Higher Certificate: Versatile Broadcasting

Career Opportunities

With the growth of the commercial/community broadcast sector and the required sustainability of stations, suitably qualified broadcasters are ideally placed for employment as professional broadcaster/communicator, creative producer, voice-over artist, and in community radio management.

Prospective Employers

Community, commercial and public broadcasting entities.

Purpose of the Qualification

The purpose of the qualification is to provide the qualifying learners with the information and skills necessary to practice as a professional broadcaster and communicator.

It focuses on the necessary information and other skills such as language, interpersonal and mass communication, technical knowledge and operation, technical and creative production, voice-over and presentation, management and marketing.

Exit Level Outcomes of the Programme

The qualifying learner should have the ability to:

  • Operate under supervision as a cadet radio broadcaster/announcer.
  • Combine theoretical and practical knowledge.
  • Practice functional communication and language skills.
  • Exhibit sound interpersonal and life skills.

Critical Cross-Field Outcomes

  • Problems are identified and solved in such a manner that decision-making reflects originality and a critical evaluative approach.
  • Students are able to work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation and community.
  • Students are able to organise and manage time and activities responsibly and effectively.
  • Students are able to collect, organise, analyse and critically evaluate information.
  • Students can communicate effectively using visual and /or language skills in modes of oral and written persuasion.
  • Students can use technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and the health of others.
  • Students are able to demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation.
  • Students should be made aware of the importance of reflecting on and exploring, a variety of strategies to learn more effectively.

Minimum Requirements

National Senior Certificate

  • The minimum statutory NSC requirements for Certificate entry must be met.
  • Level 4 in English Home Language or English First Additional Language as well as a rating Level of 3 or better in 3 NSC 20 credit subjects.

FET College

  • N3 Certificate with Level 4 for English.

Grade 12/Matric

  • Senior Certificate Requirement: A D symbol for English (1st Additional Language)

FET Colleges

  • National Certificate Requirement: N3 Certificate with Level 4 for English
  • National Certificate (Vocational) Level 4: N3 Certificate with Level 4 for English
  • Additional Requirements: Selected candidates are required to attend a compulsory interview.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Prior learning shall be recognised subject to the requirement of each programme and as per WSU’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy (RPL).

International Students

Applications from international students are considered in terms of:

  • Universities South Africa (Usaf)/Institutional Guidelines “Exemption Requirements: Foreign School Qualifications” institutional equivalence reference document
  • Where required, the submission of international qualification to SAQA for benchmarking in terms of HEQF.

Mature Age Endorsement

Refer to requirements as per WSU’s General Rules & Regulations – Section 1.6.

For More Information

For more information on this programme, please download your free copy of the Buffalo City Faculty of Business Sciences' prospectus.