The Complete List of Colleges in South Africa – 2022

by Staff Reporter

Attending university after matriculating high school is a privilege not every South African gets to experience. This can be because of low marks or financial barriers amongst other reasons. However, university is not the only way to attain higher education. A registered college that offers high-quality education might be a better fit for you!

We have compiled a comprehensive list of some of the best registered colleges in South Africa where you choose to study and further your education after high school. But before we reveal the list, we want to make sure you don’t fall victim to any bogus institutions that will leave you with a hole in your wallet and nothing to show for it.

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How to check if a college is registered in South Africa

Any college, whether private or public, must be able to provide you with proof that they are registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). Being registered means that they are able to confer a recognised qualification. Registered colleges will typically offer two qualifications; the Higher Certificate (obtained over a year of full time study) and the Diploma (obtained over a three year period of full time study).

Here are some of the ways you can determine whether the college you want to attend is in fact registered and accredited:

  1. Check whether the college is listed on the Department of Education website.
  2. Email RegistrarFET@doe.gov.za to enquire about the college’s registration status.
  3. Get verification from Umalusi about the college’s accreditation. You can contact them on 012 349 1510.

The following is a list of some of the best registered and accredited private colleges in South Africa.

Colleges in the Western Cape

ACT Cape Town

ACT Cape Town is one of South Africa’s most sought-after film academies. It provides you with hands-on training from some of the top acting coaches in the South African film and television industries.  

The college has a wide range of courses on offer such as:

  • Acting for Film
  • Auditioning for Camera
  • Voice & Speech Training
  • Standard American Accent and Standard English Accent. 

All these courses incorporate the production of short films or scenes that are created by and star ACT Cape Town’s acting students which you can freely use for your own reels.

BHC School of Design

BHC School of Design offers higher education in the Interior Design and Decorating fields. The college formerly known as Boston House College School of Design is based in Woodstock, Cape Town. You can choose between a Higher Certificate or Diploma course as well as a range of short courses.

You can choose to enrol for courses in:

  • Interior Design
  • Interior Decorating
  • Short courses
  • Skills development programmes

Apply online and find more information regarding fees on the college’s website.

Cape Audio College

Cape Audio College is considered the oldest and most established audio training institute in South Africa. The college is based in Observatory, Cape Town, and boasts state of the art studios, a research library, and an online radio station. 

Their aim is to provide you with the best education in Sound Technology, with a variety of courses to choose from like: 

  • Sound Technology and Production
  • Modern Music Production 
  • DJ Fundamentals 
  • Introduction to Sound Engineering 
  • Music Business Principles 
  • Introduction to Podcasting and Digital Broadcasting 

You can download application forms and get more information regarding fees via the college’s website.

Cape Town College of Fashion Design

Cape Town College of Fashion Design (CTCFD) is based in Mowbray, Cape Town, and is considered one of the oldest Fashion Design institutions in South Africa. The multi-racial, multicultural college aims to equip you with the knowledge, skills and work ethic to become highly employable in the fashion industry.

The college offers three different qualifications: a three year Diploma in Fashion Design), an Advanced Diploma (gain work experience and specialisation), and foundational one year fashion design courses. A range of short courses are also available.

Subject on offer include:

  • Garment Technology
  • Fashion Design
  • Digital Fashion Application
  • Introduction to Fashion Business & Marketing Principles
  • Introduction to Textiles. 

You can apply online on their website and find more information regarding fees.  

City Varsity

City Varsity is a media and creative arts college with campuses in Cape Town and Johannesburg. They’ve recently added a Professional Practice Programme to their curriculum to provide students the opportunity to engage with the ‘real world’. The college also has a Digital Work Readiness Programme that aims to equip you with the digital tools you’ll need as a creative person in the world of work.

Some of the courses on offer at City Varsity are:

  • Film Making
  • Theatre Arts
  • Animation 
  • Sound Engineering
  • Journalism 
  • Scriptwriting 
  • Motion Picture Makeup
  • Web Design

You can find more information on applications and fees on the college’s website.

Cornerstone Institute

The Cornerstone Institute celebrates diversity and focuses on the development of future leaders. The college offers degree programmes, Higher Certificates and short courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. You have the option of studying online or on campus. 

The college even has a ‘Four Year Solution’ for students who did not achieve a bachelor’s pass in grade 12. It gives you access to the college’s certificate programmes, to bridge you into a degree programme. Which gives you the option of pursuing a postgraduate qualification. 

Cornerstone has the following departments to choose from:

  • Education
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and community development
  • Theology
  • Business Studies
  • Media Studies

Dermatech

Dermatech is a college based in Blouberg, Cape Town that specialises in providing quality training in the Health, Hair, and Skincare industries. Their courses are locally and internationally accredited.

