What Can I Study With A Higher Certificate?

Many students choose to study for a Higher Certificate qualification after Matric, because it only takes a single year to complete. But what happens next? You can choose to work, but many students would like to further their studies beyond a Higher Certificate.

Can I Apply For A Degree After Completing A Higher Certificate?

Yes, you can. Many Universities will allow you to apply for a Diploma or a Bachelor’s Degree course using a Higher Certificate in the same area of study. Most will allow you to apply for this course during the final semester of your Higher Certificate course. 

This means they can grant you provisional entry based on your mid-year exams, and you will submit your final results once they are released. The university will then make a final decision about your admission to complete a Diploma or Degree programme. 

Note that all universities reserve the right to accept or reject your application as they see fit. Meeting the general requirements does not necessarily guarantee your admission into any course. 

What Level Is A Higher Certificate?

A Higher Certificate is an NQF level 5 qualification. 

NQF stands for National Qualifications Framework, which is a system designed for educational institutions and potential employers to easily identify the educational level of your qualifications. There are 10 NQF levels: 

NQF Level

Educational Level

1

Grade 9

2

Grade 10

3

Grade 11

4

Matric

5

Higher Certificate

6

Diploma/Advanced Certificate

7

Bachelor’s Degree/Advanced Diploma

8

Honour’s Degree

9

Master’s Degree

10

Doctoral Degree

Is It Possible To Get A Job With A Higher Certificate?

Yes, you can get a job with a Higher Certificate. 

It is now very common for employers to require a Degree qualification with experience to get a job, however, using a Higher Certificate you can often get into an internship programme, or apply for work with your experience. 

A Higher Certificate is a vocational qualification, which means it is skills-oriented. This means your course can count as a certain amount of experience. Therefore, many employers may hire you with this level of qualification. 

How Do I Qualify For A Higher Certificate?

The entry requirements for a Higher Certificate qualification are a Matric with Higher Certificate pass. The requirements for a Higher Certificate pass are as follows: 

  • 40% or above for your Home Language subject
  • 40% or above for two other subjects 
  • 30% or above for three other subjects

You may fail one subject and still qualify for a Higher Certificate pass, as long as it is not your Home Language subject. You cannot fail your Home Language subject and pass Matric.

How Many Points Are Needed For A Higher Certificate?

To qualify to study for a Higher Certificate, you must pass Matric with a minimum APS of 15.

How Many Years Does A Higher Certificate Take?

A Higher Certificate takes a minimum of one year to complete. It can take longer, for example, if you study part-time through distance learning. A Higher Certificate can then take up to three years to complete. 

Can You Get NSFAS With A Higher Certificate?

You can qualify for NSFAS funding to study for a Higher Certificate qualification. You must meet all other NSFAS requirements, such as maximum household income per year. 

NSFAS will also only fund undergraduate studies done at a public South African University. NSFAS does not fund any studies at private institutions. 

Can I Study Social Work With A Higher Certificate?

You can study for a Higher Certificate in Social Auxiliary Work. This will qualify you to work in the field of Social Work to support Social Workers in their work. However, if you want to be a Social Worker, you will have to further your studies after the Higher Certificate. 

How Many Modules Does A Higher Certificate Have?

A Higher Certificate usually has 10 modules each worth 12 credits. These are split into two groups – a set of compulsory modules, and a set of elective modules. A Higher Certificate requires you to complete 120 credits to qualify to pass. 

There are 8 compulsory modules, which you cannot choose, you must take all 8. There is also a list of elective subjects, of which you must choose two. This will make up the ten modules needed to complete your Higher Certificate qualification. 

Keep in mind that each institution offers their own Higher Certificate programmes, which means that the number of modules will vary from one institution to the next, as some universities offer modules worth more or less than 12 credits. 

Can I Teach Grade R With A Higher Certificate In Education?

No, you cannot teach any grades with only a Higher Certificate qualification. However, your Higher Certificate can help you to apply to further your studies with a Diploma in Grade R Teaching or a Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching. 

