UNISA Higher Certificates 2020

Unisa Higher Certificates for 2020
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UNISA Higher Certificate qualifications are in high demand, especially for students who did not qualify with a Bachelors’s Degree pass in Matric. Studying for a degree at university after school is usually a top priority for students wanting to further their education. However, it’s not always possible due to not meeting the admission requirements of certain qualifications.

Therefore many students opt to do a bridging course to improve their marks and chances of doing an upgraded higher qualification. This is where the Higher Certificate qualifications offered by UNISA come into play.

Why Should I Consider Doing A UNISA Higher Certificate?

Naturally, people are disappointed when they find out that they’re not able to do a degree and instead of having to do a lower qualification. It’s like, for example, craving for a Big Mac but you only have enough money for a small Cheeseburger. It’s simply not the same.

That does not mean that there’s no value in having the cheeseburger though. You’re still having that cheeseburger rather than going on an empty stomach. The same goes for studying a lower qualification. Just because it’s not what you were originally aiming for, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t any value to it.

Did you know though that students can use the UNISA Higher Certificate qualifications to apply for a higher qualification? Not to say that the National Senior Certificate (NSC) isn’t valuable, but wouldn’t you think that you stand a better chance of being accepted for the qualification of your choice if you already have a UNISA qualification in your chosen field behind you?

Here are a few pointers to consider while you’re thinking about whether to do a Higher Certificate qualification or not:

  • The higher certificate qualifications are seen as an introductory phase into the career path of your choice;
  • Higher certificates are more industry-orientated than other qualifications;
  • This will thus prepare students well when it comes to implementing the skills learned in the workforce;
  • Becoming a specialist in a certain area of expertise would result in a higher chance of applicants offered job opportunities than those without the required skills;

Important Facts about the Higher Certificate at UNISA

There are a number of factors students need to consider before applying for a higher certificate qualification at UNISA:

  • The minimum APS for all Higher Certificate qualifications is 15.
  • The maximum time to complete a Higher Certificate qualification is 3 years.
  • The NQF level of the Higher Certificates is Level 5
  • Each qualification consists of 10 modules, equalling 120 credits

Separately, additional requirements needed to qualify for a Higher Certificat includes:

  • Meeting a subminimum of 30% n the language of teaching and learning (NSC); or
  • Having at least an F symbol on HG or E symbol on SG in the language of teaching and learning (SC); or
  • A National Certificate (Vocational) (NCV) with at least 40% in the language of teaching and learning in terms of the NSC.

Some qualifications do require further additional mark requirements (Mathematics, Life Sciences, etc.). Requirements have to be met in order for students to qualify. In other words, it’s not only the APS that matters when it comes to qualification.

Also Read: How To Calculate Your APS

What Higher Certificate Courses Do Unisa Offer?

UNISA offers a variety of Higher Certificate qualifications that students can use to apply for a higher qualification. At the time of writing, UNISA offers 15 Higher Certificate courses in various subject fields:

When choosing what qualification to study, always remember that you have to choose a course that aligns with your chosen career choice. It wouldn’t make sense to study, for example, a Higher Certificate in Animal Welfare when you’ve decided to pursue a career in the Arts.

 

When Can I Apply for A Higher Certificate?

Students interested in applying to study for a Higher Certificate in the 2020 academic year can apply anytime during the year (read more here). In order to apply, students can either apply via Unisa’s application tool online or a hard copy submission. Successful applicants will then be able to register during the next registration period.

Also Read: UNISA Application Dates 2020
Also Read: Guide on Applying to UNISA 2020

Please note that we are not UNISA. UNISA reserves the right to deny applicants even if they do meet the admission requirements. This would be mainly due to a qualification being oversubscribed. UNISA offers limited space to each qualification and there may be too many students applying for a single course.


Last Updated: 22 January 2020

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188 thoughts on “UNISA Higher Certificates 2020”

    1. As stated in the article, you can study for a Higher Certificate in Education. One step further would be to study a BEd qualification. Find out what BEd qualifications are available here.

      1. Goodness Nelisiwe

        I want to study a higher certificate in education I want to know more as I was been rejected applying for diploma in office administrator and public administration

        1. You have to meet the requirements set by UNISA in order to have a chance of having your application approved. The article shows what’s needed to study for a Higher Certificate in Education.

          You can also read more about UNISA’s Education Undergraduate Qualifications here.

          1. Hi,my daughters points are 19..must she apply for a higher certificate in education for teaching and how long does it take and after that what is the next step.she has 50% for english.or law

          2. A Higher Certificate qualification is a year-long qualification. It’s possible for her to apply for a HC in Law or Education (as long as she meets the minimum admission requirements set by UNISA).

            Once she completes the qualification, then she will be able to apply for a higher qualification such as a BEd or a LLB.

            Here are the admission requirements for both abovementioned qualifications:

            A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with at least 30% in the language of teaching and learning

            or

            a Senior Certificate (SC) with at least an F symbol on HG or an E symbol on SG in the language of teaching and learning

            or

            a National Certificate (Vocational) Level 4 with an equivalent of at least 40% in the language of teaching and learning in terms of the NSC.

            If she qualified with a Diploma pass, she may want to take a look at the following article: UNISA Diploma Qualifications 2020

          3. After completing Higher Certificate in Criminal Justice, Can I pause Graduation then do Diploma?

          4. You won’t be able to attend graduation as graduation is only available to those who completed the following qualifications:

            1. A degree;
            2. A 3-Year diploma; or
            3. A Postgraduate Diploma.

            Furthermore, graduation ceremonies are suspended till further notice because of COVID-19. Once your qualification is confirmed 100%, you can apply for a Diploma or a Degree qualification in the same field of study. For example, a Bachelors in Criminology.

