Frequently Asked Questions

General Enquiries

 

How do I contact EXPLORE?

The best way to get in touch with us is to drop us an email on: [email protected]

Alternatively we have a Whatsapp number for minor queries:  067 710 1116

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LinkedIn: EXPLORE LinkedIn

 

Where are you based?

We have campuses in Cape Town and Johannesburg (South Africa) as well as London and Reading (United Kingdom - January 2022).  Many of our courses are delivered entirely online, so you can learn with us to amplify your career from home, a library, a shared working centre, or the beach. 

Admissions

 

How do I apply for a course?

Make your way to the appropriate course page via www.explore-datascience.net and click on any of the Enrol Now buttons on the page.  From there you will be guided through our quick and easy application process.

                  

 

How do I know which course is best for me?

On the Our Courses page of the website there is a handy tool to assist you in finding the best content, location and duration of study to meet your needs. 

Alternatively, you can download a brochure about each course via the course page - the brochures are full of useful info to share with colleagues, family and friends, as well as to help you make the best decision!

 

How much do your courses cost?

EXPLORE offers a selection of financing options, from discounted upfront payments, pay-as-you-lean and the EXPLORE Loan.  All applicable course costs can be found below the course information on each course page.  Keep scrolling, the costs are there.                  

 

What are the pre-requisites for studying at EXPLORE?

At EXPLORE we value aptitude and attitude - demonstrate those and you're sure to thrive in our Academy.  Whilst there are some specific pre-requisites for our advanced programmes (these can be found on the course pages in the Pre-requisites box), for the most part we don't have specific educational or experience pre-requisites.  
There are pre-requisites for the limited sponsored places on offer.  See the FAQ section on Sponsorships for details.

 

I'm battling with my application - who do I contact?

Drop us an email at [email protected] and our Admissions teams will help you with pleasure!  

 

Are there different application processes for different courses?

Our Data Science Sponsored programme has a set of assessments included in the Admissions process.  Other than that, all of our other courses have similar processes and steps.  Click Enrol Now on the course page and follow the steps.  

Once you've registered a profile and applied for a course, the Student Dashboard is your information and process hub where you can download documents, complete assessments (if required) and manage your payments.  Easy-peasy! 

 

I have applied and paid for my course, what is the next step and when will I receive my login details?

After receiving your course & payment confirmation email (when you've paid), you will receive all course-related emails and your login details from your dedicated Course Facilitator, on the course start date.

 

When will I receive my course material?

All learning takes place through our Learning Platform, so no additional course material is required.  You will be able to access the material once you receive login details on the course start date.

 

Is my place on the course secured?

Your participation in a specific course is only secured once you have made the minimum payment necessary to complete the application process.   A payment (in part or full) secures your place and will ensure that login details are sent to you to unlock your learning journey.                

 

What is the difference between part-time and full-time courses?

If you enroll in a full time course at EXPLORE, you will be kept busy by approximately 40 hours of course related content and activities per week, and have more face-time with your facilitators in the form of tutorial classes, and weekly discussion group meetings. You will also have the opportunity to get used to working in a team on larger projects. We try to simulate a work environment to acclimate you and get you excited about entering the work force. The full time course is suitable for anyone who is willing and able to make a full time commitment.

If you enroll in a part time course, you will have around 10 hours per week of course related content and activities to complete. We take into consideration the fact that you may be working or have other responsibilities, and make sure the course load suits that.  That being said, you will still need to be diligent and dedicated to be successful. You will have access to a discussion forum where facilitators will assist you during working hours, as well as bi-weekly webinars to cover more difficult concepts or give you a more in depth explanation of a topic.  As with the full-time course, we encourage you to engage with your peers and use the EXPLORE community to your advantage.                  

Financing

 

How much do your courses cost?

EXPLORE offers a selection of financing options, from discounted upfront payments, pay-as-you-learn and the EXPLORE Loan.  All applicable course costs can be found below the course information on each course page.  Keep scrolling, the costs are there.

                  

 

What is your cancellation and refund policy?

Qualifications and Nano-qualifications (5-12 month programmes)

For upfront payments, EXPLORE offers a 1 month period to change your course start date, or to cancel and request a refund.   
For the pay-as-you-learn option, learners are liable for the number of months (or parts thereof) they have attended the course for.  If a learner attends for 3 months, then 3 monthly payments are required.

