DEPARTMENT OF HIGHER EDUCATION & TRAINING (DHET)
REGULATIONS FOR THE REGISTRATION OF PRIVATE HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS, 2016 (REGULATION)
DHET Regulation 24(m)
Programme rules of progression and certification differ from programme to programme as per requirements of the relevant Quality Council. The overall mark/grade required to pass a module differs from module to module and programme to programme, refer to each Programme’s Fact Sheet and the Student Rulebook.
CODE OF CONDUCT
DHET Regulation 24(q)
The Code of Conduct, as outlined in the Student Rulebook, and general rules of the Institution are aligned to the requirements for public information as per the Regulations for the Registration of Private Higher Education Institutions, 2016 and the Institution’s quality management system.
COMPLAINTS & GRIEVANCES
DHET Regulations 24(t) & 26A
Student official complaints and grievances must be lodged, and will be processed according to the procedures of the Institution.
If you submit an academic appeal or you are found guilty of a disciplinary offence you should follow the internal procedures for these matters prior to drafting and submitting an official complaint or grievance.
All matters including academic appeals, disciplinary procedures and requests/ suggestions can immediately be processed as per the normal procedures for contacting the Institution as set out in the Prospectus, Fact Sheets, Student Rulebook and displayed in the online Learning Management Systems (LMS’s).
Once you feel that you have exhausted the normal procedures, all official complaints and grievances must be lodged with the Registrar or the Academic Head (as representatives of the management of the Institution) using the email address firstname.lastname@example.org . You must, in the first instance, categorise your complaint in relation to the following institutional categories:
a. Quality of teaching and learning
b. Quality of facilities
c. Quality of general service delivery
d. Assessment judgments/outcomes
(Only after the internal adjudication of an academic appeal for a review of a mark)
e. Disciplinary sanctions
(Only after the internal procedures for minor or major disciplinary offences have been completed)
f. Refusal to write examinations
j. Closure of the Institution without informing Learners
k. Unfair business practices
l. Infringement of the Bill of Rights
Set out your official complaint or grievance in a straightforward written narrative supported by any evidence that has a direct bearing on the official complaint or grievance. After an investigation of the official complaint or grievance, the Institution will respond in writing, addressing the specifics of your official complaint or grievance and any evidence that has a direct bearing on the official complaint or grievance.
In the event that the Student (the complainant) and the management of the Institution are unable to reach a mutually acceptable resolution, then the Institution will submit to the Registrar of Private Higher Education Institutions (PHEI’s) of the DHET:
a. A copy of the original letter of official complaint or grievance
b. A copy of the Institution’s written response to the official complaint or grievance
c. A report citing the reasons for the non-resolution of official complaint or grievance and details of further action(s), if any, contemplated or undertaken by the Student or the Institution.
Registrar of PHEI’s of the DHET may, at her/his discretion and depending on the circumstances of the official complaint or grievance, refer the Institution to the Consumer Protector or to any other organisation or agency for further advice and investigation.
CREDIT ACCUMULATION & TRANSFER (CAT)
DHET Regulation 24(m)
Credit Accumulation and Transfer (CAT) refers to the arrangement whereby the diverse features of both credit accumulations and credit transfer are combined to facilitate lifelong learning and access to the workplace. The recognition of credits for the purposes of transfer from one qualification to another is determined by the nature of the qualifications, the relationship between them, the nature, complexity, and extent of the curricula associated with the specific subjects to be recognised for exemption and/or inclusion, and the nature of the assessment used. Any and all credits for an incomplete qualification may be recognised by the same or a different institution as meeting part of the requirements for a different qualification; or may be recognised by a different institution as meeting part of the requirements for the same qualification. A maximum of 50% of the credits of a completed qualification may be transferred to another qualification. Credits obtained from studies that do not lead to a full qualification (for example, non-degree studies) could count for credit accumulation.*
Boston allows students with completed credits from recognised education institutions in cognate (or similar) modules to apply for in-bound credit transfers. Credit transfers will only be considered if accompanied by full academic records with a statement of satisfactory or good conduct from the previous institution. Students interested in applying will be considered individually by the Academic Committee based at the Head Office in Orange Grove – see relevant section in the ‘Application for Admission Form’ online.
