Which colleges does Unisa Recognise?

The University of South Africa (UNISA) recognizes qualifications from colleges that are registered and accredited by the relevant South African educational authorities. These include:

  1. Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges: These colleges are registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and offer vocational and occupational programs. TVET colleges in South Africa provide education and training with a focus on vocational, occupational, and technical skills. Many TVET qualifications are recognized by UNISA, especially for entry into higher certificate and diploma programs.
  2. Private Colleges: Private colleges that are registered with the DHET and accredited by the relevant Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) or the Council on Higher Education (CHE) are also recognized. These institutions must comply with the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) to ensure that their qualifications are recognized for further studies or employment.
  3. Other South African Public Universities and Universities of Technology: Qualifications from other South African public higher education institutions, including universities and universities of technology, are recognized by UNISA. These institutions are accredited and their qualifications are registered on the NQF.
  4. International Institutions: UNISA may recognize qualifications from international institutions that are accredited and recognized in their home countries. The recognition of international qualifications usually involves an evaluation process to determine the equivalency of the qualification in terms of the South African NQF.

It’s important for prospective students with qualifications from other institutions to verify the recognition and accreditation status of their college and qualification. This can be done through the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) for both national and international qualifications. SAQA evaluates foreign qualifications for equivalency in the South African context.

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Prospective students are advised to contact UNISA directly or consult the UNISA website for detailed information on specific admission requirements and the recognition of qualifications from other colleges. This is particularly relevant for those interested in specific programs, as entry requirements and the recognition of prior learning (RPL) policies may vary between programs.