Phew, it was about time for an update! We put our heads down to finalise accreditation matters, and didn’t come up for air until last week – only to be struck down by the horrible virus that’s doing the rounds in Cape Town.
After all this activity, a lot of it coughing and spluttering, we are DELIGHTED to report that we’ve had a successful site visit by the ETDPSETA ETQA officer, and we expect to be provisionally accredited by the end of September, with full accreditation following as soon as we process our first student on an approved NQF-aligned programme.
For those of you still scratching your heads about the accreditation process in South Africa: it’s a lot of work if you don’t have things in order already, but it’s not difficult, and it’s not some evil and undesirable thing lurking in the shadows and threatening to jump on you. Language schools fall under educational institutions, and as such they fall under the ETDPSETA. Do NOT be fooled by schools claiming accreditation by any other SETA, as this is simply not procedurally correct. (Be sure to check on that SETA’s website and database whether the school is really listed as accredited!)
Also, accreditation works on two levels: accreditation of an INSTITUTION or company, like us, and APPROVAL OF LEARNING PROGRAMMES.
On 30 August we will be submitting the following Unit Standards for approval, and expect approval by 4 December following the ETDPSETA schedule:
Listening, speaking, reading and writing skills on NQF Levels 1-4, roughly corresponding to A1-B2 on the CEFR. (Contact us for the unit standard numbers and titles – we have worked hard to find and align them to existing English testing systems).
These unit standards can refer to any language, and although we will only be submitting programmes for English, the Afrikaans and Spanish programmes will follow on the following submission dates.
You will therefore have the peace of mind that, should you choose to do our NQF-aligned programmes (which differ only in assessment methods and administration to the parallel non-aligned programmes), you will obtain credits on the NQF and be issued with a fully legal SAQA-backed certificate upon successful completion.
Another advantage we will have is that we can legally issue visa support letters for overseas students. We would like to share our experience and expertise with other language schools in Cape Town, and invite you to contact us to set a date on which we can offer a workshop to assist you in the process.