Higher Certificate in Information Systems (Software Development) (Part Time) Online

Programme overview:

Higher Certificate in Information Systems (Software Development) (Part Time) Online next start date Next start date: 24 July 2023
2 October 2023
Next Orientation Date: 17 July 2023
Higher Certificate in Information Systems (Software Development) (Part Time) Online study mode Campuses:
Cape Town - Tyger Valley

Remote and distant students join a campus where the programme is offered
Higher Certificate in Information Systems (Software Development) (Part Time) Online duration Duration:
Minimum: 2.5 years
Maximum:   5 years
Higher Certificate in Information Systems (Software Development) (Part Time) Online support Support: Fully supported

Programme details:

NQF Level 5 | Technology | Part Time Study | SAQA ID 102780
Develop 21st century skills that go beyond the lecture hall. The Higher Certificate in Information Systems (Software Development) is a career-focused qualification that is intensive but also broad. It will develop your programming ability and mobile development skills so that you can work in a range of areas in the IT industry.

The Higher Certificate in Information Systems (Software Development) provides you with solid theoretical and intensive practical foundation programming and databases, where the emphasis is on application development. The core subject areas are one Database Language and two Programming Languages of your choice. Other topics covered include Computer Literacy, Program Design, Processing and Logic Concepts.

Throughout the qualification you will complete technical projects so that you are able to troubleshoot problems. We attribute much of the success of our Higher Certificate programmes in Information Systems (IS), to our unique Mastery Learning Methodology (MLM). This modular self-directed learning approach gives you the flexibility to start and progress through the programme at a pace that best suits you.

This learning methodology, together with our cutting-edge facilities such as computer labs, IS open learning areas, hardware pods and smart pods, will prepare you for the real IT work environment of the future. In addition, you also have the opportunity to study through the Lecture-Based Learning (LBL) approach using the Block model.

Over and above this, you will develop essential skills for the world of work, especially for the IT industry, such as analysing and solving real problems, logical thinking, being innovative and adaptable, working in teams and communicating effectively.

More information:

Entry requirements
•     South African National Senior Certificate (NSC) with Bachelor’s degree, Diploma or Higher Certificate endorsement.

•     A National Certificate (Vocational) level 4 issued by the Council of General and Further Education and Training with Bachelor’s degree,
      Diploma or Higher Certificate endorsement.

•     A Certificate of evaluation on a minimum NQF level 4 for foreign qualification confirmed by SAQA.

•     A letter or certificate confirming an exemption from Universities South Africa (USAf) for any other school-leaving results.

•    Completion of a Bachelor’s degree, Diploma, Higher Certificate or equivalent.
From R40 200 per year (based on full settlement payment option) - excluding hardware/software requirements. Please consult the fee structure for additional information.
Programme accreditation
• Accredited by the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) of the Council on Higher Education (CHE)
• Registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA)
Possible career options
The career choices for you, as a Higher Certificate in  Information Systems (Software Development) graduate, include junior positions in:
•     Programming
•     Database Administration
•     Mobile Application Development
This qualification is offered at the following campuses

Bedfordview, Cape Town - Tyger Valley, Pretoria

•     Bedfordview
•     Pretoria
•     Tyger Valley

International students

International students are welcome to apply for this programme.

For international student requirements please kindly check International Students Admissions

Calling all students from Angola, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Brunei, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Colombia, Cyprus, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominica, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Netherlands, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Vanuatu, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Qualification structure
Year 1
•          Computer Literacy (Microsoft)
•          Personal Skills Development
•          Processing and Logic Concepts
•          Program Design
•          IT Fundamentals
•          Software Engineering
•          Database Design Concepts
•          Database Management Choice of: SQL Server or MySQL
•          Basic and Advanced Programming Language Choice of
•          - Java or C#
•          Linux Operating System
•          Final - Information Systems (Software Development)