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Higher Certificate in Heritage Studies

Period of study: 1 Year

This course provides students with a theoretical and practical grounding of knowledge and skills about the heritage sector.

A key benefit is that this Certificate provides an opportunity for studying further in heritage or another discipline. This Certificate would enable a pathway for ongoing learning and successful graduates could enter one of the various undergraduate degree course such as the B.A. or B. Ed. Degrees.

We are keen to produce students with a strong ability for independent thinking who can be prepared for this level of learning.  

Admission requirements

In order to gain access to the Higher Certificate in Heritage Studies programme a student has to have the following:

  • A National Senior Certificate (NSC) (Grade 12) pass with Higher Certificate requirement or National Certificate Vocational (NCV);
  • English Home Language: NSC level 4 OR English 1st Additional Language: NSC level 5;
  • Mathematics: 30% (NSC Level 2) OR Mathematical Literacy: 40% (NSC Level 3)
  • APS Minimum points: 25
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) access: Up to 10% of the intake in any year may be approved through the RPL, whether as the result of formal or non-formal learning (incorporating experiential learning) at Level 4, or a demonstrated functional equivalent.
  • Mature age applicants with relevant industry experience and applicants with level 4 qualifications may be approved for entry by the University Registrar.

NOTE: Admission to the Higher Certificate is furthermore subject to the capacity of the Heritage Studies programme.


  • Download details of the curriculum and other details.

The skills developed would encourage work in diverse roles within national and provincial heritage management bodies or privately-managed heritage organisations. This could include roles from administration in heritage institutions such as museums.

Other possible roles could include assisting in archival work in a wide range of institutions including universities, public and private bodies, or working within the tourism industry.

You can download a comprehensive list of all our qualifications that will be offered in 2022 by clicking here.