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Scholarships 2014

The 2015 Scholarship policy is under consideration by the relevant governance structures.

Entrance scholarships

As the name suggests, entrance scholarships are only available to first-time entering students.

Each year, UCT distributes over R8 million in scholarships to school-leavers who are coming to study at the university for the first time. Preference is given to South African students. The awards range in value, normally from R20 000 to R40 000.

About scholarships awarded at UCT:

Entrance Scholarship General Conditions:

Faculty Points Score (FPS) and subject score thresholds for the award of Faculty specific Entrance Scholarships in 2014:

Faculty of Commerce

Open 542 Proficient Proficient
Redress 500 Proficient Proficient

Faculty of Engineering & The Built Enviroment

Category All EBE except Bachelor of Architectural Studies Bachelor of Architectural Studies
Open FPS 87.5 Best five students
Redress FPS 82 Best ten students

Faculty of Health Sciences

Degree Category FPS NBT
MBChb Open 810 Proficient
Redress 760 Proficient
BSc Physiotherapy Open 770 Proficient
Redress 675 Intermediate
BSc Occupational Therapy Open 755 Proficient
Redress 640 Intermediate
BSc Audiology & BSc Speech-Language Pathology Open 740 Proficient
Redress 640 Intermediate

Faculty of Humanities

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

Category FPS NBT
Open 510 Proficient AL score
Redress 470 Upper Intermediate AL score

Extended Programmes in Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Science

Ten Entrance Scholarships, which acknowledge and rewards excellent performance in the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations, will be allocated competitively and on academic merit to applicants placed in one of the Faculty’s extended programmes. This will be done on the recommendation of the programme convenor and the Faculty scholarship sub-committee, and will be decided by the Dean.

Undergraduate LLB

Category FPS NBT
Open 510 average of 85% for Academic Literacy and Quantitative Literacy
Redress 450 average of 75% for Academic Literacy and Quantitative Literacy

Graduate LLB

Category GPA
Open 77% for degree
Redress 68% for degree

Faculty of Science

Category Criteria
  • A minimum Faculty Points Score (FPS) of 530 and ≥80% for Mathematics in the final NSC examinations.
  • Full-fee scholarship R40,000 FPS ≥560
  • Half-fee scholarship R20,000 FPS 530-559<
    • Applicants with a minimum FPS of 500 and ≥80% for Mathematics in the final NSC examinations.
    • Full-fee scholarship R40,000 FPS ≥560
    • Half-fee scholarship (R20,000;FPS 530-559
    • Quarter-fee scholarship (R10,000;FPS 500-529)

    Science Entrance Scholarships will be confirmed on registration in February 2014 and are only awarded for the 1st year of study. However, those who receive a full-fee scholarship (see above) will be awarded a Faculty Scholarship to the value of R20 000 in each of second and third year if you maintain a GPA of ≥80% for a full course load relevant to the year of study.

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    New information

    2015 Financial Aid Application Form

    2014 Private Accommodation Form

    2014 Sibling Rebate Application Form

    2014 UCT & NSFAS Financial Assistance Application Form

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