Only a Diploma or a Bachelor’s Degree in the relevant phase of learning will qualify you to be able to teach. The phases are as follows: 

Phase

Grades You Can Teach

Foundation Phase 

Grades R to 3

Intermediate Phase

Grades 4 to 6

Senior Phase

Grades 7 to 9

Further Education and Training Phase

Grades 10 to Matric

What Can I Study If I Do Not Qualify For A Higher Certificate Course?

There are many study options available if you have passed Matric but cannot study for a Higher Certificate, such as: 

  • NATED courses
  • ICB courses
  • CIMA courses
  • Short courses
  • Matric Rewrite
  • Matric Upgrade

NATED Courses

NATED stands for National Accredited Technical Education Diploma. These courses have been designed by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) to help bridge the youth unemployment gap. 

These courses have been accredited by the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO). This means that they are recognised as formal qualifications in South Africa, and you can use them to apply for work or to further your studies. 

There are seven streams of study in NATED courses: 

  • Business Management
  • Educare
  • Financial Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Legal Secretary
  • Management Assistant
  • Marketing Management

NATED Business Management

National N4 Certificate

 

Qualification

National Certificate

NQF Level

5

Accredited by

QCTO & DHET

SAQA ID Number

66871

Credits

60

Entry Requirements

Matric Certificate: National Senior Certificate or Amended Senior Certificate

Subjects 

  • Management Communication N4
  • Introductory Accounting N4
  • Entrepreneurship and Business Management N4
  • Computer Practice N4

Career Options

  • Assistant Manager
  • Sales Assistant 
  • Office Assistant

National N5 Certificate

 

Qualification

National Certificate

NQF Level

5

Accredited by

QCTO & DHET

SAQA ID Number

66929

Credits

60

Entry Requirements

Business Management National N4 Certificate

Subjects 

  • Entrepreneurship and Business Management N5
  • Sales Management N5
  • Public Relations N5
  • Computer Practice N5

Career Options

  • Sales Person
  • Public Relations Assistant
  • Management Assistant

National N6 Certificate

 

Qualification

National Certificate

NQF Level

5

Accredited by

QCTO & DHET

SAQA ID Number

66995

Credits

60

Entry Requirements

Business Management National N5 Certificate

Subjects 

  • Entrepreneurship and Business Management N6
  • Sales Management N6
  • Cost and Management Accounting N5
  • Public Relations N6

Career Options

  • Team Leader
  • Workshop Manager
  • Marketing Coordinator

National N6 Diploma

 

Qualification

Diploma

NQF Level

6

Accredited by

QCTO & DHET

SAQA ID Number

67036

Credits

360

Entry Requirements

Business Management National N6 Certificate

Subjects 

This is the practical part of the qualification and consists of 18 months of work experience

Career Options

  • Business Manager
  • Supply Chain Manager
  • Sales Consultant

NATED Educare

National N4 Certificate

 

Qualification

National Certificate

NQF Level

5

Accredited by

QCTO & DHET

SAQA ID Number

66883

Credits

60

Entry Requirements

Matric Certificate: National Senior Certificate or Amended Senior Certificate

Subjects 

  • Educare Didactics N4
  • Child Health N4
  • Education N4
  • Day Care Personnel Development N4

Career Options

  • Educare Practitioner
  • Playgroup Practitioner
  • Au Pair

National N5 Certificate

 

Qualification

National Certificate

NQF Level

5

Accredited by

QCTO & DHET

SAQA ID Number

66971

Credits

60

Entry Requirements

Educare National N4 Certificate

Subjects 

  • Educare Didactics N5
  • Entrepreneurship and Business Management N4
  • Educational Psychology N5
  • Daycare Communication N5

Career Options

  • Child Health and Nutrition Caretaker
  • Day Care Administrator
  • Day Care Manager

National N6 Certificate

 

Qualification

National Certificate

NQF Level

5

Accredited by

QCTO & DHET

SAQA ID Number

67007

Credits

60

Entry Requirements

Educare National N5 Certificate

Subjects 

  • Educare Didactics N6
  • Daycare Management N6
  • Educational Psychology N6
  • Daycare Communication N6

