When launching your own business, it should never be something you attempt in degrees – unless of course to happen to be Varsity Tutors, whose business is degrees. Founded by Hartley Dafel and his colleague, Wilfred Lesch, Varsity Tutors provides tuition support for higher education degrees offered by external providers such as UNISA.Hartley says that the business is selective in its approach to tuition, choosing not to offer lectures for those subjects that do not require structured tuition. As former lecturers at the largest private tertiary institution in South Africa, the two men know all the courses that students can tackle on their own. We will, however, offer structured lectures for those subjects that are difficult and need detailed explanation and guidance, he adds.With over 20 years lecturing experience, Hartley says the he and Wilfred intimately understand the course materials, requirements and infrastructure of the modules offered by UNISA. Coupled with low overheads, this means that the business can offer a superior service at half the price.His ambitions for the company are not modest – and why should they be with a record of achieving pass rates of up to 98% - with his aim being to be the tertiary education provider of choice. He also hopes to expand the current offering to offer other professional qualifications, together with an international degree. Finally, Hartley wants to have a national footprint with more than one college in any one centre.