3 Years Full Time
The Isa Carstens Academy is in its 35th year of operation offering exceptional training in the Somatology Industry. We pride ourselves in being industry leaders in our profession, always striving to be at the cutting edge of new developments in our field.

The Isa Carstens Academy is built on a solid reputation and heritage; we strive to offer our students excellence in quality training and education. We offer skills, qualities and understanding required to be successful in the world of work. In order to uplift our industry and to offer a qualification of high esteem, the Isa Carstens Academy has met the requirements to be registered as a Private Higher Education Provider.

The Higher Education Act, 1997 (Act No. 101 of 1997), and the Regulations for the Registration of Private Higher Education Institutions 2002, make it compulsory for private institutions offering full qualifications in higher education, to register with the National Department of Higher Education and Training (NQF level 5 to 10).

Before an institution and its programmes are registered, they must be accredited by the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC). Accreditation means the institution has been assessed whether it has the resources, capacity and expertise to offer an acceptable standard of education.

By complying with the requirements of the Higher Education Act and Regulations, the Isa Carstens Academy ensures that their students obtain qualifications that are aligned with the national qualifications framework (NQF) and are recognised qualifications.

Registered private higher education institutions are listed in the register of private higher education institutions and should have on display a certificate of registration and a registration number issued by the Department of Higher Education (Registration certificate number 2000/HE07/025). Registered Higher Education Institutions can be viewed at search for higher education institutions / list of registered higher education institutions.

After completion of the Diploma in Somatology, we provide students the opportunity to register for the following national and international membership examinations:


Entry Requirements

A National Senior Certificate (NSC) from the South African Matriculation Board with an endorsement from the board certifying that you are eligible for Degree or Diploma study at a tertiary institution is required.

Preference will be given to students who have achieved a Matric endorsement and / or an Admission Points Score (APS) in excess of 24 (twenty four)

The points rating for the 6 subjects required for the NSC excluding Life Orientation will be used in calculating the APS which is calculated as a sum of the 6 points rating with no one subject weighted more than any other.

In addition, preference will be given to students who have excelled in Life Sciences in the Grade 12 final exams and, for those who haven’t selected Life Sciences as a subject through to Grade 12 will have to attend a compulsory bridging programme in their first year of study.


  • A Higher Certificate or Advanced Certificate in a Cognate field will also be considered.

  • Applicants who wrote exams outside of South Africa are required to have their qualifications verified by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) Visit for more information.

  • Credit application for transferring students will be handled on a case by case basis.

    No related bursaries found
    No related courses found