If this sounds like the perfect college for you, there are courses you can enrol for in:

  • Hairdressing and Barbering, 
  • Health and Skincare, 
  • Hair Beauty and Makeup short learning programmes 

The college’s website has more information on applications and funding.

eta College

eta College is a sport and fitness training college based in Cape Town, with campuses across South Africa. You can choose to enrol for courses in coaching science, fitness, and management qualifications in sport, fitness, and recreation. All with the option of face-to-face or distance learning.  

The college deems itself benchmarked against the best international standards in sport and fitness. Visit its website for more information on applications and fees. 

Friends of Design - Academy of Digital Arts

The aim of Friends of Design – Academy of Digital Arts is to bridge the gap between education and the digital design industry. The college is located in the heart of Cape Town’s city centre and offers a range of courses in:

  • Graphic Design
  • Web Design and Development
  • Game and Interactive Media Development
  • Concept Art

All of the lecturers at the college are practising professionals in their fields. So, they’ll equip you with invaluable real-world knowledge and contacts for your future career in design. 

You can visit the college’s website for more information on how to apply and its fees.

George Whitefield College

George Whitefield College (GWC) is a theological college based in Cape Town, South Africa. It equips you with the knowledge and skills needed for ministry in Africa and abroad. The college also gives you an opportunity to live in a diverse community of African nationalities.

The main subjects of the Theology courses GWC offers are: 

  • Biblical Languages, 
  • Biblical Theology, 
  • Church History, and 
  • Doctrine

You can apply online and find more information regarding fees on the college’s website.

International Hotel School

The International Hotel School is considered the leading hotel school in Africa.  You can choose to study full-time, part-time, or even online. 

The college, based in Cape Town, offers qualifications in:

  • Hospitality management
  • Events management
  • Food and beverage management
  • Culinary programs 

You even get extensive work experience, with the practical components of some of the programmes involving time spent working in the hospitality sector.

You can find more information on applications and fees on the college’s website. The college refunds your tuition fees if you fail your first year exams.

Isa Carstens Academy

Isa Carstens Academy is a Health and Skin Care Training Academy with campuses in Stellenbosch and Pretoria.

Isa Carstens Academy offers qualifications in:

  • Higher Certificate in Front Office Administration
  • Diploma in Somatology
  • Advanced Diploma in Dermal Aesthetics

You can also register for online courses in salon and spa management, Laser therapies and other health and beauty therapies.

For more information on applications and fees, you can visit the college’s website. 

STADIO Higher Education

STADIO Higher Education is the result of a merger between four highly prestigious institutions, namely Embury Institute for Higher Education, LISOF, Prestige Academy, and Southern Business School. These former colleges all have a collective experience of over 100 years in providing quality and affordable higher education.

The college provides over 50 courses across ten campuses via contact, blended, or distance learning in:

  • Arts and Design
  • Administration and Management
  • Commerce
  • Education
  • Law
  • Science and Technology 

You can visit STADIO’s website for more information on applications and fees. 

Red and Yellow Creative School of Business

The founders of the Red & Yellow School Creative School of Business believed that magic and logic were necessities for successful innovation. This is why creative, logical thinking is emphasised and encouraged at the college.

The courses offered by this  Cape Town college equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to enter and succeed in the working world. Some of the programmes you can enroll for at Red & Yellow Creative School of Business are:

  • Design Techniques
  • Digital Content Creation
  • Marketing and Advertising Communications
  • User-Centred Design
  • Visual Communication

Visit the college’s website for more information regarding applications and fees.

South African College of Applied Psychology (SACAP)

The South African College of Applied Psychology (SACAP) grounds itself in applied psychology to produce students who blend critical thinking, creativity, and skill to respond to the needs of society. The college’s engaging approach to learning, practical experience, and small-sized classes equips you with confidence to enter the working world as a practitioner.

The college’s main campus is in Cape Town, but has campuses across Durban, Johannesburg, and Pretoria. You can also opt for online classes.

Some of the courses available at SACAP are:

  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Social Sciences
  • Applied Social Sciences
  • Counselling and Communication Skills
  • Coaching

You can find more information on applications and fees on the college’s website.

The Animation School

The Animation Career Review recently ranked The Animation School as one of the Top 25 animation training programs in the world! They have campuses in Cape Town and Johannesburg, offering a three-year full-time Diploma in Digital Animation and intensive short courses in the field of animation.

Visit the college’s website for more information regarding applications and fees.

TSIBA Education

TSIBA Education is considered a leading business school in South Africa. They aim to provide students with world-class undergraduate and postgraduate business qualifications.

The college, based in Mowbray, Cape Town, offers the following qualifications:

  • Higher Certificate  in Business Administration  
  • Bachelor of Business Administration 
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration

Visit the college’s website for more information on applications and fees

Colleges in the Eastern Cape

Ed-U City Campus

Ed-U City Campus is located in Port Elizabeth and aims to produce self motivated individuals who can compete in a global business environment or become successful entrepreneurs.

