Cornerstone Institute

Introduction

Cornerstone Institute was founded in 1970 on the Cape Flats at a time when prospective black theologians were excluded from attending universities due to the oppressive laws of the former regime. As the Cape Evangelical Bible Institute, it provided theological education for unqualified pastors on the Cape Flats.

The institute is historically grounded in a highly ethical ethos, emphasising the relationship between leadership and professional integrity. It embraces students from all walks of life and focuses on the development of leaders. Cornerstone is a non-profit, fully accredited Private Higher Education Institution offering undergraduate programmes (certificates, short courses and degrees) and postgraduate programmes (higher certificate and honours degrees) across various disciplines in the Faculty of Humanities, and the Faculty of Entrepreneurship and Economic Transformation. Most of our programmes are offered online as well as on campus, making it easy for students to study from all over the world.

Why choose Cornerstone Institute?

At Cornerstone Institute we source the best faculty, ensuring that the students who graduate from our institution are able to make a difference in all fields of study that we provide; including Psychology, Ethics, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Business, Education, Sociology and Community Development. We seek to share a compelling story, underpinned by a philosophy of education where we convey, transfer and embed the core values of our institution.


What sets us apart from the rest is that we:

  • Have a signature approach where we offer a fundamental foundational set of courses, referred to as the ‘Cornerstone Core’. These include Intercultural Communication, Economics, Leadership Studies, Worldviews, South African History and Society, and Ethics.
  • Designed a ‘Four Year Solution’, where students who do not achieve a bachelor’s pass in Grade 12 will be able to access our certificate programmes across all the disciplines we offer, to bridge them into a degree programme, leading to post-graduate studies if desired.
  • Create access to a university education in a caring and competent community.
  • Provide a productive and stimulating environment in which learning and teaching can take place, on our campuses and through our online learning environments.
  • Are committed to community development in all its various forms.
  • Have an ethically grounded ethos.
  • Focus on effective career preparation and pathways.
  • Offer competitive fees and financial support for qualifying students.


Shared common values

We recognise that values are not just what we talk about and teach, but are core to identity formation. Cornerstone is committed to building a highly ethical and principled worldview in all our students. We promote the values of inclusivity, excellence, integrity, unity, respect and creativity to produce dynamic ethical leaders prepared to act as responsible citizens in a global society.

To expand our offering, and add value for students across all walks of life, the Fundamentals Training Centre has been incorporated into the Faculty of Entrepreneurship and Economic Transformation of Cornerstone Institute. FTC offers leadership and management training programmes to corporates, government and communities. They have an outstanding track record in delivering responsive, high-quality training programmes and courses to all sectors, both locally and internationally. All our courses and training programmes are customised to meet the client’s needs, time frames and budget.


Future Direction

In August 2015 Cornerstone Institute gained a benefactor who saw the potential for Cornerstone to address educational challenges faced in Africa, particularly in South Africa, and globally. The serious shortage of accessible high quality and effective learning programmes available to adults (young and old) are factored into our planning. Cornerstone Institute makes a difference by providing an opportunity for all South Africans and members of the global community to acquire perspective, skills and knowledge that can serve their needs and that of our society on every level, and in every sphere that matters. While recognising and acknowledging that Cornerstone Institute cannot serve the entire spectrum of education and training needed to transform society, we can indeed provide a cornerstone and foundation to redress the shortcomings of our mainstream schooling system. We offer a coherent and strategic set of programmes with which our students find paths to personal mastery, advancement, and fulfilment. Our model, built on social relevance, ethical and academic integrity, plurality, as well as financial sustainability, are important pillars to make the impact that we all seek in creating a prosperous, just and equitable society.

The Board and Management of Cornerstone Institute have great plans for its future. These plans will be premised on robust research and will initially be driven through a Research Incubator which will be established in our Faculty of Entrepreneurship and Economic Transformation. Some of the areas that we intend to explore include:

  • The Green Economy;
  • Business Trends;
  • Applied Science for a Sustainable World;
  • Media and Technology Convergence; and
  • Arts and Culture

The outcomes of the research we conduct will inform new programmes and faculties, schools and departments at Cornerstone Institute.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

This school also offers:

BA

Bachelor of Arts: Media Studies

Online Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 years January 2019 South Africa Cape Town + 2 more

