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.
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.
If you register for a diploma, it will take you 2 years to complete. A certificate takes one year to complete.
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.
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.
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.
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.