Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing a Distance Learning Campus


Prospective undergrads are faced with a sizable challenge when selecting a Cape Town distance learning campus. First, there is the question of whether or not your chosen school has the courses you are interested in studying. Then, you need to have full peace of mind in knowing that remote learning is handled efficiently. You also need to consider aspects such as cost, accessibility, exam process, reputation and innovation.

One way that you can help to narrow down your selection is to watch out for some of the most commonly made when choosing distance learning schools in Cape Town and surrounds.

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Avoid These Cape Town Distance Learning Campus Mistakes

Some of the biggest mistakes to avoid when deciding where to study include the following:

  1. Making a rushed decision. This is one decision that should never be made in haste. Finding the right school can be hard, and time-consuming. But trying to rush things by picking a place without doing your homework is never a good idea. Start thinking about schools as early as possible. Make a list of places that look like that have what you need, then begin to research each one carefully. What are your looking for in a remote campus? Make a list of things that are most important, and compare each school you are reviewing to see which ones have what it takes.
  1. Following someone else’s choices. Just because your girlfriend, boyfriend or bestie has chosen a college, it does not mean that you should follow them. If you really like the school they have chosen, and it offers the courses you want to take, and ticks all of your boxes, then you can apply. If your choice is being made mostly on staying close to your partner in crime however, you may end up jeopardising your future by blindly following someone else’s choice.
  1. Buying into the hype. Reputation is important to some degree – mostly because it separates the fly by night schools from the truly good schools. Don’t be swayed by campuses that are ‘trendy’, ‘prestigious’ or ‘cutting-edge’ however. A big, famous school that is notoriously hard to get into will not automatically mean that you will get the best education. Sometimes, smaller or regional schools have a better offering or have interactive tools that will help you grow.
  1. Letting your parents make your decision for you. Parents are great for support. They should never dictate where you should study however. What was right for your mom or dad will not necessarily be right for you. Colleges and distance education campuses in Cape Town have changed a lot even in the last decade – the experience that your folks had will therefore never be the same as the experience that you may have.
  1. Not keeping an open mind. You may not have even considered studying via a remote campus, because you were dead set on a traditional on-campus school. Being too rigid in your thinking may prevent you from finding a learning facility that is exactly right for you, so try to keep an open mind right from the start… whether you are dreaming of a future MBA or a diploma.

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Need help making the right decision? Contact REGENT Cape Town today and let us know what you are seeking in a distance learning campus in the Western Cape.

What is the Difference Between Postgraduate Honours and Masters?


postgraduate degreeWhen it comes to choosing a postgraduate degree in Cape Town, one of the biggest questions asked by undergrads is how postgraduate Honours differ from Masters. These degrees are both year-long programmes taken at postgrad level. They both rely on a high level of grades throughout your studies (including your undergrad years). They are both considered ‘door openers’ in many industries – especially in the world of business.

How do they compare side by side, and what else should you know about these postgrad degree courses?

Postgraduate Honours Degrees in Cape Town

If you are considering a postgraduate Honours degree in Cape Town, you may want to keep these facts in mind…

  • The Honours degree typically follows an undergraduate bachelor degree. It is the initial qualification for students aiming to specialise in any given field, helping to prepare students for research and postgraduate study.
  • This qualification helps to deepen your understanding and experience within your field. As such, it demands a very high level of theory and practical application, as well as the ability to self-study.
  • Completion of an Honours programme will help you meet the minimum entry requirements for admission into a Master’s programme. Your area of specialisation within the Honours programme will affect your entry into a Master’s degree.

Postgraduate Masters Programmes in Cape Town

A postgraduate Masters programme in Cape Town is a year-long qualification such as the MBA (Masters of Business Administration), which is one of the most sought-after, challenging qualifications for postgrad students to pursue. Some things to keep in mind for students considering this type of qualification include the following:

  • The primary aim of a Masters is to educate, train and prepare students at an advanced level. Likewise, graduates are also prepared for highly specialised employment within a given field. In the case of the MBA, students are equipped with essential skills needed in the world of business.
  • There is a strong research aspect in this qualification. Students typically need to prepare and deliver an essay known as a dissertation, which is a complex research project that implements the advanced knowledge acquired during the study period. Grades for this paper can often determine whether or not students complete their degree.
  • Master’s students complete their qualification with the ability to handle complex issues, make careful decisions based on logical data and communicate effectively to diverse audiences.

