About College SA
College SA is a private college that specialises in distance education. In a country that lacks critical access to post-secondary education, institutions like College SA serve a vital function in educating people from all walks of life. It bridges the gap between those that want a quality tertiary education but can either not afford to go to university, or do not meet the entry requirements. The great thing about studying at College SA is that you don’t necessarily need matric in order to enrol for one of our courses. Our range of accredited courses have various entry requirements and, in some cases (like our technical courses) we offer bridging courses to those that do not meet the minimum requirements.
College SA offers Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) to thousands of adult students across South Africa. Our courses cover a wide range of fields of interest and include programmes that are accredited by national and international bodies. We also provide a range of non-accredited provider courses that are cheaper than their accredited counterparts. These courses are excellent for skills development and area ideal for students that need additional skills without any formal recognition.
The reality is that South Africa desperately needs private colleges to help meet its education demands. The DHET estimates that in 2019/2020 there will be more than 1.2mil TVET students applying to enrol across South Africa. Public TVET colleges will not be able to meet the demand on their own.
This staggering estimate highlights the desperate need for South African colleges to be able to meet the growing number of students pursuing vocational studies, and College SA will play an integral part in addressing that challenge.
College SA was initially established in partnership with the Curro School Group, as Curro College in 2007. In 2008, the Curro School Partners sold their shares, and Curro College became College SA.
From inception, College SA's mission was to provide affordable quality distance education. Initially, the bulk of the course material was sourced from reputable third-party providers, but it soon became apparent that the need for more affordable, high-quality course material was needed. College SA began producing a range of its own courses; purpose-built to address the unique needs of the distance learning student and backed by an academic support system.
From 2008, College SA grew from strength to strength and added a wide range of courses to its prospectus. Its vision was and still is to become the most trusted provider of distance learning education in South Africa with the following key values: Trust, Hope, Inclusivity and Innovation.
In 2016 the majority shareholding in the company was sold to JSE listed RECM and Calibre Limited (RAC). During this time the College was relocated from Bellville South to its current location in Tygervalley Bellville. During that time, College SA increased its in-house printing capabilities and invested heavily in numerous systems to improve student service and retention.
In 2019, Optimi acquired College SA in a bid to broaden its offering in the distance learning market. In a statement, Optimi said that “the acquisition of College SA is an opportunity to enter the TVET market and bring the quality and accessible learning it is known for to this new market segment”.
The Optimi group provides offerings in 4 divisions: Home, Workplace, Classroom and College. Together, these divisions service over 200 000 learners per annum.
Optimi College provides accessible accredited and short courses for adults. College SA, founded in 2007, provides a range of distance learning TVET offerings across the region, including adult matric through Matric Works.