UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN 2019 UNDERGRADUATE PROSPECTUS

 
UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN 2019 UNDERGRADUATE PROSPECTUS
2019 UNDERGRADUATE
        PROSPECTUS
UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN 2019 UNDERGRADUATE PROSPECTUS
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CONTENTS
 Message from the Vice-Chancellor                  2
 Using this Prospectus                             4
 About Cape Town and UCT                           5
 Visiting the University                           7
 Application and Admission to UCT                  8
 Faculty of Commerce                              16
 Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment   22
 Faculty of Health Sciences                       28
 Faculty of Humanities                            38
 Faculty of Law                                   49
 Faculty of Science                               53
 Student Housing                                  58
 Sports, Student Clubs and Student Societies      61
 International Students                           63
 Tuition Fees & Residence Costs                   66
 Funding your studies                             68
 Student Life at UCT                              70
 Key Dates                                        72
 Contact information                              73
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    MESSAGE                                                                             committees, the Students’ Representative
                                                                                        Council (SRC) and Student Parliament.
                                                                                                                                          UMYALEZO OVELA
    FROM                                                                                Fourth, we will prepare you for the
                                                                                        globalised world of work. We shape
                                                                                                                                          KWISEKELA-NTLOKO
    THE VICE-                                                                           opportunities for students to engage
                                                                                        internationally with student groups.
                                                                                                                                          LEYUNIVESITHI
    CHANCELLOR                                                                          You will study with students from over
                                                                                        a hundred different countries, and you
                                                                                        will make new and lasting friendships.
                                                                                                                                          Wamkelekile kwiYunivesithi yaseKapa. Ndiyavuya uceba ukuza
                                                                                                                                          kufunda e-UCT (University of Cape Town), neliziko elaziwa ngemfundo
    Welcome to the University of Cape Town. I am                                        There are curricular opportunities for            nangemfundiso ekudidi oluphezulu, nokuzinikela ekuthatheni
    delighted that you are considering studying at                                      learning about global issues. There are           inxaxheba kwimiceli-mngeni yoluntu ngophando namanyathelo ayo
    UCT, an institution renowned for the quality                                        also opportunities to spend some of               okuzibandakanya kwiingxaki zoluntu.
    of its teaching and learning, and for its commitment to           your time studying at a university abroad.
    engaging with society’s challenges through research and                                                                               I-UCT ibonelela ngoluhlu oluphangaleleyo lweenkqubo zezidanga
    active citizenship.                                               Fifth, to support you, we offer a range of student services,        zokuqala (undergraduate) nezilandelayo (postgraduate) kumasebe
                                                                      including services and facilities for students with disabilities,   amathandathu: EzoRhwebo (Commerce), UbuNjineli neeNdawo
    UCT offers a full range of undergraduate and postgraduate         the student wellness service, HIV/Aids prevention and               Ezakhiweyo (Engineering & the Built Environment), ezeMpilo (Health
    programmes in six faculties: Commerce, Engineering & the          treatment, and a career development office. There are also          sciences), ezoLuntu (Humanities), ezoMthetho (Law) nezeNzululwazi
    Built Environment, Health Sciences, Humanities, Law and           dozens of sports clubs, cultural societies and social activities    (Science). Iinkqubo zethu zezidanga zokuqala ziyilwe ngenyameko
    Science. Our undergraduate programmes have been carefully         to enable your all-round development and ensure you have            ukuqinisekisa ukuba umfundi ngamnye uzilungele ngokupheleleyo
    designed to ensure that each student is well prepared for the     lots of fun. We also have many academic support programmes          iimeko zemisebenzi yenkulungwane yama-21.
    work environment of the 21st century.                             to assist students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
                                                                                                                                          Nazi ezinye izizathu zokukhetha i-UCT:
    Here are some reasons why you should opt to study at UCT.         We recognise that tertiary education is expensive and               Okokuqala, uzakuba nethuba lokufumana isidanga esamkelwa
    First, you will have the opportunity to get an internationally    even unaffordable for many. We undertake to provide                 kumazwe ngamazwe ehlabathi. Uninzi lwabafundi abathweswe
    recognised qualification. Many of our graduates have jobs         financial assistance to ensure that any student who excels          izidanga yiUCT bafumana amathuba emisebenzi bengekakulungeli
    before they qualify and almost all have jobs within a few         academically, whether poor or middle class, will be able to         ukusebenza (besaphekwa) kwaye phantse bonke baqeshwa emva
    months after graduating, unless they choose for a specific        afford to come to UCT.                                              kweenyangana nje ezimbalwa bethweswe izidanga, ngaphandle
    reason not to enter formal employment.                                                                                                kokuba banazizathu zimbi zokunganqweneli ngqesho.
                                                                      This Prospectus will help you explore requirements for
    Second, we will expose you to some of the best researchers        different degrees, financial aid options, and provides              Okwesibini, sikunxulumanisa noompondo zihlanjiwe bokuhlohla
    and teachers in the world. The quality of your education is       information about admission testing, accommodation and              neengcali eziphum’izandla kwilizwe jikelele. Imfundo oyizuzayo
    directly related to the quality of the faculty staff teaching     more. If you still have questions, please call UCT’s admissions     ihambelana ngqo nezinga ezikulo iinkcubabuchopho ezikuhlohlayo.
    you. At UCT, researchers of outstanding quality teach, and        office for help.                                                    E-UCT, oompondo zihlanjiwe babaphandi bayafundisa, zize iinkcuba-
    teachers of outstanding quality do research, so that the latest                                                                       buchopho zenze uphando ukuze baphefumlelane ngowona
    scholarly work, teaching methods and practical experience         We are keen to attract talented, motivated students and,            mkhombandlela wokufunda nokufundisa.
    are incorporated into your curriculum.                            in particular, students who care about society and the
                                                                      environment. We encourage you to choose UCT. It will                Okwesithathu, siphuhlisa iinkokheli zengomso. Imfundo yalapha
    Third, we aim to prepare leaders for life. You will acquire an    change your life!                                                   ikulungiselela iimfuno zobomi nezixhobo zokulola ubunkokheli
    education that extends beyond the classroom curriculum. At                                                                            bakho ngokuzibandakanya nemibutho ngemibutho, iiklabhu, iikomiti
    UCT you will have the opportunity to hone your leadership         Yours sincerely                                                     zeendawo zokuhlal zabafundi, iBhunga Elimele Abafundi (SRC)
    skills through engagement in societies, clubs, residence          Dr Max Price, Vice-Chancellor                                       nePalamente yabaFundi (Students Parliament).
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Okwesine, sikuphekela ukusebenza naphina ehlabathini. Siqulunqa       BOODSKAP                                                        jou leierskapsvaardighede deur jou betrokkenheid by
                                                                                                                                      verenigings, klubs, koshuiskomitees, die Studenteraad (SR)
amathuba okuba abafundi bazibandakanye noogxa babo bamazwe
ngamazwe. Uza kufunda uze wakhe ubuhlobo namakhulu-khulu              VAN DIE                                                         en die Studenteparlement te slyp.