        2. Good day.

          If u matriculated with a diploma pass and did not meet the mathematics mark for a bachelor’s degree.

          Can a higher certificate in accounting bridge the gap between the diploma pass and a bachelor’s degree in accountancy.

          Thank you

          1. That is correct, yes. You can use a higher certificate to apply for a Bachelors degree, circumnavigating around the diploma route. Remember that if you passed with a diploma pass, you can apply for a diploma or a higher certificate qualification at Unisa.

            Make sure that the qualification of your choice has a Higher Certificate option as an admission requirement.

          2. Hey I did computer literacy it is possible for me to continue with my computer science at UNISA?

    2. Good morning, I have office administration ncv level 4 certificate and would like to study education with UniSA is it possible? Thanks

      1. Please take a look at the admission requirements of the particular Education qualification at UNISA whether you qualify or not.

        Read more on UNISA’s Education qualifications here.

  1. Hi I would Like to Study Bachelor of arts in Forensic science and Technology. But I have a Senior Certificate(SC) without endorsement.

    D in English HG
    29 years of age

    Does Unisa apply for Matriculation Exemption At the Matriculation Board for you on day of admission registration?

    1. Good day I would like to know if I can use my higher certificate to apply to another institution or is it just for unisa?

        1. So with a higher certificate from Unisa you can apply for a similar Diploma/Degree at any University in S.A even if your NSC doesnt qualify you?

          1. That is correct, yes. The Higher Certificates are viewed as a bridging course and can only help you with applying at another university. Remember to check the course admission requirements of the university you want to register at in future.

          2. Am currently doing higher certificate in Banking, after completing it am I able to apply for bachelor degree in supply chain management or bachelor. Degree in human resource management ?

          3. You would be able to apply for the degree of your choice upon completion of your Higher Certificate qualification (as long as they’re from the same Unisa college).

          1. Hey there’s a higher in Information technology at Durban university of technology. So if I do it next year and pass… will i be able to apply for Bachelor’s degree or Bcom in Information technology instead of Diploma?

          2. Students can use the Higher Certificate qualification that they have obtained and use it to apply for a Bachelors Degree. While that’s how it works at Unisa, I’m not sure if it’s applicable to DUT standards.

          3. Hii I passed my matric with a diploma and I don’t qualify for a course at university so can I study a higher certificate course and use it to apply at higher institutions?

          4. You can apply for a Higher Certificate qualification at Unisa. At the same time, you can also apply for a Diploma qualification to study at Unisa since you did pass your Matric with a diploma pass as you said.

        2. Hey , i would like to apply for Diploma in safety Management but i do not qualify , which higher certificate course should i choose that will help me to be accepted for diploma in safety Management in futute?

          1. You can choose up to any of the following qualifications that can help you qualify for the Diploma in Safety Management:

            Higher Certificate in Banking
            Higher Certificate in Economic and Management Sciences
            Higher Certificate in Marketing
            Higher Certificate in Retailing
            Higher Certificate in Supervisory Management
            Higher Certificate in Tourism Management

            Keep in mind that upon completion of one of the abovementioned higher certificates, you can apply for a Bachelors degree within the same college.

      1. 1.Can I finish a higher certificate courses before 3 years in order to apply for a diploma?
        2.Can i do a bridging course having a matric higher certificate?

        1. You have up to 3 years to finish a Higher Certificate qualification. Upon completion, you can apply for a diploma or degree of your choice (as long as it’s relevant to the higher certificate qualification).

          To answer your second question, the Higher Certificates offered by UNISA can be used as a bridging course (as long as you meet the APS and additional admission requirements).

      2. Good day,I wanted to apply for Transport and Logistics/Bachelor in Supply Chain Management but my math ain’t good,so I wanted to know which higher certificate to apply for in order to study one of the two.

        1. Any Higher Certificate offered in the College of Economic and Management Sciences can be used in order for you to qualify for the BCom in Supply Chain and Operations Management

  2. Hi, please advise…
    I only have a Gr 11 pass. I would like to enrol to study for a national diploma in safety management. I have been working in this field for 10+ years. Is it possible for me to apply for some sort of bridging course that I can enroll in or can I apply for the Higher Certificate?
    Any advice will be most appreciated.

    1. Unisa has this thing called the Recognition of Prior Learning.

      As per UNISA’s website, your experience could translate into subject credits within your qualification or direct access into a postgraduate qualification.
      During your lifetime, you will have acquired various skills, competencies and experiences. This learning – which may have taken place outside of formal education and training – is valuable, irrespective of where or when it was obtained. You may have acquired skills or knowledge from a combination of training conducted while at work, experience you gained in the workplace, short courses or from community work in a relevant field.

      RPL permits you to gain credits within formal certificate, diploma and degree qualifications offered by Unisa based on the level and extent of your knowledge. Your prior learning will be measured against specified prescribed learning outcomes.

      I hope you find this information useful.

  3. If I do a higher certificate to gain entry to a degree, could those points also be used if I say want to apply at another varsity ?

    1. Having a tertiary qualification can only be beneficial when applying at another university. However, I cannot say for certain whether you can use a HC obtained by UNISA to apply for a degree at, for example, UCT or Wits.

