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BCom - Extended Programme


The Extended Programme have lower entrance requirements and are designed for students who are not academically prepared, but who are willing to work hard to succeed and obtain their degree. The programmes include an additional year of study which will enhance students’ basic knowledge and skills before progressing onto more specialist studies in the later years of the programmes. Furthermore, students who embark on this programme have much greater opportunity to succeed in their studies, as it provides dedicated support to students who need assistance to bridge the gap between school and higher education.

Prospective students must consult the faculty yearbook and/or the undergraduate brochure for more information on admission requirements of the programmes offered.

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Features of the BCom (Extended) Programme

The BCom (Extended) four-year programme has two phases. During the first phase, which lasts 18 months (3 semesters), students are trained and developed academically and psychologically for further studies. They then continue their studies in the second phase where they join students in the normal three-year mainstream degree programmes.

During the first phase the academic content is delivered at a slower pace than the normal programmes so that students have more time to engage with the subject content and develop a thorough understanding of the material. During the three semesters of phase 1 the pace will be increased gradually. By the time students have completed the first phase they should be able to work at the normal speed required of university students.

Additional modules help students to cope at university by focusing on the use of language in specific disciplines and study skills. Extra support is also given through career guidance and counselling.

· Most of the teaching and learning takes place in smaller groups. This allows individual attention and gives ample opportunity for questions and discussion.

· In addition to small classes, students also attend lectures in large groups where the teaching style is more formal. This is excellent preparation for the second phase of the programmes.

· A variety of methods is used to deliver subject content to remedy possible gaps in school knowledge. The programme focuses on understanding and develop critical thinking skills as well as the practical skills needed to continue with the subject.

· Progress is assessed continuously. Throughout the year students have to meet certain levels of academic performance. Failing to do so will mean that students are not allowed to continue in the programme.

· The programme is only offered in English. The programme supports the development of language skills in English.

Is the programme easy?

No. This is a university course and not simply a repetition of school work. Students will not be re-writing grade 12. At the end of each semester students write university examinations and receive university credits when they pass. The programme is demanding and students will be in class from early morning until late afternoon.

The BCom (Extended) Programme

This is the ideal degree for students who are interested in studying towards BCom degrees in management or financial sciences. Students must apply during October of their first year to transfer to the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences (Hatfield campus). Placement in BCom Accounting Sciences and BCom Investment Management cannot be guaranteed as these are selection programmes where numbers are limited.

Where will I attend classes?

Students admitted to the Four-year Programmes will be placed at the Mamelodi Campus in the first year of study, and then transferred to the Hatfield Campus after the successful completion of their first year.

How many credits will I get after completing the first 18 months?

After successfully completing the first 18 months of the programme, students obtain credits equivalent to semester 1 of a three-year degree programme.

Admission Requirements:

• National Senior Certificate (NSC) with admission to degree studies

• An Admission Points Score (APS) of at least 26

• Mathematics: level 3

• Two languages. English: level 4

• Life Orientation: level 4 (excluded when calculating the APS)

Students are advised to write the NBT test between July and October. Please visit our website for information on registration procedures for the NBT at:

Will all applicants meeting the requirements to the Four-year Programmes be placed?

No. There are a limited number of places available and students will be selected according to their grade 12 results. The BCom (Extended) Programmes’ placement is based on the final Grade 12 results.

What about accommodation and bursaries?

Students may apply for residence accommodation or find their own private accommodation close to the Mamelodi Campus of the University of Pretoria. Note that there is a high demand for residence accommodation and you will probably be placed on a long waiting list. There is accommodation close to the Mamelodi Campus in the Tuks Naledi Residence situated in the Savannah Estate next to the N4 highway.

Financial assistance ranging from full scholarships to partial bursaries is available for the first year of study (2 semesters). The awarding of bursaries and the amount depends on the financial status of the family of the student.

How and when do I apply?

Prospective students are advised to apply as soon as possible at the Client Service Centre at the University of Pretoria. The closing date for applications is 30 June.

Contact details:

Mr Johannes Ngobeni
Tel: 012 420 5394
E-mail: [email protected]


The Client Service Centre
Tel: 012 420 3111
E-mail: [email protected]


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