Interested in finding out more about the postgrad programmes in Cape Town offered at REGENT Business School? Contact us today and find out more about choosing the right postgrad course.

Achieving your Life Goals Through Further Education


marketing degreeDid you know that further education can help you achieve your primary goals in life? By investing in your future and studying remotely at a distance learning school in Cape Town or surrounds, you will be giving yourself the best possible chance to reach your dreams.

Every school leaver has at least one dream. Some may have decided early into high school that a BCom degree in Cape Town is the way to go. Others may have practical mini goals on how to pursue a career in retail. Whether your goals are clear, or they are still being fine-tuned, studying further is your best chance at turning those dreams into a reality.

How Higher Education Helps You Achieve Your Goals

Higher education in Cape Town and the rest of the country is undeniably important from a national and even global perspective. Education helps to achieve growth, stability and a healthy economy. But for individuals, higher education plays an equally important role in helping students reach their goals.

Some of the ways that studying at a distance learning campus in the Western Cape can help you get ahead include the following:

  1. Studying further provides a clear career path. Taking the first step towards that goal of becoming a real estate mogul begins with a Higher Certificate in Management for Real Estate Agents. Making the move towards a future in retail starts with a Higher Certificate in Retail Management. Every goal requires a series of steps that get you closer to success – education is very often the first step. What makes distance education even more valuable is that allows you to study while working. This means that you can find part-time work within your chosen field, studying at the same time. Experience + knowledge = lasting success!
  1. Studying prepares you for challenges. No success story is without some level of challenge and hard work. Higher education helps you prepare for the hard work by teaching you how to learn, how to manage your time, how to map out your goals, how to deal with pressure, how to stay organised and how to deal with stress. Once you complete your studies and enter the working world, you will be far better equipped to deal with whatever challenges come your way. As a result, you will also be primed to succeed – even when things get tough.
  1. Studying allows you to gain critical skill. There are a number of courses offered by REGENT Cape Town, including degrees, diplomas, Higher Certificates and short courses. You may find that a full degree such as a BCom is sufficient to reach your goal. But you may find that the more skills you develop, the more you are able to grow. You may be interested in a medical administration career, for example, and, after completing a Higher Certificate in Healthcare Services Management, you may find that additional short courses help you map out a better career. Likewise, you may be interested in HR, completing a Higher Certificate in Human Resource Management and up-skilling with short courses in areas such as conflict management or leadership.

Further education is often seen as a goal in itself. But for many people, studying is only the beginning. Qualifications help you to develop new goals, while also helping you to live your dreams.

Interested in studying further at a trusted distance education school in Cape Town? Contact REGENT Business School today and let us know what goals we can help you achieve.

Where Should I Complete My Postgraduate Studies?


postgraduate studiesYou’ve survived your time as an undergrad, and now it’s time to decide where to complete your postgrad studies. Cape Town students have a range of schools to choose from, including traditional campuses and remote learning campuses. It may be tempting to make your choice according to what your parents (or friends) want, but when it comes to your future, making a decision that is right for you (and only you) is essential.

How do you go about choosing the right postgrad programme in Cape Town? Let’s take a look…

Selecting a Postgrad Programme in Cape Town

Some tips that may have you determine which postgraduate programme in the Western Cape is right for your needs include the following:

  • What do you want from your studies?

What sort of postgrad course are you seeking? More importantly, what are you aiming to get out of the course? Knowing how each postgrad degree works and what it allows you to do will go a long way in helping you get started. For example, it is best to consider a business school if you are hoping to do a course such as the MBA (Masters of Business Administration). Likewise, a business school is a good bet if you are aiming to do your Honours in your chosen field, such as BCom or Accounting. A postgrad diploma is another option that a good business school will offer.

