Navigating Distance Learning Courses

On your road to your long-term career, you may encounter some speedbumps along the way, fortunately, we have the GPS to your future distance learning course.

Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!

How Do I Decide What Distance Learning Course To Do?

Deciding which way to pave your career? We got you covered. Below is a quiz that may help you lay the foundation for your future.

  1. For your daily routine, would you prefer to:
    A. Take care of children
    B. Assist with innovative ideas
    C. Indulge yourself with numbers

  2. When in difficult situations you would rather:
    A. Offer a gentle approach
    B. Think outside the box
    C. Sit still and focus on what you could have missed

  3. In your work environment, do you prefer:
    A. Playful yet structured environment
    B. Relaxed thought-provoking space
    C. Quiet and orderly place

  4. When it comes to hours of work, would you prefer:
    A. (7:00 – 15:30)
    B. (08:00 – 17:00)
    C. Being able to choose what hours work best for you.

  5. Which of the following sounds more like you:
    A. I want to help individuals develop themselves
    B. I want to help businesses grow
    C. I want to maintain financial data

See your results below in order to determine where the road will take you next.

Mostly A’s

If you have found yourself answering mostly A to the above questions, then you strongly agree with the ways of an educator. See our Educare distance learning courses below

  • Child daycare
    Imagine being the building blocks of somebody’s education, that is precisely what it means to pursue child daycare. You will be laying the foundation of someone’s future and will need to be passionate about children as well.
  • Educare and Childcare courses
    Pursuing an Educare course means that you will be the first line of defense in the educational future of tomorrow’s leaders. 
  • Educare: NATED N4 National Certificate
    Being the first of 4 courses on your way to becoming a certified Educare professional, this NATED distance learning course will set you on your way to a professional career in education. 

Mostly B’s

You are a natural-born leader! You have the character traits to dive into management. Consider the following management courses.

  • Project Management Courses
    If your niche is in planning and you take pride in that then Project Management is for you. This course will allow you to unlock the creative management skills within yourself.
  • Human Resources Management Courses
    Do you consider yourself a natural leader? Studying Human Resources Management Courses will teach you how to hone those skills and use them to the best of your ability.
  • Business Management Courses
    Has your lifelong dream been to climb the corporate ladder? Engaging in our Business Management Course would definitely be the first step on your climb to success.
  • Marketing Management Courses
    Are you a team player with the natural ability to promote? Then Marketing Management is the right step for you. In this this 4-part course you will be provided with the tools to succeed in your career path of choice.

Mostly C’s

Numbers are your niche! Consider diving into the world of finance, With the following courses you could be strongly on your way

  • Financial Management Courses
    Have you got a knack for managing money and always budgeting before spending? If you said yes, then Financial Management is the way to go. With 5 NATED courses, you will be set to pursue your career as a Financial Manager.
  • Bookkeeping and Accounting Courses
    With these ICB-accredited courses, you’ll know which way to turn with your career, whether you want to keep the books in check or analyze the expenses of a business. We got you!
  • Financial Accounting and Business Management Courses
    Now if you fancy yourself both a corporate leader and financially savvy, this course is the way to go!
  • Accounting Courses
    At Skills Academy we are ICB Accredited which means you can complete your studies with the guarantee that you’ll be a certified accountant at the end of your courses.

How Does Distance Learning Courses Work?

If you are here that means you need to be guided in the right direction, luckily we are here to guide you to better understanding distance learning courses.

Internet Connection Is All You Need

You have no need to spend anything on travelling or expensive hardware or software, Distance learning courses work by having your study material sent to you on whatever device you are making use of, and all you will need is a steady internet connection.

Does Distance Learning Have Exams?

Examinations are all dependent on what kind of distance learning course you choose. Short courses may not be subject to examinations, however, the lengthier courses may require you to write a final examination at a venue of the institution’s choice.

Can I Do Distance Learning Courses With A Disability?

Yes! With distance learning courses you no longer have to miss out on your education due to any form of disability, whether it is a physical or learning disability. You have the right to an education and institutions are adapting to your educational needs.

Who Are Our Accreditors?

Giving you the confidence to pursue your career of choice and knowing at the end of your studies you will be completely certified, our courses are accredited by the following bodies

SAQA – South African Qualifications Authority

SAQA superintends and is responsible for the implementation of the NQF (National Qualifications Framework). They are also at the helm of NQF criteria as well as its policies. Not only do they register qualifications on the NQF, with all of the information they obtain, but they also advise the Minister of Higher Education and Training.

