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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: 

 

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 of study and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

  • Upon successful completion of the programme (PASSING ALL MODULES with 50%), prospective students may APPLY for recognition of prior learning and admission to one of the above-mentioned NWU qualifications.
  • Admission to formal degree study and granting of recognition of prior learning is not an automatic process and will be based on faculty discretionary decision and the academic performance of the candidate will be taken into consideration.
  • To qualify for admission to formal degree study after successful completion of the UnivPrep programme, participants who have not met the minimum requirements for admission to Bachelor study in the National Senior Certificate examination, will also be required to write and pass the NWU Admission test.

Method of delivery

  • The Open Distance Learning instructional model makes provision for countrywide contact sessions by means of interactive whiteboards at various learning support centres.
  • Lecturers responsible for the different modules teach in Potchefstroom, Mahikeng or Vanderbijlpark while the lectures 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 attend contact sessions on certain weekdays and weekends with an average of 4-8 sessions per module, per semester, depending on the UnivPrep specialisation. (Please note that participants enrolled for the UnivPrep Theology  programme do not attend contact sessions in the Theology specific academic modules – please refer to the section: “UnivPrep Bachelor of Theology” below).   It is a proven fact that those participants who attend contact sessions regularly have a higher success rate than those who do not. 
  • 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.

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 opt to join the live broadcasts of lectures, in the comfort of their own homes, by making use of a personal computer/laptop and internet connection. 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 the broadcasts of the lectures. 
  • The learning support centres listed below were functional at the time of compiling this brochure. Learning support centres as indicated in this brochure may vary from year to year according to the number of enrolled participants. Note: 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:
     Port Elizabeth

2.  Free State:
     Welkom

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

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

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 

11. Namibia:

      Windhoek 

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 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 total course fee for the UnivPrep programme is R12 000.00 per annum. The fee includes the registration (R5 000.00) as well as study material.

Application for Admission 2019

 

PLEASE NOTE:  Due to capacity limitations, all applicants who comply with the minimum academic requirements may not necessarily be admitted to the programme.

To apply and register for the UnivPrep programme, please follow the steps listed below:

 

Click here to download the Application Form


STEP 1: Apply for admission in ONE of the following ways:

  • Scan and e-mail the completed application form and supporting documents to UnivprepApplications@nwu.ac.za.  Applications sent to any other e-mail address will not be processed.
  • Send hard copies of the completed application form and supporting documents by post to:  Ms A Jacobs, Unit for Open Distance Learning, North-West University, Private Bag X6001, Potchefstroom, 2520
  • Deliver hard copies of the application form and supporting documents to:  UnivPrep Office, NWU Potchefstroom Campus, Unit for Open Distance Learning, Building B11, Room G42.

All applications must be accompanied by the following supporting documents. Your application will not be processed without all your supporting documents.

  • Certified copy of your ID document
  • Certified copy of your Matriculation Certificate (National Senior Certificate)
  • Certified copies of other qualifications (if applicable)
  • An applicant who is not a SA citizen and who does not have a permanent residence permit, must obtain a 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 of R5 000.00. 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 of R5 000.00 as a matter of urgency, 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 Charmaine Coetzee    

Tel: 018 285 2087

E-mail:  Charmaine.Coetzee@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 and orientation 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 brochure.

Student Support

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

  • All lectures 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.

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 4 points below normal admission (APS score of 24) to BCom studies, otherwise admission per Senate Discretionary rule. This implies that a minimum APS score of 20 will be considered for admission to the UnivPrep BCom programme.
  • Minimum Maths Literacy score of 65% or Mathematics passed (30%) at Grade 12 level 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)

NB: Applicants who are accepted for the UnivPrep BCom Programme and who were enrolled in Mathematical Literacy in Grade 12, are STRONGLY ADVISED to take extra Maths classes for additional support.

  • Financial Accounting Special (1st and 2nd Semester)
  • Introduction to Micro-economics (1st semester)
  • Introduction to Macro-economics (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 the end of January 2019 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 2019 and October/November 2019.