Digital Skills (6 week programmes)

For our short courses, EXPLORE offers a 2 week period during which any learner can change start date or cancel and request a refund.  Beyond the first 2 weeks, learners are liable for the full digital skill cost.

 

 

How does the EXPLORE Loan work?

Our loan offering gives learners the opportunity to pay smaller installments over a 36 month period. 
Applicants for the loan can either be the learner themselves, or someone else financing their studies.  To be eligible for the loan, the loan applicant needs to be a South African citizen, earn more than R3 500/m and have no criminal or bad credit records. 

To apply for the loan, click the ‘Enrol Now’ button for the EXPLORE Loan in the pricing section on the relevant Course Page.  

The EXPLORE Loan is only available on our Qualifications and Nano-qualifications.

                  

 

Do I still get a certificate if I haven't completed paying the loan when the course is finished?

Indeed you do.  Learners receive a certificate of participation upon successful completion of the programme for which they were granted a loan.  As soon as the loan is completely repaid, an updated certificate of completion is issued.

 

How can I pay for the course I want to do?

Payments can be made by credit card payment or an EFT both of which are securely facilitated by our payment gateway Paygate.  Credit card payments are then deducted on the 29th of each month (or the closest weekday to that date) to allow for seamless, automatic payments - no hassle or remembering required! 


All payments are made via the Payments tab on the Student Dashboard once an applicant has applied for a course. 

 

Where can I get an invoice from?

Once an applicant has been accepted for a course, an invoice for the course fees can be created on their Student Dashboard.  Invoices can be edited to include personal or company details as required.

                  

 

How do I know how much I still owe?

A full record of all payments made toward a course can be found on the Payments tab of a learner’s Student Dashboard.  Please note that direct EFT payments (not made via Paygate) take 3-5 working days to reflect in the Payments tab.                    

 

I paid by EFT but the payment isn’t reflecting?

Any payments not made via Paygate require manual processing through a banking institution, and therefor take 3-5 days to reflect as a payment on a learner’s account.  Please ensure Proof of Payment is sent to: [email protected] to facilitate this process.

                  

Scholarships

 

Do you offer scholarships for learners?

Yes we do, corporate organisations offer sponsored Data Science learnerships for a limited number of exceptional candidates each year.  Rigorous testing requirements apply.

                  

 

What are the requirements for a sponsored place?

South African citizens aged between 18 and 35 years can apply for our sponsorships.  


There are no educational or qualification requirements as a pre-requisite for sponsorship, however, a background or experience in mathematics, statistics or programming is advised.

                  

 

How does your sponsorship application process work?

Eligible applicants can apply via the Data Science course page where they will be guided to provide application information and complete an Aptitude Quiz.  Successful applicants are then invited to participate in a Python Bootcamp.  The final round comprises a video interview submission. 

All decisions around sponsored places are final and are determined based on multiple factors, including but not limited to the combined results of the assessment process and the sponsor organisation’s requirements.

                  

 

I applied for a sponsored place but wasn’t successful, does that mean I can’t study at EXPLORE?

Certainly not!  Due to the limited number of sponsored places, the competition for seats is tough and our testing is hard.  This doesn’t mean that you aren’t cut out to be a data master.  You are more than welcome to pay for and attend any of our other courses for which the entry requirements are lower as there are more places available.  

 

Can I choose which sponsor I want?

Sorry, no - the matching process is a fine art and no swaps, changes, selections or preferences will be accommodated.

                  

 

Can I change campus?

We discourage students from switching campus once the course commences - we plan projects, teams and assignments around campus numbers and moving around disrupts the learning experience for multiple parties. 

 

Is the sponsored programme different to the paying course?

Yes and no.  The content and delivery mechansim for the first 6 months of the programme is idential for both sponsored and non-sponsored learners.  After 6 months of learning, sponsored students participate in a 6 month internship working on projects with and for their sponsor organisations.  This is a compulsory, full-time commitment to delivering value for the sponsor company.  
The full sponsored programme takes 12 months to complete and a monthly living allowance is included.

Course Structure & Schedules

 

If I’m studying an online course, do I need to attend a campus at all?

Nope!  For our online delivered courses, all learning, assessments, meetings and project work happen entirely online and remotely.  You need never set foot on one of our campuses.  In fact, our campus facilities are only available to learners who have been accepted to study there.  

 

If I’m studying on-campus, how does it work?