The major in Media Studies is designed to help students develop the analytical, critical and creative communication skills required to engage meaningfully with a wide range of media. Building on a robust understanding of media’s political, economic, technological, social and historical contexts, each student will find his/her unique voice through real-world experiences provided by contact with industry professionals and practical projects. [+]

Registration Certificate No 2001/HE08/006. NQF 7; SAQA ID: 87406. (376 CREDITS)

The major in Media Studies is designed to help students develop the analytical, critical and creative communication skills required to engage meaningfully with a wide range of media. Building on a robust understanding of media’s political, economic, technological, social and historical contexts, each student will find his/her unique voice through real-world experiences provided by contact with industry professionals and practical projects.

Admission Requirements National Senior Certificate (NSC) with a bachelor’s pass or equivalent; Matriculation Certificate (with university exemption) or equivalent; Higher Certificate or an Advanced Certificate or Diploma in a cognate field. Alternative Admission Requirements National Senior Certificate or National Certificate Vocational with a diploma pass (or equivalent) combined with the results of the National Benchmark Test (NBT); Mature age of 23 and over during the first year of studies and a National Senior Certificate (or equivalent); The conditions of the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy for access and the results of the NBT are determining factors for admission. Contact the admissions office regarding RPL; Mature students (45 years or later) can be admitted, determined by the RPL conditions and the results of the NBT. Time Commitment Minimum three years; Maximum six years part-time; On campus and online; January and July intakes. ... [-]

Bachelor of Arts: Psychology

Online Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 years January 2019 South Africa Cape Town + 2 more

The aim of this programme is to educate students in the theory and practice of psychology and counselling, with a focus on personal development, family studies and broader mental health interventions. The programme helps students develop an integrated and relevant counselling praxis within the South African context. It also prepares students for further studies in psychology and trains them in foundational social research skills. During their first year, the students will also take the foundational set of modules, referred to as the ‘Cornerstone Core’. These include History, Sociology, Ethics, Philosophy, Economics and Leadership Studies. These modules are embedded in Cornerstone’s core values of inclusivity, excellence, integrity, unity, respect and creativity. [+]

Registration Certificate No 2001/HE08/006. SAQA ID: 87406. (376 CREDITS)

The aim of this programme is to educate students in the theory and practice of psychology and counselling, with a focus on personal development, family studies and broader mental health interventions. The programme helps students develop an integrated and relevant counselling praxis within the South African context. It also prepares students for further studies in psychology and trains them in foundational social research skills. During their first year, the students will also take the foundational set of modules, referred to as the ‘Cornerstone Core’. These include History, Sociology, Ethics, Philosophy, Economics and Leadership Studies. These modules are embedded in Cornerstone’s core values of inclusivity, excellence, integrity, unity, respect and creativity.... [-]


Bachelor of Arts: Sociology/Community Development

Online Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 years January 2019 South Africa Cape Town + 2 more

This qualification helps students gain an in-depth understanding of sociological theories. The student would be able to analyse and evaluate these theories with reference to issues such as poverty, globalisation, conflict, the environment and gender, with a special focus on South Africa and the African continent. The qualification also provides the students with practical community, cross-cultural and social research skills. [+]

Registration Certificate No 2001/HE08/006. SAQA ID: 87406. (376 CREDITS)

This qualification helps students gain an in-depth understanding of sociological theories. The student would be able to analyse and evaluate these theories with reference to issues such as poverty, globalisation, conflict, the environment and gender, with a special focus on South Africa and the African continent. The qualification also provides the students with practical community, cross-cultural and social research skills.

Admission Requirements National Senior Certificate with a bachelor’s pass or equivalent; Matriculation Certificate (with university exemption) or equivalent; Higher Certificate or an Advanced Certificate or Diploma in a cognate field. Alternative Admission Requirements A National Senior Certificate or National Certificate Vocational with a diploma pass (or equivalent) combined with the results of the National Benchmark Test (NBT); Mature age of 23 and over during the first year of studies and a National Senior Certificate (or equivalent); The conditions of the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy for access and the results of the NBT are determining factors for admission. Contact the admissions office regarding RPL; Mature students (45 years or later) can be admitted, determined by the RPL conditions and the results of the NBT. Time Commitment Minimum three years; Maximum six years part-time; On campus and online; January and July intakes. ... [-]

