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PART 1: WHAT IS A FACULTY?

What is a faculty?

We have received a lot of enquiries from students that know what they want to study, but they are not sure whether or not an institution offers a specific course. Best place to start is to look at the different faculties within a tertiary institution.

“A faculty is a division within a university comprising one subject area, or a number of related subject areas.” – Wikipedia

Let’s start our series by looking at the following faculties (that can be found at most tertiary institutions). Please keep in mind that all universities will not have all, but most of these faculties:

1) Faculty of Agriscience

Agricultural science is a broad multidisciplinary field that applies exact, natural, economic and social sciences in the practice and understanding of agriculture. Graduates from the Faculty of AgriSciences, whether focussed on plants or animals, are able to make a selection from a variety of careers in production, conservation, processing and marketing.

Research, teaching, consultation, guidance, farm management, environmental management and plant management (wine cellars, food factories and sawmills) represent some examples of the possible career options.

Courses you can study:

  • National Certificate Vocational in Primary Agriculture
  • National Certificate in Farm Management
  • National Diploma in Agricultural Management
  • National Diploma in Nature Conservation
  • BTech in Agricultural Management
  • BTech in Environmental Health
  • BA in Environmental Management
  • BSc in Soil Science
  • BSc in Plant Science
  • BSc in Viticulture and Oenology

Careers:

  • Wine Maker
  • Horticulturist
  • Farm Manager
  • Environmentalist
  • Nature Conservationist
  • Ecologist
  • Geographer
  • Vineyard Manager
  • Cellar Manager
  • Plant Cultivations Specialist

 

2) Faculty of Commerce

Commerce is a division of trade or production which deals with the exchange of goods and services from producer to final consumer. It comprises the trading of something of economic value such as goods, services, information or money between two or more entities.  Careers in the commerce field include actuaries, accountants, financial analysts, auditors, etc.

Economics is the social science that studies the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services. Management Science is concerned with developing and applying models and concepts that may prove useful in helping to illuminate management issues and solve managerial problems by means of human capital, financial and technological resources. Thus Economic and Management Science refers to understanding, analyzing, and researching information in order to improve the rules, practices and personnel that govern our country.

Courses you can study:

  • National Certificate Vocational in Finance and Accounting
  • National Higher Certificate in Accounting
  • National Higher Certificate in Financial Information Systems
  • National Diploma in Human Resource Management
  • BTech in Taxation
  • BTech in Internal Auditing
  • BAccSc in Accounting Science
  • BBusSc in Management
  • BCom in Marketing Management
  • BCom in Business Management

Careers:

  1. Accountant
  2. Business Manager
  3. Actuary
  4. Financial Advisor
  5. Auditor
  6. Entrepreneur
  7. Economist
  8. Communications Manager
  9. Marketing Manager
  10. Tax collector

3) Faculty of Education

Education encompasses both the teaching and learning of knowledge, proper conduct, and technical competency. It thus focuses on the cultivation of skills, trades or professions, as well as mental, moral and aesthetic development. Careers include high school educators, University Lecturers, special needs educators and much more.

Courses you can study:

  • Certificate in Education, Training and Development
  • Further Education and Training Certificate in Early Childhood Development
  • National Certificate Vocational in Education and Training
  • National Diploma in Childhood Development
  • University Higher Diploma in Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET)
  • Bachelors in Education
  • BEd in General Education (Foundation Phase)
  • BEd in General Education (Intermediate Phase)
  • BEd in General Education (Senior Phase)
  • BEd in Natural Sciences

Careers:

  • Teacher
  • Lecturer
  • Principal or Chancellor
  • Education Facilitator

4) Faculty of Law

Legal education is the education of individuals who intend to become legal professionals or those who simply intend to use their law degree to some end, either related to law (such as politics or academic) or business. Careers within the legal industry include advocates, legal advisors, attorneys, civil servants to mention a few.

Courses you can study:

  1. National N Diploma in Legal Secretary
  2. BTech in Correctional Service Management
  3. BA in Law
  4. BAccLLB
  5. BBusSc in Law
  6. BCom in Law
  7. Blur with Financial Planning
  8. LLB (2 years)
  9. LLB (3 years)
  10. LLB (4 years)

Courses you can study:

  1. Legal Advisor
  2. Attorney
  3. Judge
  4. Legal Secretary

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