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The scramble for tertiary education is on, but those who did not get top results need not give up on their dreams for a degree in commerce.
The North-West University (NWU) Preparatory Programme was approved at the end of last year by the North-West University’s Institutional Committee for Academic Standards (Icas) for a test period from January until November.
The prep programme provides an opportunity for students who did not meet the admission requirements of a North-West University BCom degree. The programme will serve to develop the academic, personal and social competencies required for such a degree.
After having completed this foundation programme and meeting university entrance requirements, successful students will be credited with two of the five modules offered (Business Management and Mathematics) should they decide to study towards a generic BCom degree at the university.
The Icas endorsement ensures that students are offered a quality programme that will receive wide recognition.
The Open Learning Group, official open distance learning partner of North-West University, will deliver and support the prep programme.
The multi-modal model of delivery consists of face-to-face tutoring; Smartboard-enabled broadcasts enabling easy interaction between students and tutors across geographical distances; as well as paper-based academic content delivered via an eLearning platform such as Moodle.
Students will also receive full support from the Open Learning Group call centre throughout the duration of the programme.
The programme will be presented at the three North-West University campuses in Potchefstroom, Vanderbijlpark and Mafikeng and possibly at other venues as determined by the location of registered students.
Selected applicants will also receive a bursary grant from NWU when enrolling for the programme.
The pilot prep programme will form part of a research project during which the student’s development and progress will be tracked to determine the success of this foundation programme as well as its impact on the student’s future academic performance.
Elements that will be monitored include the quality of the material content; the processes and systems used; and the delivery of the programme.
Ongoing research will be conducted. It is designed to facilitate improvements for a complete university preparatory programme in future.
As the prep programme only has a limited number of places available, prospective students must apply as soon as possible.
For more information contact the Open Learning Group at 011 670 4700 or e-mail Leilani.Ludick@olg.co.za