Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Higher Certificate in Law

Qualification code: 98751
NQF level: 5
Total credits: 120
SAQA ID: 90851
APS/AS: 15
Students should note that during the course of their studies they would be required to have access to a computer, printer and the internet.
Purpose statement:
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 2021 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

Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a certain number of NQF level credits within a certain amount of time in order to graduate.

You may not register for more than the allowed maximum number of credits / modules per academic year and / or semester:

  • For the 2021 academic year, you must register for your semester 1 and 2 modules by 12 March 2021. There will be no semester 2 registration period. No exceptions or registration extensions will be permitted.
  • The maximum number of credits that will be allowed is 120 credits.

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.

Click here for more information on managing your studies.

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.

First level


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