This can be an overwhelming and stressful time for matriculants and their parents/guardians. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that way.

If you aren’t sure about what career path you want to take or you didn’t get a Bachelor’s pass then consider doing a short course or higher certificate before doing your degree.

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Short Course

If you aren’t sure about your career path yet or you’re taking a gap year then a short course is a great way to upskill and explore your interests.

There’s a variety of short courses available to do online for up to 12 weeks. These can help you identify exactly what you’re interested in, without pressure and be able to add it as a skill on your CV.

Visit for more information on our short courses.

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Higher Certificate

Doing a higher certificate is an ideal entry way to higher education if you didn’t get a Bachelor’s pass.

This can be done in one year while you work which gives you the advantage of gaining work experience and a qualification before applying to study towards a degree.

Visit for more information on our higher certificates.

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Your advantage

These two options give you the advantage of obtaining a qualification, skills and/or work experience that will place you in a competitive position for entry into the work force when you graduate.


Consult our Student Advisors

Give one of our student advisors a call on 021 448 0050 so they can advise you on the best career path for you. Alternatively, email or walk-in for a consultation: 4th Floor, 2 Roggebaai Square, Foreshore, Cape Town.

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Registration and Accreditation

While deciding on which of these options to take, ensure that the higher education institution you choose to study at is registered and/or the course is accredited.

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. Cornerstone Institute is a B-BBEE Level 4 contributor.

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