Certificate Secretarial Studies

Secretarial Studies

  • NQF: 4
  • SAQA ID: 21055
  • CREDITS: 120


If you are a well-organised individual who can work independently, then a career in Secretarial Studies might be a perfect match for you. The overall duty of a secretary is to assume the administrative tasks necessary to support managers and professionals. This Secretarial Studies qualification is designed to prepare learners to be competent professional secretaries working in an office and administrative service environment. The programme will equip learners with the necessary computer, communications and business administration skills.

Admission Requirements
  • Grade 10 or equivalent

Career Fields

Officer Administrator
Junior Secretary
Office Clerk
Certification and Examination Authority

Upon successful completion of this programme, learners will receive a Certificate: Secretarial Studies issued by the Quality Council for Trades & Occupations (QCTO).


One (1) year full-time or two (2) years part-time

Study Materials
  • A prescribed textbook list is available from the Academic Department at the campus
  • Electronic copies of the study guide for this course is available on the student portal

Enquire at the Berea College of Technology campus for a pricelist for the programme you are interested in.

Additional Costs

Students must make provision for additional items such as textbooks, stationery, supplementary examinations, research costs and printing of study guides.

1st Semester Subjects
Communication, Business Administration, End-User Computing, Office Practice
2nd Semester Subjects
Office Practice, Business Administration, Communication
2nd Semester Subjects
Business Law

Formative and summative assessments are an integral part of the programme and are used to ensure that the learner understands the course and is able to successfully complete the qualification.

Student Support Services

Enquire at Berea College of Technology campus for a pricelist for the programme you are interested in.

Centre for Student Relations (CSR)

The Centre provides a free online service to students who require additional academic and personal support.

Further Studies

Articulation possibilities exist with the Institute of Administration and Commerce (IAC), as learners may choose to write their examination. Upon demonstrating competence, they will be awarded the IAC Certificate in Secretarial Studies. Enquire about post-certificate studies at your nearest campus.

For more information on this course and further study options, visit www.bct.ac.za

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