Short Courses That Lead To Good Jobs

If you want to study a Short Course that will lead you to find good employment, you should study at Matric College. We offer a variety of Short Courses. These courses are best to help you either find employment or open a business. They equip you with a set of skills that prepares you for the work environment. You become a qualified candidate in your chosen career once you complete a Short Course through Matric College.

Below is a list of the Short Courses we offer:



Beauty Therapy

Salon Management

Nail Care

Make-Up Application

Facial Skincare

Child Day Care Courses

Crèche Management Courses

Child Psychology Courses

Guest House Management Courses

First Aid Course

Events Planning Courses

Wedding Planning Courses

Tourism Management Courses

What Are Short Courses?

Short Courses are designed by the college. The purpose is to create courses that are suitable for all students. The courses equip students with skills that are highly valued in the workplace.

The skills are great for entrepreneurship. This decreases the unemployment rate in the country because students can be self-employed and employ other people or find work in different companies. Short Courses are usually short. Most Short Courses can be completed in two (2) to eight (8) months. Short Courses are also non-accredited courses. They are not registered with a professional body. However, they help you gain skills that are valid and valued by employers. 

Which Short Course Is Best For A Job?

All Short Courses offered at Matric College are best for employment. This is because they have the following qualities: 

  • They advanced your current skills
    Your current skills become better. This means you become more skilled. Employers love skills and this can increase your chances of finding employment. 
  • They add to your skills
    You gain new skills. This is good because you can work on these skills until you become an expert and this will make employers notice you. 
  • They prepare you for work professionally
    Short Courses help you know what is expected in the work environment. You learn how to work and be a desirable candidate to employers.

Can I Get A Job With A Short Course?

Yes, you can get employed with a Short Course. In the work environment, you are expected to have the following: 

  • Skills 
  • Qualifications 
  • Work experience 

When you study a Short Course at Matric College, you gain both skills and qualifications. These are components that help you gain employment. You are able to stand out as a candidate amongst others. Employers can trust that you will be able to handle the work based on your skills and qualification. Someone who is educated as yourself will be able to do the following: 

  • Advance the company 
  • Handle the work pressure 
  • Contribute ideas in meetings 
  • Brainstorm ways to improve company strategies 
  • Act professional 
  • Communicate well 

Watch our CEO of Matric College, Jan Badenhorst explain how Short Courses can get you employed

Which Course Is Best To Get A Fast Job?

Short Courses are best if you are looking to get employed fast. This is because you can study them quickly and start looking for work. The best part is that Short Courses offer you what is required in workplaces and this makes you more employable.

Which Short Course Is Best For High Salary Jobs?

All Short Courses are best for a high salary. This is because you can use a Short Course to be self-employed. When you are your own boss, you are in charge of everything including finances. This means you can pay yourself a high salary. Sometimes, you can be employed in two different places. You can work for a company full time while rendering your services to people on part-time occasions. This can help you gain a high salary.

Which Courses Have More Job Opportunities?

All Short Courses have many employment opportunities. Below is a list of all our Short Courses and the career opportunities you can find in them:


Job Opportunities

Beauty Therapy Courses

  • Beauty Therapist 
  • Beautician 
  • Spa Therapist 
  • Nail Technician 

Salon Management Courses

  • Salon Manager 
  • Hairdresser 
  • Beautician 
  • Salon Administrator 

Nail Care Courses

  • Nail Technician 
  • Spa Therapist 
  • Beauty Therapist 
  • Nail Salon Owner

Make-Up Application Courses

  • Make-up Artist 
  • Beauty Content Creator 
  • Make-up Line Owner 
  • Facial Therapist 

Facial Skincare Courses

  • Spa Therapist 
  • Facial Therapist 
  • Make-up Artist 
  • Beautician 

Child Day Care Courses

  • Day Care Manager 
  • Day Care Administrator 
  • Au Pair 
  • Babysitter 

Crèche Management Courses

  • Crèche Manager 
  • Crèche Teacher 
  • Au Pair 
  • Nanny

Child Psychology Courses

  • Au Pair 
  • Babysitter 
  • Day Care Manager 
  • Crèche Teacher

Guest House Management Courses

  • Guest House Manager 
  • Guest House Administrator 
  • Assistant Lodge Manager 
  • Guest House Waiter/Waitress

First Aid Course

  • Au Pair 
  • Child Minder 
  • Babysitter 
  • Nanny 

Events Planning Courses

  • Events Planner 
  • Events Coordinator 
  • Events Manager 
  • Events Assistant 

Wedding Planning Courses

  • Wedding Planner 
  • Wedding Coordinator 
  • Wedding Manager 
  • Wedding Assistant 

Tourism Management Courses

  • Tourist Manager 
  • Tourist Officer 
  • Tourist Assistant 
  • Travel Consultant 

