In our Pre-degree Foundation Programme you will develop theoretical understanding of, and practical skills in, English language and comprehension, numeracy and the use of computers and technology. You will also learn how to study, conduct research and be a successful student. Over and above this, you will be introduced to the social sciences as an important multi-disciplinary field of study. The core subjects are Student Skills, Academic English, Introductory Mathematics, Development Studies and an Introduction to Computer Skills. You will also choose two school-specific elective modules from a range of introductory topics including Commerce (Economics), IT, Science, Graphic Design and Psychology.
Much of the success of this foundation programme is due to our unique blend of lecture-led learning, Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL), our smaller interactive classes and facilities such as campus resource centres and computer labs. Within this supportive environment, you will also start developing essential skills for life as a student and for the world of work. You will learn how to analyse and solve real problems, apply logic, be innovative, work in teams and communicate effectively.
- You need a South African National Senior Certificate (NSC) for diploma or certificate purposes.
- Or if you have an international school-leaving certificate, you need to qualify for matric exemption from the Matriculation Board. Pearson Institute will assist with your exemption application to the Board for evaluation.
- A minimum of 17 Pearson Institute points for entry to non-BSc programme streams.
- A minimum of 24 Pearson Institute points and a NSC with Mathematics for BSc programme streams.
- A minimum of 40% for English as a home or a first additional language.
- A minimum of 30% for Mathematics or Maths Literacy.
- This programme is not accredited by the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC), nor is it registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).
- While this programme is not registered on the qualification framework, this is an access path to Pearson Institute programmes offered at National Qualifications Framework (NQF) level 5.
- It is quality assured (externally moderated) by similar higher education institutions.
Teaching methods and assessment
- We use a blend of lecture-led learning and teaching via tutorials, as well
- as Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL).
- You are issued with a tablet for learning and research.
- Our smaller class sizes allows for individualised attention.
- Our teaching staff are qualified, committed and student centred; they collaborate with other faculties to ensure degree readiness and that they are up-to-date with challenges experienced in the degrees.
- You have access to campus resource centres, computer laboratories and WiFi.
- You complete individual and group activities as well as practical exercises to prepare you for assessments. These assessments ensure that you gain relevant academic knowledge and develop your interpersonal and life skills.
- On completion of the Pre-degree Foundation Programme, you may access specific Pearson Institute degree streams (this may be dependent on NSC subject-specific results).
- You will not be able to progress from the Pre-degree Foundation Programme to the Bachelor of Psychology degree.
- If you did not complete your secondary schooling in English, you will be assessed prior to enrolment and if recommended to do so, placed in an English support class or in the English Language Foundation Programme.
You will complete a set curriculum in your first semester which will consist of the following core modules:
- Academic English A
- Student Skills A
- Introductory Mathematics A
- Development Studies A
- Introduction to Computer Skills
In your second semester you will continue with the following modules:
- Academic English B
- Mathematics for Degree Studies B
- Development Studies B
- Student Skills B
And a choice of two elective Faculty-specific modules:
- Business Management 1A
- Design Fundamentals
- Introduction to Graphic Design Illustration
- Introduction to Biology
- Introduction to Commerce
- Introduction to Critical Reasoning
- Introduction to Graphic Design
- Introduction to IT
- Introduction to Psychology
- Introduction to Science
- Introduction to Writing and Communication Skills
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Last updated September 23, 2016