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General iQ Academy questions

Yes, iQ Academy (Pty) Ltd Company Registration No. 2006/033114/07: is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a Private Higher Education Institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997, Registration Certificate No. 2012/HE07/001. Learn more about our accreditations.

iQ Academy specialises in the field of business studies and offers a variety of career-enhancing courses. Our programmes are designed with working professionals in mind which means you can easily balance work, life and studies. The various types of distance learning courses we offer are:

  • Business Short Courses for skills development (Non-credit bearing)
  • NQF Level 5 Higher Certificates
  • Free DO Life courses

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Only Higher Certificate Programmes are accredited.

A Higher Certificate is a formal qualification and is registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and accredited by the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) and Council on Higher Education (CHE)

A Short Course is a short learning programme that focuses on equipping you with a specific skill set. Our curricula are developed by industry experts and are internally quality-assured by our Academic Board. Our short courses are institutional learning programmes and are non-credit-bearing, which means they do not carry credits towards a registered qualification in terms of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

You do not need to physically attend a class for either distance learning or online learning programmes. Here are the key differences:

Distance learning
Your textbook and study guide will be couriered to you, while the required assignments are available on our student portal iCan. You would therefore need periodic access to an Internet connection to download required documentation and to interact with your lecturer and fellow students. For some of our short courses, you will have the option to complete your assignment/s online, or you can choose to submit them via email.

Online learning
Your study material is available on our student portal iCan. You would therefore need a stable Internet connection, smartphone, PC, laptop, or tablet to access your study material. You can also download your study material for offline use. Assessments are completed online (no emailing of assignments needed), and results are immediately available on iCan.

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Admissions

DIPLOMA:
The Diploma in Business Management has 1 intake period per academic year which is Semester one. If you’d like more information on dates and programme admissions into the Diploma please contact us.

HIGHER CERTIFICATES:
Our Higher Certificates have 2 intake periods per academic year, Semester 1 and Semester 2. To secure your spot, in either semester, all you need to do is successfully complete the application process and register by the deadline. Semester dates are available on our website for every Higher Certificate we offer. Choose the programme you love and enrol for the available dates to get started!

SHORT COURSES:
Our Short courses are cohort-based. While the intake schedule varies per course iQ Academy offers 4 cohorts per academic year. The intake schedule, for every short course we offer, is available on our website. Choose the course you are most interested in and enrol for a start date that suits you!

  • STEP 1: APPLY ONLINE
    Complete the website contact form to request a free call-back from an Enrolment Consultant. Discuss any questions you have or complete your application over the phone immediately if you’re ready.

  • STEP 2: REGISTER FOR THE COHORT OR SEMESTER
    Secure a spot in any cohort or semester by successfully completing the application process and registering by the deadline. Registration includes submission of required documents and payment of the course fee/s.
  • STEP 3: START YOUR COURSE
    Now you will have access to iCan, our online student portal, where all teaching and learning will take place. You are now ready to meet your lecturer, engage with fellow classmates and complete orientation week, where you will also learn more about how to use iCan.
Admission requirements differ depending on the type of course ( ie Higher Certificate, Diploma or Short Course) you enrol for. The entry and admission requirements for every course we offer is available on our website. If you’re still unsure please feel free to contact us for further information.

Qualifications

iQ Academy offers programmes registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and accredited by the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) and Council on Higher Education (CHE). These are credit-bearing programmes aligned to the National Qualifications Framework. The type of qualifications we offer are: Higher Certificate Programmes: NQF Level 5 | 120 Credits

Yes, all qualifications are registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).  You can find the SAQA ID listed on our website for each of the qualifications we offer. You can also search for a qualification on SAQA at: https://pcqs.saqa.org.za/search.php?cat=qual

iQ Academy is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a Private Higher Education Institution (PHEI) under the Higher Education Act, 1997. Learn more about our accreditations.

An iQ Academy Higher Certificate Programme is an industry-ready qualification that is offered through the convenience of online distance learning. All Higher Certificate courses are on NQF level 5 and are registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and accredited by the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) and Council on Higher Education (CHE).

All of our qualifications are lecture-led. The mode of delivery for our qualifications is distance education and all instruction takes place via iCan, our online student portal. Your lecturer will provide teaching and learning plans for the duration of the programme as well as lesson plans for each week.

Students are required to adhere to these schedules. Lecturers will also host regular online classes. The content covered in each class will be in line with the module schedule and weekly lesson plan. Sticking to the schedules provided will ensure you don’t miss out on any opportunities to learn and ask questions.

In between classes you can engage with your lecturer directly on iCan or you can discuss the learning content with other students in the discussion forums, which are set up per module for your convenience.

The following learning activities form part of your overall learning path:

  • Orientation week (included in the course duration)
  • Self-directed reading and activity completion
  • Multimedia activities such as video clips and podcasts
  • Completion of quizzes and continuous assessment opportunities on iCan
  • Online announcements of activities and assignment submission
  • Participation in discussion forums
  • Self-reflection
  • Case studies
  • Live online lectures
  • Assessment activities and compulsory submission of formative and summative assessments per module

Short courses

Our short course programmes are courses that can be completed over several weeks or months, depending on the course you enrol for. Short courses are designed to complement a working professionals lifestyle through flexible distance learning. Assessments are done through the submission of assignments, no exams are required.

Our curricula are developed by industry experts and are internally quality-assured and approved by our Academic Board. Our short courses are institutional programmes and are non-credit bearing. For more information on our institutional registration and accreditation status view our accreditations.

Short courses are typically non-credit-bearing programmes, affording students the opportunity to build their professional credentials without the higher cost and time associated with studying for a university degree or qualification.

There are no written examinations for this course. As part of your learning, you are encouraged to complete short quizzes throughout each module, which help you build and test knowledge. You will be required to complete and submit one summative assessment at the end of each module. To meet the requirement for this course, you will have to pass the final summative assessment for each module, before you can get certified.

Once you have completed your course, you will get an iQ Academy Short Course Certificate. Your certificate demonstrates that you have acquired industry-relevant skills which can enhance your promotional and employment opportunities. In order to qualify for a certificate you will need to:

  • Pass all your assignments
  • Pay up your student account
  • Email a certified copy of your ID document to: certificate@iqa.ac.za
  • Your certificate will be couriered to you at no extra cost provided you confirm your delivery address and it is accurate and up-to-date.

    All short courses are lecture-led. The mode of delivery is distance education and all instruction takes place on our student portal, iCan. Your course lecturer will prepare a teaching and learning plan for the duration of the course as well as lesson plans for each week. Students should work through the learning material independently, according to the course schedule in the iCan Calendar. Support is available for academic and technical-related queries on iCan.

    Your lecturer will also host regular online classes. The content covered will be in line with the course schedule and weekly lesson plan. Sticking to the schedules provided will ensure you don’t miss out on any opportunities to learn and ask questions. In between classes you can engage with your lecturer directly on iCan or you can discuss the learning content with other students in the discussion forums, which are set up per module for your convenience.

      Our short courses integrate interactive media with e-learning activities as well as traditional didactic components such as written notes. There are also opportunities for collaborative learning through discussion forums. The following learning activities form part of the overall learning path:

      • Reading activities
      • Multimedia activities such as video clips and podcasts
      • Online announcements of activities and assignment submission
      • Discussion forums
      • Self-reflection
      • Case studies
      • Live online lectures
      • Assessment activities & compulsory submission of formative and summative assessments per module

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