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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 Higher Certificate study programmes if you meet the minimum requirements of the University Access Programmes (UAP). The Higher Certificate studies include a Higher Certificate in Economic and Management Sciences and a Higher Certificate in Humanities. This gateway to education provides you with an opportunity to access studies in mainstream programmes after the successful completion of your Higher Certificate.

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 route)
  • Higher Certificate in Economic and Management Sciences (Administration route)
  • Higher Certificate in the Humanities (There are six different options to choose from.)

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 July 2020
International students: Applications close on 31 August 2020
SA students: Applications close on 30 September 2020

The programmes are presented at the following regions (option availability varies for the different regions):

  • Bloemfontein South Campus
  • Goldfields TVET College in Welkom at the Moruti House
  • Motheo TVET College in Bloemfontein
  • 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 18.
  • 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:

  • Commerce route study option: Mathematics on level 3 (40%) or higher.
  • Administration route 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.

Section A: Higher Certificates

  • Option availability varies from the different Regions.
  • The writing of the National Benchmark Test is not applicable.
Programme Description Minimum Admission Requirements
Programme Academic Programme Code Academic Plan Code AP Language of instruction Mathematics
Higher Certificate in Economic and Management Sciences (Commerce route study option) L6100 LC610000 18 3 (40%) 3 (40%)
Higher Certificate in Economic and Management Sciences (Administration route study option) L6100 LC614000 18 3 (40%)

Higher Certificate in Humanities: Communication & Psychology L1100 LC111001 18 3 (40%)
Higher Certificate in Humanities: Communication & Sociology L1100 LC111002 18 3 (40%)
Higher Certificate in Humanities: Psychology & Sociology L1100 LC111003 18 3 (40%)
Higher Certificate in Humanities: Communication & Anthropology L1100 LC111004 18 3 (40%)
Higher Certificate in Humanities: Political Sciences & Psychology L1100 LC111005 18 3 (40%)
Higher Certificate in Humanities: Political Sciences & Sociology L1100 LC111006 18 3 (40%)

Modules for each of the Higher Certificates:

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

For the Commerce route study option:

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

For the Administration route study option:

  • Introduction to Human Resource Management
  • Introduction to Individual Differences
  • General Management Skills
  • Public Administration and Management Theories
  • Communication Studies + Psychology
  • Communication Studies + Sociology
  • Psychology and Sociology
  • Communication Studies + Anthropology
  • Political Science + Psychology
  • Political Science + Sociology

Note: Mainstream University Module combination availability varies for the different regions

Development Modules:

For the Commerce route study option:

  • Skills and Competencies for Lifelong Learning
  • General English Literacy Course
  • Mathematical literacy

For the Administration route study option:

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

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

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

Email inquiries: accessinfo@ufs.ac.za

Ms Nkotseng Mokhosi: T: +27 51 505 1490

Ms Lydia Moilwa T: +27 51 505 1201

Ms Lerato Mosiah: T: +27 51 505 1508

Ms Elsa van Staden: T: +27 51 505 1200

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