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FAQ

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In effort to save time and energy, we’ve compiled Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) based on the most common questions that we’ve come across for over 2 decades. We encourage all our prospective students to visit our FAQ page as often as you would like. Please know that our friendly advisors are anxiously standing by for your specific questions or to call you back.

ABOUT PRESTIGE ACADEMY

1. What does Prestige Academy stand for?

Our 4 pillars in which we have built Prestige Academy on is Recognition, Quality, Affordability and Client Service. Learn more here: Prestige Academy’s Business Principles

1. What does Prestige Academy stand for?

Our 4 pillars in which we have built Prestige Academy on is Recognition, Quality, Affordability and Client Service. Learn more here: Prestige Academy’s Business Principles

2. What are Prestige Academy’s values?

Prestige Academy is a family value driven business with the following core values: Integrity, accountability, quality education and excellent academic support.

3. Is Prestige Academy a registered institution?

Yes, Prestige Academy is registered with the Department of Education and Training as a private higher education institution (PHEI) under the Higher Education Act (Act No 101 of 1997), registration number 2001/HE07/005.

4. How do I know that I am applying to a registered institution?

You can check the DHET website to view all registered colleges or universities registration statuses.

 

 

5. Are Prestige Academy’s programmes accredited?

All qualifications are recorded by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and aligned with the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

6. How do I know that Prestige Academy’s programmes are legitimate?

Upon accreditation, every qualification receives a SAQA ID Nr (which anybody can Google on SAQA’s website). Should a programme offered by a university or private higher education institution not appear on the SAQA website, it means that the programme is not registered and may therefore not be offered.   The third quality check for legitimacy is a certificate from the Department of Higher Education and Training that lists all qualifications that a particular training provider is allowed to offer.

7. How many programmes does Prestige Academy offer?

Prestige Academy offers 24 accredited programmes in 3 Faculties: The Faculty of Commerce and Management, The Faculty of Arts and Design and the Faculty of Information Technology.

8. What type of programmes are offered by Prestige Academy?

Prestige Academy offers post -and undergraduate degrees, diplomas, advanced and higher certificates. Please view the following links to the different programme options from our different campuses:

Bellville (CPT)

Centurion (PTA)

9. Are Prestige Academy programmes internationally recognised?

Internationally the term accreditation means recognition of academic credibility based on compliance with a set of predetermined quality criteria. It is a SAQA requirement that all applicants must give evidence of international comparability of a qualification submitted for accreditation and registration. This is to ensure that qualifications offered by higher education institutions in South Africa are of equal standard compare to those in other countries. 

10. Where is Prestige Academy located?

We have 2 central and accessible campuses. Our campuses are located in Bellville (Cape Town) and Centurion (Pretoria). Both are ideal places to spend your student years, in a friendly and safe environment. Both our campuses are in walking distance from public transport.

11. Does Prestige Academy offer a safe, study environment?

Prestige Academy offers a safe study environment. Here’s a few points that feature over–and-above safety measures that we take:

  • A Security guard are posted to the parking areas where student vehicles are parked
  • As from 18h00 a security guard is on duty until the next morning
  • CCTV cameras are stationed in most classes and at strategic positions within the campus buildings
  • Our Accommodation facility is also equipped with electric fencing, smoke detectors, a security guard and a loving and caring hostel superintendent.
  • Students are encouraged to take care of their own possessions
  • Health and Safety Officers are also on duty with protocols to follow a safe exit in the case of any danger signs or a fire outbreak.
12. How does a Public Higher Education and Training Institution differ to that of a Private Higher Education Institution like Prestige Academy?

The difference and/or similarities between public higher and private higher education providers can be defined as follow by CHE (Council on Higher Education):

 Public higher education providers are institutions that have been established and funded by government.

Private higher education providers, on the other hand, are owned by private organisations or individuals. Although they offer the same qualifications as public providers, private provider institutions are mainly privately funded or sponsored and are generally not subsidised by the state.