The college offers contact and distance learning in a variety of courses, such as the following:

  • Business Studies
  • Short Skills Programmes
  • Information Technology
  • Public Relations
  • Tourism Management
  • Hospitality Management

For more information on applications and fees, visit the college’s website.

Stenden South Africa

Stenden South Africa is an International Branch Campus of NHL Stenden in the Netherlands. The college is based in Port Alfred and takes on a student-centred approach to higher education with its unique educational methods like Case Based Learning, Problem Based Learning, and Real World Learning.

You can enroll for full degree programs in theirs schools of:

  • Disaster Management  
  • Hotel Management 

The college’s website has more information on the application process and fees.  

Colleges in KwaZulu Natal

Berea College of Technology

Berea College of Technology (BCT) has three campuses in the heart of central Durban that fall under the umbrella of Berea Group of Colleges. 

The college offers full time and part-time courses in:

  • Engineering
  • Education
  • Hospitality and Catering
  • I.T.
  • Management
  • Travel and Tourism 

You can apply online and find more information regarding fees on the college’s website.

Commerce and Computer College of South Africa

The Commerce and Computer College of South Africa is an innovative training centre based in Durban. The college’s aim is to provide you with the knowledge and skills to become an essential resource in developing technical solutions for companies and give you a competitive edge in your future career.

The courses you can enroll for at the college are available in contact, online and distance learning formats and focuses on I.T. and Computer Network Engineering.

You can apply online and find more information on fees on the college’s website.

Damelin

Damelin is an award-winning college that’s been around for 70 years. It has 17 campuses across South Africa and recently introduced a blended-learning approach to its curriculum that combines contact learning with online classes and content. 

You can enroll for a wide range of qualifications in:

  • Commerce
  • Communication
  • Creative Arts 
  • Leisure and Information Technology
  • Management Science

Visit the college’s website for more information on applications and fees.

ICESA City Campus

ICESA City Campus aims to equip you with the necessary skills to gain a competitive edge in the working world, start a business or improve your matric results. The college has two campuses based in Durban and Pietermaritzburg that offer a range of full time and part-time courses. 

You can choose to enroll for courses like:

  • Information Technology
  • Accounting
  • Travel & Tourism
  • Journalism
  • Marketing Management
  • Public Relations
  • Business Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Food Preparation and Cooking
  • Popular Music Composition
  • Educare
  • Engineering

You can apply online and visit the college’s website for more information regarding fees. 

Lyceum College

Lyceum College is based in Braamfontein and boasts a history of providing South African students with higher education distance learning to achieve their career goals. The college uses an innovative approach and flexible delivery to bring you high quality education. 

You can choose to enroll for qualifications in:

  • Commerce, 
  • Education, and 
  • Humanities  

Apply online and find more information regarding fees on the college’s website. 

Colleges in Gauteng

AAA School of Advertising

AAA School of Advertising is known as the official higher education institution for the South African Advertising Industry, training students in advertising, design and marketing. The college takes on a holistic approach to teaching, allowing you to integrate theory with practice through live briefs that you work on in agency-simulated teams.

The college has campuses in Johannesburg and Cape Town. You can choose to enroll for courses in: 

  • Marketing Communication
  • Creative Brand Communication
  • Visual Communication   

Visit the college’s website for more information on applications and fees. 

Academy for Facilities Management

The Academy for Facilities Management (A4FM) is a private college specialising in providing knowledge and training in facilities management. The college, based in Pretoria, offers distance learning for all of its programmes and even has short courses that  range between one to five days. 

You can study towards:

  • Higher certificate in Facilities Maintenance Management
  • Advanced Certificate in Facilities Maintenance Management

Apply online or find more information regarding fees on the college’s website. 

Academy of Sound Engineering

The Academy of Sound Engineering aims to provide you with high quality sound engineering education and training to succeed in your chosen field. The college has campuses in Cape Town and Johannesburg that offer full-time and part-time courses in:

  • Audio Technology & Sound Engineering
  • Television & Screen Media
  • Part-Time & Skills Programs

You can find more information on applications and fees on the college’s website.

AFDA

AFDA is considered the top Film, TV and Performance school in South Africa, becoming the only African film school to win the Best Foreign Student Film Academy Award in 2006. 

The college has campuses in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, and Port Elizabeth training you to succeed in the entertainment industry. You can enroll for courses such as:

  • Motion Picture and Medium
  • Live Performance 
  • Commerce
  • Creative Writing
  • Film, TV and Entertainment Production
  • Performing Arts
  • Radio and Podcasting

The college’s website has more information on applications and fees. 

