Marketing online short course

Course starts 5 October 2020

Course information

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


In an increasingly competitive business environment, companies need to make use of the latest brand management and promotional tactics to differentiate their offerings and attract target customers. Professionals with strong marketing skills can, therefore, play an important part in boosting an organisation’s bottom line. 

The University of Cape Town (UCT) Marketing online short course covers the fundamentals of marketing management and offers a holistic view of this important field. You’ll learn how to set marketing goals, create buyer personas, and develop and implement a comprehensive strategy that incorporates digital marketing best practices while leveraging traditional channels. Throughout the course, you’ll receive detailed instruction from an engaged head tutor and have the chance to apply your learnings practically by making marketing decisions for a fictional business.

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What will set you apart

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

  • An integrated marketing strategy and the skills to roll it out while adhering to a fixed budget
  • Insight into market research and competitor analysis methods, and the ability to build a strong brand identity
  • An understanding of both traditional and digital marketing avenues, and knowledge of how to optimise content for various online platforms
  • The tools to measure the effectiveness of different marketing tactics and the progress of a campaign

Is this course for you? 

This course is designed for both current marketing and business development professionals who want to refresh their skills, and those looking for an introduction to the field. It’s also aimed at business owners and entrepreneurs who are eager to develop their marketing knowledge so they can better position and promote their own brand.

Course curriculum

Familiarise yourself with product and service marketing tactics as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.

  • Orientation module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 Understanding marketing management and planning
  • Module 2 Market research
  • Module 3 Branding strategy
  • Module 4 The product or service plan
  • Module 5 Competitive analysis
  • Module 6 Traditional marketing tactics and channels
  • Module 7 Digital marketing
  • Module 8 The sales plan
  • Module 9 Measuring marketing success
  • Module 10 Putting your marketing strategy together

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

Develop marketing skills 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 5 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.

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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.