Glossary

A level

The International A level is the common name for the General Certificate of Education Advanced Level certificate (GCE A level). To complete an A level, students sit an examination at the end of each academic year.

Academic calendar

We follow the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa academic calendar of school holiday and term dates. View the dates.

ACE Diploma

The Advanced Certificate of Education (ACE) is an internationally recognised diploma awarded to students for the successful completion and mastering of a broader range of skills critical for success in university study and employment.

AS level

The International Advanced Subsidiary level (AS level) is an independent qualification encompassing the first year of an A Level qualification’s content.

CAPS

Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS) is a national policy set out by the South African Department of Education that states what should be included in the curricula of schools for each grade and how it will be tested/assessed.

Educational support centre

A list of educational support centres with contact information can be located on our website under Educational Support Centres.

EFT

One of the forms of payment accepted by us is an electronic funds transfer (EFT) from a your bank account to ours, that instantly gets confirmed.

EMS

Economic and Management Sciences (EMS) is an additional CAPS subject for students in Grades 7 to 9.

FET

A Further Education and Training (FET) institute refers to education and training that is provided from Grade 10 to Grade 12.

GCE

The General Certificate of Education (GCE) is a subject-specific family of academic qualifications that awarding bodies in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Crown dependencies and a few Commonwealth countries confer on students.

GCSE

The General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) is an academic qualification, generally taken in a number of subjects by pupils in secondary education in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Gr

Schooling runs from grade 0 (the reception year also known as grade R) through to grade 12 (known as matric). Grades 1 to 9 are compulsory and are classified as General Education and Training. Grades 10 to 12 are considered to be Further Education and Training.

ICT

Information and communication technologies (ICT) is an International GCSE subject.

IGCSE

International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) qualifications are based on individual subjects of study, which means that one receives an “IGCSE” qualification for each subject one takes.

ISASA

The Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (ISASA) is the largest and oldest membership organisation for private schools in the region. ISASA serves over 850 member schools across a broad range of socio-economic and cultural communities and religious affiliations.

Maths Buddy

Maths Buddy is a high quality, independent online maths tutoring programme based on the South African curriculum for Grades 1 to 9 and Stages 1 – IGCSE Level.

MOOCs

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are free online courses available for anyone to enrol.

NQF

The National Qualifications Framework (NQF) is a set of principles and guidelines by which records of learner achievement are registered to enable national recognition of acquired skills and knowledge, thereby ensuring an integrated system that encourages life-long learning.

NSC

The National Senior Certificate (NSC) is a high school diploma and is the school-leaving certificate in South Africa. This certificate is commonly known as the matriculation (matric) certificate, as grade 12 is the matriculation grade. Think Digital college is registered with SACAI, an Umalusi-accredited examination board offering the NSC. After successful completion of your grade 12 examination, you will receive an official NSC from Umalusi – exactly the same certificate obtained by learners attending traditional schools. If university exception is obtained, the NSC allows admission to any South Africa university and is internationally accepted, with certain restrictions.

Online / virtual school

An online school teaches students online through the use of technology. TDA offers a learner-centred approach which is personalised and self-paced. TDA is the first virtual school in South Africa providing both the South African and British International aligned curricula.

PPP

The Personal Power Programme (PPP) is a British International Curriculum subject taken in Stages R – 8.

SACAI

South African Comprehensive Assessment Institute (SACAI) is a non-profit company that provides National Senior Certificate (NSC) assessment services to a diverse range of educational institutions. Think Digital Academy is registered with SACAI (view certificate).

Stage

A stage encompasses a year of the British International Curriculum syllabus school education.

TDA

Think Digital Academy (TDA) is the first virtual school in South Africa providing both the South African and British International aligned curricula.

Virtual class

A virtual class is an online learning platform which allows educators and learners to communicate, interact, and collaborate.