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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

National Certificate: Business Studies: Introductory 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
22451  National Certificate: Business Studies: Introductory 
ORIGINATOR
Department of Education 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
QCTO - Quality Council for Trades and Occupations  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate  Field 03 - Business, Commerce and Management Studies  Generic Management 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  120  Level 4  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L4  Regular-Provider-ELOAC 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Reregistered  SAQA 06120/18  2018-07-01  2023-06-30 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification. 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
The primary purpose of the qualification is to provide qualifying learners with:
  • The appropriate competency/credits to enter the Level 5 Business Studies course;
  • Participate in life long learning. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • National Senior Certificate/FET Certificate Level 4
  • Grade 12
  • An equivalent qualification 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    The learner must obtain a competency/credit for all four (4) instructional offerings. 

    EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    Critical Cross-Field Outcomes:

    An Introductory N4 level 4 graduate can, at an elementary level, identify, analyse, solve and manage individual and organisational activities.

    Specific Outcomes:

    A Level 4 Business Studies student can demonstrate and comprehend elementary business principles. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Assessment Criteria associated with Critical Cross-Field Outcomes:

    Solve problems by means of effective communication, managerial skills and modern technology.

    Assessment Criteria associated with Specific Outcomes:

    Relate learning gained from experience and formal context to a business environment.

    Integrated assessment to ensure that the purpose on the qualification is achieved:
  • Continuous assessment is done in order to compile a semester mark for the learner.
  • Summative assessment is conducted through a National Examination. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    After completion of the Introductory N4 certificate, the graduate can progress to the next level within the appropriate field: Level 5 National Certificate: Business Studies (formerly N4). After completion of the N4 and N5 certificates, the graduate can obtain a National N6 Certificate, followed by a National N6 Diploma, provided that documentary proof of at least eighteen (18) months of applicable experience in commerce and industry (that has as its main function the practical execution of the instructional offering) is produced. 

    MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Moderators are appointed by the National Department for Examinations and Assessment (for each instructional offering) to ensure that standards are maintained. 

    CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    The selected educators, or members of staff, must be registered, accredited and utilised as assessors (back-ups) in a manner which is in line with the relevant quality assurance policy of the institution. The relevant staff must be registered with the South African Council of Educators (SACE) and the relevant legislation as laid down in the Personnel Administrative Measures Document (PAM) must be adhered to. 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2006; 2009; 2012; 2015. 

    NOTES 
    N/A 

    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
    NONE 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.