Here’s what you can do if you were not accepted into varsity

Not being accepted into varsity can be really disappointing. It can feel like your dreams are shattered, but the truth is, you can get through this and there are options. Here’s my advice.


If your marks weren’t good enough for you to study your desired course, you can upgrade your results this year. Rewriting the subjects that you didn’t do so well in can help improve your marks so that you can reapply for the course you want next year or in the second semester.

Do a short course

Doing a short course in the field of study you want to pursue can help you get an entry-level job in that field. This way, you can work your way up or study part-time while working to attain the level of education and position you desire in the near future. You can have a look at UNISA’s short course offering for your options.

Apply for learnerships

A learnership provides on-the-job training with a certification at the end. Learnerships also pay learners a stipend that helps them cover some of their expenses during the course. What I like about these is the fact that you gain practical workplace experience while learning and the possibility of being hired immediately after the learnership is high. You can apply for SETA Learnerships or search for a variety of companies that offer learnerships, like the Umuzi Academy.

Go to a college

Some colleges offer bridging courses that can help you qualify for your desired course. There are also several certificates you might qualify for, that are in the same field of study you’re interested in. Before choosing a college, you need to make sure that it’s registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training by checking the full list of registered colleges. You can also visit the TVET Colleges website for a list of all public colleges, where you can apply for NSFAS funding if you can’t afford to pay your fees.

A university rejection letter shouldn’t discourage you from following your dreams. The options above can help you get to where you want to be. Don’t stop searching for opportunities and make sure that you take full advantage of them.

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