Our full-time campus, situated in Musgrave, Durban, ensures that students who enrol with us enjoy a full student life that includes lectures, personal development, and an exciting sport and social programme while they study towards this internationally-recognised Compass Academy of Learning National Diploma.

At NewBridge College, you will attend full-time lectures in support of your National Diploma in Early Childhood Development which is accredited by the Department of Education and ETDP SETA (Education, Training and Development Practices Sector Education and Training Authority).  This qualification will be accompanied by the NewBridge College exclusive Professional Development Programme, and relevant Short Learning Programmes offered through innovative learning platforms like edx.org.

As an independent learning platform and environment, NewBridge College does not offer, provide or confer this qualification. NewBridge College provides support and facilitation towards this registered and accredited qualification from Compass Academy of Learning. The registered local higher and further education institutions remain responsible for registering students, assessing students’ performance, and providing and delivering the curriculum. Furthermore, as an independent learning platform and environment, NewBridge College curates Short Learning Programmes and non-higher education certifications towards industry and career-aligned programmes and portfolios.

COMPASS ACADEMY OF LEARNING ACCREDITATION SCHEDULE

Compass Academy of Learning is registered with the Department of Education and accredited by ETDP SETA and all programmes have been registered by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).

The National Diploma in Early Childhood Development (SAQA ID: 23118) is conferred through Compass Academy of Learning and accredited by SAQA.

Assessment of competency is based on evidence submitted in a Portfolio of Evidence (PoE), as well as practical observation. The PoE includes theoretical tasks and evidence of practical tasks done at an ECD Centre or Pre-Primary School.

COMPASS ACADEMY OF LEARNING INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION

Most overseas countries recognise South African qualifications that are registered by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and compare them to specific levels within the country’s education system. All Compass Academy of Learning qualifications are registered with SAQA and accredited by ETDP SETA.

NATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS FRAMEWORK (NQF)

The format of all qualifications in South Africa is governed by the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Act, 2008, that came into being through the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). SAQA is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of the NQF and provides a standard format in which qualifications may be offered by private and public institutions.

The NQF aims to provide qualifications that enjoy national recognition and, where appropriate, international comparability. It also strives to provide clear learning paths in the qualifications’ structures, and facilitates and supports life-long learning and career advancement.

While the older version of the NQF differentiated between eight levels of qualifications, the reworked NQF now provides for ten different levels of qualifications.

The SETA is mandated to promote and facilitate the delivery of education, training and development in order to enhance the skills profile of the Education, Training and Development (ETD) sector and contribute to the creation of employment opportunities especially for those previously disadvantaged.

Out of the 21 SETAs, the ETDP SETA (Education, Training and Development Practices Sector Education and Training Authority) is one of 18 SETAs that have been re-established with no changes for the period 2011 – 2016 (Certificate no. 07/ETDP/01/04/11) by the Minister of Higher Education and Training (DHET), Dr Blade Nzimande.

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