English Language Foundation Programme

Mid-year intake?

There is a mid-year intake in July.

Programme duration

Minimum: 1 years

Maximum: 2 years


Programme start date

Semester 1: February

Semester 2: July 

Programme description

The English Language Foundation Programme bridges the gap between school and higher education for those of you who did not complete your secondary schooling in English or where English is not your home language. It develops your English language skills while ensuring that you are well prepared for our higher education programmes that are offered in English.

Together with Pearson English, we have developed an interactive and rewarding programme, which will greatly enhance your learning success and your ability to participate in lectures, seminars, research, tutorials, presentations, group projects and assessments in your degree studies.
The core modules are based on a diagnostic placement assessment, and include four levels of English as well as developing Student Skills. Depending on your English module progression you can then choose one or more faculty preparation modules to prepare you for your degree from a range of introductory topics including Development Studies, Commerce, IT, Mathematics, Science and Psychology.

Much of the success of our English Language Foundation Programme is due to our unique blend of lecture-led learning, Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL), our smaller interactive classes and our cutting-edge facilities such as campus resource centres and computer labs.

Entry requirements

  • You need a South African National Senior Certificate (NSC) with certificate, diploma or degree entry or an equivalent foreign secondary qualification on an NSC level (NQF 4) confirmed by SAQA.


  • If you have an international school-leaving certificate, you need to provide a certificate of exemption issued by Universities South Africa (USAF).


  • You need 17-24 Pearson Institute points.
  • You need 30% or above for Grade 12 Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy. 
  • You must have completed an internationally accepted English language assessment with the relevant Common
  • European Framework Reference (CEFR) for languages (at levels B1 or higher).
  • You need to complete a placement assessment to finalise placement in this programme.

Qualification accreditation

  • It is not accredited by the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC), nor is it registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). The
  • independent Exit exam is a recognised entrance competency assessment and falls within institutional audit processes. 
  • While this programme is not registered on the qualifications framework, this is an access path to Pearson Institute programmes offered at National Qualifications Framework (NQF) level 5.

Programme structure

Students who register for the programme complete a diagnostic placement assessment to correctly allocate English modules. All students complete the Student Skills Module to prepare them for further higher education studies.

Students may be able to develop Digital literacy further through Introduction to Computer Skills as their English progresses. Students are permitted to choose a relevant faculty preparation module in their second semester to prepare them for their further studies. It is required that Prospective Science, IT and Commerce complete an introductory mathematics module where possible.

You will perform a diagnostic assessment before completing enrolment and based on these results you will enter into one of the four modules below:

  • Pre-intermediate (Beginner) English
  • Lower Intermediate English
  • Upper Intermediate English
  • Advanced English All students are required to complete the following modules:
  • Student Skills
  • Applied English Language Development

All students are required to complete the following modules:

  • Student Skills
  • Applied English Language Develop ent You will then have the choice to complete one or more of the following faculty preparation modules (subject to your English module progression requirements and pre-requisites):
  • Development Studies A
  • Development Studies B
  • Introduction to Biology
  • Introduction to Commerce (Economics)
  • Introduction to Computer Skills
  • Introduction to IT
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Science And to progress to Commerce, IT or Science degrees you will need to complete the following modules (subject to English module progression requirements and pre-requisites, you may be exempt from these modules depending on your secondary school results and/or results in mathematics and/or results in an exemption examination).
  • Introductory Mathematics A
  • Mathematics for Degree Studies B