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Couldn’t get university admission? It does not have to be the end of the road for you. Do you have an AP of at least 18? In that case, you can get access to a variety of degree study programmes if you meet the minimum requirements of the University Access Programme (UAP), which includes the University Preparation Programme (UPP), Higher Certificates in Economic and Management Sciences, and Higher Certificate in the Humanities.

The programme provides prospective students with an opportunity to enjoy degree studies at higher-education institutions after successful completion of an access year.

What is the UAP?

We introduced this programme to assist many deserving students who do not meet our admission requirements. There are various study options:

  • Higher Certificate in Economic and Management Sciences (Commerce)
  • Higher Certificate in Economic and Management Sciences (Administration)
  • Higher Certificate in the Humanities
  • University Preparation Programme in Economic and Management Sciences (Oudtshoorn only)
  • University Preparation Programme in Human and Social Sciences (Oudtshoorn only)
  • University Preparation Programme in Natural Sciences
  • University Preparation Programme in Agricultural Sciences
  • University Preparation Programme in Education

If you complete any of the above options successfully, you can get access to almost any mainstream course – if you meet the specific admission requirements of that course. During your access year, you will get more than just academic information. We address a wider scope of needs to help you prepare for higher-education studies. In the Skills and Competencies in Lifelong Learning course, you will learn skills to help you with problem-solving, self-assertiveness, and other generic competencies. An Academic Literacy course will also improve your academic reading and writing skills.

Who may participate in the programme?

It is an open facility that welcomes all applicants who could not obtain access to a higher-education institution, including the University of the Free State.

All students: Applications open on 1 September 2018

SA students: Applications close on 30 November 2018

International students: Applications close on 30 October 2018

The programmes are presented at the following sites (option availability varies from site to site):

  • Bloemfontein South Campus
  • Goldfields TVET College in Welkom
  • Motheo TVET College in Bloemfontein
  • South Cape TVET College in Oudtshoorn (only UPP options available)
  • Flavius Mareka TVET College in Sasolburg
  • Maluti TVET College, Bethlehem Campus
  • Maluti TVET College (Phuthaditjhaba), Kwetlisong Campus

General minimum admission requirements:

  • A National Senior Certificate (NSC) or National Certificate: Vocational (NCV) Level 4, and an AP of either 18 for Higher Certificates, or 20 for UAP study options.
  • Four subjects on level 3 (40%–49%).
  • Language of instruction on level 3 (40%) for all options.

Faculty-specific Admission Requirements:

  • Economic and Management Sciences:
    • BCom with specialisation in General Management study option: Mathematics on level 3 (40%) or higher.
    • BAdmin study option: Mathematics is not a requirement to study this option. The duration of the course is four years. NB: You will not be allowed to change from an Administration to a Commerce programme.
  • Natural Sciences:
    • Mathematics on level 3 (40%) or higher; and
    • Life Sciences on level 3 (40%) or higher; or
    • Physical Sciences on level 3 (40%) or higher
  • Agricultural Sciences (BAgric):
    • Mathematics on level 2 (30%) or higher; or
    • Mathematical Literacy on level 5 (60%) or higher

Section A: Higher Certificates

  • Option availability varies from site to site.
  • No Higher Certificates are offered in Oudtshoorn.
  • The writing of the National Benchmark Test is not applicable.
Programme Description Minimum Admission Requirements
Programme Academic Plan Code AP Language of instruction
Higher Certificate in Economic and Management Sciences (BCom study option) LC610000 18 3 (40%)
Higher Certificate in Economic and Management Sciences (BAdmin study option) LC614000 18 3 (40%)
 
Higher Certificate in the Humanities LC111000 18 3 (40%)

Modules for each of the Higher Certificates:

Option 1: Higher Certificate in Economic and Management Sciences Option 2: Higher Certificate in the Humanities
Mainstream University Modules:

For the BCom study option:

  • Introduction to Human Resource Management
  • Introduction to Individual Differences
  • General Management Skills
  • Business Functions

For the BAdmin study option:

  • Introduction to Human Resource Management
  • Introduction to Individual Differences
  • General Management Skills
  • Public Administration and Management Theories
  • Communication Studies + Psychology + Mathematical Literacy for the Humanities; or
  • Communication Studies + Sociology + Mathematical Literacy for the Humanities; or
  • Psychology and Sociology + Mathematical Literacy for the Humanities; or
  • Communication Studies + Anthropology + Mathematical Literacy for the Humanities; or
  • Political Science + Psychology + Mathematical Literacy for the Humanities; or
  • Political Science + Sociology + Mathematical Literacy for the Humanities

