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.

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.

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.

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.

What Are Postgraduate Studies?


postgraduate studiesAfter completing your first qualification at a distance learning or traditional university, the next step is to consider postgraduate studies. Postgraduate courses refer to studies that are completed after obtaining a qualification. This type of course comes in the form of a postgraduate diploma, honours or masters, or even a doctorate in some fields.

Work experience may count towards your entry requirements in some cases, but often, a completed undergraduate qualification is needed in order to study further after your initial graduation. A qualification such as the MBA (Master of Business Administration) for example has a very strict set of requirements that include a minimum age of 25 and at least three years of work experience on top of the required undergraduate qualification. A qualification such as BCom Honours meanwhile requires a bachelor’s degree or national diploma, and a Postgrad Diploma in Management requires a BA or national diploma and a minimum of two years managerial experience.

Reasons to Consider Postgraduate Studies in South Africa

Some of the reasons that you might consider postgrad studies in South Africa include the following:

  • Enhanced employability

In many fields, a postgrad applicant is considered a better prospect than an applicant without further qualifications in his or her field of expertise. The skills developed over the course of obtaining postgrad qualifications are therefore very useful for helping you stand out in a competitive job market. Even a year of additional study can help you gain critical insight into your chosen career, which enhances your employability and helps you along your career path.

  • Career progression

On a related note, career progression is another benefit of studying further. Whether you are adding to your set of specialist skills or aiming for more of a management role within your chosen field, gaining additional qualification helps you progress up the proverbial corporate ladder by opening the door for promotions and growth.

  • Career diversity

On the other hand, if you qualified in one field but long to make a change in direction, studying further is a great way to do so. You may have obtained your undergrad qualification in a broader field, choosing to specialise in something related or similar as a postgrad student. You may have completed your original degree many years ago, only to decide to go back to business school much later. Whatever the case, changing careers becomes a lot easier with the help of postgraduate degrees or diplomas.

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Investing in your future by increasing your current qualifications is the most effective way to map out a career path that is geared towards success. To learn more about our postgraduate courses in South Africa, contact REGENT Business School today.

What Postgraduate Options Do I Have?


mba graduateYou completed your time as an undergrad, and now it’s time to think about studying again… what postgraduate options do you really have and how do you choose the right course for your career goals? Achieving your qualification is the biggest hurdle in the quest for further education, but, for many students, it is by no means the final hurdle. Deciding to go back to business school in Cape Town or surrounds to complete a postgrad course is a move that can take you where you need to go in your chosen field.

But before you get onto that proverbial ladder, you first need to determine which postgrad programme is best for your specific needs.

Exploring Your Postgrad Course Options

Generally speaking, the best choice is one that takes your existing skills and grows them even further. For example, if you studied Business Administration or a related field, then an MBA is a logical choice for your next step. Likewise, if you completed a BCom degree, then you may want to look at doing your Honours in Commerce. A postgrad diploma in Management would be a logical choice for those who have a solid background in this field. Acceptance for many courses may depend on your prior experience and may even require work experience.

Some of the postgrad qualifications offered at REGENT Cape Town (and across South Africa) include the following:

Prerequisite(s):

Honours or equivalent, OR relevant postgrad diploma or equivalent, OR bachelors at NQF level 8 (480 credits). You will also need to be 25 years or older with at least three years of work experience. A certain percentage of students may be admitted under alternate admissions routes such as RPL.

Overview:

Arguably one of the most widely recognised business qualifications in the world, the MBA is a challenging, comprehensive course that puts you in line for a wide range of work opportunities in the corporate sector. In addition to the private sector, MBA students are in demand across many other sectors – manufacturing, engineering, healthcare, education and government. This is the ideal choice for future leaders and managers, as well as budding entrepreneurs. Covering every aspect of business, from finance to marketing, an MBA gives you a globally recognised qualification that puts you ahead of the competition.

Prerequisite(s):

Bachelor’s degree, National Diploma (M+3) or equivalent qualification.

