Unisa Short Courses for 2020

The University of South Africa (UNISA) released its application and registration dates for its Short Learning Programmes (SLPs) for the 2020 academic year.

What are the UNISA Short Courses?

The short courses offered by UNISA provides students the opportunity to learn a specific learning need/skill in a short period of time. UNISA’s SLP, therefore, caters to a student or an individual’s needs with a ‘’just enough’’/’’just in time’’ learning option.

The main focus of the short courses is to provide students the opportunity to build and expand their knowledge and skills in a specific area of expertise. The short courses promote the “Lifelong Learning concept“. It refers to the process of “gaining knowledge and skills through everyday life experiences through both formal and informal learning opportunities”.

The short courses offered by UNISA are non-credit bearing. This means the learning activities offered by the short course does not carry credit that can be used towards a formal qualification.

UNISA Short Courses 2020 Offerings

UNISA offers a wide variety of short learning programmes, aimed at individuals looking to learn a specific skill. The short courses offered by UNISA are provided by the following academic colleges:

Download more information on the short courses offered by UNISA here.

UNISA SLP Application Dates for 2020

Application and registration dates for UNISA’s Short Learning Programmes are as follows:

  • Application Date: 01 December 2019 – 15 February 2020 (Semester modules)
  • Registration Date: 01 December 2019 – 10 March 2020 (Year modules)

There’s no need to pay an application fee when applying for a UNISA short course. As the short courses are part of a pilot project by UNISA, there’s only a set number of SLPs that are available for online applications.

However, the following colleges do not accept online applications for the SLPs:

  • Centre of Business Management;
  • Centre for Blended-learning Studies

Who Can Apply For A UNISA SLP?

Students who seek to study one of UNISA’s short courses will have to apply for them. Students who meet the following requirements can apply for one of UNISA’s Short Learning Programmes:

  • First-time UNISA applicants;
  • Students looking to change to a new qualification;
  • Students who applied before but were not awarded a space.

Much like applying for an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification, students can apply for short courses (first and second choice). Students are only allowed to register for one course (if both choices are successful).

UNISA will inform students of the outcome of their application. Applicants must accept the offer by UNISA within a certain amount of time. Failure in accepting UNISA’s offer will result in it falling away and given to the next applicant waiting in line.

Documentation Needed to Apply for a UNISA Short Course

To apply for one of UNISA’s SLPs, students will have to submit the following documents:

  • A copy of your school qualification(s);
  • A copy of your tertiary academic record (if applicable);
  • A copy of your ID or passport (if an international student);
  • A copy of your marriage certificate or divorce decree (if applicable);

If the above necessary documentation is not available in English or Afrikaans, applicants will have to submit a sworn translation of said documents.

UNISA has the right to request a student’s original documents, for verification purposes. Submitting false documentation will result in a rejected application, in terms of the Student Disciplinary Code (SDC).


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