Short Learning Programmes
Short Learning Programme Information
The University of South Africa (UNISA) is a public Higher Education Institution (HEI) and operates in accordance with the Higher Education Act 101 of 1997. UNISA, in terms of this Act, does not require a provider registration number from the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) or the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). All formal qualifications offered by UNISA are approved by the DHET, accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).
As an accredited Higher Education Institution, UNISA is permitted to present Short Learning Programmes (SLPs) to SLP participants. Short Courses are non-credit bearing and are offered outside of the Higher Education Qualification Sub-Framework (HEQSF). Most short courses do not lead to formal qualifications presented on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). UNISA offers Short Learning Programmes (SLPs) outside its formal structured undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Our SLP’s are quality assured and presented in accordance with the CHE’s guidelines as published in “A Good Practice Guide for the Quality Management of Short Courses Offered Outside of the Higher Education Qualifications Sub- Framework”. In line with the aforementioned Good Practice Guide, Universities offering Short Courses outside of the HEQSF will no longer include NQF and Credit levels on certificates issued to students.
Short Learning Programmes offered by UNISA focuses on “just-in-time” and “just enough” learning to meet a specific learning need identified by society. This need can focus on enabling access to other Short Learning Programmes or to improve access to the study of formal qualifications at UNISA, promote the principle of “Lifelong Learning” or address a specific need in the workplace.
Short Learning Programmes offered at UNISA can update or broaden skills and knowledge in a specific area to enable lifelong learning. In this manner, Short Learning Programmes assist students with their continuing professional development by upgrading their skills and knowledge in newly developed areas or by sharing the results of research.
The cooperation and support of Colleges and other structures that develop and deliver short course, is essential in ensuring the integrity of the process and activities across the short course value chain in an institution. Short Learning Programmes at Unisa are offered through seven academic colleges; namely:
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