can I Study Business Management: NATED N4 National Certificate?

You can study for your Business Management: NATED N5 National Certificate at Matric College.

When Can I Start Studying Business Management: NATED N4 National Certificate?

There is no time frame for you to start studying. You can start studying at any time that you feel you are ready to start.

Frequently Asked Questions

An N4 National Certificate has 60 credits. An N6 National Diploma has 360 credits.

Business Managers work between 40 to 60 hours per week. Flexible hours and overtime are often required to meet the demands of the business.

Here is what you need to become a Business Manager:

  • Relevant qualifications
  • Relevant skills
  • Work experience

After completing your NATED N4 Certificate in Business Management. Your results will be sent to Matric College and Matric College will send you results to you.

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Author: Collin Wilbesi
Editor: Amy Venter
Date Published: March 3, 2022

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