ADMISSION QUESTION & ANSWERS
EDUVISA TUITION FEES
Tuition Fees, relevant to the specific Programme/ Course/ Module, are indicated under the Course Catalogue.
COMPARISON OF MBA FEES
The tuition fees applicable to MBA programmes at universities/business schools reflect extreme variations based on factors such as the country of location, world standing of the institution and level of government funding. The issue of tuition costs is further complicated by economic factors such as currency fluctuations, the strength of a specific country's economy (GDP), interest rates and availability of student loans on the open market. Students are advised to make use of the following link to compare Tuition Fees and to revert to the online currency converter.
NO TRAVEL REQUIRED
No travel or contact sessions are required except if the student decides to pursue attendance at a residential university campus! The student can complete each consecutive module leading to course completion entirely online. This allows students the flexibility to study at times best suited to their individual schedules and enables students to balance work, studies, and other responsibilities. Once enrolled, the student can access the modules at any time via a laptop, or other digital device and an Internet connection from home, work, or an alternative location convenient to the student.
NO GROUP WORK REQUIRED
No! Students, however, are not isolated while completing their studies, in fact, the online course programmes are designed to be a highly interactive learning environment. While immersed in their studies, students will be able to share their perspectives and participate in topical discussions with a cohort of fellow students. Faculty staff are available online to assist with questions while providing assignments and guiding instruction using various interactive technologies. Students can experience the reward of accredited executive business qualifications without setting foot on campus. However, students may also exercise a blended-learning option during the final BBA/MBA Top-Up academic phase when they can choose to physically visit campus facilities of the university, they select for Degree Top-Up purposes.
The EDUVISA Virtual University System (EVUS) incorporates several technologies including Moodle, WordPress and in-house developed learning and data platforms that support a wide variety of browsers and web-enabled devices. This allows students, lecturers, and faculty to access online courses content from anywhere in the world including a PC, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. A reliable internet connection, a modern web browser and basic computer skills are needed which should include operational knowledge of Email and File Management (MS-Outlook) and a web browser such as Internet Explorer. Students will be required to access and/or download PDF and video documents. The EDUVISA Virtual University System (EVUS) is easy to operate and all study materials, message systems and online evaluation can be accessed with the click of a mouse button.
ACCELERATED STUDY EXPLAINED
The duration of an academic programme obviously depends on the specific course registered for. Certificate courses may be completed in days while Bachelor and Master's Degree programmes require a long-term commitment. Since EDUVISA follows an academic schedule linked to its international collaborating award and university partners students can complete their studies in a shortened period which is solely determined by the efforts and commitment of the individual student who may proceed to the next module/course as soon as he/she has successfully completed the current module/course.
Students are also exempted from unnecessary interruptions associated with university holidays, socio-political unrest or boycott actions and are not burdened by travel costs and interruptions in public transport.
RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING (RPL)
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) refers to a process where the normal entry requirements associated with an academic programme is allowed to be overruled to obtain access to the specific academic programme or where an alternative requirement pathway has been established to accommodate registration. For example, a learner that has not achieved a prescribed matriculation or senior certificate high-school qualification may not be allowed to register as a student for a Bachelor's Degree at the university level. In this case, the learner may be complete a Diploma in Higher Education Access (Dip.HEA) which has been developed exclusively to provide access to the EDUVISA Graduate Programme at Bachelor's Degree level and an opportunity to access the UK-university system.
Student details will be registered on the EDUVISA Virtual University System (EVUS), allowing for effective reporting and data capturing of the student’s academic record. EDUVISA will issue a certificate of compliance (Cert.Skill, Dip.HEA, Dip.Man, HDip.Man, GDip.Man and PGDip.Man etc) upon successful completion of the respective module, provided that the student has reached a sub-minimum of 60% for each specific al module that makes up the relevant academic programme. Completion of all the prescribed Bachelor and/or Master's Degree modules will lead to the awarding of a Bachelor's in Business Administration (BBA) or Master's in Business Administration (MBA) by the selected regulated award or university institution. A Statement of Result (SOR) will be issued upon request and will be subject to internal faculty or external institutional moderation. EDUVISA will endeavour to issue certificates within one month from the date the student submits his/her final assessment or online evaluation. In the case of a student losing his/her certificate, EDUVISA will re-issue another certificate at an additional fee. An affidavit stating that the original certificate has been lost, misplaced, damaged or stolen must be certified by a Commissioner of Oaths, with proof of payment before the request will be attended to. The student’s Certificate or Academic Record may be withheld in the event of any disciplinary matter pending against the student or in the case of outstanding academic fees.
ATHE AND OFQUAL REGISTRATION
ATHE (Awards for Training and Higher Education) is a global awarding organisation regulated by Ofqual and the other UK and international regulators and provides accreditation to 200+ recognised academic centres in over 35 countries. ATHE offers a wide portfolio of vocationally orientated and internationally recognised qualifications including Business and Management, Law, Computing and Healthcare that aligns with established university curricula. ATHE qualifications are approved as academic progression pathways to relevant Bachelor’s (BBA) and Master’s (MBA) Top Up Degrees by a growing number of UK and international Universities, providing significant tertiary education opportunities for students. Students who thus achieve an EDUVISA qualification are automatically mapped against a standard UK Higher Education Qualification Framework. Universities can, therefore, award credits against the EDUVISA (ATHE-based) study programmes to allow exemptions from large parts of their formal programmes. EDUVISA and ATHE have pre-agreed arrangements with certain universities to provide credits against programmes either on-campus or off-campus.
