|Higher Certificate Course|
This programme has been approved by the Council on Higher Education and is currently pending registration with SAQA and the Department : Higher Education and Training. Until registration has been finalized, we will be offering this course as a short course based program.
NQF Level 5
DURATION OF THE
|The Learning Programme is offered over a period of one academic year.|
|CREDIT VALUE||The learning programme consists of 144 credits|
The skills and competencies associated with the programme builds on and supports nature conservation knowledge so as to enable the application of conservation skills in an entry level supervisory and leadership capacity in nature conservation environments.
In particular, the programme aims to:
The skills and competencies gained in the qualification enable entry into junior leadership and supervisory positions within the operational context in a conservation environment as it applies to:
EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES
OF THE PROGRAMME
Students qualifying against the learning programme will be able to:
The Learning Programme is aimed and individuals already involved in operational positions within the nature conservation environment; which have been identified and earmarked for personal development and career advancement into entry-level / junior managerial or supervisory positions in Nature Conservation organisations within the SADC region.
It is assumed that students accessing this qualification are competent in:
The Learning Programme is made up of the following modular components:
The Higher & Advanced Certificate will both be presented as Block based programmes. These blocks comprise two training blocks at the SAWC campus and a workplace based block during the middle of the year as follows:
|Block 1: February to April 2011||Training block at SAWC|
|Block 2: May to August 2011||Workplace Component (learners return to their work place)|
|Block 3: late August to early December||Training block at SAWC|
The course will commence with a registration contact visit in selected countries across SADC at the start of the academic year. The registration visit will be conducted by a member of the academic staff of the SAWC.
The first block will take place in the student’s workplace. During registration, each student will be provided with learning material and workplace tasks & assignments to be completed before the commencement of the SAWC training block.
A designated mentor will be available in selected countries to provide assistance & guidance to learners in completing the workplace tasks. Lecturers at the SAWC will also be available for contact and enquiries regarding the workplace block requirements.
Semester exams will take place on completion of each SAWC training block.
A detailed course calendar will be provided to students on acceptance into the programme.
HOW TO APPLY
Applicants are required to complete the course application form indicating the programme they intend applying for. This form should be submitted to the College, addressed to the Certificate Course Training Manager together with all the accompanying documentation stipulated on the application form.
PLEASE NOTE: All students are required to obtain a letter of endorsement from the HUMAN RESOURCE or TRAINING MANAGER of their respective organizations before their application will be considered by the College.
The full course fee for the Higher Certificate or Advanced Certificate is R60 000.
This fee is inclusive of the following course costs:
- Tuition fees
- Meals & Accommodation while at the SAWC campus
- Learning material
- Field excursions during contact blocks at the SAWC campus
Course fees are payable to the SAWC by the end of the first semester of the academic year.
The Southern African Wildlife College may have a limited number of partial bursaries that students may apply for. Full bursaries are not offered by the College.
In order for a student to apply for partial bursary support, they will be required to complete the bursary application section in the course application form. In this section, the student will need to state the funds that they have
currently available that they are able to contribute towards the course fees. (Either through their employer or in their personal capacity). The bursary application would then be for the balance of the tuition fee amount.
Students requiring bursary support are also encouraged to apply independently to funding organizations in their home country as the number of bursaries available through the College is limited.