abafundi abaphuma mbombo zone zehlabathi. Akwakho namathuba
okufunda ngemiba yehlabathi nawokuya phesheya ngezifundo.             VISE-KANSELIER                                                  Vierdens sal ons jou voorberei vir werk in die internasionale
                                                                                                                                      veld. Ons skep geleenthede vir studente om internasionaal
                                                                                                                                      met studentegroepe te skakel. Jy sal saam met studente
Okwesihlanu, nokujolise ukuxhasa wena, sinoluhlu lweenkonzo           Welkom by die Universiteit van Kaapstad (UK). Ek Is bly jy      van meer as ’n honderd verskillende lande studeer, en jy
zabafundi, njengezibonelelo kubafundi abakhubazekileyo, inkonzo       oorweeg dit om aan hierdie universiteit te studeer, ’n in-      sal nuwe en standhoudende vriendskappe smee. Daar
engempilo yabafundi (student wellness service), i-ofisi yonyango      stelling welbekend vir die gehalte van sy onderrig en opleid-   is ook geleenthede in die leerplanne vir studies oor
nothintelo lwesifo sengculazi (HIV ne-Aids) kunye neyophuhliso        ing, asook sy verbintenis tot die aanpak van samelewing-        wêreldkwessies.
lwezakhono zomsebenzi (Careers service).                              suitdagings deur navorsing en aktieweburgerskap.
                                                                                                                                      Vyfdens bied ons, om jou te ondersteun, ’n reeks
Kukwakho nentlaninge yamaqela yezemidlalo, ezamasiko nezithethe       UK bied ’n volle reeks van voorgraadse en nagraadse             studentedienste; waaronder dienste en geriewe vir
nezoluntu nokuhlala ukuze uphuhle ngokupheleleyo kwaye siqinisekise   studierigtings in ses fakulteite aan: Handel, Ingenieurswese    studente met gestremdhede, die studente-welstandsdiens,
ukuba wonwabile. Sikwanoluhlu lweenkqubo zenkxaso ukukhawulelana      en die Beboude Omgewing, Gesondheidswetenskappe,                MIV/Vigs-voorkoming en -behandeling, en ’n loopbaan-
neemfuno zabafundi abasuka kumakhaya angathathi ntweni.               Geesteswetenskappe, Regswese en Natuurwetenskappe.              ontwikkelingskantoor. Daar is boonop tientalle sportklubs,
                                                                      Ons voorgraadse leerplanne is sorgvuldig ontwerp om             kulturele verenigings en sosiale aktiwiteite om jou in staat
Siyazi ukuba imfundo ephakamileyo ayifikeleleki kwabaninzi.           te verseker dat elke student goed voorberei is vir die          te stel om volledig te ontwikkel en hope pret te hê. Ons
Sinikeza ngenkxaso-mali ukuqinisekisa ukuba nawuphi na umfundi        werksomgewing van die 21ste eeu.                                het ook talle akademiese ondersteuningsprogramme om
osebenza ngemfezeko nokuba uphuma khikhaya elifumileyo okanye                                                                         studente uit benadeelde agtergronde te help.
elingathanth’intweni unakho ukufunda e-UCT.                           Hier is ʼn paar belangrike redes waarom jy behoort te kies
                                                                      om aan die UK te studeer. Eerstens sal jy die geleentheid       Ons besef dat baie nie tersiêre onderrig kan bekostig nie
Lo mpoposho ushicilelweyo ukhawulelana nawe ukuphonononga             kry om ’n internasionaal erkende kwalifikasie te verwerf.       en onderneem om finansiële hulp te verleen om seker te
uluhlu lwezidanga, inkxaso-mali, nolwazi malunga novavanyo            Baie van ons gegradueerdes het reeds werk voordat hulle         maak dat enige student wat akademies goedgekeur is, of
lolwamkelo (admission testing), indawo yokuhlala nokunye. Ukuba       kwalifiseer en byna almal kry werk binne ’n paar maande         hy/sy nou arm of van die middelklas is, in staat sal wees
usenayo imibuzo, nceda uqhakamshelane ne-ofisi yolwamkelo ye-UCT.     nadat hulle graad gekry het, behalwe as hulle om ’n             om dit te kan bekostig om na UK te kom.
                                                                      spesifieke rede verkies om nie formele indiensneming te
Sinomdla wokutsala abafundi abanezakhono, intshisakalo,               betree nie.                                                     Hierdie Prospektus is saamgestel om jou te help om
ingakumbi abafundi abazikhathazayo ngoluntu nangokusingqongileyo.                                                                     verskillende graadvereistes en opsies rondom finansiële
Siyakukhuthaza ukuba usizame, singakutshintshela ubomi!               Tweedens sal ons jou blootstel aan van die beste                hulp te ondersoek, asook om inligting te verskaf oor
                                                                      navorsers en dosente ter wêreld. Die gehalte van jou            toelatingstoetse, huisvesting, en dies meer. As jy steeds
Ozithobileyo                                                          onderrig hou regstreeks verband met die gehalte van die         vrae sou hê, skakel asseblief UK se toelatingskantoor vir
Gqr. Max Price, Isekela-Ntloko                                        fakulteitspersoneel wat jou onderrig. By UK gee navorsers       bystand.
                                                                      van hoogstaande gehalte klas en doen dosente van
                                                                      hoogstaande gehalte navorsing. Die jongste navorsingswerk,      Ons is gretig om talentvolle, gemotiveerde studente te
                                                                      onderrigmetodes en praktiese ondervinding word dus in           trek, en veral studente wat waarde aan maatskaplike
                                                                      jou leerplan geïnkorporeer.                                     geregtigheid en betrokke burgerskap heg. Ons moedig jou
                                                                                                                                      aan om UK te kies. Dit sal jou lewe verander!
                                                                      Derdens mik ons daarna om toekomstige leiers te kweek.
                                                                      Jy sal ’n opvoeding verkry wat wyer as die klaskamer-           Dr. Max Price
                                                                      leerplan strek. By UK sal jy die geleentheid kry om             Vise-kanselier
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    USING
      THIS PROSPECTUS
      This prospectus is a guide for school-leavers and others who are interested   Applicant status: Once you have submitted your application, you can
      in studying for a first qualification at the University of Cape Town. It      check the progress of your application on the UCT website. You will need
       introduces you to life at UCT, describing the campus and detailing the       to use your applicant number or personal details to access information.
        services and facilities we provide for students.
                                                                                    Disadvantage factor: This is a percentage, between 0 and 10%, by which
        Details of all undergraduate programmes offered are provided.               we adjust the FPS of South African NSC candidates to arrive at the WPS.
        We recommend that you also visit the websites of faculties and              The disadvantage factor is in turn derived from factors related to the
         departments in which you may be interested. To help you understand         disadvantage experienced by applicants in their school and at home.
         the contents of this prospectus, we list below some of the terms that
          we use in this prospectus and what we mean by these terms.                Early conditional offer: This is an offer of admission, made during
                                                                                    the course of the year preceding admission, which is conditional on
           Admission Points Score (APS): This is the measure of your                performance in your final school examinations. Early conditional offers are
           academic achievement based on your school-leaving results (or an         not made to all applicants. An early conditional offer will be withdrawn if
            acceptable equivalent). The APS either on its own or (as in some        the conditions for admission are not met.
            faculties) combined with your NBT scores produces a Faculty Points
             Score (FPS) which we use to rank applicants.                           Faculty Points Score (FPS): This is the score we use to rank applicants.
                                                                                    In two faculties it combines the APS and NBT scores. In other faculties it
              Admissions selection criteria: We use these to select whom            is the APS.
              we will accept to study at UCT. First, we decide who has met
               the (minimum) admission requirements. Then, we apply the             Faculty: A faculty is a grouping of departments that offers specific degree
               admissions selection criteria for the programme concerned.           and diploma programmes. There are six faculties at UCT. Students register
                                                                                    in a faculty.
                Applicant: You (A person who applies to study for a degree,
                diploma or certificate). Once you register at UCT, you become       Matriculation / Matriculation Endorsement: If you obtain a NSC
                 a student.                                                         endorsed for bachelors degree study you do not need a matriculation
                                                                                    certificate or a certificate of exemption. If your school-leaving certificate is
                  Application fee: This is the fee required as part of your         from another examining authority you will need to obtain a matriculation
                  application. It is non-refundable, even if your application is    exemption certificate.
                   unsuccessful.
                                                                                    Minimum Admission requirements: What you must have: for example,
                    Applicant number: An alpha-numeric number will be               Mathematics is required for admission to some programmes. These are
                    allocated to you to identify and track your application. It     necessary requirements you must meet, but are not necessarily sufficient
                     normally consists of the first three consonants of your        for entry.
                     surname, and the first three characters of your first
                      name, followed by a unique three digit number. It is          National Benchmark Tests (NBT): All applicants to undergraduate
                       important that you quote this number in any subsequent       programmes living in, or at school in, South Africa, and all Health Sciences
                        correspondence that you have with us.                       applicants, must write the NBTs. The NBTs comprise of three tests.
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National Senior Certificate (NSC): Since 2008, South African school-leavers            School subject requirements: The subjects and ratings that you must
write the NSC examinations. This may be under the auspices of one of                   obtain to be considered for admission for a particular degree or diploma
three examining authorities: The Department of Basic Education (DBE), the              programme. Obtaining the NSC with bachelors endorsement and meeting
Independent Examinations Board (IEB) or the South African Comprehensive                the minimum admission requirement does not guarantee admission to
Assessment Institute (SACAI). Scores in this prospectus are calculated for             the University.
NSC applicants.
                                                                                       Undergraduate: A university student registered for a first degree or an
Programme: Students enter a degree, diploma or certificate programme,                  undergraduate diploma. This Prospectus is intended for you if you wish
which is a combination of subjects that have been constructed to provide               to be admitted to an undergraduate programme at UCT.
you with a particular knowledge and skills base, and leads to a qualification.
                                                                                       Weighted Points Score (WPS): For South African
Redress Category: The redress category is derived, for South African                   NSC applicants only, this is the faculty
applicants only, from the racial classification of their parents during Apartheid.     points score weighted by the
                                                                                       disadvantage factor applicable
Registration: If you are offered a study place, you must sign up before the start      to each applicant.
of the first term. We call this registration. Registration gives you student status,
commits you to a certain programme, and to pay fees for it.

