Admissions Policy for Academy for Facilities Management

Table of Contents

Admissions Policy

Introduction

Mandate

Policy

Marketing

Admission Management

Registration Procedure

Registration Rules

De-registration

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

References

 

Admissions Policy

 

Introduction

The Higher Education Act is not prescriptive with regards to the admissions requirements for Higher Education learning programmes, it does however prescribe that institutions are sensitive to past inequality and indicate their willingness to redress past inequality.

It is our intention at the Academy to make the valuable skills of Facilities Management available to all students, and will especially consider those who fall into the category of previously disadvantaged individuals. It must be noted that although a student may meet the entry requirements for the programme the student’s placement and admission to study with the Academy is not guaranteed.

 

Mandate

  • South African Qualifications Act 58, 1995,
  • Higher Education Act 101, 1997,
  • Higher Education Act, 1997: Regulations for the registration of Private Higher Education Institutions
  • HEQC Criteria for Programme Accreditation, 2004, Criterion 2

 

Policy

In order to facilitate access the entry requirements for the programme are as open as possible, and include recognition of prior learning and experience in its assessment of a student’s readiness for the programme.

The institution will at all times ensure that the number of students that are enrolled for the programme does not exceed the capacity of the staff and the administrative infrastructure to adequately provide for student support and assessment needs of the student.

The Academy allows for registration at any time during the year, i.e. continuous registration. For student who are new to the Facilities Management field it is recommended that ‘Theory of Facilities Management’ is undertaken first, thereafter the modules can flow in an un-sequenced manner.

 

Marketing

The prospectus developed is in line with the requirements of the Regulations relating to Higher Education in South Africa. It is the Academy’s intention to ensure that the students are in no way mislead by the marketing material. As such all material used for marketing purposes needs to be signed off by the Academic Board (appropriate structure) prior to the release of the advertising material.

 

Admission Management

The Academy selects potential students based on the entry criteria of the institution. The students are selected on a first come first serve basis.. Should a student whish to gain advanced entry into the programme through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), all of the requirements need to be met in accordance with the RPL policy.

The Management Information system (Moodle) is used to manage all student related information once the student is registered with the Academy.

The administrative staff deals with all admissions and related forms need to be completed by the applying student. All documentation is stored electronically and in student files for ease of reference at a later stage.

 

Higher Certificate:

The Open Distance Learning programme is open to all suitable applicants with a minimum of a matriculation certificate or equivalent qualification in accordance with the government Gazette, 11 July 2008 “Minimum Admission Requirements for Higher Certificate, Diploma and Bachelor’s Degree, Programmes Requiring a National Senior Certificate:

“The Minimum admission requirement is a National Senior Certificate (NSC) with a minimum of 30% in the language of learning and teaching of the higher education institution as certified by the Council for General and Further Education and Training (Umalusi).”

All courses are taught in English only.

Prospective students wanting to gain access to the programme:

  • Have to present a valid South African Grade 12 certificate (without endorsement) or its international equivalent.
  • Be a South African citizens or present a valid passport and student permit.

Students of a mature age (23) will also be considered for entry based upon their experience should they not meet the criteria as indicated above.

 

Advanced Certificate:

Prospective students wanting to gain access to the programme:

  • Have to present a valid South African Grade 12 certificate (without endorsement) or its international equivalent.
  • Have to present an appropriate NQF Level 5 qualification from a fully registered higher education institute.
  • Be a South African citizens or present a valid passport and student permit.

 

Registration Procedure

The registration process follows after the prospective student has satisfied him/herself about all the programme details, usually by logging onto the Academy’s website.

The registration process entails the following:

  • Complete registration form online ( Academy website)
  • Provide certified copy of grade 12 certificate.
  • Registration documentation is verified and details uploaded to Moodle.
  • .The Academy raises an invoice or quote, as may be required by the employer/ prospective student.
  • The Academy and student / employer agree payment terms.
  • Payment by student/employer.
  • The Academy issues the student with a unique student number.
  • Student is granted access to Academy’s Moodle student portal which contains all documentation required by the student including study guides and study material that may be applicable to the particular programme.

 

Registration Rules

  • All students registered with the institution must comply with the minimum entrance criteria.
  • Students must submit the required documentation on or before registration date. Registration is not guaranteed.

 

De-registration

Students are entitled to deregister at any stage based upon the rules as set out in the Finance policy. In essence there is no refund for dropping out, but a student replacement is possible.

 

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Students who do not satisfy the technical benchmark, but can demonstrate comparable RPL competency may also be granted admission upon applying to the institution. Admission of students through RPL will not constitute more than 10% of the total student intake for the programme. The student will be liable for costs associated with any RPL undertaken.

See the RPL policy for further details in this regard.

 

References

  • Designing and Delivering Distance Education: Quality Criteria and Case Studies from South Africa Tessa Welch and Yvonne Reed – NADEOSA,
  • Government Gazette, 11 July 2008, Higher Education Act, 1997 (Act 101 of 1997), Minimum Admission Requirements for Higher Certificate, Diploma and Bachelor’s degree Programmes requiring a National Senior Certificate (NSC)
  • HEQF – Government Gazette No 30353, 5 October 2007
  • HEQC CHE Improving Teaching and Learning Resource, 2005