Unit for Open Distance Learning - University Preparatory Programme

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

Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) degree

Bachelor of Theology (BTh) degree

Bachelor of Education (BEd): Foundation Phase

Bachelor of Arts (BA degree) in Public Governance

Application form

Programme information

This information was compiled for introduction and orientation purposes and is subject to change.  The North-West University accepts no liability for changes that may occur in this guide

  • All UnivPrep programmes are only available in English as medium of instruction.
  • Please note that, due to capacity limitations, the University reserves the right to select candidates for admission to this programme. This means that prospective students who comply with the minimum requirements may not necessarily be admitted to the course.

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 regognition of prior learning

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 degrees.  Admission to 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. In addition to this, UnivPrep 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 Senate discretionary admission test in order to qualify for admission to formal degree study, after successful completion of UnivPrep.

Applicants should take note of the fact that the B.Com degree is currently not being offered by the NWU by means of distance education.  After successful completion of the B.Com UnivPrep programme, students wishing to enrol for a B.Com degree have to enrol for full-time studies at one of the three NWU campuses in Mafikeng, Vanderbijlpark or Potchefstroom.  
The Bachelor of Theology-, Bachelor of Arts in Public Governance- as well as the BEd Foundation Phase degrees, are offered by means of distance education and after successful completion of the UnivPrep programmes, prospective students will be able to enrol for these degrees by means of distance education. 

Method of delivery

The Open Distance Learning instructional model makes provision for countrywide contact sessions by means of interactive whiteboards at various tuition centres. Lecturers responsible for the different modules teach in Potchefstroom, Mafikeng or Vanderbijlpark while the lectures are being broadcasted live to the different tuition centres.  Students can interrupt lecturers to ask questions or provide answers to questions as the whiteboard technology allows for immediate interaction between students and lecturers. Technicians at the tuition centres provide students with assistance in this regard.
    
Students attend contact sessions on certain weekdays and weekends with an average of 4-6 sessions per module, per semester, depending on the UnivPrep specialisation.  It is a proven fact that those students who attend contact sessions regularly have a higher success rate than those who do not.  Students are expected to do independent self-study to ensure that they are thoroughly prepared when attending contact sessions.

UODL Tution centres

The Open Distance Learning instructional model makes provision for countrywide contact sessions by means of interactive whiteboards at various tuition centres. Lecturers responsible for the different modules teach in Potchefstroom, Mafikeng or Vanderbijlpark while the lectures are being broadcasted live to the different tuition centres.  Students can interrupt lecturers to ask questions or provide answers to questions as the whiteboard technology allows for immediate interaction between students and lecturers. Technicians at the tuition centres provide students with assistance in this regard.
    
Students attend contact sessions on certain weekdays and weekends with an average of 4-6 sessions per module, per semester, depending on the UnivPrep specialisation.  It is a proven fact that those students who attend contact sessions regularly have a higher success rate than those who do not.  Students are expected to do independent self-study to ensure that they are thoroughly prepared when attending contact sessions.
The programme is presented at the three North-West University campuses in Potchefstroom, Mafikeng and Vanderbijlpark as well as other UODL tuition centres.   Student tuition centres will be determined by the clustering of registered students and will be confirmed by the UODL upon final registration, depending on student numbers per centre.

Instead of attending contact sessions at a tuition centre, students may also opt to join the live broadcasting 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 students with technical support and the necessary software (free of charge) to enable them to connect to the classes.  

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, Ponglola, 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 students have access to the Internet by means of a computer or laptop. Students can access study material and programme related information, submit assignments, interact with lecturers and other students through live chats and keep track of important events and due dates by means of eFundi which is the online collaboration and learning tool of the NWU. All lectures are recorded and saved on the Internet to be viewed afterwards by students as frequently as required.

It is COMPULSORY, and the responsibility of the student to obtain the necessary technology such as a computer and/or tablet 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).

Application for admission 2017

Candidates may apply in one of the following ways:

  • Send the completed application form by post to:  Ms A Jacobs, Unit for Open Distance Learning,  North-West University, Private Bag X6001, Potchefstroom, 2520
  • Scan and e-mail the completed  application form electronically to the following e-mail address:Annemarie.Jacobs@nwu.ac.za
  • Fax the completed application form and accompanying documents to 087 236 0628.

Documents to be provided:    

  • Certified copy of your ID document
  • Certified copy of your Matriculation Certificate (National Senior Certificate)
  • Certified copies of other qualifications (if applicable)

Please Note:  

  • Submission of a completed application form only serves as an application for admission into the Programme. Applications are submitted to academic managers for evaluation and applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application. Registration as a UnivPrep student takes place at a later stage, and only after the prescribed enrolment fee has been paid (see programme information).
  • A prospective student 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.
  • Click to download Application form

Indemnity

This information was compiled for introduction and orientation purposes and is subject to change.  The North-West University accepts no liability for changes that may occur in this guide.

Student Support

  • Students receive study material, including comprehensive study guides, textbooks, readers, an information
  • booklet and Web access to programme related academic and content information.
  • NOTE:  Students enrolled for the UnivPrep BEd Programme will receive only some of the study material since the majority of the material is only available online.
  • All classes are recorded and saved on the Internet to be viewed by students as frequently as required. Lecturers are keen to support and assist students and students are encouraged to make contact with lecturers by means of telephone, e-mail or personal appointments.

