Restaurant Management online short course

Course starts 25 January 2021

Course information

Registration Closes:
19 January 2021
Course Starts:
25 January 2021
10 weeks, excluding orientation
7–10 hours per week, self-paced learning online
ZAR R11,900
Payment Options
University of Cape Town (UCT)


Food services is a particularly competitive industry in South Africa. There is, therefore, a need for competent managers who can effectively oversee the running of a restaurant and ensure that customers receive the standard of service they’ve come to expect.

The University of Cape Town (UCT) Restaurant Management online short course is designed to help you become a confident, capable manager.

You’ll gain a foundation in financial administration, staff management, menu creation, and franchising as you learn how to create a welcoming dining experience. You’ll also explore current trends in the industry, and attain formal recognition of your skills from Africa’s leading university.1 

1QS Top Universities (Jan, 2020).

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What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

  • The ability to run a restaurant that complies with legal requirements and safety regulations
  • An understanding of food trends, and the knowledge to create original, cost-effective menus
  • Strategies for handling customer complaints, and a grounding in team leadership
  • The skills to analyse restaurant budgets, minimise expenses, and boost sales

Is this course for you?

Both aspiring and established restaurant managers will find this course beneficial. Entry-level restaurant workers can develop the skills to move up into a leadership position, and current managers can advance their knowledge and earn an official certificate as proof of their operational competencies. The content may also appeal to professionals looking to launch their own establishment in the food and beverage sector. There are no formal education requirements for this course, and students will receive support throughout the study process.

Course curriculum

Explore the South African restaurant industry as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.

  • Orientation Module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 The South African restaurant industry
  • Module 2 Safety and regulations
  • Module 3 Menu planning and costing
  • Module 4 Financial administration
  • Module 5 Interpreting budgets, controlling costs and increasing sales
  • Module 6 Managing a team: The importance of strong leadership
  • Module 7 Training and human resources
  • Module 8 Dealing with customers: Online and offline
  • Module 9 Managing a franchise
  • Module 10 Looking ahead: The future of the restaurant industry

Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town (UCT)

Develop skills in restaurant management and earn an official certificate of completion from the University of Cape Town. 

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements.


Your teaching team

At GetSmarter, we improve lives through better education. One of the ways that we achieve this is by bringing rich industry context to an academic environment through our expert facilitation and engagement. We work with university faculty and industry experts to provide a practical, industry lens on the world's leading university subjects.

When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 25 January 2021.

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    You can either pay your tuition fees in full before the course starts, or you may opt for a two-part payment plan for courses nine weeks and shorter. For courses ten weeks or longer, there is a three-part payment plan available. To find out more on payment options please visit our Payment and Financing page.

    If you want to find out more about any of these options or you want to know which you qualify for please get in contact with an Enrolment Advisor here.


    GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.

    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Advisor who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


    By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.

    Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?

    37% of our past students receive financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too. Here is a guide to show you how to receive financial assistance from your employer.


    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Advisor, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.