Learn more about Public vs Private here: Public vs Private

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13. How long has Prestige Academy been in existence?

Prestige Academy was established in 1994 and therefore, offering quality education for 26 years.

What mode of teaching does Prestige Academy offer? Part-time, online, distance or full-time?

Prestige Academy offers contact-led lecturing on a full time basis.

During the beginning phase of the lockdown period we have converted from a full time, contact lecturing mode to a fully functional online learning mode.

Many support structures have been put in place to assist students during these challenging times.

We are proud to announce that we have been ahead of all new procedures and protocols requested by government.

STUDENT RESIDENCES

14. Do you offer a student residence at both campuses?

We only offer residency at the Bellville, Cape Town campus but upon request we can provide Centurion, Pretoria students with a list of Private Accommodation Partners.

At the Bellville, Cape Town campus we offer 4 residences: Lots of Joy, Lots of Love, Lots of Fun and Lots of Hope.

We can accommodate approximately 50 students.  You can choose between a single or double room, although single rooms are mostly available to senior students who will receive preference (one of the perks of being a senior resident).  Parking facilities are available upon prior approval.  We do not provide meals as each student residence is equipped with their own kitchen.  The safety and security of our students is a top priority to us.  Read more about student residence HERE

14. Do you offer a student residence at both campuses?

We only offer residency at the Bellville, Cape Town campus but upon request we can provide Centurion, Pretoria students with a list of Private Accommodation Partners.

At the Bellville, Cape Town campus we offer 4 residences: Lots of Joy, Lots of Love, Lots of Fun and Lots of Hope.

We can accommodate approximately 50 students.  You can choose between a single or double room, although single rooms are mostly available to senior students who will receive preference (one of the perks of being a senior resident).  Parking facilities are available upon prior approval.  We do not provide meals as each student residence is equipped with their own kitchen.  The safety and security of our students is a top priority to us.  Read more about student residence HERE

15. How is residence placement done?

Only a limited number of places are available at the Prestige Academy Bellville, Cape Town residences. Placement in residences are done on a “first come-first serve” basis and the date of your application. Consequently, you are strongly advised to apply for placement in May prior to the year of your studies. Please note that the demand for residence accommodation exceeds the availability and admission to a programme and therefore we cannot guarantee placement in a residence. Should the residences be full at the time of application, you will automatically be placed on the waiting list.

Read more about student residence HERE

16. When do I apply for residency?

Placement in residences are done on a “first come-first serve” basis and the date of your application. Consequently, you are strongly advised to apply for placement in May prior to the year of your studies. Please note that the demand for residence accommodation exceeds the availability and admission to a programme and therefore we cannot guarantee placement in a residence. Should the residences be full at the time of application, you will automatically be placed on the waiting list.

Read more about student residence HERE

17. Where can I find more information on student residence?

Read more about student residence HERE. 

Alternatively, visit our website on www.prestigeacademy.co.za

APPLICATION AND ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS:

18. How do I apply?

Follow the link to easy steps on how to apply: CLICK HERE

18. How do I apply?

Follow the link to easy steps on how to apply: CLICK HERE

19. What is the application fee for a 2021 first-year student?

Application fee for all first year students are R1350

20. What are the general admission requirements?

Please view admission requirements HERE

21. Are there any specific or additional admission requirements?

Yes, Specific:

  • Bachelor of Commerce in Business Management
    • Mathematics 50% or better
  • Bachelor of Information Technology in Web Design Development
    • A minimum of 50-59% for Mathematics OR
    • A minimum of 50-50% for Information Technology (not CAT)

Additional: A portfolio of evidence is required upon registration for the following programmes: 

  • Bachelor of Applied Arts in 3D Animation
  • Diploma in 3D Animation
  • Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts in Visual Communication Design 

Please view specific and additional admission requirements HERE

22. What happens if I do not qualify to study towards the programme of my interest, e.g. degree?

‘All is not lost’ if you do not qualify for a Degree. For example, if you do not meet the admission requirements to study towards a degree, you can study towards a Higher Certificate and after graduating with the Higher Certificate you can articulate to the relevant Advanced Certificate, Diploma or Degree programme. 

