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The University Access Programme (UAP) began in the Bloemfontein region of the Free State Province in January 1993 as the NEED Programme (Need for Education and Elevation).  The necessity for this programme arose due to imbalances in the schooling system, which resulted in many deserving students not being able to meet the entrance requirements of universities, universities of technology (then called technikons), and vocational colleges. The UAP provides prospective students who have UFS Admission Point (AP) scores of 18 to 24, with the opportunity to “perform themselves into higher education”. Successful UAP students gain access, with credit recognition, to appropriate further degree studies.
Since its inception, the UAP has evolved from a lecture-based to a resource-based learning curriculum, i.e., students are provided with all the resources they need on their first day of studying; they do not need to go to shops off-site to purchase textbooks, for example. The programme (originally called the Career Preparation Programme, or CPP, and later on the University Preparation Programme, or UPP) was expanded to:
  • Bethlehem in 1998
  • Kimberley in 1999
  • Welkom and Sasolburg in 2000
  • Oudtshoorn in 2001
  • Motheo TVET College (Bloemfontein) and
  • Maluti TVET College’s Kwetlisong campus in Phuthaditjhaba in January 2017

From 2003, access students have been accommodated on the Qwaqwa Campus of the University of the Free State. Thus, from January 2017 onwards, two new Higher Certificates have been offered, both on the South Campus and at the sub-region sites mentioned above.


Lydia Moilwa
+27 51 505 1201

Applications and Registrations
Lourette Wilson
+27 51 505 1378

Formal Programmes
Lebohang Seseane
+27 51 505 1452

Short Learning Programmes
Charlene Afrika
+27 51 505 1474

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