Entrepreneurship & Professional Development of Students

The Department strives to instil entrepreneurial skills in our graduates to support their academic talents. Therefore on-going entrepreneurial exposure will be presented via successful local business people and other entrepreneurial experts. Students and staff are encouraged become members of the various professional and institutional bodies. 

Career Opportunities

What can a diplomate do in this career?  

Graduates can be employed as:

  • Human Resources Practitioner
  • Personnel Officer
  • Industrial Relations Manager
  • Human Resources Development Practitioner
  • HR Manager

Who will employ a diplomate?

The graduates will/can be employed by Government (national departments, provincial departments and local authorities); private and parastatal organisations; research organizations; tertiary education institutions, and non-governmental organisations.

Purpose of the Qualification

This qualification will prepare a person for the demands of a Human Resources Manager position in any organisation. The qualifying learner will be competent in functioning in any section in the HRD or HR Department. 

The Students who complete this diploma will be in a position to grow with the department and become HRD or HR consultants or managers.

Exit Level Outcomes of the Programme

After completion of the programme, a learner will be able to perform a wide range of skills in the human resources management, labour law, industrial relations, business management, training and development, and finance fields. Further, prospective educators can teach in disciplines such as Business Studies, Personnel Management, Industrial Relations, Management of Training, and Entrepreneurship.

Critical Cross-Field Outcomes

The achievement of this qualification means that the learner will be able to:

  • Identify and solve problems and make responsible ethical decisions within own limit of authority.
  • Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community.
  • Organise and manage oneself and one’s activities responsibly and effectively.
  • Collect, organise and critically evaluate information.
  • Communicate effectively using visual, mathematics and language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems.
  • Be culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts in managing and interacting with diverse people in the workplace.

Programme Information 

Minimum Admission Requirements

National Senior Certificate (NSC)

The possession of a National Diploma or its equivalent shall serve as the general admission requirement for this programme.

National Diploma: A National diploma achievement rating of at least 60% of the relevant major subjects

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Prior learning shall be recognised, subject to the requirement of each programme and as per WSU’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy.

International Students

Applications from international students are considered in terms of:

HESA/Institutional guideline document, “Exemption Requirements: Foreign School Qualifications”

Institutional equivalence reference document

(Where required) submission of international qualification to SAQA for benchmarking in terms of HEQF

Mature Age Endorsement

Refer to requirements as per WSU’s General Rules & Regulations – Section 1.6