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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/diploma 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, Mafikeng 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.  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, Mafikeng 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:
     Bisho, East London, King William’s Town, Lusikisiki, Mthatha, Port Elizabeth, Queenstown

2.  Free State:
     Bethlehem, Bloemfontein, Welkom

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

4.  KwaZulu Natal:
     Durban, Empangeni, Ladysmith, Pietermaritzburg, Pongola, Port Shepstone, Richards Bay,   Ulundi, Vryheid

5.  Limpopo:
     Giyani, Makhado, Polokwane, Thohoyandou, Tzaneen

6.  Mpumalanga:
     Ermelo, Graskop, Secunda, White River

7.  Northern Cape:
     De Aar, Kimberley, Kuruman, Springbok, Upington

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

9.  Southern Cape:
     George, Oudtshoorn

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 collaboration and 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 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).

Cost

Information regarding the 2019 UnivPrep programmes will be available as from 01 June 2018.  

Application for Admission 2019

Applications for admission to the 2019 UnivPrep programmes open on 1 June 2018.

 

Please contact the UnivPrep office (Ms Adel Pretorius, tel. 018 285 2087 or e-mail Adel.Pretorius@nwu.ac.za during the first week of June for the 2019 application form and updated information brochure.  

 

All applications are submitted to the relevant Faculty for evaluation and applicants will receive feedback regarding the outcome of the evaluation.  

 

Due to capacity constraints only a limited number of UnivPrep students can be admitted and registration will be dealt with strictly on a "first-come-first-serve" basis.  Admission will only be final once a successful applicant has registered for the programme by paying the minimum required registration fee.

 

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 learner 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

Information regarding the 2019 UnivPrep programmes will be available as from 01 June 2018.

Fees

Information regarding the 2019 UnivPrep programmes will be available as from 01 June 2018.

 

 

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.

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

Information regarding the 2019 UnivPrep programmes will be available as from 01 June 2018.

Fees

Information regarding the 2019 UnivPrep programmes will be available as from 01 June 2018.

 

 

UnivPrep:  Bachelor of Education (BEd): Foundation Phase

It is in the best interest of all applicants to take note of the programme-specific requirements for admission in order to submit an application that meets all conditions and requirements.

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 Sciences 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

Information regarding the 2019 UnivPrep programmes will be available as from 01 June 2018.

Fees

Information regarding the 2019 UnivPrep programmes will be available as from 01 June 2018.

 

 

UnivPrep:  Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Public Governance

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.

 

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                                 

  • 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

Information regarding the 2019 UnivPrep programmes will be available as from 01 June 2018.

Fees

Information regarding the 2019 UnivPrep programmes will be available as from 01 June 2018.

 

 

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 BCom with 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 (1st and 2nd Semester) (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

Information regarding the 2019 UnivPrep programmes will be available as from 01 June 2018.

Fees

Information regarding the 2019 UnivPrep programmes will be available as from 01 June 2018.