UNISA is the largest open distance learning university in Africa. The main campus is in Pretoria, and there are regional offices in each of the provinces in South Africa. There are also many examination centres located all over South Africa and in other countries. UNISA offers a wide variety of courses, both academic and vocational. They are the only institution to offer university courses via distance learning in South Africa.
Distance learning is different to classroom-based education. It enables students to study from home, or from any other location that is convenient for them. Students generally do not attend any lectures, but are provided with study material (online, via post, or via courier) which they work through in their own time. They are sometimes given the opportunity to attend voluntary tutorial sessions. Other than that, there is not much in the line of face-to-face interaction between students and lecturers or tutors. Some distance learning courses are examined only by means of assignment, while other courses involve examinations. Examinations are usually held at venues that are situated in major cities across the country. Distance learning provides students with a more flexible option for furthering their education.
* You do not need to attend classes. You can study from home.
* You can study at your own pace and in your own time. You can decide whether you prefer to study in the morning or at night, for example.
* You can study even if you have a full-time job or if you have other commitments around which you need to be able to schedule your studies.
* Distance-learning is often less expensive than traditional classroom-based education.
UNISA is not the only distance learning provider in South Africa. There are also a number of colleges that operate on a distance learning, or correspondence, basis. College SA, for example, is a private FET college that offers a large selection of courses on a correspondence basis. Courses are offered in various fields of study, including: Bookkeeping and Accounting, Business, General Management, Human Resource Management, Project Management, Events Management, Sports and Fitness, Computer Studies, Creative Studies, Beauty Therapy and Child Care.