University of the Western Cape Alternative Admission
What is an alternative admission?
Unless Senate determines otherwise, applicants who do not meet the formal requirments for admission to the university or a particular study programme, will not be admitted. Senate’s Discretionary powers will be used when dealing with applications from the following categories of students:
Applicants who matriculated before 2008
The matriculation board will continue to function in its current capacity in 2009.
Until the status quo is changed, all regulations with regard to Senate Discretionary (SD) admission and exemption certificates that currently apply to applicants who completed matric before 2008, will continue to apply to this catergory of students in 2009 and thereafter.
Applicants who will complete the National Senior Certificate (NSC) in 2008 or thereafter
The certificates of candidates who will complete the NSC examinations in 2008 and thereafter will be endorsed to indicate the level of study for which they may be admitted to higher education institutions.
Candidates who complete matric in 2008 and thereafter, but who do not meet the admission criteria of the university, will only be admitted if in Senate’s Discretion, they have demonstrated competence during alternative assessments processes.
Admission Tests such as the National Benchmark Test (NBT) will be used to assess the competence of applicants who have endorsement for studying at a university, but not at the level for which they have applied.
An RPL assessment process will be used to evaluate the competence of applicants who have not completed grade 12 or who have not obtained an endorsed National Senior Certificate. RPL Assessment Process
Applicants with an endorsed NSC who do not meet UWC’s admission requirements
Candidates who completed an NSC, but have not attained the required level of endorsement for admisision to particular study programmes, will be required to complete and pass the National Benchmark Test (NBT) at specific level.
Such candidates will be considered if they have an endorsed certificate for a programme at one level below the programme that they have applied for. They may be admitted to specified programmes if they have passed the NBT at performance levels as determined by faculties. Faculties that offer degree programmes could consider applicants with endorsement for diploma studies. Faculties that offer diploma programmes (Dentistry, Education and Law) could consider applicants with endorsements for higher certificates studies.
For more information regard the National Benchmark Test (NBT) please contact the Student Enrolment Management Unit at Tel: (021) 959 2405/3253 or visit the NBT website by clicking here NATIONAL BENCHMARK TEST
Applicants without an NSC or an endorsed NSC
Students who completed the NSC in 2008 or thereafter, but have not obtained endorsements, will be considered for alternative admission after the age of 23. This age is proposed on the assumption that an appropriate level of maturity and relevant experience or learning could be gained at 23 years of age. Such candidates will be required to complete a RPL portfolio development course and submit to a process where relevant learning and/or experience will be assessed.
Candidates who are 23 or older and do not have a matriculation certificate or NSC, but who might have obtained other qualifications or experience that may be deemed to be equivalent to admission criteria for particular study programmes, will also be required to complete a RPL portfolio development course or an RPL portfolio process as agreed and to submit to a process where such learning, qualification and/or experience will be assessed.