Private colleges offer degrees, diplomas, certificates, including a Higher certificate, which allows you to further your studies at University.

The quality and cost of the studies vary from one institution to another. Some of them offer bursaries. You often get more individual attention in a private college than in a university or Tvet college because them being small. Many help you to find a job at the end of your studies and have close links with the industry. Often you need to pass an entrance test to secure admission.

Beware unregistered colleges : they offer qualifications which are not recognised and have little value on the job market. Also be carefull when you register for a short courses (less than a year) as most of them are not officially recognised.

Some colleges offer a wide range of studies (IT, business, communication, tourism) :

Boston media house (Sandton) – management, IT, tourism, media -011 551 20 00 -011 883 0933 -  - offer bursaries
Damelin (Randburg) -011 796 2000 –
College Campus (Randburg – Parktown) 0861 25 32 76 . (scholarships available and free career advise)
Birnam business college (Corlett drive and Braamfontein)- 011 887 2545.

Others are more specialised :

The Maharishi Insitute ( Joburg CDB) -
Based in Johannesburg CBD, it is linked to The Maharishi University of Management in United States and offers distance education (through computers)
·         an American MBA degree (Master of Business administration degree) via distance education in 4 years (part time studies)
·          BA degree in Management (MBA) via distance education
The institute offers also :
·         A Foundation phase with based skilled certificates (call centre, IT) 
·         Training in IT (Microsoft Academy)
The fee (only R 2400/year) covers also food, books and clothing (formal wear for interviews).
The Maharishi University of Management, USA is recognised by SAQA which will consider its degrees for equivalency purposes.
They offer work experience, bridging programmes and self-development programmes.   Students practice meditation. From second year, you start doing learnerships while studying. Final year students can work at a call centre for clients such as Nandos and Dominos.

St Augustine College (Linden).

Situated in Victory Park (Johannesburg), this is an excellent Catholic  college (small classes, personal teachning) which offers 2 degrees :
• Bachelor of Arts (Subjects include: Communication / Cultural Studies, Economics, Geography, History, Law, Literature in English, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Religious Studies, Zulu, Academic Development and Research Skills.)
·         Bachelor of Commerce with major in Economics, and second major in Philosophy or Politics
• Bachelor of Theology
You can get a bursary and will not pay any fees

 The Belgium campus (Pretoria) 

It offers bursaries in IT (learnerships, diploma and degree). Small classes. You need to have at least 60 % in English and Math. Jobs nearly garanteed if good results at the end of your studies. 

Netcare (Auckland park) offers training and bursaries for basic and specialised nursing diplomas and emergency care - - contact - 011 628 76 00

 Ann Larsky College (Auckland Park), nursing diploma and degree (4 years) - students get a R5000/month bursary paid by the Gauteng government. Register in April for the following year, as it is quickly full. about 400 students are admitted in 1st year. You need an APS of 25 or more. Courses in big auditorium and group works. The school has a computer center (97 computers), a library, simulation lab.

IMM (distance learning school of marketing) – 0861 IMM GSM

Travel learning centre  – – 011 791 36 40
Face to Face – beauty and make-up design school – 011 726 8166 – bursaries offered by Old Mutual

African Academy (Bocksburg) – (011) 914-4340 - technical drawing and design – Bursaries  offered -

Torque IT – 0861 867783 – – IT diplomas

AA Technical college - learnerships to become a motor mechanic The combined studies (theory, practical and work experience) gives you the best chance to get a job. 

African Leadership Academy (ALA).( - offers bursaries for top Grade 11 and 12 classes to train  young leaders in Africa. 

Our advice :
- check for the open day of each college and see where you will study, what academic and social facilities are on offer ; what is the pass rate and if the latest technology are used (for IT or any technical training),the requirements relating to admissions, exams and academic progress, study fees, student loans and bursaries, cancellation rules ;

- check  if the diploma involveds also practical training and work-readiness skills

- Ask if the course is recognized by SAQA or NQF (National Qualifications Framework) before you register ! Call  0800 87 22 22 or 012 312 5320  go on SAQA website ( Get the college’s brochure and check if details correspond with the details on the Department’s register.
- check if the exams are internationally recognised (in IT, for instance)
- check the level of education (NQF) - higher the level is, better it is !
 check the academic/social facilities/career advise services/bursaries/student loan ;
- contact former students to get their opinion (ask references from the college and student testimonials) ;
- check the record of placement of students in employment and links with relevant companies in the private sector

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