Distance Learning Courses

Distance Learning Courses are courses that are studied at home. This type of tertiary education was implemented in South Africa to meet the Educational needs of all South Africans.

What Are Distance Learning Courses?

Distance Learning courses are courses that students can learn either online or from home. Distance learning gives students access to study from anywhere they want.

This means that there are no contact lessons to attend. Students and tutors communicate through online mediums such as emails, Zoom and WhatsApp. Distance Learning was first introduced in South Africa in 1946. The University of South Africa (UNISA) was the first distance learning institution to offer distance education at the time. Today, South Africa has many different institutions that offer distance learning with different courses. 

Matric College is one of these distance learning institutions in South Africa. We offer a variety of courses that you can choose from. Here is a list of the courses we offer by distance learning: 

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Are Distance Learning Courses Accredited?

Yes, distance learning courses are accredited. They are accredited by professional bodies namely, the Institute of Certified Bookkeeper (ICB), Quality Council of Trades and Occupations (QCTO) and Umalusi. At Matric College, we offer both Accredited Courses and Short Courses (Non-Accredited Courses):

  • Short Courses (Non-Accredited Courses) 
  • Accredited Courses 

Short Courses 

Short Courses (Non-Accredited Courses) are courses that are not registered with a professional body. Although they are not registered, they offer several benefits. They are short and skills-based. If you want to complete a course quickly you can consider the short courses. They equip you with skills in a specific field. Having these skills will allow you to stand out as a candidate when applying for work or a promotion. 

Studying a short course through distance learning is more convenient because you can study from anywhere you want. You do not have to interrupt your schedule to become a student. You get to set your study schedule to the time that suits you best. 

Here is a list of Short Courses with their requirements and subjects that are available at Matric College: 

Salon Management 

Salon Management refers to how salon services and products are handled. There are different courses that you can study in Salon Management including Make-up, Facial Skincare and Beauty Therapy. You must have a passion for people and style to build a good career in Salon Management. You can work as a Salon Manager, Hairstylist and Beauty Therapist.

Salon Management Course Information

Entry Requirements

  • Be at least 16 years or older
  • Be able to read, write and understand English 
  • Be able to study via distance learning 

Here are the subjects for Salon Management:

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Professional Salon Skills
  • Networking for Success
  • Facial Skincare Theory
  • Excellence in Service Basic
  • Facial Skincare Techniques
  • Lash and Brow
  • Introduction to Make-up Application 1
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Introduction to Make-up Application 2
  • Financial Management Basic 
  • Nail Technician Manicure and Pedicure
  • UV Gel nails, Acrylic nails, Fibreglass nails and decoration

Make-Up

Make-up is a course that falls under Salon Management. It teaches students how to use cosmetic products such as lipsticks, facial powder and eyebrow pencils to enhance appearances. A good Make-up artist must be welcoming to customers and stay up to date with the latest make-up trends. You can work as a Make-up Artist, Beauty Content Creator and Beautician. 

Make-Up Course Information 

Entry Requirements

  • Be at least 16 years or older
  • Be able to read, write and understand English 
  • Be able to study via distance learning 
Make-up Application: Comprehensive Course 

Here is a list of subjects you will study in the Make-up Application Comprehensive Course:

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Professional Salon Skills
  • Excellence in Service: Basic
  • Networking for Success
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial Management: Basic
  • Introduction to Make-up Application 1
  • Introduction to Make-up Application 2
Make-up Application: Certificate Course 

Here is a list of subjects you will study in the Make-up Application Certificate Course:

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Professional Salon Skills
  • Excellence in Service: Basic
  • Introduction to Make-up Application 1
  • Introduction to Make-up Application 2
Make-up Application: Short Course

Here is a list of subjects for the Make-up Application Short Course: 

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Professional Salon Skills
  • Introduction to Make-up Application 1

Facial Skincare 

Facial Skincare is a course under Salon Management. It covers exfoliation of the skin, steaming, facial masking, facial massage and how to use facial products. Students learn how to care for facial skin and the treatment of customers. You can work as a Facial Therapist and  Beautician.

Facial Skincare Course Information 

Entry Requirements

  • Be at least 16 years or older
  • Be able to read, write and understand English 
  • Be able to study via distance learning 
Facial Skincare: Short Course

Here is a list of subjects you will study in the Facial Skincare Short Course: 

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Professional Salon Skills
  • Facial Skin Care Theory
Facial Skincare: Certificate Course

Here is a list of subjects you will study in the Facial Skincare Certificate Course: 

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Professional Salon Skills
  • Facial Skin Care Theory
  • Facial Skin Care Technique
Facial Skincare: Comprehensive Course

Here is a list of subjects you will study in the Facial Skincare Comprehensive Course: 

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Professional Salon Skills
  • Facial Skin Care Theory
  • Excellence in Service: Basic
  • Networking for Success
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Facial Skin Care Technique
  • Financial Management: Basic

Beauty Therapy: Expert Course

Entry Requirements

  • Be at least 16 years or older
  • Be able to read, write and understand English 
  • Be able to study via distance learning 

Here is a list of subjects you will complete in the Beauty Therapy Course: 

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Professional Salon Skills
  • Introduction to Make Up Application 1 The Anatomy Of The Face
  • Introduction to Make Up Application 2 The Elements Of The Face
  • Facial Skin Care Theory
  • Facial Skin Care Technique
  • Lash and Brow
  • Nail Technician: Manicure and Pedicure
  • UV Gel Nails, Acrylic Nails, Fibreglass Nails and Decoration

Child Day Care 

Child Day Care refers to taking care of children 0 – 5 years old. People with Child Day Care qualifications take care of children in a créche or daycare centre when their parents are busy at work. Child Day Care employees must have a love for children to be good at their work. With this qualification, you can work as a Child Day Care Administrator, Child Day Care Worker and Nanny.   

