Which Online Education is Best?

Apr 2, 2024 | Blogs

A Comprehensive Guide to Picking the Right Online School

In the digital age, online education has become a popular alternative to traditional classroom-based learning. The flexibility and convenience offered by online schools have made them an attractive option for many students worldwide. But with so many options available, how do you determine which online education is best for you? This blog post will guide you through the process of selecting the right online school that fits your needs and career goals.

Understanding Online Education

Before diving into the specifics of choosing an online school, it’s crucial to understand what online education entails. Online education, also known as e-learning or distance learning, allows students to pursue their studies remotely using digital platforms. This learning mode provides flexibility as it enables students to learn at their own pace and in their own time.

Online education can be synchronous (live sessions where students interact with teachers in real time) like we do at IVA or asynchronous (pre-recorded lessons that can be accessed anytime). Both formats have advantages and should be considered when choosing an online school.

Factors to Consider When Choosing an Online School

  1. Accreditation: One of the most critical factors to consider when choosing an online school is its accreditation status. Accreditation ensures that the school meets specific quality standards and that its courses are recognised by employers and other educational institutions. Always check if a recognised accrediting body accredits your chosen institution.
  2. Course Offerings: Does the school offer the course or program you’re interested in? Check out the curriculum and see if it aligns with your career goals. Some schools may offer a broad range of courses while others specialise in specific fields. IVA offers GCSE and AS levels and the IEB International curriculum.
  3. Student Support: Look for schools that provide robust student support services such as academic advising, tutoring, technical support, and career counselling. These services can significantly enhance the learning experience and help students succeed. Finding a school with a personal touch to support the learner is essential.
  4. Cost: Online education can vary significantly in cost. Consider your budget and look for schools that fit. Remember, the most expensive school isn’t necessarily the best, but you also don’t want to compromise by trying to save too much.
  5. Reputation: Lastly, consider the school’s reputation. Look for reviews and testimonials from current and former students. You can also check out rankings from reputable education publications. We are proud at IVA to have won global online school of the year for the second year in a row.


Choosing the right online school requires careful consideration of several factors, including accreditation status, course offerings, student support services, cost, and reputation. Remember that the best online school fits your educational needs and career goals.

With the rise of digital technology transforming how we learn and work, online education has become more critical than ever before. Whether you’re looking to advance your career or learn something new, there’s an online school out there that’s perfect for you!

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South Africa Curriculum

IVA Global Online School in South Africa aligns strongly with the vision of the IEB which is to advance quality teaching and learning in South Africa through an assessment process of integrity, innovation, and international comparability.

IVA Global Online School employs highly experienced IEB teachers, daily engaging students through live synchronous online lessons.

IVA Global Online School is a registered IEB centre.

International British Curriculum

Interest in the International British curriculum continues to grow as it provides students from outside the UK the opportunity to attain a strong international qualification.

IVA Global Online School offers live synchronous lessons according to a structured timetable with highly qualified teachers.

Students can complete their GCSE’s and AS levels within 2 years.

IEB International Curriculum

The IEB-ISC is a “Globally-oriented qualification with its roots in Africa” and is suited for Grade 10 to 12 students living outside South Africa.

The ISC is an international qualification in that it is intended to be offered across borders in different countries, particularly in Africa.

The USAF (universities of South Africa) evaluation of the IEB-ISC provides assurance of its quality and students are able to pursue university studies in South Africa and abroad.

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