Undergraduate student funding
The 2015 Scholarship policy is under consideration by the relevant governance structures.
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:
- Scholarship awards are made using information provided in your application for admission and academic results you achieve in your final NSC examinations.
- Entrance (Open) Scholarships are awarded on the basis of the school leaving examination and/or NBT results.
- Entrance (Equity) Scholarships made for equity purposes take into account previous academic achievement, NBT tests and the University’s commitment to redress the consequences of discrimination. Each faculty decides the target group(s) for its equity awards.
- Entrance Scholarships are valid for one year of study. However, you may, as a UCT student, qualify for a Faculty Scholarship in subsequent years of study.
- Scholarships are, in most cases, awarded after the final examination results are received, in January 2014. If you are awarded a scholarship you will receive correspondence informing you of your awrad.
Entrance Scholarship General Conditions:
- Unless stated otherwise, entrance scholarships are valued at R20 000, and you need not apply for one; should you meet the criteria stipulated below, you will be awarded a faculty entrance scholarship, and will be informed thereof in January 2014.
- Entrance scholarships are awarded for one year only, and only if you are entering university for the first time except for BAS and Performing & Creative Arts students. It is guaranteed to applicants, who register, and attain the published thresholds
- Entrance scholarships are restricted to South African citizens and permanent residents
- An entrance scholarship will be withdrawn entirely if, as a recipient, you cancel your registration before writing mid-year examinations (should you cancel registration after writing the mid-year exams you will receive half the scholarship value)
- Entrance scholarships are valid only for the year for which the offer was made; offers of entrance scholarships are not deferred
Faculty Points Score (FPS) and subject score thresholds for the award of Faculty specific Entrance Scholarships in 2014:
Faculty of Commerce
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
|BSc Occupational Therapy||Open||755||Proficient|
|BSc Audiology & BSc Speech-Language Pathology||Open||740||Proficient|
Faculty of Humanities
Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Social Science and Bachelor of Social Work
|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.
|Open||510||average of 85% for Academic Literacy and Quantitative Literacy|
|Redress||450||average of 75% for Academic Literacy and Quantitative Literacy|
|Open||77% for degree|
|Redress||68% for degree|
Faculty of Science
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.