University of The Free State Bridging Programme

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University of the Free State Bridging Programme

University Preparation Programme

University of the Free State Bridging Programme, Students from historically disadvantaged communities are given the opportunity to participate in higher education through the University Preparation Programme (a type of bridging year),
University Preparation Programme (UPP)
A one-year accessibility programme helps students from historically disadvantaged communities to gain access to higher education in especially three fields of study: Economic and Management Sciences, the Humanities, and Natural and Agricultural Sciences. After successful completion of the bridging year, students continue their studies at the Bloemfontein Campus of the UFS.

The UPP represents a bridging year and takes place in Bloemfontein (South Campus) and five sub-regions, i.e. Sasolburg, Bethlehem, Welkom, Kimberley and Oudtshoorn.

What is UPP?

UPP are bridging programmes offered jointly by Flavius Mareka TVET College and the University of Free State.  The programmes have been designed to allow a student whose admission point (AP) is lower than the point required for admission to a university.

In order to register for the programme, a student has to meet the following admission requirements:

  • Must be in a possession of a National Senior Certificate (NSC)
  •  4 Subjects in NSC with minimum achievement level of 3 ( 40 – 49% )
  • University of Free State ( UFS ) Admission Point ( AP ) between 20 – 27
  • Language of instruction ( English ) Minimum achievement level 3 ( 40 % )
  • Mathematics: Minimum achievement level 3 ( 40 % ) for chemistry and Mathematics
  •  Mathematics: Minimum achievement level 3 (40%) for B Com

Calculation of admission points (AP)

NSC

7 (80% – 100 %)

6 (70% -79%)

5 ( 60% – 69% )

4 (50% – 59%)

3 (40% – 49%)

2(30% – 39%)

1 (0% – 29%)

UFS

8 (90% – 100%)

7 (80% – 89%)

6 (70 % – 79 %)

5 (60% – 69 %)

4 (50% – 59%)

3 (40% – 49% )

2(30% – 39%)

AP

8

7

6

5

4

3

2

1

In the subject Life Orientation a student needs an achievement level of 5 (60%- 69%) or higher to score only 1 point when calculating the admission point.

Academic support
The UPP also contributes to students’ development through a course in Skills and Competencies for Lifelong Learning, an Academic Literacy course in English or Afrikaans, and a Computer Literacy course.
Further enquiries about the UPP:

Manager: University Preparation Programme
Tshegofatso Setilo

or

The Programme Secretary
Ms Lydia Moilwa
Tel: +27 (0)51-5051201
Email: moilwaml@ufs.ac.za