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Continuing education

Short courses, workshops, seminars, lectures and conferences are organised by the following UCT bodies as part of the university's commitment to continuing education:

Continuing Professional Development

The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme offers short courses, workshops and conferences. These provide ongoing education for professionals, outside the formal academic courses offered at UCT for degree purposes. Continuing education includes all subjects that may benefit people in their professional and vocational activities.

Centre for Extra-Mural Studies

The Centre for Extra-Mural Studies (EMS) contributes to the university's social responsiveness by supporting students and making academic and university resources available to a wider range of participants. EMS provides a range of courses and learning opportunities for the general public.

The main work of the Centre for Extra-Mural Studies is its annual Summer School which runs for three weeks in January each year and is the largest public education programme of its kind in South Africa, regularly attracting around 3 000 people. Summer School offers courses on a range of topics from arts, humanities and current issues to the physical and environmental sciences and aims to make specialised knowledge accessible to a wide audience, regardless of educational qualifications. These courses are for non-degree purposes and do not involve examinations or certification, though written or practical projects and reading may be required. The programme is available from October each year on the Summer School website.

UCT Law @ Work

Leading the way in continuing legal education since 1999, UCT Law@work presents a range of seminars and courses dealing with various aspects of the law, including labour, commercial and public law.

UCT English Language Centre

Based in the Faculty of Humanities, the UCT English Language Centre (ELC) delivers year-round programmes in English as a foreign language to international participants of all ages. Courses are offered at various proficiency levels, including general English, English for business communication and preparation courses for the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language ) and Cambridge English exams. The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programme helps local and international applicants to UCT who need to improve their level of English before beginning their degree courses.

Continuing Education Unit Health

The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Health is the official continuing education programme for UCT's Faculty of Health Sciences.The unit was established in October 2015 to facilitate short courses offered by the various departments in the faculty for the ongoing development of healthcare professionals.

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