Higher Certificate In Community Development
(120 Credits)


This is a two-year part-time programme for those who are currently employed in the sector to enhance their knowledge, skills and competence in order to conduct/ demonstrate professional practice and implement effective and context specific development strategies in the communities whom they serve.

Programme Coordinator

Gordon Igbokwe is the Acting Head of Department for Sociology and Community Development. He holds a MA in Development Studies from the University of the Western Cape (UWC), a BA (Hons) in Development Studies from UWC and a BSc in Economics from the University of Nigeria. He is currently completing a doctoral degree (UWC) focusing on highly-skilled migrants, their skills contribution and their socio-economic integration experiences in South Africa. His research interests include Development studies, Sociology, Rural and Urban Development, Economic Development, Development Sociology, Health Sociology, Emigration and Immigration, Migration-development Nexus, Economic Integration, Social Policy, and Social Integration. Mr Igbokwe has extensive experience lecturing in these areas at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Admission Requirements

A National Senior Certificate or National Certificate Vocational (with certificate pass)
Matriculation Certificate or equivalent.
Mature age of 45 years be admitted by the RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) conditions and the results of the National Benchmark Test (NBT).

Time Commitment

Two years part-time
On campus
January and July intakes

Tuition Cost (click here )


Community Development

Introduction to Sociology of Development
Introduction to Community Development
Perspectives on Social Transformation
Understanding Poverty
Urban and Rural development
Resource Mobilisation and Funding
Community Research Methods

Applied Development Studies

Leadership in Development Projects
Community Mobilisation
Monitoring and Evaluation of Community Projects

Leadership Studies

Ethics and Professionalism
Conflict Resolution
Project Management
Intercultural Communication

Information Skills

Academic Literacy
Computer Skills

Work-integrated Learning

Community Fieldwork

Please click here  for module descriptions and credits.


Registered as Cornerstone Institute (RF) NPC with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997, Registration Certificate No 2001/HE08/006. SAQA ID: 96414