Pearson Institute of Higher Education


As Pearson Institution of Higher Education, we are proud of our past and looking forward to our future.

We have enough history to be highly regarded academically but we are free from the restrictions that traditions often impose. This means that we can focus on the workplace of the future and what it really needs. Since MGI was established, we have been pioneers in the higher education space in South Africa. We are known for our innovative and collaborative approach to teaching and learning, and for developing employable graduates. We have also established our credibility by offering qualifications that are locally accredited and internationally recognised.

History contextualises your present and your future and for this reason, we feel you should know where we come from. Midrand Graduate Institute (MGI) was founded in 1989 as a private, university-level, degree-conferring institution in South Africa. It quickly developed a reputation for offering accredited and career-focused qualifications that prepared graduates for a highly competitive job market. From its early beginnings, it offered relevant and industry-aligned degrees with an emphasis on interactive, practical and experiential teaching and learning methods.

In 2013, Pearson became the sole owner of MGI. The acquisition formed part of the company’s strategic focus to invest in and have a positive and meaningful impact on education in southern Africa. In 2016 MGI was renamed Pearson Institute of Higher Education.

Our future, your future

PI gives you the opportunity to shape your own future. We offer you a range of qualifications and programmes, led by the latest industry discoveries and trends, which prepare you for the world of work.Our teaching methods ensure that you acquire subject-specific skills, work-appropriate behaviours and confidence in using relevant technology.

We offer 16 undergraduate and four postgraduate degrees as well as tutor support for UNISA’s Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree, across our three faculties of Humanities, Commerce and Law, and Applied Sciences. We also offer specialist higher certificates and short learning programmes. We have 12 educational sites of delivery, which gives you the flexibility to study at a location that best suits you, and our campus in Midrand offers you a unique residential environment.

We are guided by the learner, by trends and by employers and our vison for our future, and yours, is that we continue to strive for excellence in everything we do. We continue to find new ways of doing things, to give more students employment-orientated skills and to prepare you for the rapidly changing world of work.

Why Pearson Institute

Experience a world of learning at Pearson Institute

At Pearson Institute of Higher Education our enduring priority is our students. With this philosophy at the heart of everything we do, here are just some of the reasons why you should study with us:

  • A strong global heritage: we are backed by the world’s leading learning company
  • Campuses throughout South Africa: 13 sites of education delivery
  • Qualifications of academic excellence: we are locally registered and accredited and internationally recognised
  • Industry-led curriculum: we are responsive to the demands of the job market so we ensure our material, content and academic services are relevant and current.
  • Career-focused higher education qualifications and programmes: you have a choice of over 34 academic and non-formal programmes across three faculties, all equipping you with the skills you need for the world of work.
  • Blended approach to teaching and learning: we used traditional and new learning methods, as well as practical application, to prepare you for the rapidly changing and technology driven world of work.
  • Qualified and experienced academic staff: Our staff has both academic and real world experience so you will learn from lecturers who are highly qualified and committed to your success
  • Smaller class sizes: You will interact more closely with our lecturers, which encourages better understanding and promotes independent thinking.
  • Diverse student base: We have students from over 18 countries. This diversity prepares you for the international and globalised nature of the workplace.
This school offers programs in:
  • English

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UNISA Bachelor of Laws (LLB)

Campus Full time 4 years February 2017 South Africa Midrand

The LLB degree is conferred by UNISA, Africa’s leading distance-learning institution and South Africa’s oldest university. Studying law is extremely demanding, so we offer lecture-led learning in smaller classes to ensure you get the best out of your law degree. You will focus on a broad range of legal modules and in your forth year, you choose elective modules that are of special interest to you. [+]

The LLB degree is conferred by UNISA, Africa’s leading distance-learning institution and South Africa’s oldest university. Studying law is extremely demanding, so we offer lecture-led learning in smaller classes to ensure you get the best out of your law degree. You will focus on a broad range of legal modules and in your forth year, you choose elective modules that are of special interest to you. We believe that offering lecture-led teaching and support for such a rigorous qualification will greatly enhance your chances of completing the degree successfully. Instead of studying the programme alone, we give you the opportunity to learn in a vibrant campus environment with the support of academic and industry professionals. With this approach, you are able to study 35 compulsory modules and selected elective modules, very intensively in four years. We also maintain strong links with the legal world so that our support efforts are relevant and application led. By studying law through Pearson Institute and UNISA, you will get the opportunity to develop your skills of logical reasoning, making ethical judgements, and analysing and interpreting legal issues. As an official licensee of UNISA, we ensure that you are ready to navigate the legal and business world with real world skills. Teaching methods and assessment We offer lecture-led support for the UNISA LLB modules. Our smaller class sizes allow for individualised attention. Our teaching staff is a mix of full-time academics and working professionals to ensure you benefit from quality academic and industry inputs. You have access to campus resource centres, computer labs and WiFi. You attend lectures and small group sessions. You may volunteer at the Pearson Institute Legal Advice and Training Centre. You may participate in moot court competitions. Throughout the programme, you have to demonstrate theoretical and practical understanding via application-based assessments such as examinations, assignments, essays, case studies, research projects and analysis of legal issues. An LLB degree alone is not a qualification for practise. Those of you who choose to become attorneys must complete an additional two years of articles and pass the Attorneys Admission Examination, while those of you who choose to become advocates must complete a one year pupillage and pass the National Bar Examination Board exam. YEAR 1 Family Law Financial Accounting Principles for Law Practitioners Foundations of South African Law General Principles of Criminal Law Introduction to Law Law of Persons Research Literacy for Law Skills Course for Law Students Social Dimensions of Justice The Origins of South African Law YEAR 2 Administrative Law African Customary Law Constitutional aw Criminal Law: Specific Crimes Entrepreneurial Law Fundamental Rights General Principles of Civil Procedure Insolvency Law Interpretation of Statutes Law of Succession YEAR 3 Civil Procedure: Court Proceedings Enrichment, Liability and Estoppel Evidence: Admissibility of Evidence Evidence: The Presentation and Assessment of Evidence Labour Law Law of Contract Law of Criminal Procedure: Pre-trial Law of Criminal Procedure: Trial and Post-Trial Law of Delict Law of Property YEAR 4 Compulsory modules: International Law Law of Negotiable Instruments, Intellectual Property and Competition Legal Philosophy Professional Ethics Research Methodology Qualification Accreditation Accredited by the South African Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) of the Council on Higher Education (CHE). Registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). Career Options The career choices for you, as a UNISA Bachelor of Laws graduate, are varied and employment options include: Advocate Attorney Legal advisor Magistrate Working in legal departments in government or business Start Date February (Two Semesters per academic year) [-]

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