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BA in Public Governance with Policing Pratice Programme Information



SAQA: 94122

Open distance learning is an approach which combines the principles of learner-centeredness, lifelong learning, flexibility provision, the removal of barriers to learning, accessibility to learning, the recognition of prior learning, the provision of learner support, the construction of learning programmes in the expectation that learners can succeed, e-learning and the maintenance of rigorous quality assurance.

The BA Governance Programme with Policing Practice is offered at 12 study centres (excluding exam centres) and via Bridgit.

This programme is offered on the following principles:

  • Students can register for either the first or second semester.
  • This curriculum has a minimum of three years and a maximum of 5 years to complete.
  • Students have 2 assessment opportunities and an examination for all modules.

(Note: COMS 121 and ALDE 122 have other requirements/portfolios)

  • Students do not have a second examination opportunity during the same semester that the module was failed.  If they fail the first attempt (e.g. June), they can write the failed module during the next examination opportunity (e.g. November). Only a valid participation mark will give the student access to the second opportunity. If the participation mark was insufficient, the student will have to re-register for that module in order to generate a qualifying participation mark.
  • Classes are presented by means of interactive white boards sessions or sessions can be downloaded from the NWU website within a week after the class was presented.
  • Lectures can also be followed on a personal computer, via Bridgit, if students have access to the Internet.
  • Students are supported by means of E-fundi, the call centre, social media, contact with lecturers via e-fundi, emails and smses via the academic manager.
  • Assignments are uploaded via e-fundi.
  • Students must ensure that they register either via Bridgit or at a study centre within their area.  The study centre will also be the exam centre, but students making use of Bridgit, must ensure that they register for an exam centre closest to home.

General Information & Digital Assistance


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The BA in Public Governance with Policing Practice programme within the Unit for Open Distance Learning (UODL) aims to provide students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to live and work in a globally interdependent world and with the support services to help them succeed. This requires a conscious, purposeful, sustained and social-constructivist focus on the actual learning of students that may take place because of their interactions in specific study-related groups. For this reason, this academic programme also seeks to foster inclusivity and to develop a sense of personal and social responsibility and ethical conduct in and amongst our students by encouraging involvement in environmental affairs, as well as in community and public service. It endeavours to offer and cultivate a teaching-learning environment that is hospitable to diverse socio-conventional and linguistic interests.

  • It is essential that you read the A-Rules of the NWU in order to get more info on qualifications, applications, registration, assessment, terminations, examinations, etc. The A-Rules are included as an addendum and is also available on
  • A student should also read the Faculty Rules for more clarity. See
  • All information wrt the BA in Public Governance with Policing Practice programme is on the website
  • Open Distance Learning is based on the principle that a student can apply any time of the year and register for either the first or second semester according to fixed dates. The minimum duration of the programme is 3 years and the maximum duration is 5 years.
  • The language of tuition is English and contact sessions are conducted in English.
  • You need internet access and all communication wrt this programme will be on e-Fundi.  Students should also communicate with lecturers (if needed) on eFundi. See
  • Please distinguish between a contact class and an examination centre.  There are 12 contact classes for this programme only and students can apply to any one of the 111 examination centres to write examinations. See website for more info


Application & Admission


Duration of studies

This programme should be completed in a minimum of three (3) years and a maximum of five (5) years.


Admission requirements and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

To qualify for admission to the BA degree in Public Governance (Policing Practice), you need to comply with the following requirements:

  • in addition to the general entrance requirements as specified in the Academic Rules, a student must have passed the Senior Certificate (Grade 12) with an APS of at least 25 and must qualify for degree studies
  • English must be passed on a Level


  • a student who wrote the Senior Certificate (Grade 12) prior to 2008 must meet the following provisions:
  • have achieved an M-Score of at least 13 (with endorsement)
  • English must be on a level E, Higher Grade (HG) or a D, Standard Grade (SG)


  • must qualify for mature age conditional exemption by virtue of being over the age of 23 years
  • must have passed the Senior Certificate (Grade 12)
  • be employed by the South African Police Service (SAPS) for five (5) years or more
  • must have passed four (4) matric subjects on Higher Grade, including English
  • must have passed one (1) language on HG
  • must be approved by Universities South Africa (USAF) (previously known as HESA)


  • must qualify for mature age conditional exemption by virtue of being over the age of 23 years
  • must have an M-score of 12
  • must have passed English with 40% on HG or SG


  • must qualify for mature age conditional exemption by virtue of being over the age of 45 years
  • must be in possession of an ID


  • must qualify for mature age conditional exemption by virtue of being over the age of 45 years
  • must be in possession of an ID
  • need to apply for mature age exemption at USAF


  • an applicant without matriculation exemption, but in possession of a valid Senior Certificate or Senior Certificate, as well as a recognised three (3) year diploma, issued by a South African University, College of Education or Technikon, accredited by CHE and SAQA (120 credits), may qualify for total exemption on grounds of post-matric qualifications obtained.
  • the applicant must apply for module exemption – an application should be submitted to the Academic Manager
  • the Academic Manager will forward the application to the School of Government Studies (within the Faculty of Humanities)
  • the School of Government Studies will approve/decline the module exemption – Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
  • the decision of the School of Government Studies will be communicated to the applicant by the Academic Manager


Please note: It is your responsibility to reply online to USAF. You can only apply if the exemption certificate is uploaded during online application.

Programme Information 

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