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Scholarships 2016

Entrance scholarships

About scholarships awarded at UCT

General conditions applicable to Faculty Entrance Scholarships

General conditions applicable to Faculty Scholarships

Faculty Points Score (FPS) and subject score thresholds for the award of Faculty specific Entrance Scholarships in 2016:

Faculty of Commerce

Redress 480 Proficient Proficient
Open 540 Proficient Proficient

(Faculty of Commerce criteria)

Faculty of Engineering & The Built Enviroment

Qualification Category Threshold
Bachelor of Architectural
Studies (BAS)
Ten best applicants
Five best applicants
All qualifications
(excl BAS)
FPS 80 and above
FPS 90 and above

(Faculty of Engineering & The Built Environment criteria)

Faculty of Health Sciences

Degree Category FPS NBT
MBChB Open 890 Proficient
Redress 1 810 Proficient
Redress 2 850 Proficient
Redress 3&4 890 Proficient
BSc Physiotherapy Open 780 Proficient
Redress 1 700 Intermediate
Redress 2 730 Intermediate
Redress 3&4 770 Intermediate
BSc Occupational Therapy Open 780 Proficient
Redress 1 670 Intermediate
Redress 2 690 Intermediate
Redress 3&4 750 Intermediate
BSc Audiology & BSc Speech-Language Pathology Open 750 Proficient
Redress 1 650 Intermediate
Redress 2 660 Intermediate
Redress 3&4 730 Intermediate

(Faculty Health Sciences criteria)

Faculty of Humanities

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Social Science and Bachelor of Social Work

Category FPS NBT
Open 510 (85% average) or above Proficient AL score
Redress 470 (78% average) or above Upper Intermediate AL score

Extended Programmes in Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Science

Faculty entrance scholarships in this category acknowledge and reward excellent performance in the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations. There are ten scholarships available and they will be allocated competitively on the basis of academic merit to first time entering applicants. Awards are made by the Dean on the recommendation of the programme convenor and the Faculty Admissions Committee (RFAC)

Performing and Creative Arts Programmes

Awards in the Performing and Creative Arts (PCA) programmes are divided among the four areas (Drama, Fine Art, Music and Dance) on a pro rata basis, and in the award of Faculty Entrance Scholarships at least 50% of the awards must be to applicants from the redress category. The award for performing and creative programmes will be based on academic record, NBT Academic Literacy (AL) Test score and performing and creative excellence (as advised by the Selection Panel and the Head/ Director of the Department/ School). A scholarship offer will fall away if the student subsequently registers for a qualification outside of one of the Performing and Creative Arts.

(Faculty of Humanities criteria)

Undergraduate LLB

Category FPS NBT
Open 510 average of 85% for Academic Literacy and Quantitative Literacy
Redress 490 average of 75% for Academic Literacy and Quantitative Literacy

Graduate LLB

Category GPA
Open 77% for degree
Redress 70% for degree

(Faculty of Law criteria)

Faculty of Science

Category Criteria
  • A minimum Faculty Points Score (FPS) of 695 and ≥80% for Mathematics in the final NSC examinations
  • Level 1 scholarship (R40,000; FPS ≥ 730)
  • Level 2 scholarship (R20,000; FPS 695-729)
    • Applicants with a disadvantage factor of 1.1 and a minimum FPS of 660 and ≥80% for Mathematics in the final NSC examination.
    • Level 3 scholarship (R10,000; FPS 660-694)

      Scholarships will be confirmed on registration in February 2016 and are only awarded for the 1st year of study. However, those who receive a level 1 scholarship (see above) will be awarded a Faculty Scholarship to the value of R20,000 in each of second and third year if the criteria described below are met.

      (Faculty of Science criteria)

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