 

Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) degree

Admission requirements

  • National Senior Certificate 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 B.Com studies, otherwise admission per Senate Discretionary rule.
  • Minimum Maths Literacy score of 65% or Mathematics passed (30%) at Grade 12 level or equivalent qualification.
  • Specific Requirements
  • Basic Computer Literacy
  • 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/Development

Academic Modules: Compulsory

Bridging the Mathematical Gap

(NB: Students who are accepted for the UnivPrep B.Com 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

Introduction to Economics and Basic Macro- and Micro Economics

Academic Development Modules: Compulsory

Academic Literacy  (compulsory for all NWU-students)

Strategic Reading in the Content Areas

Critical Thinking Skills

Digital Literacy

Schedule

Closing date for applications: 31 January 2017.

The programme will run from the beginning of March 2017 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 2017 and October/November 2017.  Examinations are conducted at NWU examination centres nationwide.

Fees

Price:  R9 000.00

Fee includes all study guides, textbooks, contact classes and e-Learning support.

Amounts Payable

A non-refundable minimum registration fee of R3 800.00 should be paid by 7 February 2017 in order to be registered for the programme.  Details regarding the registration process which starts in August 2016 will be communicated to prospective students.

The balance due after registration is strictly payable in 6 monthly instalments, from March – August 2017.

(Interest will be calculated on all overdue instalments)

 

Bachelor of Theology (BTh) degree

Admission requirements

  • National Senior Certificate 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.
  • Specific Requirements
  •  Basic Computer Literacy
  • 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/Development

Academic Modules: compulsory          

Introduction to the New Testament: History and General Canonics

Introduction to Old Testament: Origin and Structure

Latin

Academic Development Modules: Compulsory

Academic Literacy (compulsory for all NWU-students)

Strategic Reading in the Content Areas

Critical Thinking Skills

Digital literacy

Schedule

Closing date for applications: 31 January 2017.

The programme will run from the beginning of March 2017 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 2017 and October/November 2017.  Examinations are conducted at NWU examination centres nationwide.

Fees

Price:  R9 000.00

Fee includes all study guides, textbooks, contact classes and e-Learning support.

Amounts Payable

A non-refundable minimum registration fee of R3 800.00 should be paid by 7 February 2017 in order to be registered for the programme.  Details regarding the registration process which starts in August 2016 will be communicated to prospective students.

The balance due after registration is strictly payable in 6 monthly instalments, from March – August 2017.

(Interest will be calculated on all overdue instalments)

 

Bachelor of Education (BEd): Foundation Phase

It should be noted that after successful completion of the UnivPrep BEd Foundation Phase programme, prospective students may also apply for admission to the BEd Intermediate-, Senior- and TVET Phases.  The BEd Intermediate Phase degree however will NOT be offered by means of DISTANCE education in 2018.

Admission requirements

  • National Senior Certificate 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.
  • Language Requirement    
  • Only applicants offering Southern-Sotho, Setswana, English or Afrikaans as Home/First Language (Grade 12 level) will be considered for admission.
  • Specific Requirements
  • Basic Computer Literacy
  • 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/Development

Academic Modules: compulsory

Introduction to Curriculum and Professional Studies                                                  

Critical Components for Curriculum Development for Educators

Educational Media & Technology

Historical and Political Context of Education

Academic Development Modules: Compulsory

Academic Literacy (compulsory for all NWU-students)

Strategic Reading in the Content Areas

Critical Thinking

Digital Literacy

Schedule

Closing date for applications: 21 November 2016.

The programme will run from January 2017 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 2017 and October/November 2017.  Examinations are conducted at NWU examination centres nationwide

Fees

Price:  R9 000.00

Fee includes registration, contact classes and e-Learning support as well as some study material and textbooks (majority of the BEd study material is only available online).

Amounts Payable

A non-refundable minimum registration fee of R3 800.00 should be paid by 2 December 2016 in order to be registered for the programme.  Details regarding the registration process which starts in August 2016 will be communicated to prospective students.
The balance due after registration is strictly payable in 6 monthly instalments, from January – June 2017.
(Interest will be calculated on all overdue instalments)

 

Bachelor of Arts (BA degree) in Public Governance

Admission requirements

  • National Senior Certificate 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 20) to BA- studies, otherwise admission per Senate Discretionary rule.
  • Specific Requirements
  • Basic Computer Literacy
  • 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/Development

Academic Modules: compulsory                                 

Policing Management: Crime Prevention

Policing Management: Community Service Centre Management

Professional Skills Development

Communication Skills in the Workplace

Academic Development Modules: Compulsory                   

Academic Literacy (compulsory for all NWU-students)

Strategic Reading in the Content Areas

Critical Thinking

Digital Literacy

Schedule

Closing date for applications: 21 November 2016.

The programme will run from the beginning of February 2017 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 2017.  Examinations are conducted at NWU examination centres nationwide.

Fees

Price:  R9 000.00

Fee includes all study guides, textbooks, contact classes and e-Learning support.

Amounts Payable

A non-refundable minimum registration fee of R3 800.00 should be paid by 2 December 2016 in order to be registered for the programme.  Details regarding the registration process which starts in August 2016 will be communicated to prospective students.
The balance due after registration is strictly payable in 6 monthly instalments, from January – June 2017.
(Interest will be calculated on all overdue instalments)