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A higher certificate is a qualification that is registered on the Higher Education Qualifications Sub-Framework at level 5 and quality assured by the Council on Higher Education (CHE).
A national certificate is a qualification that is registered on the Occupational Qualifications Sub Framework at level 5, and quality assured by the Quality Council for Trade and Occupations (QCTO).
Because a national certificate and a higher certificate are both registered at level 5, the level of knowledge is the same but it is likely that a higher certificate programme will emphasise conceptual knowledge with applied knowledge and skills whereas a national certificate programme is likely to emphasise practical and work-based knowledge. In other words, the knowledge level is the same but the ratios of theory, applied theory and work-based skills are different.

Each of these two methods of study are equally rewarding but very different. eta College campus studies provides a traditional student experience with daily classes, a lecturer and on-site practical activities. Campus students are generally straight out of school and prefer the interaction with fellow students and the campus vibe.
eta College Online studies provides an equally stimulating but very different learning environment. These students are generally a little older, and enjoy studying in their own environment. Although this is a completely online learning experience, these students still have contact with a tutor and also with fellow students through our online community.

CHE courses
If you register for a degree or diploma, it will take you 3 years to complete. A higher and advanced certificate takes one year to complete each.
CATHSSETA courses
If you register for a diploma, it will take you 2 years to complete. A certificate takes one year to complete.

The minimum admission requirement is a National Senior Certificate with a minimum of 30% in the language of learning and teaching of the higher education institution as certified by Umalusi, the Quality Assurance Council. Institutional and programme needs may require additional combinations or recognised NSC subjects and levels of achievement.

Admission to programmes for Advanced Certificates at level 6 is based on the previous Higher Certificate or National Certificate achieved by the applicant.

The minimum admission requirement is a National Senior Certificate with a minimum of 30% in the language of learning and teaching of the higher education institution as certified by Umalusi, the Quality Assurance Council, coupled with an achievement rating of 3 (Moderate Achievement, 40% – 49%) or better in four (4) recognised 20-credit subjects. Institution and programme needs may require additional combinations of recognised NSC subjects and levels of achievement.

The minimum admission requirement is a National Senior Certificate with a minimum of 30% in the language of learning and teaching of the higher education institution as certified by Umalusi, the Quality Assurance Council, coupled with an achievement rating of 4 (Adequate Achievement, 50% – 59%) or better in four (4) recognised 20-credit subjects. Institution and programme needs may require additional combinations of recognised NSC subjects and levels of achievement.

All students are required to complete practical hours that will assist them in achieving competence within their chosen career path or qualification. Practical hours happen after class times. Practical hours are an excellent way of learning on the job and you will reap great rewards from them.
The diploma in Sport and Recreation Management includes an internship in the third year. Placement is organised by your eta campus.

Our class size is an average of 30 students. Lectures can mean more students but when facilitation is taking place, the group size is less with fewer students in the group.
Students are assessed through different methods according to the criteria that they need to achieve. Assessment is explained in the eta study guide. Tasks can include knowledge tests, assignments, projects and demonstrations.

There are assessment preparation sessions, as well as assessment review sessions. There is formative assessment with feedback provided to students to ensure they know how they are doing with their learning. Summative assessment consists of continuous assessment each term and final assessments at the end of each semester. A comprehensive assessment report is provided midyear and end of year and a final transcript of results is given to students at the end of their programme.

eta is registered with Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) as a private higher education institution. eta higher education programmes are accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE). eta’s occupationally based programmes are accredited by CATHSSETA (Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Education and Training Authority) who are mandated by the Quality Council for Trade & Occupations (QCTO) to quality assure providers in the sport sector.
Currently, there are more jobs on offer in the sport, recreation and fitness sector than there are qualified employees so an eta qualification ensures that you are ready for work once you are qualified.
If you are on campus, you will attend classes every day. Learning time is spent in the classroom and out in the field, in the gym or at an event. Tutorials are included along with fitness and sport activities and work-based skills sessions.

When you register for your eta course you order your academic pack, which will consist of all the things you need for your studies and to attend classes. You receive an eta learning resource, activity book, and log book for logging practical work-based hours. Your eta clothing includes eta t-shirts, shorts, tracksuit pants, cap and bag. The clothing is included to ensure that you look professional when studying with us and when going out into the field with your practical learning. Packs are available at the beginning of each year.

As part of your eta pack you receive your eta clothing to wear on campus and during your field work. This consists of one eta top, tee-shirts, shorts, eta bag, one cap and a pair of track suit pants.

eta College is strategically located across South Africa, boasting campuses in major cities like Johannesburg, Cape Town, Pretoria, and Durban. These locations provide students with accessible educational opportunities in various aspects of sports and wellness, leveraging the diverse and vibrant sports culture of the country.

Currently, eta College does not offer NSFAS (National Student Financial Aid Scheme) as a funding option. Prospective students are encouraged to explore alternative financial aid options, including our student loan option. View our fees here

In South Africa, sports science education is offered by various institutions, including eta College! We provide comprehensive programmes, blending theoretical knowledge with practical application, essential for a career in sports science.

Our bachelor’s degree in sports science is a 3-year, undergraduate, NQF level 7, learning programme, accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE). The degree programme combines classroom learning with practical training and research, applying current science and wellness models to sports and leisure programmes. 

Earning a coaching science degree opens up several career paths. Graduates can become professional sports coaches, fitness trainers, or work in sports development. They can also pursue roles in educational institutions or sports organisations, focusing on athlete development and team performance.

With a sports management degree in South Africa, graduates can embark on a diverse range of careers. Opportunities include sports marketing, event management, sports facility management, and roles in sports administration. This degree equips individuals with the skills to manage sports organisations, oversee sporting events, and contribute to the business side of sports.

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