On-campus study has evolved significantly since the global Covid-19 pandemic.  Our campuses (when open, as determined by lockdown regulations) have become learning communities where learners can meet and work together as and when required.  We encourage students to gather for project work and to prepare for assessments together.  The compulsory attendance hours of previous learning days no longer apply, but we do find that learners who collaborate more, progress faster and further together.  Facilitators attend on-campus, but all teaching resources (lessons) are delivered online to ensure a uniform experience.

 

If I’m studying online, can I attend on-campus if I want to?

Sadly not, on-campus facilities are limited to those learners who apply for and are accepted onto those programmes.                   

 

How are the courses delivered? Do I attend lectures and lessons?

All EXPLORE’s courses are delivered through our state-of-the-art learning platform.  Content is made available in sprints which have set start and end dates, with assessments usually due towards the end of each sprint.  A weekly schedule of suggested pacing is provided, so that learners can measure their progress and plan their time accordingly.   Each sprint builds on the one preceding it, and learners cannot access future material until the current sprint is concluded.

There are regular webinars and pop-up classes for optional (but strongly encouraged) attendance by learners.  All of these are recorded so that if a learner cannot attend the scheduled slot, they can view the session at their leisure.  
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Can I complete the course in a shorter time if I want to?

Given the sprint delivery of our course content and the facilitator support on offer, a learner can complete each sprint in a shorter time than the suggested duration, but they cannot begin the next sprint until the start date of that sprint.  In other words, you cannot complete a course before the course ends.

We work with learners to develop their curiosity, collaboration and to extend the prescribed learning with additional activities and ‘stretch’ learning.  If a learner is done working, we find something interesting for them to expand a horizon.

                  

 

Who designs these courses?

We employ a team of experienced academics and data scientists who have both industry experience and academic backing (most have a Masters or PhD).  Our content team work closely with industry experts to ensure the learning is state-of-the-art, relevant and most of all fun, challenging and intuitive. 

 

Are there due dates and how flexible is the course at accommodating my schedule?

All EXPLORE’s courses are delivered through our state-of-the-art learning platform.  Content is made available in sprints which have set start and end dates, with assessments usually due towards the end of each sprint.  A weekly schedule of suggested pacing is provided, so that learners can measure their progress and plan their time accordingly.

There are exams and test dates which are communicated in advance so that learners can manage their time and schedules accordingly.  

Essentially learners are empowered to study material at their own pace, within the boundaries of the sprint content release and assessment timing.  Webinars and pop-up classes are scheduled in advance, and recorded to allow learners who cannot attend the sessions to access the material covered.

Student Support

 

What kind of support will I get on the course?

Full-time courses
Our facilitators are passionate about guiding you in your learning journey and will be available during office hours to offer technical assistance for the duration of the course. You will have access to weekly tutorial classes as well as discussion groups with your class mates.  Your support comes not only from faculty, but also from your peers. We aim to create a supportive and engaging community to enhance your learning experience and to create a strong network of excellence to call on beyond the completion of your programme.

 

What happens if I need non-technical support?

EXPLORE acknowledges that your learning with us is only a portion of your whole, busy and full life.  And that sometimes life throws curveballs in your way.  We have professional life coaches available for appointments to offer non-technical support on life and everything else.  

Don't suffer in silence, put up your hand and ask for help! 

Resource Requirements

 

What hardware resources do I need to complete the courses?

The minimum specifications required to complete any of our courses are:


Operating System: Since we make use of Windows based apps, Windows 10 is recommended (Windows 7 minimum).   iOS ican be supported.

Processor: Minimum i3. Baseline higher than 2GHz

RAM: Minimum 4GB

Bandwidth: 20GB data per month should be sufficient, but will vary based on your personal activity

Communication: Webcam and Microphone

                  

 

What software resources do I need to complete the courses?

To complete our courses, you will need a current email account and access to a computer and the internet, as well as a PDF Reader. 

You may need to make use of the Google office suite, which is free to anyone with a Gmail account.  Alternatively, Microsoft Office applications (such as PowerPoint and Word) may be used. 

We recommend using Google Chrome to access our courses, but any popular browser will suffice. Certain courses may require additional software and resources. In such cases, we will ensure that they will operate properly on a device with the specifications recommended. 

                  

 

Are there any other resources I need? Textbooks?

No textbooks or other learning materials are required for EXPLORE programmes, all learning happens via our fun, intuitive and powerful learning platform.  