    Glossary and abbreviations of common application-related terms

     A Level            Advanced Level
     AL                 Academic Literacy
     AP                 Advanced Programme
     APS                Admission Points Score
     AS Level           Advanced Subsidiary Level
     FPS                Faculty Points Score
     GCSE               General Certificate of Secondary Education
     IB SL              International Baccalaureate Standard Level
     IB HL              International Baccalaureate Higher Level
     IGCSE              International General Certificate of Secondary Education
     MedPS              Medical Points Score
     NBT                National Benchmark Tests
     NSC                National Senior Certificate
     NSSC               Namibian Senior School Certificate
     OL                 Ordinary Level
     QL                 Quantitative Literacy
     WPS                Weighted Points Score
     ZIMSEC             Zimbabwean Schools Examination Council
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    ABOUT
                 CAPE TOWN & UCT
    One of the most popular destinations in the world, Cape Town
    has it all. With beaches, mountains, forests and UCT on your
    doorstep, Cape Town is an historic, cosmopolitan city with a
    vibrant contemporary culture of music and art, as well as a host
    of sport and leisure activities.

    The University’s main campus lies on the lower slopes of Devil’s
    Peak in the Cape Peninsula. The Peninsula and its environs
    feature some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world and
    offer you a unique natural environment to explore during your
    leisure time. Many sports are offered at the University and there
    is an active cultural life, both on campus and in and around
    the city. Cape Town forms the hub of the Western Cape, and it
    is the centre of politics, business, industry and services in the
    region. This region provides an ideal ‘laboratory’ for much of the
    University’s teaching and research.

    The University of Cape Town is the oldest university in South
    Africa and is one of the leading research universities on the
    African continent. UCT has over 29 000 students, of whom
    30% are postgraduate students. Some 5 500 degrees and
    diplomas are awarded each year in our six faculties: Commerce,
    Engineering & the Built Environment, Health Sciences,
    Humanities, Law, and Science. We pride ourself on our diverse
    student body, which reflects the many cultures and backgrounds
    of the region. We welcome international students and
    are currently home to over 5 000 international
    students from over 100 countries.

