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What Are The Requirements For Nursing Courses In South Africa



What Are The Requirements For Nursing Courses In South Africa

If you aspire to enter the noble and selfless profession of nursing, it is essential to understand the requirements and qualifications involved. A nursing career offers a range of opportunities for personal growth and for making a positive impact on the lives of others. It is a profession that demands dedication, empathy, and the desire to serve others during times of illness and vulnerability. In South Africa, where there is a pressing need for skilled nurses, pursuing a nursing career can be both rewarding and fulfilling.

School Subject Requirements

Nursing calls for proficiency in Biology, Maths, and Life Science since it is a science-based profession. These subjects will improve your understanding of nursing concepts and equip you with the necessary tools to effectively perform calculations and analyses. If you are planning or preparing for matriculation, these are the subjects you should focus your studies on. They will help you achieve the proficiency in human anatomy and physiology required when taking nursing courses.

Types Of Nursing Courses

In South Africa, there are different nursing courses you can pursue, depending on your career goals and aspirations. The basic ones will give you a general idea of what is required for these courses. They include:

Senior Certificate In Nursing

A Senior Certificate of Nursing equips you with the necessary skills to become a competent nurse. It is typically a shorter course option compared to a diploma or degree. To gain admission to this course, you must have met the following requirements:

  • Successful completion of the National Senior Certificate (NSC) with an overall score of 16 points.
  • A minimum of 40% in English or home language.
  • A minimum of 50% for Life Science or Biology.

Diploma In Nursing

A Diploma in Nursing provides comprehensive theoretical and practical knowledge to prepare you for a range of nursing roles. This qualification offers a broader scope of study and prepares you for more advanced responsibilities than a Senior Certificate in Nursing. Requirements for admission into a Diploma in Nursing course in South Africa include:

  • Matriculation or an equivalent qualification.
  • Passes in subjects such as Mathematics, English, a First/Home Language, Life Orientation, and Life Science.
  • Enrollment as a nurse with the South African Nursing Council.

Bachelor Of Science In Nursing

A Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing is a four-year program that offers a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of nursing theory, research, and practice. This certification is ideal for those who wish to pursue leadership roles or specialize in specific areas of nursing. To pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in South African institutions of Higher Learning, you must have met the following criteria:

  • Matriculation or an equivalent qualification.
  • Passes in subjects such as Mathematics, English, a First/Home Language, Life Orientation, and Life Science.
  • Enrollment as a nurse with the South African Nursing Council.

Additional Degrees

Apart from the traditional nursing qualifications, there is also a Bachelor of Nursing (Baccalaureus Curationis) degree available, which provides an alternative path to becoming a qualified nurse.

Where To Study Nursing In South Africa

South Africa offers various institutions where you can pursue nursing courses. Apart from nursing colleges, public universities, and private colleges, there are other options available for aspiring nurses:

Nursing Colleges

  • Ann Latsky Nursing College
  • Ga Rankuwa Nursing College,
  • Lilitha Nursing College,
  • Worcester Nursing School,
  • Netcare Education, and more.

Public Institutions

  • Chatsmed Candlight
  • Life College—Pretoria Learning Centre
  • Thohoyandou Nursing School
  • University of Pretoria’s Department of Nursing
  • The University of South Africa (Unisa)
  • University of Free State’s School of Nursing and other public universities.

Private Colleges

  • Netcare Education,
  • Ithemba Nursing Academy, and
  • Thuto Bophelo Nursing Academy, among others.

It is advisable to review the specific admission requirements of the institution you wish to apply to, as these requirements may vary.

What To Expect From A Career In Nursing

A nursing career demands a combination of classroom learning and practical experience. Nurses play a crucial role in various healthcare settings, such as hospitals, corporations, sports clubs, and schools. Depending on your qualifications and experience, you can work as a Registered Nurse, Enrolled Nurse, or Enrolled Nursing Auxiliary.

Nursing salaries in South Africa vary depending on factors such as your position, level, qualifications, and experience. Your salary will also depend on whether you work in a public or private healthcare setting. Generally, the more you gain experience and advance in your nursing career, the more your earning potential increases.


Nursing is a field that demands compassion, dedication, and a strong commitment to caring for the ill. Should you have a genuine passion for taking care of patients and improving their well-being, a career in nursing may be the perfect choice for you. The requirements in this article will help you plan your enrollment for a nursing course that will make your dream career a reality

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One Last Chance To Apply To Study At Unisa In 2024




Apply To Study At Unisa

The clock is ticking as the University of South Africa (Unisa) reminds applicants that it’s their last chance to submit applications for the 2024 academic year. Applicants are urged to seize the opportunity to join South Africa’s largest university.

The University of South Africa (Unisa) recently announced the extension for 2024 admission applications has been extended to 17 November 2023.

This extension provides prospective undergraduate students with additional time to prepare and submit their applications. This also provides individuals who missed the opportunity to apply during the official application period.

Individuals still have the opportunity to submit applications for a wide array of academic programmes, including Higher Certificates, Advanced Certificate, Diplomas, Advanced Diplomas, and Degree programs.

