February 05, 2018

What Students can do better to Prepare for Tertiary Education


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With tertiary registrations coming to the end it is critical to make the right study choice for the year.

If you intended to study and your application was not successful, you can still explore other study options.

With other private and public education institutions still accepting students wanting to study this year, you can pursue the relevant tertiary education that you need for a prosperous future.

Why Education is Vital to your Future Success 

Education is a crucial part of climbing up the professional ladder and now more than ever, getting an education counts. Whether you looking to study full-time, part-time or through correspondence learning, you can impact your future with the decision to study.

With industries evolving, having expert professionals is becoming a top requirement for employers and organisations. Therefore, investing in your skills and knowledge will give you multiple paths to prosperity. 

If you have been contemplating studying this year, get up and make it happen so that you can reap the rewards of education. Here are some Top Tips for students on how to prepare for a better tertiary enrolment.

The Registration Process

You would think that this should be an easy process, but not every student quite gets the outcome they are hoping for. With registration challenges such as long queues, entry requirements, registration fees etc, there is a lot to consider before students are successful in their application.

This is a tricky time where students can get overwhelmed and even get discouraged from continuing with their tertiary applications. More students need to be enlightened about the challenges they might encounter, so that they can face them head on and not be restricted by limitations.    

Students who are in grade 12 should be equipped with the knowledge and resources that they need for registration the next year. For instance, they need to be aware of the CAO application process and make applications in good time. They need to know about the application process for student funding such as NFSAS or Bursary opportunities.

Apply in more than one Education Institution 

If you are keen on studying, then you should do research on the relevant institutions that you can send your applications to. This will give you more options and there are fewer chances of being disappointed. If you plan to venture into a career path, you should keep an open mind about relocating should you be accepted in institutions that are not in your current city. 

By keeping your educational prospects open, you ensure that you secure placement at a tertiary institution. As you begin your academic year, you will be able to tell if the institution is best for you or if you want to try a different tertiary. You will only be able to know your options once you have more insight on the different institutions and what they offer.  

Have your Documents in Order 

Firstly, you need to know what the tertiary application requirements are to prepare them. For walk-in registrations, we all know that you can stand in a queue and when you have your turn, your process can be prevented by you missing certain documents. So ensure that you have your documentation ready to make this happen:

  • Apply via CAO and get a CAO number   
  • Copy of Results- Grade 11 and Grade 12 results
  • ID Document- certified copy
  • Proof of residence
  • Registration Fees   
  • Have your study choices ready

Alternatively, you can use the option of applying online if it is available.

Make sure the Institution is Accredited 

It is critical to ensure that the institution you want to study with has courses that are accredited by the Department of Higher education. This will help you prevent falling for bogus institutions. Once you are informed about the institution’s credibility, you can apply for the programmes that you want to pursue.  

Students also need to be knowledgeable about available private institutions such as TVET and other colleges where they can pursue high school education or to study further.

Enquire more on the Course Requirements 

It is crucial to know what the course requirements are so that you work to meet them in your matric results. In some instances, you may want to study a course and realise that you don’t qualify and need to do a bridging course first to begin the programme.           

As someone who may already have a qualification, and are looking to pursue a part-time course, you will need to enquire about what the programme offers you. This will allow you to determine which short course would be relevant to study and what value it will add to your career.  

Avoid leaving your registration to the last minute. This will only confuse you and force you to make decisions under pressure.    

If your academic application is accepted for 2018, now is the time to do your best and accomplish your goal.


About the Author: Khanyie Dlamini Content Creator at Educor Holdings As a writer in the education sector I am passionate about nurturing people in their careers, wellness and personal growth. I focus on a variety of illuminating topics that are helpful to people’s growth and success. I hope to inspire people to feel motivated to live up to their full potential and know they can have an optimistic and prosperous life. My intention is to contribute to an empowered nation that makes great choices and positive change. Personally I enjoy the world of fashion and keeping up with the trends. I have great interest in digital trends and the impact of social media in today’s world. I enjoy learning from other creative people. I value having purposeful relationships with people who have great visions that align with my own.

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