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UFSS1504 is a compulsory module, aimed at providing support and strategies to assist students to successfully transition into higher education. This is done through considering and addressing some of the many variables that can affect how students transition into and through their first year. In addition to this, the overarching themes of the module are academic success, entrepreneurship, and employability. The focus of the first semester is academic success skills (e.g., study reading, time management, goal setting, referencing and plagiarism etc.), while the focus of the second semester is on how students can make the most of their undergraduate studies to prepare for the world of work.

The synopsis of content in both semesters is shown in Figure 1 below.  

Figure 1

Figure 1: Content taught in UFSS1504 (both semesters) and UFSS1522 (second semester only)

The impact of UFSS is on more than 8500 students each year. In 2023, we conducted an impact analysis on students’ 2018-2022 first year academic performance and found that UFSS addresses epistemic equity, enabling students to start strong on an equal footing by providing them with the skills they need to succeed academically; students’ UFSS marks on average contributed 25 times more to their average final marks than their AP score and 20 times more than their school quintile status. 

We have a team on the Bloemfontein and Qwaqwa campuses, with specific support for students through our student communication officers on both campuses.

Contact us
Bloemfontein campus
E: ufs101@ufs.ac.za 

Qwaqwa campus
E: ufs101qq@ufs.ac.za

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