Learning Communities

Cornerstone is breaking new ground in tertiary education in South Africa. Gone are the days when a student is posted a textbook, studies the whole year on their own and then sits an exam at the end of the year. The modern student requires content that is alive, exciting and dynamic. The modern student learns best in a community of students where there is interaction and peer instruction. The modern student does not mind if this is in a physical place or a virtual space. And finally, the modern student craves interaction with their lecturer. They want to be able to ask questions, discuss ideas, engage and interact with subject matter experts and mentors. If this is how you love to learn then the Cornerstone Learning Community initiative is for you. The CLC Initiative meets all these needs and more.

The video below introduces some of the learning methods you will experience as a CLC student.

Click here to experience this yourself, we have created a demo site where you can explore some of Cornerstone’s online modules.
User ID: demo Password: demo

Quality, Affordable Higher Education at a Location Near You 

- Pastoral support and care of the local church
- Discipleship programmes offered in the local church
- Meet fellow Christians from different church’s and communities

Where can I find a Cornerstone Learning Community? 

To find a Cornerstone Learning Community near you Click Here

What exactly does this mean? 

It means the classroom is coming to you – and not the other way around. Cornerstone Learning Communities are leading this exciting new educational initiative in South Africa, bringing affordable, high quality tertiary education to your doorstep.


Our cutting-edge learning programmes will combine the convenience of e-learning with the social interaction and other benefits of traditional campus life. Online or distance learning can be lonely and our fully-equipped learning communities have been designed to change that.


Partnering with local churches, Cornerstone Learning Communities will use their facilities to create accessible learning centres near where you live. These communities will provide a shared learning experience in a supportive environment founded on Christian principles and a sense of community.

A university culture 

Because we believe the learning process is multi-faceted and should also encompass social, cultural and character development, our programmes include the traditional activities of universities, such as: cultural and social interaction, counselling and community outreach projects.

Fully-accredited Programmes 

Cornerstone Learning Communities offer a range of Degree, Diploma and Certificate Programmes – fully-accredited by the Council on Higher Education.

State-of-the-art technology 

Students are supported in their studies by attending regular live video tutorials where tutors engage with students in discussions, answer questions, and promote further exploration of the course content.

How does it work? 

Each student will go through the interactive material on their own and then regularly assemble in their local Cornerstone Learning Community auditorium with other students in a virtual group discussing and unpacking the concepts and material presented in video lectures. These forums are led by a lecturer, tutor, mentor or subject expert.

Each Cornerstone Learning Community is fully equipped with:

  • A dedicated Resource Centre for students to access and use for study.
  • An auditorium for discussion forums, tutorial group meetings, live lectures, webinars and other virtual meetings for group sessions.
  • A video/projector equipment and internet access.
  • A church appointed and Cornerstone approved facilitator who will be responsible for managing day-to-day activities such as chapel and mentoring as well as overseeing workstation setup and internet access and scheduling group video lectures.
  • Counselling and community outreach programmes.
  • Social sporting and cultural events and activities.

Stimulating discussion forums 

Once you’ve gone through the videos and other academic material, you will join a lecturer-led forum where the lesson will be debated and ‘unpacked’ through countrywide video engagement with fellow students enrolled in your particular course. This creates an effective learning experience, allowing you to develop knowledge and skills through broader discussion and interaction with other students, ultimately preparing you for sound employment opportunities.

Character development 

As our programmes are founded on Christian principles and delivered in a church environment, they are designed to develop the character, ethics and moral compass of every student, resulting in a well-rounded education dealing with the head, hands and heart.


Costs of our education programmes run at 30 to 40 percent lower than state-owned or private education institutions. In addition, studying through Cornerstone Learning Communities allows you to attend a tertiary education institute in your hometown and to study from home – therefore saving on transport costs and accommodation fees. Thus Cornerstone represents significant savings for parents. In short, it’s a bargain!


The Department of Higher Education and Training registered campus for Cornerstone Institute is located at:
Cornerstone Campus
Cor Durham and Victoria Road
Salt River
Cape Town

Cornerstone@ Learning Communities are offering degrees, diplomas, and higher certificates in Business Studies, Interior Design, Teacher Training, Community Development and Psychology which have been accredited by the Council on Higher Education for the e-learning mode of delivery.

What can I study at a Cornerstone Learning Community? 

Registered as Cornerstone Institute (RF) NPC with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997. Registration Certificate No.2001/HE08/006.