        1. You have to apply for a higher certificate that is aligned with the same college. For example, if you wanted to do a BCom in Business Management but don’t have the marks, then you would apply for a Higher Certificate that’s in the same field/college. In this case, you would apply for any HC from the College of EMS.

          The same would apply with a degree in psychology. Unfortunately I don’t know which HC qualification is aligned with Psychology degrees.

      1. Hi good day
        I have a question I’m currently studying for the higher certificate in accounting science. And in semester 2 2020 will i doing my last 4 modules. Can I still apply for a Accounting Science degree for next year 2021

        1. You should be able to apply for an Accounting Science degree, but you might have to wait a while because your final marks will have to be processed before your application is successful or not.

          Luckily the application period is open all year, so I would suggest that you wait until you receive all your marks and confirm that you’ve passed before applying for the Accounting Sciences degree.

  4. Hy..i have passed my matric with admission to diploma,with level 3 in English so i was asking if it possible to study diploma in policing with 21 aps,or should I apply for higher certificate in criminal justice and after should i apply for bachelor of police science

    1. This is the current admission requirements for a Diploma in Policing:

      APS: 18

      Additional Requirements:

      A National Senior Certificate (NSC) (Diploma endorsement) with at least 50% in the language of teaching and learning
      or
      a Senior Certificate (SC) with at least a D symbol on HG or a C symbol on SG in the language of teaching and learning
      or
      a Higher Certificate.

      You need to match these requirements in order to qualify to study it.

      For the Higher Certificate in Criminal Justice, you need the following:

      APS: 15

      Additional Requirements:
      A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with at least 30% in the language of teaching and learning
      or
      a Senior Certificate (SC) with at least an F symbol on HG or an E symbol on SG in the language of teaching and learning
      or
      a National Certificate (Vocational) Level 4 with an equivalent of at least 40% in the language of teaching and learning in terms of the NSC.

        1. Which higher certificates that can be related to transport and logistics ,I want to do bachelor degree in logistics but I want to do a bridging course because I don’t meet the mathematical literacy requirements

          1. Your best bet would be to go for the Higher Certificate in Economic and Management Sciences. The degree you seek falls under UNISA’s EMS college, plus the HC’s subjects are similar to your chosen degree’s first year subjects.

            Just to be absolutely sure, you should visit your nearest UNISA campus and speak to a student advisor.

        1. Unfortunately I cannot answer the question as Unisa does not offer a BRad qualification and as such, unsure as to whether you will be able to qualify or not.

    1. UNISA’s Higher Certificates can be used as a bridging course of sorts. It takes one year to complete, with a maximum amount of three years to complete the qualification.

    1. It depends on what career path you want to follow. Remember that the Higher Certificate has to be relevant to the degree that you want to choose at a later stage.

  5. Nelisiwe khambule

    Hy am currently doing higher certificate in criminal justice I want to study BED after I finish will I qualify for it ??

    1. If you want to study BEd next year, you would need to have studied a relevant qualification like the HC in Education. It’s uncertain whether you would qualify for a BEd with a HC in Criminal Justice or not.

    1. UNISA unfortunately do not offer a General Nursing diploma qualification.

      UNISA does state on its registration website that it offers a Bachelor of Arts in Nursing Science, but it does not state anywhere on the UNISA Application website.

      It’s best to head into your nearest UNISA campus and enquire about the qualification.

        1. As long as you meet the requirements set by Unisa, then it’s possible for you to apply for it.

          Make sure first that you meet the admission requirements before applying for the qualification.

          1. You can study a higher certificate qualification at Unisa only if you meet the admission requirements as well as the APS of the qualification. So for example, if your APS is 13, you won’t be able to study at Unisa due to not meeting the requirements.

          2. Hi, I have a serious problem. I have completed LLB Degree at UJ and would like to apply for the higher certificate in criminal Justice at Unisa. Am I allowed to apply for a Higher certificate in criminal justice at Unisa if i have already obtained my LLB degree from UJ?

          3. This shouldn’t be a problem at all. You would definitely qualify for the qualification since you would meet the requirements. At the same time (only a suggestion), you could apply and study towards the BA Honours: Criminology qualification at Unisa as you are already in possession of a NQF7 qualification.

            You can view that qualification here, but to reiterate – you can apply for the Higher Certificate in Criminal Justice.

    1. It depends on the type of qualification that you’re going for.

      The Diploma in HRM have the following requirements:

      APS: 17
      Additional Requirements: A National Senior Certificate (NSC) (Diploma endorsement) with at least 50% in the language of teaching and learning and with at least 40% in Mathematics or at least 70% for Mathematical Literacy,

      or

      a Senior Certificate (SC) with at least a D symbol on HG or a C symbol on SG in the language of teaching and learning and with at least an E symbol on HG or D symbol on SG in Mathematics,

      or

      any Higher Certificate obtained in the College of Economic and Management Sciences.

      The BCom in HRM has the following requirements:

      APS: 21
      Additional Requirements: A National Senior Certificate (NSC) (Degree endorsement) with at least 50% in the language of teaching and learning and with at least 50% in Mathematics,

      or

      a Senior Certificate (SC) with matriculation exemption (or qualify for the exemption from the Matriculation Board) and with at least a D symbol on HG or a C symbol on SG in the language of teaching and learning and with at least a D symbol on HG or a C symbol on SG in Mathematics,

      or

      any Higher Certificate offered in the College of Economic and Management Sciences,

      or

      any Diploma obtained in the College of Economic and Management Sciences.

