Many matriculants are anxious about whether they are eligible for admission to tertiary education institutions to further their studies next year. 

The great news for matriculants is that they don’t need to worry about getting the qualifications they need to succeed in the World of Work. Although the matric results were officially released on 22 January 2022, learners can still apply and begin their studies in 2022. This should come as a great relief to matriculants, especially for those who may have already received rejections from some institutions.

Private higher education institutions have become accessible and affordable for more South Africans to further their studies. One such private institution is Stadio – where students do not need to pay application fees. Stadio offers programmes in different areas of study including Arts & Design, Commerce, Administration & Management, Education, and Law. Stadio has brought together four highly prestigious institutions – Southern Business School, Embury Institute for Higher Education, LISOF and Prestige Academy. This gives Stadio a collective experience of over 100 years in providing quality, affordable higher education.

“We know that every year around this time, many matriculants are anxious following the release of their results, or about not getting a Bachelor’s pass for admission to higher education. The pressures of lockdown and digital adoption further add to this stress. Our matriculants should be made aware of the many options available at private higher education institutions,” says Dr Divya Singh, Chief Academic Officer at Stadio. 

In recent years, South Africa has seen a rise in private higher education that offers a variety of qualifications that prospective students can choose from. However, learners and their parents should do their homework and make sure the institution caters for their future needs. Consider these three things when choosing where to study: 

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1. Accredited Private Higher Education 

Check whether the institution of your choice is registered with the Department of Education. This is important, especially when you start looking for employment. Accredited institutions, whether public or private, adhere to specific rules and standards. These rules and standards will ensure you receive a high quality education.

2. They offer the courses you are interested in

Check the website of the institution that you are interested inLook at the qualifications they are offering, and take advantage of any student advice services provided. Get a better idea of the subjects and what you can expect during lessons, both on and off campus by securing a consultation at the institution you are interested in. 

3. Do they prepare you for the world of work?

Higher education students want a fulfilling career after they graduate. Assess how the institution will help prepare you for the world of work.

 “Learners will get a good idea on student matters when they visit the institution’s website, media articles and online reviews. Look at their approach to learning on and off campus, as well as their efforts to get their students ready for their careers after studying. The last couple of years have taught us that, institutions need to be adaptable,” adds Singh. 

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