Where to Study

Choosing a course and deciding on an institution of learning can be difficult. Keep the following in mind when making your decision.

Looking to further your education, but you don’t know where to start? There are a lot of things you need to consider before making up your mind about where to study. 

What are my Options in South Africa

In South Africa you have quite a few options to choose from in terms of learning institutions. However, your options may be limited depending on where you’re located. Areas like Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg will have more options in terms of universities and colleges. Other areas might not have as many options.  

  • TVET Colleges
  • Technikons 
  • Colleges
  • Universities
  • Distance Learning

No matter where you may find yourself in South Africa, distance learning will make learning accessible to you. 

Choosing a Qualification

Deciding what to study and choosing a qualification is one of the most difficult but important decisions you will have to make in life. A lot of factors will help you make this decision. 

Where to Study - student after choosing a qualification

What are Your Interests?

The first thing you need to identify when choosing a qualification is your interests. What interests you, or what are you good at? This factor will have a huge impact on your studies and your career choice. By choosing something you’re interested in, you will be more likely to finish the course successfully.

What Career do you Want to Pursue? 

Identify the career you see yourself in. You should identify the different jobs within the fields, and what your daily responsibilities will be like. What kind of working environment would you like to work in? Do you prefer working directly with clients and customers, or would you like to work in an office where you only interact with your colleagues? These are all the things that you need to consider when choosing a qualification.

Which Qualifications do you Need for Your Dream Job?

One of the biggest deciding factors is the type of qualification you need to pursue your dream job. Do you need a certificate, a diploma or degree? There are even few jobs you can do with just matric. If you’ve never finished school or you’re not satisfied with your results, there’s also an option to study without matric. You can get an accredited or non-accredited qualification without matric. 

Where Would you Like to Study?

This will be the ultimate deciding factor for you. Would you like to study close to where you are currently living, or would you like to relocate? There is also the option to study abroad, if you qualify for that and if you can afford to. 

How Much Does it Cost to Study in South Africa?

When applying to study at a university or college, your study fees will not only consist of tuition fees but you will also have other expenses. It’s important that you are aware of this and that you keep this in mind when you work out your budget. 

Study Fees

Once you have been accepted into college or university, you will have to pay for your registration fee as well as annual tuition fees. Some institutions will give you a discount if you pay upfront. There’s also the option to pay for your fees on a monthly basis. Some learning institutions will also require you to buy your own textbooks. 

Accommodation 

If you’ve decided to relocate, you will have to pay for accommodation. On top of accommodation fees, you need to consider the expenses that come with living on your own or sharing with a roommate. You will need to be aware of expenses like the water bill, electricity, WiFi and food. 

Transportation

Depending on how far you live from campus, transportation will be another expense you will need to budget for. If you have your own car, you will have to budget for petrol. Students who don’t have cars need to consider their different public transport options. What is available in your area? Can you travel by taxi, bus or train? 

Student enjoying benefits of distance learning

Reasons to Consider Distance Learning

Have you considered distance learning as an alternative? There are many ways you can benefit from this method of education. At Skills Academy, our students enjoy an array of amazing benefits, including quality education and online support. 

Self-Paced Learning

One of the biggest benefits of distance education is flexible learning. No one is slowing you down and you don’t have to keep up with the rest of the class. You can identify the sections that need your attention the most, and focus on that more. 

Become More Self Disciplined 

As previously mentioned, self-paced learning is one of the biggest benefits. There are no teachers, tutors or lecturers to spoon feed you information, this is your own responsibility. You are responsible for how much or how little you learn. Distance learning will make you more self-disciplined and teach you how to balance working, studying and having a personal life. 

Step Into Your Career While Studying

You don’t have to attend classes ever, and you may choose your own studying hours. Therefore, you can step into a career while studying. You may apply for an internship or study on a full-time basis while you’re studying. 

Education and the World Is Changing

The world and education as we know it is changing. Traditional classroom learning is taking a backseat, while distance and online learning are on the forefront of education. Why not keep up with modern times and consider this option?

A More Affordable Option

With distance education, there are no additional costs. You don’t have to physically be at class every day, so you don’t have to worry about travelling expenses and accommodation fees if you had to relocate. And the best thing about studying with us? You don’t have to worry about spending extra on textbooks, because it will be included in your study fees. 

Your Study Journey Starts With us

Not too keen on relocating? Well, you can earn your qualification from the comfort of your own home with distance learning. Speak to one of our course experts to help you get started. 

Author: Cherri-Lee Rhode

Last Updated: June 15, 2020

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