  6. Hi I am 53 years old but consider being of a disadvantage by my past. I have completed my matric through the Dept I applied to unisa last year . How and what can I study towards teaching quaLification .

    1. Depending on the pass you’ve received for your matric, you can study up to a BEd (as long as you have the APS and meet the additional requirements to match.

      Please have a look at the following for all Education related qualifications here.

      Additionally, you can head to your nearest Unisa campus and speak to a student advisor on what steps you can take in order to study the qualification of your choice.

      Have you heard of the Recognition of Prior Learning? Your experience could translate into subject credits within your qualification or direct access into a postgraduate qualification.

      You can learn more on the RPL here.

  7. Hi, I have an aps score of 14 but I have an E in languages and another higher certificate from another college which is not saqa accredited and experience in law.What qualifications would I qualify for?

    1. The only qualification you could possibly qualify for when it comes to your APS would be the Higher Certificate in Accounting Sciences. It has an APS of 14.

      However, you still do need to match the additional requirements set for the qualification in order to have a chance of qualifying for it.

  8. Hii I passed my matric higher certificate and I finished my higher certificate in information technology at PC training and business college now I want to do teaching will I qualify for it

    1. As long as you meet the requirements set by UNISA. It also depends on what qualifications you want to apply for exactly. Note that UNISA has over 30 education qualifications, so you would need to know what it is that you want to study as well as whether you qualify for it.

      Click here to find out what qualifications UNISA offers via their College of Education.

    1. With a Higher Certificate in Tourism Management, I find it hard to see whether you’ll qualify for a BEd degree or not as they’re not in the same fields of education. I cannot say whether you’ll be accepted to study for a BEd qualification or not.

      Speak to a student advisor at your nearest UNISA campus and find out whether it’s possible or not.

  9. Hey applied at Unisa for Diploma in Public relation and I was accepted and I do accept the offer too for 2020 so now I was just reading comment here that if you want to study BEd you need to do higher certificate in teaching.

    So my question is that how can I change my course now and do higher certificate in teaching since I’m already taken in PR for next year?

    1. It’s possible that upon completion of the HC in Education, you could apply for a BEd qualification with it.

      At the same time, you’ve already accepted UNISA’s offer regarding your qualification. You’ll only be able to change your qualification at the next application window. That being said, you should still go ahead and find out whether you can change your application by heading to your nearest UNISA regional centre.

  10. Hi I passed my matric with higher certificate…. And went to the college to study marketing and I have marketing level 4….. Is it possible for me to study teaching at unisa?

    1. It all depends on whether you meet the admission requirements for your selected qualification. Read more on what Education qualifications UNISA has to offer as well as the requirements needed, online here.

  11. I want to do a higher certificate in nursing since I don’t meet the required marks ,I passed my matric with a diploma .is it possible to study at UNISA for nursing ?

    1. UNISA does not have a Higher Certificate in Nursing available as part of their qualifications, so you will not be able to study nursing at UNISA.

    1. Upon completing a Higher Certificate from Boston College, graduates will gain an endorsement for admission to Bachelor’s degree study from the South African Matriculation Board, subject to their rules

  12. I applied for higher certificate for 2020 and now waiting for registrations.. Will Nsfas fund the both the certificate and the Degree that I want to do after completing the higher certificate

    1. As per NSFAS, students who have already studied at a university or obtained a prior university qualification do not qualify as FTEN students even if they are entering the first year of a new programme.

      Students starting a university qualification for the first time, but who have already achieved a TVET qualification may qualify as a university FTEN student.

  13. Hi I applied for a higher certificate at Unisa for 2020 and I was admitted
    and waiting to register once it open now my question is since I applied online I never include my document so is that cannot coz any problem regarding my registration

    1. If your application has already been accepted, then there’s no need to worry about your application. You’ll be free to register for your chosen qualification.

  14. Hi I applied for higher certificate in Archives and Records management so after completing this qualification will I be able to study BA in political leadership and citizenship? Or bEd in intermediate phase?

    1. It’s unlikely that you could apply for a BEd qualification with a Higher Certificate in Archives and Records Management.

      Additionally, it does not state on the UNISA website that you can use the HC in Archives and Records Management to apply for a BA in Political Leadership and Citizenship. Most degree qualifications often state that you can use a higher certificate qualification to apply for specific qualifications. This does not seem to be the case in this situation though.

  15. hi , I would like to study a Bcom Business Management degree , but I had maths literacy in school and the Bcom degree requires pure maths , does unisa offer a pure maths bridging course or is there any other alternative to studying a Bcom degree with maths literacy?

    1. UNISA unfortunately does not offer a Pure Maths bridging course. There are places such as Master Maths, where you can redo/change your Maths.

      At the same time, the only alternative regarding a BCom degree that Maths is not needed as a requirement is Bachelor of Administration in Human Settlements Management.

      Another alternative that you could consider is by applying for either a Diploma qualification (3 years) or a Higher Certificate qualification (1 year). They also meet the admission requirements in order to study for a degree in the EMS department.

  16. If I complete a higher certificate in economics management science from UNISA will I be able to apply for a degree/diploma in the faculty of management at other institutions/universities such as UJ,VUT,TUT ,WITS

    1. It’s possible that you can use the qualification to help improve your chances of studying for a degree/diploma at an institution other than UNISA. You would have to add it to your list of documents that the university requires for your application.