*CHE. 2016. Recognition of Prior Learning, Credit Accumulation and Transfer, and Assessment
The Boston City Campus & Business College Head Office in Orange Grove, Johannesburg and regional branches, which serve as Support Centres for all programmes, offer student information, e-library access, computer laboratories, and related ICT networks/systems in addition to venues for invigilated assessments. The Joint Head Office in Stellenbosch serves an administrative and academic support function only.
Hours of operation, facilities and courses available may vary between Support Centre.
DHET Regulation 24(n)
Boston City Campus & Business College does not charge application fees. Rules and procedures and fees or charges pertaining to registration, tuition, textbooks and additional academic fees or charges (e.g. supplementary assessment fees, external examination fees, CAT application fees, RPL application fees, etc.) as well as rules and procedures, and fees or charges associated with deferral, cancellation, or withdrawal are set out in the Student Rulebook and/or Registration Contract or Programme Fact Sheets. In addition, the Office of the Registrar and Branch Managers are available for guidance and assistance.
DHET Regulation 24(o)
While a limited number of external and internal bursaries are awarded to exceptional candidates, there is no financial aid available to Students through the Institution other than extended payment terms. The Office of the Registrar and Branch Managers are available for guidance and assistance.
The Institution will assist students with supporting information (e.g. in relation to the qualification and accreditation) in the event that a Student wishes to apply to a financial institution for financial assistance in paying their tuition fees.
Irrespective of meeting the Minimum Entry Requirements for Foreign Applicants, foreign students who do not hold a South African school leaving certificate must present a Grade 12 equivalence verification with endorsement for admission to Bachelor’s degree or Diploma or Higher Certificate study from the South African Matriculation Board. The Board can be contacted on
+27-(0)10-591-4401/2 or email@example.com or visit he-enrol.ac.za
Students who have qualifications from foreign higher education institutions must present an equivalence certificate from the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) who can be contacted on +27-(0)12-431-5070 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.saqa.org.za/index.php
Foreign applicants may be required to provide proof of proficiency in English (TOEFL score of 550, or IELTS overall band score of 6.0.) prior to admission to the qualification.
LANGUAGE OF TEACHING AND LEARNING
DHET Regulation 24(i)
English is the language of communication, instruction and assessment at Boston City Campus & Business College. Notwithstanding the Institution’s appreciation of the rich value of multiculturalism in South Africa and its impact on educational language policy, the Institution has selected a single language in terms of its language policy since it would be impracticable to select more than one language, given the small size of the Institution.
MISSION & OBJECTIVES
DHET Regulation 24(d)
Boston’s Mission is:
To provide quality and relevant education and training to all learners
Boston’s Pay-Off Line is:
Education. For life.
Boston’s objectives are to:
• Assist Learners in shaping their futures through guiding them in terms of the selection of learning programmes
• Align all learning programmes to the National Qualifications Framework (sub frameworks, standards and qualifications)
• Deliver quality tuition and assessment
• Improve staff development, loyalty and morale
• Work in national, sectoral and local contexts
• Reach company objectives
• Be responsive to changing environments
• Take accountability for our actions
MODE OF DELIVERY
DHET Regulation 24(j)
The Institution’s Higher Education Programmes are delivered in the distance mode. Students are encouraged to attend any of our regional branches, which serve both as Support Centres for these programmes and as venues for invigilated assessments.
Distance learning describes teaching and learning reliant on (asynchronous) learning materials delivered through texts and filmgraphics via learning management systems that can be accessed at a Boston Support Centre or off-site as long as the student has internet connectivity. Additionally, venues are provided for invigilated assessments.
The Institution’s Occupational Programmes and Short Learning Programmes are mostly delivered in the blended mode at any of the regional branches, which serve as Tuition Centres for these programmes.
