Cambridge International qualifications are accepted at over 2,000 tertiary institutions across 160 countries, including top-ranking universities in the US, UK, Africa and across the globe.


As Africa’s leading university, the University of Cape Town has chosen to shoulder the responsibility to be at the forefront of transformation on the continent — a challenge they willingly embrace. Their mission is simple: to unleash Africa’s potential to help create a fair and just society.

It is their belief that the most important tool every African needs is an affordable, quality education – one that will qualify them for employment or a university degree. This is the only way to close the inequality gap. It is a necessity, not only for the university sector, but for everybody in the country.

This is why they chose to change the face of education in South Africa by launching UCT Online High School in 2022 — the most affordable online private school in South Africa; becoming the first University on the African continent to extend its expertise and impact to the secondary schooling market through an innovative online modality. This progressive school is purpose-built to allow South African learners to work towards achieving their National Senior Certificate from anywhere in the country.

UCT Online High School places emphasis on impeccable support, with each learner having access to a Support Coach throughout their entire school career. The offering is tailored to the learner by providing Structured Flexibility – a framework which allows learners to work anytime from anywhere, within well-defined boundaries. By placing Individual Mastery right at the centre of their philosophy, UCT Online High School ensures that each learner masters every module before moving on to the next one. That way they don’t progress with gaps in their tree of knowledge.

As part of their initial offering, they also launched UCT Online High School’s Free Curriculum with support from the Michael & Susan Dell foundation. This entirely free online school platform allows any guardian, learner or educator to access their full CAPS (National Senior Certificate) curriculum — because money should not be a barrier to those wanting to learn.

A few months after its public launch in 2021, UCT Online High School was selected among the 12 Top Innovators inThe WorldClass Education Challenge at the World Economic Forum’s Sustainable Development Impact Summit 2021. A digital platform to crowdsource solutions for the world’s most pressing issues, as outlined by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). From almost 400 submissions, 12 notable innovators were selected – these individuals and their organisations have worked alongside Deloitte professionals to help address the global education crisis. UCT Online High School made the final selection of Top Innovators in Africa, cementing its impact at home, and abroad.

(Video) UCT Vice-Chancellor announces UCT Online High School's Cambridge International curriculum

A year, and some 5,000 CAPS learners later, they are immensely pleased to be able to offer an additional curriculum in the form of the Cambridge Assessment International Education — the most affordable Cambridge International qualification in Africa at R3,300 per month (within South Africa) and US$230 per month (outside South Africa)! Cambridge International is one of the world’s most prestigious international curriculums, recognised by over 2,000 tertiary institutions worldwide, including all major local universities. With nearly a million learners in 10,000 schools in 160 countries, a Cambridge International qualification is a powerful global passport to the future. As the most affordable fully accredited Cambridge International school in Africa, UCT Online High School is proud to be able to offer this qualification to learners in South Africa and beyond. Starting with South Africa’s closest neighbours, they aim to expand their reach to the rest of the African continent in the near future. And they’re only getting started.

Admissions for the UCT Online High School’s Cambridge Assessment International Education are now open, with classes commencing in January 2023, after which learners will be able to enrol at any time, from wherever they are in the world. This new curriculum offers the full bouquet of Lower Secondary, IGCSE, AS and A levels at R3,300 per month (within South Africa) and US$230 per month (outside South Africa), but for 2023 we will be launching lower secondary and IGCSE, making it the most affordable fully accredited Cambridge International school in Africa. To offer a full break down:

  • Lower Secondary (years 8 & 9, ages 12-14) provides learners with a broad curriculum, giving them a strong, well-rounded foundation.
  • Upper Secondary otherwise known as IGCSE (years 10 & 11, ages 15-16) is the most popular international qualification for 15 – 16 years olds and focuses on core academic and language development. Our first set of IGCSE exams will be written in November 2024.
  • Cambridge Advanced, the AS and A levels qualifications (Years 12 & 13, ages 17-18) is one of the strongest academic high school qualifications you can exit with, streamlining you into a focused career path. UCT Online High School is set to expand into AS/A levels in 2025.

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‘If I may just say what an honour it is to partner with Cambridge Assessment International Education, one of the world’s most prestigious institutions. Together we are providing access to a truly world-class education from the comfort of one’s own home — not just to learners in our own country, but to those throughout Africa too.’, says Yandiswa Xhakaza, UCT Online High School Director & Principal.

Christine Özden, Chief Executive of Cambridge Assessment International Education, says, ‘We are delighted to announce that UCT Online High School has joined our global community of Cambridge schools and we look forward to a long and productive relationship with them.

(Video) UCT Online High School announces Cambridge learning accreditation

In their tireless quest to innovate and be at the forefront of creating an equitable and innovative education system on the continent, the online high school also announces the launch of an Adult Matric programme delivered entirely online. The Adult Matric programme provides a second chance for those who were unable, or never given the opportunity, to write their National Senior Certificate when they were young — because it’s never too late to enable a better future for ourselves and our families.

As per Youth Capital’s research, and at any given time, there are about 250,000 people working towards a matric certificate outside the full-time, in-school system.Since an average of 800,000 candidates write matric examinations each year, this means that about a third of the total matric cohort are ‘on the fringe’ or ‘non-traditional’ learners. Yet, as second-chancers, the educational journeys of these non-traditional learners often go unrecognised. Despite their grit and perseverance, second chance matrics are rarely reported on publicly. UCT Online High School is here to celebrate and support these learners, and the Adult Matric programme offers a viable and affordable alternative for adults to study online, and part-time, towards their matric certificate.