Fees

  • The total programme fee for 2019 is R12 000.
  • In order to be registered for the programme, successful applicants must pay a non-refundable registration fee of R5 000.
  • Registration and final admission to the programme is dealt with strictly on a “first-come-first-serve” basis. Successful applicants who do not register, will lose their place in the programme.
  • The balance due after registration is payable in monthly instalments starting January 2019 and the full programme fee must be paid by end of September 2019. 

 

 

UnivPrep:  Bachelor of Theology (BTh)

 

The Bachelor of Theology (BTh) Degree is offered by means of distance education and after successful completion of the UnivPrep programme, prospective students will be able to enrol for the BTh degree by means of distance education.

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 contact sessions in these modules. Participants 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. 

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 4 points below normal admission (APS score of 24) to BTh studies, otherwise admission per Senate Discretionary rule. This implies that a minimum APS score of 20 will be considered for admission to the UnivPrep BTh programme.

 

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)

 

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 the end of January 2019 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 2019 and October/November 2019.

Fees

  • The total programme fee for 2019 is R12 000.
  • In order to be registered for the programme, successful applicants must pay a non-refundable registration fee of R5 000.
  • Registration and final admission to the programme is dealt with strictly on a “first-come-first-serve” basis. Successful applicants who do not register, will lose their place in the programme.
  • The balance due after registration is payable in monthly instalments starting January 2019 and the full programme fee must be paid by end of September 2019. 

 

 

UnivPrep:  Bachelor of Education (BEd)

 

Due to capacity constraints, no further applications can be accepted or considered for admission to the UnivPrep BEd programme in 2019.

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 2 points below normal admission (APS score of 24) to BEd studies, otherwise admission per Senate Discretionary rule. This implies that a minimum APS score of 22 will be considered for admission to the BEd UnivPrep programme.
  • Language Requirements

 

Important to Note:

After successful completion of the UnivPrep BEd programme, UnivPrep participants may apply for admission to the various phases of the degree programme. There are strict and specific language admission requirements to be met for admission  to the different phases of the BEd Degree programme.  Please pay attention to these specific requirements to assure that you meet all language-specific requirements.  No application for admission to the BEd Degree programme will be considered without proof that the language requirements have been met. These specific language requirements are also applicable for admission to the UnivPrep programme:

For admission to the BEd Foundation Phase Degree (after successful completion of UnivPrep) (Note: Both Home Language and First Additional Language requirements are applicable).

  • Home Language is compulsory during the four years of degree study and because of lecturing capacity, only prospective students with one of the following languages at Home Language level in grade 12, with a minimum pass mark of 50%, will be considered for admission to the BEd Foundation Phase programme: Sesotho, Setswana, Sepedi, IsiZulu, English (only Foundation Phase) or Afrikaans.
  • English First Additional Language is compulsory for three years of study from the second year and a minimum pass mark of 50% at either English Home Language or English First Additional Language levels in Grade 12 is required. If English Home Language is selected (four years), then one of the other listed languages must be taken as First Additional Language (three years).

 

For admission to the BEd Intermediate Phase Degree (after successful completion of UnivPrep)

  • Currently, in distance learning for 2018, the BEd Intermediate Phase Degree is only available for the curriculum in Social Sciences and Life Skills. Home Language is compulsory during the four years of degree study and because of lecturing capacity, only prospective students with one of the following languages at Home Language level in grade 12, with a minimum pass mark of 50%, will be considered for admission to the BEd Intermediate Phase programme: Sesotho, Setswana, Sepedi, IsiZulu, or Afrikaans.
  • English First Additional Language is compulsory over three years of study and because of lecturing capacity, only prospective students with English Home Language or First Additional Language at Grade 12 level, with a minimum pass mark of 50%, will be considered for admission to the BEd Intermediate Phase programme.

