Universities in South Africa are, as we know, rather expensive. Because of this and the fact that an engineering degree takes longer to achieve than an engineering diploma, a degree in engineering is considerably more expensive than a diploma. You are also often able to study a diploma part-time, especially at private institutions and technical colleges. This means that if you are doing a diploma you might be able to get a part-time job that will help you contribute towards your tuition.
Nature of Course Study:
Engineering degrees, while including a huge practical component, that you will have to pass to get your degree, are typically more theoretical in nature. Engineering diplomas often have a lot more focus on the practical components of the engineering industry. If you are studying towards a diploma, your course work will be a lot more “hands-on.
Because of the highly practical nature of engineering diplomas, you are able to qualify in much more specialized fields. This means that you are qualified to do a specific job and so makes you very competitive in that field. You are able to qualify in a wide range of fields, including mechanical, chemical, civil and electrical engineering. You are also able to study further for one year after completing your engineering diploma in order to obtain a BTech degree. This qualification enables you to register as a professional engineering technician and will open up even more career opportunities.