Matrics: apply now for tertiary education
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Cape Town - Grade 12 pupils who intend going on to tertiary level have been urged to start applying for admission to institutions now to avoid long queues and disappointment at the beginning of the 2016 academic year.
The Higher Education and Training Department issued the advice at the launch of its Apply Now/Khetha Career Guidance Campaign this week. Deputy Minister Mduduzi Manana said the campaign was aimed at encouraging pupils to apply for admission to higher education institutions on time, to avert possible stampedes.
The campaign was in response to an incident at the University of Joburg in 2012 where a mother was killed in a stampede while submitting a late application for her child.
The deputy minister’s sentiments were echoed by institutions of higher learning in the Western Cape, who warned against applying late.
“We want to encourage pupils to apply as early as possible and to prepare all application documents including the applicant’s certified copy of ID, latest school results, proof of residence and parents or guardian’s ID,” False Bay College marketing manager Colleen Brennon said.
Brennon said applications for the 2016 academic year were open at the college, adding that pupils should apply online as soon as they had their mid-year examination results.
Lauren Kansley of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology advised: “You should always apply early and to multiple institutions who offer your course of choice, to maximise your chances of getting accepted.
“Also, try and talk to someone who is already studying that course. They could give you valuable tips about improving your portfolio, or help you prepare for that important entrance interview or exam.”
Closing dates for applications vary by institution, with June 30 being the earliest date.
Applications for medicine and health sciences at Stellenbosch University (SU) closed on May 31, and are to close on June 30 for the rest of undergraduate studies.
Spokesman Martin Viljoen said the university had already seen a 30 percent increase in the number of first-year student applications compared to last year.
“It is therefore imperative that students apply before June 30 to be considered for admission,” he said.
Applicants could receive provisional admission if their Grade 11 final examination results meet the specific requirements of their course of choice, and satisfactorily complete a national benchmark test.
According to the SU prospective students webpage, national benchmark tests are assessment tests for first-year applicants to higher education, designed to measure the writer’s ability to transfer understanding of academic literacy (language skills), quantitative literacy (numeracy skills) and mathematics to the demands of higher education course work.
At the University of the Western Cape, prospective students have until August 31 to apply for dentistry undergraduate studies, and until September 30 for all the other programmes. Applicants who cannot access the UWC online application platform can contact the university for assistance.
“The university is willing to assist prospective students with online applications.
At UCT, head of media liaison Riana Geldenhuys said applicants had until August 31. The final date to submit a personal report and CV for Health Sciences applicants was September 30, the same date as for all other undergraduate programmes.
Meanwhile, Settlers High School matric pupils who spoke to the Weekend Argus said they were certain of their career choices, and had started applying at various institutions.
The pupils, who were getting ready to sit for their last day of mid-year examinations on Thursday, said they were looking forward to post-school study.
Head girl Christine Ile wants to study medicine and has already sent her applications to UCT, SU and Wits. “I am aware of the requirements. I think I will do well.”
Asked how she chose the institutions, Christine said she perceived the three as the best medical schools in the country.
Head boy Keenan Jacobs said: “I want to make a difference in the world.”
He intends studying law at SU, and said his choice was informed by the proximity of the university to his home, and possible bursary offers. “I will decide between UCT and SU, depending on which one offers me the best bursary package”, he said.
Bursary offers rank high in factors influencing pupils’ choice of institution.
Adhem Kotze wants to study civil engineering at either CPUT or SU. “I meet and exceed the minimum entry requirements, but I will see which one offers me a bursary,” he said.
BCom Law prospect Dylan Theunissen said he would apply for bursaries as soon as he received his mid-year exam results. He hoprd to study at UWC. For Brady Londt and Aamina Bardien, the choice is UCT for accountancy studies.
“I am excited about leaving school and entering a new world of independence,” Bardien said.
Some pupils chose institutions where other talents would be developed. Jodee Johannes, who has represented the Western Cape in athletics and netball would either join SU or the University of Pretoria. “I want to study sports science and both are known for good facilities,” said Jodee.
Anna Bischof, a German exchange student, said she had enjoyed her high school years and would study medicine from next year.