Diploma in Public Administration

SAQA ID: 73496, NQF Level 6 (Credits: 360)

Would you like to work in government?  Acquire the relevant competencies to orchestrate change in society and look forward to a rewarding future.

Course Objectives

Public Administration is a field of service that focuses on implementing management policies and programmes for the effective functioning of the government.  Public administrators work behind the scenes of our government carrying out various functions and developing systems to serve the public and make a positive difference. 

The public sector requires competent practitioners with current knowledge and skills to improve quality standards, increase productivity levels and address performance requirements.  The Diploma fulfils the needs of management in the public sector where both hard and soft skills are in short supply.  Lyceum’s course content will provide you with a range of relevant and essential management and administrative skills that will increase your opportunities to successfully contribute to, and grow in the public sector.

If you have foundational management knowledge and work experience in the public sector you will have the opportunity to advance in your career, as it will expand your 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.  A Diploma in Public Administration will also unlock numerous career opportunities for you if you would like to start a career in public administration.

Lyceum’s Commitment

Our diplomas are uniquely structured by professionals in the field to meet the demands of the South African Society.  We are committed to ensuring our students are equipped with industry relevant skills and gain comprehensive knowledge to make a valuable contribution in South Africa and succeed in their chosen career.

Careers You Can Pursue

Learners could pursue a career as a/an: 

  • Manager within local, provincial and national government
  • Public administration officer
  • Supervisors and administration clerks in the various branches of public sector and quasi-government organisations

Gaining Entrance

To study this course, you will need to meet the following requirements:

The minimum entry requirement is a National Senior Certificate or equivalent.

Length of Time

Minimum - Three (3) years of study (part-time)

Maximum - Six (6) years of study (part-time)


Upon successful completion of this programme, you will receive a Diploma in Public Administration.

This is a higher education programme accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET).

Contents of Course

Below are a few examples of the subjects you will cover:

  • Local Government Management
  • Public Personnel Management
  • Public Law

For a detailed breakdown of all your subjects, please refer to the fact sheet.

Learning Material

Your study material will be supplied in a choice of formats (digital only or a combination of printed and digital format).  Prescribed textbooks are excluded and must be procured by the student. Please see: (Terms and Conditions).

Guidelines for Assignments and Examinations

Lyceum is committed to guiding you through the submission of your assignments and ensuring that you are registered for your examinations. 

Please see the following information below, to ensure your process is smooth.

Assessments consist of:

  • One assignment (formative assessment) and
  • A final examination (summative assessment) for each subject.

All assignments for the year must be submitted in order to qualify for the exams.

Please ensure all your assignments are submitted on time. If you have missed a deadline, you may re-submit at a small cost.

Your final mark for each subject will be calculated as follows:

  • Assignment contributes 20% towards the final mark
  • Examination contributes 80% towards the final mark

If your assignment mark is low:

If you submit an assignment for a specific subject and fail, you do not have to re-submit a further assignment prior to writing the “supplementary” examination.  The assignment mark will automatically be carried over.  However if the assignment mark is low, and you wish to re-do the assignment, you may apply to the examinations section for a copy of the new assignment (at the prescribed fee) and may then re-submit the assignment on or before the new due date.

Progress Further

If you would like to pursue your studies further, please enquire with our Lyceum Sales Consultants for more information.

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