Higher Certificate in Local Economic Development

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Faculty Website: College of Business and Economics 
Department: Department of Economics and Econometrics
Programme Level: Continuous Education Programmes
Programme Name: Higher Certificate in Local Economic Development
Programme Code: F34E1O

Medium of Facilitation: Online
NQF Level: 5
NQF Credits: 120
SAQA: 111174

Application Start Date: 1 April 2022
Application End Date: 30 April 2023

Campus: Online

Contacts: UJ Call Centre 011 559-4555
Email: mylife@uj.ac.za

Duration of Study: 1 Year

Programme Fees


The purpose of the Higher Certificate in Local Economic Development is to prepare students for a career in Local Economic Development. This programme will develop theoretical knowledge and practical competence and skills on NQF 5 in Local Economic Development to enable students in their working environment. The purpose of this qualification is further to prepare students who do not comply with the minimum statutory or institutional admission requirements to access a Diploma and/ or Degree studies, or students who want to explore various career path options relating to Local Economic Development (LED). The envisaged outcomes of the programme are that students will be able to understand and apply basic local economic development principles, processes and procedures. The student should be able to make decisions in the context of local economic development, interpret relevant information and produce responses based on informed judgment to concrete but often unfamiliar problems. Aligned with the requirements of the NQF Level 5 outcomes, the purpose of the qualification is also to provide the student with a range of fundamental knowledge and competencies in fields such as Local Economic Development, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Business Management, Transport and Accountancy in LED. The qualification should also improve the students’ basic proficiency in English, their general computer skills and their basic numeracy skills which are required for these fields.

Admission Requirements

A National Senior Certificate (NSC) NQF level 4, granting access to Higher Certificate studies; a National Certificate (Vocational), (NQF Level 4), granting access to Higher Certificate studies; a foreign qualification that is equivalent to the NSC as determined by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA); OR any further Education and Training Certificate (FETC) at NQF level 4.

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