Overview:

The BCom Honours degree is a yearlong programme that continues after the completion of the BCom degree itself. This course aims to develop key skills in future managers and leaders within the commercial sector. Students learn various competencies across business and management, ranging from marketing to HR, industrial relations, strategic management, finance and other related fields. By preparing students for entry into the global economy, the course covers functional areas of business in all of its facets at postgraduate level.

Prerequisite(s): Bachelor’s degree, National Diploma (M+3) or equivalent qualification and at least two years of managerial experience.

Overview:

Ideal for those who have completed qualifications in management, while also achieving a few years of hands-on management experience in the workplace, this yearlong course helps to further develop leadership, management and administration skills. Ideally, students will be in middle to senior level management roles. The course provides a more comprehensive insight into specific skills and practical application into private and public sector management.

Prerequisite(s):

Bachelor’s Degree, Diploma (M+3) or equivalent qualification. Students will require a minimum of two years of appropriate work experience and should be a minimum age of 23 years.

Overview:

Focusing exclusively on the role of management and leadership within the education sector, this course is designed for educational managers who have at least a few years of work experience in the field, as well as the relevant background through an appropriate degree or diploma. Those wanting to grow in educational leadership roles at universities, schools and other learning institutes will be able to gain critical insight and understanding into the field, including management principles, educational governance, leadership in education, financial management in learning institutions and the role of IT in education.

Looking for one-on-one advice on choosing the right postgraduate course in Cape Town? Contact our campus directly on 27 (21) 671-7005 or capetown@regent.ac.za to learn more about choosing the right course for your needs.

Choosing a Post Graduate Diploma for Business


Deciding on a post graduate diploma can be challenging, whether you study through a distance educational facility or a traditional institution. What makes distance learning an excellent way to study is that it gives you far more flexibility than most other study facilities. Classes are taken remotely, using a range of tools such as correspondence, email, interactive lessons and virtual classrooms. Fully support is provided along the way, giving you the benefit of student-teacher engagement throughout your studies.

What are your best options when studying to further a career in business? Let’s take a look.

Best Distance Learning Post Graduate Diploma for Business

post graduate diploma At REGENT Business School, we offer a range of long distance post-grad diploma courses that are designed with the competitive, constantly evolving business landscape in mind. Our courses are designed for those who want to study further after achieving undergraduate degrees or diplomas. They include the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Commerce (Honours). Also known as a BCom, this qualification is a year-long course for those wanting to hold management positions in the commercial sector. It provides students with cohesive practical and theoretical skills in business as well as general management, focusing on all areas of management – marketing, Human Resources, industrial relations, strategic and financial. Students are equipped with advanced management skills, through exposure to all areas of management at a post-grad level.
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA). The MBA is without a doubt one of the best-known qualifications in the business world. Many global leaders view this qualification to be an essential stepping stone to success. It can be applied to virtually any industry, including manufacturing, business, education, healthcare and engineering sectors. As a highly sought-after qualification, this post-grad programme is designed to equip students with everything they need to succeed in the world of business.
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Management. This one year qualification provides students possessing relevant work experience and qualifications with a chance to grow their management skills. Focusing on leadership, administration and other core areas of management, this programme gives students an integrated understanding of issues facing the field of management, as well as trends, best practices and practical application. It is ideal for those with under-grad studies in relevant fields.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Management and Leadership. This year-long course aims to build leadership skills within the context of educational management. Students learn the practices and theory of management within the educational sector, giving them key skills to grow a career within this field. Ideal for those wanting to grow in management roles within educational facilities, the course also gives students who have educational qualifications room to pursue additional skills. Focus areas include management principles, educational governance, educational leadership, financial management in educational institutions and IT in education.

Choosing the best post-grad programme comes down to your individual skills, interests and career goals. But, whichever you decide to choose, studying post graduate courses through a trusted distance education facility will ensure that your studies are an invaluable asset for future growth.