Do you want to know if you qualify to study towards the programme of your interest? Take the Pre-qualification Assessment HERE

23. When is the closing date for registrations?

To qualify for the early registration discount, the closing date is 31 July 2020

Alternatively, the closing date for registrations is 30 November 2020

24. Do you take late applicants?

Yes, however a late application fee is applicable.

25. How long does it take from registration to acceptance?

It can take up to 1 week for RSA students.

26. Is there a waiting list for acceptance?

A waiting list will only become unavoidable if the programme you applied for is fully booked.

APPLICATION AND ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS:

27. Does Prestige Academy accept foreign/international students?

Yes, we accept foreign students from all countries.  However, the student must have a valid study permit to study in the Republic of South Africa. This permit must be obtained before you can start your studies at the academy.

27. Does Prestige Academy accept foreign/international students?

Yes, we accept foreign students from all countries.  However, the student must have a valid study permit to study in the Republic of South Africa. This permit must be obtained before you can start your studies at the academy.

28. Entry requirements for current Gr.12 learners

Please CLICK HERE to refer to the Grading document for Degree studies.
Please CLICK HERE to refer to the Grading document for Degree studies.

29. Entry requirements for current Gr.11 learners who are on new curriculum (Namibia)

Please CLICK HERE to refer to the Grading document for Degree studies.
Please CLICK HERE to refer to the Grading document for Degree studies.

30. What happens if I follow the AS route and complete my Gr 12 with 3 (or more) AS subjects?
Please CLICK HERE to refer to the Grading document for Degree studies.
Please CLICK HERE to refer to the Grading document for Degree studies.
31. May I apply to study at Prestige Academy with a school leaver's certificate with Ordinary subjects only? – Only relevant to Namibian students

Foreign students who apply to study in South Africa, must be in possession of a qualification from the country of origin equal to the National Senior Certificate (Grade 12) in South Africa. If the foreign qualification of an applicant does not meet this condition, the higher education institution (provider) in South Africa may not enrol such a student. This condition particularly affects students who complete their schooling with only ordinary level subjects as it has been evaluated by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) equivalent to Grade 11 in South Africa. You may apply to map your school leaver’s certificate directly with SAQA.

We recommend that you enrol for at least one or more higher level subject(s) that would not limit your further studies at Prestige Academy or any other Higher Education Institution in South Africa.

32. Must I apply for matriculation exemption at USAF if I wish to study in South Africa?

Only students that apply to study towards a degree at Prestige Academy, must submit their final results to USAF, including the letter that they have received from the Academy to give them provisional acceptance to study.

33. Do I have to write a NBT to be accepted at Prestige Academy?

No it is not necessary.

34. What information can be provided regarding applications for study permits/how does it work?

A letter will be issued by Prestige Academy’s Registrar upon request. This letter will declare that the student does not take the place of a South-African citizen and that the Registrar will inform the Director General should the student cancel his/her registration with Prestige Academy.

UNDERSTANDING STUDENT FINANCE, SUPPORT AND DISCOUNTS:

35. Do you offer bursaries?

Unfortunately, we do not offer any bursaries as we are a Private Higher Education Institution and not Government subsidised.

Upon request, we can provide you with a list of companies that offer external bursaries.

Note: Prestige Academy is running a partial bursary competition for the Virtual Open Day. Read more on the Virtual Open Day HERE.

Please have a look at our Fees and Funding page to view other funding alternatives FEES AND FUNDING

35. Do you offer bursaries?

Unfortunately, we do not offer any bursaries as we are a Private Higher Education Institution and not Government subsidised.