  • Does the course have what you need?

It is vital to carefully read through all course prospectus pages in detail. Make sure that your prospective course has exactly what you need. Are there compulsory subjects as well as additional options? Do those options include subjects that you specifically wish to study? Are there any testimonials available from students who have completed the course you are interested in doing? You may find that it makes more sense to consider a postgrad diploma in Cape Town instead of an Honours degree if the former is more suited to your specific goals. What is most important is finding the programme that will help you get ahead in your chosen career path.

  • Will you qualify as a professional?

Is the course recognised by relevant professional bodies in your industry? If not, then it may not help you much if you require the qualification in order to progress in your career. If you cannot become a practicing accountant, or your MBA is not recognised, it likely won’t be worth the time, effort and money. Always be fully sure what your qualification will provide. It’s also worth noting that in some career paths, extensive postgrad qualifications are not as useful. Find out what qualifications you will need at postgrad level for your chosen career, and then find out whether your prospective course has the ability to get you where you need to go.

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If you’re looking for advice on choosing a postgraduate programme in Cape Town, contact REGENT Business School today and let us know how we can assist.

Distance Learning versus University Campus


cape town undergraduate distance learningEver wondered how distance learning in Cape Town compares to a traditional university campus? For many prospective students, it can be confusing to work out what each type of learning option offers, let alone decide which one is right for your needs.

Simply put, a distance learning campus is one that is remote, with a range of interactive lesson tools provided that allow you to study from anywhere. Unlike a university campus, which requires you to be at lectures at all times, a distance campus typically only requires you to be on-site for exams. Learning is done at your own pace, in your own time, from home or any other place that has a reliable internet connection.

How does a Distance Learning Campus Compare to a University Campus?

With the world constantly growing and changing, technology has made it possible to find a mode of study that is just right for you. If you are thinking about studying at a Cape Town distance learning campus, here are some of the key features that make this option worth considering:

  1. Flexibility. One of the biggest advantages to remote learning is that it allows you to study from anywhere, at any time. If you have a part-time job or you are already working in your chosen field, this means that you can study while you work. If you are a parent going back to school, you can balance studies and children. This is especially useful for students who live outside of urban centres, as there are no accessibility barriers that may affect your study success. Students with disabilities or illnesses will also find distance education a flexible option.
  1. Affordability. Depending on the course you are interested in taking; you may find that a distance campus in the Western Cape works out to be a far more affordable option than an on-campus university in the same province. Cost will vary however – a student pursuing a qualification such as the MBA may need to be budget more carefully than a student interested in a Higher Certificate in Business Management, for example.
  1. Interactivity. Remote learning tools are often more interactive than traditional on-campus lectures. A number of tools are used to provide a comprehensive learning platform, ranging from printed materials to online lessons. As so many students learn at their own pace, this type of study is especially useful for those who find conventional classroom environments stifling or frustrating. Provided you have a computer and reliable internet connection, your classroom could be in your bedroom, home office or even your garden.

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For students concerned with campus safety, it is also worth noting that remote campuses can often provide greater peace of mind. If you are worried about missing out on the social aspect of campus life, there are many ways that you can enjoy a rewarding experience remotely. At trusted distance learning schools such as REGENT, students are encouraged to network and interact. A variety of learning tools are provided, helping to empower students to take change and plan a brighter future. To learn more about studying via a Cape Town distance learning campus such as REGENT Business School, contact us today.

Top MBA in Cape Town


mba graduateFor many graduates who are seeking to study further, finding the top MBA in Cape Town can often seem like a search for the Holy Grail. There are many factors to take into consideration when selecting an MBA programme in Cape Town, or anywhere else, for that matter.

Rankings are one thing that many students consider. The Eduniversal rating system known as the Palmes of Excellence offer a simple way for programmes all over the world to be rated. This system takes into account factors such as accreditation, school rankings and membership within various national and international academic associations. There are five levels within the Palmes of Excellence system, starting from 5 Palmes (universal school with a strong global excellence) to 1 Palme (fair school with a strong regional excellence). While it is natural for students to assume that only schools with 5 Palmes are worth consideration, it is important to note that this is one of many things that should be considered when looking for a top MBA in Cape Town.

