I want to study after school, what are my options?

I want to study after school, what are my options? 1

I want to study after school, what are my options?

Lucy Chirwa


Okay, so you’re almost done with school and are thinking of studying further. But you’re unsure about where to study. Traditional universities seem to be the only route that you think you could take. This is not true! There are various higher and further educational institutions to consider and choose from. Let’s have a look at these options shall we?



Do you enjoy reading a lot of theory and exercising your brain muscles? Then you may be more academically inclined and attending a university may be what you are looking for. You may choose to attend traditional universities or comprehensive universities. Traditional universities focus more on academics and offer degrees, whereas comprehensive universities offer both degrees and diplomas. Examples of traditional universities include University of Cape Town (UCT), University of Witwatersrand (WITS), University of Pretoria (UP), North-West University (NWU) and Rhodes University (RU). Examples of comprehensive universities include the University of Johannesburg (UJ), University of South Africa (UNISA), Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), University of Venda (Univen), Walter Sisulu University (WSU) and University of Zululand (UniZulu).


Vocational institutions:

Perhaps you find that you enjoy learning more practically than theoretically, then training to be a technologist may be more your interest and learning at a vocational institute may suit you best. Vocational institutions focus on experiential learning in addition to learning academically. A few examples of universities of technology in South Africa include the Vaal University of Technology (VUT), Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), Durban University of Technology (DUT), Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) and Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT).


Other institutions that offer a combination of theory and practical subjects can be found at Technical Vocational and Training (TVET) Colleges [formerly known as Further Education and Training Colleges (FET)] as well as Sector Education and training Authorities (SETA). A few examples of TVET institutions include the Central Johannesburg TVET College, Coastal KZN TVET College, Goldfields TVET College, Capricorn TVET College and Boland TVET College.


Examples of SETAs include:


·         Agriculture Sector Education and Training Authority (AGRISETA)

·         Fibre Processing and Manufacturing SETA (FP&M SETA)

·         Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training Authority (HWSETA)

·         Media, Advertising, Publishing, Printing and Packaging SETA (MAPP SETA)


You can visit the following websites for more information on TVETs and SETAs:

·         http://www.dhet.gov.za/SitePages/InstTVET1.aspx

·         http://www.dhet.gov.za/SitePages/EntiSETAs.aspx


In addition to knowing where you would like to study, it is important to also know how you would like to study. Options of attending a higher educational institution vary from attending lectures on a full-time or part-time basis, to learning via correspondence.


Now that you know a little bit on what your studying options are, it’s time to contact the various institutions to obtain more information.


For assistance with knowing what your options are for studying further, you are welcome to visit the Centre for Psychological Services and Career Development (PsyCaD) at UJ at any one of the following sites:


·         Auckland Park Kingsway Campus (APK): 011 559 3324/3106, C Ring 1/ B5 Building

·         Auckland Park Bunting Road Campus (APB): 011 559 1318, Impala Court

·         Doornfontein Campus (DFC): 011 559 6042, House 2

·         Soweto Campus (SWC): 011 559 5752, Academic Building Block B, Adelaide Tambo Building


Or visit us at: http://www.uj.ac.za – Find PsyCaD under Quick Links on the main landing page.


And remember to choose an institution that will best suit your needs and help you develop in academic, social and professional spheres.