Open Learning Group (OLG) is a private tertiary institution that bings fully accredited, quality qualifications through distance learning within reach for many people who would otherwise not be able to access it.
OLG was established in 1997. The group is now accredited with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).
They offer several programmes in
- Finance and Business.
- Project Management.
- Logistics and Supply Chain Management.
- Procurement Management.
- Management and Leadership.
The approach of Open Learning Group gives students the opportunity to study in their own time. The beauty of their system is that they also provide dedicated student support, and students can access their online student portal, OLG4Me.
Organisations may partner with OLG to improve the skills of their employees with programmes that are relevant to the industry.
OLG offers individuals the rare opportunity to improve their numeracy and English skills. This may enable them to study for a Higher Education qualification even if they have not finished matric.
Learning Hubs offer a secure and private environment for students to meet and interact using tools necessary in the distance learning process. The Hubs are located close to transport services and on main routes.
OLG Learning Hubs are located at the following venues:
- Pretoria CBD: 421 Pretorius Street, Curator Building: 3rd Floor, Arcadia
- Job CBD: 21 Kruis Street, Floor 2, Marshalltown
- Durban CBD: 22 Dorothy Nyembe Street, The Marine: Ground Floor
At an OLG learning hub, students:
- Have access to their lecturers during support sessions. This method of teaching ensures personal attention.
- Have access to academic and administrative support
- Can use a computer centre and library
- Access WiFi in the Learning Hub
- You can learn about OLG on their website: https://www.olg.co.za/
How to apply:
- Go to their website. https://www.olg.co.za/
- Click on Students and then on view programmes.
Look at the different programs. Read about the options you may consider. Check again to see that you meet the requirements before you send your application. If you don’t, all is not lost. An OLG student consultant will assist you by recommending a programme that is more suitable for you.
- Download the PDF and fill in the following information:
- Personal details
- Academic profile
- Programme, specialisation, and/or module selection
- Examination information
- Payment method
- Supporting documents.
There is no online application process at the moment, but prospective learners can send an application form by eMail. This fact means you will need an email address.
Once they receive the application, the school will contact you via SMS.
OLG will tell you about the fees and payment options for specific programmes. They offer payment plan options to choose from if you cannot pay the total amount upfront. Submit application and payment. OLG will help you with your application.
The last step is to complete the payment and the final registration.
When you have submitted your application and made the necessary payment, OLG will finalise your registration.
Once registered, OLG will send you an SMS with your student number and information on when you will receive your textbooks and other study material and also your login details to OLG4Me, the student online learning platform of OLG.
The institution offers a wide range of qualifications (Diplomas, Higher Certificates, and Degrees) in the following fields of study:
- Project Management
- Access programme
- Logistics and Supply Chain Management
- Procurement Management
- ICB Certificate in Public Sector Accounting
- ICB Certificate in Public Sector AccountingICB: Certificate in Bookkeeping
- ICB Certificate in Public Sector Accounting
- ICB Certificate in Small Business Financial Management
If you need financial assistance for your studies, OLG will provide affordable payment options that may help you. OLG will also help you if you prefer to apply for a student loan through their financing partner Fundi. If you are interested, contact OLG for more information.
Open Learning Group has a friendly fee structure designed to try and cater to different needs. You can apply for a loan using the OLG portal. Open Learning Group also has bursaries that may help you move towards realising your study dream.
More about the courses
Logistics & Supply Chain
This course offers further Education and Training (FET) Programmes as well as Higher Education and Training (HET) Programmes. The course begins with programmes aimed at leadership and skill programmes at NQF level 2 and goes through to BBA Degree (NQF 7).
At the end of this program, students will have a thorough understanding of general management theories, concepts, and principles.
The aim of this course is to equip graduates with the skills and knowledge to implement and apply procurement principles and processes effectively.
Finance & Commerce
This field offers plenty of courses endorsed by the ICB. Graduates get the opportunity to work under many firms and can also join professional bodies.
Management & Leadership
In this field, you may choose any of the courses in management from the University of the Free State (Business School).