Blended learning is technology-based training supplemented with texts and face-to-face training assistance and requiring the student’s attendance at a Boston Tuition Centre (at any of our regional branches). Additionally, venues are provided for invigilated assessments.
The Institution’s Digital Learning Badges are delivered in the online distance mode. Students are encouraged to attend any of our regional branches, which serve as Support Centres for these programmes.
Digital learning is exclusively facilitated by technology that provides students with some element of control over time, place, path and pace and is entirely delivered via learning management systems that can be accessed at a Boston Support Centre or off-site, as long as the student has internet connectivity.
POLICY ON DISABILITY
DHET Regulation 24(v)
Boston is committed to the principles of access, redress, transformation and equal opportunity. Individual student requirements based on the disclosure of a disability is evaluated in confidence on a case-by-case basis to determine suitable provisioning of needs, as comprehensively as possible. The Institution reserves the right in the interest of the individual to provide relevant guidance and where so required referral or alternative placement. The Office of the Registrar is available to assist Students with further enquiries, also see relevant section in the ‘Application for Admission Form’ online.
REGISTRATION CONTRACT AND REFUND POLICY
DHET Regulations 24(n) & (s)
When you register at the beginning of each academic year, a Registration Contract (i.e. the enrolment contract) must be completed in full and must be signed by the student, their legal guardian (if necessary), the account payer, and the person providing financial surety for those paying the tuition fees. The Registration Contract is a legally binding document and is restricted to a twelve (12) month cycle (at a time).
Once the Registration Contract has been signed, the account payer becomes liable for the registration, tuition and fees of the programme registered for, after a 7-day cooling-off period.
Refunds may be requested by submitting the request in writing and supported by an explanation of the circumstances leading to the request for a refund. The Institution considers refund requests on a case-by-case basis and the decision to refund monies is at the absolute and sole discretion of the management of Boston City Campus & Business College.
Information pertaining to withdrawal from a programme once studies have commenced (i.e. cancellation) or pertaining to applications for deferral of studies are set out in the Registration Contract and/or the Student Rulebook. See also information under ‘Fees
RPL APPLICANTS AND ALTERNATIVE ENTRY PATHWAYS
DHET Regulation 24(h)
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) refers to the principles and processes through which the prior knowledge and skills of a person are made visible, mediated and rigorously assessed and moderated for the purposes of alternative access and admission, recognition and certification, or further learning and development. RPL may be used to grant access to a qualification programme, or advanced placement / exemption from modules. Exemption from modules do not translate to credits awarded and should be limited to no more than 50% of the modules. No more than 10% of a cohort of students in a programme should be admitted through RPL.*
Boston admits a small number of students through RPL. Applicants interested in applying through RPL will be considered individually by the Academic Committee based at the Head Office in Orange Grove, see relevant section in the ‘Application for Admission Form’ online.
* CHE. 2016. Recognition of Prior Learning, Credit Accumulation and Transfer, and Assessment.
STUDENT HEALTH & WELLNESS
DHET Regulation 24(u)
Boston has implemented procedures for safety and security in terms of the Health and Safety Act, 1993 (Act No. 52 of 1993). In the event of an incident, it is essential that Students are aware of the guidelines concerning safety and evacuation procedures.
Embarking on higher education studies is an exciting journey. It can also be a time of change and pressure that may lead to unexpected challenges that affect a Student’s academic performance and/or personal life. Student. Wellness@Boston is an initiative that offers non-therapeutic assistance for academic success and referrals for personal, social or career issues/concerns. The Office of the Registrar and Faculty are available to assist Students with accessing of these functions.
STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES, ACADEMIC ASSISTANCE & DEVELOPMENT
DHET Regulation 24(p)
Boston City Campus & Business College has appointed qualified and experienced lecturers and student advisors (higher education and occupational programmes) or training advisors (short learning programmes and digital learning badges) who provide suitable support to Students.
