Applications for admission to the 2021 programmes open on 01 July 2020.

The NWU Preparatory Programme offers a unique opportunity to prospective students who do not meet the minimum admission requirements for admission to formal degree study at the NWU and aims to lay a foundation for prospective students in preparation for the following formal NWU programmes: 

 

PLEASE NOTE:

Due to capacity restrictions, the UnivPrep BEd (Education) programme has been discontinued and will no longer be offered with effect from 01 January 2021.

 

Programme information

 

  • All UnivPrep programmes are only available in English as a medium of instruction.
  • The duration of the programme is one year and it comprises academic modules as well as academic development modules. 

 

Admission to formal degree study, Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Re-registration

  • Upon successful completion of the UnivPrep programme, i.e. passing ALL modules with 50%, participants may APPLY for admission to formal degree study at the NWU.
  • In terms of the NWU enrolment plan, a limited number of students can be admitted to the various degree programmes at the NWU each year and Faculties reserve the right to approve applications for admission to formal degree study based on (amongst others) the academic performance of the UnivPrep participant.  
  • Admission to degree study after successful completion of the Univprep programme will be based on discretionary decision by the Faculty and the academic performance of the UnivPrep participant will be a determining factor.
  • UnivPrep is a one-year preparatory programme which provides participants, who do not meet the minimum requirements for admission to degree study, with an opportunity to demonstrate that they can successfully complete the programme and that they can be admitted to formal degree study based on their UnivPrep results. Participants in a preparatory programme who did not take part in all the modules and who did not manage to pass all the modules in one year will not be able to re-register for the complete programme for a second year. Only those UnivPrep participants who passed all the formative modules will have an opportunity to re-register for one or two (depending on the UnivPrep programme) outstanding academic modules for a second year.

Method of delivery

  • The Open Distance Learning instructional model makes provision for countrywide contact sessions by means of interactive whiteboards at selected learning support centres.
  • Lecture sessions are presented by means of interactive whiteboard (IWB) sessions, which can be attended at selected learning support centres, but also be followed from anywhere on a personal computer with Internet access. All lessons presented by means of interactive whiteboards are stored on the Internet for participants to access at a later stage.
  • Additional support for participants is provided by means of eFundi which is the Learner Management system of the NWU. A Learner Management system supports communication between lecturers and participants. Academic information such as subject content, discussion forums, important dates and additional resources are advised on e-Fundi.
  • Lecturers responsible for the different modules teach in Potchefstroom, Mahikeng or Vanderbijlpark while the lecture sessions are being broadcasted live to the different learning support centres.  
  • UnivPrep participants can interrupt lecturers to ask questions or provide answers to questions as the whiteboard technology allows for immediate interaction between participants and lecturers. Technicians at the learning support centres provide participants with assistance in this regard.
  • UnivPrep participants are expected to do independent self-study to ensure that they are thoroughly prepared when attending contact sessions. 

Examinations

Examinations are conducted at various exam centres nationwide, with NWU staff setting the examination papers and assessing answer scripts, thus ensuring that all participants have met the required module and programme outcomes.

 

UODL Learning Support Centres

  • The programme is presented at the three North-West University campuses in Potchefstroom, Mahikeng and Vanderbijlpark as well as other UODL learning support centres.   
  • Centres will be determined by the clustering of registered participants and will be confirmed by the UODL upon final registration, depending on student numbers per centre.
  • Instead of attending contact sessions at a learning support centre, UnivPrep participants may also follow lectures from anywhere on a personal computer with reliable internet access. The Unit for Open Distance Learning will provide UnivPrep participants with technical support and the necessary software (free of charge) to enable them to connect to interactive whiteboard (IWB) sessions.
  • The learning support centres listed below were functional at the time of compiling this information and not all listed centres will be functional to present UnivPrep programmes.  Only those centres with sufficient enrolments will be selected.

