Small Business: Growth and Management online short course

Course starts in 3 days (Still accepting late registrations)

Course information

Registration Closes:
22 September 2020
Course Starts:
28 September 2020
8 weeks, excluding orientation
7–10 hours per week, entirely online
ZAR R11,900
Payment Options
University of Cape Town (UCT)


Building a small business presents a range of unique and difficult challenges, which could be why a high percentage of startups fail in their early years.1

To succeed long-term, you’ll need a sound strategy for the future and the expertise to effectively manage the various facets of business.

The University of Cape Town (UCT) Small Business: Growth and Management online short course teaches you the vital skills needed to expand and manage your enterprise.

You’ll gain the tools to make informed decisions about running your small business and develop the practical know-how in order to drive growth. Over eight weeks you’ll learn about funding and financing, key legal considerations, marketing and sales, human resources and people management, as well as how to develop a future-focused approach to business management.

1IOL (Apr, 2019).

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What will set you apart

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

  • Create a comprehensive business plan focused on sustainable growth

  • Identify funding opportunities for your small business's future expansion

  • Inform your organisational structure and stakeholder relationships with an understanding of important legal considerations

  • Manage people as your business grows and your team expands

Course curriculum

Develop your business acumen as you follow your learning path through the weekly modules of this online course:

  • Orientation Module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 Business Planning and Goal Setting
  • Module 2 Market Positioning and Growth Opportunities
  • Module 3 Practical Legal Considerations
  • Module 4 Marketing, Sales, and Conversion
  • Module 5 Financing and Funding
  • Module 6 Financial Management for Growth
  • Module 7 HR and People Management
  • Module 8 Future-Focus: Growth and Scaling

Learn how to grow your small business

This UCT online short course is delivered in collaboration with GetSmarter. Learn from industry thought leaders as you create a comprehensive plan for growth.

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.

UCT Law@work

UCT Law@work

The Small Business: Growth and Management online short course does not have one specific UCT convenor. The expert contributions to the course are facilitated and overseen by UCT Law@work, a specialised short course unit within the Faculty of Law at UCT. Law@work is represented by its director, Irèna Wasserfall. Wasserfall is an admitted attorney and has more than 15 years’ experience in short course development and administration.

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 a small business owner.

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.


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 in 3 days. (Still accepting late registrations)

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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.