Career Options

  • Day Care Manager
  • Early Childhood Development Teacher
  • Educare Teacher

National N6 Diploma

 

Qualification

Diploma

NQF Level

6

Accredited by

QCTO & DHET

SAQA ID Number

67050

Credits

360

Entry Requirements

Educare National N6 Certificate

Subjects 

This is the practical part of the qualification and consists of 18 months of work experience

Career Options

  • Educare Facilitator
  • Nursery School Assistant Teacher
  • Nursery Teacher

NATED Financial Management

National N4 Certificate

 

Qualification

National Certificate

NQF Level

5

Accredited by

QCTO & DHET

SAQA ID Number

66874

Credits

60

Entry Requirements

Matric Certificate: National Senior Certificate or Amended Senior Certificate

Subjects 

  • Financial Accounting N4
  • Computerised Financial Systems N4
  • Entrepreneurship and Business Management N4
  • Management Communication N4

Career Options

  • Accounts Clerk
  • Audit Assistant
  • Bookkeeper

National N5 Certificate

 

Qualification

National Certificate

NQF Level

5

Accredited by

QCTO & DHET

SAQA ID Number

66954

Credits

60

Entry Requirements

Financial Management National N4 Certificate

Subjects 

  • Financial Accounting N5
  • Computerised Financial Systems N5
  • Entrepreneurship and Business Management N5
  • Cost & Management Accounting N5

Career Options

  • Administrative Clerk
  • Loan Consultant
  • Sales Team Leader

National N6 Certificate

 

Qualification

National Certificate

NQF Level

5

Accredited by

QCTO & DHET

SAQA ID Number

66998

Credits

60

Entry Requirements

Financial Management National N5 Certificate

Subjects 

  • Financial Accounting N6
  • Computerised Financial Systems N6
  • Entrepreneurship and Business Management N6
  • Cost & Management Accounting N6

Career Options

  • Financial Manager
  • Finance Controller
  • Audit Clerk

National N6 Diploma

 

Qualification

Diploma

NQF Level

6

Accredited by

QCTO & DHET

SAQA ID Number

67040

Credits

360

Entry Requirements

Financial Management National N6 Certificate

Subjects 

This is the practical part of the qualification and consists of 18 months of work experience

Career Options

  • Assets Management Supervisor
  • Bank Teller
  • Finance Administrator

NATED Human Resource Management

National N4 Certificate

 

Qualification

National Certificate

NQF Level

5

Accredited by

QCTO & DHET

SAQA ID Number

66873

Credits

60

Entry Requirements

Matric Certificate: National Senior Certificate or Amended Senior Certificate

Subjects 

  • Entrepreneurship and Business Management N4
  • Personnel Management N4
  • Management Communication N4
  • Computer Practice N4

Career Options

  • Administrative Clerk
  • Human Resource Management Assistant
  • Skills Development Facilitator

National N5 Certificate

 

Qualification

National Certificate

NQF Level

5

Accredited by

QCTO & DHET

SAQA ID Number

66953

Credits

60

Entry Requirements

Human Resource Management National N4 Certificate

Subjects 

  • Personnel Management N5
  • Personnel Training N5
  • Labour Relations N5
  • Computer Practice N5

Career Options

  • Billing Coordinator
  • Clients Relations Coordinator
  • Risk Administrator

National N6 Certificate

 

Qualification

National Certificate

NQF Level

5

Accredited by

QCTO & DHET

SAQA ID Number

66997

Credits

60

Entry Requirements

Human Resource Management National N5 Certificate

Subjects 

  • Personnel Management N6
  • Personnel Training N6
  • Labour Relations N6
  • Computer Practice N6

Career Options

  • Human Resource Manager
  • Recruitment Manager
  • Benefits Manager 

National N6 Diploma

 

Qualification

Diploma

NQF Level

6

Accredited by

QCTO & DHET

SAQA ID Number

67039

Credits

360

Entry Requirements

Human Resource Management National N6 Certificate

Subjects 

This is the practical part of the qualification and consists of 18 months of work experience