QCTO – Quality Council for Trades and Occupations

Established in 2010, QCTO provides counsel to skill development providers. They are accountable for the accreditation of assessment facilities but also the administration of the Occupational Qualification Sub-framework (OQSF).

ICB – Institute of Certified Bookkeepers

With Office Administration, Business Management, and Financial Accounting being the ICB’s focal point, they have dedicated themselves to producing thoroughfare for scholars to acquire treasured skills for employment in the business world.

INSETA – Insurance Sector Education and Training Authority

With their core business being 

  • Quality Assurance
  • Skills Planning and Research
  • Supply Chain Management

INSETA prides themselves in unfolding and executing pre-eminent expertise and educational remedies for the insurance sector and its workers.

Umalusi – Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training

Umalusi accredits private schools, FET Colleges, private adult education providers as well as private assessment bodies. They are the quality council that guarantees education standards in the General and Further Education and Training Qualifications Sub-framework.

DHET – Department of Higher Education and Training

Being established in 2009 to focus specifically on tertiary education their mission is to provide support to education, also funding PSET (Post-School Education and Training) institutions and independent bodies.

Which Colleges Offers Distance Learning Courses?

After establishing what it is that you would like to study, the natural next question would be where can I study these distance learning courses? Below I will hook you up to institutions where you can find the best distance learning courses.

Skills Academy has found the “one size fits all” solution to education. Changing the Reality of Education, Skills Academy has set the bar high for the future of learning aiming to give as many pupils the education they want and need. Skills Academy offers the following courses that will surely pave your way to professional excellence.

  • Accounting, Bookkeeping, And Finance
  • Beauty
  • Computer Courses 
  • Design And Photography 
  • Educare And Childcare 
  • Events Planning 
  • Human Resource Management
  • ICB In Both English And Afrikaans 
  • Insurance Courses 
  • Management Courses 
  • Marketing 
  • Matric 
  • NATED Courses
  • Office Administration 
  • OHS (Occupational Health and Safety)
  • Project Management 
  • Tourism

Taking into consideration the ideal work-life balance, Bellview Institute of Distance Learning has outlined its courses to give you the liberation of both studying and working at the same time. Bellview Institute of Distance Learning takes pride in its educational services and products and leaves an impact on the lives of its students with the following accredited courses:

NATED Courses:

  • NATED Business Management
  • NATED Marketing Management
  • NATED Human Resource Management
  • NATED Legal Secretary
  • NATED Management Assistant
  • NATED Financial Management
  • NATED Educare

ICB Courses:

  • ICB Business Management
  • ICB Office Administration
  • ICB Bookkeeping & Accounting

At Matric College we believe that it is never too late to start. Whether you would like to do your matric later in life, redo your exams, or simply just the subject that you have missed the turn on. Matric College offers the following solutions to your matric needs:

  • Adult Matric
  • Matric Rewrite
  • Matric Upgrade

I hope this helps you better pin your location for elevating your education.

I Want To Do A Distance Learning Course, But I Do Not Have Matric

If you have missed a turn and did not make matric, It is not the end of the road, here are ways you could still bridge that gap. It’s never too late to start.

No Matric? No Problem!

Let us say you want to pursue bookkeeping, but have been second-guessing because you have not or are still on your matric journey. Thanks to distance learning courses there are now ways for you to obtain matric equivalent certificates without having matric. See below NQF level 3 courses that are available regardless of whether you’ve done matric.

  • Bookkeeping: ICB National Certificate and Bookkeeping: ICB FET Certificate
  • Small Business Financial Management: ICB National Certificate

What Is A Matric Upgrade?

There is always room for improvement, right? That is what a matric upgrade is, room for improvement. If you want to change a subject that you did in matric or elevate your initial grades, doing a matric upgrade via a distance learning course will allow you to secure your matric while you are working!

Can I Rewrite My Matric?

You absolutely can! Also known as supplementary exams, you can now redo your matric. Here is how you can check whether matric rewrite is the route for you

  1. I would like to improve my grades. 
  2. I am at least 21 years of age. I have not met NSC requirements for 2 or fewer subjects
  3. There has been an exam irregularity 
  4. I suffered the loss of an immediate family member at the time of examinations.
  5. I have been medically unfit during the time of examinations

If you have checked any of the boxes above then I have excellent news for you! You qualify for a matric rewrite. Distance learning has just given you your second chance at success.

How Much Does It Cost To Rewrite Matric?

