The requirements for undertaking the University of South Africa (UNISA) Higher Certificate in Law (98751).
Higher Certificate in Law
Students should note that during the course of their studies they would be required to have access to a computer, printer and the internet.
The purpose of this qualification is to prepare students, who do not comply with the minimum institutional admission requirements for access to diploma or degree studies in the College of Law. The qualification is intended to introduce students to some of the foundational legal principles and legal practice by imparting systematic knowledge, skills, and theoretical competence within the field to prepare them for more specialised training at an advanced level. It is furthermore the intention of the higher certificate programme to deliver graduates who have sound knowledge and the confidence to apply their skills in contemporary society and to enable further study in the College of Law, or even in other colleges who do not set specific subject requirements, like Mathematics. In this respect, the specific purpose is to: – prepare candidates for studies in the world of law; – improve candidates basic proficiency in the English language in order to study in the fields of law; – improve candidates general computer skills, especially for business purposes; and – prepare candidates for higher education in an open and distance learning environment.
|This qualification will be presented using both online and distance learning modes.|
Who can register?
- Applicants may only register once they have received confirmation from Unisa that their application for admission has been accepted. Unisa reserves the right to not process and / or to cancel your registration if it is found that you were incorrectly admitted to a qualification. Admission to the alternative qualification is not automatic. It will depend on whether you comply with admission requirements and if space is available.
- Re-registering students may register for the 2022 academic year once the registration period opens.
Please note: Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply online for the alternative qualification during the prescribed application period.
How to choose your modules
- Co-requisite: Module A is a co-requisite for Module B. You want to register for Module B, but have not yet passed Module A. You must then register for both Modules A and B simultaneously. You may NOT cancel your registration for Module A unless Module B is also cancelled.
- Pre-requisite: If Module A is a pre-requisite for Module B, you must pass Module A before you may register for Module B.
You may not register for more than the allowed maximum number of credits / modules per academic year and / or semester: 60 credits per semester or 120 credits per academic year.
The maximum number of credits do not include supplementary and / or aegrotat examinations from a previous semester. Modules taken for non-degree / non-diploma purposes also count towards the maximum number of credits allowed.
You must take your available time into consideration when choosing your modules, as this will impact your academic performance. You need approximately
- 6 to 8 hours per week for semester modules.
- 4 to 6 hours per week for year modules.
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Curriculum for this qualification
As you are deciding on the modules you will be registering for, remember to write down the module names and codes so that you have something that you can refer to when completing your registration.
Students who have already passed EUP1501 or SCL1502 for this qualification will retain the credit
and do not have to register for IRM1501. This does not mean the modules are equivalent. Students who
have already passed ENN103F will retain the credit and do not have to register for ENG1503.
|Group A. Compulsory|
|AFL1503 – Language and Communication Skills Acquisition in an African Language I|
|CPD1501 – Citizenship, Public Participation and Democracy|
|CRW1501 – Introduction to the General Principles of Criminal Law|
|ENG1503 – Academic Language and Literacy in English|
|ILW1501 – Introduction to Law|
|INS1502 – Developing Information Skills for Lifelong Learning|
|IRM1501 – Introduction to Research Methodology for Law and Criminal Justice|
|PAR1501 – Introduction to Paralegal Studies||Recommendation:Should be taken together with or follow on SCL1501 and ILW1501.|
|SCL1501 – Skills Course for Law Students|
|SJD1501 – Social Dimensions of Justice|
However, if you meet the requirements and wish to apply to study this course. You can simply check the application processes.