Distance Learning Programme FAQs
DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAMME (DLP) – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS updated June 2020
Please note we are happy to announce that Covid-19 and its subsequent lockdown in RSA does not affect enrolments and class materials for this programme. It is business as usual for the Distance Learning Programme
What qualifications do I need to qualify for the Bachelor of Theology?
Prospective students will need to have passed Grade 12 with an exemption or they will need to be 45 years or older to qualify for a mature age exemption. BISA is only able to accept a certain percentage of Mature Age exemptions.
Certain conditions may apply to those over 23 years of age and that have matriculated under the old HG/SG system (prospective students must have passed 2 HG subjects, one of which must be a language, and 3 SG subjects in order to enter a degree programme).
Is this course accredited?
The Bachelor of Theology (distance mode) programme is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE), and the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and is provisionally registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training until 31 December 2022 as a private higher education institution under the Act. Registration certificate No. 2018/HE08/002.
How do I apply?
Prospective students will need to complete their application forms together with the required documentation as stipulated in the covering letter. Prospective students will need to be in good standing with their church and be actively involved in their church or a para-church organisation. Students are required to pay an application fee when they submit their application; this fee is non-refundable.
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How do I write exams?
Students who live in Cape Town and who are able to write at the college can do so. Students who are unable to write at the college will need to choose an invigilator; it would need to be someone from your church (preferably pastor, youth pastor, church secretary). This person will invigilate on our behalf. The exam will be emailed directly to this person who will invigilate and then send the exam back to us. Exams are usually written in the first week in June at the end of the 1st semester and the first week in November at the end of the 2nd semester. DLP students are required to write their exams during these exam weeks.
How long will it take DLP students to complete the BTh?
The DLP and residential curriculum is the same. Residential students complete the degree over a period of three years full-time, while DLP Students can do it over a longer period of time. DLP students can decide how many courses they can manage in a semester and we advise students to begin with one or two courses to see how they can best manage their workload. Depending on the pace of the student it may take between six to eight years, but this is merely a guideline.
How do I submit my assignments?
BISA makes use of an online learning management system, BISA Online, and students will submit assignment and quizzes online. Course material will also be posted on BISA Online. Students will need to have access to the internet and a device preferably a laptop or desktop. If for any reason you are not able to submit your assignment on time please contact your lecturer/marker and inform them.
Do I need to buy text books?
Students will need to buy text books for some of the courses. Many of these books will be used for more than one course over their course of study. BISA will try to provide students with readers and scans of books where copyright is not violated. Students will also have access to EBSCO Host which has many resources which are available online. It is important that students set aside and budget for required reading.
Do I need to attend any courses at the college?
DLP students are not required to attend any courses at the college. If they are able to and would like to, we offer an evening class on a Monday night from 19:00 to 20:45. The courses vary each semester. If you would like further information on these please contact the college. Students will pay the residential fees for an evening class.
Payment of Course Fees
100% Of course fees can be paid on registration day at the start of each semester.
A payment plan option is available – 25% plus R250.00 (no interest is charged on monthly accounts) must be paid on registration day and 25% thereafter by the end of each month (if the student has not made payment by the end of the 2nd month they will be withdrawn and may only resume once fees are brought up to date), with all fees being up to date at the end of the 4th month. If accounts are not up to date by the time exams start, the student will not be allowed to write the exam and will receive a fail for the course.
How much will I pay per semester?
DLP courses are calculated per credit hour, the cost per credit hour for 2020 is R1200.00 per credit hour:
2 credit courses – R2400.00
3 credit courses – R3600.00
4 credit courses – R4800.00
The total cost will depend on which courses and how many you register for each semester.
Refund of Fees
Students may apply to the BISA Administrator for a refund of tuition fees for courses from which the student has withdrawn. Please note that administration and registration fees are non-refundable.
A 100% course tuition refund applies if notification is given prior to the first day of the semester.
A 75% course tuition refund applies if notification is given within the first week of the semester.
A 50% course tuition refund applies if notification is given within the second week of the semester.
No fees will be refunded beyond the second week of the semester.
How many hours do I need to set aside each week for my studies?
If you are taking a 2 credit course you will need to spend at least 6 hours per week, 3 credits 9 hours per week and 4 credits 12 hours per week. This is a guideline and will depend on the student.
How do I contact the lecturer/marker of a course?
The lecturers and markers are available via email or you can inbox them via BISA Online. If the lecturer or marker is local you are welcome to make an appointment and see them on campus.
tel: +27 21 7884116