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The College of Cape Town is the oldest Further Education and Training (FET) Institution in South Africa with a history dating back to the beginning of the 20th century.

Four former technical colleges; Athlone College, Cape College, Sivuyile College and Western Province Technical College were officially merged on 1 February 2002 to become the College of Cape Town.

The College of Cape Town is situated in the central area of the Peninsula, and serves the greater Cape Town area, including a large percentage of traditionally disadvantaged areas and townships. Although the majority of its students hail from the greater Cape Town metropolitan region, the College accept students from all other regions of South Africa, Namibia and other African countries, and many countries abroad.

All campuses have well-equipped workshops, lecture rooms, computer rooms, studios for practical work and well-equipped media centres.

The College of Cape Town has eight campuses:

  • Athlone Campus;
  • City Campus;
  • Crawford Campus;
  • Gardens Campus;
  • Guguletu Campus;
  • Pinelands Campus;
  • Thornton Campus; and
  • Wynberg Campus.

The College's Central Office is located in Salt River, Cape Town.

The College of Cape Town also has 3 residences, all conveniently situated in close proximity to the respective campuses. They are:

  • City Residence (Ladies only);
  • Crawford Residence (Ladies and gents); and
  • Thornton Residence (ladies and gents).

What can you study at the College of Cape Town?

Business Studies

The College of Cape Town offers various Business Studies courses which include a range of fields from Business Management to Part-time Matric. The courses are industry focused and contains both a practical and theoretical component.

The College specialises in Sales and Retail, Finance/bookkeeping and Personal Administration Assistant qualifications.

It offers Full Qualifications, as well as Skills/Practical Programmes in this field.

Engineering Studies

The College of Cape Town offers various Engineering courses which include a range of fields including Electrical, Building & Civil and Mechanical Engineering courses. The courses are industry focused and contains both a practical and theoretical component.

General Studies (Occupational)

The College of Cape Town offers various General Studies courses which include a range of fields from Interior Design to Education and Training. The courses are industry focused and contains both a practical and theoretical component.

General Study Programmes:

  • Art and Design - this includes craft production, jewellery manufacture, and furniture-making.
  • Beauty Therapy,
  • Education and Training;
  • Haircare;
  • Hospitality,
  • Travel and Tourism.

The College of Cape Town also offers the National Certificate (Vocational), or NC(V) courses.

These courses give students with a Grade 9 qualification a vocational alternative to an academic Grade 10-12 by offering industry-focused training on the NQF Levels 2 - 4.

These qualifications are designed to provide training at both the theoretical and practical levels. The practical component of study may be offered in a real workplace environment or in a simulated workplace environment. It will provide students with the opportunity to experience work situations during the period of study.

The qualification will also provide an opportunity to enter Higher Education studies at Universities or Universities of Technology subject to appropriate subject combinations and meeting the required admission requirements for these institutions.

The College offers the following National Certificate (Vocational) courses:

  • Civil Engineering & Building Construction;
  • Drawing Office Practice;
  • Education and Development;
  • Electrical Infrastructure Construction;
  • Engineering & Related Design;
  • Finance, Economics & Accounting;
  • Hospitality;
  • Information Technology & Computer Science;
  • Management;
  • Marketing;
  • Office Administration; and
  • Travel & Tourism.

Regrettably the College of Cape Town does not offer Outcomes-Based Education (OBE) new syllabus Grade 12 as an option.

Read more about the College of Cape Town success here:

* College of Cape Town Celebrates 1700 Graduates

* The College of Cape Town Launching Jewellery Manufacturing Trade Test Centre on 15 July

Contact details:

Central Office
334 Albert Road
Salt River

Postal Address

PO Box 1054
Cape Town

Tel: 021 404 6700

Fax: 021 404 6701

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Information Centre

Tel: 086 010 3682

Fax: 086 615 0582

For more information, visit the College of Cape Town website.

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