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Higher Certificates are an excellent way to begin your journey toward your dream career, especially if you do not qualify to study for a Bachelor’s Degree. Higher Certificates can be studied after Matric at many universities.
There are many fields available to study at the Higher Certificate level. One of the biggest advantages of choosing to study for a Higher Certificate is that the entry requirements are far easier to achieve.
What Are The Requirements To Study A Higher Certificate Course At UNISA?
The entry requirement for all the UNISA Higher Certificate courses is an APS of 15, otherwise known as a Higher Certificate pass. This is much easier to achieve than a Bachelor’s Degree pass, which requires an APS of 23. You can read all about how to calculate your own APS here.
How Long Does It Take To Complete A Higher Certificate At UNISA?
All Higher Certificate courses at UNISA take a minimum of one year. You can take up to three years to complete it if you choose to.
Does NSFAS Fund Higher Certificate Courses?
Yes, South African students studying any undergraduate qualification – including a Higher Certificate – at a South African university qualify to apply for NSFAS. Note that meeting the requirements does not automatically grant you funding for your studies.
What Level Is A Higher Certificate?
A Higher Certificate is NQF level 5. There are 10 NQF levels, the highest being NQF level 10 which is a Doctoral Degree. Matric is NQF level 4.
What Higher Certificate Courses Does UNISA Offer?
The Higher Certificate courses on offer for 2022 are as follows:
When Can I Apply To Study For A Higher Certificate?
You can apply online through the UNISA application portal any time in the year. You can also choose to apply with a hard copy by filling in the physical form at your nearest UNISA offices. You can check application dates for hard copy applications here, and read our guide on applying to UNISA.
What Have We Learned?
- The only entry requirement for a UNISA Higher Certificate course is an APS of 15
- A Higher Certificate course will take a minimum of one year to complete
- NSFAS does fund Higher Certificate courses at UNISA
- A Higher Certificate is NQF level 5
- Online applications for UNISA are open all year