    UCT has a tradition of academic excellence and
    research that is respected world-wide. Past
    students include five Nobel Laureates –
    Max Theiler, Alan Cormack, Sir Aaron Klug,
    Ralph Bunche and, most recently, J M Coetzee.
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VISITING
                       THE UNIVERSITY
This Prospectus can only give you a flavour of life at UCT. If       School talks to Grade 11 and 12 pupils                        Parents’ Orientation events are held annually for both local
you can visit the campus before applying, please do so. There        •   Grade 9 subject-choice talks (at schools)                 parents, and parents of students from outside of Cape Town.
are many opportunities for applicants and their parents to           •   Campus tours scheduled for 10h00 and 14h00 daily;         For more information about visiting UCT or the services listed
visit the University to find out more about us, our degree               booking on 021 650 4556 is essential                      above, contact:
programmes and our facilities.                                       •   Career evenings
                                                                     •   Career exhibitions
                                                                     •   Assistance with the application procedure                              The Admissions Office:
UCT Open Day: 21 April 2018                                          •   Provision of application forms for those unable to
Our annual Open Day is aimed at high school students in                  apply online                                                           Tel:     021 650 2128
Grades 10, 11 and 12, their families, teachers and guidance          •   UCT evenings for applicants and parents                                Email:   admissions-ug@uct.ac.za
counsellors. All faculties take part in the event, offering talks,   •   Advice on study options available at UCT.                              Website: www.uct.ac.za
tours, exhibitions, performances and other events. Detailed
information will be sent to schools and will also be on the
UCT website (www.uct.ac.za).                                         Parents’ Orientation
                                                                     Parents of new undergraduate students are invited to attend
From time to time, we host events which are specific to              Parents’ Orientation each year. The programme allows for
particular disciplines, or faculties.                                parents to be addressed by the Vice-Chancellor, and
                                                                     meet the Deans. In addition, parents will be
                                                                     exposed to therange of facilities on
The Admissions Office                                                offer at UCT, including transport
You are invited to visit the Admissions Office between 08h30         and security arrangements in
(except for Thursdays, when we open at 09h30) and 16h30              place for students.
daily. Access information by either meeting with a student
recruitment officer, or collecting a copy of our prospectus.
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    APPLICATION AND ADMISSION TO UCT
    ADMISSIONS POLICY
    Our admissions policy is designed to ensure that             Redress on the basis of disadvantage                                        These are the four designated redress categories used to give
    top achievers are offered places at UCT, and to ensure                                                                                   effect to our admissions policy.
    a diverse student body by incorporating measures for         As our South African history has been, and in many cases continues to       •    Redress category 1: An applicant with at least one parent
    redress and measures to ensure that the incoming             be, one of gross inequality usually structured along racial lines, a key         classified as Black under apartheid
    cohort increasingly reflects the demographic diversity       element of our admissions policy is to provide for redress for South        •    Redress category 2: An applicant with at least one parent
    of our country.                                              African citizens and permanent residents on the basis of disadvantage.           classified as Coloured (but the other not as Black) under
                                                                 To do this we look at the school the applicant attends/attended and              apartheid
    We start by                                                  his/her family background. This yields a disadvantage factor, expressed     •    Redress category 3: An applicant with at least one parent
    •    setting minimum levels of academic achievement          as a percentage between 0% and 10% (or for the MBChB, between 0%                 classified as Indian (but the other not as Black or Coloured)
         for each programme, below which we will not offer       and 20%). We add this percentage of the FPS to the FPS to derive the             under apartheid
         a place;                                                weighted (for redress) Faculty Point Score (WPS).                           •    Redress category 4: An applicant with at least one parent
    •    setting the class size for each programme and setting                                                                                    classified as Chinese (but the other not as Black, Coloured or
         an aspirational demographic enrolment target for        In other words if the disadvantage factor is 7%, we calculate the                Indian) under apartheid
         each programme; and                                     WPS as follows: WPS = FPS + (7% X FPS)
    •    determining selection methods                           If there is a zero redress factor (no school or family disadvantage or an
                                                                 international applicant) then the factor is 0% and WPS = FPS +0 = FPS       Selections methods
    The Faculty Points Score                                                                                                                 When making offers, we:
                                                                 Redress for diversity                                                       •  select a proportion of the class using the unweighted FPS;
    The Faculty Points Score (FPS) (calculated in different                                                                                     this we call Band A.
    ways to meet the needs of each faculty) is used to rank      We categorise all South African applicants (not international               •  select a proportion (usually a bigger proportion) of the class
    the best applicants; a small number of applicants will be    applicants) according to the categorisation of their parents’ race under       using the weighted score – the WPS – in which we make a
    offered places on the basis of the FPS.                      apartheid. This allows us to have a proxy for the applicant’s race.            significant allowance for school and/or family disadvantage
                                                                          We use these categories to give priority in making selection          and this we call Band B.
                                                                              decisions to ensure that we meet the diversity targets we      •  select the remaining members of the class in FPS rank order
                                                                                 set for each class.                                            from redress categories in order to
                                                                                                                                                constitute each class for
                                                                                                                                                diversity; this we call Band C.
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HOW TO APPLY
                                                               IMPORTANT DATES
Apply online at http://applyonline.uct.ac.za.                  APRIL 2018:                                          30 NOVEMBER 2018
Alternatively, contact the Admissions Office for an            •    2019 applications open in early April.          •   Last date on which we can make an offer
application form. You will get directions on how to complete                                                            to an international undergraduate applicant
the form. You must submit only one application. Your           30 SEPTEMBER 2018:                                       requiring a study visa.
application allows you to choose two programmes. It is in      •    Applications close
your interest to seek advice about your programme choices,     •    Applications for housing close                  31 DECEMBER 2018:
since this selection may affect your chances of admission.                                                          •    All final transcripts and non-NSC school-
                                                               1 OCTOBER 2018 :                                          leaving results (except CIE, ZIMSEC and
When you apply to UCT, your application will be dealt with     •   Final date to submit the Health Sciences’             NSSC) must be submitted as certified paper
by the Admissions Office and by the Faculty that offers your       Personal Report or CV                                 documents.
choice of study. You can contact the Admissions Office at      •   Final date to submit the Bachelor of
any time before or during the application process, and we          Architectural Studies (BAS) and Bachelor         15 JANUARY 2019
will be happy to give you help or advice.                          of Fine Art (BA(FA)) portfolios                  •    Final CIE results from the November 2018
                                                                                                                         session are due.
     You can contact us:                                       13 OCTOBER 2018 :
     By post:         The Admissions Office                    •    National Benchmark Tests must be written        26 JANUARY 2019
                                                                    no later than 13 October 2018                   •    University residences open.
                      The University of Cape Town
                                                                                                                    •    Parents’ orientation.
                      Private Bag X3
                                                               31 OCTOBER 2018:
                      Rondebosch 7701                          •    For applicants finishing secondary school       28 JANUARY 2019
                                                                    in 2018, all grade 12 interim results, or       •    Parents’ orientation.
     By telephone:      021 650 2128
                                                                    predicted scores in the case of non-NSC
     By email:          admissions-ug@uct.ac.za                     candidates, are due.                            11 FEBRUARY 2019
     On the website:    www.uct.ac.za                          •    You may change choices, as you wish,            •    Classes start.
     On Twitter:        @uctadmissions                              until 31 October 2018. After this date your
                                                                    programme choices may only be changed
     In person:         Admissions Office, Level 4,                 with the prior permission of the faculty to
                        Masingene Building,                         which you wish to apply.
                        Cross Campus Road,                     •    Interim and past transcripts for transferring
                        Middle Campus,                              applicants are due
                        Rondebosch, UCT
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                    What is the application fee?                                                                          Your application will have one of several statuses while it is being processed. These include:
                     South African and SADC applicants must pay a non-refundable application fee of R100.                 •    Application submitted: typically shortly after we first receive your application
                    International students are required to pay an application fee of R300. Application fees will          •    Decision deferred: for any number of reasons, we may not be able to take a decision to admit or
                   not be refunded under any circumstances. Paying your application fee does not mean you will                 deny an application yet because we do not have enough information. An example would be that the
                be offered a place to study at UCT.                                                                            applicant’s performance at school Is not yet strong enough to attract an offer of admission
                                                                                                                          •    Conditional offer: we have made an offer of admission, based on certain conditions being met
     Currently registered UCT students and UCT graduates do not pay an application fee, unless applying for               •    Firm offer: we have made a firm offer of admission, without any conditions
     admission to a programme offered by the Graduate School of Business.                                                 •    Deny: the application Is unsuccessful
                                                                                                                          •    Waitlisted: you have met all the criteria for admission, but we are unable to admit because, for example,
                   What happens when your application has been submitted?                                                      the applicant pool Is very competitive
                    You will get an email acknowledgement setting out what you have to do next. If you apply
                     by completing a paper application form, and you do not have an email address, we will write          Early conditional offers
                     to you acknowledging receipt, asking you to check the data we have captured from your                Conditional offers are offers of admission which are dependent on you meeting one or more conditions.
                   form. Once we have your application our faculties will consider it and all updates/decisions           We will specify such conditions to you in our communication. We make conditional offers throughout the
                will be sent to your email account.                                                                       application cycle.

     When we acknowledge receipt of your application, we will give you your applicant number, and a username              For NSC applicants, conditional offers will usually (but not necessarily) be made only once two sets of
     (which is also your applicant number) and password for access to Student Self-Service. At any stage you will         internal school examination results and the NBT results are available. Conditional offers will only be
     be able to track the status of your application, using these log-in credentials.                                     confirmed once the final FPS and NBT results are available, and provided both the FPS and NBT results
                                                                                                                          confirm that the admission criteria have been satisfied.
     However, if all of your applications are cancelled/denied, you will no longer have access to Student
     Self-Service. Please use your applicant number when you contact us as it will help us track your                     For applicants doing international school-leaving qualifications, we typically require all possible submissions
     application. You may check the status of your application and update your application, as required, at               before final school-leaving results are available. Examples of important submissions to support conditional
     www.studentsonline.uct.ac.za.                                                                                        offers are predicted scores, IGCSE results and SAT results.