  17. Hi,my daughters points are 19..must she apply for a higher certificate in educationeducation or law and how long does it take and after that what is the next step.she has 50% for english.

  18. Hi I have an aps score of 14 excluding life orientation I want to do a higher certificate in education what can I do to gain admission for it

    1. You won’t be able to study for a HC in Education if you have an APS of 14. The bare minimum APS you need is 15. What you could do is to find a way to improve your Matric marks in order to increase your APS score.

      1. Hey I’m Buyie, I applied at unisa and they have accepted me. I have 17 APS excluding L.O i want to study B.ed in intermidiate phase. Will I qualify after completing my higher certificate in education? And also how long does it take to complete my higher certificate in ed?

        1. A higher certificate qualification is a one year qualification. You should be able to do a BEd qualification once you’ve completed the HC in Education.

  19. Is it possible to be not accepted for the Academic year even if you applied last year. Or like it or not I’ll be accepted to the next semester on that academic year.?

    1. If you applied last year and you still haven’t got any feedback on your application whatsoever, you really should go to your nearest UNISA campus and enquire about it to a student advisor/administrator.

  20. My son has been accepted to study a higher certificate in physical science. He wants to study for a degree/ diploma in civil engineering after completing this certificate. He passed matric with diploma entry and had good marks in maths and english but low marks in physical science (hence he applied for a certificate at this stage. Is that possible? Advise will be appreciated

    1. The HC in Physical Sciences will help your son’s chances of studying towards a Diploma in Civil Engineering (read more on the qualification at UNISA here).

      You will see that one of the admission requirements for the Diploma in Civil Engineering includes a relevant Higher Certificate qualification in the field. So once he completed the higher certificate, then he can move onto the diploma.

      1. Thank you. Can he also be in a position to apply for the same diploma in civil engineering at other universities besides Unisa, or is he limited to Unisa only?

        1. I can’t say for certain if he’s only limited to Unisa or not. You may want to look at the requirements set by the universities before determining whether he qualifies to study there or not.

          Passing the HC in Physical Sciences will boost his chances though.

    2. Good day!

      I was so much pleased to find your question in TWP site questions, which yours was very similar to mine. So please help me as I also want to do the same HC (Physical Science) but want more communications with those are busy doing it now. Please contact me if fine.

      Ishmael

  21. Hi I hv have NCV level 4 completd last year and I obtained
    English 49
    L.O 47
    Mathematics 30
    Applied engineering technology 66
    Automotive repair & maintenance repair 57
    Professional engineering practice 59
    Engineering process 65
    With an Aps of 17

    1. You can only apply for a higher certificate qualification at UNISA as they are the only type of qualifications that you can apply for with a NC(V) qualification.

      If you complete a higher certificate qualification, you will be able to apply for a higher qualification (depending on if the qualification you’re going for has a HC as an admission requirement).

      Remember that you have to meet the admission requirements of the higher certificate in order to stand a chance of being accepted.

  22. Good day
    I tried to apply at unisa 2019 they said my marks are good but my Maths they can’t accept me at least if I had level 3 and I wanted to apply for Transport and Logistics how can I overcome this please help I really need to do the course please

    Thanks alot in advance

    1. Your best option would be to apply for a Higher Certificate qualification from Unisa’s College of EMS. Completing one of its higher certificate qualifications will enable you to apply for the BCom in Transport and Logistics.

      These are the current qualifications that you could apply for:

      • Higher Certificate in Banking (98225)
      • Higher Certificate in Economic and Management Sciences (98237)
      • Higher Certificate in Insurance (90013)
      • Higher Certificate in Marketing (98229)
      • Higher Certificate in Retailing (90014)
      • Higher Certificate in Supervisory Management (90015)
      • Higher Certificate in Tourism Management (98226)

      Go for the qualification that you feel would best reflect your aim of going for a BCom Transport and Logistics. As you said your marks bar Maths were good, you shouldn’t have trouble meeting the admission requirements.

      1. Hie , am currently studying higher certificate in economics and management sciences.Its my last semester and l want to register for Bed in education.Is it possible

        1. Which BEd programme are you referring to? Please note that there are multiple BEd qualifications that is offered by Unisa and as such, you would have to apply for the correct qualification relevant to your marks.

          That being said, you will have needed to have done the Higher Certificate in Education in order to study towards a BEd qualification at Unisa as per the admission requirements set by the university

    1. You cannot change or swop your course in Semester 2. You will have to go through the application process again and hope that you will get accepted for the qualification of your choice.

  23. I DONT QUALIFY FOR A BATCHELOR DEGREE IN LIFE SCIENCE STREAM PSYCHOLOGY AND PHYSIOLOGY WITH GENETICS WHICH CERTIFICATE SHOULD I DO

    1. While the official page does not state that a Higher Certificate is an admission requirement, you can boost your chances of qualifying to study the BSc Life Sciences: Psychology and Physiology Stream (with Genetics) by doing a Higher Certificate that falls under the same college, namely:

      Higher Certificate in Life and Environmental Sciences; and
      Higher Certificate in Animal Welfare.

      They might fall under the same college, but it would be wise to go for the HC in Life and Environmental Sciences.

  24. I WANT TO START A NEW QUALIFICATION AT UNISA DO I WAIT FOR NEXT YEAR OR NEXT APLLICATION TO OPEN EG FIRST SEMESTER AND SECOND SEMESTER CAN I START A NEW QUALIFICATION AT A SECOND SEMESTER ?