Career Options

  • Human Resources Consultant
  • Labour Relations Consultant
  • Employee Relations Consultant  

NATED Legal Secretary

National N4 Certificate

 

Qualification

National Certificate

NQF Level

5

Accredited by

QCTO & DHET

SAQA ID Number

66883

Credits

60

Entry Requirements

Matric Certificate: National Senior Certificate or Amended Senior Certificate

Subjects 

  • Office Practice N4
  • Communication N4
  • Information Processing N4
  • Mercantile Law N4

Career Options

  • Filing Clerk
  • Junior Conveyancing Secretary
  • Receptionist

National N5 Certificate

 

Qualification

National Certificate

NQF Level

5

Accredited by

QCTO & DHET

SAQA ID Number

66959

Credits

60

Entry Requirements

Legal Secretary National N4 Certificate

Subjects 

  • Office Practice N5
  • Communication N5
  • Information Processing N5
  • Legal Practice N5

Career Options

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Junior Conveyancing Assistant 
  • Personal Assistant

National N6 Certificate

 

Qualification

National Certificate

NQF Level

5

Accredited by

QCTO & DHET

SAQA ID Number

66880

Credits

60

Entry Requirements

Legal Secretary National N5 Certificate

Subjects 

  • Office Practice N6
  • Legal Practice N6
  • Information Processing N6
  • Mercantile Law N5

Career Options

  • Conveyancing Assistant 
  • Legal Clerk
  • Office Assistant

National N6 Diploma

 

Qualification

Diploma

NQF Level

6

Accredited by

QCTO & DHET

SAQA ID Number

67035

Credits

360

Entry Requirements

Legal Secretary National N6 Certificate

Subjects 

This is the practical part of the qualification and consists of 18 months of work experience

Career Options

  • Junior Legal Secretary
  • Junior Litigation Secretary
  • Legal: Committee Secretary

NATED Management Assistant

National N4 Certificate

 

Qualification

National Certificate

NQF Level

5

Accredited by

QCTO & DHET

SAQA ID Number

66876

Credits

60

Entry Requirements

Matric Certificate: National Senior Certificate or Amended Senior Certificate

Subjects 

  • Communication N4
  • Office Practice N4
  • Information Processing N4
  • Computer Practice N4

Career Options

  • Administrative Clerk
  • Office Manager 
  • Receptionist 

National N5 Certificate

 

Qualification

National Certificate

NQF Level

5

Accredited by

QCTO & DHET

SAQA ID Number

66956

Credits

60

Entry Requirements

Management Assistant National N4 Certificate

Subjects 

  • Communication N5
  • Office Practice N5
  • Information Processing N5
  • Computer Practice N5

Career Options

  • Personal Assistant
  • Private Secretary 
  • Typist

National N6 Certificate

 

Qualification

National Certificate

NQF Level

5

Accredited by

QCTO & DHET

SAQA ID Number

67001

Credits

60

Entry Requirements

Management Assistant National N5 Certificate

Subjects 

  • Office Practice N6
  • Information Processing N6
  • Public Relations N5
  • Computer Practice N6

Career Options

  • Clerk
  • Management Assistant
  • Office Administrator

National N6 Diploma

 

Qualification

Diploma

NQF Level

6

Accredited by

QCTO & DHET

SAQA ID Number

67033

Credits

360

Entry Requirements

Management Assistant National N6 Certificate

Subjects 

This is the practical part of the qualification and consists of 18 months of work experience

Career Options

  • Assistant Manager 
  • Data Capturer 
  • Executive Assistant 

NATED Marketing Management

National N4 Certificate

 

Qualification

National Certificate

NQF Level

5

Accredited by

QCTO & DHET

SAQA ID Number

66872

Credits

60

Entry Requirements

Matric Certificate: National Senior Certificate or Amended Senior Certificate

Subjects 

  • Entrepreneurship and Business Management N4
  • Marketing Management N4
  • Management Communication N4
  • Computer Practice N4

Career Options

  • Junior Marketing Writer
  • Marketing Sales Administrator
  • Sales Assistant

National N5 Certificate

 

