Although this College was established in 1997 under another name it has now completely new owners with a complete new dedicated management team. We are proudly South African and fully accredited with the Department of Higher Education and Training. According to South African Law we have the following accreditation numbers.
Tshwane Institute of Technology is a private Further Education and Training College in South Africa (FET). Private Colleges are operated under the prescriptions of Chapter 6 of the Continuing Education and Training Act 16 of 2006. The Director-General of the Department of Higher Education and Training (or his designate) is the Registrar of private colleges.
The South African education system is administered by the Department of Basic Education and the Department of Higher Education and Training. The Department of Basic Education (abbreviated DBE), administers school education from Grade R to Grade 12. The Department of Higher Education and Training (abbreviated DHET) administers Post-School Education and training.
FET as post-school education and training
This band of education and training is also referred to as ‘post-school’, meaning that it refers to education and training that takes place after leaving school, even if only with a Grade 9 completed. The only age restriction for a person wishing to study at FET level is that the person should be 16 years or older. The target student group is therefore responsible senior adolescents and adults who are serious about following an education and training programme with a view to acquiring marketable skills.
FET Colleges cater for the widest range of education and training opportunities at post-school level.
The range of courses on offer at private FET Colleges is very diverse. We are offering different courses in order to enable you to do training you are interested in and can prepare you for the workplace. The length of the course and the admission criteria will differ depending on the nature of the course.
Private FET Colleges mostly offer certificate and diploma qualifications ranging from NQF Level 2 to 5 and in a few cases up to NQF Level 6. Universities and universities of technology offer qualifications ranging from NQF Level 5 to 10. Studies at FET Colleges are mostly preparing students for the world of work. Studies at universities are of an academic nature while studies at universities of technology are mostly vocational.
The advantages of studying at a FET college are that they prepare students for the world of work in a specific vocation or occupation. Some courses also provide access to Higher Education studies in the same field of study as the qualification obtained from a FET college. The courses are registered and accredited with the relevant quality assurors and authorities. Many of the colleges offer professional student support services. If you enjoy what you are doing success in your career is guaranteed.
To ensure that South African citizens receive quality education and training services and to protect the public from ‘fly by nights” private Further Education and Training (FET) Colleges must be registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET).
Private FET Colleges resort under the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and must therefore be fully registered and their courses fully accredited. The registration list for private Colleges can be accessed through the Department of Higher Education
The DHET can be contacted on 012 312 5296 or the helpline on 0800 872 2222 for further enquiries.
The quality assurance bodies for private FET Colleges are Umalusi, QCTO and for Level 6 qualifications in partnership with higher education and training institutions, CHE.
The entrance criteria depend on the course for which one applies. The entrance requirement for a (National Certificate Vocational) and N1 courses is a pass in Grade 9. However, some other courses, e.g. N4 – N6 require a Grade 12 pass for admission. If one does not have a Grade 9, there are skills courses to be considered. Alternatively, one may have to attend an adult learning centre to complete ABET Level 1 before registering for a National Certificate course. Contact the nearest public TVET College for further advice.
10 Benefits of studying at a private college over a university or universities of technology
If you are considering whether to study at a traditional university or at a private college, it is important to weigh up the differences and choose which one works best for you
One of student’s favourite things about going to a smaller, private college is the small class sizes and the engaging, lively learning environment that comes with it. At university it is easy to get lost in the crowed as classes are usually in a lecture hall with some lectures having up to 1000 people.
Our classes usually have around 15-25 people, so instead of just listening to lecturers talk for hours with tedious lecture slides, we have class discussions and ask questions as we go. This makes classes really fun and interactive, as we get to share our input and hear our classmates’ experiences.
Our lecturers are not just boring academics, they are more like mentors. They have worked in the industry and are experts in their field and this makes class so much more interesting!
Instead of just rattling on about boring theories, they share the latest marketing campaigns that they have been working on or talk about an event that they have recently planned. This makes learning much more fun!
They give you individual feedback, which isn’t always possible at bigger universities, as the lecturers have too many students to respond to.
Your lecturers will know you by name and not just by your student number. They will be happy to give you career advice and tips on how you can improve your work. It makes a huge difference knowing your lecturers are interested in your future and care about your learning.
At our colleges there is an emphasis on gaining practical skills not just learning theory.
You will be able to apply the knowledge you learn in the classroom and I will graduate with practical skills that could help you get a job. At the end of the day, that’s what we all are aiming for, right? To be prepared for life outside the classroom.
Preparing you for assessment is just so much easier
Being on a smaller campus is great because you will have closer contact with your classmates. It also makes meeting new friends easier because you share so many of the same classes. At a bigger university you are lucky if you even see the same person twice!
You will be able to get your certificate in one or two years. Graduating faster means working and earning money faster too! It is really easy to take a trimester off as well, and by doing that you are not even that much further behind in your studies
If things get a bit busy with work or other commitments, it is great being able to mix things up and take a few classes online as well as on campus. This is also a great option if you’re travelling far to get to campus.
Our college have industry connections and partners. This is great because it opens up a lot of doors for jobs and industry experience.
It’s important to think about the kind of post-schooling outcomes you are after. If you’re into engaging classes, hands-on experience and awesome lecturers, we highly recommend studying at a private college.
We are proud to submit to the quality assurance of the Department of Higher Education & Training as a registered Private College.
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