Foundations of Financial Markets In South Africa online short course

Starts on 13 March 2017
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Course information

8 weeks online
7 - 10 hours per week
R13,900 | Options available
University of Cape Town (UCT)

Course Information

8 weeks online
7 - 10 hours per week
R13,900 | Options available
University of Cape Town (UCT)


South Africa ranks 12th globally in financial market efficiency, and boasts the most innovative financial market in the region.* This offers a high growth potential for anyone working or interested in the financial and investment industries.

Understand the inner workings and complex legislation and regulation of South African financial markets in just 8 weeks, and empower yourself to make more strategic investment decisions.

Use this short course to capitalise on forex and money markets, or begin your career in a booming financial sector, by validating your financial market knowledge with a certificate from Africa’s leading University.

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What will set you apart

In just 8 weeks, you’ll gain the confidence to:

  • Contextualise South African financial markets within the global financial sector
  • Explain lending and borrowing, as it occurs in the fixed income and money markets
  • Critique the roles of financial market indices, exchange traded notes and funds 
  • Define financial market risk and the role of financial derivatives as mitigants
This risk management course is endorsed by UCT’s African Institute of Financial Markets and Risk Management (AIFMRM).

Course curriculum

Learn to leverage the various financial markets and investment vehicles available to you within a South African context with a short course from UCT.

  • Orientation module: Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Course Module 1: Introduction to South African financial markets
  • Course Module 2: The money market
  • Course Module 3: The equity market
  • Course Module 4: The forex market
  • Course Module 5: The fixed income market
  • Course Module 6: The derivatives market
  • Course Module 7: Legislation and regulations of the SA financial markets
  • Course Module 8: Investing and investment performance

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 13 March 2017.
Too soon for you? Register now for the next presentation that starts on 3 July 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.

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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, 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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