Qualification

National Certificate

NQF Level

5

Accredited by

QCTO & DHET

SAQA ID Number

66952

Credits

60

Entry Requirements

Marketing Management National N4 Certificate

Subjects 

  • Entrepreneurship and Business Management N5
  • Marketing Management N5
  • Sales Management N5
  • Computer Practice N5

Career Options

  • Content Writer 
  • Marketing Assistant 
  • Sales Manager 

National N6 Certificate

 

Qualification

National Certificate

NQF Level

5

Accredited by

QCTO & DHET

SAQA ID Number

66996

Credits

60

Entry Requirements

Marketing Management National N5 Certificate

Subjects 

  • Marketing Management N6
  • Sales Management N6
  • Marketing Communication N6
  • Marketing Research N6

Career Options

  • Advertiser
  • Marketing Manager
  • Marketing Researcher

National N6 Diploma

 

Qualification

Diploma

NQF Level

6

Accredited by

QCTO & DHET

SAQA ID Number

67037

Credits

360

Entry Requirements

Marketing Management National N6 Certificate

Subjects 

This is the practical part of the qualification and consists of 18 months of work experience

Career Options

  • Brand Manager
  • Product Manager
  • Public Relations Consultant

ICB Courses

ICB courses are accredited by the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB) and QCTO. These courses are also recognised as formal qualifications, and are highly regarded in South Africa because they teach scarce skills

ICB courses are also internationally recognised, and they go up to the Diploma level. You can also study these courses without Matric. There are three ICB courses you can choose to study without Matric:

  • Business Management
  • Financial Accounting
  • Office Administration

Business Management

National Certificate: Small Business Financial Management

Qualification

National Certificate

NQF Level

4

Accredited by

ICB & QCTO

SAQA ID Number

48736

Credits

120

Entry Requirements

Grade 11 or Equivalent Certificate  (Bookkeeping: ICB FET Certificate)

Subjects 

  • Business Management 1 (BMT1)
  • Bookkeeping to Trial Balance (BKTB)
  • Business Literacy (BUSL)

Career Options

  • Junior Researcher
  • Junior Analyst
  • Sales Assistant

Higher Certificate: Office Administration

Qualification

Higher Certificate

NQF Level

5

Accredited by

ICB & QCTO

SAQA ID Number

23619

Credits

240

Entry Requirements

National Certificate: Small Business Financial Management

Subjects 

  • Office and Legal Practice (OLPR)
  • Business Management 2 (BMT2)
  • Marketing Management and Public Relations (MMPR)
  • Financial Statements (FNST)
  • Human Resources Management and Labour Relations (HRLR)

Career Options

  • Senior Office Administrator
  • General Office Manager
  • Customer Service Manager

National Diploma: Financial Accounting

Qualification

National Diploma

NQF Level

6

Accredited by

ICB & QCTO

SAQA ID Number

20366

Credits

280

Entry Requirements

ICB Higher Certificate: Office Administration

Subjects 

  • Business Management 3 (BMT3)
  • Financial Management and Control (FMCL)
  • Financial Reporting and Regulatory Frameworks (FRRF)
  • Research Theory and Practice (by short dissertation, topic: Business Management) (RTAP)

Career Options

  • Accounting Officer
  • Business Manager
  • Business Advisor

Financial Accounting

National Certificate: Bookkeeping

Qualification

National Certificate

NQF Level

3

Accredited by

ICB & QCTO

SAQA ID Number

58375

Credits

120

Entry Requirements

Grade 10 or Equivalent Certificate

Subjects 

  • Bookkeeping to Trial Balance (BKTB)
  • Payroll and Monthly SARS Returns (PMSR)
  • Computerised Bookkeeping (CPBK)
  • Business Literacy (BUSL)

Career Options

  • Junior Bookkeeper
  • Accounts Clerk
  • Payroll Clerk

Further Education And Training Certificate: Bookkeeping

Qualification

FET Certificate

NQF Level

4

Accredited by

ICB & QCTO

SAQA ID Number

58376

Credits

130

Entry Requirements

ICB National Certificate: Bookkeeping

Subjects 

  • Financial Statements (FNST)
  • Cost and Management Accounting (CMGT)