Student support services typically include career counselling, academic counselling, academic progression counselling and remedial academic interventions. Students can contact lecturers any time via the learning management system, through e-mail, or alternatively book a telephonic, or Skype appointment. Face-to-face appointments can also be arranged but these will be by appointment only and will take place exclusively at the Head Offices in either Orange Grove, Johannesburg or Stellenbosch. In addition, the Office of the Registrar, Faculty and Branch Managers are available to assist Students in accessing student support services.
Certain occupational qualifications and short learning programmes require evidence of which is to be included in a Portfolio of Evidence. As part of the requirement, learners are obligated to find suitable employment.
INSTITUTIONAL INFORMATION & REGISTERED LEARNING PROGRAMMES
DHET Regulations 24(a), (c), (e), (f), (k) and (I)
Boston City Campus & Business College (Pty) Ltd Reg. No. 1996/013220/07 (‘Boston’) is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997 (Act No. 101 of 1997). Registration Certificate No. 2003/HE07/002.
Boston Head Office in Orange Grove, Johannesburg (and its extended Head Office in Stellenbosch) is accredited in the distance mode of provision by the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) of the Council on Higher Education (CHE) for the following qualifications:
1. Bachelor of Commerce in Management Marketing
• B.Com. (Management Marketing)
• SAQA ID 88683, NQF (HEQSF) Level 7, minimum Credits 374
• Fully accredited
2. Diploma in Systems Development
• Dip. (Systems Development)
• SAQA ID 91923, NQF (HEQSF) Level 6, minimum Credits 364
• Fully accredited
3. Diploma in Network Systems
• Dip. (Network Systems)
• SAQA ID 91921, NQF (HEQSF) Level 6, minimum Credits 364
• Fully accredited
4. Diploma in Financial Accounting
• Dip. (Financial Accounting)
• SAQA ID 93597, NQF (HEQSF) Level 6, minimum Credits 374
• Fully accredited
5. Diploma in Human Resource Management
• Dip. (Human Resource Management)
• SAQA ID 90719, NQF (HEQSF) Level 6, minimum Credits 366
• Fully accredited
6. Diploma in Business Management
• Dip. (Business Management)
• SAQA ID 91922, NQF (HEQSF) Level 6, minimum Credits 374
• Fully accredited
7. Diploma in Marketing Management
• Dip. (Marketing Management)
• SAQA ID 91924, NQF (HEQSF) Level 6, minimum Credits 390
• Fully accredited
8. Diploma in Event Management
• Dip. (Event Management)
• SAQA ID 93877, NQF (HEQSF) Level 6, minimum Credits 374
• Fully accredited
9. Higher Certificate in Advertising and Integrated Communication Practice
• H.Cert. (Advertising & Integrated Communication Practice)
• SAQA ID 90819, NQF (HEQSF) Level 5, minimum Credits 136
• Fully accredited
10. Higher Certificate in Marketing Practice
• H.Cert. (Marketing Practice)
• SAQA ID 97230, NQF (HEQSF) Level 5, minimum Credits 122
• Fully Accredited
11. Higher Certificate in Business Management Practice
• H.Cert. (Business Management Practice)
• SAQA ID 97394, NQF (HEQSF) Level 5, minimum Credits 120
• Fully Accredited
12. Higher Certificate in HIV/AIDS Counselling and Management
• H.Cert. (HIV/AIDS Counselling & Management)
• SAQA ID 96711, NQF (HEQSF) Level 5, minimum Credits 140
• Accredited with conditions
13. Higher Certificate in Human Resource Management Practice
• H.Cert. (Human Resource Management Practice)
• SAQA ID 101818, NQF (HEQSF) Level 5, minimum Credits 122
• Fully Accredited
Boston City Campus & Business College (Pty) Ltd Reg. No. 1996/013220/07 (‘Boston’) applied for registration with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private college under the Continuing Education and Training Colleges Act, 2006 (Act No.16 of 2006) as amended. The Institution is awaiting the outcome of the Registration Certificate.