Choosing the Best MBA in Cape Town

REGENT Business School is proud to be a 2 Palmes of Excellence distance learning facility. This means that we have a strong regional presence and a good reputation. Some of the reasons that REGENT Cape Town is often considered an excellent choice for local MBA applicants include the following:

  • Accessibility. The MBA programme is known for its high level of stress as it is… having to relocate for your postgrad studies may be one stress that you can avoid. Unlike a traditional university such as UCT, REGENT offers the chance to study remotely, using a wide range of interactive learning tools. This allows a far greater level of flexibility for students and also makes it possible for students living outside of study areas to complete their dream of getting an MBA. With this in mind, it may be more worthwhile to consider a college that offers more accessibility if this makes it easier to study.
  • Affordability. Both Stellenbosch and UCT (South Africa’s two 5 Palmes universities) are known for their high fees. For many students who are already either in debt or battling to afford their studies, the high fees come with more than a few challenges. Regional campuses and distance learning colleges offer an affordable way to study remotely, with the chance to study while working. Fees are calculated on a semester basis, and as there is a lot more flexibility, it is often easier to budget for your studies.
  • Quality. The Palmes of Excellence rating system is not the only method of determining a school’s overall quality. A 2 Palmes school that is ranked as a good school globally may have many other accolades on a regional level. Accreditation is an important factor, but equally important is the school’s success record. What do former MBA graduates have to say about the school? How many are happily working and thriving after completing the programme? Testimonials and reviews are a very good indicator.

At the end of the day, you are the only person who will know whether your chosen MBA in Cape Town is the right one. With that said however, taking the time to assess your options realistically, without relying on only one form of ranking, is the best way to ensure that you make your choice for the right reasons. In this way, you will be able to choose the MBA programme in Cape Town that adds genuine value.

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Study Educational Management and Leadership and Earn CPTD Points


which qualification is bestA postgraduate qualification in Educational Management and Leadership can be invaluable for educators who are seeking to build a career within educational management. This qualification can also help you earn CPTD points.

The CPTD (Continuing Professional Teacher Development) system was launched by SACE (South African Council of Educators) as a way for teachers to deepen knowledge and refine core skills over the course of their career. The first cycle of CPDT registration began in 2013, with principles and deputy principles joining for the first cycle starting in 2014. The second stage of registration was completed by department heads, who signed up in 2014 to begin the 2015 cycle. Secondary teachers then signed up in 2015 for the 2016 year, with primary school teachers joining in 2016 for the three year cycle commencing in 2017.  Over a three year cycle, teachers will need to earn a total of 150 professional development (PD) points.

Why is the postgraduate Educational Management and Leadership course an excellent way for teachers to earn points and grow key skills?

For starters, as this course is designed for educators across a diversity of educational settings and facilities who are considering a senior or leadership role within their organisation, it greatly helps in the area of professional development. Studying further at postgrad level is one of the best ways for educators to continue the learning path and gain critical skill. This course offers a programme that supports empowerment and leadership for professionals in the education field.

How Postgrad Qualifications Help You Gain CPTD Points

There are three types of activities that allow educators to earn CPTD points. These include the following:

  • Type 1 – Teacher initiated activities
  • Type 2 – School initiated activities
  • Type 3 – Externally initiated activities (SACE endorsed activities)

The first two types of activities are not submitted to SACE for endorsement. Instead, educators are responsible for participating in and reporting on activities within their Professional Development Portfolios. The third type of activity is a bit different, with a quality assurance process governed by SACE that protects educators against poor quality activities and sub-par service providers. Over the three year period when points are earned, educators will need to gain points across all three types of activities. Points will be earned and recorded on the SACE.org.za website.

Type 1 activities include the reading of educational material, watching educational videos, attending educational meetings and conferences, mentoring and coaching fellow teachers, researching and developing educational articles, developing teaching materials, marking National Senior Certificate exams and completing self-funded courses (such as the REGENT postgraduate diploma in Educational Management and Leadership, for example).