                    GENERAL ELIGIBILITY FOR ADMISSION TO UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMMES
                    In order to be considered for admission to a programme, an applicant must, in the first instance,         •  Applicants with non-South African school-leaving certificates must have met the
                    be eligible for consideration. As an undergraduate applicant to UCT you must be aware of the                requirements for matriculation exemption.
                    following, and satisfy criteria which apply to you.                                                       • All applicants, in the final school-leaving assessment, must have achieved the minimum
                    •      National Senior Certificate applicants must, for admission to higher certificate, diploma or         criteria for admission to the programme/s of their choice. These include:
                          degree programmes have met the NSC requirements for such endorsement.                                 - the required APS, FPS, WPS or MedPS as it may apply to the programme of choice
                    •     If you do not meet the minimum requirements for university admission but you are 23 years             - performance levels specified for required school subjects
                          or older and have a Grade 12 (school-leaving) certificate, you may qualify for a mature age           - performances in the applicable components of the NBTs
                          exemption. If you fall into this category, you should discuss the possibility of conditional          - any other requirements, as outlined in the faculty sections, that may be applicable to
                          exemption with the relevant faculty office. Applicants with mature age exemption are not            		 specific programmes
                          considered for programmes offered in the Faculties of Health Sciences and Law.
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             SCORE CALCULATIONS FOR NATIONAL                                                 EXAMPLES OF POINTS SCORE CALCULATIONS FOR NSC APPLICANTS
             SENIOR CERTIFICATE APPLICANTS ONLY
                                                                                             1. FACULTIES OF COMMERCE, ENGINEERING & THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT, HUMANITIES AND LAW
           For applicants writing the National Senior Certificate we use an Admission        In these faculties the FPS is calculated out of 600.
        Points Score (APS), a Faculty Points Score (FPS) and, in the case of South African   English Home Language		                    75%         =      75 pts
applicants, a Weighted Points Score (WPS) to assess your performance at school. In           isiXhosa First Additional Language         70%         =      70 pts
addition, only for admission to the MBChB programme, we also use a MedPS. The                Mathematics		                              84%         =      84 pts
scores are described in detail below.                                                        Life Sciences 		                           86%         =      86 pts
                                                                                             Geography		                                79%         =      79 pts
The percentages achieved in NSC examinations (preliminary and final examinations) will       Accounting		                               69%         =      69 pts
be allocated an admissions score equal to that percentage.                                   Life Orientation		                         80%         =      0 pts
                                                                                                                                        Total       =      463/600
                                                                                                             		                         FPS         =      463
TO CALCULATE YOUR APS (a score out of a maximum of 600), add the six best
subject percentages, excluding Life Orientation and scores for AP subjects, but including    Use the disadvantage factor to derive the weighted score:
English and any other required subject(s) for the relevant programme. (In other words,       for the purpose of this example the disadvantage factor is 10%.
for a programme where Mathematics and Physical Sciences are required, take the scores                                    Disadvantage factor      =        10% (46)
for English, Mathematics, Physical Sciences and the next best three subjects other than                                               WPS         =        509 (463+46)
Life Orientation to calculate your APS.) Results below 40% for any subject do not attract    				                                                          [for South African applicants only]
a score. In order to determine which subjects are required for admission to particular
programmes, please refer to the faculty sections that follow.                                2. FACULTY OF HEALTH SCIENCES
                                                                                             2.1 MBChB applications only: The MedPs is calculated out of 1000.
                                                                                             This includes the FPS (900) and the Personal Report (100).
TO CALCULATE YOUR FPS, the APS will be adjusted as described below in the                    English Home Language		                  75%         =     75 pts
calculation examples. Two faculties (Health Sciences and Science) adjust the APS when        isiXhosa First Additional Language       70%         =     70 pts
calculating the FPS. For the rest (Commerce, Engineering & the Built Environment,            Mathematics		                            84%         =     84 pts
Humanities and Law), the APS equals the FPS.                                                 Life Sciences		                          86%         =     86 pts
                                                                                             Physical Sciences		                      79%         =     79 pts
In order to calculate the FPS for the Faculty of Science, double the scores achieved         Accounting		                             69%         =     69 pts
for Mathematics and Physical Sciences (a score out of a maximum of 800). Where               Life Orientation		                       80%         =     0 pts
an applicant has not completed Physical Sciences, Information Technology or Life                                           		         APS         =     463/600
Sciences may be doubled (this is only allowed for certain majors as stipulated in the        NBT Scores of:		                         AL:		             55%
faculty entry).                                                                              		                                       QL:		             60%
                                                                                             		                                       MAT:		            50%
When calculating the FPS for the Faculty of Health Sciences (a score out of a maximum                                      		         NBTs        =     165/300
of 900), simply add the sum of the three NBT scores to the APS. In the same faculty, for
application to the MBChB programme, a MedPs Is calculated by adding the score of the         		                                         FPS         =      628/900 ( APS + NBTs)
Personal Report to the FPS, creating a score out of 1000.                                    		                                         PR          =      65/100
                                                                                             		                                         MedPS       =      693/1000 (FPS + PR)

                                                                                             Use the disadvantage factor to derive the weighted score:
FOR SOUTH AFRICAN APPLICANTS ONLY, in order to calculate the WPS, adjust
                                                                                             for the purpose of this example the disadvantage factor is 20%.
the FPS by the disadvantage factor applicable to you. This is a percentage between 0%
                                                                                                            Add Disadvantage factor of 20%        =        20% x MedPS = 20% x 693 = 139
and 10%, except for applications for admission to the MBChB programme, where the
                                                                                             		                                       WPS         =        832 (693 + 139)
range is between 0% and 20%.
                                                                                             				                                                          [for South African applicants only]
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     2.2 HEALTH AND REHABILITATION SCIENCES applications only:                                                    3. FACULTY OF SCIENCE
     The FPS is calculated out of 900.                                                                            The FPS is calculated out of 800.

     English Home Language		                   75%        =         75 pts                                        English Home Language		                 75%          =       75 pts
     isiXhosa First Additional Language        70%        =         70 pts                                        isiXhosa First Additional Language      70%          =       70 pts
     Mathematics		                             84%        =         84 pts                                        Mathematics		                           84%          =       84 pts
     Life Sciences		                           86%        =         86 pts                                        Physical Sciences		                     86%          =       86 pts
     Physical Sciences		                       79%        =         79 pts                                        Geography		                             79%          =       79 pts
     Accounting		                              69%        =         69 pts                                        Accounting		                            69%          =       69 pts
     Life Orientation		                        80%        =         0 pts                                         Life Orientation		                      80%          =       0 pts
                                    		         APS        =         463/600                                                                               APS          =       463/600
     NBT Scores of:		                          AL:		                55%
     		                                        QL:		                60%                                           Scores for Mathematics and Physical Sciences are doubled; therefore, 170 (84+86)
     		                                        MAT:		               50%                                           is added to the APS:
     Make a total 165/300, added to 463                                                                                                                  FPS          =        633 /800
     		                                        FPS        =         628/900
     Use the disadvantage factor to derive the weighted score: for the purpose of this example the                Use the disadvantage factor to derive the weighted score: for the purpose of this example the
     disadvantage factor is 20%.                                                                                  disadvantage factor is 0%.
     Add 20% as follows:         Disadvantage factor      =          20% x FPS = 20% x 628 = 135.6                                                Disadvantage factor =          0%
     		                                        WPS        =         764 (628+135.6)                               		                                       WPS         =         633 (633+0)
     				                                                           [for South African applicants only]           				                                                           [for South African applicants only]
     An additional 10 points are added if you have passed a third official South African language
     at Home or First Additional Language Level.