Child Day Care Course Information 

Entry Requirements

  • Be at least 16 years or older
  • Be able to read, write and understand English 
  • Be able to study via distance learning 
Child Day Care: Short Course 

Here is a list of subjects for the Child Day Care Short Course: 

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Child Day Care DCD-101
Child Day Care: Certificate Course

Here is a list of subjects for the Child Day Care Certificate Course: 

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Child Day Care DCD-101
  • First-Aid Concepts
  • Customer Satisfaction
Child Day Care: Comprehensive Course 

Here is a list of subjects for the Child Day Care Comprehensive Course: 

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Child Day Care DCD-101
  • First-Aid Concepts
  • Customer Satisfaction
  • Child Day Care CDC-102
  • Office Management

Child Psychology

Child Psychology focuses on the development of a child. This includes how children think, grow, act with other people and how they feel. Child psychologists work with children at home or in a créche as Child Day Care Psychologists. 

Child Psychology Course Information 

Entry Requirements

  • Be at least 16 years or older
  • Be able to read, write and understand English 
  • Be able to study via distance learning 
Child Psychology: Short Course 

Here is a list of subjects you will study in the Child Psychology Short Course:

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Communicating with Children
  • Learning Psychology
  • Introduction to Business English
Child Psychology: Certificate Course 

Here is a list of subjects you will study in the Child Psychology Certificate Course:

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Communicating with Children
  • Learning Psychology
  • Child Development
  • First Aid Concepts
Child Psychology: Comprehensive Course

Here is a list of subjects you will study in the Child Psychology Comprehensive Course:

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Communicating with Children
  • Learning Comprehensive Course:
  • Introduction to Business English
  • Face-to-Face Communication
  • The Field of Créche Management and Human Resources
  • First-Aid Concepts
  • Time Management
  • Quality Child Care and Starting Your Creche

First Aid 

First Aid refers to medical assistance given to a person. First Aid prevents injuries from getting worse. Students learn skills such as how to use first aid kits and how to react in an emergency where a person needs medical assistance. 

First Aid course Information 

Entry Requirements

  • Be at least 16 years or older
  • Be able to read, write and understand English 
  • Be able to study via distance learning 
Certificate in First Aid Concepts 

Here is a list of subjects you will study in the First Aid Course:

  • The Medical-Legal Implications and Principles of First Aid
  • Elementary Human Anatomical Structures
  • Appropriate First Aid Procedures

Guest Management  

Guest Management course refers to how guests are accommodated with care and provided with safety and other basic resources. In Guest Management, you work closely with other employees to ensure they provide guests with everything they need. The guest house should always be clean and safe for customers when they come in. Students with a Guest Management qualification can work as Guest Managers, Hotel Managers, Spa Supervisors and Guest Service Agents.  

Guest Management Course Information 

Entry Requirements

  • Be at least 16 years or older
  • Be able to read, write and understand English 
  • Be able to study via distance learning 
Guest Management: Short Course

 Here is a list of subjects you will study in the Guest Management Short Course:

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Face-to-Face Communication
  • Introduction to Guest House Management
Guest Management: Certificate Course

 Here is a list of subjects you will study in the Guest Management Certificate Course:

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Face-to-Face Communication
  • Introduction to Guest House Management
  • Customer Care in the Guest House
  • First Aid Concepts
Guest Management: Comprehensive Course

 Here is a list of subjects you will study in the Guest Management Comprehensive Course:

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Face-to-Face Communication
  • Introduction to Guest House Management
  • Customer Care in the Guest House
  • First Aid Concepts
  • The Business of Guest House Management
  • Starting and Owning your Guest House

Tourism Management 

The Tourism Management course teaches students how to be accommodating to guests when they are on holiday. This includes how they should be patient in answering questions they may have and help them have a great experience while on holiday. A qualification in Tourism Management gets you employment as a Travel Agent, Tour Operator and Tour Guide Planner.

Tourism Management Course Information 

Entry Requirements

  • Be at least 16 years or older
  • Be able to read, write and understand English 
  • Be able to study via distance learning
Tourism Management: Short Course 

Here is a list of subjects you will study in the Tourism Management Short Course:

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Tourism Management (TM-101)
Tourism Management: Certificate Course

Here is a list of subjects you will study in the Tourism Management Certificate Course:

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Tourism Management (TM-101)
  • First-Aid
  • Customer Satisfaction
Tourism Management: Comprehensive Course

Here is a list of subjects you will study in the Tourism Management Comprehensive Course: 

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Tourism Management (TM-101)
  • First-Aid Concepts
  • Customer Satisfaction
  • Tourism Management (TM-102)
  • Office Management

Event and Wedding Planning 

Event and Wedding Planning refers to the organising of special events. This can include weddings, birthday parties, graduation ceremonies and book launches. Event and wedding planners must have a passion for people and stylish trends to stay up to date in their work. You can work as an Event Planner, Venue Manager, and Project Coordinator.    