Bachelor of Arts: Theology

Online Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 years January 2019 South Africa Cape Town + 2 more

The aim of this programme is to equip students with a Christian, interdisciplinary approach to engaging real-world crises and opportunities. With an emphasis on skillful biblical interpretation and theological understanding, students engage a broad set of contextual issues facing South Africa today and develop an integrative response (drawing from psychological, theological and sociological perspectives). A sense of personal vocation is therefore nurtured, with an emphasis on practical application. [+]

Bachelor of Arts Majoring in Theology (376 credits)

The aim of this programme is to equip students with a Christian, interdisciplinary approach to engaging real-world crises and opportunities. With an emphasis on skillful biblical interpretation and theological understanding, students engage a broad set of contextual issues facing South Africa today and develop an integrative response (drawing from psychological, theological and sociological perspectives). A sense of personal vocation is therefore nurtured, with an emphasis on practical application.

Admission Requirements

National Senior Certificate (NSC) with a bachelor’s pass or equivalent. A Matriculation Certificate (with university exemption) or equivalent. A Higher Certificate or an Advanced Certificate or Diploma in a cognate field.... [-]


Bachelor

Bachelor of Theology in Community Leadership: Business Studies

Online Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 years January 2019 South Africa Cape Town + 2 more

This programme enables graduates to work and lead in a wide variety of ministry and business management projects (e.g. NGO, business, churches, entrepreneurial ventures). We aim to produce graduates capable of managing teams and organisations who approach their task from deep Christian convictions and acquire the management knowledge, tools and skills that business studies can provide. [+]

Registration Certificate No 2001/HE08/006. NQF 7; SAQA ID: 57225. (376 CREDITS)

This programme enables graduates to work and lead in a wide variety of ministry and business management projects (e.g. NGO, business, churches, entrepreneurial ventures). We aim to produce graduates capable of managing teams and organisations who approach their task from deep Christian convictions and acquire the management knowledge, tools and skills that business studies can provide.

Admission Requirements A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with a bachelor’s pass or equivalent; Matriculation Certificate (with university exemption) or equivalent; Higher Certificate or an Advanced Certificate or Diploma in a cognate field. Alternative Admission Requirements A National Senior Certificate or National Certificate Vocational with a diploma pass (or equivalent) combined with the results of the National Benchmark Test (NBT); Mature age of 23 and over during the first year of studies and a National Senior Certificate (or equivalent); The conditions of the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy for access and the results of the NBT are determining factors for admission. Contact the admissions office regarding RPL; Mature students (45 years or later) can be admitted, determined by the RPL conditions and the results of the NBT. Time Commitment Minimum three years full-time; Maximum six years part-time; On campus and online; January and July intakes. ... [-]

Bachelor of Theology in Community Leadership: Christian Ministry

Online Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 years January 2019 South Africa Cape Town + 2 more

This programme develops Christian leaders with a broad theoretical and practical foundation in Christian ministry. Graduates will be grounded in Biblical texts and equipped with the knowledge and skills to serve in churches and faith-based organisations. Academic study and personal faith are integrated to produce leaders with a mature, holistic spirituality. [+]

Registration Certificate No 2001/HE08/006. NQF 7; SAQA ID: 57225. (376 CREDITS)

This programme develops Christian leaders with a broad theoretical and practical foundation in Christian ministry. Graduates will be grounded in Biblical texts and equipped with the knowledge and skills to serve in churches and faith-based organisations. Academic study and personal faith are integrated to produce leaders with a mature, holistic spirituality.

Admission Requirements A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with a bachelor’s pass or equivalent; Matriculation Certificate (with university exemption) or equivalent; Higher Certificate or an Advanced Certificate or Diploma in a cognate field. Alternative Admission Requirements A National Senior Certificate or National Certificate Vocational with a diploma pass (or equivalent) combined with the results of the NBT; Mature age of 23 and over during the first year of studies and a National Senior Certificate (or equivalent); RPL policy for access and the results of the NBT are determining factors for admission. Contact the admissions office regarding RPL; Mature students (45 years or later) can be admitted, determined by the RPL conditions and the results of the NBT. Time Commitment Minimum three years; Maximum six years part-time; On campus and online; January and July intakes. ... [-]

Bachelor of Theology in Community Leadership: Community Development

Online Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 years January 2019 South Africa Cape Town + 2 more

This programme enables graduates to work in a wide variety of community development projects (e.g. government, NGO, churches). We aim to produce community workers who approach their task from deep Christian convictions and acquire the sociological knowledge, tools and skills that development studies can provide. [+]

Registration Certificate No 2001/HE08/006; NQF 7; SAQA ID: 57225. (376 CREDITS)

This programme enables graduates to work in a wide variety of community development projects (e.g. government, NGO, churches). We aim to produce community workers who approach their task from deep Christian convictions and acquire the sociological knowledge, tools and skills that development studies can provide.