Unisa Undergraduate Qualification Applications

The window for applications for admission to undergraduate qualifications for the 2024 academic year opened on 1 September 2023 and closed applications on 13 October 2023. However, the university extended applications which are set to allow more students to join the country’s largest university in 2024.

Prospective students are urged to submit their applications before 17 November 2023 as it remains unclear whether applications will open again for the 2024 academic year. 

Who Must Apply?

Unisa emphasises that all individuals embarking on a new qualification must complete an admission application. This requirement extends to first-time applicants and existing students seeking a change in their qualifications or area of specialisation. 

Individuals who previously applied for admission but were not offered placement or opted not to register after receiving a placement offer must also reapply for admission.

New applicants are permitted to apply for a maximum of two qualifications. Upon a successful application, candidates have the choice to accept or decline Unisa’s offer, with the condition of accepting only one offer.

Students completing a higher certificate or any other programmes and aiming to pursue further undergraduate studies must also apply during this application period. 

Unisa 2024 Applications Guide

Documents Needed For Unisa 2024 Applications 

  • A certified copy of school results
  • A certified copy of any tertiary education academic records
  • A certified copy of an ID document
  • Sworn translations of any documents not in English or Afrikaans

How To Apply To Unisa

  1. Visit the Unisa website.
  2. Select “admissions” in the menu bar at the top of the screen, and “apply for admission” from the drop-down menu.
  3. Choose “undergraduate admissions.”
  4. Click on “Start the process.”
  5. Follow the prompts on the screen.
  6. Fill in all relevant personal details and ensure the upload of all required documents.

As the deadline approaches, prospective students are encouraged to submit their applications before the deadline expires. This is the final opportunity to secure your place at Unisa for the 2024 academic year.

Track your Unisa application for real-time updates and ensure you meet all requirements for a successful admission process.

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Illovo Sugar: Manager-in Training Programme 2024




Illovo Sugar: Manager-in Training Programme

Illovo Sugar Africa invites South African unemployed graduates to apply for Manager-in Training Internship Programme 2023 / 2024

Internship Application Closing Date: 19 November 2023

Internship Location: Johannesburg, Gauteng

About Illovo: Illovo Sugar Africa is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Associated British Foods plc (ABF), a diversified international food, ingredients, and retail group operating in 52 countries. As Africa’s biggest sugar producer, Illovo has extensive agribusiness operations in six African countries, manufacturing sugar and downstream products from cane supplied by its own agricultural operations and independent local growers.

About the Programme:

Illovo Sugar South Africa (Pty) Ltd invites applications for the Manager-in-Training (MIT) vacancies in various engineering disciplines. The program is well-structured and offers graduates the opportunity to gain experience through the practical application of their studies. This program is offered over a maximum period of three years. On successful completion of the program and subject to satisfactory performance, Trainees may be appointed to a First Line Manager or Middle Manager position if available.

Recruitment and selection will be conducted in line with the employment equity targets of Illovo SA.

Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Matric senior certificate with Mathematics, Physical Science, and English.
  • Relevant engineering BSc or BTech degree.
  • South African citizenship.

Fields of Study:

  • Electrical Engineering x 1
  • Mechanical Engineering x 2
  • Chemical Engineering x 2

How to Apply: If you are interested in applying, forward an application letter, detailed CV, certified copies of qualifications and identity document. External applicants should also submit proof of residence with their applications.

Send your detailed CV to The subject line of the email should be “MIT 2024 Application.”

Appointments will be made in line with the Employment Equity plan. If you have not been contacted within 4 weeks of the closing date, consider your application unsuccessful. Applicants may be required to undertake pre-employment screening tests and security assessments during the recruitment process.

Closing Date: 19 November 2023

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EWSETA is offering Internships 2024




EWSETA is offering Internships

Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority (EWSETA) invites South African unemployed graduates to apply for Internship Programme 2023 / 2024

Internship Application Closing Date: 17 November 2023

Internship Location: Johannesburg, Gauteng

Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority (EWSETA) Internship Programme 2024


The Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority (EWSETA) is one of the 21 SETAs established in terms of section 9 of the Skills Development Act, 97 of 1998. Reporting to the Honourable Minister of the Department of Higher Education and Training, EWSETA is committed to advancing the energy and water sectors in South Africa.

Internship Requirements:

If you’re a young, qualified individual, EWSETA invites you to join their 12-month internship program for the 2023/24 and 2024/25 Fiscal Years. This is an opportunity to gain hands-on experience and contribute to the growth of critical sectors. EWSETA is looking for interns in the following areas:

  • Human Resources
  • ICT and Facilities
  • Marketing
  • Inter-departmental roles
  • Skills Planning
  • Energy Sector
  • Water Sector
  • Financial Management
  • Supply Chain Management

EWSETA welcomes applications from University Graduates, University of Technology, and T-VET Colleges students. Priority will be given to University of Technology and T-VET college students requiring in-service training to complete their qualifications.

How to Apply:

To apply, send your CV and certified qualifications to by the close of business on Friday, 17 November 2023. For inquiries, contact the HR Manager at 010 109 3250 or Mthenjwa Radebe at

Late applications will not be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will receive correspondence. EWSETA reserves the right to not make an appointment for the advertised post, aligning with their BBBEE Skills Development targets.

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