First of all, let me personally congratulate you on making it this far! Matric isn’t everything, it’s important to remember that. You’ve made it through (at least) twelve years of successful schooling to ultimately be here.

According to the South African Department of Education (in a press statement that can be found here), almost half of students who enrol for grade 2 fail to make it to their grade 12 examinations. Thus you’ve surpassed almost half of all learners by simply making it to your matric examinations!


As someone who has recently been disappointed by their matric results you need to start considering your options for 2016. Thus along with this blog post from 2015, you have these three main options to consider:

  • Retake the grade 12 examination

You should first consider enrolling for the supplementary examinations which will take place early during 2016. If you feel that you will be well-enough prepared by then, you should definitely enrol for these exams, as it will mean that you receive your matric certificate earlier than all the other options. You will find more information about the supplementary examinations on the Department of Education’s website. Alternatively you can enrol at your local high school for the whole year. This will give you the opportunity to do a more in-depth study of your subjects, while also being thoroughly prepared for the examination in November. You can also enrol at a post-matric school/college that will allow you to do your studies part time, making time for a part-time job and other activities.

  • Enter the job market

If re-enrolling for matric is not an option for you and you want to get started on your career, then this is a great alternative. Because you have no matric certificate or tertiary education, you’re almost guaranteed to start at the bottom in whatever career you wish to pursue. But with hard work and perseverance, you can reach the top too. While it might take you longer to get to the position you want than someone with a tertiary education, you won’t be spending all your time at school and will rather be building up a technical background and sufficient experience.

  • Further your education

Now, let me tell you, contrary to what your parents, your educators, your friends might have been telling you throughout your life: YOU DO NOT NEED MATRIC TO FURTHER YOUR EDUCATION. Institutions, such as College SA, makes it easy for someone without matric to become qualified. These institutions believe that everyone should be given a second chance when it comes to improving themselves and building towards a successful future. This is why so many of their courses are readily available no matter what your skill level or qualification. Some are available as full-time studying courses. Others are available as distance learning courses, where you can study from home, or while you have a full-time career.

I hope that, after reading these options, you do realise that this one failure does not define you. Perseverance is what will ultimately make you as a person and set you on the right track.

No matter which direction you choose to pursue throughout 2016, I am sure that you will succeed in everything you set your mind to.


Beyond Excited …

You know that feeling when you are so excited …. you can’t sleep / you giggle uncontrollably / you have butterflies in your tummy?


Well that’s how we are all feeling at College SA … BEYOND EXCITED!!!


College SA is Excited



I’ve known about this for a while, but I didn’t want to say anything until the moment is right …. but now I’m going to share the news with you. I hope you are sitting down …..


The good news


This week, at College SA, we are starting to introduce (FREE) Online Classrooms to our amazing students!!!!


We are going to start off by offering these Facilitator-led online classrooms to all our CIMA students, and soon, all of our Students will have access to this great study benefit.

Exciting things happening at College SA

What is an online classroom?

An online classroom is a place where our (Home Study) students can interact with each other, with a Facilitator, and with their Lecturers – no matter where in the world everybody lives.


It is a digital classroom. In other words, a classroom without walls or any borders. All you need is a cellphone or a computer.


Online classroom


In these online classrooms, Students will be able to share their learning experiences with each other. The Facilitators will encourage and guide relevant discussions and debates.

Our Students will be able to really engage with their study material with the help of their fellow students.


You can be absolutely anywhere – even on the beach – and you can be part of the great learning experiences of an online classroom.

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It’s a brilliant form of learning – collaborating and discussing. An online classroom makes sure that Students stay focussed, stay in touch, and that they are constantly engaging with their studies and their assignments.


An online classroom allows Students to make contact with other students – just like in a chatroom.


When you are part of an online classroom, you get to hear about the real-life experiences of your fellow students. Our Facilitators will encourage our Students to share their understanding and their exploration of the different topics that are being covered.


What is also fantastic is that the online classroom will be a place where Students can share resources, tips, techniques, guides and helpful information.

Each subject will have its own online classroom group.


The Facilitator and Lecturers will get our Students to take part in fun activities and useful assignments – and Students will be able to compare results and to discuss things with their fellow learners.


An online classroom is a fun, social and interactive way to get even MORE out of your studies. An online classroom means that our Students will be more much ACTIVE as they acquire new knowledge, and as they expand and refine their understanding of their learning outcomes.


College SA has always been proud of being a Distance Learning College – our Students come from everywhere and anywhere. And now, College SA is pioneering the way in improving how Distance Learning works.


Many Students say that they are scared to study alone – now, with our online classrooms, our Students won’t have to worry about that at all!


We think that this is absolutely amazing – and we could not have done this without our friends and partners, Together We Pass.


So … watch this space as we keep you posted about our online classrooms.


Sometimes life is just so exciting – and I am honoured to be part of this education revolution. 

Life is exciting

My Favourite Things

My Favourite Things is a song title from the famous movie “The Sound of Music”. If you have not seen the movie yet, then your life is completely unfulfilled. Originally it was a play, but in 1965 an American film studio made this masterpiece of a film. And I know what you are thinking… a film from 1965? But trust me it is totally worth the watch!

The movie touches upon universal themes of love, family, honour and perseverance. The story is set in Austria during World War II. So you can only imagine how those themes contrasts against the gloomy backdrop of a war.

Watch a clip of the song “My Favourite Things” here:

My Favourite Things
“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favourite things

Cream coloured ponies and crisp apple streudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favourite things

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favourite things

When the dog bites
When the bee stings
When I’m feeling sad
I simply remember my favourite things
And then I don’t feel so bad”

The song’s purpose and lesson is to think about all your favourite things when you are scared or sad. This is a valuable life lesson for us in general. When we are stressed, in despair, angry, afraid or feel any negative emotion, we should also think about what makes us happy.

