Business Writing online short course

Course starts 1 October 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
25 September 2020
Course Starts:
1 October 2020
10 weeks, excluding orientation.
7–10 hours per week, self-paced learning online.
ZAR R13,900
Payment Options
University of Cape Town (UCT)


Whether you’re still building your career or you’re already growing a company of your own, effective business writing is a crucial skill for anyone who wants to get ahead.

The Business Writing online short course from the University of Cape Town (UCT) will help you to develop and refine your professional communication skills in order to convey your ideas clearly and with impact. Arm yourself with a powerful toolkit for securing future business and career opportunities by learning to create well-thought-out, written and formatted professional documents that will get you noticed.

Over the course of 10 weeks, you’ll gain the ability to write for a range of business needs, including writing CVs and business plans, as well as comprehensive proposals, legal documents, reports, and professional emails.

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What will set you apart

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

  • The tools to express yourself clearly through written correspondence with others
  • The ability to draft a business plan or professional CV that will help you stand out
  • The formal writing skills to communicate with professionalism
  • A certificate of completion from UCT as powerful proof of your new skill set

Is this course for you? 

This course is designed for ambitious professionals and business leaders alike who are looking to set themselves apart in the market. The skills developed will help job seekers in any industry gain a competitive edge by giving them the ability to create professional documents both in a future role and when applying for positions. They’ll also have the opportunity to validate their skills to employers with a certificate from Africa’s leading university.1

For entrepreneurs and company leaders, the ability to craft effective business proposals and influence others will also be invaluable in moving their business forward, finding new partnerships, and driving success.

1 QS Top Universities (2019).

Course curriculum

Perfect your formal writing style as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.

  • Orientation module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 Preparation and design of documents
  • Module 2 Correspondence and language
  • Module 3 Electronic and traditional correspondence
  • Module 4 Visual business communication
  • Module 5 Introduction to report writing
  • Module 6 Report simulations
  • Module 7 Proposals
  • Module 8 Business plans
  • Module 9 Executive summary
  • Module 10 Writing for minutes

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

Learn the art of business writing 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 1 October 2020.

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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.