Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Click on the links below to see the answers to some of our FAQs:
- Where is Oxbridge Academy?
- What is distance learning?
- What is a TVET College?
- Is Oxbridge Academy accredited?
- Are the courses accredited?
- What is a short learning programme?
- How much do the courses cost?
- How long do the courses take to complete?
- How will I be assessed?
- What are the entry requirements for the courses?
- How can I register?
- Can I register for more than one course?
- Can I study with Oxbridge Academy if I live outside South Africa?
- Can I get my Matric through Oxbridge Academy?
- Will I have to attend any classes?
- Will there be someone to help me with my studies?
- How will I get my study material?
- Will Oxbridge Academy help me to find a job after I complete my studies?
- How much is the registration fee?
- When is the closing date for registrations?
- Does Oxbridge Academy offer degrees?
- Does Oxbridge Academy offer diplomas?
- How can I pay my fees? (What are the payment options?)
- What are Oxbridge Academy’s banking details?
- What is the difference between distance education and online studies?
1. Where is Oxbridge Academy?
Oxbridge Academy is situated in Stellenbosch in the Western Cape. Since we are a distance learning college, however, we provide courses to students all over South Africa and abroad. To view our physical address, click here.
2. What is distance learning?
Distance learning, or home study, is a form of education where students study from home, instead of attending classes. Students receive their study material via post or courier, or download it from the internet, and receive academic support from their instructors and tutors via telephone, email, and post. To read more about distance learning, click here.
3. What is a TVET College?
TVET stands for ‘technical and vocational education and training’. It is an international educational term that is applied to certain post-school educational institutes. Higher Education and Training providers offer qualifications such as degrees and doctoral programmes. To read more about TVET colleges, please click here.
4. Is Oxbridge Academy accredited?
We are provisionally registered by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) until 31 December 2018 as a private college in terms of Section 31(3) of the FET Colleges Act 16 of 2006 and Regulation 12(4)(b) of the Regulations for the Registration of Private FET Colleges. Our registration number is DHET-2009/FE07/070.
We are also recognised and/or accredited by various other bodies, including UMALUSI, QCTO, ETDP SETA, APPETD and Saiosh. To find out more about our accreditation, click here.
6. What is a short learning programme?
Most of the short learning programmes at Oxbridge Academy are non-accredited skills development courses, designed to help you learn workplace-relevant skills quickly and affordably. You can click here to find out more.
9. How will I be assessed?
There are different methods of assessment for the different types of courses. In most cases, you will be assessed through a combination of written assignments and exams. (For most short learning programmes, you will not be required to write any exams). The two main terms that you will come across are:
- a. Formative assessment: The assessment of a student’s progress at regular intervals, with accompanying feedback in order to help improve the student’s performance and skills.
- b. Summative assessment: A culminating assessment that gives information on a student’s mastery of content, knowledge or skills in the form of a controlled test, examination or portfolio.
10. What are the entrance criteria for the courses?
To study a course at Oxbridge Academy:
- You need to be at least 16 years old
- You need to be able to read and write in English
For certain courses, you need to meet additional entrance requirements. You can view these requirements by visiting the relevant course information pages.
11. How can I register?
You can click here to register online. Alternatively, you can follow the manual registration process:
12. Can I register for more than one course?
Yes, you can register for a maximum of two courses at a time. If you choose this option, you have to pay upfront in cash for at least one of the courses. However, we do not advise students to take more than one course at a time, especially if they are working full-time.
13. Can I study with Oxbridge Academy if I live outside South Africa?
Yes, you can study with us from outside South Africa, as you will be studying from home, and your assignments can be faxed, posted or emailed to us. As an international student, you will need to pay a non-refundable deposit of R2400 for your course at registration. This amount covers the registration fee and four of the course books.
14. Can I get my Matric through Oxbridge Academy?
While we do not offer Grade 12, we do offer Technical Matric and Bridging Courses, including an N3 Technical Matric course, as well as other courses that can help you get onto the same or higher academic level as Matric. For instance, our N4-N6 National Qualifications are on NQF level 5, which is higher than a Matric Certificate.
16. Will there be someone to help me with my studies?
Yes, you will be able to email a tutor for help whenever you need it, and a tutor will always respond to your request within 48 hours. You will also receive constructive feedback on each and every assignment that you submit to us during the course of your studies. Our goal is to give you all the help that you need to pass your course successfully.
18. Will Oxbridge Academy help me to find a job after I complete my studies?
No, we do not do placements. However, we do try to assist you by issuing you with progress reports and other necessary documents to assist you in finding employment. We also give you advice on how to compile your CV, and we empower you with job-seeking skills.
19. How much is the registration fee?
Your registration fee depends on the course that you study. It can range from R350 to R1000. This fee is an activation fee that releases your first batch of study material, which means you can start studying immediately after registering with us. Click here to see the registration fee for a specific course. (Please note that different registration fees may apply to international students.)
25. What is the difference between distance education and online studies?
Distance education means that you complete your studies from home, without attending physical classes. It can take different forms – you can study a distance learning course via correspondence, where you receive physical study material via post or courier; or you can study online, where all of your course material is available electronically. Online courses are therefore a specific type of distance learning.