Distance learning is very different to studying at face-to-face institutions. Naturally then, you may have many questions related to how this form of study works. Read on to find the answers to the most common queries we get about studying via distance learning at Oxbridge Academy.
How do I register?
Apart from giving us a call, you can initially make contact with us through various platforms such as WhatsApp, Facebook, email or our website. Here you can fill out an online registration form and a student advisor will make contact to guide you through the whole process. Once you have paid your registration fee, you will receive a student number and be ready to start studying!
What is the difference between a skills certificate, a short course and a national certificate?
Oxbridge Academy offers a variety of courses. Skills certificates and short courses are perfect for enhancing your CV and will broaden your knowledge of a very specific area of study. National certificates (such as N4 – N6 certificates) are a good study option for those who want to gain vocational skills to pursue a career in a specific field. They allow you to build up your knowledge and skills and, once you’ve completed your N6 level, you will have the opportunity to gain a national diploma.
When will I receive my study materials?
After your registration has been processed, your study materials will be dispatched to you through your chosen method of either courier or post. If you choose courier, your books will arrive within 8 working days. You will be provided a tracking number so that you can track your delivery. If you choose post, your books will get to you within 7 – 14 working days.
Can I study from anywhere?
Yes! We can deliver your study material to anywhere in South Africa. You can then complete your assignments and send them back to us or simply upload them via the Student Portal.
How do I pay for my course?
If you can’t afford to pay a full course fee up front, then you can pay for your course in affordable monthly instalments. There are various ways to make payments. You can choose:
- In-store payments via Pay@, which you can do at Pick n Pay, Shoprite, Checkers, Spar, Pep, Ackermans, and many more
- Bank deposits
- EFTs (internet transfers)
- Stop orders
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How are my assignments received and marked?
You can submit your assignments to us via email, courier, post or through the Student Portal. If you live close to our main office in Stellenbosch, you can deliver it by hand. Our tutors will mark the assignments, which takes around 14 working days. Marks are then uploaded onto the Student Portal for students to access, which takes another 7 working days.
What happens if I am struggling with my coursework?
If you have some questions about your coursework or you are struggling with your assignments, we have tutors available to assist you. All you have to do is email your enquiry through to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What other support is in place for me during my studies?
We have a dedicated student support team who will be able to answer any enquiries you have over the phone, email or our WhatsApp line. We also have a dedicated Student Zone, where you can access the Student Portal as well as an online library of resources to help you through your studies.
How do I register to write exams and where do I write?
If you are studying a national certificate and have completed and passed your assignments, you will need to register to write exams. We have exam centres all over the country where you can write. Arrangements for a venue close to you will be made during the registration process. The Student Zone provides you with all the important exam information you will need. Alternatively, if you have any queries related to your exams, then you can send an email to email@example.com.
Will you help me to find a job after I have completed my studies?
Unfortunately, Oxbridge Academy does not offer work placements, but we can provide you with expert advice on how to go about looking for a job with your qualification.