UNISA Short Course in Writing a Business Plan

UNISA Short Course in Writing a Business Plan

University of South Africa Short Course in Writing a Business Plan

Short Course in Writing a Business Plan (7179X)Purpose

The rise in unemployment and the number of retrenched employees and an increased entrepreneurial spirit among the youth have resulted in increasingly more people needing to start their own businesses. To start a business or expand an existing one, an entrepreneur needs finance. All financial institutions or venture capitalists insist on a proper business plan. The aim of the course is to provide entrepreneurs with the necessary skills and knowledge to write a business plan for a small and medium-sized venture, introducing them to the various components of a business plan and the level and extent of the information that should be included in each component.
 
 Target group

  • People who wish to start a new business or buy an existing venture
  • People who plan to expand an existing venture
  • People who need a management tool to grow and steer an existing venture and to keep it on course
  • People who need to obtain financing for a new venture or to expand an existing venture
  • People who wish to write up their venture in order to qualify for a large contract or a tender

Admission requirements

Senior Certificate or an equivalent NQF level 4 qualification and/or relevant experience
 
 Duration

Three months
 Language medium

English

Tuition method

UNISA open distance learning
 Kind of assessment

Note:
Formative assessment and examination admission will comply with UNISA’s formative assessment rules and policies
Formative assessment:
Feasibility study
Summative assessment:
Business plan – portfolio of evidence
 Writing a Business Plan (SWBP01V)Syllabus/Content Topics

  • Business plan preparation
  • Executive summary
  • Description of business venture
  • Product/service
  • Marketing plan
  • Management team and plan
  • Production plan
  • Financial plan

Course leader

Mrs M J Phillips
Centre for Business Management
Office: 02-023 A J H van der Walt Building, UNISA
Tel: 012 429 3980
E-mail: Phillmj@unisa.ac.za
 
Dr E Swanepoel DCom (Business Management) MBA (Wits)
Discipline expertise: Entrepreneurship and General Management
Centre for Business Management
Office 3-033, A J H van der Walt Building, UNISA
Tel: 012 429 4732
Fax: 086 641 5403
E-mail: swanee@unisa.ac.za
 Programme administrator(s)

 
Tel: (012) 352 4288 / 4170 / 4317 / 4383
Fax: 012 429 4150
E-mail: cbm@unisa.ac.za
www.unisa.ac.za/cbm


Overview of Public Universities in South Africa

Here's an overview of some public universities in South Africa, including general admissions requirements and estimated application periods. Keep in mind, specific program requirements and dates can vary significantly, so it's important to check each university's official website for the most current information.

University of Pretoria

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with minimum scores in specific subjects related to the chosen program; for international students, equivalent qualifications.
  • Application Period: Usually opens in March and closes at the end of July for most programs.

University of Cape Town

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with pass levels required for degree study; subject-specific requirements depending on the program.
  • Application Period: Application opens in April and closes at the end of July.

Stellenbosch University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required marks; some programs have additional testing.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and typically closes at the end of June.

University of the Witwatersrand

  • Admissions Requirements: Matriculation certificate with university exemption; required scores vary by faculty.
  • Application Period: Begins in March and ends on the 30th of September.

University of Johannesburg

  • Admissions Requirements: Matric exemption with a minimum APS score; specific subject requirements based on the faculty.
  • Application Period: Opens in April and generally closes by the 30th of September.

University of the Free State

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific marks for the program applied to; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Typically opens in April and closes at the end of August.

University of Venda

  • Admissions Requirements: Completion of the National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for diploma or degree studies; specific APS scores needed.
  • Application Period: Usually from May to September.

University of Fort Hare

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; certain programs may have specific requirements.
  • Application Period: Opens around May and closes at the end of September.

University of the Western Cape

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific performance levels; additional requirements for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Generally from May to September.

North-West University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; program-specific requirements may apply.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and usually closes by the end of August.

Rhodes University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate or equivalent; minimum academic performance in certain subjects.
  • Application Period: Applications open in April and close at the end of September.

Nelson Mandela University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; portfolio or additional tests for some faculties.
  • Application Period: Opens in April, with a deadline at the end of August for most programs.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Opens in May and typically closes by the end of September.

University of Limpopo

  • Admissions Requirements: Senior Certificate with endorsement for diploma or degree courses; specific APS scores for different programs.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

University of Zululand

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for bachelor’s degree studies; specific score requirements for various programs.
  • Application Period: Usually between April and November.

Central University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores for the chosen field of study; additional criteria for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Application period generally starts in May and ends in October.

Vaal University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with a pass that qualifies for admission to bachelor’s degree, diploma, or higher certificate programs.
  • Application Period: Typically from May to September.

Walter Sisulu University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; additional criteria for certain faculties.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

This list provides a starting point for understanding the admissions landscape across South Africa's diverse higher education institutions. Given the variability in programs and requirements, it's crucial to consult each university's website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.