Diploma in Public Administration

SAQA ID: 73496, NQF 6 (360 Credits)


Once you have successfully completed this programme, you will be awarded a Lyceum College Diploma in Public Administration.

Programme Type

3 year Diploma

Course Prospects

The Diploma in Public Administration is a three-year learning programme that reflects the needs of management in the public sector, where both hard and soft skills are in short supply. Competent practitioners in this sector are required to improve quality standards, increase productivity levels, address performance requirements and obtain current and appropriate knowledge and skills in key management areas.

This programme responds to this need by providing students with a range of relevant and essential management and administrative skills that will increase opportunities for their successful contribution to, and growth in, the public sector. This programme is directed primarily at students with some foundational management knowledge and work experience who
would like to expand their management and administrative competencies. Key areas of the programme include general management and related disciplines such as local government management, public management and public law. 

The programme will be of benefit to individuals who intend starting a career in public administration, and who understand the importance of management skills as an integral part of any successful and responsive public sector.

Entrance Requirements

Grade 12 – Senior Certificate, or any equivalent qualification as prescribed.

Programme Duration

Minimum: 3 years
Maximum: 6 years

Course Contents

First year:

General Management I NQF 5
Business Communication I NQF 5
Local Government Management I NQF 5
Public Management I NQF 5
Public Personnel Management I NQF 5

(Select one of the following)

Business Mathematics NQF 5
Concepts of Management Computing NQF 5
Management Principles and Techniques NQF 5
Public Relations I NQF 5

Second year:

Public Personnel Management II NQF 6
Public Management II NQF 6
Project Management  NQF 6
Local Government Management II NQF 6

(Select two of the following)

Disaster Management I NQF 6
Public Relations II NQF 6
Business Ethics NQF 6

Third year:

Public Personnel Management III NQF 7
Public Management III NQF 7
Public Law NQF 7

(Select two of the following)

Corporate Social Responsibility NQF 7
Disaster Management II NQF 6
Labour Relations NQF 6


Formative: One assignment must be completed for every subject.
Summative: One examination must be written for every subject.

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