Career Opportunities With Duties

Courses Duties related to the course
Beauty Therapy Courses Conduct treatment for skin. Offer advice on skincare routines. Recommend skin products. Apply make-up on clients
Salon Management Courses Manage the salon. Manage salon budget. Oversee daily salon activities. Perform salon duties such as haircutting
Nail Care Courses Clean and cut nails. Think of nail design ideas. Put nails on clients. Remove old nail polish
Make-Up Application Courses Apply make-up on clients. Cleanse skin. Recommend make-up looks. Recommend skin products
Facial Skincare Courses Clean skin. Perform skin treatment. Perform facial massage. Advise client on skincare products
Child Day Care Courses Manage a Day Care Centre. Teach Day Care Children different skills. Prepare healthy meals. Ensure children eat and bath
Crèche Management Courses Manage a Crèche. Create learning programmes. Manage the Crèche budget. Have meetings with parents/guardians
Child Psychology Courses Help children develop skills. Teach children how to speak and process information. Ensure children are healthy mentally and emotionally. Assist children with depression or being bullied.
Guest House Management Courses Manage guests. Ensure guests are in a safe and healthy environment. Arrange reservations. Greeting guests
First Aid Course Provide immediate medication. Perform CPR. Call an ambulance if case is critical. Sanitize first aid tools.
Events Planning Courses Planning events. Booking venues. Order event supplies. Create event budget plan
Wedding Planning Courses Help create wedding budget. Think of stylish ways to decorate wedding venue. Negotiate contracts for venues and supplies. Have meetings with wedding couple
Tourism Management Courses Managing tourism activities. Hiring and training staff. Handling guest complaints. improve tourism activities

What Course Can I Study To Be Self-Employed?

There are many courses you can study at Matric College to be self-employed. Firstly, you can study our Short Courses which equip you with skills that prepare you for the workplace or entrepreneurship. You can also study the following NATED or ICB courses:

NATED Courses

These courses focus on business aspects. They teach you skills and knowledge that make you stand out from other people who are self-employed. You learn how a business is opened and operated and the activities that are included in running a business. These are the NATED courses we offer: 

ICB Courses

These courses focus on business and everything in it. You are equipped with skills and knowledge that are valued by employers and good for entrepreneurship. These are the ICB courses we offer: 

The NATED and ICB courses are also in demand in South Africa, which means if you decide to not be self-employed, you have a better chance of finding employment. 

What Is The Purpose Of The Short Course?

A Short Course is created to help people with the following: 

  • Gain skills
    The purpose of Short Courses is to provide you with skills. Short Courses are not theory orientated but practical orientated. This is because they prepare you for the work environment where you will apply your skills. 
  • Gain Promotion
    Short courses add to the skills that you already have or advance the current ones. The more advanced your skills become, the higher your chances of getting promoted become. 
  • Find employment
    Short Courses help you gain employment. This is because they equip you with skills that are highly valued by employers. 
  • Open a Business
    Short Courses help you open and run a business. From the set of skills you obtain while learning, you can become an Entrepreneur. You have a better chance to succeed with the knowledge that you acquire from Short Courses. 
  • Study without Matric 
    Short Courses are designed to help all students study and gain qualifications. Whether you have a Matric Certificate or not, you can study these courses at Matric College. You will be able to find employment or be self-employed and make a decent living.

Are Short Courses Worth It?

Yes, Short Courses are worth it for the following reasons: 

  • Short
    Short courses can be completed in a short amount of time. If you are someone who wants to gain skills fast to find work or gain a promotion. These are the right courses for you. They can be completed between a period of 4 to 24 months. 
  • No exams
    If you do not generally enjoy too many assessments, you will enjoy Short Courses. There are no exams in these courses. You only have to complete between 1 and 4 assignments for each subject. This is less pressure and helps you study better. 
  • Fair requirements
    You can study Short Courses even if you do not have Matric. There is no specific qualification required. This means you can study immediately. 
  • Skills
    Short Courses are filled with skills. They equip you with skills that advance the ones you already have while adding new ones. 
  • Employment friendly
    Short Courses are employment friendly. They are valued by employers for their skills and how they prepare students for the work environment. This increases your chances to be employed.

Benefits Of Studying A Short Course At Matric College

HomeYou study the Short Courses from home through Matric College. This is a convenient way to study better and with no pressure.
FlexibleStudy times are flexible. You can choose to study whenever you want. E.g If you are someone who is busy during the day, you can study during the night.
AssistanceYou receive assistance from tutors with your assessments. They are available weekdays from 08:00 am to 05:00 pm.
Course ExpertsWe have course experts to give you every information you need on the Short Course you are doing.
SkillsYou will gain skills when you study the Short Courses at Matric College.
Study MaterialStudy material is sent to you from us. We deliver this to your door via courier. It arrives in five to seven days.
SupportWhen you have urgent academic requests, we reply to you immediately because we want our students to study with no pressure.
GraduationWhen you complete a Short Course, you will graduate. You will be awarded a Short Course Certificate Qualification.
NOTE: We use a third-party courier service.

