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Upskill your life with these short courses

10 short courses to make your 2023! How to get 20% off 


Last updated: Wednesday, 18 January 2023

A short course is an efficient and budget-friendly way to get your new year off to a winning start, whether you want to gain new skills, update your current ones, make a career change, find a job or just learn about something you’re interested in. See start dates on a wide range of courses curated and approved by Africa’s world’s leading university, UCT. Plus, how you can get 20% off the course price right now – and how to get support from your employer.

Learning can change your life and your career. Credit: Get Smarter


What short courses lead to better jobs? What short courses pay well and can be done in three or 6 months (or less)? 

GetSmarter, an online learning expert with more than 10 years' experience developing high-quality online short courses from the world's leading universities, offers a flexible learning structure that helps you fit learning into your life – so you don’t need to give up your job or other commitments to upskill yourself. 

Short courses are usually quicker and less expensive than an in-person course or degree and will arm you with applicable work-ready skills to get your foot in the door, be noticed at work or build out a competitive CV. 

You can fit a short course into your work schedule. Credit: Get Smarter


GetSmarter offers installment payment plans on their courses, so you don’t have to pay in full upfront. They're also making studying through UCT in 2023 more budget-friendly with a 20% discount code on UCT short courses when you register before 31 January (see 10 of the courses below). 

If you’re considering a course that will help you do your current job better, you could ask your employer about funding some of the fee. 

More than a quarter of GetSmarter’s students pay for their studies with some help from their employers – GetSmarter has some tips on how to convince your boss to pay for your course

Online learning is a more budget-friendly option. Credit: Get Smarter


GetSmarter analyses future skills requirements and designs courses that meet those needs – in other words, their online short courses are created with jobs in mind. 

Here are 10 of their suggested short courses from UCT – remember, these are all eligible for 20% off when you register before 31 January. Just use the discount code “UCTLEAP20” at check out:

Course name

Start date


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UCT Graphic Design: For you if you’re considering a career in graphic design or want to refresh your skills.

23 Jan 2023

10 weeks

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UCT Supply Chain Management: 

Understand effective supply chain management and how it gives businesses an edge.

23 Jan 2023

8 weeks

Get course details

UCT Data Analysis: Businesses rely on stats to drive decision-making – learn how to turn data into something meaningful.

30 Jan 2023

8 weeks

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UCT Business Systems Analysis: Learn to identify the need for change and facilitate the design and implementation of solutions.

30 Jan 2023

10 weeks

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UCT Digital Marketing: For business owners looking to boost their brand’s online presence, or aspiring marketing professionals.

6 Feb 2023

10 weeks 

Get course details

UCT Property Development and Investment: Learn how to understand and capitalise on opportunities in the property market.

6 Feb 2023

8 weeks

Get course details

UCT Project Management Foundations: Learn project management tools and better understand a project life cycle.

6 Feb 2023

10 weeks

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UCT Advanced Project Management: For you if you have project management knowledge or experience in a relevant role.

23 Feb 2023

12 weeks

Get course details

UCT Bookkeeping: Perfect for junior bookkeepers and entry-level finance clerks looking to update their skills.

6 March 2023

9 weeks

Get course details

UCT Operations Management: Ideal if you’re currently in a production or ops role, or looking to launch a career in ops management.

13 March 2023

8 weeks

Get course details


GetSmarter offers a range of courses from other leading universities too. Browse the subjects you can study, from compliance and coaching to project management and psychology


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By Lee-Anne Spurdens



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