 

UODL Tuition Centres:

1.  Eastern Cape:
     East London, Port Elizabeth

2.  Free State:
     Welkom

3.  Gauteng:  
     NWU Vaal Triangle Campus, Johannesburg, Pretoria

4.  KwaZulu Natal:
     Durban, Empangeni, Ladysmith, Pietermaritzburg, Vryheid

5.  Limpopo:
     Polokwane

6.  Mpumalanga:
     Ermelo, White River

7.  Northern Cape:
    Kimberley, Kuruman, Upington

8.  North-West Province:
     NWU Mafikeng Campus, NWU Potchefstroom Campus, Rustenburg, Vryburg

9.  Southern Cape:
     George

10. Western Cape:
      Parow 

 

Internet and technology

  • Internet and Technology are used extensively in delivering distance education programmes and it is therefore of utmost importance that UnivPrep participants have access to the Internet by means of a computer or laptop.
  • UnivPrep participants have to access study material and programme related information, submit assignments, complete assessments, interact with lecturers and other participants through live chats and keep track of important events and due dates by means of eFundi which is the online learning management system (LMS) of the NWU.
  • Communication between the NWU and UnivPrep participants occurs extensively through electronic communication media such as eFundi (LMS), SMS’s (mobile phones) and social media.
  • All lectures sessions are recorded and saved on the Internet and can be viewed afterwards by participants as frequently as required.
  • It is COMPULSORY, and the responsibility of the participant to obtain the necessary technology such as a computer and mobile phone that meet the minimum specifications of the NWU namely: Wi-Fi enabled, Windows-, Android- or Apple operating system, 3G enabled (preferably) and 32 Gig (preferably).

Cost

  • The preliminary estimate for the 2021 programme is R13 600 (including registration and study material).
  • In order to be registered for the programme, successful applicants must pay a non-refundable registration fee of R5 700.
  • The balance (due after registration) is payable in monthly installments, from January 2021 and the full programme fee must be paid by 30 September 2021.
  • Please note: due to the fact that UnivPrep is a preparatory programme and not a formal qualification, UnivPrep participants do not qualify for NSFAS funding. 
  • NOTE: All amounts indicated above are estimates, based on 2020 price structures and are subject to change. 

 

Application for Admission 2021

 

STEP 1: Application Form

  • Applications for the 2021 intake open on 01 July 2020, by which time the 2021 application form will be available.  No applications submitted before 01 July 2020 will be processed.

  • Click Here to download the UnivPrep Application Form (fillable, PDF format). Only applications submitted electronically will be processed.

  • E-mail the completed application form and supporting documents to 35250399@nwu.ac.za.  Applications sent to any other e-mail address will not be processed.
  • All applications must be accompanied by the following supporting documents and no application will be proceed without these completed documents:
    • Certified copy of ID document of the applicant
    • Certified copy of Matriculation Certificate (National Senior Certificate)
    • Certified copies of other qualifications (if applicable).
    • An applicant who is not a SA citizen must submit a certified copy of a valid study permit, issued by the National Department of Home Affairs of the RSA.
  • There is no application fee payable for UnivPrep.

 

STEP 2: Application approval 

Your application will be assessed and you will be informed of the outcome. 

If successful, you will receive a letter (by means of e-mail) stating that your application was academically approved.  Also indicated in the letter will be your UnivPrep student number as well as banking details for payment of the registration fee.

If your application was unsuccessful, you will be notified by means of e-mail.

Please note that approval of your application and assignment of a UnivPrep student number does not mean that you are registered for the programme and that your admission is final. To guarantee your place in the programme, you must REGISTER by paying the minimum required registration fee. If you fail to register, you will lose your place in the programme.

 

STEP 3: Registration

  • If your application for admission is successful you must REGISTER for the programme you applied for.
  • You should note that the university cannot guarantee your place in the programme if you do not register.
  • Due to capacity constraints only a limited number of UnivPrep students can be admitted and because of the high demand for admission to the programme, registration and final admission to the programme is dealt with strictly on a “FIRST COME FIRST SERVE” basis. You therefore have to pay the minimum registration fee as soon as possible, or you may lose your place in the programme.
  • Registration will close as soon as the programmes are filled to capacity.

