Distance Learning Education

What is Distance Learning?

Distance learning is a method of study that does not involve face-to-face classes. Students are in control of their own studies and can work at a pace that suits them.

Distance learning colleges have become the go-to further education provider for many young adults as it enables them to study while working full-time. Distance learning also breaks one of the biggest barriers to education - accessibility.  Whether you live in the city, a rural area or have no means of transport; you can easily enrol for a course, further your education at home and improve your career outlook altogether.

Did you know?

Did you know that distance learning is also known as correspondence learning, home study, long-distance learning and adult learning?

Are there different types of distance learning?

In South Africa, the three most common types of distance learning include correspondence learning, electronic learning and online learning. Let’s take a closer look at these three types of distance learning.

Correspondence learning

With correspondence learning, you receive your study material and textbooks via courier service or post. You will work through your course material independently and submit it back to the college once completed. College SA is a correspondence college.

Electronic learning

E-learning and online learning are similar, but e-learning does not require a permanent internet connection. With e-learning, you don’t get textbooks. You receive your study material on a USB, CD or DVD and you can access it on a computer.

Online learning

With online learning, you require a computer and steady internet connection as you will be watching virtual lectures and training videos most of the time. Online learning is interactive, and students can chat with tutors or other students while watching a training video.   

What type of distance learning does College SA offer?

As mentioned, College SA is a correspondence learning college. When you enrol for one of our courses, you will get your study material and textbooks via courier service. Each course comes with a series of assignments that you have to complete to pass the course.

Once you have completed an assignment, you have to submit it to the college for assessment. You can send it via post, courier service, email or drop it off if you live close by (Cape Town). Once you have completed and submitted the assignment, we will send you your next batch of study material.

Who can study at College SA?

Almost anyone can further their studies at College SA. If you are 16 years of age, have a Grade 10 certificate and can read and write English, you can enrol for any of our non-accredited courses. We welcome the following students:

  • Students who did not pass Matric
  • Individuals with a physical or hearing disability that cannot attend regular class-based schooling
  • Individuals who do not have transport
  • Those who live in rural areas
  • Working professionals who want to further their studies part-time
  • Stay-at-home parents
  • Adults who feel that they are too old to attend a traditional class-based college

Please note: Our non-accredited courses are strictly assignment-based. Our accredited courses, however are not. If you register for an accredited course, you will be expected to write a series of exams that you have to pay out of your own pocket. Please check with the Educational Planner whether you have to write exams and how much it costs.  

Does College SA offer bursaries?

No, College SA does not offer bursaries or any other form of financial support. However, before you get discouraged to study with us, take a look at our flexible payment options.

Pay off your course in monthly instalments

This is the most popular payment option with our students. You can pay off your studies in easy-to-manage monthly instalments. Our instalments are interest-free, which means that you won’t pay extra in the long run. You just pay the course price + registration fee (R950) as advertised on our website. Your study material will be sent in batches.

Pay per subject

This option allows you to study one subject at a time. Also, if you find distance learning is not for you, you can cancel (no contractual obligations). To study one subject at a time, you have to pay the R950 registration fee + the cost of the subject. Once your payment has been received, we will send you the first subject’s study material.

Pay the full course fee upfront

You can also pay the full course fee + R950 registration fee upfront. Once you have paid the full amount, you can request all your study material at once.

When can I enrol at College SA?   

Our registration is open all year round, which means that you don’t have to worry about cut-off dates. You can enrol whenever you want to - at the beginning of the year, middle of the year, or end of the year.

If you are interested in studying with College SA or want to enrol right now, fill in the form on our website or speak to an Educational Planner by calling 0861 663 663