Boston Head Office in Orange Grove, Johannesburg (and its extended Head Office in Stellenbosch and all Support Centres) is accredited in the distance mode of provision by the by the South African Board of People Practices (SABPP), a Quality Assurance Partner (QAP) of the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO), for the following qualifications:
1. Higher Certificate in Commerce in Human Resource Management
• H.Cert. (Commerce) (Human Resource Management)
• SAQA ID 21081, NQF (OQSF) Level 5, minimum Credits 160
2. Higher Certificate in Commerce in Human Resource Development
• H.Cert. (Commerce) (Human Resource Development)
• SAQA ID 21080, NQF (OQSF) Level 5, minimum Credits 160
3. Higher Certificate in Commerce in General Management
• H.Cert. (Commerce) (General Management)
• SAQA ID 21079, NQF (OQSF) Level 5, minimum Credits 160
4. Higher Certificate in Commerce in Public Relations
• H.Cert. (Commerce) (Public Relations)
• SAQA ID 21084, NQF (OQSF) Level 5, minimum Credits 160
5. Diploma in Commerce in Public Relations
• Diploma in Commerce in Public Relations
• SAQA ID 21068, NQF (OQSF) Level 6, minimum Credits 240
6. Higher Certificate in Marketing
• H.Cert. (Marketing)
• SAQA ID 21086, NQF (OQSF) Level 5, minimum Credits 160
• This curriculum is accredited with four (4) specialisations from which to choose:
- (Specialisation Digital Music)
- (Specialisation Digital Practice)
- (Specialisation Sport)
- (Specialisation Tourism)
7. National Certificate in Paralegal Practice in Human Resource & Employee Relations
• N.Cert. (Paralegal Practice) (Human Resource & Employee Relations)
• SAQA ID 97229, NQF (OQSF) Level 5, minimum Credits 131
8. Further Education and Training Certificate in Human Resource Management & Practices Support
• FET.Cert. (Human Resource Management & Practices Support)
• SAQA ID 49691, NQF (OQSF) Level 4, minimum Credits 140
9. Further Education and Training Certificate in Contact Centres Operations in Managing People
• FET.Cert. (Contact Centre Operations) (Managing People)
• SAQA ID 93996 (94081), NQF (OQSF) Level 4, minimum Credits 132
10. Further Education and Training Certificate in Business Administration Services in Employee Wellness
• FET.Cert. (Business Administration Services) (Employee Wellness)
• SAQA ID 61595, NQF (OQSF) Level 4, minimum Credits 140
All offerings that are not accredited by a Quality Council (QC) or its delegated bodies are non-credit bearing and are quality assured by the Institutional Quality Management System (IQMS) of Boston City Campus & Business College (Pty) Ltd Reg. No. 1996/013220/07. These include Short Learning Programmes and Digital Learning Badges.
Chief Executive Officer: A.Z. Katz
Financial Director: C.L. Stollard
Managing Director: S.J. de Roos
Director: L.M. Banda
Director: H.J. Botha
Head of Institution: Dr. H.J. Botha B.B.A., M.Com., Ph.D.
Academic Head: Dr. H.J. Botha
Registrar: R.V. Venter B.A., Cert., B.A. (Hons), M.A.
Dr. A. Mugari N.Dip., H.Dip., B.B.A., M.B.A. D.Tech.
Dr. D.E. Damons Cert., N.Dip., M.Sci., Ph.D.
Pr. R.N. Stegmann Dip., L.Th., B.Th., M.A.
Mrs. N. Kruger B.Com., P.G.C.E.
Dr. L. Meyer N.Dip., N.Dip., N.Dip., B.B.A., M.B.A., D.B.A., Ph.D.
Dr. J. Meyer B.A., CLM, M.B.L., Ph.D., G.C.HE.
Dr. J. Cedras B.Soc.Sci., M.Phil., PG.Dip., D.Admin.
Mr. M.G. Thoms B.A., B.A. (Hons), M.Phil.
Mr. E. Brown B.A, B.Ed., M.Ed., H.E.D.
Dr. J. van Zyl B.Com., B.Ed., M.Ed., D.Ed.
FACULTY AND ADJUNCT FACULTY
Consult the Student Rulebook for a detailed listing of academics (and qualifications) employed by the Institution.
