Commercial and Contract Law online short course

Starts on 3 April 2017
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Course information

9 weeks online
10 - 12 hours per week
R14,900 | Options available
University of Cape Town (UCT)

Course Information

9 weeks online
10 - 12 hours per week
R14,900 | Options available
University of Cape Town (UCT)


As the size of business transactions increases, so does the level of complexity and risk involved, and with this comes a growing need for commercial law specialists.

In 9 weeks, you’ll learn to read, interpret and draft contracts; understand the Consumer Protection Act; and make sound business decisions based on your knowledge.

When you register and pay for this course, you’ll gain full access to South Africa’s premier ebook on commercial law for non-law students: Juta’s General Principles of Commercial Law 8th Ed.

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What will set you apart

After this online short course, you’ll be confident in your ability to:

  • Oversee all contractual business decisions and confirm that they’re legitimate by having the practical ability to read and interpret contracts. 
  • Ensure your business is adhering to the Consumer Protection Act by employing the thorough knowledge you’ll learn on this short course
  • Take on more legal responsibilities in your current role because of your formalised skill set in commercial and contract law from UCT 

Course curriculum

This online short course in commercial and contract law is designed to help you have a positive impact on the contractual decisions made within your business. With a personalised and supported framework, you’ll study in your own time, guided by industry experts and a dedicated support team. Here’s what you’ll cover:

  • Orientation Module: Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Course Module 1: Introducing: Contract Law and the South African Legal System
  • Course Module 2: Requirements for the formation of a valid contract
  • Course Module 3: Terms of a contract and contractual obligations
  • Course Module 4: The Consumer Protection Act
  • Course Module 5: Contracts of Sale and Contracts of Lease
  • Course Module 6: Contracts of insurance and agency contracts
  • Course Module 7: Contracting with businesses
  • Course Module 8: Civil litigation and alternative dispute resolution procedures
  • Course Module 9: Basic contract drafting skills

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

On completion of this course you earn a certificate from a top-tier university as powerful proof of your new competencies and use it to set yourself apart from the rest and get recognised in the job market.


Your success team

In collaboration with the world's top-tier universities, we design online short courses around the insights of experienced faculty members and authoritative industry experts. On the course, you can expect to learn from these specialists via online video lectures, which will be accessible to you anywhere, any time.

Readiness test

This Readiness Test will help you assess your preparedness for this course by asking you a few quick questions relating to time management, technological requirements, your expectations, and the subject matter level - to help you confirm that this online course is the right fit for you.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts on 3 April 2017.
Too soon for you? Register now for the next presentation that starts on 15 May 2017

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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 Course Coach who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


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 shorter than nine weeks. For courses nine weeks or longer, there is a three-part payment plan available.

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 a Course Consultant here.


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 itʼs 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.


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, 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 Course Coach, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.

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