Part-time studying is a lot like buying a puppy

I really (really really) want to buy a new puppy. I’m not sure what I want to get yet: either a royal corgi; a pedigree beagle; or a straight-up animal-shelter straat brakkie. Regardless of which one I end up choosing, doing research beforehand is pretty important, I’ve come to realise.

Part-time studying is a lot like buying a puppy


At first it may sound like a good idea to get a fluffy little puppy that will lick your face each afternoon when you get back home from work. What you may not realise is that there are many things you need to take into consideration before getting one of these cute little instant mood-lifters:


1. Are you really ready for a dog?


Raising a puppy takes an unexpected amount of work. You can’t just buy a doggie to keep you company. You need to train it, exercise it, give it attention, feed it, and more (it’s basically a hairy four-legged baby). If you get home from work in the afternoon, will you be too tired to give your puppy attention, or to take it for a walk?


Raising a dog is a lot like starting with part-time studies


Raising a dog is a lot like starting with part-time studies: you need to give it enough attention, while balancing it with your personal and work life. If you get home from work in the afternoon, will you have the dedication to sit down and start studying? (Suddenly playing with a puppy after a tiring day at the office doesn’t seem all that demanding).


At College SA, however, we want to make part-time studying as easy as possible. To us, part-time studying should allow you to balance your work life and your studies quite easily. Part-time studying at College SA means:

• You will have a dedicated tutor to help you wherever he or she can. Your tutor’s job will be to listen to your problems, to assist you with your course-related questions, and to see that you finish your course!

• You will be allowed optimal flexibility when it comes to the length of your studies. If you can’t cope with the workload, you can choose to extend your course for another month or two.

• You will have a limited number of free study breaks. If you are having a difficult time, you can take up to three months off from your studies.


2. What breed are you going to get?


Different breeds have different needs and personalities that should be taken into consideration. My sister-in-law studied veterinary science, so I just send her pictures of all the puppies I’m thinking of adopting, and she then gives me her expert (and often quite frank) opinion:

“No, you can’t get that breed, except if you are willing to go jogging with him every day.”

Or: “Are you sure? Those dogs are high maintenance and need a lot of grooming.”

Occasionally she’ll say: “These are perfect! They are medium-sized and aren’t too energetic, yet they are playful and friendly.”


Choosing a 'breed' also applies to taking the right course for your part-time studies


Choosing a ‘breed’ also applies to taking the right course for your part-time studies. A great way to figure out what to take is to start with a College SA short course. Taking one of these in your field of interest will allow you to test the field before committing to a more demanding 2 or 3 year study programme. (You don’t have this luxury when choosing a puppy).


If you enjoy the short course, you will be able to go directly into a more advanced course. Some of our short courses will even allow you to move on to a full diploma programme if you decide to keep on studying.


3. Where are you going to buy your puppy?


It’s important to find a reliable seller, since there are too many instances of people buying falsely advertised or sick puppies without being aware of it. I’ve gotten a couple of sketchy e-mail replies from puppy owners (“Just transfer the money and then we will ‘courier’ your puppy to you. We promise!”). You need to make sure the puppy actually exists; is healthy, inoculated, and dewormed; and that it has the correct documentation.


Now, a distance learning course cannot be ‘inoculated’ and ‘dewormed’, nor does it have ‘breeder papers’. But you can research your college. Go take a look at our ‘About Us’ page, as well as our ‘Accreditation’ page, to find out exactly who and what we are.


At the end of the day, I’m still not sure what kind of puppy I should get. At least I know what to look for now. Likewise, if you want to take a part-time course, it is important that you know what to expect. If you want to find out more about part-time studying at College SA, simply give us a call on: 0800 21 23 22.

You need to make sure the puppy actually exists

What are Institute Programmes?

As a Private FET College registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training, College SA is able to offer a variety of different types of courses.


One of the types of courses that we offer is called Institute Programme courses.


What is an Institute Programme Course?

These programmes are examined (assessed) and Certified by an Institute. The Institute can be internationally or locally recognised. With Institute programmes, College SA will offer the study support, but we will refer you to the Institute for the exam and the Certification. These programmes are often (but not always) accredited programmes; however the responsibility for accreditation is with the Institute. Institute programmes are often the best way to get recognised and qualified for a specific formal job.


For Institute Programmes you must make sure your college is approved by the relevant Institute to offer its programmes.


College SA has teamed up with a variety of prestigious Academic Partners and Professional Institutes College SA proudly offers a comprehensive range of highly sought after qualifications that are industry recognised and have various endorsements.


The academic partners / institutes that College SA has partnered with are:


  • The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).  They are a global body and their qualifications are internationally recognised.
  • The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB). They are a local institute whose qualifications are registered on the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and their qualifications are accredited by FASSET (Finance and Accounting SETA). So, if you study one of their qualifications through College SA, you will be studying a SETA-accredited qualification and have your results loaded on the National Learner Results Database (NLRD). Even though the ICB is a local institute, they have strong ties with many international partners.
  • The Exercise Training Academy (eta). So, if you study one of their qualifications (the full qualifications and NOT their short courses) through College SA, you will be studying a SETA-accredited qualification and have your results loaded on the National Learner Results Database (NLRD). Like the ICB, they are a local institute with SAQA registered qualifications. Their qualifications are accredited by CATHSSETA (the SETA responsible for Culture, Art, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Education). They also have strong ties with many international partners.
  • Strategic Investigations and Seminars (SIS). The SIS is a highly-respected local body that offers SAQA-registered qualifications and their qualifications (the full qualifications and NOT their short courses) are accredited by SASSETA (the SETA responsible for the Safety and Security Sector).
  • The South African Institute of Management (SAIM). This is a local body that promotes the South African management industry and encourages networking among South African management professionals.
  • The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA).  They are a very well known international body in the IT industry. With more than 19,000 members in 89 countries, CompTIA is the leading global IT trade association with influence in all areas of the IT industry worldwide.
  • Microsoft. College SA offers several IT-related courses that have external exams that students need to pass in order to get their international Microsoft certification.


Remember…. no course or qualification can ever guarantee somebody a job or a promotion.


What are the kinds of things an employer looks for?

  •  Work experience
  •  Relevant qualifications
  • Will you fit into their work culture and team?
  • Membership of relevant professional body
  • Positive references from previous employers


Dear Readers, if you would like any more information about our Institute courses, please contact us so that we can answer all of your questions:

  • If you want advice RIGHT AWAY and you would prefer to speak to one of our very friendly Course Experts, then the best thing to do would be to call the College –0800 21 23 22.


Take care Readers and chat soon,


The College SA website

If you are looking for absolutely any information about College SA, then you have to visit our Website.

The College SA website will be able to answer all of your question. On the website you will be able to fill in forms so that somebody can contact you. You can even click a button that will get somebody to call you back immediately.

What kind of information can you find on the College SA website?

Course Information: