Colleges

Want to know all about colleges and how to choose one? This article will answer all your questions about colleges!

Colleges

We’ve all heard people wondering if they will be enrolling to a university or a college. Or wondering what is the difference between the two. Are you one of the people who want to know what exactly colleges are? Rest assured. All your questions will be answered in this article and your worries eased.

What are Colleges?

Colleges are parts of educational institutions. They are a place where students enrol to either to gain higher education, obtain diplomas or certifications. In most cases in South Africa, colleges provide learners with workplace-ready skills. 

This means that they are often technical, providing training that is specialised for a particular field or role. For example, Legal Assistance Courses would provide you with the skills you need to be a successful legal assistant. 

Colleges in South Africa

A college student in a denim jacket and white tshirt carrying books on her left arm and a carrying a backpack on her bakSouth Africa has over 50 registered colleges. It is important that when you enrol for a college, you check that it is not a bogus college that is not registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). Registering with an non accredited college will result in your qualification being invalid and unusable. You wouldn’t want to waste your money and time like that.

Choosing a College

There are a few things you need to look at and consider when choosing a college. As we have mentioned above, one of these things may be whether or not you want to go to a public college or a private one.

Below is a list of the things you need to consider when choosing a college:

  • The most important part is whether or not the college is registered and accredited to offer the course you wish to take.
  • How do they offer their classes and how do you wish to get your education? Do you want distance learning, face to face or online?
  • How is college going to be beneficial to you? You need to dig deep, check if they have any positive benefits that will be good for your education and overall livelihood such as what happens if you can’t pay or availability of assistance.

Is it Better to go to Public or Private College?

The answer to this question depends on your preference. And mostly your pockets. Private colleges tend to be more expensive than public colleges. In terms of the quality of education, there really is no difference. Both these colleges can offer great quality education. 

They can offer their services either via 

  • Distance learning, where you don’t have to attend classes and only go to selected places for exams.One of these colleges is us, Skills Academy. More about it to follow.
  • Online where all the studying and examinations take place entirely via the internet, emails and webinars.
  • Face to face where students have to attend classes on campus everyday for all their learning and examinations.
  • A combination of distance learning and face to face.Here students do most of their learning from their homes and attend classes maybe once or twice a week for a few hours.

Choosing a College

There are a few things you need to look at and consider when choosing a college. As we have mentioned above, one of these things may be whether or not you want to go to a public college or a private one. Below is a list of the things you need to consider when choosing a college:

  • The most important part is whether or not the college is registered and accredited to offer the course you wish to take.
  • How do they offer their classes and how do you wish to get your education? Do you want distance learning, face to face or online?
  • How is college going to be beneficial to you? You need to dig deep, check if they have any positive benefits that will be good for your education and overall livelihood such as what happens if you can’t pay or availability of assistance.

Choosing the right college will set the tone of your overall career as well so you need to choose wisely and take as much time as you need. It is not a decision you want to rush through.

Why You Should Study with Us

As we have mentioned above, Skills Academy is one of the distance learning institutions. However, as a result of this Covid19 pandemic, we have made arrangements to accommodate our students. They no longer need to attend examination places, all forms of learning is provided online. This is one of the many benefits of studying with us. We are a college that strives to put its students first at all costs.

We offer:

  • Our courses are accessible to everyone.
  • We have online student support that feels like you have your own community 
  • Should you be unsatisfied without services, you can deregister and get a full refund within 30 days of your registration.

Make the Right Choice. Choose Skills Academy and Enrol with Us Now!

Have you decided you want to pursue a college education? Why not choose Skills Academy, a college that has your best interests at heart! Contact us one of the following methods:

  • Call us for free on 0800 39 0027
  • Or Fill in this form for a call back

Last Updated: November 2, 2020

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