School leavers have many questions to answer.

SunEducation spoke to people who completed their matric years ago to find out how difficult it is or was for them to study further.

- Felleng Tsolo (33) from Soweto completed her matric in 2005 but still finds it difficult to study at university or college.

“I want to study IT but unfortunately but I don’t have enough money to pay for full courses but I have taken some short courses.”

Reitumetse Mabote (18) from Pimville finished her matric in 2017 but was only accepted to study psychology at Unisa this year.

“I applied early and while I was not sure of my AP score, I was accepted to the university.”

Dr Naresh Veeran, chief commercial officer at Embury Institute for Higher Education, said choosing a field of study that you are passionate about is the first step.

Universities and colleges offer different experiences. Universities focus on academic theory and research, while colleges focus on artisanship and practical skill training, but they do overlap. Colleges even have courses that provide degrees.

More universities are also offering affordable diplomas for what is essentially the same education under different labels.

Naresh said in order to gain admission to a university, college or university of technology, you need a matriculation certificate that meets specific admission criteria.

TVET colleges do have courses which admit people with grade 9 certificates.

When looking for an institution where you can study, you must:

- Choose a registered institution. All private institutions must have a registration certificate from the department of higher education and training.

- Check that the qualification is accredited and accepted. Always double check what you’re told.