Diploma in Public Administration

Diploma in Public Administration

National Qualification | Full-Time and Part-Time

SAQA ID
67512

NQF
Level 6

Credits
360

The purpose of the Diploma in Public Administration qualification is to provide a structured programme for public officials that work with senior and executive management officials so as to provide support to strategic leadership and management needed to transform all spheres of government. The need for well- qualified efficient, client-oriented public officials is therefore identified as a priority in all the three spheres of government.

On successful completion of the programme, graduates will be able to seek positions in the field of Public Management encompassing Public Office Management, Public Information Services, Public Service Delivery, Public Decision Making and Resources Allocation & Management, Public Procurement and Disaster Management.



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+Duration

The programme duration is 3 years on a full-time basis, or 4 years on a part-time basis. Tuition is face to face and is scheduled per campus. Programmes are offered during the week on a full-time and part-time basis. Part-time tuition is scheduled as per the stipulated planner.

+Career fields

Students can pursue a career in the following fields:

  • Public Office
  • Local Government
  • Public Personnel Management

+Certification

On successful completion of the programme, the student will receive a Diploma in Public Administration.

+Admission Requirements

  • A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with Diploma endorsement, or
  • A National Certificate Vocational (NCV) at NQF Level 4 with Diploma endorsement, or
  • A Senior Certificate (SC), or Amended Senior Certificate (ASC), or
  • An equivalent international school-leaving certificate / foreign secondary qualification on an NSC level, or
  • Age Exemption (23 years or older):
    • At least five years post-Secondary School experience in the field in which the student wants to study and
    • Proof of English language proficiency and
    • Senior Certificate or equivalent
  • Mature age applicants, 45 years and older without a school leaving qualification, may apply for conditional exemption

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*Indicates subjects that need to be completed in the sequence stipulated, i.e. it is a Pre-requisite to first complete Module A, before registering for Module B, or complete 1st Year, before registering for 2nd Year.

Year 1: Compulsory Subjects
Semester 1
Credits
Semester 2
Credits

Business Communication

20

Public Personnel Management 1*

15

Business Mathematics

15

Public Management 1*

15

Local Government Management 1*

10

End-User Computing**

15

Management Principles and Practices*

15

General Management*

20

Total Credits

60

Total Credits

60

Total credits Year 1: 120


**Students will be given an opportunity to complete the EUC entrance exam. Should a student pass the exam they will be exempted from attending tuition for this module and credits will be awarded.

Year 2: Compulsory Subjects
Semester 1
Credits
Semester 2
Credits

Disaster Management 1*

20

Public Personnel Management 2*

20

Industrial Relations

20

Public Management 2*

20

Local Government Management 2*

20

Principles of Project Management

20

Total Credits

60

Total Credits

60

Total credits Year 2: 120
Year 3: Compulsory Subjects
Semester 1
Credits
Semester 2
Credits

Disaster Management 2*

20

Public Personnel Management 3*

20

Public Law

20

Experiential Learning***

40

Public Management 3 *

20

Total Credits

60

Total Credits

60

Total credits Year 3: 120


***Note that it is compulsory for all students to complete 160 hours of Experiential Learning in the workplace.