Event and Wedding Planning Course Information 

Entry Requirements

  • Be at least 16 years or older
  • Be able to read, write and understand English 
  • Be able to study via distance learning
Wedding Planning: Short Course 

Here is a list of subjects you will study in the Wedding Planning Short Course: 

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Face-to-Face Communication
  • Wedding Planner (WP-101)
Wedding Planning: Certificate Course 

Here is a list of subjects you will study in the Wedding Planning Certificate Course: 

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Face-to-Face Communication
  • Wedding Planner (WP-101)
  • Excellence in Service: Basic
  • Wedding Planner (WP-102)
Wedding Planning: Comprehensive Course 

Here is a list of subjects you will study in the Wedding Planning Comprehensive Course: 

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Face-to-Face Communication
  • Wedding Planner (WP-101)
  • Excellence in Service: Basic
  • Wedding Planner (WP-102)
  • Excellence in Service: Advanced
  • Strategic Decision Making
Event Management: Short Course 

Here is a list of subjects you will study in the Event Management Short Course: 

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Events Management-101
Event Management: Certificate Course 

Here is a list of subjects you will study in the Event Management Certificate Course: 

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Events Management-101
  • First-Aid Concepts
  • Customer Satisfaction
Event Management: Comprehensive Course 

Here is a list of subjects you will study in the Event Management Comprehensive Course: 

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Events Management-101
  • First Aid Concepts
  • Customer Satisfaction
  • Events Management-102
  • Office Management

Nail Care

Nail Care refers to caring for toenails and fingernails. You ensure the customer has a great experience and treat their nails. A person working with nails must be passionate about beauty treatments and welcoming to their customers. You can work as a Nail Technician.

 Entry Requirements

  • Be at least 16 years or older
  • Be able to read, write and understand English 
  • Be able to study via distance learning 
Nail Care: Short Course 

Here is a list of subjects you will study in the Nail Care Short Course:

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Professional Salon Skills
  • Nail Technology 
Nail Care: Certificate Course 

Here is a list of subjects you will study in the Nail Care Certificate Course: 

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Professional Salon Skills
  • Nail Technology
  • Excellence in Service: Basic
  • UV Gel Nails and Decoration
Nail Care: Comprehensive Course 

Here is a list of subjects you will study in the Nail Care Comprehensive Course:

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Professional Salon Skills
  • Nail Technology 
  • Excellence in Service: Basic
  • Networking for Success
  • Entrepreneurship
  • UV Gel Nails, Acrylic Nails, Fibreglass Nails and Decoration
  • Financial Management: Basic
  • Psychology
  • Child Development
  • First Aid Concepts
  • Telephone Courtesy and Customer Service
  • Time Management

Creché Management Course Information 

Entry Requirements

  • Be at least 16 years or older
  • Be able to read, write and understand English 
  • Be able to study via distance learning 
Créche Management: Short Course 

Here is a list of subjects you will study in the Créche Management Short Course:

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Face-to-Face Communication
  • The Field of Créche Management and Human Resource
Créche Management: Certificate course 

Here is a list of subjects you will study in the Créche Management Certificate Course:

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Face-to-Face Communication
  • The Field of Créche Management and Human Resources
  • Customer Satisfaction
  • First-Aid Concepts
Créche Management: Comprehensive Course 

Here is a list of subjects you will study in the Créche Management Comprehensive Course: 

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Face-to-Face Communication
  • The Field of Creche Management and Human Resources
  • First-Aid Concepts
  • Time Management
  • Quality Child Care and Starting Your Créche

Matric Courses

Our Matric courses award students with certificates that are issued by Umalusi which is an accreditation body. These are courses that get you awarded with a Matric Certificate qualification. They give you access to university and entry-level employment. 

Adult Matric

Adult Matric is a course for learners ages 21 or older. It is a second chance for you to obtain your Matric Certificate. The certificate that you get awarded when you complete this course is known as the Senior Certificate (Amended). This is a Matric Certificate. The only difference is that you receive the qualification as an adult learner who is no longer in high school.

The National Senior Certificate (Matric Certificate) AND the Senior Certificate (Amended) are at NQF Level 4. They are both registered qualifications and this makes them recognised in the South African National Framework System (NQF). It means that you can apply to university or look for entry-level employment. 

Entry Requirements 

  • Grade 9 school report, OR
  • A Grade 9 equivalent qualification, for example, Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) Level 9, and must have two official languages, OR 
  • An incomplete Matric 
  • Be 21 years old when you write the exams
  • Be able to read, write and understand English or Afrikaans 
  • Be able to study via distance learning 

Subjects in Adult Matric 

Compulsory Subjects

  • English Home Language / Engels Huistaal
  • English First Additional Language / English Eerste Addisionele Taal
  • Afrikaans Home Language / Afrikaans Huistaal
  • Afrikaans First Additional Language / Afrikaans Eerste Addisionele Taal
  • IsiZulu Home Language / IsiZulu Huistaal
  • IsiXhosa Home Language / IsiXhosa Huistaal
  • IsiNdebele Home Language / IsiNdebele Huistaal
  • Sepedi Home Language / Sepedi Huistaal
  • Xitsonga Home Language / Xitsonga Huistaal
  • Tshivenda Home Language / Tshivenda Huistaal
  • Sesotho Home Language / Sesotho Huistaal
  • Siswati Home Language / Siswati Huistaal
  • Setswana Home Language / Setswana Huistaal
  • Mathematics / Wiskunde
  • Mathematical Literacy / Wiskundige Geletterdheid

Elective Subjects

  • Physical Sciences / Fisiese Wetenskap
  • Life Sciences / Lewenswetenskappe
  • Agricultural Sciences / Landbouwetenskap
  • Business Studies / Besigheidstudies
  • Economics / Ekonomie
  • Accounting / Rekeningkunde
  • History / Geskiedenis
  • Geography / Geografie
  • Religious Studies / Godsdienstige Studies

Matric Upgrade – SAQA ID: 49747 (NQF Level 4)

Matric Upgrade is a course for learners who want to improve their Matric marks. It makes no difference if you passed or failed your Matric. If you wrote your Matric between the years 2008 and 2020, you can apply for the course. The qualification you get awarded when you have completed the course is a National Senior Certificate. If you are upgrading your Adult Matric results, you will be issued a Senior Certificate (Amended). 