                                        SCORE CALCULATION FOR SELECTED NON-SOUTH AFRICAN EXAMINING AUTHORITIES
                                                           ADMISSION POINTS TABLE                                    The table alongside is an indication of how we rate results
                                                                                                                     for subjects, taken at various levels, for some school-leaving
                                       Points      IGCSE    NSSC HL AS LEVELS A LEVELS IB SL              IB HL      qualifications. In some faculties we do not use an APS for
                                          10                                             A                  7        admission, but subject requirements are published as minimum
                                                                                                                     requirements, and applications are considered individually.
                                          9                                              B                  6
                                          8                      1          A            C         7        5
                                          7                      2          B            D         6        4
                                          6           A          3          C            E         5        3
                                          5           B                     D                      4
                                          4           C                     E
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Current UCT students applying for
undergraduate transfers
If you are currently registered for an undergraduate
                                                           Applicants repeating NSC subjects
                                                           Applicants who are repeating one or more NSC
                                                           subjects will be assessed individually based on faculty
                                                                                                                     NATIONAL
programme at UCT, and wish to transfer to another
faculty other than Health Sciences or another
                                                           requirements.                                             BENCHMARK TESTS
programme in your faculty, you are not required to         English proficiency
submit a new application but must consult with the         All international students for whom English is not a      Admissions and placement tests have been used at UCT for over 30
faculty that you wish to transfer to. If you wish to       first/home language or have not passed English at         years. The National Benchmark Tests (NBTs) are administered by the
transfer to the Faculty of Health Sciences, you must       Grade 12, AS-level, IGCSE or NSSC level or equivalent,    Centre for Educational Testing for Access and Placement on behalf of
apply online on or before 30 September.                    must provide proof of English language proficiency.       Universities South Africa (CETAP).
                                                           Applicants are required to achieve one of the
Transferring Students                                      following:                                                All undergraduate applicants who are normally resident or at school in
If you are studying at, or completed studies at,           1. A score of at least 51% for the Academic Literacy      South Africa must write the NBT, and all applicants to programmes in
another higher education institution, you will be                (AL) component of the National Benchmark Tests      Health Sciences must write the NBT wherever they reside.
considered on the basis of your school-leaving                   (NBTs)
results and your higher education results. In addition,    2. A pass in the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign      All applicants write the Academic and Quantitative Literacy test
transferring applicants are required to write the NBTs,          Language) with a score of at least 570 on the       (described below) and all applicants to Commerce, Engineering & the
and may be asked to submit a letter of motivation.               paper-based test, or 230 on the computer-based      Built Environment, Health Sciences, and Science faculties also write the
                                                                 test; or 88 on the internet-based test              Mathematics test (described below). Information regarding the use of the
To be considered for admission, you must have met          3. An overall band score of 7.0 (with no individual       test scores in each faculty can be found in the faculty pages.
the school-leaving requirements and have a good                  element of the test scoring below 6.0) on the
academic record and satisfactory conduct from your               International English Language Testing System       What are the National Benchmark Tests?
previous institution.                                            (IELTS)                                             The National Benchmark Tests are three multiple-choice tests written as a
                                                           4. A score of 64 on the Pearson PTE Academic test.        combined Academic Literacy and Quantitative Literacy test and a separate
You will need to submit an interim academic                      The tests must be taken at your own expense,        Mathematics test. The Academic and Quantitative Literacy Test (AQL) is a three-
transcript and a certificate of good conduct with your           before submitting an application.                   hour test which consists of an Academic Literacy (AL) section and a Quantitative
application, and your final, year-end transcript as soon                                                             Literacy (QL) section. The results of the two sections of the test are reported
as they are available and no later                                         These are the minimum levels of           separately.
than 31 December 2018.                                                       English proficiency required for
                                                                                consideration for admission          The Academic Literacy (AL) Test tests your capacity to engage successfully with
                                                                                  to UCT.                            the demands of academic study in the language of instruction which is English at
                                                                                                                     UCT. The Quantitative Literacy (QL) Test targets your ability to manage situations
                                                                                                                     or solve problems in a real context that is relevant to higher education study,
                                                                                                                     using basic quantitative information that may be presented verbally, graphically,
                                                                                                                       in tabular or symbolic form. The Mathematics Test is a three hour test which
                                                                                                                          targets a writer’s ability related to mathematical concepts formally regarded
                                                                                                                            as part of the secondary school curriculum relevant for Higher Education
                                                                                                                             studies.

                                                                                                                             Who writes what?
                                                                                                                             Applicants to the Faculties of Humanities and Law write the Academic and
                                                                                                                            Quantitative Literacy test only. Applicants to Commerce, Engineering &
                                                                                                                           the Built Environment, Health Sciences and Science write the Academic and
                                                                                                                         Quantitative Literacy test as well as the Mathematics test. The completion of
                                                                                                                       the Mathematics syllabus is not a prerequisite for writing the Mathematics Test.
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           REGISTERING FOR YOUR                                           In summary, our advice to you is to:                                   hearing or mobility/physically impaired, have a learning disability,
           NATIONAL BENCHMARK TESTS                                       •    register to write the NBTs as early as possible but no later      or have a chronic illness that requires special accommodations.
                                                                               than 13 October 2018                                              Time concessions, readers, scribes, and braille versions of the
     It is compulsory to write the NBTs if you:                           •    ensure that you show up to write the NBTs on the date for         tests have been made available.
     • apply for admission to an undergraduate programme of                    which you registered, as you are liable for the fees
         study (whatever your previous studies), and live in South             regardless of whether you write or not
         Africa, attend secondary school in South Africa, or if you       •    rewrite the NBTs if you feel you did not do yourself justice                How to register for NBTs
         apply for admission to the Faculty of Health Sciences                 at the first attempt. Note that you are only allowed to                     You may register online.at www.nbt.ac.za.
         (wherever you may reside)                                             write the NBTs at most twice in any test cycle.                             After reading the general information and the
     • we expect you to write the NBTs, in English, as early as                                                                                            FAQs, select the ‘Book a test’ option and follow
         possible in 2018, preferably in the June/July period. Writing    If you think you have valid reasons for not writing the NBTs by                  all instructions. Note that you will need your
         the NBTs later will mean that we receive your results            13 October 2018 you may apply before 30 September 2018 to                        SA identity number or passport number in order
         later, and that we are only able to make decisions on your       the Admissions Office, admissions-ug@uct.ac.za for permission                    to register.
         application later.                                               to write the NBTs later. Permission will only be granted if there
                                                                          is a valid reason as to why you will not be able to write the NBTs               If you encounter problems during the registration
     You must write the NBTs by 13 October 2018. If you fail to do        before 13 October 2018.                                                          process, call 021 650 3523 or send an email to
     so, we are unable to consider you for an early conditional offer.                                                                                     nbt@uct.ac.za for assistance.
     In addition, we are unable to consider you for admission in 2019             How are the test results used?
     if you write the NBTs in January 2019, or after the release of the           The test results are used in addition to school-leaving                  The NBT Project is staffed
     NSC results.                                                             academic performance and do not replace the use of                           from 08:00 to 16:00 weekdays
                                                                          school-leaving results. In the case of Engineering & the Built                   and from 07:00 to 10:00
                                                                          Environment and Health Sciences, the National Benchmark Test                     on national test days.
                                                                          results make up a specific proportion of a school-leaver’s overall
                                                                                                                                                           The tests begin at 08h00 at many venues
                                                                          Faculty Points Score. (See the Faculty specific section in this                  throughout South Africa. The Academic and
                                                                          prospectus for more information). The NBT results may also                       Quantitative Literacy (AQL) test is written in the
                                                                          be used to decide admission to an extended or foundation                         morning session and the Mathematics (MAT)
                                                                          programme.                                                                       test in the afternoon.

