How to Apply for A Short Course at Unisa

By Trev Gami •  Updated: 10/16/24 •  6 min read

Short courses offered by the University of South Africa (UNISA) are designed to broaden the applicants’ skills and knowledge in certain areas. They aim to meet specific learning outcomes that can enhance employment demands. However, short learning programs do not offer any formal admission to students. Applicants need to adhere to specific requirements of a particular qualification. Read on to learn how to apply for a short course at UNISA

How to Apply for a Short Course at Unisa

You can apply online for a short learning program and make sure you choose a maximum of two qualifications, but you can only register one if they are both approved. You don’t pay any application fee when you apply for a short course. Upload all the necessary supporting documents when you apply online. 

The closing date for applications must be observed. All documents submitted after the deadline are not accepted. You should note that UNISA does not offer electronic devices or scanners to help students complete their applications. Therefore, scan your documents before starting the application process.  

Unisa informs all applicants about the status of their applications and indicates the programs they have been selected for. You must accept or decline the offer within the time indicated in the offer letter. Unisa reserves the right to withdraw the place and offer it to someone if you don’t accept it on time. 

How Much Is Unisa Short Course?

Banking Programs

Name of program Cost Per ModuleTotal Cost 
Fundamentals of Banking & Risk MgtR1 400 R2800

Business and General Management

Name of program Cost Per ModuleTotal Cost 
Short Course in SMME Management R1 816 R1 860
Short Course in Writing a Business Plan R1 900 R1 900
Course in International Business Management R2 250 R4 500
Management Principles for First-line Managers R1 450 R2 900
Principles of Effective Leadership R1 900 R3 800
Course in Strategic Management R1 500 R3 000
Strategic Management and Corporate Governance R2 750 R22 000
Programme in Business Management R1 850 R11 100
Program in Advanced in Business Management R1 900 R11 400
Program in Office Management R1 700 R6 800
Programme in Sport Management R 1 500 R9 000
Entrepreneurship & Small Bus Mgt R1 890 R7 560
Programme in Business Focused Management R1 890 R7 560
Programme in Safety Management R1 950 R7 800
Programme in Advanced Safety Management R2 160 R8 640
Programme in Knowledge Management R1 550 R6 200
Programme in Advanced Office Management R2 385 R9 540

Business Communication

Name of program Cost Per ModuleTotal Cost 
Programme in Business Communication R1 500 R6 000

Financial Management

Name of program Cost Per ModuleTotal Cost 
Short Course in Basic Financial Life Skills R1 850 R1 850
Short Course in Basic Business Finance R1 620 R1 620
Course in Share and Forex Trading R2 000 R6 000
Course in Financial Management R2 100 R4 200
Financial Performance and Measurement Control R2 050 R2 050
Personal Financial Management R1 999 R1 999
Programme in Financial Management R2 195 R8 780
Programme in Credit Management R1 620 R6 480

Human Resource Management

Name of program Cost Per ModuleTotal Cost 
Human Resource Hiring Practices R1 500 R3 000
Labour Relations Management R1 850 R3 700
Managing Training and Development R1 850 R3 700
Human Resource Management R1 850 R7 400
Advanced Programme in HR Management R2 600 R10 400

Insurance

Name of program Cost Per ModuleTotal Cost 
Course in the Fundamentals of Insurance R1 700 R3 400

Marketing Management

Name of program Cost Per ModuleTotal Cost 
Customer Service Management R1 500 R1 500
Short Course in Public Relations R1 500 R1500
Customer Relationship Marketing R1500 R1 500
Customer Relationship Management R1 250 R2 500
CRM Principles for Contact Centre Management R1 250 R2 500
Course in Introduction to Sales and Marketing R1 500 R3 000
Course in Social Media Marketing R1 950 R5 850
Course in Public Relations R1 500 R3 000
Introduction to Marketing Management R1 500 R3 000
Programme in Business-to-Business Marketing R1 500 R6 000
Programme in Customer Service R1 500 R9 000
Programme in International Marketing R2 000 R8 000
Programme in E-marketing R2 000 R8 000
Programme in Marketing Management R1 500 R6 000
Programme in Advanced Marketing Management R1 700 R6 800
Programme in Sales and Marketing R1 500 R6 000
Programme in Marketing and Marketing Research R1 300 R5 200

The project, Operations, Production TQM

Name of program Cost Per ModuleTotal Cost 
Course in Work Study R2 475 R4 950
Course in Basics of Project Management R2 975 R5 950
Course in Basics of Total Quality Management R2 475 R4 950
Programme in Total Quality Management R2 125 R8 500
Production/Operations & Productivity Management R1 987.50 R7 950

Purchasing and Supply Chain

Name of program Cost Per ModuleTotal Cost 
Introduction to Storage and Inventory Management R1 350 R4 050
Introduction to Supply Chain Management R3 000 R3 000
Programme in Purchasing and Supply Management R1 500 R7 000
Programme in Sourcing and Supply Chain Mgt R1 870 R9 350

Retail Management

Name of program Cost Per ModuleTotal Cost 
Course in Introduction to Retailing R1 350 R2 700
Course in Retail Buying R1 500 R3 000
Retail Marketing and Merchandising R1 500 R3 000
Programme in Retail Management R1 500 R7 500

Risk Management

Name of program Cost Per ModuleTotal Cost 
Short Course in Applied Risk Management R1 850 R1 850
Programme in Risk Management R1 700 R11 900
Advanced Programme in Risk Management R2 000 R10 000

Which Short Courses Are Still Open at Unisa?

Applications for short courses at Unisa closed on 3 February 2024, while year courses closed on 3 February 2024. Check the closing and opening date before submitting your application for a Short Learning Program. 

How Long Is the Short Course at Unisa?

Short courses offered at Unisa usually take between three and six months. Advanced programs comprising four to eight modules usually take one year. 

What Documents Do I Need to Upload for the Short Course at Unisa?

When you apply for a short course at Unisa, make sure you have a valid cellphone number and email address which will be used as channels of communication. If you are already a registered student at UNISA, you need to provide your myLife account specifically meant for official communication.

Scan and upload the following documents: 

Check other requirements and remember that Unisa has the right to ask for original documents for verification. Submitting forged documents is a criminal offence. Upload all scanned documents as individual files and follow the criteria below. 

Short courses offered by Unisa to help applicants improve their skills in different professions. To apply for a short learning course, ensure you have the correct documents and you know the required fees. 

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