Which Course Is Easy?

Short Courses offered at Matric College are easy because of the following: 

  • They do not have exams, which makes it easier to complete the course 
  • They are studied from home, which makes it easier because there is more than enough time to study 
  • There are tutors to assist with the course assessments which makes it easy to study and pass
  • There is study material provided which makes it easy to find information and understand the course 

Can You Put Online Courses On Your CV?

Yes, you can put an online Short Course on your CV. Matric College is a distance learning college. Online forms are part of distance learning. You use academic online tools such as 

Short Courses are great if you have to put courses in your CV. This is because a CV must show the skills and qualifications you have because this is what employers are looking for. Short Courses are full of skills. When you complete them, you also receive a qualification. This is good as you can put it in your CV and increase your chances of finding employment. 

What Are Certificate Courses?

Certificate Courses are courses that award you a Certificate Qualification when you complete the course. Short Courses also fall under Certificate Courses. To receive this qualification, you must pass the assessments in the Short Courses. There are different assignments in each Short Course subject. You must pass this with a 50% or above to complete the course. Here are a few tips on what you can do to pass the Short Courses and gain a Certificate: 

  • Make time to study your study material provided to you by the college 
  • Ask the tutors available for assistance if you do not understand your study material 
  • Look for more information on the internet to gain extra knowledge
  • Write all your assignments and aim to get good marks 
  • Submit your assignments in time 

What Are Certificates Good For?

Certificate Qualifications that you get awarded when you complete a Short Course at Matric College are good for the following: 

  • You gain lifetime knowledge 
  • You gain skills 
  • Increases your chances to earn better 
  • Increases your chance of earning a promotion 
  • You earn respect from other professionals 
  • Become more confident in your work
  • People trust in your services better 
  • You can be trusted by funding companies 
  • You have proof of obtained education 

What Is The Best Short Term Course?

The best Short Term Course depends on what you consider a short duration to study a course. We offer Short Courses that can be completed in four (4), eight (8), twelve (12) and twenty-four (24) months.

For each of these courses, you receive a Certificate Qualification when you complete them. We do this by hosting a graduation ceremony for our students and awarding them their qualifications. This is also a place where we congratulate them and wish them well in their next step in life. 

How Many Months Is A Short Course?

Each Short Course has a unique duration. Our Short Courses at Matric College range from 4 to 24 months. Some can be completed in four (4) to eight (8) months.

What Courses Can I Do In 2 Months?

You can study the First Aid Course at Matric College for two (2) months. This course focuses on equipping you with skills that help you in cases of emergency. These skills include: 

  • Performance of Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) 
  • Stop bleeding 
  • Management of choking 
  • Reduce heat exhaustion 
  • Offer correct administration of medication 
  • Management of injuries 
  • Prevention of further injuries 
  • Remaining calm in cases of emergency 

Who Can Study A Short Course?

The following people can study a Short Course at Matric College: 

  • Those who wish to learn new skills 
  • Those who want to advance their current skills 
  • Anyone who wants to earn a promotion at work 
  • Any individual who wants to start a business or promote their business 
  • Students who prefer practical studies over theory 
  • People from inside and outside South Africa 
  • Parents, employers and employees can also study 
  • People with or without Matric 
  • Anyone who is 16 years or older 
  • Students who can read, write or understand English 
  • Those who can study through distance learning 

How Do I Choose A Short Course?

There are a lot of Short Courses to choose from at Matric College. However, when it comes to choosing the right one for you, it may get confusing. This is why we have Course Experts who can advance you. They are well-educated and can help you choose the right course for you. There are many things that they look at including the following:

  • Your budget
    They will help you to choose a course that fits your budget well.
  • Interests
    They will identify your interests and help you choose a course you will love to learn about.
  • Passion
    They will evaluate your passion and help you choose a course you will enjoy doing and be good at. For example, for someone who has the following qualities, the Course Experts can advise that they study a Guest House Management Course.  
      • Patient
      • Alert
      • Gentle
      • Loves to speak
      • Works well with everyone

    The student with the above qualities can work well as a Guest House Professional because they can:

      • Be patient with guests when they ask questions
      • Be alert and ensure guests are safe and feel welcomed
      • Be gentle and make guests feel at home
      • Speak to guests and let them know everything they need to know about their stay
      • Work well with the guests

Here is how you can contact our Course Experts:

Milan Badenhorst

Shante Goodman

Sharne Meyer

Masande Nomence

Bridgette Linneman

Glynis-Lee Sellidon

Chardonay Pypers


Are Short Courses Beneficial In Life?

