Five reasons why students should investigate occupational programmes

2015-06-03 06:00

WHEN it comes to choosing an academic programme to study that leads to good employment, be sure to look at occupational programmes. This is the advice from Ruan Venter, Registrar of Boston City Campus andamp; Business College.

According to Venter, students often overlook occupational programmes because they are not aware of what makes these programmes unique. “As the name indicates, occupational programmes prepare a student for a specific occupation.” Besides their specific focus, occupational programmes have certain distinctive advantages, which Venter unpacks as follows:

1. Register anytime – due to the training methodology, students can register for occupational programmes at almost any time throughout the year. Students can start their studies straight away after complete registration.

2. A National Senior Certificate or National Certificate (Vocational) may not necessarily be required – registering to participate in occupational programmes don’t necessarily require a matric certificate and have different entry requirements. These range from Grade 10(NQF-level 2) to Grade 12(NQF-level 4).

3. Open doors to higher learning – occupational programmes make it possible for you to start your studies holding a Grade 10 certificate and end up with a degree. This is because a student builds credits and can use these credits to gain access to higher education courses through credit accumulation and transfer (CAT) or recognition of prior learning (RPL).

4. Short courses – most occupational programmes can be completed within a 12-month period and can enter the job market.

5. Employment ready – occupational programmes are less theoretical in nature and tend to be more practically orientated in their teaching methodology and learning outcomes. Some programmes are designed with a work-integrated learning component, during which time students get hands-on practical experience. Once students successfully complete their occupational programmes, they can hit the ground running.

“Boston’s provision of a wide range of occupational programmes is important in meeting the institution’s mission to provide quality and relevant education and training to all its students and to create a culture of lifelong learning, correcting inequalities and underscoring aspirations as specified by the Council on Higher Education,” says Venter. “ Boston’s education offerings serve to meet the needs of employees and professionals to continually upgrade their skills and knowledge. Boston City Campus andamp; Business College offers a variety of occupational programmes in fields such as health, sport and wellness; secretarial training; public relations, business communication and service to mention a few. To find out more go to and reference the prospectus on occupational programmes headed with “We know you have big dreams.”

Prospective students and parents are also welcome to go to the Boston City Campus andamp; Business College branch nearest to them and speak to a career advisor face-to-face if they need further clarification and information on occupational programmes. The career advice service is offered free of charge and with no obligation.

Registrations are still open. For more information please visit Boston College, Ring Road, Greenacres, contact us on 041 363 0778 or visit

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