Distance learning is an alternative tertiary education option. Lectures are either broadcast or lessons are conducted through correspondence. The student does not need to attend college or go to class, and can study from home whilst also holding a job or taking care of a family.
In order for a college qualification to be accepted by companies, organisations and employers, the college should hold an accreditation certificate issued by an accreditation body. Find out how to know which colleges are accredited and which aren’t here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Colleges are academic institutions where students can further their education. In South Africa, colleges are regarded as institutions of higher learning. This means that they are at a higher level than school education.
- Preschool – Before you can start primary school, you have to finish your Grade R.
- Primary School – Primary school runs from Grade 1 to Grade 7
- High School – High school runs from Grade 8 to Grade 12
- Further Education – Once you obtained your Matric certificate, you can further your education at a Technikon, College or University.
In South Africa, a learner is required by law to attend school until they have successfully completed Grade 9 or until they are 15 years of age. This means that learners are allowed to enrol for certain college and technikon courses. Even if students did not complete their Matric year with a certificate, they still get an opportunity to further their education.