Personal Development & Parenting

Marriage Preparation

Course Fee R799.00


What is this course is about?

Many couples go into marriage assuming that because they love each other marriage will be smooth sailing. This is generally not true. A great marriage is hard work, and thrives when certain principles are practiced. The marriage preparation course is aimed at anyone wanting to establish a sold foundation to their marriage. The course covers some important principles of any relationship, and is particularly focused on the requirements for strong communication, effective conflict resolution, and a fulfilling sexual relationship. 


Who should be doing this course?

The course is ideal for:

  • Couples preparing to get married 
  • Couples in a long term relationship looking to grow in their relationship
  • Couples who are experiencing difficulty in their relationship and looking for direction


Learning outcomes

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Know and have discussed good and bad motives for marriage 
  • Understand personal differences in a relationship, and know how to work together.
  • Understand what respect is, and how to be respectful in marriage 
  • Know some best practices for affective communication 
  • Understand how to resolve conflict effectively 
  • Know some key principles of a healthy sexual relationship within marriage


How your final mark is calculated?

Your course mark is calculated using the average mark obtained in each of the Chapter tests. In order to pass this course, you must obtain a final course mark of at least 50%. This means that even if you fail a few of the chapter tests, if your test marks in the other chapter tests are high enough you will still be able to pass the course. Good Luck!

Study at your own pace!

We’ve created our courses to suit your busy life! The duration of this course is based on a student guide where one 300 – 500 word article is read per day, and the assessment is done on a separate day after the relevant articles have been reviewed. But you can do the course in your own time and at your own pace. If you choose to do two readings per day, it will take you half of the estimated time, four readings per day means doing the course in a quarter of the time etc. We leave that decision up to you!

In the 6 chapters of this course you'll be covering the following areas:

CHAPTER 1 Preparing To Get Married
CHAPTER 2 Loving Your Differences
CHAPTER 3 Respect
CHAPTER 4 Communication
CHAPTER 5 Overcoming Conflict
CHAPTER 6 Sexuality

Maura Lappeman


Maura Lappeman is intricately involved in community health care and development in one of South Africa’s most underdeveloped communities. She is based at the Khayelitsha district hospital in the Western Cape, and provides weekly outreach programs to community health clinics. Among the clinics that she works with are Nolungile, Michael Mapongwa and Site-B CHC. Maura has also built relationships and referral pathways with NGOs such as Empilweni, Ikamva Labantu, Nonceba, Rape Crisis, SANCA and FAMSA. She works closely with the Department of Social Development and participates in the mental health steering committee and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Forum for the Khayelitsha Eastern Substructure. Maura is a qualified clinical psychologist with 18 years of leadership and counseling experience.

Not sure if this is the right course for you?

Let one of your career counselors help you make the right choice.

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