Short Course, Higher Certificate or Diploma – Which one’s for you?

Published On: March 4th, 2020Last Updated: December 22nd, 20204.4 min readCategories: Career Advice, Study tips

We understand that at times it can be daunting to choose the right course to study.  We have therefore tabled key aspects of different courses offered at iQ Academy, to help you decide which course would be best suited for you.  Refer to the table below to understand what type of courses are offered by iQ Academy.

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 iQ Short Course- Distance LearningiQ Short Course – OnlineHigher Certificate Diploma
Purpose of programmeDesigned by iQ Academy to enhance your skills in a specific business discipline.  No examination is required.Designed by iQ Academy to enhance your skills in a specific business discipline. Enjoy the freedom and flexibility to study anytime, anywhere.  Gain access to expert, mobile-first designed content.Designed by iQ Academy in accordance with the accreditation criteria of the Council of Higher Education (CHE), where your career ambitions require a qualification, and where the flexibility of distance learning enables you to keep your work and home commitments.Designed by iQ Academy in accordance with the accreditation criteria of the Council of Higher Education (CHE), where your career ambitions require a diploma qualification, and where the flexibility of distance learning enables you to keep your work and home commitments.
Mode of LearningDistance LearningOnline CourseDistance LearningOnline Course
AccreditationIt is non-credit bearing, which means it does not carry credits towards a registered qualification in terms of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF)It is non-credit bearing, which means it does not carry credits towards a registered qualification in terms of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF)Registered with the Department of Higher Education & Training (DHET). Accredited by South African Quality Assurance (SAQA).Registered with the Department of Higher Education & Training (DHET). Accredited by South African Quality Assurance (SAQA).
NQF levelAlthough iQA is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) as a Private Higher Education Institution, the iQ Short Courses are not designed according to the NQF and don’t result in a qualification.Although iQA is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) as a Private Higher Education Institution, the iQ Short Courses are not designed according to the NQF and don’t result in a qualification.NQF 5NQF 6
Entrance requirementGrade 9Grade 12Grade 12, with higher certificate endorsementGrade 12, with diploma endorsement
Minimum age16 years old18 years old18 years old18 years old
Language of learningEnglishEnglishEnglishEnglish
Who will benefit from the course
  • Employed people who identify areas of their skill set that need development for either personal satisfaction or growth and promotion opportunities.
  • Unemployed people who have a financial sponsor or can pay cash for the course and want to develop skills in a specific business discipline to demonstrate to potential employers they have taken the initiative to develop themselves in a particular career direction.
  • Employed people who identify areas of their skill set that need development for either personal satisfaction or growth and promotion opportunities.
  • Unemployed people who have a financial sponsor or can pay cash for the course and want to develop skills in a specific business discipline to demonstrate to potential employers they have taken the initiative to develop themselves in a particular career direction.
  • Employed people who need a qualification in a specific business discipline to take their careers or pay grade to the next level.
  • Unemployed people who have a financial sponsor or can pay cash for the course who want a recognised qualification to apply for job opportunities.
  • Employed people who want a qualification in a business management field, but may not have met the requirements for a degree or university entrance, and aspire to leadership roles in their career.
  • Unemployed people who have a financial sponsor or can pay cash for the course who want a diploma qualification to apply for job opportunities.
Duration12 – 24 months6 – 18 months24 months4 years and 6 months
Number of study hours3 – 5 hours per week3 – 5 hours per week20 hours per week20 hours per week
Method of teaching The course material is in textbooks and iCan, supported by online learning interactions and access to your tutor through multiple channels.The material is only delivered online through the student portal iCan, with online student support.All course material is in textbooks and iCan, supported by online learning interactions and access to your lecturer and tutor through multiple channels.Course material only online in an interactive format on the student portal iCan, with online access to your lecturer and tutor.
AssessmentsOne assignment per module. In order to pass minimum requirements must be met (varied per course)

There are no examinations.

You must complete and submit several assignments per module with at least 50% pass mark.  There are no examinations.Each module has two or more assignments as well as examinations at the end of each semester.Each module has two or more assignments as well as examinations at the end of each semester.
CertificationiQ Academy Certificate of CompetenceiQ Academy Certificate of CompetenceHigher CertificateDiploma

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