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 RPL for Access to Undergraduate Study


How it works

If you are over 23, want to take a higher education programme but don’t meet the formal entry requirements (Matric certificate etc.) and are sure that you have the knowledge and skills to cope with the demands of higher education, then read on.

The RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) routes offer you an opportunity to prove your ability at this level and to experience university life for yourself.

 There are two ways you can apply for admission through RPL:

• The Portfolio Development Course (PDC)

• The Tests for Access and Placement (TAP)

We offer advice and information on both routes.

The Portfolio Development Course (PDC)

“The best thing the PDC did was to assist me in preparing my portfolio of evidence to support my application to study at UWC.  At first I was not confident enough about myself but the PDC equipped me with the ability to analyse and document my learning history.” Siyabonga Mngxali, 2007, studying towards a B.Th.

 The PDC is designed to give you an experience of being ‘at university’ for four months.  It is an excellent opportunity to find out what the university has to offer and what is expected of you in terms of time, money and hard work. The PDC is a demanding course and numbers are limited to 65 people per course.

 During your course you will attend lectures on Saturday mornings, write assignments and document your own learning history. You will have to produce a portfolio that will be assessed as part of your application to study at UWC. The course will also prepare you for an interview with an assessment panel once they have read your portfolio. The course takes place over 16 weeks and includes mentoring support as you complete your portfolio.

 The PDC will help you decide whether to apply for admission or not.  If you do decide to apply, your completed portfolio will be assessed by an academic panel and in most cases, you will be called for an interview.  Once a decision has been made by the panel, you will be informed both verbally and in writing.

RPL Tests for Access and Placement (TAP)

The TAP consists of two different tests. The first assesses your motivation and level of prior learning and the second, the National Benchmark Test, tests your potential to cope with the level of academic, writing and numeracy necessary for higher education programmes. The tests are written over two days and each text lasts three hours.

If you wish to study for a degree offered by the Science, Health Science and Economics and Management Sciences Faculties you will need to sit the NBT Maths Test as well. These tests are written during the course of one day.

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