The Department of Communication Sciences offers a National Diploma as well as BTech degree in Language Practice. The NDip:  Language Practice qualification is a 3 year diploma course.  After successful completion of this qualification candidates can enroll for a fourth year of study to obtain the BTech:  Language Practice degree.  Postgraduate qualifications such as a Master of Communication in Language Practice and a Doctor of Communication in Language Practice are also offered.

These multi-faceted and challenging qualifications are outcomes-based learning programmes aimed at opening doors to the media world and explore aspects such as video techniques, writing skills, translation, computer usage, public speaking and intercultural relationships, with translation being one of the major subjects.

The programme has international links through a student exchange agreement with universities abroad.

Persons with a Language Practice qualification will add great value to any private institution or government department as Language Officer, Translator, Communications Officer, Editor, Technical Writer, Administrative Officer, Training Officer, as well as be involved in Journalism and Public Relations to a certain extent. Entrepreneurship in a language based direction is also a possibility.


Head of Department

Dr B Fredericks

Tel: +27 (0)51 507 3327 | E-mail:


Diploma: Language Practice and Media Studies

Baccalaureus Technologiae: Language Practice


Staff in the Department


Contact us

Ms Nelia Oberholzer

Tel: +27 (0)51 507 3327 | Fax: +27 (0)51 507 3970 | E-mail:

Departmental Manager: Dr B Badenhorst (Welkom Campus)

Tel.: +27 (0)57 910 3633 | E-mail:

Academic Administrative Officer: Ms P Kellerman (Welkom Campus)

Tel.: +27 (0)57 388 3599 | E-mail:


Updated: 18 April 2018

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