Frequently Asked Questions


Are the short courses accredited?

The Mandela School executive short courses are not currently accredited with UCT, or any other university.

Do the short courses award CPD points?

The Mandela School executive short courses do not currently award CPD points.

Are the short courses pegged at an NQF level?

The Mandela School executive short courses are not assigned NQF level rankings.

How long is each short course?

There is no standard length for a short course. Our courses vary in length from 3 to 5 days, and typically only take place over week days. The length of each course is specified on each course page.

Where are short courses held?

Short courses are not held at UCT campus, and no single venue is used for all courses. The majority of courses take place in the Western Cape, in Cape Town or Somerset West, but we also run courses in Gauteng and can offer courses across the country or region where demand requires it. The location of upcoming courses is specified on their specific course pages.

What are the fees for each short course?

The fees for each short course vary as they are informed by course development and delivery costs. The fees for each upcoming course are noted on their specific course pages. Please note that accommodation and travel costs are not included in course fees and must be covered by participants.

Are scholarships provided?

Scholarships are provided in some, but not all, instances and are not necessarily available for all course offerings. Please contact the Executive Short Courses team with any queries regarding scholarships for particular upcoming courses.

Who is the target audience for the short courses?

The Executive Short Course programme delivers courses for senior public leaders and officials, as well as senior national and international actors in the private and non-profit sectors, and members of think tanks. Particular courses have more narrowly defined target audiences, which are outlined on each specific short course page.

How does the application process work?

Demand for places on each course typically exceeds the number of places available, meaning that all applicants for a course are not necessarily accepted onto it. Those interested in attending a course complete an application form (each short course has a slightly different application form). The application form captures information about applicants required by UCT, as well as by The Mandela School and any partners in delivering a course. The information contained in the application form informs the selection process. Applications must be made by the application deadline specified on each course page.

How does the participant selection process work?

Demand for places on each courses typically exceeds available places, necessitating a selection process. The selection process is designed to ensure that those most suited to the course offering are selected onto the course. The criteria by which this is determined is specific to each course; common elements for consideration include department/organisation, role, and motivation. Once the application deadline has passed, all applications are considered. All applicants receive notification of the outcome of the selection process, usually within two weeks of the application deadline. Successful applicants then receive further information about the course and about the process for paying course fees.

How does the course payment process work?

The Mandela School requires all successful participants to complete a form which provides the School with the details required to produce an invoice for course fees. We then work to accommodate the various processes for effecting payment within participants’ home organisations.

Do I get a course certificate?

All participants that meet the stipulated attendance requirement will receive a signed, course specific, branded UCT certificate of course participation.