 

For admission to the BEd Senior and Further Education and Training Phase Degree (after successful completion of UnivPrep)

  • Prospective students who want to select a language as a specialisation subject, must pass that particular language at grade 12 Home Language level with a minimum pass mark of 50%.  Prospective students who want to select English as a specialisation, must pass English at grade 12 Home Language level with a minimum pass mark of 50% OR at First Additional Language level with a minimum pass mark of 60%.  Languages which are available for selection by prospective students in the Senior and Further Education and Training Phase are: Setswana, Sepedi, Sesotho, IsiZulu, English, and Afrikaans.

 

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).

 

NB. The official yearbook of the Faculty of Education must in all cases be consulted when considering to enrol for the BEd Degree programme.

The appropriate yearbook is available here

 

Modules/Curriculum

Academic Modules: Compulsory

  • Introduction to Curriculum and Professional Studies (1st Semester)                                                           
  • Critical Components for Curriculum Development for Educators (1st Semester)
  • Educational Media & Technology (1st Semester)
  • Historical and Political Context of Education (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 the end of January 2019 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 2019 and October/November 2019.

Fees

  • The total programme fee for 2019 is R12 000.
  • In order to be registered for the programme, successful applicants must pay a non-refundable registration fee of R5 000.
  • Registration and final admission to the programme is dealt with strictly on a “first-come-first-serve” basis. Successful applicants who do not register, will lose their place in the programme.
  • The balance due after registration is payable in monthly instalments starting January 2019 and the full programme fee must be paid by end of September 2019. 

 

 

UnivPrep:  Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Information Technology

 

As from 2018, the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Degree will also be offered in the distance mode of delivery. After successful completion of the UnivPrep programme, prospective students will be able to enrol for the BSc degree in IT either by means of distance education or by means of full-time study at one of the NWU campuses where the degree is offered.

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 3 points below normal admission (APS score of 26) to BSc study, otherwise admission per Senate Discretionary rule. This implies that a minimum APS score of 23 will be considered for admission to the UnivPrep BSc IT programme.
  • Minimum Mathematics score of 35% at grade 12 level OR Mathematics Literacy score of 70% at grade 12 level 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 

NB: Applicants who are accepted for the UnivPrep BSc IT programme and who were enrolled in Mathematical Literacy in 
Grade 12, are strongly advised to take extra Maths classes for additional support.

  • Financial Accounting Special (1st and 2nd Semester)
  • Introduction to End-user Computing (1st and 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 the end of January 2019 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 2019 and October/November 2019.

Fees

  • The total programme fee for 2019 is R12 000.
  • In order to be registered for the programme, successful applicants must pay a non-refundable registration fee of R5 000.
  • Registration and final admission to the programme is dealt with strictly on a “first-come-first-serve” basis. Successful applicants who do not register, will lose their place in the programme.
  • The balance due after registration is payable in monthly instalments starting January 2019 and the full programme fee must be paid by end of September 2019. 

 

 

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

(with Policing Practice)

NOTE:  The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Governance (with Policing Practice) is currently not being offered by the NWU as a full-time qualification. After completion of the BA UnivPrep programme, successful participants wishing to enrol for the BA Degree in Public Governance (with Policing Practice) can only enrol for the degree by means of distance education.

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 5 points below normal admission (APS score of 25) to BA- studies, otherwise admission per Senate Discretionary rule. This implies that a minimum APS score of 20 will be considered for admission to the UnivPrep BA Public Governance (with Policing Practice) programme.
  • 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 end of January 2019 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 2019 and October/November 2019.

Fees

  • The total programme fee for 2019 is R12 000.00
  • In order to be registered for the programme, successful applicants must pay a non-refundable registration fee of R5 000.00
  • Registration and final admission to the programme is dealt with strictly on a “first-come-first-serve” basis. Successful applicants who do not register, will lose their place in the programme.
  • The balance due after registration is payable in monthly instalments starting January 2019 and the full programme fee must be paid by end of September 2019.