Entry Requirements 

  • Be able to read, write and understand English or Afrikaans 
  • Be over 21 years old when you write the exams 
  • Can be 19 years old when you apply 
  • Have written Matric exams before 

Subjects In Upgrade Matric 

  • English Home Language
  • English 1st Additional Language
  • Afrikaans Huistaal
  • Afrikaans 1st Additional Language
  • Other 1st Additional Language
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Literacy
  • Life Science (Used to be Biology)
  • Physical Science (Physics and Chemistry)
  • Business, Commerce and Management Studies
  • Accounting
  • Business Studies
  • Economics
  • Human and Social Studies
  • Geography
  • History
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Some of the professional bodies that accredit our courses include Umalusi, the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB), the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and the Quality Council of Trades and Occupations (QCTO)

Accredited Courses At Matric College

  • ICB Courses
  • Matric Equivalent Courses 
  • National Qualifications (NATED) 

Here is a list of accredited courses you can study at Matric College through distance learning

ICB Courses 

ICB courses at Matric College are accredited by the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB) and the Quality Council of Trades and Occupations (QCTO). These courses focus on the financial and business sectors. They offer scarce skills which are in high demand in South Africa. 

ICB Courses are recognised globally. With these qualifications, you can study further or look for an occupation anywhere in the world. All ICB courses are scarce skills qualifications, which means that the qualifications are in demand. Scarce skills qualifications include : 

  • Business 
  • Finance 
  • Management  

 

National Certificate in Small Business Financial Management (SAQA ID: 48736)

The ICB Business Management courses focus on the business sector. These courses give students scarce skills which are highly in demand. The courses teach students how to handle business financial documentation such as transactions and cash flows. You can have a career in Sales, Office Administration, Marketing and Business Management if you study these courses. 

National Certificate in Small Business Financial Management Course Information 

Entry Requirements 

  • Must have a Grade 11 to study 
  • Be 16 years or older 
  • Be able to read, write and understand English
  • Be able to study via distance learning 

Subjects in Small Business Financial Management

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Entrepreneurship 1
  • Bookkeeping to Trial Balance
  • Business Literacy

ICB Office Administration: Higher Certificate (SAQA ID: 23619)

Entry Requirements 

  • Certificate: Office Administration
  • Be 16 years or older 
  • Be able to read, write and understand English    
  • Be able to study via distance learning 

Subjects in Office Administration: Higher Certificate 

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Business and Office Administration 1 
  • Bookkeeping to Trial Balance
  • Business Literacy 
  • Marketing Management and Public Relations
  • Business Law and Administrative Practice
  • Cost and Management Accounting
  • Plus these Modules from the qualification, ICB Office Administration: Higher Certificate
  • Business and Office Administration 2
  • Human Resources Management and Labour Relations
  • Economics

ICB Business Management Financial Accounting (SAQA ID: 20366)

Entry Requirements

  •  Successful completion of the ICB National Diploma: Technical Financial Accounting OR Be a qualified Certified Technical Financial Accountant
  • Be 16 years or older 
  • Be able to read, write and understand English    
  • Be able to study via distance learning 

The subjects from National Certificate: Bookkeeping (Junior Bookkeeper):

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Business Management 1
  • Bookkeeping to Trial Balance
  • Business Literacy

AND The Modules from this qualification, Higher Certificate: Office Administration (Certified Senior Office Administrator):

  • Office and Legal Practice
  • Business Management 2
  • Marketing Management and Public Relations
  • Financial Statements
  • Human Resources Management and Labour Relations

AND The subjects from this qualification, the National Diploma: Financial Accounting:

  • Business Management 3
  • Financial Management and Control
  • Financial Reporting and Regulatory Frameworks
  • Research Theory and Practice (by short dissertation, Topic: Business Management)

ICB Financial Accounting courses

ICB Financial Management focuses on finances. These courses give students scarce skills qualifications that are in high demand in South Africa. Students are taught how to record bookkeeping accounts, calculate payrolls and other financial transactions. You can have a Junior Bookkeeping, Payroll Clerk, Financial Management and Accounts Clerk. 

ICB Junior Bookkeeping (SAQA ID: 58375)

Entry Requirements 

  • Grade 10 Certificate
  • Be 16 years or older 
  • Be able to read, write and understand English    
  • Be able to study via distance learning 

Subjects in Junior Bookkeeping 

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Bookkeeping to Trial Balance
  • Payroll and Monthly SARS Returns
  • Computerised Bookkeeping
  • Business Literacy 

ICB Senior Bookkeeper (SAQA ID: 58376)

Entry Requirements 

  •  Successful completion of the ICB Bookkeeping Certificate  OR Be a qualified Certified Junior Bookkeeper
  • Be 16 years or older 
  • Be able to read, write and understand English    
  • Be able to study via distance learning 

Subjects in ICB Senior Bookkeeper

This course is a continuation of the Junior Bookkeeper course. If you have completed the Junior Bookkeeping course you will only complete the last two courses. 

