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Welcome to RPL for Access to Post-Graduate Study

In some cases you may be allowed to take up postgraduate study even if you do not hold an undergraduate qualification.


 RPL for Access to Post-Graduate Study

Each application is dealt with individually by the relevant faculty officer and Senate, but the following criteria will apply when considering the merits of your application:

•    level of previous qualifications

•    research experience and skills

•    subject matter expertise

•    relevant exposure in the field, e.g. conferences or literature

•    relevant work experience and the ability to document this in a portfolio.

If you would like further information, contact the faculty officer responsible for the course you are interested in by following this link to the main UWC homepage (opens in new page).

Alternatively you may contact Alan Ralphs at the Division for Lifelong Learning:

Tel: 021 959 3791 email:

RPL for Credit (Advanced Standing)

Upon entering higher education you may find that you already have advanced-level knowledge or skills in certain subjects or modules. The RPL policy at UWC makes provision for specialized assessments to determine whether you are at the level of someone who has already passed the subject. This is called RPL for credit or advanced standing.

At UWC this scheme is applied to two common first-year courses:

•    English for Education Development (EED)

•    Computer Literacy

You provide us with evidence of your credentialed learning or experience and take an exemption test where the pass mark is 65%. If you pass, you will not have to take the EED and/or Computer Literacy modules as you will receive credits for this part of your course.


To qualify for this you must be 23 years or older in your first year of registration or satisfy the requirements of Rule A3.14 in the General Calendar.

Apply for Exemption Tests

More detailed information about the exemption tests and how to make an application.

These tests are given by your course coordinator in the first semester of each year. If you wish to apply for an exemption, speak to your course coordinator (see below) who will explain the procedure and review your prior learning evidence. The coordinator will decide whether you meet the requirements and whether you are eligible to take the EED or Computer Literacy Tests.

EED course coordinator

Director: Mr Kenneth Goodman – tel: 021 959 2964, email:

Computer literacy

Ms Matthee Tahirih – tel: 021 959 2534, email:


Shuabe Rajap, a manager from a large medical aid company, was admitted to study for a Law degree in 2007. Shuabe decided to apply for credit for the EED (Law) and Computer Literacy Courses. After reading his portfolio his application was granted, he took the two tests and passed. This meant he did not have to attend lecturers for these particular courses.

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