UniQual is a university-level academic quality assurance body that ensures via an Integrated Quality Framework (iNQF) that EDUVISA course curricula and assessment standards align with and comply to Bachelor's in Business Administration (BBA) and Master's in Business Administration (MBA) curriculum requirements found at university business schools and international award institutions such as ATHE. The iNQF academic regulatory framework is a quality instrument that ensures that curriculum requirements, as laid down by ATHE (regulated by UK-Ofqual) maps to the curriculum content and assessment standards associated with leading universities and business schools. EDUVISA academic programmes typically consist of both a UniQual (iNQF) as well as Ofqual (RQF) award component where the EDUVISA Graduate Programme typically consists of a Theoretical Module Phase (Extensive Theoretical Assessment) (UniQual iNQF Moderated Online Module Tests) (Dip.Man, HDip.Man, GDip.Man and PGDip.Man awards) which qualifies the student to proceed to the Moderated Assignment Phase (Verified Assignment Submissions) which leads to an ATHE awarded Ofqual (RQF) Diploma, Higher Diploma etc) which again provides the student with access to the final BBA/MBA Top-Up Phase of at a university or business school of choice.
RECOGNITION OF QUALIFICATIONS BY SAQA
EDUVISA Graduate School of Management (UK) is registered and accredited by ATHE (Awards for Training & Higher Education) which is regulated by the United Kingdom Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) in terms of the UK Education Act of 2011 that regulates the Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF) which provides a benchmark regulatory framework for qualifications in the UK. This framework is internationally recognised and is part of the common reference framework for international qualifications. As such it can be articulated (See Articulation) against the South African National Qualifications Framework (SAQA-NQF). SAQA, as is the case with OFQUAL and most international qualification authorities, has introduced specific guidelines regarding the evaluation and recognition of foreign qualifications that articulates against the South African NQF (See NQF Act, 67 of 2008 as amended). This is performed according to the Policy & Criteria for Evaluating Foreign Qualification (SAQA) and has to be performed by the individual candidate when applying for registration at a South African university or tertiary institution. The acceptance criteria at most government-regulated universities internationally are not only determined by the relevant government-regulated accreditation bodies (such as Ofqual and SAQA) but also by specific acceptance requirements at Faculty or Department level.
NQF-RATED (SA) - SHORT PROGRAMMES
Short Learning Programmes (Skills Training) is classified as business, management or leadership development programmes and does not lead to a formal qualification on the South African National Qualification Framework (NQF). However, the Bachelor (Diploma, Higher-Diploma & Graduate Diploma) and Masters (Post-Graduate Diploma + MBA) Degree Programmes of EDUVISA are orientated to, aligned with and articulated against international academic qualification frameworks that meet the academic standards and requirements prescribed by university institutions in the UK, USA, Australia and/or government-regulated award bodies such as the UK-Ofqual and USA-CHEA. In some instances, Short Learning Programmes are credit-bearing as a foundational requirement to access the UK University Programme at Bachelor and Master's level (See Dip.HEA).
AWARDING OF DIPLOMAS
Diplomas (iNQF) are awarded by EDUVISA and/or ATHE and certified by UniQual/Ofqual respectively.
AWARDING OF DEGREES
Final Degrees are awarded and certified by the relevant UK-government regulated universities in collaboration with Ofqual/UniQual.
STUDYING ONLINE FOR THE FIRST TIME
An online course runs similarly to an in-class course, except your classroom is a website on the internet. You have a teacher, classmates, assignments, tests, and deadlines.
All the online course programmes of EDUVISA are self-paced and can be completed in the minimum or maximum study period depending on the time allocation and commitment of the student. You can access your login area on the website any time after the start date, providing you register before the course commences.
Most of the course material would be provided by EDUVISA via the Virtual University System (EVUS). Online study notes include various links to additional academic sources, video material and presentations that can be accessed online simply by mouse-clicking the relevant link.
TIPS FOR ONLINE STUDIES
- Participate: Stay in contact with your teacher and your classmates through the discussion board and other activities. Participation often contributes to your final grade.
- Know your deadlines: Look for the table of deadlines when you first log in to your course site. If you feel you can't meet a deadline, let your teacher know as soon as possible don't wait until the last minute as it is often harder to accommodate your request then.
- Be patient: You have access to the course site 24x7, but remember your teacher and classmates are not sitting at the other end waiting for your email or discussion posting. Give them time to reply. Usually, you can expect a response within 48 hours or sooner.
- Be organized: Manage your time appropriately. As a guideline, you should give yourself about 2-3 hours per week to work through the course content and another 3-4 hours per week to complete assignments and participate in discussions and online activities.
- Read: It is quite easy to skim information on the web, but it is important that you read the material in your course site to ensure a positive learning experience.