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Bookkeeping to Trial Balance
  • Payroll and Monthly SARS Returns
  • Computerised Bookkeeping
  • Business Literacy 

The subjects from this qualification,  ICB Senior Bookkeeping:

  • Financial Statements 
  • Cost and Management Accounting

ICB Technical Financial Accounting (SAQA ID: 36213)

Entry Requirements 

  • Successful completion of the ICB Senior Bookkeeper Certificate OR
  • Be a qualified Certified Senior Bookkeeper
  • Be 16 years or older 
  • Be able to read, write and understand English    
  • Be able to study via distance learning 

To move onto the subjects of this course you must have the first seven subjects and then you will move onto the last two subjects for this course. 

Subjects in ICB Technical Financial Accounting 

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Bookkeeping to Trial Balance
  • Payroll and Monthly SARS Returns
  • Computerised Bookkeeping
  • Business Literacy 
  • Financial Statements 
  • Cost and Management Accounting

The subjects from this qualification, the National Diploma: Technical Financial Accounting

  • Income Tax Returns 
  • Business Law and Accounting Control

ICB Financial Accounting (SAQA ID: 20366)

Entry Requirements 

  • Successful completion of the ICB National Diploma: Technical Financial Accounting OR Be a qualified Certified Technical Financial Accountant
  • Be 16 years or older 
  • Be able to read, write and understand English    
  • Be able to study via distance learning 

To do this course, you must have completed the ICB Junior Bookkeeping course, ICB Senior Bookkeeping course and the ICB Technical Financial Accounting course and their subjects if not your will have to do the first nine subjects and then the last four subjects that pertain to this course. 

Subjects in ICB Financial Accounting 

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Bookkeeping to Trial Balance
  • Payroll and Monthly SARS Returns
  • Computerised Bookkeeping
  • Business Literacy
  • Financial Statements 
  • Cost and Management Accounting
  • Income Tax Returns
  • Business Law and Accounting Control

The subjects from this qualification, the ICB National Diploma: Certified Financial Accounting

  • Corporate Strategy 
  • Management Accounting Control Systems
  • Financial Reporting and Regulatory Frameworks 
  • Research Theory and Practice (by short dissertation; Topic: Financial Accounting)

ICB Financial Accounting (SAQA ID: 20366)

Entry Requirements 

  • Successful completion of the ICB National Diploma: Technical Financial Accounting OR Be a qualified Certified Technical Financial Accountant
  • Be 16 years or older 
  • Be able to read, write and understand English    
  • Be able to study via distance learning 

To do this course, you must have completed the ICB Junior Bookkeeping course, ICB Senior Bookkeeping course and the ICB Technical Financial Accounting course and their subjects if not your will have to do the first nine subjects and then the last four subjects that pertain to this course. 

Subjects in ICB Financial Accounting 

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Bookkeeping to Trial Balance
  • Payroll and Monthly SARS Returns
  • Computerised Bookkeeping
  • Business Literacy
  • Financial Statements 
  • Cost and Management Accounting
  • Income Tax Returns
  • Business Law and Accounting Control

The subjects from this qualification, the ICB National Diploma: Certified Financial Accounting

  • Corporate Strategy 
  • Management Accounting Control Systems
  • Financial Reporting and Regulatory Frameworks 
  • Research Theory and Practice (by short dissertation; Topic: Financial Accounting)

ICB Office Administration: Higher Certificate (SAQA ID: 23619)

Entry Requirements 

  • Certificate: Office Administration
  • Be 16 years or older 
  • Be able to read, write and understand English    
  • Be able to study via distance learning g 

Subjects in ICB Office Administration: Higher Certificate  

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Business and Office Administration 1 
  • Bookkeeping to Trial Balance
  • Business Literacy 
  • Marketing Management and Public Relations
  • Business Law and Administrative Practice
  • Cost and Management Accounting

Plus these Modules from the qualification, ICB Office Administration: Higher Certificate

  • Business and Office Administration 2
  • Human Resources Management and Labour Relations
  • Economics

ICB Office Administration: Diploma (SAQA ID: 35958)

Entry Requirements 

  • Higher Certificate: Office Administration, which consists of the previous 9 subjects.
  • Be able to read, write and understand English   
  • Be 16 years or older 
  • Be able to study via distance learning 

Subjects in ICB Office Administration: Diploma 

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Business and Office Administration 1 
  • Bookkeeping to Trial Balance
  • Business Literacy 
  • Marketing Management and Public Relations
  • Business Law and Administrative Practice
  • Cost and Management Accounting

Plus these Modules from this qualification, ICB Office Administration: Higher Certificate:

  • Business and Office Administration 2
  • Human Resources Management and Labour Relations
  • Economics

Plus these Modules from this qualification, ICB Office Administration: Diploma

  • Business and Office Administration 3
  • Financial Statements

Matric Equivalent Courses 

Matric Equivalent Courses are courses on the same National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level as a Matric Certificate. The NQF is a system that credits qualifications according to their levels. For example, a Matric Certificate is on NQF Level 4 and a Matric Equivalent Certificate is also on NQF Level 4. 

Matric Equivalent Courses focus on equipping students with scarce skills. These skills are in high demand in South Africa. Students with ICB qualifications have more opportunities of advancing their careers. 

National Certificate in Small Business Financial Management (SAQA ID 48736)

Entry Requirements 

  • Must have a Grade 11 to study 
  • Be able to read, write and understand English
  • Be 16 years or older 
  • Be able to study via distance learning  

Subjects in Small Business Financial Management

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Entrepreneurship 1
  • Bookkeeping to Trial Balance
  • Business Literacy

National Certificate in Junior Bookkeeping (SAQA ID: 58375)

Entry Requirements 

  • Must have a Grade 10 to study 
  • Be able to read, write and understand English
  • Be 16 years or older 
  • Be able to study via distance learning 

Subjects in Junior Bookkeeping

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Bookkeeping to Trial Balance
  • Payroll and Monthly SARS Returns
  • Computerised Bookkeeping
  • Business Literacy 

Students without Grade 11 will study the Financial Accounting Programme which requires them to have Grade 10. They will then move on to study Small Business Financial Management.