    1. I can’t say for certain that you will be able to apply for a BEd qualification if you completed a HC in Tourism Management as the qualifications each do not fall under different departments.

      When you complete the HC in Tourism Management, you will be able to apply and register for a qualification that falls under Unisa’s College of EMS.

  25. I wanna study Bachelor of Arts in Psychology but I do not meet the requirements. Which Higher Certificate must I do to qualify for the BA Psychology? Please help…

    1. To qualify for a BA in Psychology, you would have to complete a Higher Certificate from the same College.

      As the qualification falls under Human Sciences, you would have to take a Higher Certificate qualification from the College of Human Sciences (i.e. HC in Archives and Records Management).

      Learn more about Unisa’s Higher Certificates for 2020 here.

    1. As it falls within the same college at UNISA, it’s possible that you could do a Diploma in Civil Engineering upon completion of a Higher Certificate in Physical Sciences.

      One of the admission requirements is that you can qualify for the D. in Civil Engineering if you have a relevant Higher Certificate qualification (meaning coming from the same college).

  26. Hi i’m currently doing my last 5 modules for HC law and would like to apply for llb study at UP should I apply after I have entered the llb program at unisa or wait until until I finish my first level

    1. Once you’ve completed your HC in Law at Unisa, you should be able to apply for a LLB at any university. You do not need to start the LLB degree at one university just to head off to another. Get your HC qualification first and then apply to study elsewhere.

  27. Hi,im a unisa student doing higher certificate in economic nd management science but truely speaking that was not wat i wanted for my carea,but i applyed for high certificate in education for so many times but no luck,that why i endup doing that course so my question is would i be able to change for BED next year if i passed my higher certificate

    1. Unisa does not offer a Diploma in Hospitality. The closest that you can get to Hospitality when going for a diploma is a Diploma in Tourism Management.

      Unisa offers a BCS (Hospitality Management Stream), where the admission requirements are:

      A National Senior Certificate (NSC) (Degree endorsement) or equivalent with at least 50% in the language of teaching and learning and 40% in Mathematics,

      or

      A Senior Certificate (SC) with matriculation exemption or qualify for the exemption from the Matriculation Board with at least a D symbol on HG or a C symbol on SG in the language of teaching and learning and with at least an E symbol on HG or a D symbol on SG in Mathematics,

      or

      An appropriate Higher Certificate that satisfies the Language and Mathematics requirements.

      Usually you would have to apply for a qualification that falls within the appropriate Unisa college (College of EMS, College of Education, etc), but while the HC in Tourism Management seems like the logical step, it does not offer a Maths module.

      The BSC qualifications fall under the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, so you would likely have to take a HC within that college (like the HC in Life and Environmental Sciences).

      However, it does state that you can take a higher certificate as long as it fulfills both language and math requirements. So you’re not restricted in that way. Have a look at the different HC courses within this article and see which ones will be helpful to you in studying towards Hospitality.

  28. I’m currently doing my higher certificate in education, will I be accepted for my degree in other institutions using UNISA’s higher certificate?

    1. Yes. You can use your Higher Certificate earned by Unisa and apply elsewhere. Qualifications earned at a recognised university enhance your academic credentials and can help you to study further at another university/TVET college.

  29. hello, I am currently doing a higher certificate in Tourism Management but I really want to study Bachelor of social work, I applied last year for it but I did not get space, is it possible for me to apply for bachelor of social work with my higher certificate in tourism?

    1. You will not be able to apply for the Bachelor of Social Work with a HC in Tourism Management. The qualifications are not within the same college. The requirements for the degree are as follows:

      A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with degree endorsement with a minimum of 60% for English as language of teaching and learning and 60% for a further four content subjects in their matric final examination;

      or a Senior Certificate (SC) with matriculation exemption or qualify for the exemption from the Matriculation Board with at least a C symbol on HG or a B symbol on SG in the language of teaching and learning and 60% for any four content subjects;

      or a Certificate in Social Auxiliary Work (NQF Level 4) with one year of professional practice as a registered Social Auxiliary Worker;

      or relevant Higher Certificate at NQF level 5.

      With reference to the last requirements, you would need a relevant Higher Certificate qualification. Tourism and Social Work are 2 very different industries and as such, aren’t relevant to each other. Your best qualification option would have been to apply for the HC in Social Auxillary Work.

      The course that you are doing at the moment falls under the College of EMS, while the Bachelor of Social Work falls under the College of Human Sciences.

  30. Hi, I like to know if m doing higher certificate in economics management science once m done with it can i be able to do BED?

      1. You complete a unisa certificate as bridging course within a year then after apply to another university within that field,let’s say law?

          1. Nontobeko Ndlela

            Hi
            Would like to apply for mechanical engineering diploma,bt i did not do well on my matric in 2004 than i did N2,N3,N4 at da college and applied for Mech Eng last bt was not taken so which HC can i apply for to qualify for Mech Eng Diploma??? Currently working as a mechanical fitter at Eskom 5years experience….

          2. The best option for you would be to apply for the Higher Certificate in Mathematics and Statistics qualification.

            One of the set requirements for the qualification is the necessity of a relevant HC qualification. As the qualification falls under the same college as the Dip. Mechanical Engineering, it should help your chances of studying towards the qualification.

            The other HC available is the HC in Physical Science, but the HC in Mathematics and Statistics should give you a better chance.

