UnivPrep: what you need to know

Sometimes your final matric results are not exactly what you were hoping for, and you missed the mark by just a few… well… marks. This doesn’t mean the end (though it may feel like it at the time), but rather just a bump in the road to studying with the NWU, and maybe you need to look into a Preparatory Programme (UnivPrep).

What is UnivPrep?

UnivPrep is a unique opportunity for prospective students who don’t meet the minimum admission requirements to a formal degree at the NWU. It is a 1 year programme (in English only) that includes academic modules and academic development modules offered in the Unit for Open Distance and the NWU.

UnivPrep is available for the following programmes:

  • Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) Degree
  • Bachelor of Theology (BTh) Degree
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Public Governance (with Policing Practice)

Who qualifies?

  • You need a National Senior Certificate (NSC) with university admission to Diploma- or Bachelor’s degree,
  • Admission Points Score (APS) of 20,
  • For BCom you need a minimum (Grade 12):
    • Mathematics 30%
    • Technical Mathematics 35%
    • Mathematical literacy 65%
  • For BA in Public Governance you need a minimum (Grade 12):
    • English 50%

How does UnivPrep work?

  • You need to pass ALL MODULES with a minimum of 50%
  • Then you can APPLY for recognition of prior learning and admission for the full-time study of your chosen degree.
  • Take note: admission is not guaranteed, but is based of faculty discretion

How do I attend classes?

UODL works by means of interactive whiteboards at selected learning support centres, but you can also learn from home if you have a PC and internet access.

Sessions are broadcast live, so you can ask lecturers questions in real-time or provide answers to questions a lecturer may ask. But remember, you are going to be expected to do independent self-study to make sure you are 100% prepared for your contact sessions.

How much does it cost?

  • Total fee for 2021 is R13 600 (including registration and study material)
  • Successful applicants must pay a non-refundable registration fee of R5 700
  • Take note: UnivPrep students don’t qualify for NSFAS funding

How do I apply?

  • Download and complete the application. Only applications submitted electronically will be processed.
  • Email the application form and all docs to: 12954705@nwu.ac.za
  • Remember to include the following docs:
    • Certified copy of ID
    • Certified copy of Matric Certificate (NSC)
    • Certifies copies of other qualifications (if applicable)
    • Certified copy of study permit (if not SA citizen)
  • GOOD NEWS: There is no application fee!

Now that you got the basics down, you can find all other info about UnivPrep in just one click!

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