Short Learning Programmes

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Unisa's Short Learning Programmes

Unisa's Short Learning Programmes (SLPs) are introductory, practical, non-degree programmes meant to develop skills and knowledge in a chosen subject field in a quick and effective manner. They are intended to update or broaden students’ skills and knowledge in a specific area by covering fundamental key concepts. The SLPs follow a "just enough" learning approach, which means that they are designed to meet a potential student's specific learning need or a unique employment requirement. 

The SLPs are located within the different academic departments of Unisa's colleges, and are offered and administered by the Centre for Lifelong Learning.

Programme content and registration criteria are available on the Unisa Centre for Lifelong Learning website:

For all enquiries, please contact us via e-mail:

Who must apply?

Everyone wanting to start a new Short Learning Programme must apply for admission. This includes

  • first-time Unisa applicants.
  • Unisa students changing to a new Short Learning Programme.
  • applicants who previously applied for admission and were not offered a space.

When must I apply?

Registration for Unisa's Short Learning Programmes is now open

What do I need to know before I apply?

  • You must apply online for all Short Learning Programmes.  
  • You may apply for a maximum of two Short Learning Programmes, ranked in order of preference (although you may only register for one should both your applications be successful).
  • You must accept or decline the offer within the prescribed period of time indicated in your offer letter. If you do not accept Unisa's offer within the prescribed period of time, Unisa will withdraw your offer and give your place to another applicant.

Check your documents & confirm that you are ready to apply

I am sure...

  • that I have a valid e-mail address and cellphone number, and I accept that Unisa will communicate with me during the application process using this e-mail address and cellphone number.
    Please ensure that you provide only one e-mail address and one cellphone number during the application process. 

All registered Unisa students get a free myLife e-mail account. Important information, notices and updates are sent exclusively to this account, so it's very important that you check it regularly. For compliance with the POPI Act, once you are registered as a student, all correspondences with the university must be made on the myLife e-mail account. Failure to do so, would mean that UNISA is not obliged to respond to your communication as that might expose it to non-compliance with the Act.

  • Please ensure that you provide only one e-mail address and one cellphone number during the application process.
  • Unisa provides all registered students with a free myLife e-mail address. Important information, notices and updates are sent exclusively to this account, so it's very important that you check it regularly. It is your responsibility to activate your myLife e-mail account as soon as your registration is finalised. Your myLife e-mail account will be the only e-mail account recognised by Unisa for official correspondence to and from the university, and will remain the official primary e-mail address on record at Unisa. Click here for Unisa's rules for students.

I have the following documents scanned & uploaded to an electronic device

All applicants starting a new qualification must upload all the required supporting documents, which generally consists of the following:

  • Copy of your school qualifications (eg National Senior Certificate)
  • Copy of your official tertiary academic record(s) (if applicable) (internet copies will not be accepted)
  • Copy of your ID document (RSA students) or ID / passport (international students)
  • Copy of your marriage certificate (if applicable) or divorce decree (if applicable)
  • Sworn translations of documents if they are not in English or Afrikaans
  • Any additional documents as may be required for a specific Short Learning Programme

Unisa reserves the right to request original documents and / to verify the correctness of submitted documents at any time. Submitting fraudulent documents is a criminal offence in terms of the Student Disciplinary Code.

I am sure that my documents are scanned according to the rules

Follow the instructions carefully when completing the online application process. Only upload the required documents as individual files and not a complete set of documents as one file.

  • Files are not larger than 2MB (2048KB) each.
  • Only black and white documents may be submitted.
  • Only the following file types are allowed: PDF (Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format file), DOC (Word document file) or TIF (image file)

How to apply?

  1. Apply online for all Short Learning ProgrammesClick here for guidelines on how to apply.
  2. Upload supporting documents
    1. Everyone applying for a new Short Learning Programme must submit the required documents. The due date for uploading the required documents is the closing date for applications. No documents submitted after the closing date for applications will be accepted.
    2. Unisa does not provide scanners or electronic devices. Please ensure that your documents are scanned and uploaded to an electronic device before starting the application process.
  3. Please ensure that your application is complete. No incomplete applications will be accepted.

What happens after I apply?

  • Unisa will assess your application and inform you of the outcome.
  • If your application is successful, Unisa will verify and capture the documents you submitted and do a temporary registration on your behalf.
  • Unisa will send you a "Temporarily Registered" (TP) letter from Unisa via e-mail (followed by an SMS to the cellphone number you provided at the point of application). This letter will also indicate the fee that needs to be paid to activate your registration.

Having problems reading the TP letter?

To view your TP letter successfully on your smartphone, please ensure that you have the latest version of the Adobe Reader app or else download the latest version.

To be able to view the document, you need to answer "yes" to the following questions:

  • Do you have a smartphone gadget? If no, do you have access to one or to a computer?
  • Did you receive an e-mail with an attachment from Unisa? If no, wait until you receive the e-mail or SMS.
  • Do you have the latest version of the Adobe Reader app? If no, please download the latest version.

If you are unable to view the letter, please contact the Unisa Centre for Lifelong Learning via e-mail ( for assistance.

Last modified: 2024/05/24