  31. Hi. I am busy with a HC in law. My primary choice was education but never got feedback because it was already full. If I complete my HC in law and wanted to switch to education, what will my next move be? Must I do a HC in education aswell? Or will I be able to study a education degree? Please help

    1. You would most likely have to try to apply for the Higher Certificate in Education as the HC in Law does not assist students in qualifying for a BEd qualification.

      With the Higher Certificate in Law, you can study further for a higher qualification within the College in Law (LLB, Criminology, etc).

  32. Fhatuwani mudzunga

    Hi good day am studying criminal justice hc do my question when am done this hc,I will qualify to study teaching degree by a hc of criminal justice?

    1. When you complete your Higher Certificate in Criminal Justice, you can apply for a undergraduate degree within the same college i.e College of Law.

      You HAVE to meet the requirements set by Unisa in order to study towards a BEd qualification and the HC in Criminal Justice does not meet the requirements for any BEd qualification.

  33. Hello
    I finished my matric in 2005. I really want to persue a career in the medical field like nursing but didn’t have mathematics and other subjects they require to study in that field . So I need a higher certificate to meet my requirements. Is this possible at unisa

    1. You do need to have had English, Biology, and Mathematics as subjects at school in order to pursue a qualification in Nursing.

      The one higher certificate closest to your goals would be the Higher Certificate in Life and Environmental Sciences. The qualification does host modules in Biology and Maths, so it is possible that you can study Nursing after completing the qualification.

      However, this is also not a certainty since there are multiple Nursing courses and qualifications out there that may have different requirements altogether – but it’s a start.

  34. Hi, I have obtained Diploma in my matric, with
    46 in English, and I would like to apply for a Diploma in law, is it possible?
    And another question, I have upgraded my 2 subjects which is English and physical science and obtained 54% in English and 28% in physical science which of course i failed it, the problem is that I lost that upgrading statements, what do I do?

    1. 1. Unfortunately you would not qualify for the Diploma in Law qualification as you do need 50% in English. You could try to apply for the Higher Certificate in Law instead.

      The Higher Certificate in Law is a 1 year qualification that upon completion, you can study towards a LLB qualification at Unisa. So it’s a quicker way to get your LLB rather than going through the Diploma route.

      2. If you lost your upgraded statements, then you can apply for a replacement via the DBE or your local Provincial Education Department (PED). Find out more info on how you can do that online here.

  35. Ramohlale modjadji

    So when applying for degree which result am I going to use cz result comes out around December and now am in second semester doing higher certificate or I have to wait for my higher certificate result in order to apply for degree?

    1. You can still apply for your undergraduate degree. However, you will most likely have to wait a while before your application is accepted or rejected since you’re still busy with your qualification. So you might have to wait until January 2021 before you learn whether you have been accepted or not.

  36. Hi, I have passed matric with a higher certificate. I later on completed my diploma in Travel and Tourism at a TVET College. Now, I want to study something different. Do I apply for a higher certificate or diploma or degree in any field I want to study?

    1. You can use your diploma to apply for a Unisa qualification within the College of EMS, more of which you can learn about online here.

  37. Hi
    I have a higher certificate matric pass and I would like to study Social Work.I have an APS of 25 with Life Orientation included and an APS of 19 with Life Orientation excluded.I have a 72% pass in English (FAL) and a 70% pass in IsiZulu (HL).Is it possible for me to persue a course in Social Work with these marks in your tertiary?

    1. The best possible qualification that you can apply for with relation to Social Work is the Higher Certificate in Social Auxillary Work, especially since you’ve passed your Matric with a Higher Certificate pass.

  38. Hi i did a briging course at Walter sisulu university 2006 is it a must for me to do higher certifice or what must ido

  39. I have been previously registered for the extended program in mechanical engineering with 4 modules, of which I passed the two and failed the other two. So next year 2021 I’m planning to change the qualification and go for Higher Certificate in Physical Science to prepare admission in BSc.

    Question: 1

    Module EUP 1501 was on the list of the previous qualification ( extended program) and I passed it, but it appears again on the list of modules of the new qualification. Will I have to do it again?

    Question: 2

    Mathematics was passed very well in grade 12 according to the set requirements set for the BSc admission requirements. So must I do it again all the Maths related modules under new qualification ( Higher Certificate) in Physical Science?

    1. In response to your questions:

      1. You will not have to do EUP1501 again. You will have to apply for an exemption of study units (the DSAR04 form), which you can find on your myUnisa page under the Student Admin section.

      2. You will have to do the Maths modules regardless on how well you did Maths at school.

      I hope these answers help you on your way to making an informed decision on your studies.

  40. I thank you very much sir for your wonderful reply in regard my previous questions.

    1: Here is one more question, when are the new application dates for 2021 admission in Unisa?

    2: Do I need to register first to TWP in order to get more benefits of assistance in my studies for next year?

    3: How can I be linked with current Unisa students who are doing Higher Certificate in Physical Science here in 2020?

    Thanks.

    1. 1. Applications are open all year round, but it depends on whether Unisa will open applications for certain qualifications. Keep an eye out each day for info on qualifications that are open for students to apply.

      2. When you join TWP, you’re mainly joining our online study groups since that is all that we offer (alongside study materials such as study notes and exam packs).

      3. We provide online study groups on a module basis, so it wouldn’t be joining up based on the qualification itself rather than the modules. We mainly cater to students doing BCom and LLB modules, but there may be a module or 2 within other qualifications that we do offer.

  41. I just want to know when the application open for undergraduate please and another thing with the diploma in policing can i apply for it and become a police officer…

    1. Applications are open all year round, but it’s up to Unisa to decide which qualifications can they open up for new applicants. You will only be able to register in 2021 due to the registration window for Semester 2 closing on Wednesday, August 5th.