Belgium Campus

Belgium Campus consider themselves a pioneering ITversity in South Africa that keeps you plugged into the evolution of technology. You can enroll for qualifications in I.T. that lead to careers in artificial intelligence, programming, web development, user experience design, software engineering, and data science.

They offer full-time, part-time, and short courses in some of the following:

  • Computing
  • Information Technology
  • Database Development
  • Systems Development

Some of the job opportunities you’ll gain as a Belgium Campus graduate might not even exist yet!

Visit their website for more information on how to apply and fees.

Boston City Campus and Business College

Boston City Campus and Business College aims to provide you with world-class higher education from experts in their fields. The college provides proactive monitoring, a mentoring system, and online educators to support your learning every step of the way.

The college has campuses across South Africa and offer a wide range of qualifications to choose from like:

  • Accounting
  • Advertising and Communication
  • Business Admin
  • Health, Sports & Wellness
  • Hospitality, Events & Tourism
  • I.T.
  • Human Resource Management
  • Lifestyle Courses
  • Management
  • Personal Development

You can find more information regarding applications and fees on the college’s website. 

Boston Media House

Boston Media House offers students with the knowledge and skills to qualify for a career in media. The college, based in Sandton, combines their tech-rich learning environment with practical experience to prepare you for this fast and exciting industry.

Some of the courses you can enroll for at the college are:

  • Media Operations Management
  • Media Practices,
  • Journalism
  • Radio and TV production
  • Short courses

For more information on applications and fees you can visit the college’s website.  

Da Vinci Institute

The Da Vinci Institute is guided by some of the broad leadership principles of the late Nelson Mandela and Leonardo Da Vinci. 

The college is located in Lethabong and aims to widen the access to education by providing courses in Business Management and Management of Technology and Innovation.

You can apply online and find more information regarding applications on their website.

Empilweni Education

Empilweni Education is a private Nursing College located in Randburg. The college is associated with private hospitals as well as clinical facilities for student practicals, and equips you with the relevant knowledge and skills to become a nurse. 

You can find more information regarding applications and fees on the college’s website. 

Foundation for Professional Development

The Foundation for Professional Development’s aim is to provide you with high quality education and training. The college is situated in Pretoria and offers a wide variety of full time, online, and short courses such as:

  • Business Studies
  • Health Sciences
  • Education
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Health
  • Information Technology
  • Free Courses

The college also awards scholarships and learnerships to students who achieve exceptional results. You can find more information on their website

Greenside Design Center College of Design

Greenside Design Center College of Design (GDC) is an internationally acclaimed design college based in Randburg that aims to nurture creative and innovative thinkers. 

The college’s design courses are benchmarked against local and international standards and modelled on workplace scenarios. This ensures that you’ll be able to apply your skills in the working world after graduating. 

You can enroll for qualifications at the college in:

  • Interdisciplinary Design
  • Interior Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Game Design
  • Multimedia Design
  • Product and Furniture Design
  • 2D and 3D Animation and Visual Art

The college’s website has more information on application and fees.

Health and Fitness Professionals Academy

The Health and Fitness Professionals Academy (HFPA) provides training for aspiring sport and fitness professionals. The college has campuses in Johannesburg and Cape Town, and equips you with all the knowledge and skills you need to succeed in the sport and  fitness industry locally or overseas.

The courses on offer at the college are available in a full time, part-time, distance, and online format. You can find more information on applications and fees on the college’s website. 

Henley Business School

Henley Business School takes on a holistic approach to learning, blending theory with practice. The college, based in Sandton, offers Management Practice courses that will give you the ability to master yourself and lead and manage others in the workplace after graduating.

Apply online on the college’s website or find more information regarding fees.

Colleges in Limpopo

Southern African Wildlife College

The Southern African Wildlife College aims to equip you with the essential knowledge and skills needed to conserve and protect our continent’s natural resources and biodiversity. Its main campus is located on the West of Kruger National Park’s Orpen Gate. 

The courses offered at the college develop and open up career opportunities for aspiring conservationists. Some of the programmes you can enroll for are:

  • Natural Resource Management
  • Field Ranger Training
  • Responsible Resource Use
  • Community and Youth Development

Visit the college’s website for more information on applications and fees. 

Why attending a college is a great option

Most colleges are often more affordable than other higher education institutions. Some even have bursary schemes, loans or payment plans that might suit your financial situation and help you attain your dream qualifications. All you have to do is visit their website or contact them directly for more information on funding Here’s some helpful information we’ve put together on funding options for higher education. And If you are still looking for funding, Fundi offers student loans to help cover tuition, study material and more.

Attending a college also saves you time, as many courses are less than a year long and can be done through distance learning. It also offers you work-ready training to equip you with all the skills you need to succeed in a particular job in the working world.

So, what are you waiting for? Apply now!

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