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Learning isn’t a destination, starting and stopping at the classroom door. It’s a never-ending road of discovery, challenge, inspiration, and wonder. If need more information about our online courses, please contact us.

What programmes are available online?

We currently offer a curated selection of degrees, certificates and short programmes across the fields of commerce, business, information technology and law. For more information, visit our part-time programmes page to browse our courses. We are constantly in the process of growing and expanding our online and part-time course offerings, so be sure to keep in touch for all the latest information.

Do I have to attend lectures on campus?

Yes, students are required to attend a small number of live lectures, however, students who are unable to physically attend the class can attend online via our Virtual Learning Environment.

What if I get stuck and need programme assistance?

What truly sets Pearson Institute apart from other part-time courses, is the fact that our students do not complete their studies in isolation. Our online programmes are designed to be a highly interactive learning environment, where students can share their perspectives and participate in topical discussions with a cohort of peer students. We have a highly skilled support team that is constantly in contact with our students to provide motivation and support throughout. Faculty are also fully supportive and available for questions while providing assignments and guiding instruction using various technologies.

Do all courses start at the beginning of the year?

No, our online programmes are uniquely structured to offer students multiple opportunities in the year to begin their course. This enables you to finish the course in a timeframe that works for you, rather than having to put your education on hold until the following year’s intake. Please refer to the course specific pages under Part-time Programmes for information on the start dates for the programme of your choice.

Do I need a special computer or technology to participate?

No, any computer or laptop with an internet connection will do. Once you’ve enrolled, we will introduce you to our easy-to-use online portal in your first module, and we will teach you everything you need to know about submitting assignments and completing modules.

How long does it take to complete a programme?

This varies from course to course. Whereas short programmes generally take a little over a year to complete, more intensive degrees generally take around 5 years. Please refer to the course specific pages under Part-time Programmes for information on course duration, modules and start dates.

How much do the programmes cost?

Our goal is to make quality education accessible to the world. That’s why we’ve structured our tuition fees to be affordable and flexible. Although courses vary in length and cost, all our online programmes give you the option of either paying per module or in full upfront. Please refer to the course specific pages under Part-time Programmes for information on programme costs.

What is the application process?

Getting started is easy and there is no application fee. Once you’ve checked that you meet all the admission requirements for the selected programme, you can apply online by filling out a student profile form and submitting an application to our online portal. Please refer to the course specific pages under Part-time Programmes for information on admission requirements.

What to do if you're an international student?

Required documents for international students are as follows:

Application
Completed and signed application form
Signed repayment calculator
Student ID or Passport (from their country)
Parent/ Sponsor ID or Passport
Application fee proof of payment

Enrollment/ Final Registration
Valid Passport
Valid Pearson Study Permit
Valid 12 months student medical aid
USAF or SAQA letter of foreign qualification evaluation
(USAF or SAQA depending on the results)

In addition the student should have passed:
5  O level subjects including English, Maths / Science with symbol A, B or C to qualify to start on AS Level Program or in addition to 5 O levels they should have passed 4 (AS) Advanced Subsidiary level subjects with symbol A, B, C, D or E to qualify to start on degree level or 5 O level subjects with additional 2 (A level) Advanced level subjects with symbol A to E to qualify to start on degree.

Bachelor of Business Administration

The multidisciplinary nature of this degree prepares you for work in many areas of business and is an excellent foundation for careers in commerce, marketing, human resources and financial management.

Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting

Accounting is the language of business and the Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting prepares you for many a career in the challenging world of accounting and finance.

Higher Certificate in Information Systems (Engineering)

This qualification bridges the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical application. It will help you develop your programming ability and hardware skills.

Short Learning Programme in Basic Programming

Gives you a basic theoretical foundation of and practical experience in the basics of: one programming language, one database language and the use of one main operating system.

Higher Certificate in Information Systems (Software Development)

A career-focused qualification that is intensive but also broad. It will develop your programming ability and mobile development skills so that you can work in a range of areas in the IT industry.

Bachelor of Commerce in Law

Our degree is broad and intensive. You will cover the general principles and techniques of commerce and law within the context of specialist commerce groups.

Higher Certificate in Business Management

The higher certificate is a good stepping-stone for those who do not meet the entry requirements for a degree but wish to gain entry to the PI Bachelor of Commerce after completing this programme.

Bachelor of Commerce (General)

The multidisciplinary nature of this degree prepares you for work in any area of business.

Why study at Pearson Institute of Higher Education?

Individualised and personalised

Our classes are smaller, supported by our Virtual Learning Environment, which allows us to focus on you and exactly what you need to learn. We also offer a range of support programmes for students to ensure your academic success.

Qualified and experienced staff

We value both academic qualification and real-world experience and our hands-on academic staff are experts at bringing theoretical information to life in the classroom, enabling practical application. Our lecturers and tutors will offer you the support you need to succeed.

Approach to learning

Our courses provide enough flexibility to support our students’ needs. We offer a supportive Virtual Learning Environment that paves the way for success and prepares each student for the fast-changing working world. Our unique approach to learning encourages critical, creative and strategic thinking and goes beyond theoretical knowledge.

Global heritage

Pearson Institute of Higher Education is a part of Pearson – the world’s learning company operating in over 70 countries. Pearson has the ability to make change happen on a global scale and is committed to creating positive social impact by supporting causes and issues that help remove the barriers to achieving better learning outcomes. As a part of this dynamic organisation, we also operate on the belief that wherever learning flourishes, so do people and economies.

About Pearson

As a learning company, with more than 35,000 employees in over 70 countries, Pearson is passionate about making change happen on a global scale. We are committed to creating social impact in everything we do. Through a combination of our quality products and services, external and internal campaigns, sustainability initiatives and social innovation, we support global and local educational causes and issues that help remove barriers to achieving better learning outcomes.

As part of the company’s organic growth in the direct delivery of learning, Pearson South Africa has acquired the Pearson Institute of Higher Education (formerly known as Midrand Graduate Institute) and CTI Education Group. Today, this group has 12 campuses, over 8 000 students and 35 different nationalities represented across our campuses in South Africa.

At Pearson Institute of Higher Education, we are committed to building successful communities through partnerships across the educational landscape – with ministries of education, industry, students, parents and teachers – to help people make progress in their lives through access to and enjoyment of learning. For we believe that wherever learning flourishes, so do people and economies.