                                                                          Can I write the NBTs outside of South Africa?                                    If both tests are written, you will probably complete
                                                                          Writing the NBTs in a remote venue, or outside of South Africa                   them at about 16h00. They must also be written
                                                                          Remote sessions are run when someone is unable to write at an                    at the same sitting. Testing dates and venues are
                                                                          institution that generally facilitates the National Benchmark                    available on the NBT web site at www.nbt.ac.za.
                                                                          Test sessions.                                                                   Alternatively please call the NBT Project.

                                                                          Usually, these are for test writers in another country or in an area
                                                                          too remote to be able to make a trip of a reasonable distance to
                                                                          the nearest testing centre. Should you wish to request a remote
                                                                          venue, please contact the NBT Project at nbtremote@uct.ac.za.

                                                                          Provision for candidates with disabilities
                                                                          Provision is made for test writers with disabilities. We have
                                                                          successfully accommodated writers who are blind, visually,
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                                                                       DEGREE Benchmark Performance Levels
                                                                                   Benchmark                      Academic Literacy                   Quantitative Literacy           Mathematics
                                                                               Performance Levels            Minimum           Maximum           Minimum             Maximum   Minimum         Maximum
May I write the NBTs more                                              Proficient                                68               100                70                 100      69                 100
than once?                                                             Intermediate                              39                67                40                  69      35                 68
You may attempt the NBTs at most
                                                                       Basic                                     0                 38                0                   39       0                 34
twice in one test cycle. But:
• you will have to register for each
    attempt;                                                           DEGREE Benchmark Performance Levels Split into Upper and Lower Boundaries*
• you will have to pay the NBT test fee each time you do so;
• you will receive one unique registration number for all                          Benchmark                     Academic Literacy                   Quantitative Literacy            Mathematics
    NBT attempts;                                                              Performance Levels            Minimum           Maximum           Minimum            Maximum    Minimum        Maximum
• if you write a second time and you are doing all three               Proficient Upper                         84                100               85                  100      85                 100
    tests, you must rewrite all three tests;                           Proficient Lower                         68                83                70                  84       69                 84
• we will use your best NBT results for each of AL, QL and MAT.
                                                                       Intermediate Upper                       54                67                55                  69       52                 68
                                                                       Intermediate Lower                       39                53                40                  54       35                 51
What must you take to the tests?
• your identity book or passport                                       Basic Upper                              19                38                20                  39       17                 34
• lunch (not all centres are close to shops)                           Basic Lower                               0                18                 0                  19        0                 16
• HB pencil and eraser
• bus/train/taxi fare for returning home
                                                                       DIPLOMA and HIGHER CERTIFICATE Benchmark Performance Levels
• please note that you will not be allowed to use
  calculators in any of the tests.                                                 Benchmark                     Academic Literacy                   Quantitative Literacy            Mathematics
                                                                               Performance Levels            Minimum          Maximum            Minimum            Maximum    Minimum        Maximum
Venues for the tests for admission to UCT in 2018
                                                                       Proficient                               61                100               66                  100      67                 100
Please check & confirm venues on the website at www.nbt.ac.za. The
testing venues will be clearly sign posted on the days the tests are   Intermediate                             33                60                34                  65       38                 66
written. The NBT Project reserves the right to change the venue as     Basic                                     0                32                 0                  33        0                 37
circumstances require.

How do you get your test results?
                                                                       DIPLOMA and HIGHER CERTIFICATE Benchmark Performance Levels Split into Upper and Lower Boundaries*
About four weeks after writing, you may access your results on the                                               Academic Literacy                   Quantitative Literacy            Mathematics
                                                                                   Benchmark
NBT website. Log on using your South African ID number. Your scores            Performance Levels            Minimum          Maximum            Minimum            Maximum    Minimum        Maximum
will also be sent to UCT for use in processing your application.
                                                                       Proficient Upper                          81               100                83                 100      84                 100
                                                                       Proficient Lower                          61                80                66                  82      67                 83
  NBT contact information                                              Intermediate Upper                       47                60                50                   65      51                 66
  Website:  www.nbt.ac.za                                              Intermediate Lower                       33                46                34                   49      35                 50
  Email:    nbt@uct.ac.za or Tel: 021 650 3523                         Basic Upper                              16                32                17                   33      17                 34
  Facebook: www.facebook.com/nationalbenchmarktest
                                                                       Basic Lower                               0                15                 0                   16       0                 16
  Twitter:  www.twitter.com/cetap_uct
                                                                        * Equated scores are reported as a whole number percentage (i.e., rounded, with zero decimal places)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                    www.commerce.uct.ac.za

            FACULTY OF
                                                            COMMERCE
                  ABOUT THE FACULTY
             UCT’s Commerce degrees and diplomas prepare you for the employment needs of the                              We do not expect students new to university to finalise their specialisation choices before being exposed
     expanding world of business and professional financial services and equip you to participate in the                  to the disciplines at a tertiary level, so the more similar the specialisation, the more flexibility students
     global economy.                                                                                                      have to move around as they discover where their strengths and interests lie. In the early stages of the
                                                                                                                          degree, you may choose to move from one option to another, one specialisation to another or even
     A UCT Commerce degree will give you the education to enable you to succeed in a rapidly changing                     change degrees.
     environment, whether you want to work locally or internationally, change jobs or even careers.