 

For enquiries, please contact:   

 

Ms   Annemarie Jacobs                                                                                                        

Tel:  018 285 2039                                                                

E-mail:  Annemarie.Jacobs@nwu.ac.za                    

 

OR 

 

Ms Kedron Peter

Tel: 018 285 2087

E-mail:  Kedron.Peter@nwu.ac.za

 

Indemnity

  • The purpose of this information is to provide a broad overview of the UnivPrep Programmes. 

  • The information was compiled for introduction purposes and is subject to change.

  • The North-West University reserves the right to make changes to the programme details (e.g. curricula, admission requirements etc.) and accepts no liability for inaccuracies due to changes that may occur in this guide.

Student Support

  • UnivPrep participants receive study material, including comprehensive study guides, textbooks and Web access to programme related academic and content information.
    NOTE:  Study material for some modules are only available online (on eFundi).

  • All lecture sessions are recorded and saved on the Internet to be viewed by UnivPrep participants as frequently as required.

  • WiFi is available at the three NWU campuses as well as the learning support centres.

  • Lecturers are keen to provide support and assistance and participants are encouraged to make contact with lecturers by means of telephone, e-mail or personal appointments.

 

UnivPrep:  Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)

 

The Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) Degree is currently not being offered by the NWU by means of distance education.  After successful completion of the BCom UnivPrep programme, prospective students wishing to enrol for a BCom Degree, have to enrol for full-time studies at one of the NWU campuses.

  • The UnivPrep BCom programme is aimed at providing ACCESS to BCom degree study at the NWU, but that does not mean that UnivPrep participants who completed the programme successfully will qualify for admission to ALL the BCom degrees offered at the NWU. Admission to formal BCom degree study and granting of recognition of prior learning will be based on faculty discretionary decision as well as the academic performance of the UnivPrep participant.
  • UnivPrep is a one-year preparatory programme which provides participants, who do not meet the minimum requirements for admission to degree study, with an opportunity to demonstrate that they can successfully complete the programme and that they can be admitted to formal degree study based on their UnivPrep results. Participants in a preparatory programme who did not take part in all the modules and who did not manage to pass all the modules in one year will not be able to re-register for the complete programme for a second year. Only those UnivPrep BCom participants who passed all their formative modules will qualify to re-register for a maximum of two outstanding academic modules. 

Minimum Admission requirements

  • National Senior Certificate (NSC) certified by Umalusi with university admission to Diploma- or Bachelor’s degree study, or equivalent qualification.
  • Admission Points Score (APS) of 20, otherwise admission per Senate Discretionary rule. 
  • Grade 12 level Mathematics 30% or Technical Mathematics 35% or Mathematical Literacy 65% or equivalent qualification.

 

Specific Requirements:

  • Basic Computer Literacy
  • Personal access to Internet by means of a computer or laptop
  • It is COMPULSORY, and the responsibility of the student to obtain the necessary technology such as a computer and mobile phone that meet the minimum specifications of the NWU namely: Wi-Fi enabled, Windows,  Android or Apple operating system, 3G enabled (preferably) and 32 Gig (preferably).

 

Modules/Curriculum

Academic Modules: Compulsory

  • Bridging the Mathematical Gap (1st and 2nd Semester)
  • Financial Accounting Special (1st and 2nd Semester)
  • Introduction to Micro-economics (1st semester)
  • Introduction to Macro-economics (2nd semester)

NB:  UnivPrep participants who are accepted for the UnivPrep BCom Programme and who were enrolled in Mathematical Literacy in Grade 12 as well as those who did not take Accounting in school, are STRONGLY ADVISED to take extra Maths and Accounting classes for additional support.