Now I have a task for you. I want you to make a list of all the things that makes you smile and laugh, the things that you are grateful for and things that makes you feel light, hopeful and free. I have given this a lot of thought and made a list myself. I will share with you a few of mine in a moment. This list is something that you should remind yourself of on a daily basis, until you do not even have to think of your list in order to alter your negative thoughts. Just imagine a world where we could prevent unnecessary anger, sadness or irritation. And even just on a personal level, it is nice to remind yourself of all the good things. So here are a few of my favourite things:

• The smell and sound of rain
• The sound of a cat purring
• Gelato’s ice cream
• Cello music
• Hugs
• Potato chips (‘slap’ chips)
• Cats!

Students of College SA, make your lists of favourite things and remind yourself of all the good things in your life, the things that you really enjoy, look forward to or appreciate. There is beauty and hope in reminding ourselves of what is good in our lives. And maybe you would be so bold to share with us some of your favourite things? I would love to hear them!

P.S. Do not forget to see the film The Sound of Music!

We are Growing

This week we have asked you on Facebook how we can improve our services to you as students. We have gotten quite a few replies to our request and I would like to take this opportunity to address them.

As a College, we wanted to hear firsthand what our students are struggling with or if there are any hiccups in our communication or service towards our students. First of all, thank you for the compliments that we received from you. But criticism is just as important as compliments, because how else would we have known where we should improve and where we could grow.

We are currently addressing everything that you mentioned and doing our best to improve where you feel that we have failed you. Please try to remember we are also just human and we make mistakes. But we will learn from them and work hard to give our students the best service possible!

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College SA would like to apologize to any of our students that has had a bad experience with our service or your studies! Just hang in there, because we have a team working to improve on everything that you have mentioned.

Students of College SA, thank you for your continued support and for giving us the opportunity to grow! Hope you have a fantastic weekend!

For all the budding Beauty Therapists

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Beauty Therapy, Beauty Therapy Courses, College SA

Are you an aspiring Beauty Therapist? Do you think you have what it takes?

Answer these questions for yourself:

  • Do you have a passion for improving and enhancing your own or others’ appearance?
  • Do you like to paint and decorate nails?
  • Do you enjoy applying make-up – even when you have nowhere special to go?
  • Do you think it is very important to take care of your skin?
  • Do you like to help people unwind with a relaxing massage?

If you answered YES to most of these questions, then you are definitely a budding Beauty Therapist!

You should explore your passion further by taking some Beauty Therapy Courses. This is a great way to see whether a career in Beauty Therapy is suited to you.


Did you know?

Make-up was first created by Ancient Egyptians using copper and lead ore. Ancient Egyptian women were also among the first people to wear make-up. They painted dark colours under their eyes and made their eyelashes darker.


At College SA, we offer Short Courses, Certificates, Advanced Certificates, as well as Diplomas in Beauty Therapy.

 You can choose to specialise in the following areas:

  • Nail Care
  • Lash and Brow
  • Massage
  • Facial Skincare
  • Make-up Application
  • Hair Removal
  • Salon Management

As a registered Beauty Therapy student at College SA, you will also receive a complimentary Kit Item to help get you started on the practical side of your course.

Here are some examples of Kit Items that you could receive:

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All of our courses are offered via distance learning – allowing you to study from the comfort and safety of your own home!

Your dream career is closer than you think! Contact our friendly Student Registrars right now – they are looking forward to hearing from you, and you will not pay for this call!

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What do our students think of our Beauty Therapy Courses?

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7 Quotes to Inspire Success

Let’s face it – we all want to be successful. Sometimes we just need a bit of inspiration to get us to where we want to be.

Here are 7 quotes about success that will inspire you to reach new heights, and achieve more than you ever thought was possible. Let’s start off the weekend on a positive note. Remember – you can do ANYTHING that you put your mind to!


  1. “The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself” – Mark Caine

This quote is about wanting more for your life. Don’t simply accept the life that you were given – we are free to change it at any time. You may live in a poverty-stricken area that is rife with crime. But are you stuck there? No! You can improve your life. Study, get a good job, and refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you find yourself.


  1. “If you want to SUCCEED as bad as you want to BREATHE, then you will be SUCCESSFUL” – Eric Thomas

How badly do you want to be successful? If you really want something – so much so that you are willing to fight for it and work consistently hard for it – then you are sure to get it!


  1. “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up” – Thomas Edison

Don’t give up! The most successful people got to where they are because they persisted. You are so very close to seeing your dreams come true – so keep at it!


  1. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts” – Winston Churchill

Whether you succeed or fail in your endeavours – keep working hard. You can’t simply sit back and do nothing once you have reached your goals. You need to make sure that you don’t lose what you have achieved – otherwise what was the point in all of your hard work?


  1. “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm” – Winston Churchill

Some people fail over and over again before they eventually succeed. The secret is to not let these failures get the better of you. You need to remain positive, and never lose hope. Believe in yourself and believe in your dreams – you will get there!


  1. “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things” – Leonardo da Vinci

It is very tempting to take the easy way out of situations. We want to be successful, but sometimes we are not willing to work hard to get it. Success is not something that can just fall into your lap. We need to decide what we want from life, and MAKE IT HAPPEN!


  1. “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will” – Vince Lombardi

Successful people are not stronger than us, nor are they smarter than us. So what then sets them apart? How do they become successful? It is quite simple really – they have a WILL to succeed. They WANT to succeed, and so they will! Be determined to reach your goals, and you will.


Students of College SA, we believe in you! Now you just need to believe in yourself. Go out there and show the world what you are made of!