- Routine: Establish a Study Routine (See Study Guidelines).
PROGRESS AFTER COMPLETION
- EDUVISA Graduate School of Management: After obtaining your initial Dip.Man (iNQF/RQF-L4) (Bachelor Academic Year 1) you can continue your online studies with EDUVISA by completing an HDip.Man (iNQF/RQF-L5) (Bachelor Academic Year 2), GDip.Man (iNQF/RQF-L6) (Bachelor Academic Year 3) and PGDip.Man (iNQF/RQF-L7) (Masters Academic Year 1) whereafter you can proceed to complete an MBA Top-Up (Capita Selecta & Dissertation) at a UK-Government regulated university or any of a multitude of international universities.
- Universities: If you have for instance completed a Bachelor's Degree you may consider registering for a Master's Degree and even follow that up with a Doctorate at a government-regulated university anywhere in the world (Please remember that each university has its own entry requirements which may also apply to academic departments.
- Employment: Our qualifications can help you to get a better position, increase your confidence in your current role, gain a promotion, set up your own business or change careers.
EDUVISA course programmes are self-paced, delivered via a guided-study system and have been developed in such a manner that you will not require any or little academic support. The EDUVISA Virtual University System (EVUS) incorporates an online messenger portal that allows you to contact your tutor, academic supervisor or even professor directly should the need arise. You can even have a live chat with them if your Internet connection allows it.
Course fees can be paid by any of the following methods:
- EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer)
- PayPal - Credit Cards (International)
- PayFast - Credit Card, Debit Card, Bank Transfer (EFT), Cash Deposit at Post Office and selected retailers (Southern Africa only).
- Bank Deposit (International)
The first step is to familiarise yourself with the various course offerings that are available at certificate, diploma, degree or post-degree level by visiting the EDUVISA Catalogue of Courses. Once you have decided which course you want to register for you will utilise the Enroll option after you will be requested to Create a New Account (First Time Student) or Sign in to the Existing Account (Already registered as Student). You will now be required to indicate which Payment Option you wish to follow. If you require assistance with your registration process, please message EDUVISA and an academic advisor will gladly contact you.
During the registration process you may be requested to submit the following documents:
- Copies of your Grade 11 Certificate, Bridging Certificate, High School Certificate, Diplomas or Degrees completed.
- You will be required to upload a passport/ID size photograph of yourself.
- If applying based on your professional/or employment experience, you will be required to provide a copy of your CV as well as proof of employment experience.
If you wish to find out if there are exemptions available to you before you register, please write to us enclosing copies of your qualifications or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
Students who have successfully completed the EDUVISA Diploma in Higher Education Access (Dip.HEA) (iNQF Level 3) are not required to complete any additional English Language Course (Example Cert.TEFL).
However, students who wish to pursue the option to teach English in another country are required to complete the Cambridge Accredited International TEFL Certificate (Teaching English as a Foreign Language Course) (Cert.TEFL).
The assessment system followed by EDUVISA Graduate School of Management incorporates several phases that aligns to the Modular Academic System and that applies to all graduate programmes at Diploma, Bachelor and Master Programme level:
- Formative Module Assessment - This requires the ongoing completion of prescribed module-based tests which meets the accreditation and alignment requirements pertaining to the Integrated Qualification Framework (iNQF-Uniqual). Successful completion of the Formative Assessment phase will result in the awarding of a Diploma (iNQF-Level 4), Higher Diploma (iNQF-Level 5), Graduate Diploma (iNQF-Level 6) or Post-Graduate Diploma (iNQF-Level 7) which bears testimony to the mastering of subject theory in preparation for curriculum progress to the Moderated Assignment Phase.
- Summative Course Assessment - To meet accreditation and alignment requirements that form part of the Registered Qualification Framework (RQF) (UK-Ofqual) students may be requested to complete a revision of academic content previously covered and to apply this theory in several module-mapped assignments. Each assignment, after completion of the initial marking, will be submitted for external moderation to comply with qualification regulatory requirements.
- Degree Top-Up Progression – After successful completion of the Summative Course Assessment Phase (Moderated Assignments) the candidate will be awarded an Extended Diploma Business Management (RQF) that opens the door to register at a recommended UK- or international university of choice to complete the Capita Selecta (Final Modules) and/or Capstone (Dissertation) of a BA-Hons and/or MBA Degree.
To prepare for the submission of Module Assignments during the Moderated Assignment Assessment Phase students are required to refresh their knowledge of the Course in Dissertation and Research Methodology (Cert.DRM) on an ongoing basis.
Students are advised to limit their assignments to between five thousand – eight thousand words per assignment but will not be penalised for exceeding the indicated word count limit if the content relates to the assignment topic. All assignments need to be uploaded via the Student Portal in the Dashboard Assignment area. Students are required to submit an anti-Plagiarism Declaration with each Assignment. After an assignment has been submitted, it is elevated to the relevant lecturer after which it may be selected for moderation purposes at the faculty level. Once assignments have been internally moderated and the initial marking has been confirmed assignments are forwarded to ATHE (UK-Ofqual Agency) for external verification and minimum standard certification. Students are normally notified of the result within fifty working days.