Upon request, we can provide you with a list of companies that offer external bursaries.

Note: Prestige Academy is running a partial bursary competition for the Virtual Open Day. Read more on the Virtual Open Day HERE.

Please have a look at our Fees and Funding page to view other funding alternatives FEES AND FUNDING

36. Does NSFAS fund Prestige Academy students?

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is the government student bursary and loan scheme that receives its funding budget from, and reports to the Department of Higher Education and Training. NSFAS also raises funds in order to increase the funding pool for student bursaries and loans.  Generally, NSFAS only provide funding for government funded universities.

37. Are there any discounts that I need to know of?

Yes! Click on the link to view prospective student discounts and other financial support structures: FEES AND FUNDING

38. What financial support structures are available?

Prestige Academy partnered with Student Hero and various educational funding providers to help you learn, apply, and pre-qualify for the different options to fund tertiary education, from a single platform and at zero cost to you.

Learn more about Student Hero

39. Do you offer payment plans?

Click on the link to view prospective student discounts and other financial support structures: FEES AND FUNDING

40. When is my deposit due?

To qualify for the early registration, discount your deposit is due on 31 July 2020. Alternatively, the last date to pay your deposit is 30 November 2020. Click on the link for more information FEES AND FUNDING

41. Is the deposit refundable if I cancel my studies?

We have 2 processes:  Application and Registration.  The application fee of R1350 is a non-refundable fee.  After the 2nd phase (Registering) the student is granted a cancellation period from the date of registration until 15 January 2021.  R900.00 (10% of deposit) will be charged as a cancellation fee. Further cancellation conditions are applicable, should a registered student cancel after 15 January 2021. Cancellations should reach us in writing.  

42. Does the tuition fee cover text books?

Textbooks are only included in the course fee for students who registered for the Higher Certificate in Internetwork System Specialisation. (For this programme only some of the books will be supplied on a “free rental” basis and need to be handed in when the module has been concluded, while others will become the property of the student). Please consult your study guide for this purpose.

After a student has registered with Prestige Academy, the student will receive a text book suppliers’ list in communique.

EVENTS AND VISITS FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS:

43. When are your Open Days?

We usually host 2 Open Days a year. One in the beginning of the 2nd Term and another in the beginning of the 3rd Term. Unfortunately, due to the COVID lockdown restrictions and protocols regarding large gatherings we couldn’t host these Open Days this year, however we have decided to host a Virtual Open Day just for YOU.

The Virtual Open Day will launch on Friday, 22 May 2020 and thereafter you will have unlimited access to this event in the comfort of your home.

Attend the Virtual Open Day and stand a chance to WIN a R 10 000 partial bursary towards your programme. T’s and C’s apply.

Read more here: CLICK HERE

43. When are your Open Days?

We usually host 2 Open Days a year. One in the beginning of the 2nd Term and another in the beginning of the 3rd Term. Unfortunately, due to the COVID lockdown restrictions and protocols regarding large gatherings we couldn’t host these Open Days this year, however we have decided to host a Virtual Open Day just for YOU.

The Virtual Open Day will launch on Friday, 22 May 2020 and thereafter you will have unlimited access to this event in the comfort of your home.

Attend the Virtual Open Day and stand a chance to WIN a R 10 000 partial bursary towards your programme. T’s and C’s apply.

Read more here: CLICK HERE

44. What other events do you have on your academic calendar for prospective students?

During the June/July holidays we host a Winter Workshop for all Gr 11 and Gr 12 learners.

At the Winter Workshop, students get the opportunity to experience life as a student for 4 days.

Unfortunately, due to the COVID lockdown restrictions and protocols regarding large gatherings we couldn’t host the Winter Workshop this year, however feel free to visit our campus after lockdown and we will give you a special tour around campus.