Career Options

  • Senior Bookkeeper
  • Junior Accountant
  • Assistant Accountant

National Diploma: Technical Financial Accounting

Qualification

National Diploma

NQF Level

5

Accredited by

ICB & QCTO

SAQA ID Number

36213

Credits

251

Entry Requirements

ICB Further Education And Training Certificate: Bookkeeping

Subjects 

  • Income Tax Returns (ITRT)
  • Business Law and Accounting Control (BLAC)

Career Options

  • Technical Financial Accountant
  • Accounting Technician
  • Tax Technician

National Diploma: Financial Accounting

Qualification

National Diploma

NQF Level

6

Accredited by

ICB & QCTO

SAQA ID Number

20366

Credits

280

Entry Requirements

ICB National Diploma: Technical Financial Accounting

Subjects 

  • Corporate Strategy (CRPS)
  • Management Accounting Control Systems (MACS)
  • Financial Reporting and Regulatory Frameworks (FRRF)
  • Research Theory and Practice (by short dissertation; topic: Financial Accounting) (RTAP)

Career Options

  • Financial Accountant
  • Tax Practitioner
  • Tax Consultant

Office Administration

National Certificate: Office Administration

Qualification

National Certificate

NQF Level

5

Accredited by

ICB & QCTO

SAQA ID Number

23618

Credits

120

Entry Requirements

Matric or Matric Equivalent (Small Business Financial Management: ICB National Certificate or Bookkeeping: ICB National Certificate)

Subjects 

  • Business and Office Administration 1 (BOA1)
  • Bookkeeping to Trial Balance (BKTB)
  • Business Literacy (BUSL)
  • Marketing Management and Public Relations (MMPR)
  • Business Law and Administrative Practice (BLAP)
  • Cost and Management Accounting (CMGT)

Career Options

  • Junior Office Administrator
  • Receptionist
  • Office Assistant

Higher Certificate: Office Administration

Qualification

Higher Certificate

NQF Level

5

Accredited by

ICB & QCTO

SAQA ID Number

23619

Credits

240

Entry Requirements

ICB National Certificate: Office Administration

Subjects 

  • Business and Office Administration 2 (BOA2)
  • Human Resources Management and Labour Relations (HRLR)
  • Economics (ECON)

Career Options

  • Senior Office Administrator
  • General Office Manager
  • Labour Relations Administrator

Diploma: Office Administration

Qualification

National Diploma

NQF Level

6

Accredited by

ICB & QCTO

SAQA ID Number

35958

Credits

360

Entry Requirements

ICB Higher Certificate: Office Administration

Subjects 

  • Business and Office Administration 3 (BOA3)
  • Financial Statements (FNST)
  • Management (MGMT)

Career Options

  • Office Manager
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Administrative Manager

Where Can I Study ICB Courses?

There are many places where you can study ICB courses. Some reputable distance learning colleges that offer these ICB courses are: 

CIMA Courses

CIMA courses are designed by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. They are also accredited by CIMA, and are recognised as formal qualifications in South Africa. CIMA qualifications are also recognised internationally, and go up to the Degree level. 

There are four levels of study in CIMA courses: 

  • Business Accounting: CIMA Certificate Level
  • Business Accounting: CIMA Operational Level
  • Business Accounting: CIMA Managerial Level
  • Business Accounting: CIMA Strategic Level

Business Accounting: CIMA Certificate Level

Qualification

National Certificate

NQF Level

5

Accredited by

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

SAQA ID Number

24418

Credits

120

Entry Requirements

  • Be 16 years or older
  • Have had pure maths as a school subject
  • Be able to read and write in English

Subjects 

  • Fundamentals of Business Economics
  • Fundamentals of Management Accounting
  • Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
  • Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate Governance, and Business Law

