Senior Certificate Course

Entry Requirements

The general entry requirement is an undergraduate degree or diploma, preferably in agriculture or the sciences.

A student who has a matric (Grade 12) and has passed the Junior Certificate Course with a Merit Pass (65% and above) will also be entitled to enroll.

A student who only has a matric (Grade 12) certificate will be considered, depending on the outcome of an assessment and interview process.

Since the courses are delivered in English and all assessment are carried out in English, students must be able to read and write in English. Tests of approximately two-hour duration are written after completion of each subject.

Subjects and Modules

Below you can find a comprehensive list of subjects and modules we provide for both or Junior and Senior courses. Please be sure to read through our entry requirements when considering a course. In addition to the lectures listed below, there are several ‘special interest’ lectures on topics of relevance to agriculture in general. Attendance at all lectures is compulsory.

Please select a subject to view which modules it includes:

  • Structure and growth of the sugarcane plant
  • Agronomics
  • Breeding
  • Identification
  • Choice
  • Land preparation
  • Planting
  • Ratoon management
  • Drainage
  • Diseases
  • Causes and control
  • Insect pests
  • Pest principles of control
  • Nematodes
  • Classification
  • Effects of weeds
  • Weed control
  • Cane quality
  • Cane estimates
  • Harvesting management
  • Irrigation principles
  • Management
  • Irrigation systems
  • Property of soils
  • Soil water management
  • Fertiliser, lime, gypsum and organic products
  • Organic matter
  • Plant nutrition and soil chemistry
  • Soil and leaf sampling
  • Mechanisation costs
  • Mechanical operations
  • Maintenance
  • Record keeping
  • Introduction to farm planning
  • Use of levels
  • Introduction to farm management
  • Record keeping
  • Balance sheet and income statement
  • Worker involvement and management
  • Environmental change
  • Natural resources and sugarcane farming
  • Environmental impacts, control and management
  • Environmental law
  • SUSFARMS®

For more information contact:

Belinda Simpson
Course Administrator
Tel: 031 508 7405
Email: educane@sugar.org.za