You will need to ensure adequate time to dedicate to the material.  Learning at EXPLORE is all about self-sufficiency, enquiry, learning from and with peers and wrestling with interesting concepts until you understand them.  When we suggest a course will take 10 hours per week, we mean a focused, dedicated 10 hours.  

                  

Accreditation

 

What type of qualification will I receive?

You will receive a certificate of completion from EXPLORE which states the modules and skills mastered during the programme attended.  

SETA registered learners who comply with the requirements will also receive a SETA certificate (long courses only).

 

Are your courses accredited?

All our long courses (qualifications and nano-qualifications) are SETA accredited for either the appropriate unit standards, or a Level 5 Qualification.  Our flagship Qualifications are all accredited at SETA Level 5.

Digital skills programmes are not SETA-accredited. 

 

Are your programmes internationally recognised?

Whilst we are not affiliated with any universities or international accreditation bodies, EXPLORE’s reputation as a leader in data skills training precedes it.  We have a presence internationally and our students have gone on to work all over the world.

                  

 

Do you offer degrees?

Not yet, but soon. 


                  

 

Do I get credits for completing EXPLORE courses?

EXPLORE courses result in a certificate of completion which are non-credit bearing.                    

Employment

 

Do you guarantee I'll get a job when I finish the course?

As with any education, employment is not guaranteed.  We support students and provide additional bonus content in all qualificaitons and nano-qualifications around job searching in the tech industry, career prospects, resourcing yourself well for a new or better career (CV's, cover letters, portfolios of evidence, profiles etc) as well as guidance on interview techniques for both behavioural and technical interviews.

We set you up for success as you search for a new or better job, or aim for that promotion you've had your eye on...                 

 

I've heard EXPLORE finds learners jobs when they qualify - is this true?

Whilst we support our learners in their job searches and assist with career coaching and recruitment resources we do not guarantee jobs for all learners.  We alert learners to job opportunities when we hear of them, and assist with matching learners with appropriate job specifications.  Our intention is to have all learners find a job, or get a better job when they finish learning with us, most of the responsibility of this task rests with the learners themselves.  

We equip learners with the skills, resources and information to launch their careers in a new and exciting direction!

Business-to-business

 

How will my employees learn and what is the learning experience like?

Our world-class learning platform is the virtual classroom for your employees during their programme.  They will have access to course content and material, all assessments and deliverables as well as an online collaboration & discussion platform where they can interact with fellow learners and faculty.  

Course content comprises in-house developed video content, integrated projects and learning, tests and assignments, coding challenges and explanatory presentations.  
Regular webinars and pop-up classes complete the learning experience - these are recorded for access anytime, even if your employees can't attend at the scheduled time slot.

 

What do my employees finish with at the end of the course?

Employees who successfully complete their coursework and meet all assessment criteria receive an electronic certificate of completion from EXPLORE detailing the modules completed and skills mastered.  Employees registered with SETA who meet the formative assessment criteria also receive a SETA certificate associated with the course they completed.

 

Will my employees have the time?

EXPLORE's delivery model is designed to help working professionals improve their skills without compromising their work and personal responsibilities. The course work is divided into manageable sprints with clear delivery dates and timelines.  Each spint builds on the previous one.

Our programmes are designed for working professionals so that they can pace themselves over the duration of the course, and study when it suits them best. This results in a better workday balance, and no time lost out of the office.

Upon the release of each sprint, your employees will be presented with all the videos, notes and assessment requirements necessary for completion. They will also have access to their Course Facilitator who offers support and guidance for any requests they might have.

Our programmes do require dedicated time and attention and the suggested weekly time requirements are for focused working and learning time.

 

How do I track my employees' progress?

EXPLORE commits to providing regular feedback and reporting on employee participation, progress, performance and satisfaction at appropriate intervals (usually at the end of each sprint) or as needed by the organisation.  

We're data scientists after all, so we measure pretty much anything and everything your employees do on our platform, we'll agree a reporting plan with you upfront and then keep you updated throughout. 

 

What support will my employees have?

Your employees will receive personalised support throughout their learning journey with the intention of driving course completion and maximum learning and development.  They can correspond with Course Facilitators through our learning platform, direct email and our collaboration and discussion platform.                  

 

How do I register and pay for my employees to learn through EXPLORE?

Please visit our Enterprise Development page or get in touch with us to start your business development plan.  We will be able to provide advice, further details, registration process and quotes to meet your specific organsiation's needs. 

 

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