Basics of Financial Management online short course

Course starts 12 October 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
6 October 2020
Course Starts:
12 October 2020
9 weeks, excluding orientation
7–10 hours per week, self-paced learning online
ZAR R14,500
Payment Options
University of Cape Town (UCT)


Sound financial management is a vital aspect of any thriving business. As a result, professionals with skills and knowledge in this area tend to be highly valued by enterprises. Similarly, those who’ve started their own company also need to grasp key financial concepts to optimise the day-to-day management of their startup and ensure profitability in the long term.

The University of Cape Town (UCT) Basics of Financial Management online short course is designed to prepare you – as an administrator, manager, director, or entrepreneur – to more efficiently and effectively run a business’s finances.

Presented by experts in the field, it familiarises you with financial terms and processes, and aims to equip you with essential skills that will help you to draw up budgets, analyse financial statements, cut costs, and conduct cash flow analyses.

You’ll leave with the insight you need to contribute to better financial management, and accordingly, better business management.

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What will set you apart

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

  • An understanding of the tax requirements for different business entities, and the financial policies and laws impacting firms
  • The tools to understand and interpret income statements, balance sheets, and cash-flow statements
  • The ability to apply the principles of budgeting to plan profits and determine future cash flow in an organisation
  • The skills to evaluate and monitor the value of investments in long-lived assets

Is this course for you?

If you currently have finance-related responsibilities in the workplace and want to improve your understanding of the essential elements of financial management, you’ll benefit from this course.

Professionals in administrative or managerial roles can consolidate their knowledge and update their skills to more actively and confidently contribute to this business function. Similarly, entrepreneurs and business owners can familiarise themselves with financial basics to better manage cash flow, profit, and investments.


Course curriculum

Grasp the essentials of financial management as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.

  • Orientation Module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 The financial goal of a firm
  • Module 2 Taxation and policies
  • Module 3 Understanding financial statements
  • Module 4 Analysing financial statements
  • Module 5 Profit planning and control
  • Module 6 The time value of money
  • Module 7 Financing 
  • Module 8 Capital budgeting
  • Module 9 Managing working capital

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

Get familiar with the basics of financial 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 12 October 2020.

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    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?

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    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.