Type 2 activities are school initiated, rather than self-initiated by teachers. These activities could include attending and participating in staff and cluster meetings, participating in extra-curricular activities and workshops, running staff workshops, and getting involved in community projects.

Type 3 activities are required to be approved by SACE and include providers from various universities, non-profits, unions and other private and public sectors. Activities include things such as CAP training, ACE courses and other courses listed in the SACE database of PD activities. An accredited qualification from a trusted school such as REGENT can greatly help to earn points in this category as well.

To find out more about the postgraduate diploma in Educational Management and Leadership, contact REGENT today.

Benefits of Tertiary Education in South Africa


distance study in cape townAs distance campuses across the country continue to make learning accessible, more students than ever are getting the chance to discover the benefits of tertiary education in South Africa. According to studies conducted by the Council of Higher Education, 892 936 students were enrolled in universities, colleges and campuses across the country in 2010. That same year, public learning institutions produced 153 741 qualifications at all levels. Private institutes have also continued to grow, with 88 registered with the Department of Higher Education, and a further 22 provisionally registered.

Tertiary education in Cape Town includes traditional on-campus learning as well as distance learning campuses, which are breaking down some of the most common barriers to learning that include transport, accessibility and flexibility. This is allowing family breadwinners to balance work and studies after matric, and students based outside of urban centres to study remotely in the Western Cape and other provinces across SA.

Why Consider Tertiary Education in Cape Town?

What value do tertiary education facilities realistically offer, and how important is higher education in Cape Town and surrounds? Some of the advantages of studying after matric include the following:

  • Tertiary education produces better-educated citizens who are equipped to deal with a wide range of challenges and advancements. Educated citizens are more able to compete on a level playing field with countries outside of South Africa, and more likely to be able to share knowledge in their communities. As such, education is a powerful tool for upliftment and change.
  • Innovation and economic progress are both closely linked to education. In South Africa, skills shortages hamper growth rates. UNESCO states that a lack of qualification and skill not only affects growth, but also undermines the foundation that is needed for sustainable development. Tertiary learning helps to build skills and grow a healthy economy, which in turn benefits everyone.
  • Education makes it possible for students to find better paying jobs and better opportunities for promotion and raises within the workplace. This makes it possible for a higher standard of living, with better access to housing and healthcare. Families are empowered as a direct result of increased earning potential, while fulfilment and career satisfaction can often be enjoyed by graduates as well.
  • Higher education in Cape Town often comes with a fair amount of respect within society. While status is not always a good thing to aspire to, respect is something that provides self-worth and encouragement to individuals. Highly skilled graduates have more chance of being head-hunted, and are also considered prime prospects for promotion to positions of authority.
  • Global opportunities to work abroad also become possible with increased skill and learning. Many graduates may find that they are able to work abroad and gain further skill, which can then be used back home or travel further.

Studying after school is not only a way to get ahead in your chosen career. It is also a way to provide a meaningful contribution to your community, gain personal skills and enable a healthy economy. To find out more about opportunities for tertiary education in Cape Town offered at REGENT Business School, contact us today.

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5 Mistakes to Avoid When Starting a Postgraduate Diploma


postgraduate degreeMaking the decision to start a postgraduate diploma is one that can help you grow in your career path. For some students, the learning path begins and ends at undergraduate level, but for others who have big plans for their careers, postgrad studies offer the best way to continue learning. Some may be aiming to specialise in a certain field, while others may be aiming to change career paths. Whatever your goals may be, there are a few postgrad diploma mistakes that should definitely be avoided.

