Media House Quick Facts
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATIONAL REGULATION 21 m
The overall make for a particular subject is calculated from the students aggregated performance on formative and summative assessments in a particular subject. Formative assessments (assessments leading up to the summative assessment) are assigned up to fifty percent (50%) of the final grade and the summative assessment (the final assessment) of a particular level of a subject is assigned the balance of the grade for a total of 100% once all formative and summative assessments are added together (based on variable weightings).summative assessments include one (1) supplementary assessment opportunity as well.
Students need and overall mark of fifty (50%) to pass a subject. Students who do not achieve a final (weighted) grade of >49% are provided one (1) further opportunity to sit for a supplementary summative assessment.
AS LONG AS THE FINAL GRADE FOR THE SUBJECT IS HIGHER THAN 30%.
CODE OF CONDUCT
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION REGULATION 21 q
The Student Rulebook contains the general rules of the Institution that apply to all registered students and is aligned to the requirements of the Higher Education Act.1997(as amended) of the regulations for the Registration of private Higher Education Institutions, 2002 and the institution’s internal quality management system (QMS)
COMPLAINTS & GRIEVANCES
Department of Education Regulation 21s
Learner complaints and grievances must be lodged, and will be process, according to the procedures of the institution. If you submit an academic appeal or you are found guilty of a disciplinary procedures and requests/suggestions can immediately be processed as complaints or grievances as per the procedures set out under this section.
Your complaints and grievances must be lodged with the Head of the Institution(as a representative of the management of the institution) and may also be lodged with the Registrar of the Department of Higher education for purposes of notification, if you so wish. 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 practice
l) Contravention of the Bill of Rights as promulgated in the Constitution of the republic of South Africa
Set out your complaint or grievance in a straightforward written narrative supported by any evidence that has a direct bearing on the complaint or grievance. After an investigation of the complaint or grievance, the institution will respond in writing, addressing the specifics of your complaint or grievance and any evidence that has a direct bearing on the complaint or grievance.
In the event that the learner (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 the Department of Higher Education:
a) A copy of the original letter of complaint
b) A copy of the institution’s written response to the complaint
c) A report citing the reasons for the non –resolution of the grievance or complaint and details of further action(s), if any contemplated or undertaken by the learner or the institution
The Registrar of the Department of Higher Education may, at her discretion and depending on the circumstances of the complaint, refer the institution to the consumer protector or to any other organization or agency for further advice and investigation.
You should also be aware that if the dispute cannot be resolved by mechanisms internal to the institution (e.g. arbitration) or by the consumer protector or another organization if the matter is so referred by the registrar of the Department of Higher Education your ordinary legal rights in the South African Legal system remain unaffected by any of these processes.
Boston Media House has lecture rooms, technical laboratories, a student canteen, a student information centre and a Library. The Library offers assistance and facilities to students for research as well as limited guidance in academic writing and academic literacy.
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION REGULATION 21o
Boston Media House understands that funding a higher education qualification can be challenging to many students and their families. We therefore provide a range of fee payment options to ensure that you realize your dreams of a media career. Please consult with a student counselor to discuss the fee payment plan that suits you best.
A limited number of bursaries are also made available by the institution through various channels. Again, our student counselors can offer you advice on any bursaries that are available. Bursary opportunities awarded by the institution usually require the student to have completed the first year of study so that there is a clear academic and behavior track record on which to base our bursary decisions. You are welcome to go online and fill in the bursary application form, ensuring that you can meet the deadline.
The option is also available to approach credible lending financial institutions. As an accredited and private higher Education Institution. Boston students loan at any of South African retail banks.
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Fees and charges including refunds in the case of deferral, cancellation or withdrawal are set out in the Rulebook as well as well as the Registration Contract. Additionally, our counselors are available for assistance if required
CREDIT ACCUMULATION & TRANSFER (CAT)
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION REGULATION 21 m
Boston allows students with completed credits from recognized higher education Institutions in cognate (or similar) subjects to apply for 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 Sandton- see relevant section in the ‘Application for Admission Form’ or online.
Foreign students who do not hold a South African school leaving certificate must present a Grade equivalence verification with endorsement for admission to Bachelor’s degree or Diploma study from -the South African Matriculation Board. The Board can be contacted on +-27-010-591-4401/2
Students who have qualifications from foreign higher education institutions must present an equivalence certificate from the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) which can be contacted on +27-(0)12 431-5070 or visit http//www.saqa.org.za/.
Foreign applicants are 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.
