Frequently Asked Questions

  • A: A Unit standard is a small learning unit which forms part of a qualification.

  • A: A Short Course usually consists of a single unit standard. They are designed to improve or refresh knowledge and skills in a particular field and for personal, social or professional development. It should be noted that most short courses are non-credit bearing, however, an internal credit accumulation can be done at Vital College once you have met the minimum credit requirement to be registered for a Skills Programme.

  • A: A Skills Programme is a number of unit standards (or courses) which are occupationally based and when completed will constitute credits towards a qualification.

  • A: Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process through which non-formal learning and informal learning are measured, mediated for recognition across different contexts, and certified against the requirements for credit, access, inclusion or advancement in formal education and training system, or workplace.

  • A: No. However, you may do as many Skills Programmes as required to meet the requirements to apply for an RPL of that specific qualification.

  • A: Moodle is the learning platform we use at Vital College for our online training. It allows our facilitators and learners to utilize a private online space, filled with tools to easily create courses and activities to enhance the learning experience.

  • A: Click on the following link ( then click on the ‘Create new account’ button.

  • A: Blended learning, also known as hybrid learning, combines online educational materials and opportunities for interaction online with traditional place-based classroom methods. This means you will be able to interact with your facilitators, learning materials and assessments online on Moodle. However, part of your blended learning will also include self-study at home and contact days to write closed book assessments (for Credit-bearing only).

  • A: Credit Bearing courses are a type of short learning programme for which credits, about the course’s contribution to a unit standard and/or (part) qualification, are awarded and whereby you will receive a Statement of Results from the relevant SETA as well as a Certificate of Achievement from Vital College. However, a course can only be credit-bearing if it meets SETA requirements or is done according to suggested SETA learning programmes.

    A Non-Credit Bearing course is a short learning programme for which no credits are awarded about unit standards or (part) qualifications depending on the programme’s purpose and/or assessment. This means you will receive a Certificate of Attendance Non-Credit Bearing certification on completion of the course.

  • A: Yes. If you are ill, have an emergency, have an ill family member or have a court appearance, you may reschedule your Summative Assessment as long as you inform your facilitator as well as your academic administrator.

  • A: No. Due to the nature of how programmes are run at Vital College payment must be done once off to be enrolled on a course. However, for Online Skills Programmes you do have an option to pay half of the course price to do a Non-Credit Bearing Skills Programme with the option to pay the balance of the amount for the Credit Bearing course to receive a SETA Statement of Results as well as Vital College Certificate of Achievement.