Registering to do a matric rewrite is free, but there are some costs involved in rewriting certain exams. The great news is that you can now do your matric rewrite on a payment plan tailored to your allowance. All you would need to do is contact a course specialist and get your financial blueprint!

What Is Adult Matric?

Adult matric is designed for adults who are 21 and older who may have missed out on the chance to do their matric. Also referred to as an Amended Senior Certificate, enrolling in this course will give you the opportunity to claim those job opportunities that may have slipped through the cracks of time. Even though the Adult Matric Course is not accredited, it is fully recognized by SAQA, Umalusi, and NQF.

Why Should I Consider Taking A Distance Learning Course Rather Than A Traditional Course?

Are you still not convinced that distance learning courses are for you? Below we will weigh distance learning courses against traditional learning and then see how it measures up.

Distance Learning CoursesTraditional Learning Courses
No traveling neededRequires you to be in class
Study Material is included in the courseYou may have to purchase textbooks
Online SupportYou may have to wait until the next class to raise questions
You can make your own scheduleThe schedule is limited to classroom times
All course material is digitized You have to carry around heavy textbooks

The pros of distance learning are clear. You choose which route benefits you more.

Different Types Of Distance Learning

No matter your character, there’s a type of distance learning suited just for you. Two of the main types of distance learning are asynchronous and synchronous, and then there is hybrid learning too.


Synchronous learning leans more towards all of the students including their instructor are all engaged in an online platform at the same time. What makes synchronous learning beneficial

  • Real-time feedback from tutors
  • Platforms allow for interaction between participants
  • Training happens at set times.


With zero real-time interaction, asynchronous learning allows students to engage at a time that is fit for them. Here is why asynchronous learning is beneficial.

  • Student can study at their own pace.
  • No need for online classrooms
  • More affordable

Hybrid Distance Learning

Being a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning, hybrid learning may require students to be available at a set time for online classes, but are awarded the freedom to complete assignments at their own pace. See below why hybrid learning is advantageous.

  • Improved commitment to learning
  • Bendable schedule
  • Reduced stress and anxiety

What Do Actual Students Have To Say About Distance Learning At Skills Academy?

Along with these obvious benefits of distance learning, there are also testimonials. Have a look at what some real-life distance learners at Skills Academy had to say about it.

Lenita Pikkie Marais – Computer Course A+
“Awesome service, awesome prices, and just awesome people who are there for you no matter what. They go out of their way to see you succeed in your studies” 

Awelani Jennifer Ramulongo – HR Management
“If you want to further your studies, Skills Academy is the best online college to study with. You will always feel at home and not regret it.”

Wilma Kok – Adult Matric
“Skills Academy is a good college, as you get fast, efficient, and brilliant service. Their staff are very friendly when they are assisting you. They always call to make sure that everything is okay, or ask whether you need help with something.”

Sifiso – Interior Design and Decorating
“To anyone who would like to improve his/her career, whether you have your grade 21 certificate or not, Skills Academy is the right institution to improve your career and even your life in general. The reason is that you do everything online, and you can work while studying at your own pace.”                         

Am I Ready To Do A Distance Learning Course?

After all, you may still be questioning whether you are ready or not to tackle that distance learning course, and that is totally okay. Some of the variables below may determine whether you’re ready or not.

Will I Have The Time To Study?

Before you commit yourself to months of study, consider whether you will have the time throughout the course duration to study. You have to plan out your study time and be realistic with the times you have set.

Do I Have The Skills For Distance Learning?

Analyzing whether you will have the study time is only the first step to distance learning. Next, you will need to analyze yourself and have a chat with people who know you really well. Gain some perspective on where you currently are in life and whether will you be able to dedicate yourself to your distance learning course.

Am I Okay With No-Contact Learning?

The big difference between distance learning and traditional learning is contact. Some of us thrive off personal connection, with a distance learning course there is minimal interaction if any at all. So ask yourself, will I be able to work on my own?

Am I Ready To Be Assessed?

Lastly, not all of us deal well with negative feedback. Ask yourself, “Can I take constructive criticism?” How you deal with assessment will determine whether you are able to commit to a distance learning course. Will you get discouraged if you do not receive your desired outcome or will that motivate you to try harder?

How Do I Become A Successful Distance Learner?

Making that jump from traditional education to distance learning can be challenging. I have laid down a step-by-step guide to make your transition seamless:

  • Do not procrastinate
  • Find what works best for you
  • Practice good time management
  • Adopt integrity when it comes to your work
  • Stick to your objectives
  • Have some downtime too

Do Not Procrastinate

Even if you do work well under pressure, leaving your assignments for the last minute may not be beneficial to your learning experience. Aim to complete your assignments as swiftly yet thoroughly as possible.