MODE OF DELIVERY
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION REGULATION 21j
Contact learning, which is a mode of delivery characterized by face-to-face lectures with additional independent learning taking place in completing reading, projects and preparation for assessments.
HOW MANY SUBJECTS CAN I TAKE EACH SEMESTER?
The minimum enrolment is one (1) subject per semester. This will ensure students remain academically active. The maximum number of subjects you can take in one semester is dependent on the number of credits per subject. It is not recommended for students to take in excess of sixty-six (66) subject credits per semester.
LANGUAGE OF TEACHING AND LEARNING?
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION REGULATION 21i
English is the language of communication, instruction and assessment at Boston Media House. Notwithstanding the institutions appreciation of the rich value of multiculturism 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.
PUBLIC HOLIDAYS & RELIGIOUS/CULTURAL HOLIDAYS
OTHER THAN ORDINARY SOUTH AFRICAN PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
The institution recognizes the official public holidays of the Republic of South Africa and ensures that these are given as days off. The institution respectfully acknowledges all other religious and cultural holidays but only grants officially sanctioned South African cultural/religious holidays as public holidays.
DEPARTMENT OF REGULATION 21n
Once the Registration Contract has been signed, the account payer becomes liable for the full academic fees for the twelve (12) month period of the registration. Refunds may be requested by making 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 it is at the absolute and sole discretion of the management of Boston Media House to agree to a refund.
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION REGULATION 21r
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 over a period of months. The Registration Contract is a legally binding document and is restricted to a twelve (12) month cycle (at a time). Should a student wish to de-register within the twelve (12) month period, they may do so however no refund or cancellation of the tuition fees - whether paid or not- will be made or agreed to respectively.
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION REGULATION 21h
Boston admits a small number of students through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Applicants interested in applying through RPL will be considered individually by the Academic Committee based at the Head office in Sandton.
SEMESTER, TERMS & HOURS OF OPERATION
The ordinary operating hours of the institution are as follows:
Monday to Thursday 08h00 to 16h30
Friday 08h00 to 15h30
Saturday 08h00 to 13h00
The institution operates for a minimum of 30 academic weeks each year, divided into two semesters of two terms each.
STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES, ACADEMIC ASSISTANCE & DEVELOPMENT
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION REGULATION 21p
Boston Media House has appointed qualified and experienced lecturers and support staff to provide suitable support to learners. Student support services typically include career counseling, academic progression counseling, remedial academic interventions & psycho-social referrals. Students can contact counselors and lecturers during their consultation times at the branch where they are registered.
WHERE DO I COMPLETE MY ASSESSMENTS?
All students must complete their assessments at the branch where they are registered.
WILL TEACHING MATERIALS BE PROVIDED TO ME?
Boston will provide all prescribed textbooks, course outlines and timetables for each subject. Therefore there will be no requirements to purchase any additional prescribed materials for all of the compulsory subjects. Personal stationary however must be provided by the student.
WHO WILL PROVIDE ME WITH ACADEMIC AND TUTION SUPPORT?
Boston Media House has appointed suitably qualified and experienced lecturers to deliver and assess learning. Students can contact lecturers during their consultation times at the branch where they are registered for academic assistance.
INSTITUTIONAL INFORMATION, REGISTERED LEARNING PROGRAMME & SITES OF DELIVERY
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION REGULATION 21a, c, e, f, g & l
ABOUT THE INSTITUTION
Boston Media House (Pty) Ltd
Reg. No. 2002/026252/07 (Boston)
Boston is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), as a private higher education institution, Registration No. 2008/HE07/007, until 31 December 2016, in terms of Section 54 (1) © of the Higher Education Act, 1997(Act No 101 of 1997), and Regulation 16(4) (a) of the Regulations for the Registration of Private Higher Education Institutions, 2002.
Diploma in Media Practices (SAQA ID 83166, NQF (HEQSF) Level 6, minimum Credits 362.
Bachelor of Business Administration in Media Operations Management (SAQA ID 90664, NQF (HEQSF) Level 8, minimum Credits 503).
Both programmes are accredited by the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) of the Council on Higher Education (CHE).
Chief Executive Officer – A.Z. Katz
Financial Director – C.L. Stollard
Managing Director – S.J.de Roos
Director – L.M. Banda
Head of Institution- Mike Thoms BA, BA (Hons), MPhil (Higher Education
Registrar & Branch Manager (Sandton) - Carike Verbooy, BA, BA (Hons) MA,
Branch Manager (Arcadia) - Taryn Steenkamp,
Branch Manager (Umhlanga) - Brett Langton, BSc, BSc (Hons)