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Purpose built Academics

UCT Online High School puts learners first

Our learning analytics and engaging content ensure that learners are brilliantly equipped to excel in an increasingly digital world.

As a learner, you’ll be able to work from wherever you want, with regular feedback from your Support Coach, keeping you accountable and on track to meet your goals.
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A word from our Executive Head of School

“We have a wonderful opportunity in education right now to bring in a new era of teaching and learning, one that is accessible to an abundance of African learners across a wide diversity of backgrounds. I am deeply passionate about community and the exciting opportunities that data-driven teaching technology can provide us. This, combined with learning initiatives such as support training and collaborative reflection, makes UCT Online High School one of the most exciting prospects in the education sector in South Africa. It is my deep honour to lead the next generation of learners into this exciting new chapter.”
- Ms. Banele Lukhele, Executive Head of School and Chief Academic Officer
UCT's vice chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng

How it works

Through our unique approach, UCT Online High School offers an action-oriented, transformative education outlined in our seven Learning Pillars

Structured Flexibility

The freedom to work within well-defined boundaries
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At UCT Online High School, we know that no two learners are the same. We provide the structure that allows our learners to excel according to their own strengths and capabilities. No learner should ever be bored (because spending hours sitting in a class that you’ve already mastered is as pointless as a broken pencil) and no learner should ever get left behind.

Our structured approach sees modules released weekly, with weekly assignment deadlines. Cycle Tests and Examination blocks are fixed throughout the year and learners are given recommended study timetables. Our expert team of Support Coaches check-in with learners to keep them accountable — ensuring that they are working through their modules at the required pace to meet their deadlines.


Individual Mastery

You can’t build a house on shaky foundations

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Much like building a strong house, a good education requires a solid foundation. If a learner misses too many building blocks, their whole knowledge structure can become unstable.

Where learners have not mastered their weekly content, they are placed in a mastery live stream to ensure that they do not progress with substantial gaps in their learning, which is imperative for success in subjects like Science, Technology and Maths.


Motivating Support Coaches

Every learner deserves a champion
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UCT Online High School puts learners first by placing them in the centre of their very own superhero movie. Our multi-layered support system gives them all the encouragement, tools and support they need to master their own destiny.

Having a bad day is par for the course, but having too many can take you off course. Our incredible Support Coaches are there to motivate and encourage learning habits that make the difference.


Dynamic Academic Support

Because we each learn differently
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Our aspirational Subject Specialists and Learning Facilitators unpack concepts in dynamic pre-recorded videos that learners can rewatch until they have that “aha” moment. If learners want to go deeper, subject specialists encourage the use of forums and Ask Me Anything sessions where pre-curated questions are answered for the benefit of all.


Responsibility and accountability

Thriving in a monitored environment
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School isn’t about promotions, demotions, or being in class for a set amount of time; it’s about mastering the skills necessary for life. One of the most important skills that learners develop on their journey towards self-mastery is discipline.

We know that fostering the art of self-discipline takes time, which is why our Support Coaches are the ultimate accountability partner. They’ll tell learners the hard truths when they need it and motivate them to pursue the goals they’re chasing.

We also educate guardians on how to effectively oversee their high school learners, and we equip guardians with the visibility and tools to intervene if necessary.



To paint the full picture
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In a traditional classroom, there is a front row and a back row — it’s easy to get lost in the middle. At UCT Online High School, our platform looks at each learner individually and uses nudging mechanisms to alert learners when they are falling behind, and prompt guardians when they need to intervene.


The science of online learning

We built this baby on purpose
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Many COVID-era online schools have been retrofitted to “go online” as a temporary fix. UCT Online High School was born online! We are the school of the future, designed to meet the needs of an ever-changing world.

Our expert team of Learning Designers, Learning Technologists and Data Analysts have worked with the best teachers in the country to design engaging learning paths that are purpose-built for online learning. Our learning paths provide robust scaffolding, building on key concepts through integrated course materials, dynamic video lessons, study notes, practice questions and assessments.

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We understand that applying to a new school can be daunting. Our friendly Admissions Team love to answer questions and are here to help you and your family every step of the way.

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Preparing for life beyond the pond

UCT Online High School has been established to help learners succeed at school, tertiary studies, the work environment, and life. With this in mind, we provide learners with a range of career guidance services, including:

- UCT virtual open days (Subject-choice talks)

- A range of personality assessment and career tools

- Matching subjects choices and grades to university study and career opportunities

We regularly feature inspirational guest speakers and industry experts from different fields in order to help learners embrace a rapidly changing world.

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Online schools in South Africa currently fall into the category of homeschooling, which is a legally recognised alternative to formal education in South Africa, and allows parents to choose any curriculum that meets the minimum outcomes as set out in the national curriculum. UCT Online High School offers a CAPS-aligned curriculum which prepares learners for the National Senior Certificate (NSC) exam, set by SACAI.

Grade 8 - 9

Ten subjects are offered for Grades 8 - 9 with the option of isiXhosa and/or Afrikaans as a second language.

  • English (Home Language)
  • Afrikaans (First Additional Language)
  • isiXhosa (First Additional Language)
  • Mathematics
  • Life Orientation
  • Natural Sciences
  • Technology
  • Economic Management Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Creative Arts
  • *new subjects added every year.
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Grade 10 - 12

Fourteen subjects are offered for Grades 10 - 12 with the option of isiXhosa and/or Afrikaans as a second language and the option of Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy.

  • English (Home Language)
  • Afrikaans (First Additional Language)
  • isiXhosa (First Additional Language)
  • Mathematical Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Life Orientation
  • Accounting
  • Business Studies
  • Computer Applications Technology (CAT)
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Physical Sciences
  • Life Sciences
  • *new subjects added every year.
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