Academic Development Modules: Compulsory

  • Academic Literacy Development  (1st and 2nd semester)
  • Strategic Reading in the Content Areas (1st semester)
  • Critical Thinking Skills (2nd semester)

 

Schedule

  • The programme will run from February 2021 at which time the full academic calendar will be provided.
  • Assignments should be submitted as per the academic calendar.
  • Examinations will take place during June/July and October/November 2021. A second opportunity examination will take place in early January 2022.

 

 

UnivPrep:  Bachelor of Theology (BTh)

 

The Bachelor of Theology degree is also offered in the distance mode of delivery. After successful completion of the UnivPrep programme, UnivPrep participants will be able to apply for the BTh degree either by means of distance education or by means of full-time study at one of the NWU campuses where the degree is offered.

UnivPrep is a one-year preparatory programme which provides participants, who do not meet the minimum requirements for admission to degree study, with an opportunity to demonstrate that they can successfully complete the programme and that they can be admitted to formal degree study based on their UnivPrep results. Participants in a preparatory programme who did not take part in all the modules and who did not manage to pass all the modules in one year will not be able to re-register for the complete programme for a second year. Only those UnivPrep BTh participants who passed all their formative modules will qualify to re-register for a maximum of one outstanding academic module.  

 

Admission requirements

  • National Senior Certificate (NSC) certified by Umalusi with university admission to Diploma- or Bachelor’s degree study, or equivalent qualification.
  • Admission Points Score (APS) of 20, otherwise admission per Senate Discretionary rule. 

 

Specific Requirements:

  • Basic Computer Literacy
  • Personal access to Internet by means of a computer or laptop
  • It is COMPULSORY, and the responsibility of the student to obtain the necessary technology such as a computer and mobile phone that meet the minimum specifications of the NWU namely: Wi-Fi enabled, Windows,  Android- or Apple operating system, 3G enabled (preferably) and 32 Gig (preferably).

 

Modules/Curriculum

Academic Modules: compulsory          

  • Introduction to the New Testament: History and General Canonics (1st and 2nd Semester)
  • Introduction to Old Testament: Origin and Structure (1st and 2nd Semester)
  • Pastoral Counselling (1st and 2nd Semester)

PLEASE NOTE: The three Theology specific modules, namely Introduction to Old Testament (AAAA173/OTES171), Introduction to New Testament (AAAA172/NTES171) and Pastoral Counselling (AAAB122/PAST121) are eLearning-based and UnivPrep participants will not attend lecture sessions in these modules. UnivPrep students will be able to interact with lecturers and access all study material (including videos in which concepts are explained) by means of interactive eFundi sites.

Academic Development Modules: Compulsory

  • Academic Literacy Development  (1st and 2nd semester)
  • Strategic Reading in the Content Areas (1st semester)
  • Critical Thinking Skills (2nd semester)

Schedule

  • The programme will run from February 2021 at which time the full academic calendar will be provided.
  • Assignments should be submitted as per the academic calendar.
  • Examinations will take place during June/July and October/November 2021. A second opportunity examination will take place in early January 2022.

 

UnivPrep:  Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Information Technology

 

  • The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree is also offered in the distance mode of delivery. After successful completion of the UnivPrep programme, UnivPrep participants will be able to apply for the BSc IT degree either by means of distance education or by means of full-time study at one of the NWU campuses where the degree is offered.
  • UnivPrep is a one-year preparatory programme which provides participants, who do not meet the minimum requirements for admission to degree study, with an opportunity to demonstrate that they can successfully complete the programme and that they can be admitted to formal degree study based on their UnivPrep results. Participants in a preparatory programme who did not take part in all the modules and who did not manage to pass all the modules in one year will not be able to re-register for the complete programme for a second year. Only those UnivPrep BSc participants who passed all their formative modules will qualify to re-register for a maximum of two outstanding academic modules.  

 

Admission requirements

  • National Senior Certificate (NSC) certified by Umalusi with university admission to Diploma- or Bachelor’s degree study, or equivalent qualification.
  • Admission Points Score (APS) of 23, otherwise admission per Senate Discretionary rule. 
  • Grade 12 level Mathematics 35% or Technical Mathematics 40% or Mathematical Literacy 70% or equivalent qualification.

