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CPUT Online Application Process 2019 and Admission Requirements

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CPUT Online Application Process – The Cape Peninsula University of Technology is at the heart of technology education and innovation in Africa.

An internationally acclaimed institution, it is the only university of technology in the Western Cape and is the largest university in the region with an enrolment of more than 30 000 students.

CPUT Online Application Process

The university has six faculties offering a wide range of accredited undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the fields of Applied Sciences, Business, Education and Social Sciences, Engineering, Informatics, and Design as well as Health and Wellness Sciences.

Vision and Mission

Vision: To be at the heart of technology education and innovation in Africa.

Mission: The four aims that comprise our mission:

  • We will build a university that is highly efficient, sustainable and environmentally conscious
  • We will be known for the high quality of our teaching and learning and the relevance of our curriculum
  • We will create a vibrant and well-resourced living and learning environment for our students
  • We will enhance and develop the quality and effectiveness of our research and knowledge production

Core Values

  • We undertake to deal with others in a spirit of Ubuntu
  • All our interactions will be governed by a spirit of mutual respect
  • We support the principle of equity
  • We will promote innovation in all aspects of our work
  • We will uphold the principle of accountability for our actions
  • We prize excellence
  • We will strive for efficiency in all our operations

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Admission Requirements for International Applicants

International students must follow the same application process as South African students. Admission requirements for the different courses offered at CPUT can be found under Courses and fees. You may also be required to complete a series of tests to assist in the placement process.

Students following the Cambridge system should take note of the following requirements:

  • Passes of at least five different subjects of the IGCSE and HIGCSE study levels, of which at least two are HIGCSE level subjects.
  • A pass in the language which is the medium of instruction at the University (English or Afrikaans).
  • Specific pass grades: IGCSE: A, B or C; HIGCSE: 1, 2 or 3.

Other senior school qualifications will be reviewed on merit.

Evaluation of foreign qualifications:

All applicants applying with a foreign qualification towards both undergraduate and postgraduate studies MUST have their qualifications evaluated by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) prior to submitting their application forms

You should include the following with your application:

  • All qualification documents, i.e. the highest school certificate issued by the official examining body.
  • Complete and legible transcripts of academic records in respect of all degrees or other higher education qualifications, together with the final certificates, preceding qualifications leading to any post-graduate or other advanced qualification when the latter is submitted.
  • Certificates in foreign languages should be submitted with sworn translations into English by an accredited translator.
  • A cheque made out to SAQA. Information on the relevant evaluation fee can be obtained from the SAQA.

English language proficiency:

To be successful in your studies, you need a certain level of proficiency in English. This includes a pass in English at A-level or O-level; a Test in English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 550; or a 6.5 on the International Testing System (IELTS). Other post-school English language qualifications will be evaluated on merit.

The Fundani Center for Higher Educational Development supports students through a mentorship programme to develop their English Proficiency within their discipline of study.

How to Apply for CPUT Online

Step 1: Choose a qualification

We offer more than 70 career-focused courses. The documents and links below will help you choose the course that’s right for you.

  • Faculty Handbooks contain detailed information about each faculty and course.
  • Online Prospectus will show you all our courses, their subjects, and their estimated cost. 
  • Note: the changes to Higher Education Qualifications in South Africa here

Step 2: Gather your documents or upload further/ outstanding documents

A number of documents must be submitted with your application. Do not send any original documents, only send certified copies must be attached to your manual application form. Copies of documents can be certified at a police station.

Documents to be submitted by South African citizens are:

  • Copy of the proof of payment of your application fee.
  • A certified copy of the first page of your Identity Document.
  • A certified copy of your Senior Certificate or equivalent qualification. If you are still in Grade 12, your marks obtained in Grade 11 together with your most recent Grade 12 marks must be submitted.
  • An original Academic Record and a Certificate of Conduct, or certified copies of other certificates/ diplomas/ degrees you obtained previously from any other higher education institution.
  • Any other documents specifically required for the course to which you are applying, as explained in the application form and admission requirements.

Documents to be submitted by non-South African citizens:

  • Copy of the proof of payment of your application fee.
  • A certified copy of your passport/ refugee permit or proof of permanent residence.
  • A certified copy of your school-leaving certificate, together with an English translation.
  • A scratch card (students from the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and National Examinations Council (NECO).
  • Sixth-year Bulletin: Diplom D’Etat and Journal and transcripts of results or Journal or Confirmation of Results from the Embassy (students from Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo or Cameroon).
  • Any other documents specifically required for the course to which you are applying, as explained in the application form and admission requirements.