Note: Mainstream University Module combination availability varies from site to site

Development Modules:

For the BCom study option:

  • Course in Skills and Competencies for Lifelong Learning
  • General Language course in English
  • Introduction to University Mathematics

For the BAdmin study option:

  • Course in Skills and Competencies for Lifelong Learning
  • General Language course in English
  • Mathematical Literacy
  • Course in Skills and Competencies for Lifelong Learning
  • General Language course in English
  • Academic Literacy course in English
  • Basic Computer Literacy

Section B: University Preparation Programme (UPP)

  • Option availability varies from site to site.
  • The writing of the Compulsory National Benchmark Test is not applicable.
Programme Description Minimum Admission Requirements
Programme options Academic Plan Code AP Language of instruction Mathematics Life Sciences Physical Sciences Site
Commerce (BCom) 6002 20 3 (40%) 3 (40%) Oudtshoorn
Administration (BAdmin) 6009 20 3 (40%) Oudtshoorn
 
Human and Social Sciences 1002 20 3 (40%) Oudtshoorn
 
Natural Sciences* 40001 20 3 (40%) 3 (40%) 3 (40%) 3 (40%) South Campus,
Sasolburg,
Welkom
Either Life Sciences or Physical Sciences are required.
Agricultural Sciences 50001 20 3 (40%) 2 (30%) South Campus
Mathematical Literacy on level 5 (60%) will also be accepted.
 
Education 7099 20 3 (40%) South Campus,
Oudtshoorn

Modules for each option of the UPP:

Option 1: UPP for Economic and Management Sciences (Oudtshoorn) Option 2: UPP for Human and Social Sciences (Oudtshoorn) Option 3: UPP for Natural and Agricultural Sciences (South Campus, Sasolburg, and Welkom) Option 4: UPP for Education (South Campus and Oudtshoorn)
Mainstream University Modules:

For the BCom study option:

  • Introduction to Human Resource Management
  • Introduction to Individual Differences
  • General Management Skills
  • Business Functions

For the BAdmin study option:

  • Introduction to Human Resource Management
  • Introduction to Individual Differences
  • General Management Skills
  • Communication Studies and Psychology
  • Chemistry, Mathematics, and Biology; or
  • BAgric Programme (Agriculture) (South Campus in Bloemfontein only)
  • Education Studies 1 and General Pedagogy 1
Development Modules:

For the BCom study option:

  • Course in Skills and Competencies for Lifelong Learning
  • Academic Literacy Course in English
  • Introduction to University Mathematics

For the BAdmin study option:

  • Course in Skills and Competencies for Lifelong Learning
  • Academic Literacy Course in English
  • Mathematical Literacy
  • Course in Skills and Competencies for Lifelong Learning
  • Academic Literacy Course in English
  • Course in Skills and Competencies for Lifelong Learning
  • Academic Literacy Course in English
  • Basic Computer Literacy (South Campus in Bloemfontein only)
  • Course in Skills and Competencies for Lifelong Learning
  • Academic Literacy Course in English or Afrikaans
  • Basic Computer Literacy (South Campus in Bloemfontein only)
Compulsory N4 Modules at TVET Colleges in sub-regions:
  • N4 course in Computer Practice
  • N4 course in Communication
  • N4 course in Computer Practice
  • N4 course in Communication
  • N4 course in Computer Practice
  • N4 course in Communication
  • N4 course in Computer Practice
  • N4 course in Communication

Note: Students who stay in the sub-regions, i.e. Bethlehem, Welkom, Sasolburg, and Oudtshoorn (excluding Bloemfontein), and meet the admission requirements of the university (AP of 30 and higher), may study locally and register for the mainstream university modules as mentioned in the above three options.

For more information or to apply for the programme, please contact:

The Programme Manager: Ms Tshego Setilo | University Access Programme | South Campus | PO Box 339 | Bloemfontein | 9300.

Enquiries: Ms Lydia Moilwa | T: +27 51 505 1201/1362 | F: +27 51 505 1205 / accessinfo@ufs.ac.za

Ms Refiloemosa Mokhobo: +27 51 505 1353/1200 / accessinfo@ufs.ac.za

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