National Qualifications (NATED) 

Our National Qualifications (NATED) are created by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and accredited by the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO). These courses train students for the workplace with both theory and practical knowledge. They offer skills for specific fields which helps students learn fast because they focus on one thing. 

National Qualifications (NATED) are built upon one another. You must start with the first qualification and work your way up. At Matric College, we offer N4 certificate, N5 Certificate and N6 Certificate. When you have completed these certificates you must complete 18 months of practical work experience to get awarded an N6 National Diploma. 

Here is how you can choose to study for your National (N) certificates and do your practical work experience and then get your N6 National Diploma: 

  • You can study theory for 18 months and then complete 18 months of practical work experience afterwards
  • Study 18 months of theory while doing practical work experience at the company you work for 
  • Complete 6 months of theory and 6 months of practical work experience, then obtain the N4 certificate, then continue the process until you reach the N6 certificate

Students also have the option to not study the full qualification. Here is how you can study for any of the National Qualifications (NATED) we offer: 

For Students Who Want To Complete The N4 Certificate Only

You can complete your N4 certificate in 6 to 12 months and get your N4 Certificate qualification. 

You do not have to complete your 6 months of practical work experience to receive your N4 Certificate. However, this does make it easier for you if you decide you would like to complete 18 months of practical work experience and get the full qualification. 

For Students Who Want To Complete The N4 And N5 Certificates Only

You can complete the N4 and N5 Certificate in 6 to 24 months and get your N4 and N5 Certificate qualifications. 

You do not have to complete your 12 months of practical work experience to receive your N4 and N5 Certificates. However, this does make it easier for you if you decide you would like to complete 18 months of practical work experience and get the full qualification.

For Students Who Want To Complete The N4, N5 And N6 Certificates Only

You can complete your N4, N5 and N6 Certificate in 6 to 36 months and get your N4, N5 and N6 Certificate qualifications. 

You do not have to complete your 18 months of practical work experience to receive your N4, N5 and N6 Certificates. However, this does make it easier for you if you decide you would like to complete 18 months of practical work experience and get the full qualification.

For Students Who Want To Complete The N4, N5 And N6 Certificates And Receive Their N6 National Diploma 

If you want to receive an N6 National Diploma you have to complete the N4 Certificate, N5 Certificate and N6 Certificate and then complete 18 months of practical work experience. 

Here is a list of NATED Courses you can study at Matric College: 

Business Management Course 

Business Management course refers to how business is managed. It is the organising and controlling of business resources such as company business accounts. This course trains students with both theory and practical knowledge for the workplace. You can build a career as a Business Manager, Sales Manager, Office Administrator and Supply Chain Manager. 

N4 National Certificate Course in Business Management (SAQA ID: 66871) 

Entry Requirements 

  • Must have matric or equivalent to study 
  • Be able to read, write and understand English  
  • Be 16 years or older 
  • Be able to study via distance learning 

N5 National Certificate Course in Business Management (SAQA ID: 66929)

  • Must have completed N4 certificate in Business Management 
  • Be able to read, write and understand English 
  • Be 16 years or older 
  • Be able to study via distance learning  

N6 National Certificate Course in Business Management (SAQA ID: 66995) 

  • Be able to read, write and understand English  
  • Be 16 years or older 
  • Must have completed N5 certificate in Business Management
  • Be able to study via distance learning 

N6 National Diploma in Business Management (SAQA ID: 67036) 

  • Must have completed 18 months of work experience 
  • Must have a logbook signed by the manager where you did your practical work experience. Submit this to us and we will send it to the Department of Higher Education and Training. Once they have approved your logbook, you will get an N6 National Diploma in Business Management. 

Marketing Management Course

Our Marketing Management Course focuses on promoting and selling products, ideas and services to increase profits for a company and reduce costs. The course trains students with Scarce skills that are in demand in South Africa. With this course, you can work as a Marketing Manager, Marketing Analyst, Media Planner, Social Media Manager and Sales Executive. 

N4 National Certificate Course In Marketing Management (SAQA ID: 66872)

Entry Requirements 

  • Must have matric to study 
  • Be able to read, write and understand English 
  • Be 16 years or older 
  • Be able to study via distance learning 

N5 National Certificate Course in Marketing Management (SAQA ID: 66952)

Entry Requirements 

  • Be able to read, write and understand English 
  • Be 16 years or older 
  • Must have completed N4 certificate in Marketing Management
  • Be able to study via distance learning 

N6 National Certificate Course in Marketing Management (SAQA ID: 66996)

Entry Requirements 

  • Be able to read, write and understand English 
  • Be 16 years or older 
  • Must have completed N5 certificate in Marketing Management 
  • Be able to study via distance learning 

N6 National Diploma in Marketing Management  (SAQA ID: 67037)

Entry Requirements 

  • Must have completed 18 months of work experience 
  • Must have a logbook signed by the manager where you did your practical work experience. Submit this to us and we will send it to the Department of Higher Education and Training. Once they have approved your logbook, you will get an N6 National Diploma in Marketing Management

Management Assistant Course

The Management Assistant Course focuses on managing projects such as research and reports for a company. It trains someone to assist managers within a company. Students in the Management Assistant course are equipped with both theoretical and practical skills that they can apply in the work environment. With this course, you can work as an Assistant Manager, Supervisor and Human Resource Assistant Manager. 