Online Documentation Submissions:

  • Minor applicants, not 18 yet at the time of application is required to submit a Minor Application Declaration, click here to download the form.
  • Important information regarding supporting documentation requirements click here
  • Reminder: also consult the list of additional admission requirements (qualification specific document requirements) as listed in Step 1: Choose a qualification and special requirements
  • Each document must be scanned, saved and uploaded individually against each uploading Certificate code as indicated in the table below
  • All documents should be scanned in any of the following file types: tiff, pdf, jpg or gif
  • The maximum scanned file size is 2MB each.

Step 3: Get an application form (manual application only)

  • Only the following category of applicants are eligible to apply manually:
    • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) candidates
    • Non-South African Citizens (International applicants)
    • Non-South African School Leaving Types applications
  • No manual posted or over the counter applications will be accepted for normal RSA applicants.
  • Please note that applicants are limited to three choices (to be filled in on one form). Any further applications will be discarded.

 Application Form:

There are two ways you can get a form to apply for admission:

  • The undergraduate application form
  • The postgraduate application form
  1. Download a PDF of the form that you can print at home.
  2. Collect a form at the Registration and Applications Office on the various campuses.
  3. Some qualifications require applicants to submit additional information as part of their application.

Step 3.1: Fill in the application form

Here are some tips to help you fill in the form correctly.

  • Your name, surname, and identity number or passport number must be filled in exactly as they are written in your identity document or passport.
  • When filling in the qualification you want to study, make sure that you use the correct name of the qualification. Check the name of the qualification on the CPUT website or in the prospectus booklet.
  • Applicants are limited to three choices (to be filled in on one form). Any further applications will be discarded.
  • If you want to stay in a CPUT residence, tick Yes in the appropriate block and complete the residence application form at the back of the application form. You will not be allocated a place in a residence if you do not tick Yes and complete the residency application form. Residence space is not guaranteed.
  • Your address is the address where you live permanently. Ask your parents for a municipal bill and copy the address from the bill.
  • Even if you are going to apply for a bursary or loan you must fill in the details of the person who is responsible for paying your fees since bursaries and loans are not guaranteed.
  • Read through and complete the legal undertaking in full.
  • Complete the checklist at the back of the form.
  • Read through the form again to make sure you have filled in all the information.

Step 3.2: Pay the Application fee

You must pay an R100 non-refundable application fee before your application form can be processed. You must attach a copy of the proof of payment to your application form. Keep the original proof of payment in a safe place.

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A non-refundable late application fee of R150 is applicable to applications submitted after the official closing date. Late applications are only accepted if late applications have been officially announced by the institution on its website.

We accept these payment methods:

  • Cash payments, which can be made directly at the Cashiers’ Office on your preferred campus.
  •  A bank deposit,
  •  A crossed postal order or crossed, bank guaranteed cheque made out to the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

Step 3.3: Send in your form and documents

Completed application forms and accompanying documents must be submitted to the Admissions Office. You can submit your application form and accompanying documents in two ways:

1. Forms can be hand-delivered at the campus where the programme is offered. The venues offering all courses are outlined in the application form.

2. Forms can also be posted to the Admissions Office at the campus where the programme is offered.

Faxed and email forms will not be accepted.

Important note: Never submit a form to anyone claiming to be a representative of CPUT. Only forms that are submitted via post or hand-delivered to the Admissions Office will be accepted.

Closing dates: It is advisable that applications for admission to study at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) be submitted as early as possible.

Step 4: Online application

  • No manual posted or over the counter applications will be accepted for normal RSA applicants
  • Please note that applicants are limited to three choices. Any further applications will be discarded.
  • Some qualifications require applicants to submit additional information as part of their application. Please refer to step 2 for more information.

Submit your online application

Step 5: Follow-up and get your admission status

All applications are loaded onto the CPUT system. Once loaded onto the system, an SMS will be sent to you acknowledging that the institution has received your application. Note, this is not an acceptance notice.

Track your application

Prospective applicants, who have handed in an application form, can track the progress of their application online or by calling:

Contact numbers:

CPUT Call Centre
Tel: +27 21 959 6767
Tel: 086 123 2788
Email: [email protected]

Bellville Campus Admissions Office
Tel: +27 21 959 6256
Tel: +27 21 959 6270

District Six Campus Admissions Office
Tel: +27 21 460 3393
Tel: +27 21 460 3861

Please note, when you contact the institution, you will need to provide the Call Center Agent or Admission’s Officer with your identity number or passport number.

Start studying

Successful candidates will be notified in writing of their acceptance to the institution. You will be informed of the registration dates and times as well as the commencement of class.

Submit your final marks

Students who applied with their Grade 11 and mid-year Grade 12 marks must submit a certified copy of their final Senior Certificate or equivalent qualification marks at the beginning of the academic year.  Students who do not submit their final marks will lose their provisional acceptance.

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