UWC RPL SERVICES
VISIONImplement the RPL policy on a scale that is available to anyone who meets the specific admissions criteria and can demonstrate knowledge, skills, competence and academic readiness.
AIMProvide effective access into UWC through the RPL route as stipulated and governed by the rules and regulations of the National RPL policy. To validate skills and competence using robust, reliable and quality assured processes.
RPL for Access to Undergraduate Study
UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN CAPE: ADMISSIONS POLICY
Applicants may apply for alternative admission into an undergraduate degree in UWC if they meet the following RPL requirements:
- Applicants must be 23 years or older of age. This age requirement is proposed on the assumption that an appropriate level of maturity and relevant experience, skills or learning could be gained at 23 years of age.
- Additionally specific subject requirements for entry into each degree programme will apply for all RPL applications. These subject requirements are stipulated in the prospectus/ handbook for each Faculty.
Are you able to answer the following questions?
- Do you have a Matric Certificate or a National Senior Certificate? Which year did you obtain?
- If yes, please attach a copy of your certificate and IDENTITY Document to your application form
- If you do NOT have a matric certificate / NSC, please state highest standard/grade passed at school and your last year at school
- Do you have computer literacy skills?
- Are you 23 years or older? Do you have any formal, informal or non-formal learning?
- Are you interested in the TAP or Portfolio programme route?
- Are you aware of the costs and payment deadline dates for TAP and Portfolio programme?
RPL PROGRAMME FOR UNDERGRADUATE ACCESS AT UWCRPL Portfolio Development Programme (PDP/PDOP)
This PDP is a five month programme offered by the RPL Unit April-August each year. The programme consists of six key focus areas:
- RPL challenge exams
- University L&T induction
- Survival tool kit for students
- Portfolio development
- Academic writing
- Embedding UWC graduate attributes and lifelong learning
Tests for Access and Placement (TAP)
- September: UWC Reading and writing proficiency test
- October/November: NBT test
- October: Life sciences challenge exam
- November: Physical science (Physics-Chemistry) challenge exam
Candidates selecting the TAP route will need to write the following tests and are required to pay an amount of R700. The deadline for payment is April. TAP applicants are required to do their own preparation for the NBT exams. There are plenty of study guides available in local bookshops and other material on the internet to assist you in this regard. The following websites are useful starting points:
- The Siyavula website https://www.siyavula.com/read
- The National Benchmark Tests website www.nbt.ac.za and www.nbt.ac.za/sites/default/files/NBT_AL_Teachers.pdf
- The Purple Pepper Mathematics http://www.purplepeppermaths.co.za
- Grade 12 Math’s lessons http://learn.mindset.co.za/xtra/lessons/grade12/Mathematics
- Sign up and learn with school yourself.org https://schoolyourself.org/
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