 

Specific Requirements: COMPULSORY!

  • Basic Computer Literacy
  • Personal access to a computer or laptop with a Microsoft Windows 7, 8 or 10 operating system, including access to the Internet from the computer or laptop.
  • Microsoft Office 2016 or Office 365. Registered UnivPrep participants will be provided with the Office 365 ProPlus package which is included in the programme fee.
  • It is COMPULSORY, and the responsibility of the UnivPrep participant to obtain the necessary technology such as a computer and mobile phone that meet the minimum specifications of the NWU namely: Wi-Fi enabled, Windows, Android- or Apple operating system, 3G enabled (preferably) and 32 Gig (preferably).

Modules/Curriculum

Academic Modules: compulsory                                 

  • Bridging the Mathematical Gap 
  • Financial Accounting Special (1st and 2nd Semester)
  • Introduction to End-user Computing (1st Semester)

NB: UnivPrep participants who are accepted for the UnivPrep BSc IT Programme and who were enrolled in Mathematical Literacy in Grade 12 as well as those who did not take Accounting in school, are STRONGLY ADVISED to take extra Maths and Accounting classes for additional support

 

Academic Development Modules: Compulsory                   

  • Academic Literacy Development (1st and 2nd semester)
  • Strategic Reading in the Content Areas (1st semester)
  • Critical Thinking Skills (2nd semester)

 

Schedule

  • The programme will run from February 2021 at which time the full academic calendar will be provided.
  • Assignments should be submitted as per the academic calendar.
  • Examinations will take place during June/July and October/November 2021. A second opportunity examination will take place in early January 2022.

 

 

UnivPrep:  Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Public Governance

(with Policing Practice)

  • UnivPrep BA participants who completed the programme successfully, can apply for admission to full-time BA degrees in Public Administration (at one of the NWU campuses where these degrees are offered) or for the BA Degree in Public Governance (with Policing Practice) which is offered only in the distance mode of delivery.
  • UnivPrep is a one-year preparatory programme which provides participants, who do not meet the minimum requirements for admission to degree study, with an opportunity to demonstrate that they can successfully complete the programme and that they can be admitted to formal degree study based on their UnivPrep results. Participants in a preparatory programme who did not take part in all the modules and who did not manage to pass all the modules in one year will not be able to re-register for the complete programme for a second year. Only those UnivPrep BA participants who passed all their formative modules will qualify to re-register for a maximum of two outstanding academic modules. 

Admission requirements

  • National Senior Certificate (NSC) certified by Umalusi with university admission to Diploma- or Bachelor’s degree study, or equivalent qualification.
  • Admission Points Score (APS) of 20, otherwise admission per Senate Discretionary rule.
  • Minimum achievement of 50% for English at Grade 12 level.

 

Specific Requirements: COMPULSORY!

  • Basic Computer Literacy
  • Personal access to Internet by means of a computer or laptop
  • It is COMPULSORY, and the responsibility of the student to obtain the necessary technology such as a computer and mobile phone that meet the minimum specifications of the NWU namely: Wi-Fi enabled, Windows-, Android- or Apple operating system, 3G enabled (preferably) and 32 Gig.

Modules/Curriculum

Academic Modules: compulsory                                 

  • Policing Management: Crime Prevention (1st semester)
  • Policing Management: Community Service Centre Management (2nd semester)
  • Professional Skills Development (1st semester)
  • Communication Skills in the Workplace (2nd semester)

 

Academic Development Modules: Compulsory                   

  • Academic Literacy Development  (1st and 2nd semester)
  • Strategic Reading in the Content Areas (1st semester)
  • Critical Thinking Skills (2nd semester)

 

Schedule

  • The programme will run from February 2021 at which time the full academic calendar will be provided.
  • Assignments should be submitted as per the academic calendar.
  • Examinations will take place during June/July and October/November 2021. A second opportunity examination will take place in early January 2022.