Admission Requirements National Senior Certificate (NSC) with a bachelor’s pass or equivalent; A Matriculation Certificate (with university exemption) or equivalent; A Higher Certificate or an Advanced Certificate or Diploma in a cognate field. Alternative Admission Requirements A National Senior Certificate or National Certificate Vocational with a diploma pass (or equivalent) combined with the results of the NBT; Mature age of 23 and over during the first year of studies and a National Senior Certificate (or equivalent); The conditions of the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy for Access and the results of the NBT are determining factors for admission. Contact the admissions office regarding RPL; Mature age of 45 years can be admitted, determined by the RPL conditions and the results of the NBT. Time Commitment Minimum three years; Maximum six years part-time; On campus and online; January and July intakes. ... [-]

Bachelor of Theology in Community Leadership: Media Studies

Online Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 years January 2019 South Africa Cape Town + 2 more

This programme enables graduates to become community leaders through a wide variety of media projects (e.g. NGO, churches, production companies, advertising agencies). We aim to produce media workers who approach their task from deep Christian convictions and acquire the theology, biblical studies and media knowledge, tools and skills that these studies can provide. [+]

Registration Certificate No 2001/HE08/006; NQF 7; SAQA ID: 57225. (376 CREDITS)

This programme enables graduates to become community leaders through a wide variety of media projects (e.g. NGO, churches, production companies, advertising agencies). We aim to produce media workers who approach their task from deep Christian convictions and acquire the theology, biblical studies and media knowledge, tools and skills that these studies can provide.

Admission Requirements A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with a bachelor’s pass or equivalent; Matriculation Certificate (with university exemption) or equivalent; Higher Certificate or an Advanced Certificate or Diploma in a cognate field. Alternative Admission Requirements A National Senior Certificate or National Certificate Vocational with a diploma pass (or equivalent) combined with the results of the National Benchmark Test (NBT); Mature age of 23 and over during the first year of studies and a National Senior Certificate (or equivalent); The conditions of the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy for access and the results of the NBT are determining factors for admission. Contact the admissions office regarding RPL; Mature students (45 years or later) can be admitted, determined by the RPL conditions and the results of the NBT. Time Commitment Minimum three years; Maximum six years part-time; On campus and online; January and July intakes. ... [-]

Bachelor of Theology in Community Leadership: Psychology

Online Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 years January 2019 South Africa Cape Town + 2 more

This programme aims to produce a distinctive kind of counsellor: men and women who are deeply informed by both the Christian faith and the human science of psychology. We aim to produce graduates with a special ability to integrate Christian understanding of the human condition together with findings provided by the human sciences to help people on their journey to wholeness. [+]

Registration Certificate No 2001/HE08/006. NQF 7; SAQA ID: 57225. (376 CREDITS)

This programme aims to produce a distinctive kind of counsellor: men and women who are deeply informed by both the Christian faith and the human science of psychology. We aim to produce graduates with a special ability to integrate Christian understanding of the human condition together with findings provided by the human sciences to help people on their journey to wholeness.

Admission Requirements National Senior Certificate with a bachelor’s pass or equivalent; Matriculation Certificate (with university exemption) or equivalent; Higher Certificate or an Advanced Certificate or Diploma in a cognate field. Alternative Admission Requirements National Senior Certificate or National Certificate Vocational with a diploma pass (or equivalent) combined with the results of the National Benchmark Test (NBT); Mature age of 23 and over during the first year of studies and a National Senior Certificate (or equivalent); The conditions of the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy for access and the results of the NBT are determining factors for admission. Contact the admissions office regarding RPL; Mature students (45 years or later) can be admitted, determined by the RPL conditions and the results of the NBT. Time Commitment Minimum three years full-time; Maximum six years part-time; On campus and online; January and July intakes. ... [-]