Career Options

  • Business Manager
  • Management Accountant
  • Business Analyst

Business Accounting: CIMA Operational Level

Qualification

National Diploma

NQF Level

6

Accredited by

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

SAQA ID Number

24406

Credits

240

Entry Requirements

Business Accounting: CIMA Certificate Level

Subjects 

  • Managing Finance in a Digital World
  • Financial Reporting
  • Management Accounting
  • Operational Case Study
  • Operational Gateway

Career Options

  • Accountant
  • Bookkeeper
  • Financial Manager

Business Accounting: CIMA Managerial Level

Qualification

Advanced Diploma

NQF Level

6

Accredited by

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

SAQA ID Number

24406

Credits

240

Entry Requirements

Business Accounting: CIMA Operational Level

Subjects 

  • Managing Performance
  • Advanced Financial Reporting
  • Advanced Management Accounting
  • Management Case Study
  • Managerial Gateway

Career Options

  • Business Analyst
  • Management Accountant
  • Accounts Assistant

Business Accounting: CIMA Strategic Level

Qualification

Professional Qualification: Chartered Management Accountant

NQF Level

7

Accredited by

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

SAQA ID Number

20400

Credits

390

Entry Requirements

Business Accounting: CIMA Managerial Level

Subjects 

  • Strategic Management
  • Financial Strategy
  • Risk Management
  • Strategic Case Study
  • Strategic Gateway

Career Options

  • Debtors Clerk
  • Business Manager
  • Chief Financial Officer

Where Can I Study CIMA Courses?

Many distance learning colleges offer CIMA courses, such as: 

Short Courses

Short courses are designed to work on the skills necessary for your chosen field. They work to give you practical knowledge that you can use to begin your career journey as soon as possible. 

The short courses offered at our partner colleges are open-access, meaning there are only two requirements you have to meet to be able to apply: 

  1. You must be over the age of 16
  2. You must be able to understand, read and write in English

Each college offers a different set of study streams in short courses. However, most of them have three levels: 

  1. A Short Course which takes a minimum of four months to complete
  2. A Certificate Course which takes a minimum of eight months to complete
  3. A Comprehensive Certificate Course which takes a minimum of 12 months to complete

Short Courses At Matric College

Short Courses At Skills Academy

Short Courses At Ember Academy

Short Courses At Learning Group

Matric Programmes

These two Matric courses are available for those who have written Matric but would like to improve their results. The courses you can choose are: 

  • Matric Rewrite – for those who are under the age of 21
  • Matric Upgrade – for those who are over the age of 21

Matric Rewrite

You can do a Matric Rewrite up to five years after your Matric year, as long as you are still under the age of 21. You may rewrite a maximum of four subjects. You cannot change any of your subjects, you must rewrite subjects you wrote for your Matric final exams. 

Matric Upgrade

You can do a Matric Upgrade as soon as you are over the age of 21. You can apply as early as 19, but you must be 21 to write the exams. This is because you will write the Adult Matric exams. 

You may upgrade a maximum of four subjects. However, you can also choose to change up to four subjects instead. There is no limit to the number of times you can upgrade your Matric. There is no age limit to when you can upgrade your Matric, as long as you are over the age of 21. 

Where Can I Study Matric Programmes?

There are many reputable colleges that offer Matric programmes through distance learning, such as: 

What Have We Learned?

  • You can apply to further your studies at the Diploma or Degree level using a Higher Certificate
  • A Higher Certificate is an NQF level 5 qualification
  • There are 10 NQF levels
  • You can apply for work with a Higher Certificate
  • You can qualify to study for a Higher Certificate by achieving a Higher Certificate pass and APS 15 for Matric
  • A Higher Certificate takes a minimum of one year to complete, and can take up to three years to complete
  • NSFAS does fund Higher Certificate courses as long as they are at a South African public university
  • You can study Social Auxiliary Work at the Higher Certificate level
  • You must further your studies to the Degree level to be able to be a Social Worker
  • A Higher Certificate usually has 10 modules
  • You cannot be a teacher with only a Higher Certificate, you must have a Diploma or Bachelor’s Degree in teaching at the relevant phase 
  • There are many things you can study if you do not qualify for a Higher Certificate course

Author: Chloe Bydawell
Editor: Razeen Dollie
Date: July 7, 2022