UKZN provides Academic Support Programmes to assist those students whose academic potential has not been realised due to disadvantaged educational backgrounds. These take the form of access and foundation programmes, restructured first year courses or additional courses in essential skills such as communication and academic writing. Pre-University courses prepare students for the challenges of the academic environment while mentorship and internship programmes promote the academic and vocational development of students.

College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science

Pietermaritzburg & Westville

BSc Augmented Curriculum (KN-P-BS4/KN-W-BS4) is a four year degree with extended support programme for applicants from disadvantaged schools. First year study is spread over two years. Applicants require a NSC-DEG with 22 or more APS points and English and LO at Level 4 and Mathematics at Level 3 and Agricultural Science or Life Science or Physical Science at Level 3 OR a Matriculation exemption with 28 or more points and Maths and Physical Science, or Biology, or Agricultural Science E HG or B SG. An admission test may be offered to applicants who did not achieve these symbols.

For further information contact:
Pietermaritzburg Tel: +27 (0) 33 260 6116
Westville Tel: +27 (0) 31 260 7979

Scientific Writing and Reporting, a credit bearing course which focuses on language and communication skills in the sciences.

Contact: Tel: +27 (0) 31 260 1404

Orientation and Support Programmes

Community Internship
Howard College and Medical School
Students work in communities in either research, development or educational roles. They are closely monitored by Community Internship staff. The selection of students is based on financial, educational and domestic criteria.

For more information contact:
Tel: +27 (0) 31 260 2850
Tel: +27 (0) 31 260 1478

Student Mentorship Programme
The Student Mentorship Programme has been specifically created to assist first entry students in adapting to the University environment. The primary objective centres on the maintenance of academic proficiency. The programme desires to foster academic excellence amongst all first year students. The programme strives to create an environment which is conducive for meaningful and effective learning.

Goals and Objectives:
It is the ambition and drive of the Student Mentorship Programme to:

  • Entrench an environment where excellence underlines the endeavours of the programme.
  • Assist all students irrespective of race, gender and socio-economic status with regard to academic performance.
  • Focus programme resources on student development; this includes the induction and socialisation of students.
  • Constantly re-engineer and redefine the organisations focus by means of continuous research. In this manner, the Programme hopes to identify niche areas which can be exploited by the University for the benefit of learning enhancement.
  • Ensure that the University expands the capacity for retaining the majority of first-entry students through continuous and rigorous research.
  • Optimise the induction process through mentoring, a process which all students must undergo. The value of informal academic assistance has been professed by many, and mentoring is the essence of this. Mentoring will allow the University to track and understand the performance of every individual student.

Mentors are senior students who are academically competent and socially adept in guiding students in their first year at University. Mentors undergo a stringent selection procedure. The primary criteria for being selected are an excellent academic record and outstanding communication and leadership abilities. Mentors will also be given training and will be allowed to develop themselves into a complete graduate.

For more information contact:
Tel: +27 (0) 31 260 7055