Welcome to your Christian varsity of excellence


Helderberg College of Higher Education (HCHE) has a proud heritage! We are part of the second-largest education system in the world and are operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. There are 118 Colleges and Universities in 90 countries around the world. The College, which was established in 1893, has been operating for over 128 years. We offer you quality education in South Africa and the SADC region. You can find HCHE in the beautiful town of Somerset West, on the slopes of Helderberg Mountain, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. We are a mere twenty minutes drive from the airport and 40 minutes from Cape Town.


HCHE is different from many other tertiary institutions because of our educational philosophy and approach, which has an impact on everything we do. Our College has a special mission and a very different philosophy of education. This philosophy recognises that true education has to do with the well-balanced development of the WHOLE person – HEAD, HEART AND HAND. Helderberg College of Higher Education prepares you thoroughly for all aspects of your life: intellectual, professional, practical, spiritual and social.


Our graduates do not only have the knowledge and skills needed for their chosen profession but have learnt values, ethics and a love for service.

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To be admitted to Helderberg College of Higher Education, South African applicants must have a National Senior Certificate (NSC) and be eligible to enroll for degree studies.


If you completed your Matric before 2008, you should have a Senior Certificate with an exemption. You will then simply meet the admission requirements which are specific to your qualification on our website.


Submit June results if you are currently in Grade 12. Complete the National Benchmark Test (NBT) before coming to the College. Please visit the NBT website. Otherwise, the test can also be done at the College during Orientation, if not completed it beforehand.


International Applicants:


International applicants should have the appropriate school leaving / completion certificate from the relevant examination body in your home country (e.g. Angolan Ministry of Education, BEC, ECOL, MNEB, Mauritius Examinations Syndicate (in conjunction with University of Cambridge Examinations Syndicate), Namibian DNEA, ECOS, NECT, ECZ, ZIMSEC).


Please note that the medium of instruction at Helderberg College of Higher Education is English. English must therefore be one of the languages passed at Grade 12 level.


Submit all documents via the online application process.


If you have not completed your high school education in English, you may have to enrol at the English Language Institute (ELI) at Helderberg College of Higher Education for at least one year. Only once you have completed the Advanced Level and have passed a final language test at Helderberg College of Higher Education, will you be allowed to register for College study programmes.


On the other hand, you must have completed the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of at least 550 (paper-based test), or at least 213 (computer-based test) before you may proceed to Helderberg College of Higher Education. You can find details of the TOEFL examination times and locations from the TOEFL website.


In certain cases, you may be asked to submit your school leaving certificate for evaluation by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). The Admissions Office will tell you if this is necessary. You can find forms and information on the SAQA website.




In order to obtain a South African National Senior Certificate (NSC), a high-school learner must pass seven subjects, four of which are compulsory (two Languages, Life Orientation, and either Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy). International students should have an appropriate school leaving certificate.


Please note that Helderberg College requires English to be one of the two compulsory languages since the medium of instruction at Helderberg College is English.


– No application fee



All foreign students should pay R15 000 as a deposit to receive an admission letter to apply for a study visa to South Africa, which will be offset against his/her fees upon registration.


REGISTRATION FEE (Also see Payment of Fees)

A non-refundable registration fee of R5,000 is payable upon registration per semester for all degree programmes. Higher Certificates are R3,000 and Foundation Year is R3,000. Fees include tuition down payment.




  • BCom in Accounting
  • BBA in Management
  • BCom in Management – HR
  • HCom – Higher Certificate in Office Management




  • BA in Communication – Corporate Communication
  • BA in Communication – Media Studies
  • BA in Psychology – Counselling
  • BA in Psychology – Industrial Psychology
  • BEd in Foundation Phase Teaching




  • BA in Theology




  • English Language Institute


Telephone from within South Africa:
021 850 7569 / 021 850 7500

From outside South Africa:
+27 021 850 7569 / +27 21 850 7500

+27 60 564 0175


Physical Address:
27 Annandale Drive, Helena Heights, Somerset West, 7130, South Africa
P.O. Box 22; Somerset West 7129


Brainline is an online education provider that offers a CAPS-compliant and IEB-recognised curriculum to learners from Grade R–12, which is accepted at other schools and national and international universities. Our language of tuition is English and Afrikaans.


Established in 1987, Brainline is a family-run business that has grown to become one of the most prominent online education providers in South Africa, with students in over 30 other countries. We strive to be a dynamic enterprise that utilises new technologies to the greatest advantage of our learners to provide them with a learning journey that is accessible and affordable while retaining our exceptional academic standards.


Teaching and assessment


Our curriculum is offered in both English and Afrikaans, except for a few senior subjects. Daily/weekly live online classes are presented by qualified teachers with IEB experience, the focus of which are difficult curriculum topics.


Tests and exams are completed under invigilation and, depending on the grade, would take the form of parental invigilation, online assessments, online invigilation, or writing at a Brainline Examination Centre.


Extracurricular activities


We offer a variety of extracurricular activities, including clubs dedicated to various pursuits, such as public speaking, writing, cooking and film appreciation.