Blended Learning Approach
All RSC programs are made up of a blend of:
- Facilitated Class Room or eLearning
- Reading using online support and eBooks
- Research supported by RSC website and systems
- Self Study
- RPL ( Recognition of Prior Knowledge) for those with existing levels of knowledge and skills
- Practical assignments based on case studies, self-study and research
- Work placed assignments to ensure application of the knowledge and skills learned above
- Continuous formative assessments during the process
- Summative Assessment to ascertain competence in the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to complete the requirements for the program
All of our programs have online support which includes research links, eBooks with constant updates, access to support documents and reading, video lectures and webinars, Skype coaching, self-assessment on knowledge learned, guidance for practical assignments and work-place assignments and all learners registered for qualification and skills program leading to a qualification will be given access to RE(Regulatory Exam preparation) and Class of Business training at no extra cost. This area is under development during 2018 and existing learners should constantly visit the website and RSC The knowledge network facebook site for updates. Please visit and like RSCnetwork Facebook site for updates.
Our programs are structured as follows:
Blended Learning: Facilitated Program
This method is aimed at more experienced staff who have 2 to 3 years experience the financial services industry and score well in a pre evaluation, They do not need as much facilitation(class room time), input from an expert trainer and would do more reading and self-study to prepare for the assignments and summative assessment. There is also an element of RPL(Recognition of Prior Learning)
Learners would attend class room training and self-study 10 days over a 6 to 12 month period (usually one or two days per month) followed by research, self-study, completion and submission of a portfolio(formative assessment), culminating in a closed book exam as a summative assessment.
Blended Learning: Self Study/eLearning
This is aimed at more experienced staff with 5 or more years experience in financial services and score highly on the pre assessment and evaluation. There is minimal input from the facilitator with most of the learning taking place during reading research, self study completion of research based assignments and workplace assignments. There is a larger element of RPL in this process.
Complete the program through self study with only one day induction into the program and tele coaching if required. This can be completed in 6 months with a maximum of 12 months, but on occasion, highly competent individuals with extensive experience and existing knowledge have completed in 3 to 6 months.
Blended Learning: Naturally Occurring Evidence
This is aimed at very experienced staff of 10 or more years experience who score highly on the pre assessment and have a broad range of experience in financial services.
There is no initial input or self study in this program as it is an assessment of existing knowledge and experience gained over a long period of time in the financial services industry.
The learner would complete a work place assignment made up of evidence from the work place of actual experience in practising the knowledge, skills and attitude contained in these programs and this is based on Naturally occurring evidence. This is evidence from the work place using real client files, documents, reports, compliance etc.
If we discover any gaps or shortfalls in the learners knowledge and that required to be found competent RSC will then provide reading material, self study opportunities and assignments to make up for these gaps in the competencies.
Once we are happy that the gaps(if any) have been addressed the learner would complete a summative assessment to complete the process.
This program a blend of RPL, Self Study, Research, Assignments and assessment, with a large focus on RPL. It can be completed in 3 to 6 months depending on the level of experience and motivation of the learner.
Qualification or Skills Program
Many of our programs are based on unit standards that will build towards a formal qualification.
It does not matter which of the above methods are used to complete the qualificaiton the certificate and qualification will be the same and does not highlight if this program was completed of 1 year, 6 months or quicker. The certificate issued by INSETA for each of these programs are identical.
This is a program made up of 120 or more unit standard credits and will result in a Certificate (120 credits) or Diploma(240 Credits) being issued by the SETA.
The qualification is made up of unit standards which CORE, FUNDAMENTAL and ELECTIVE. All core and fundamental must be completed and sufficient electives to make up the 120 credits.
A program of fewer than 120 credits is called a skills program and you do not receive a certificate but will receive a statement of credits which reflects your credit on the iNSETA and SAQA system.
RSC runs a number of skills programs that build up into qualification when you have completed the 120 credits and met the requirements for the qualification.
Unit standard based specialist skills programs can be used to develop specialised skills and will provide credits for CPD for FAIS and FPI.
We also offer a number of skills programs designed to provide useful skills and knowledge. These are not based on unit standards and do not result in credits towards a qualification.