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Learning Liberated Scholarship & Bursary Programme.

Join us on our mission to unleash South Africa's learning potential

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This is our mission.

UCT Online High School is launching a Learning Liberated Scholarship & Bursary Programme to unleash South Africa's learning potential. Our mission is to make online education as affordable as possible to provide more education opportunities to bright young South Africans. As a result, we are collaborating with Corporate South Africa to make this vision a reality by unlocking the funds to make this possible. If you would like to be part of this exciting opportunity and apply for a potential scholarship or bursary you will need to complete an application as part of your UCT Online High School admissions application.

Why partial scholarships or bursaries?

The Learning Liberated Scholarship or Bursary programme offers partial scholarships or bursaries for a January start date to make education more accessible to a diverse range of learners who may not afford the full tuition. This approach allows for more efficient distribution of financial aid, supporting a larger number of learners with available funds. Additionally, funding through donations and philanthropy increases support for the programme, as donors can see their tangible impact on multiple learners. Partial scholarships or bursaries also foster a sense of commitment among recipients to maintain academic performance, leading to higher success rates. Furthermore, this financial assistance helps learners and their families manage education costs.

Available for entry into grades
8-11
Curriculum
NSC
Partial Scholarship or Bursaries
80% of the
Tuition fee
Next Intake
Jan 2025

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Learning Liberated Scholarship & Bursary eligibility criteria

  • Applicant must be a South African citizen
  • Applicant must reside in South Africa
  • At least one of the applicant's guardians must be a South African citizen
  • Applicant must be age appropriate for the grades to which they are applying (grades 8-11)
  • Applicant must want to complete the CAPS curriculum resulting in the National Senior Certificate (NSC)
  • Applicant must demonstrate financial need (the family household income may not exceed R350,000 per annum or R29,000 per month)
  • Applicant must obtain a minimum 50% average in:
    1. English (Home Language)(entry into grades 8-11)
    2. Mathematics.(entry into grades 8-10) or 40% for Mathematics/Maths Literacy (entry into grade 11).
  • Applicant must have aspirations to pursue a tertiary education and career after school
  • Applicant must have access to stable internet, a laptop or desktop, and a printer
  • Applicant must have a safe learning environment with necessary support from at least 1 adult champion/supervisor
  • Applicant must submit an Applicant Reference Letter from a senior member of the learner’s current school and must accompany the scholarship application confirming that the learner has the necessary aptitude to thrive in an online learning environment.
  • Applicant must submit an Aspirations & Academic Journey Letter motivating their desire to pursue a tertiary education and career after high school
Applicant
6 May - 31 August 2023
An APPLICANT:
  • Starts an application
  • Works through the application process towards becoming a Candidate
  • Can have their application closed if they do not meet eligibility criteria, submit correct documents, successfully complete the LLSB Application Assessment, or follow the process correctly
Candidate
1 - 30 September 2024
A Candidate has:
  • Completed the application process
  • Met all the eligibility criteria
  • Successfully completed the LLSB Application Assessment and
  • Submitted all required documents, including SRO validation
  • Paid Placement Fee (non-refundable)
Candidates are not guaranteed a scholarship or bursary but will be shortlisted and depending on available funding and Sponsor's additional requirements; will be matched accordingly
Recipient
1 - 31 October 2024
A RECIPIENT is someone who has:
  • Been awarded and accepts a Learning Liberated Scholarship or Bursary supported by a corporate sponsor
  • Received a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)
  • Accepted the T&Cs of the MOA, and has signed and returned the MOA within the specified timeframe and
  • Submitted their Term 4, 2024 Academia report and this has been validated by SRO team

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Can a non-South African resident be exempt from taking a First Additional Language (FAL) for their Amended Senior Certificate (ASC) qualification?

No, the requirement for obtaining an ASC qualification is passing 6 subjects. They are as follows: 3 compulsory subjects made up of a Home Language, a FAL language and a Mathematics subject. The remaining 3 subjects can be selected from the electives subject list.

Will I/my child get into UCT (the university) if they attend UCT Online High School?

Not automatically. Getting into any university requires good grades and hard work, and the normal application processes (and requirements) apply to all learners seeking admission to any tertiary institution locally or abroad. We’ll champion you/them every step of the way through!

What FET costs will be incurred in Grades 10– 12? Are there FET or Examination costs incurred in Grades 10 - 12?

Yes, there are standardised exam registration fees and examination fees that are subject to change as per SACAI. Applicants are advised to budget accordingly. Please refer to our fees handbook for detailed information about this.

Will these external Adult Matric examinations be written at a physical venue or online?

The final ASC examinations for Grade 12 (Adult Matric) are set externally and need to be written at an approved physical examination venue in South Africa — these are allocated by the DBE.

Can I write my final matric examination at my home?

No, you cannot. You will have to write your ASC examinations in person at a registered venue identified by the Department of Basic Education (DBE).

What format is used for the video content? (avi, mov, mkv etc.) as certain formats work on specific programs

Our videos are hosted on our own server and streamed to you via an embedded player. No need to worry about any formats!

Can I buy a matric certificate?

No, you cannot. Buying a matric certificate is regarded as a crime. You could face a fine, jail time for up to 5 years or both.

Is there an application deadline?

Yes, there is an application deadline. To find out more details, please reach out to our Admission Team here.

Partnering with a PBO

UCT Online High School has partnered with the iBhodi Trust (Registration number IT000433/2020), a Public Benefit Organization (PBO) to facilitate all donations for the high school Learning Liberated Scholarship & Bursary programme.  There are several compelling reasons for this. Firstly, the financial benefits are clear, as donations often come with tax incentives, reducing the overall cost of giving while maximising the positive impact of the contribution.

Secondly, PBOs ensure transparency and accountability in fund management, providing our partners with the assurance that their resources are being used efficiently and ethically. This ensures that the funds are directed towards their intended purpose - supporting deserving learners in their pursuit of education. Ultimately, investing in a PBO associated with a high school scholarship & bursary programme aligns corporate philanthropy with financial prudence, transparency, and a strong commitment to the betterment of the community and the education of future leaders.

Want to join us on our mission to unleash South Africa's learning potential?

If you are part of a corporate or NGO that would like to find out more about contributing to our Learning Liberated Scholarship and Bursary Programme, get in touch through the form below.
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