DHET Regulation 24(r)
Boston is proud to be associated with the following Designated Quality Partners (DQP’s), Quality Assurance Partners (QAP’s), Learning and Quality Assurance Bodies (LQA’s), and Assessment Quality Partners (AQP’s) of the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO), as well as eminent international and local professional, industry and statutory bodies:
Boston City Campus & Business College is a Platinum Class Education Provider Partner of CompTIA
The Financial Management Institute of Southern Africa is accredited as an Assessment site with FASSET SETA for the Bookkeeper and Assistant Bookkeeper Skills Programmes as delivered by Boston
Boston School of Finance (Pty) Ltd is an Accredited Theory Training and Workplace Provider for the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers.
The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants is the professional accounting body in 180 countries globally of which Boston City Campus & Business College is an approved Tuition Provider
Boston City Campus & Business Colleges are Pastel Authorised Training Centres
Boston City Campus & Business Colleges operate as International VUE Testing Centres
Boston City Campus & Business College offers programmes in association with Soul Candi Institute of Music
Boston Education Group (Pty) Ltd has programme approval with the Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training Authority
Boston Education Group (Pty) Ltd is accredited, No. MOU130222, with the Insurance Sector Education and Training Authority
Boston City Campus & Business College (Pty) Ltd is accredited, No. 63906P012BA, with the Safety and Security Sector Education and Training Authority
Boston City Campus & Business College (Pty) Ltd is accredited, No. 1002, with the Education, Training and Development Practices Sector Education and Training Authority
Boston Technology Campus (Pty) Ltd is accredited, o. ACC/2007/07/163, with the Media, Information and Communication Technology Sector Education and Training Authority
Boston City Campus & Business College (Pty) Ltd is accredited, No. 62115C119BC with the South African Board of People Practices
Boston City Campus & Business College (Pty) Ltd is accredited, No. 585/00352/06, as a delivery and assessment site with the Finance and Accounting Services Sector Education and Training Authority
Boston City Campus & Business College is accredited, No. 0118, with the Services Sector Education and Training Authority
INSTITUTE OF SPORT (IoS)
Boston City Campus & Business College is a delivery partner of IoS, which is a leading sport services organisaton that develops people, systems and programmes for sport, government and business. IoS is an accredited training services provider of the Culture, Art, Tourism, Hospitality, and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA).
Boston City Campus & Business College is a member the National Association of Distance Education and Open Learning in South Africa, which aims to increase access to affordable, cost-effective and quality learning environments to empower students to become self-sufficient members of society.
The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs is a U.S.A. organization offering accreditation services for business programmes focused on teaching and learning, and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Boston City Campus & Business College is an Institutional Member seeking voluntary accreditation for the benefit of Students and Faculty.
The Financial Services Board (FSB) is an independent institution, established by statute to oversee the South African non-banking financial services industry in the public interest, and provides recognition of programmes for purposes of professional practice.
The South African Medical Association is a nonstatutory, non-profit, and voluntary professional association for public and private sector medical practitioners, and provides recognition of programmes for continuous professional development purposes.
Boston City Campus & Business College carries accreditation with the British Accreditation Council (BAC). BAC is a comprehensive quality assurance scheme for independent further and higher education in the UK. BAC provides the leading mark of educational quality for the sector, which is used by students, parents, agencies and beyond as a guarantee of standards. Accreditation from the BAC provides international recognition for Boston City Campus & Business College programmes.
Boston City Campus & Business College is associated with Project Management South Africa and The Money School.
The Prospectus, Website and Fact Sheets are accurate at the time of publication. Boston City Campus & Business College (Pty) Ltd reserves the right to alter any of the content due to changes in regulations, market requirements and other reasons. Please note that meeting any of the admission requirements does not necessarily guarantee entry into a qualification. All applications will be evaluated on an individual basis and acceptance will depend on the decision of the Academic Committee at Head Office in Orange Grove, Johannesburg.
Address: 247 Louis Botha Avenue, Orchards, 2192, Johannesburg