The difference between a College, a Technicon and a University?

The three main types of higher education institutions in South Africa include colleges, technicons, and universities. Understanding the difference between these learning institutions can make choosing where to study much easier.

The main difference between these institutions is the level of education they offer.

What is a TVET College?

TVET colleges were formerly known as FET colleges (Further Education and Training). TVET stands for Technical and Vocational Education and Training. These colleges offer vocational and occupational courses. These courses aim to equip students with academic knowledge and practical experience so they will be prepared for the workplace. Courses offered at TVET colleges range from only a few months to three years, and the entrance requirements are not that strict, meaning you can study without a Matric certificate. A college education is also the most affordable option.

Private TVET Colleges

There are two types of TVET colleges, private and public. Private colleges are independent learning institutions that set their own policies and goals. They do not receive funding from the government; they are privately funded. College SA is a private TVET-level college that offers distance learning education. We offer a variety of occupational and vocational courses.

Public TVET Colleges

Public TVET colleges are government-funded learning institutions. They get approximately R8 billion per year from the state. The Department of Higher Education and Training also offers bursaries to public college students. Their courses do not differ that much from private colleges, in fact, some offer the same qualification.

What is a Technicon (University of Technology)?

Universities of Technology offer career-oriented certificate and diploma qualifications. Some also offer degrees. Students start with theoretical work, followed by practical training. The entrance requirements may vary depending on the course, but a Matric certificate is required for all programmes. The cost of technicon qualifications can be quite expensive. However, students can apply for student loans to pay for their studies.

What is an University?

Universities offer undergraduate and postgraduate education. Their courses mainly focus on academic, rather than vocational training. So you will not get the hands-on experience as you would at a University of Technology. Entry requirements for university courses vary greatly and can be quite specific. You need a Matric certificate with excellent marks (A’s) to even be considered. Your school subject choices should also correspond with the qualification you want to study. The cost of a university qualification is exceptionally high, and often students have to apply for a bursary to fund their studies.

Sourced from CollegeSA.Edu.ZA

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By Christian Mpazayabo