Find What Works Best For You

Set yourself up in an environment that works for you. Whether you prefer being in a busy coffee shop or your best friend’s bedroom, ensure that your place of study proves favorable to your education.

Practice Good Time Management

Just as you would have classes scheduled in traditional learning, make a study schedule for your distance learning program that will allow you to balance study, work, and life effectively.

Adopt Integrity When It Comes To Your Work

Integrity means always doing what’s right, regardless of whether you have supervision or not. Working from a distance will require you to rely heavily on this principle. Adopting integrity will prove beneficial to your career in the long run.

Stick To Your Objectives

Besides not procrastinating, and good time management, hold yourself accountable. Sticking to your dedicated study times will prevent you from feeling overwhelmed by your workload in the future. 

Have Some Downtime Too

Lastly, do not forget to let loose whenever you can. Not everybody can be “all work and no play”, celebrate the fact that you are human too with all your small victories.

Practicing the above will turn that step into a jump in the right direction. These are truly shortcuts to success.

How Do You Plan Distance Learning?

I absolutely know you are convinced by now! Here are some ways you can kickstart your distance learning journey.

Choose Your Course

Before choosing your course ask yourself why it is that you want to study first. Do you want to:

  1. Start a new career
  2. Gain PSET qualification
  3. Get promoted at your current job or
  4. Gain new skills in your current trade

Knowing why you want to study makes choosing what you want to study a shortcut. Once you have completed the quiz at the beginning of the article, knowing what you are inclined to do should be a bit easier to do now. 

Find Your Institution 

I have already plugged you with the best institutions for distance learning above, all you need to do is choose one. Find which institution best aligns with your end goal and go for it! 


Once you have determined the reason you want to study and where you want to do it, all that is left to do is prepare yourself for the effortless registration process. The only additional information you need is to know how your studies will be paid for and don’t even sweat that because the institutions I have listed also offer flexible payment options!

Why Is Distance Learning Cheaper Than Traditional Learning?

We all know that it costs a pretty penny to enroll for studies at a traditional institution, but here is why distance learning courses are more affordable.

  • Zero Physical Infrastructure Expenses
  • Reduced Tuition Fees
  • No Commute Costs
  • No Living Expenses
  • You Do Not Have To Pay For Pricy Textbooks

Zero Physical Infrastructure Expenses

With no need for physical classrooms, you will not be charged the hefty fees that come with being facilitated in an on-site classroom.

Reduced Tuition Fees

As opposed to traditional tuition fees, most distance learning courses offer quality education at a fraction of the cost.

No Commute Costs

Gone are the days of rushing to a taxi, worrying that you may not make it in time for class. No more rummaging for spare change to make that commute either. Your time and money are spared.

No Living Expenses

Paying for accommodation is now ancient, you don’t have to worry about the costs of relocation because you can study from wherever you are!

You Do Not Have To Pay For Pricy Textbooks

Distance Learning courses have changed the game when it comes to study material. Not only do you not have to carry books, you don’t have to pay for them either!

You have arrived at your destination! You now have the roadmap to success, now it is time to enter your distance learning future.

Frequently Asked Questions

Besides being an affordable option for anyone with social obligations, the following benefits of distance learning will surely convince you to take the road less traveled.

  • Dodge queues and administrative office with effortless registration from home
  • You can study from any place!
  • You make your own schedule
  • Don’t spend a thing on travelling
  • Coursework is sent straight to your doorstep
  • Your tutor is only a call or a text away
  • You have access to online study groups

If you were not convinced, I bet all these benefits of distance learning have you convinced now!

If it is capitalization you are looking for with your distance learning course. Here are some of the most lucrative niches in the ever-changing world of today.

  • Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing
  • Software Development and Programming Languages
  • Website Design
  • Creative Arts
  • Content Writing
  • Health and Wellness
  • Career Coaching
  • Personal Finance

Whatever your avenue of pursuit, there’s a distance learning course for you.

Getting there is only half of the journey, the real test lies in staying there. The following tips could make committing to distance learning easier than you think.

  1. Nourish your body first
  2. Have your stationery set up beforehand
  3. Unless you need it for your coursework, put that phone away!
  4. Remind yourself of your end goal daily
  5. Give yourself a break from time to time

Author: Roegshana Pamplin
Editor: Connor Bergsma
Date Published: September 20, 2023

Find out More

complete the form below and we'll contact you as soon as possible

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.