Higher Education


  • The Presidency: Higher Education Amendment Act, Act 9 of 2016 (January 2017) Download


  • Council on Higher Education (CHE): A Good Practice Guide for the Quality Management of Short Courses Offered Outside of the Higher Education Qualifications Sub-Framework. The document may be accessed here
  • Council on Higher Education (CHE): Policies on the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), Credit Accumulation and Transfer (CAT), and Assessment in Higher Education (September 2016) Download
  • Department of Higher Education and Training: Draft Policy for the Post-School Education & Training Central Application Service (August 2016). Notice and Policy.


  •  Council on Higher Education (CHE): Draft Qualification Standards

    Master of Business Administration  Download

    Bachelor of Laws  Download

    Bachelor of Social Work  Download

    Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Science in Engineering  Download

    Diploma in Engineering  Download

  • Policy on Minimum Requirements for Programmes Leading to Qualifications for Educators and Lecturers in Adult and Community Education and Training (March 2015) Download 
  • Revised Policy on the Minimum Requirements for Teacher Education Qualifications (February 2015) Download


  • Higher Education Qualifications Sub-Framework (October 2014) Download
  • Distance Higher Education Programmes in a Digital Era: Good Practice Guide (October 2014) Download
  • Framework for Institutional Quality Enhancement in the Second Period of Quality Assurance (January 2014) Download
  • Quality Enhancement Project: The Process for Public Higher Education Institutions (January 2014) Download 


  • A Framework for Qualification Standards in Higher Education (January 2013) Download


  • CHE Framework for the National Review of Programmes (September 2012)        Download
  • Green Paper for Post-School Education and Training (January 2012) Download


  • Policy on the Minimum Requirements for Teacher Education Qualifications (July 2011) Download


  • Minimum Admission Requirements for Higher Certificate, Diploma and Bachelor's Degree Programmes Requiring a National Certificate Vocational at NQF Level 4 (November 2009) Download


  • HEQC Framework for Delegated Functions (October, 2008) Download
  • Companies Act, Act 71 of 2008 (relevant for private higher education institutions) Download 
  • Classification of Educational Subject Matter (August 2008) Download


  • Minimum Admission Requirements for Higher Certificate, Diploma and Bachelor's Degree Programmes Requiring a National Senior Certificate (NSC) (August 2005) Download


  • Criteria for Programme Accreditation (CHE, November 2004)   Download
  • Criteria for Institutional Audits (CHE, June 2004) Download


  • Regulations for the Registration of Private Higher Education Institutions (April 2003) Download


  • Higher Education Act, Act 101 of 1997 Download

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