 N4 National Certificate in Management Assistant (SAQA ID: 66876)

Entry Requirements 

  • Must have matric or equivalent to study 
  • Be able to read, write and understand English 
  • Be 16 years or older 
  • Be able to study via distance learning 

N5 National Certificate in Management Assistant (SAQA ID: 66956)

Entry Requirements 

  • Be able to read, write and understand English  
  • Be 16 years or older 
  • Must have completed N4 certificate in Management Assistant
  • Be able to study via distance learning 

N6 National Certificate in Management Assistant (SAQA ID: 66001)

Entry Requirements 

  • Be able to read, write and understand English 
  • Be 16 years or older 
  • Must have completed N5 certificate in Management Assistant
  • Be able to study via distance learning 

N6 National Diploma in Management Assistant  (SAQA ID: 67033)

Entry Requirements 

  • Must have completed 18 months of work experience 
  • Must have a logbook signed by the manager where you did your practical work experience. Submit this to us and we will send it to the Department of Higher Education and Training. Once they have approved your logbook, you will get an N6 National Diploma in Management Assistant

Human Resource Management Course

Human Resource Management Course focuses on interviewing, employing and managing the company’s employees. The courses train students on how to manage employees and the resources they use in the company. This is a skills-based course that prepares students for the work environment. You can build a career as a Human Resource Manager, Human Resource Officer and Customer Service Consultant.

 N4 National Certificate Course in Human Resource Management (SAQA ID: 66873)

Entry Requirements 

  • Must have matric or equivalent to study 
  • Be able to read, write and understand English  
  • Be 16 years or older 
  • Be able to study via distance learning  

N5 National Certificate Course in Human Resource Management (SAQA ID: 66953)

Entry Requirements 

  • Be able to read, write and understand English 
  • Be 16 years or older 
  • Must have completed N4 certificate in Human Resource Management 
  • Be able to study via distance learning 

N6 National Certificate Course in Human Resource Management (SAQA ID: 66997)

Entry Requirements 

  • Be able to read, write and understand English 
  • Be 16 years or older 
  • Must have completed N5 certificate in Human Resource Management 
  • Be able to study via distance learning 

N6 National Diploma in Human Resource Management (SAQA ID: 67039)

Entry Requirements 

  • Must have completed 18 months of practical work experience
  • Must have a logbook signed by the manager where you did your practical work experience. Submit this to us and we will send it to the Department of Higher Education and Training. Once they have approved your logbook, you will get an N6 National Diploma in Human Resource Management 

Financial Management Course 

Financial Management Course focuses on organising and controlling financial resources. The courses train students on how to manage finances to make a profit instead of a loss. This is a Scarce skills course that is in high demand. You can build a career as a Financial Manager, Bookkeeper, Budget Analyst, and Auditor. 

N4 National Certificate Course in Financial Management (SAQA ID: 66874)

Entry Requirements 

  • Must have matric or equivalent to study 
  • Be able to read, write and understand English  
  • Be 16 years or older 
  • Be able to study via distance learning 

N5 National Certificate Course in Financial Management (SAQA ID: 66954)

Entry Requirements 

  • Be able to read, write and understand English  
  • Be 16 years or older 
  • Must have completed N4 certificate in Financial Management 
  • Be able to study via distance learning 

N6 National Certificate Course in Financial Management (SAQA ID: 66998)

Entry Requirements 

  • Be able to read, write and understand English  
  • Be 16 years or older 
  • Must have completed N5 certificate in Financial Management 
  • Be able to study via distance learning 

N6 National Diploma in Financial Management (SAQA ID: 67040) 

Entry Requirements 

  • Must have completed 18 months of practical work experience 
  • Must have a logbook signed by the manager where you did your practical work experience. Submit this to us and we will send it to the Department of Higher Education and Training. Once they have approved your logbook, you will get an N6 Diploma in Financial Management.

Legal Secretary Course

Legal Secretary courses refer to how administrative tasks and legal documents are handled. The course is skills-based and trains students with theoretical and practical skills that prepare them for the workplace. Legal secretaries draft legal papers, answer clients phone calls and work closely with lawyers. With this course, you can build a career as a Legal Secretary, Receptionist and Legal Administrative Assistant.

N4 National Certificate Course in Legal Secretary (SAQA ID: 66883)

Entry Requirements 

  • Must have matric to study 
  • Be able to read, write and understand English 
  • Be 16 years or older 
  • Be able to study via distance learning 

N5 National Certificate Course in Legal Secretary (SAQA ID: 66959)

Entry Requirements 

  • Be able to read, write and understand English 
  • Be 16 years or older 
  • Must have completed N4 certificate in Legal Secretary 
  • Be able to study via distance learning 

N6 National Certificate Course in Legal Secretary (SAQA ID: 66880)

Entry Requirements 

  • Be able to read, write and understand English  
  • Be 16 years or older 
  • Must have completed N5 certificate in Legal Secretary 
  • Be able to study via distance learning 

N6 National Diploma in Legal Secretary (SAQA ID: 67035)

Entry Requirements 

  • Must have completed 18 months of practical work experience 
  • Must have a logbook signed by the manager where you did your practical work experience. Submit this to us and we will send it to the Department of Higher Education and Training. Once they have approved your letter, you will get an N6 National Diploma in Legal Secretary 

Does a Distance Learning Certificate Count?