Postgrad Diploma Mistakes to Avoid

Some of the biggest mistakes to avoid when studying further include the following:

  1. Not working towards a clear career path. After your undergraduate studies, you may well already know where you would like to go career-wise. If you are not sure, and aiming to ‘wing’ it by studying something with a broad range, you may not get the most out of your diploma. Take the time to think about your passions and interests, so that you choose the course that will help you get ahead. If you are uncertain, you may find that you change your mind mid-way into the course, or worse, you may end up completing your diploma only to realise that you wanted to take a different direction.
  1. Not planning financially for postgraduate studies. There are a number of ways of studying further. Distance learning offers one of the most flexible, affordable routes to achieving postgrad qualifications, and you will also have the benefit of being able to study at your own pace while working. With that said however, you will still need to prepare financially. Make sure that you set a clear budget for your studies, so that you do not end up drowning in debt afterwards.
  1. Not reviewing major papers before submitting. You have read and re-read your essay countless times over, and while it looks good to you, you can never be 100% sure that you have not missed anything. The problem with proofreading your own work is that after writing and then reading it endlessly, it is a lot harder to catch small mistakes. Whether you ask a friend or family member, having a fresh pair of eyes go over your major essays will help to prevent any typos or errors slipping through unnoticed.
  1. Not putting any thought into your resume. At postgrad level, your experience and qualifications begin to grow, making you a valuable prospect for future employers. If you have not taken the time or effort to keep your resume updated, or it is overly long, in an incorrect format or poorly designed, you may still end up making a less than favourable impression. Update your CV whenever you gain new skills or experience, and make sure that it is short, to the point and easy to read. Also, remember to update your LinkedIn profile!
  1. Not choosing the right postgraduate college. The choice of colleges you make can be a game changer. A school that is not fully accredited, not equipped with provide students with flexible, affordable learning opportunities, not recognised, not geared towards success and not innovative enough to embrace modern educational trends may not be your best way to get ahead in your chosen career. This is why it is so important to take the time to research schools carefully so that you know which one is best for your future plans. A trusted distance learning facility such as REGENT Business School will always have your best interests at heart.

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REGENT offers an excellent selection of postgraduate diplomas and courses that will help you succeed. To learn more about studying at our acclaimed business school, contact us today and let us know how we can help you succeed in your postgraduate journey.

Which Course is Best for my Child?


cape town distance learningAs a parent, helping your child decide on the right distance learning course in the Western Cape (or anywhere else) can be challenging. While you may be tempted to guide your child in the direction that you yourself took, decisions that are made now, after leaving school, can greatly affect the rest of your child’s future.

One of the most damaging things for any child is pressure to pursue a career path that has been pre-determined by adults. While you want the best for your child, it is therefore important to empower your child to make a smart decision based on their own personal dreams, skills and interests.

With that said, the guidance and support that is offered by parents during the decision-making process can greatly help school-leavers determine which distance education course to take.

Helping Your Child Choose a Distance Learning Course

There are a few things that need to be taken into consideration when deciding what to study (and ultimately, what career path to follow). These include the following:

  • Versatility. Will the course focus on one single aspect, or will it cover a broader range of subjects within a field? While it can make sense to specialise if your child knows what they want, a broader study area may offer more versatility and room to grow. A qualification such as finance or marketing for example will have a number of potential specialisation opportunities, while a course in real estate management may be more specialised.
  • Interests. What sort of interests does your child have? How can these be addressed during studies? If your child has always found maths easy, financial courses are a logical choice. Likewise, if your child enjoys dealing with people, then courses such as Human Resources and marketing could both be considered.
  • Current Skills. Certain courses have a stricter admission process than others. For some courses, certain subjects are required in Matric, while for others; students need to be proficient in various areas. Assessing current skills and determining what entry requirements can be met is therefore always a good idea.
  • Career Prospects. What sort of career path would each course offer? What kind of jobs can be realistically expected, and what sort of pay grade is normal for course graduates? Will further study be required in order to progress in this field, or will a Higher Certificate, diploma or degree be enough to grow?

By taking the time to discuss these points with your child, you will be able to provide support and guidance. Whatever your child decides to study, finding the right business school is vital to ensure that they get the best possible start in their chosen careers.

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What makes distance education in Cape Town an excellent choice for prospective undergraduates is that it provides a flexible solution that allows students to study at their own pace, in their own time. If your child already has a part-time job or has begun working in his or her chosen field, this means having the ability to work and study.

Contact REGENT Cape Town today to learn more about our distance learning courses for undergraduates.