ADDITIONAL:

45. Do your term dates run at the same time as other universities or schools?

Term dates are not necessarily the same as public universities and schools in SA, but in most cases, yes, it’s the same. We usually run 4 Terms/2 Semesters

Management determine the dates in November prior to the start of the next academic year.  This is normally communicated via our website.

45. Do your term dates run at the same time as other universities or schools?

Term dates are not necessarily the same as public universities and schools in SA, but in most cases, yes, it’s the same. We usually run 4 Terms/2 Semesters

Management determine the dates in November prior to the start of the next academic year.  This is normally communicated via our website.

46. When is student orientation/induction and why must I attend?

Student orientation takes place at the beginning of the year, usually during the last week of January.

The purpose is to brief the students/parents/guardians on a number of important matters and make the transition for students from school to higher education easier. More information about the orientation programme and the objectives thereof will be discussed with you at the opening ceremony and other communique.

47. Are there Afrikaans and English students in the same class group?

Yes. The Academy’s commitment to English as default language for teaching, learning and research does not exclude the use of other languages such as Afrikaans in its academic activities. The Academy wishes to empower all students in the area of communication practices, including but not limited to spoken and written communication. Prestige Academy acknowledges the status of English as preferred local and international business language and therefore classes are presented in English.

Please note that although our language of learning is English, we do not discriminate against other languages, cultures, gender or religion.

48. In which language will I be expected to write exams?

Our language of learning is English. The Academy’s commitment to English as default language for teaching, learning and research includes writing examinations in English.

49. What support structures does Prestige Academy have in place for students

We offer remedial tuition for at-risk students and accommodate for students with special learning needs or counselling related tuition to learning styles.

The Student Representative Council arrange various academic related events to support students in the different educational areas, for example, the Time Management Workshop, PowerPoint and Presentation Workshop, How to Prep for Exam Workshop, Stress Management Workshop and many more.

The academy offers great Library Services.

We also ensure to deal with student’s stress and depression through SADAG.

A Work Liaison Officer is available on campus to assist students with career planning and their work experiential, work-based or work integrated learning.

50. How do I contact Student Affairs?

Please contact Student Affairs telephonically at +27 (0)21 949 5036

51. Are there typical socials I can look forward to as a prospective student?

You can look forward to a very vibrant social life as the SRC (Student Representative Council) will arrange various socials, such as the annual Potjiekos Competition, Huisfonds Dans, First year Braai, First Year camp, The Trivia Night, and many more.

52. What does the terms undergraduate or postgraduate mean?

Undergraduate: It’s exactly what it sounds like. An undergraduate degree is usually your first university or tertiary degree, such as an Associate or Bachelor’s degree. This must be completed before considering any postgraduate endeavours.

Postgraduate: You can undertake postgraduate studies after you have completed an undergraduate degree or have equivalent work experience. Postgraduate courses include Graduate Diploma, Honours, Masters and a PhD.

53. What is RPL?

During your lifetime, you will have acquired various skills, competencies and experiences. This learning – which may have taken place outside of formal education and training – is valuable, irrespective of where or when it was obtained.  Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is designed to support access to higher education for candidates who have gained degree-related knowledge and skills through informal study or experiential means.

54. What is NQF?

NQF stands for the National Qualifications Framework, which is the South African framework used to arrange levels of learning achievements. The National Qualifications Framework (NQF) is a single integrated system for the “classification, registration, publication and articulation of quality-assured national qualifications.”

Read more on Higher Education Jargon here: Jargon

55. What is the difference between a Higher Certificate and an Advanced Certificate?

Learn about the Higher Education Jargon by following this link: HCert VS AdvCert

56. What is the difference between a Diploma and a Degree?

Learn about the Higher Education Jargon by following this link: Diploma VS Degree

Which course do you qualify for?

So, you’ve done your research, but sometimes the application process can be a daunting experience!

We are here to give you peace of mind.

Submit your pre-qualification form and we will pre-qualify you for the qualification you have shown interest in.

Pre-qualification Assessment Form

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