      A Diploma in Policing can help you on your way to become a police officer – plus you would have to apply to become one (meaning joining a police academy for training).

  42. Good day guys!

    I just want to know that don’t you provide students with academic support, with high quality distance learning education, with some extra information and contacts in Physical science field to ensure that students keep focused, understand the course content and are ready for their final exams?

    Regards:
    Ishmael

    1. Hi Ishmael. We mainly focus on BCom and LLB modules, so Physical Science modules are unfortunately outside of our scope at the moment.

  43. I want to do mechanical engineering diploma but my matric marks are low so I understand that I have to do higher certificate first. My question s when to apply?

    1. It would be best to apply when the qualifications become available, despite applications being open all year long. As the diploma falls under the College of SET, you would have to take a higher certificate in a relevant field i.e HC in Mathematics and Science

  44. Hey, I’m an actual student at UniSA doing my Higher certificate in Law. So I want to know the minimum number of modules I need to pass in order to be able to apply for a degree.
    Your response would be very much appreciated

    1. You need to complete your Higher Certificate qualification in order to apply and study towards a degree in Law. This means completing all 10 modules.

    1. It is possible that the HC in Mathematics and Statistics can lead you to study towards a BSC: Computing. Please view the admission requirements of the mentioned qualification here.

  45. Hi I wanted to ask, I passed matric with a diploma, can I study life science and environmental sciences higher certificate to apply for nursing at unisa?

  46. Hi I would like to ask, I passed matric with a diploma and do not qualify for nursing, can i study life science and environmental sciences higher certificate to apply for nursing?

    1. Hi Dylan.
      I was funded by nsfas in 2019 for a higher certificate in education. This year 2020 I did’ nt study due to lack of space at Unisa. So, my question is, do I have to apply nsfas again for the 2021 funding or I will just apply for a degree and register nsfas will pay my fees.

  47. Hi…. I would like to know if… I complete the
    High certificate ,in law and do the first year in LLB can I use those results to apply at university like uj, up

    1. It’s possible to use the credits you’ve earned for your LLB at Unisa and migrate to another university, yes. Note that the university that you want to apply for won’t always accept all the modules that you have done at Unisa and you might have to redo some of them.

  48. Hi
    I passed with a diploma pass , and I was advised to do a high critficate if I want to do law. I wanted to know if is possible to use that critficate to apply at a full Time university

    1. It is advisable to apply for the Higher Certificate in Law as it’s a 1 year certificate programme which will enable you to study for the LLB upon completion, whereas if you do the Diploma in Law, you would be studying the qualification for 3 years and only after, you can apply for the LLB. 3 years vs 1 year?

  49. Hi, I’ve been trying to apply for a higher certificate qualification for the 2021 academic year. Every time I try to apply the website would tell me that I already have a student number and I’ve never received a student number from UNISA, so then I would try to go to the MyUnisa account, but then when I submit my details on there, it would tell me that I don’t have a student number. I’ve tried emailing my enquireries but I’ve not received a single response, and when I call the service center I don’t get any help from there either.
    Please help me, I really don’t know what more I can do.

    1. Unfortunately I do not have a solution for you on this as the solution would be to head onto the myUnisa page and use the Forgotten Student Number tool (which you can access here). But as you already have done that, the only way would be to contact Unisa themselves.

  50. Hi….. I pass with a diploma pass ,I want to study IT but I did mathematical literacy I got 40%
    Which high certificate I can do

    1. Unisa does not offer a Higher Certificate in Information Technology. They do offer a Diploma in Information Technology, which you can find more about online here.

      Please note that you do need to meet the requirements set by Unisa in order to study the qualification.

  51. Hi, i wanna study environmental science and i have technical science as one of my subjects in my matric certificate so after my research i found out that they dont accept tech science for environmental science which might mean my matric is kinda useless if i want to study this field in university. So i was asking that if i get higher certificate in environmental science from unisa will i be able to study for a diploma in university? With only my higher certificate will i be able to??

    1. If you obtain a Higher Certificate in Environmental Science from Unisa, then you can apply for a degree qualification instead of a diploma qualification.

  52. I want to study mining engineering but I do not meet some requirements…which Higher certificate can ii do that’ll credit me for a diploma in mining engineering?

    1. I cannot say as to which higher certificate you can do other than the higher certificates that fall under the College of Science, Engineering, and Technology. These are the only higher certificates available in the specific college:

      Higher Certificate in Mathematics and Statistics
      Higher Certificate in Physical Sciences

      Each qualification should help you qualify for the qualification, but for me, i’m leaning more towards the Higher Certificate in Mathematics and Statistics.

  53. Hi. I want to apply with my NSC (Engineering studies N3), to study towards a Diploma.
    Will this be possible since my NSC subjects are not listed on The Unisa Admission Application Tool?

    1. Which qualification in particular are you trying to apply for? On some of the Engineering diplomas, it shows that you need at least 50% in Engineering Science with regards to NC(V) in order to study one of the qualifications.

      It should be possible for you to apply despite the qualification not showing which specific subjects is needed (although many do say you need Mathematics, English, and Engineering Sciences).

      1. Hi. I’m trying to apply for Diploma: Electrical Engineering. Like i mentioned the N3 engineering subjects on my NSC are not listed on the admission tool. Is there any other way that i can apply? Please advise. Thanks

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