Study this qualification online to grow your career in Supply Chain and Manufacturing 

Advanced Diploma in Management

Specialisation: Supply Chain Management

NQF Level 7 | 120 Credits | 12 Months

Realise the full potential of your career with this cutting-edge qualification. This accredited programme qualifies you for further advancement in higher education.

Optimum Learning Technologies (Pty) Ltd is collaborating with STADIO Higher Education in the delivery of the STADIO Advanced Diploma in Management. To make this qualification unique and fulfil a need that exists for Supply Chain Management education in South Africa, this collaboration will provide a specialisation focus of Supply Chain Management to the qualification.

The Advanced Diploma in Management provides students with recognised, applied and industry-standard business skills and knowledge. This Advanced Diploma is an intensive programme in advanced aspects of management and it has been specifically designed for managers and aspiring managers on middle and higher levels of management.

In this collaboration, Optimum will deliver modules that develops decision makers in supply chain and relationship management.

Many employers require an NQF 7 qualification to advance your career. Not only does this qualification open the gateway to senior positions, it also enables you to further your postgraduate studies (NQF 8) and, ultimately, complete an MBA (NQF 9) .

Programme Information

Programme structure

This programme consists of 6 modules completed over two semesters.

Semester 1:

  • Management Practice IV (MAN400) – 20 credits
  • Research Methodology & Project IV (MET400) – 20 credits
  • Supply Chain Management IV (SCM40A) – 20 credits

Semester 2:

  • Leadership IV (LDR400) – 20 credits
  • Supply Chain Management IV (SCM40B) – 20 credits
  • Relationship Management IV (RLM400) – 20 credits

Applications close: 26 January 2024

Programme starts: 19 February 2024

How you study

This a distance learning programme which is delivered on the Optimum and STADIO online learning platforms.

Study Materials

You will be provided with a Study Guide, Module Outline a Virtual Library and a textbook list to assist you in your studies.  Our online learning platform gives you access to your lecturers, and fellow students to engage, participate and interact with one another during the programme.

You will have access to your lecturers for all your subject matter related questions. Our lecturers are subject matter experts with a sound academic background bringing relevance to your studies.

Online Support

Online support

With us, you have access to online, academic, technical and administrative support on a continuous basis.

As this is a distance learning qualification, a large part of self-study is required. We will however provide you with the foundations required, and monitor and support you every step of the way. 

Entry requirements

You need one of the following qualifications to qualify:

  • STADIO (formerly Southern Business School) Diploma in Management (NQF 6); or
  • A prior qualification on NQF level 6 (minimum 360 credits); or
  • A diploma (NQF 6) or degree (NQF 7) in a cognate field.
  • All applications are subject to approval by the Academic Board.

What do I need to submit?

  • Application form
  • Certified copies of your qualifications
  • Academic Transcript
  • Certified copy of your ID or passport
  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)

Please contact for further information and assistance.


Programme fee

R39 750

Payable on commencement of the programme.


You will receive a list of prescribed textbooks that you will need to purchase. STADIO/Optimum Learning Technologies can provide the textbooks at an additional cost, but the student needs to apply and sign a quotation before books will be ordered and purchased.


STADIO is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997 (Registration Number 2008/HE07/004) and accredited to deliver the NQF 7 Advanced Diploma in Management.