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Scholarships 2015

Entrance scholarships

Note: Approval of the criteria for 2016 Scholarship are being considered by the relevant governance structures. Kindly use the info below as a guide.

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 2015:

Faculty of Commerce

Open 540 Proficient Proficient
Redress Category 1&2 500 Proficient Proficient
Redress Category 3&4 540 Proficient Proficient

(Faculty of Commerce criteria)

Faculty of Engineering & The Built Enviroment

Category All EBE except Bachelor of Architectural Studies Bachelor of Architectural Studies
Open 91.25 Five best applicants
Redress 1,2,3 & 4 Redress 1, 2 & 4: 84.5
Redress 3: 91.25
Ten best applicants

(Faculty of Engineering & The Built Environment criteria)

Faculty of Health Sciences

Degree Category FPS NBT
MBChb Open 820 Proficient
Redress 1 760 Proficient
Redress 2 790 Proficient
Redress 3&4 820 Proficient
BSc Physiotherapy Open 770 Proficient
Redress 1 670 Intermediate
Redress 2 680 Intermediate
Redress 3&4 740 Intermediate
BSc Occupational Therapy Open 755 Proficient
Redress 1 640 Intermediate
Redress 2 640 Intermediate
Redress 3&4 725 Intermediate
BSc Audiology & BSc Speech-Language Pathology Open 740 Proficient
Redress 1 630 Intermediate
Redress 2 650 Intermediate
Redress 3&4 720 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 Proficient AL score
Redress 470 Upper Intermediate AL score

Extended Programmes in Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Science

Ten Faculty Entrance Scholarships will be allocated competitively and on academic merit, which acknowledges and rewards excellent performance in the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations, 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.

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 480 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 535 and ≥80% for Mathematics in the final NSC examinations
  • Level 1 scholarship (R40,000; APS ≥ 565)
  • Level 2 scholarship (R20,000; APS 535-564)
    Redress category 1&2
    • Black and Coloured applicants with a minimum FPS of 510 and ≥80% for Mathematics in the final NSC examinations.
    • Level 1 scholarship (R40,000; APS ≥ 565)
    • Level 2 scholarship (R20,000; APS 535-564)
    • Level 3 scholarship (R10,000; APS 510-534)
      Redress category 3&4
      • A minimum Faculty Points Score (FPS) of 535 and ≥80% for Mathematics in the final NSC examinations.
      • Level 1 scholarship (R40,000; APS ≥ 565)
      • Level 2 scholarship (R20,000; APS 535-564)

      Scholarships will be confirmed on registration in February 2015 and are only awarded for the 1st year of study. However, those who receive a full-fee scholarship 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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