     WHAT WE OFFER
                                                                                  entrepreneurship, recognising that many students will ultimately run          Managers, Entrepreneurs, Lenders, Financial Analysts and the
     The faculty offers two undergraduate degrees and one level 7                 their own businesses.                                                         Public Sector. Accountants analyse businesses and communicate
     advanced diploma that is only available to graduates or those with                                                                                         information to stakeholders. It is NOT necessary to have done
     appropriate work experience.                                                 Education Development Unit (EDU Commerce)                                     Accounting at school if you wish to do Accounting at UCT, although
                                                                                  www.commerce.uct.ac.za/EDU/                                                   you must have done Mathematics and English.
     BACHELOR OF BUSINESS SCIENCE (BBUSSC)                                        The Education Development Unit (EDU) is focused on enhancing
     & BACHELOR OF COMMERCE (BCOM)                                                the teaching and learning environment in the Commerce Faculty.                An Accounting specialisation is useful for anyone who wishes to
                                                                                  Academic Development (AD) is situated in the EDU and is an equity             prepare for a career in business or in the accounting profession. An
     Both degrees allow for a variety of specialisations to cater for both        programme. It has been designed to enable equity students with                accounting qualification will prepare you to work in any size or type
     the interests of our students and the employment needs of our                a disadvantage factor greater than 1.0 to complete Commerce                   of organisation and in any employment section in any country.
     country. The first year curriculum is more or less common as all             degrees over either a standard or extended period offering a range of
     Commerce graduates need a solid academic foundation in core                  additional interventions. The duration of the degree will be determined       The General Accounting option is designed for the student who does
     subject areas: Accounting, Information Systems, Economics, Business          by the Commerce Faculty admission requirements. The same exit                 not wish to qualify as a Chartered Accountant (CA). Graduates become
     Law, Mathematics, Business Statistics, Mathematical Statistics, Critical     standards certificate will be applied whatever the duration of the            general managers, tax advisors, internal auditors or business advisors.
     thinking (Evidenced based management) and Business Ethics. Both              degree and the qualification (and thus the degree certificate) will be        The CA option is designed for students who intend to qualify as
     degrees are offered in the standard form or as academic development          the same.                                                                     Chartered Accountants. Graduates become members of management
     programmes tailored for students who may have experienced gaps or                                                                                          teams, financial advisors, or partners in auditing practices.
     disparities in their educational or life experience. The BBusSc is a four-   If you are offered a place in Commerce you can choose either degree
     year qualification, and the BCom is a three-year qualification.              BCom or BBusSc and any specialisation for which you meet the                  The Accounting and Law option is designed for students who are
                                                                                  entrance requirements.                                                        interested in a law career with a commercial background and may
     The certificate will stipulate whether you have graduated with a                                                                                           wish to continue with an LLB degree.
     BCom or BBusSc and the area of specialisation. All BBuSc students
     also take courses in the functional areas of Finance, Marketing and          Areas of study offered in both degrees                                        Actuarial Science
     People Management. In their final year, students take a course               Accounting                                                                    www.commerce.uct.ac.za/Managementstudies/actuarialscience/
     in Strategic Thinking that integrates all the courses covered in             www.commerce.uct.ac.za/accounting                                             This is intended for students with a strong numerate ability who wish
     the previous years of study. This course also includes exposure to           Accounting is the language of business used by Investors, Financial           to enter the actuarial or allied professions.
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DEGREE SPECIALISATIONS AT A GLANCE                     Economics
                                                       www.commerce.uct.ac.za/Economics/
                                                       All Economics options give a good grounding in the areas of
Bachelor of Business Science in Actuarial Science
                                                       expertise that professional economists and managers need,
Discipline:       Actuarial Science
                                                       such as formulating economic policy, general economic
Specialisation:   Actuarial Science
                                                       and financial analysis and the management of portfolios. The
                  Quantitative Finance
                                                       Economics specialisation is designed for students who wish to
Bachelor of Business Science                           experience a broad fundamental education in Commerce or who
Specialisation:   Finance                              want to become professional economists.
                  Finance with Accounting
                  Computer Science                     We offer the following Economics options:
                  Information Systems                  •    Politics, Philosophy & Economics (PPE): this focuses
                  Economics                                 on the special problems, both practical and ethical, raised
                  Economics with Law                        for developing countries by the globalisation of trade and
                  Marketing                                 markets. Economics & Statistics: this is oriented towards
                  Organisational Psychology                 quantitative economics and statistical methods, providing
                  Analytics                                 students with the skills to analyse and interpret economic and
                                                            financial data.
Bachelor of Commerce in Actuarial Science
Discipline:       Actuarial Science                    •    Economics with Finance: this focuses on financial issues and
Specialisation:   Actuarial Science                         provides students with the skills needed to operate in the world
                  Quantitative Finance                      of finance.

Bachelor of Commerce                                   •    Economics with Law: this is intended for students who are
Discipline:       Financial Accounting
                                                            interested in a law career with a commercial background, or who
Specialisation:   General Accounting
                                                            may wish to continue with an LLB degree.
                  Chartered Accountant
                  Accounting with Law
                                                       Information Systems
                                                       www.commerce.uct.ac.za/InformationSystems/
Discipline:       Information Systems
                                                       The Information Systems discipline investigates how computers and
Specialisation:   Information Systems
                                                       communication technologies can be used to address the information
                  Information Systems and
                                                       needs of modern organisations. The curriculum deals not only with the
                  Computer Science
                                                       information technologies but also imparts students with the skills to
Discipline:       Economics                            analyse user requirements and develop information systems. The
Specialisation:   Philosophy, Politics and Economics   Information Systems curriculum allows students to cover this
                  Economics and Finance                exciting and expanding field.
                  Economics and Statistics
                  Economics with Law                   This specialisation maintains a balance between the technical
                                                       (hardware and software) aspects of information systems and
Discipline:     Management Studies                     the human side of the discipline. There is a demand for qualified
Specialisation: Management Studies                     Information Systems professionals.
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                                                                                 dmission
                                                                     These a be read in
                                                                             must             OVERVIEW OF REQUIREMENTS
     Finance                                                      criteria tion with the
                                                                    conj u n c
     www.commerce.uct.ac.za/FinanceandTax/                                         entitled
     Students in this discipline either continue                       section d Admission    The selection instruments we use for Commerce are:
                                                                               ion an
     to complete the CA qualification on                           Applicat CT on p. 8.       •    Academic results (usually school-leaving examinations), the actual percentages obtained;
                                                                          to U
     completion of the degree or enter into the                                               •    Performance in the National Benchmark Tests (only the AL and QL components are considered, though
     areas of investment or corporate finance.                                                     Mathematics must also be written);
                                                                                              •    Performance (usually in the school-leaving examination) in Mathematics and English.
     Statistical Sciences
     www.stats.uct.ac.za                                                                      CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION TO A COMMERCE DEGREE VIA MAINSTREAM OR
     Statistical Sciences is the scientific application of
     mathematical principles to the collection, analysis, and presentation of
                                                                                              ACADEMIC DEVELOPMENT DEGREES
     data. Business Statistics is intended for students who want to have a                    The following are guidelines and do not guarantee admission.
     more applied approach to statistics. Mathematical Statistics is intended
     for students with a very strong numerate ability.                                        Mainstream
                                                                                              Applicants who are made an offer of admission to a the faculty are entitled to register for ANY specialisation in
     Management Studies                                                                       the Faculty for which they meet the entrance criteria. Thus, if we have made an offer for a BCom and their final
     www.commerce.uct.ac.za/Pages/School-of-Management-Studies                                NSC results meet the entrance criteria for BBusSc Actuarial Science, they will be eligible to register for BBusSc
     The specialisation in Management Studies offers students a wide range of                        Actuarial Science should they desire to do so.
     choice in subject areas whilst requiring them to complete the general core
     courses required of the first three years of the Business Science degree. We                                  Academic Development (Places are limited by capacity)
     believe that the flexibility and academic rigour of this degree will make it                                     South African Black, Chinese, Coloured or Indian applicants with a disadvantage factor
     very attractive to students and employers; it enables students to make                                              greater than 1.0 may apply for admission to Academic Development (AD) programmes.
     the most of their individual strengths and interests.
                                                                                                                                We may also offer places on AD specialisations to equity candidates not meeting
      The degree, offered over a minimum of 3 years, requires students                                                           the admission requirements for mainstream programmes, whose NBT results
     to complete 18 prescribed courses, including a minimum of a                                                                   indicate potential.
     full year of mathematics, as well as 9 or more courses from a
     basket of approved electives ranging from Marketing to Politics to
     Statistical Sciences to Spanish to Environmental and Geographical
     sciences. Of this total of 27 courses, 7 are required to be at a
     3rd year level, so students will liaise with an advisor to plan their
     curriculum.

     ADVANCED DIPLOMA IN ACTUARIAL
     SCIENCE
     The Advanced Diploma in Actuarial Science offers high calibre
     graduates from other disciplines a fast track route to an
     actuarial qualification. Successful completion of the
     diploma may allow the student entry into
     the Honours programme in Actuarial Science.
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