Compliance Essentials online short course

Course starts 17 February 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
11 February 2020
Course Starts:
17 February 2020
6 weeks, excluding orientation
6–10 hours per week, entirely online
ZAR R9,900
Payment Options
University of Cape Town (UCT)
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Compliance is a crucial facet of all business and industries, and can have drastic effects on organisations that don’t take the time to assess and respond to their compliance risks. As was the case with Steinhoff, a South African retail holding company. The company has seen R216 billion lost in market value since it emerged that top executives had perpetuated accounting fraud to the sum of $7.4 billion.1

Limit potential liabilities, and potential legal and financial repercussions from non-compliance, by familiarising yourself with the fundamental principles of compliance management on this course from the University of Cape Town (UCT). Using key concepts from the Generally Accepted Compliance Practice (GACP) framework and the King IV Code, you’ll learn the value, scope, and complexities of the role compliance plays in the business environment, and within the broader legislative landscape in which they operate.

Develop the confidence to address compliance issues through the only South African online introductory compliance course backed by a university.

1 Reuters (Mar, 2019).
2 QS Top Universities (2019).

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What will set you apart

Earn a certificate from UCT in this online course and be empowered to:

  • Understand and engage with South African regulations and laws and apply them in your organisation

  • Draw upon in-demand compliance skills, validated by the renowned law faculty of Africa’s leading university2

  • Apply a practical toolkit with which to read and interpret the law, and evaluate regulatory risk

Course curriculum

Develop an understanding of the foundational concepts and best practises of compliance as you follow your learning path through the weekly modules of this online course:

  • Orientation module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 The Context of Compliance Management
  • Module 2 Corporate Governance and Compliance
  • Module 3 The Role of a Compliance Function in an Organisation
  • Module 4 The Law and Compliance Universes
  • Module 5 Legal Interpretation
  • Module 6 Risk Management in Organisations

Manage regulatory risk

This UCT online short course is delivered in collaboration with GetSmarter. Learn from industry thought leaders as you learn to assess and address legal risk in a business context.

Your Course Convenor

The design of this online course is guided by UCT faculty and industry experts who will share their experience and in-depth subject knowledge with you throughout the course



Senior Lecturer in commercial law, Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town

After practising as an advocate for several years, Thabane served as the principal secretary and chief advisor to the Minister of Law and Constitutional Affairs in the government of Lesotho. Today, he lectures company law, corporate governance and business law. His qualifications include a BA (Law), LLB, LLM (in commercial law and human rights), and certificates in corporate compliance and commercial dispute mediation.

Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town

Get recognised for your knowledge when you earn an official certificate of completion from UCT – and use it to set yourself apart as an effective guardian against regulatory risk.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and couriered to you, at no additional cost, upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements. All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of the University.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 17 February 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 a Course Consultant 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 Manager 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 Manager, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.