Yes, Short Courses are beneficial in life. They help you with the following:

  • Gain personal skills
    When you study a Short Course, you gain skills that can be applied in your own personal life. For example, if you study the Child Day Care Course you will learn a lot about how to take care of children. This will help you if you decide to have your own children. You will be able to care for them and help them develop in the best way possible. Children from your family members can also benefit from your skills. 
  • Gain lifelong skills
    The good thing about skills is that they are a lifetime investment. You can use the skills you gain from a Short Course for a long time. It is important to keep administering your skills so that you stay better over time and do not forget anything.
  • Gain a foundation
    Short Courses are beneficial because they give you knowledge and skills that can be used as foundational knowledge for a course you want to study. For example, if you would like to become a Cosmetologist, you can start by first studying a Facial Skincare course. You will gain foundational knowledge that will make it easy to understand Cosmetology. 

What Jobs Can I Get Without A Qualification?

You can get employed even though you do not have a qualification. This is because most employers value skills and work experience a lot. You can find work as a:

  • Cashier 
  • Store Assistant 
  • General Worker 
  • Call Centre Agent 
  • Receptionist 
  • Truck Driver 
  • Waiter/Waitress 

What Different Types Of Short Courses Are There?

At Matric College, we offer the following types of Short Courses: 

  • Short Courses
    These are usually very short and offer a foundational understanding of the course. They can be completed in 2 to 4 months. 
  • Certificate Courses
    These are also short. They can be completed in 4 to 8 months. They give more understanding of what is taught in the Short Course. 
  • Comprehensive Courses
    These are longer than the other type of Short courses. They can be completed in 8 to 24 months. They give a broad understanding of the course.

Can I Do A Short Course At A University?

Yes, you can do a Short Course at a university. Different universities offer Short Courses. However, these courses are not accredited just like all other Short Courses.

Do Short Courses Count As A Qualification?

Yes, Short courses count as a qualification. When you complete studying these courses, you are awarded a Certificate Qualification. This serves as proof that you have acquired the skills you have professionally. 

Employers look at the certificate and value you for the education you received. Although the certificate is not accredited, it still qualifies as a qualification. 

Is A Short Course A Degree?

No, a Short Course is not a Degree Qualification but a Certificate Qualification. You can study with or without Matric. For a Degree Qualification, you must have a Matric Certificate with a Bachelor’s Degree pass to study. Your acceptance into the course depends on whether you meet the requirements set by the university where you are applying.

If you want to have a Matric Certificate, you can study the Adult Matric course at Matric College. When you have completed the course, you will be awarded a Matric Certificate. This certificate is exactly the same as the one you receive in high school. The only difference is that you are getting it as an adult at a college. Here are the requirements for the Adult Matric Course:

  • You must have at least a Grade 9 or equivalent qualification,
  • i.e.: Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) Level 4
  • You have an incomplete Matric 
  • You must be able to read, write and understand English or Afrikaans 
  • You must be 21 years or older to write the exams 
  • You may sign up for the Adult Matric course at the age of 19 years old, but you will only be able to write the Adult Matric exam once you are over 21

Is A Course A Qualification?

A course is not a qualification, but a series of events where you learn about a particular career. A qualification is a document you are awarded when you have completed the course.

People Also Ask

No, Short courses do not have credits because they are not accredited. We offer Short courses on industry-relevant skills that teach you all the knowledge you will need for your future career choices and starting your own business. 

With our comprehensive study materials and qualified tutors, we guide and support you in your journey to success.

Yes, Matric college courses are affordable compared to most institutions. So if you decide to study a short course to add a skill to your CV/start your own business or upgrade your marks to receive a matric certificate, you will be paying a reasonable fee based on our payment options.

We offer 3 short courses for anyone interested in teaching and helping children grow and develop in their early years. These are: 



Career Prospects

Crèche Management

This course teaches how to manage a crèche (daycare centre), including communication skills, human resources, and safety management. It’s suitable for those looking to run or manage a daycare centre.

Day Care Manager, Day Care Administrator, Au Pair, Child Health and Nutrition Caretaker, Nanny

Child Psychology

Focuses on understanding children’s mental development. It’s ideal for individuals seeking to work in child care, helping to understand and foster children’s emotional and mental growth.

Childcare Minder, Childcare Worker, Childcare Manager, Nanny, Au Pair

Child Day Care

Covers the basics of setting up and running a daycare, including child care, safety, and customer satisfaction. This course is great for those aiming to work in or manage a child daycare environment.

Day Care Administrator, Day Care Manager, Au Pair, Child Health and Nutrition Caretaker, Nanny

Author: Mulisa Nethononda
Editor: Caitlin Roux
Date Published: December 20, 2023