I’ve been thinking recently of studying again. I feel I need to add a further string to my bow to
improve my employment prospects and if anything to prove to myself that I can do it. A self
esteem boost if you will. The problem is choosing what university, and once that decision has
been made, making sure that I am actually eligible to attend.
After a little research, one university has caught my attention. It’s the University Of South Africa
(UNISA). UNISA offers distance learning to anyone in Africa and they boast an impressive list
of courses you can study. There are even a few that rival the degrees offered by conventional
non distance learning universities. The fees are reasonable and it has a good reputation across the
world. I was a bit worried that I would not meet the entry requirements so I did some research
and this is what I found out.
The requirements for a diploma are quite hard to meet but I thought they were quite reasonable.
One of the following is required: You must be at least twenty three years of age and have the
skills and knowledge of three years of working in a professional context; a level four national
certificate at a vocational level; entry level national senior certification; a certified (or not) end of
School/Senior certificate, for which you have achieved the highest or at least the standard mark
in five different fields of study; an HESA approved exemption certificate.
The minimum requirements for a bachelor degree are quite stringent. You need to hold one of
the certificates listed here: A national senior certificate at least at an entry level; a fourth level
national vocational certification document; a matriculated senior certificate or admission support
from the university; full or conditional exemption certificate from HESA (Matriculation Board
of Higher Education South Africa). Not having an exemption certificate is fine because you can
talk to UNISA’s specialized office about other types of exemptions like degrees from abroad
and qualifications that don’t stem from the academic world. The only time you won’t need to do
this is if you are applying for a technology degree; all you need is a national diploma. For other
courses which don’t include a degree you must meet the admittance conditions of the course’s