Yes, distance learning certificates count. Distance learning offers quality education the same way contact learning does. At Matric College we offer different certificate qualifications that are accredited. Here are different certificates and their accreditation bodies: 

With these certificates, you can further your studies or look for an occupation easily.

Distance Learning VS Contact Learning 

Distance Learning is a type of learning where students study from home. Tutors assist students through emails, phone calls and social apps such as Whatsapp and Zoom. 

Contact Learning is a type of learning where students study physically in class. Lecturers assist students in class or through email during work hours.

Distance Learning VS Contact Learning

What Are The Benefits Of Studying Through Distance Learning? 

There are several benefits when you study through distance learning. Here is a list of reasons why you should study through distance learning: 

  • Affordable 
  • COVID-19 Safe 
  • Flexible
  • Study At Own Pace
  • Study Without Matric
  • Network Opportunities 

 

Affordable 

You save money when you study through distance learning because you do not spend on any expenses such as food or daily transport. At Matric College, your course material is included in your course fees meaning you do not have to buy your textbooks.  

COVID-19 Safe

Since the country has adjusted to COVID-19 safety protocols, it is safer for learning to be done online. Distance learning at Matric College gives you quality qualifications from the safety of your home. You do not have to travel and risk catching COVID-19 infections. 

Flexible 

Distance learning is available to anyone who wishes to study. This also includes employees, international students and parents. You can set your study schedule to the time that suits you best. 

Study At Own Pace 

You study at the pace you want. If you need twice as much time when writing your assignments and other tasks, you can complete them at your own pace. Tutors are available when you need assistance. 

Study Without Matric 

You can study at Matric College without Matric. There are various courses you can apply for that only need you to be at least 16 years old, able to read, write and understand English to study. 

Network Opportunities 

As a student studying through distance learning, you are exposed to lots of study groups. These are platforms that help you be in touch with other students, make discussions and study together. Getting to know new people may be a great opportunity for expanding your network. You might create business partners, clients, and friends out of it.

Which Institution Offers Distance Learning In South Africa?

Matric College offers distance learning in South Africa. Distance learning means that you study from home. There are no contact lessons to attend. You communicate with tutors through online mediums such as emails, Zoom and WhatsApp. We offer all our courses through distance learning. These are the ICB courses, NATED courses, Matric courses, Matric Equivalent courses and Study Without Matric Courses. Distance learning makes learning easy in different ways. 

How Can I Pass Distance Learning Courses? 

There are different methods you can use to pass your course through distance learning. Here is a list of things you can do to pass your course through distance learning: 

  • Setting 
  • Study 
  • Past Papers 
  • Discussions
  • Notes 
  • Assessment 

 

Setting 

Your setting is the most important when it comes to studying through distance learning. Find a place that is comfortable for you. You can paste charts, papers and sticky notes around your study area to motivate you to study.

Study 

You have a better chance of passing if you take the time to study and understand your coursework. Tutors are available to assist if you need clarity on what you are studying. 

Past Papers 

Use past papers to study. Some questions in exam papers are usually repeated year after year. The question may come back the same or in a different angle but require the same answer. Ask your tutors for help if you want to confirm the answer. 

Discussions

Take part in group discussions. You will learn different ideas and answers from other students. This is also a chance to ask questions and get clarity.  

Notes 

Make notes of everything you learn. This is whether you received an answer in a group discussion or from a tutor. Notes will help you study better because you can always make changes if new information comes up.  

Assessment 

Write all your assessments. These include tests, assignments and other tasks you are given. Assessments add up to your exam mark. You have a higher chance of passing if you write all your assessments and study well for your exam. 

Can I Get A Job With A Distance Learning Qualification? 

Yes, you can get a job with a distance learning qualification. This is because distance learning courses usually focus on training students with skills for the workplace. You can study at Matric College to get quality qualifications. We have courses recognised in different places, including National Qualifications (NATED) that are recognised nationally and ICB courses that are recognised globally. If you study for these courses, you increase your chances of getting employment in different places. 

If you want to get employed quickly, you can apply for our short courses. They start from 2 to 6 months and up. These are skills-based and will get you work-ready in a short period. Employers will recognise you more applying for employment with skills. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the questions that our students frequently ask:

  • Is Distance Learning Cheaper? 
  • Are Distance Learning Courses Valid? 
  • How Long Do Distance Learning Students Study Daily 
  • Can I Study Through Distance Learning From Another Country?

Is Distance Learning Cheaper? 

Yes, distance learning is cheaper. This is because you study from home. You do not have to spend money on daily transport, food or other academic expenses. If you apply at Matric College it is cheaper. We provide you with the study material. You do not have to buy textbooks and spend extra money. The study material fee is included in your course fee. 

Are Distance Learning Courses Valid?

Yes, distance learning courses are valid. Matric College offers courses that are registered on the South African National Qualifications Framework (NQF). We offer qualifications that are accredited by accreditation bodies such as the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO), Umalusi and the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB). You can study further or look for jobs easily with these qualifications. 

How Long Do Distance Learning Students Study Daily?

Distance learning has the advantage of letting you study at your pace. You can set your study schedule according to your preferences. It is not a must to study daily, although it is recommended. 

Can I Study Through Distance Learning From Another Country? 

Yes, you can study through distance learning from another country. Since there are no contact classes to attend, distance learning is not limited to only students around the institution to study. You can apply to Matric College to study as an international student. The only time you would have to come to South Africa is to write the exams if the exams are only available in physical exam venues and not online.  

Author: Mulisa Nethononda

Date Published: 20 December 2021