A matric certificate can transform young and old people’s futures alike, by signalling their knowledge and skills to employers, creating pathways to further education, and ultimately improving their chances of finding work, keeping a job, and earning a higher salary.

UCT Online High School isn’t just a school, it’s the backbone of an entire ecosystem which has been designed to service learners from a broad range of socioeconomic and academic means. They believe in a brighter future for all, and they’re doing everything that they can to make it happen. They’re calling on future changemakers, young and old, to join their innovative learning journey and make their future official.

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How much is the UCT online high school? ›

The tuition for the online high school is currently R3,300 per month. Once this is completed, the learners will then need to complete a Cambridge advanced which will lead them to A-levels where a learner typically graduates in three specialised subjects at the age of 19 and can apply for a university qualification.

What is the UCT online high school? ›

An entirely free online, high-quality and interactive school curriculum for any teacher and learner to use for a broad range of South African CAPS subjects.

What curriculum does UCT online use? ›

UCT Online High School offers a CAPS-aligned curriculum which prepares learners for the National Senior Certificate (NSC) exam, set by SACAI.

Is the Cambridge curriculum accepted in South Africa? ›

Cambridge A-Levels are welcomed at the world's leading universities. Cambridge IGCSE, AS Level, and A Levels are recognized locally by the South African Matriculation Board for entrance into South African Universities.

Are UCT online courses legit? ›

The University of Cape Town (UCT) has been recognised with five massive open online courses (MOOCs) on the Class Central list of the Top Free Online Courses of All Time, which is based on tens of thousands of user reviews.

Is UCT a good school? ›

University of Cape Town is one of the top public universities in Cape Town, South Africa. It is ranked #=237 in QS World University Rankings 2023.

What is UCT good for? ›

UCT has 88 accredited research groups with a host of research strengths including, Astronomy, cosmology and gravity, drug discovery, biodiversity, marine research, mineral beneficiation, schools, Infectious diseases and molecular medicine and more.

What grades do you need for UCT? ›

To be eligible for admission to degree study, applicants need to meet minimum requirements for eligibility: Applicants holding a South African National Senior Certificate (NSC) need to pass a minimum of 4 subjects at a rating of 4 (Adequate Achievement, 50-59%) or better in any four 20-credit NSC subjects.

What is UCT qualification? ›

South African Senior Certificate undergraduate applicants to UCT must have achieved a pass of 40% or more on the Higher Grade in English (First or Second Language) at Senior Certificate level.

Are UCT degrees internationally Recognised? ›

Yes. As the top ranked university in Africa, UCT qualifications are recognised around the world.

Is UCT online free? ›

The cutting-edge online curriculum is freely available to any learner, teacher or parent in South Africa. UCT Online High School Free Curriculum is about accelerating access to world-class high school education so that South Africa's potential can be unleashed.

How many students are in UCT online high school? ›

Picture: Ruvan Boshoff. On Monday the University of Cape Town's online high school opens its virtual doors to more than 4000 pupils. The first of school of its kind for a university, 30% of pupils will comprise Grade 8, 20% Grade 9 and a 50% split between Grade 10 and Grade 11.

Is Cambridge curriculum same as British curriculum? ›

The Cambridge Curriculum is an International British curriculum that has become a very popular choice for homeschooling learners as it allows them the opportunity to obtain an internationally accredited education whilst offering the benefits of self-paced learning.

What is the GCSE equivalent in South Africa? ›

While it is generally accepted that the International GCSE (IG) is equivalent to the South African grade 11, AS level to the South African grade 12, and A level to a grade 13, USAf accepts a combination of these qualifications in order to issue a full university exemption.

How much does Cambridge homeschooling cost? ›

Annual online homeschooling fees for Cambridge primary stage students range between R10 700 and R30 581 per year for three subjects. Textbooks will cost between R1 700 and R3 400 and at this level there are no additional examination fees.

What are the disadvantages of taking online courses? ›

Disadvantages of Online Learning
  • Online Learning May Create a Sense of Isolation. Everyone learns in their own manner. ...
  • Online Learning Requires Self-Discipline. ...
  • Online Learning Requires Additional Training for Instructors. ...
  • Online Classes Are Prone to Technical Issues. ...
  • Online Learning means more screen-time.
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Is an online degree taken seriously? ›

Experts say employers are largely more interested in the person than the degree. They generally won't recognize immediately if that person's degree was obtained online or in person. Some schools are fully online while others offer online programs in addition to their traditional in-person options.

Where does UCT rank in the world? ›

University of Cape Town is ranked #125 in Best Global Universities. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence. Read more about how we rank schools.

Is getting into UCT hard? ›

It is very difficult because it is very competitive to be accepted at University of Cape Town. Your average/aggregate should be more than 80%.

How many people get accepted into UCT? ›

In 2022 UCT received applications from over 54 000 first-time entering undergraduate applicants. There are approximately 4 200 first-year places available at the university each year.

Does UCT teach in English? ›

The UCT English Language Centre offers year-round courses in General English at all levels, from beginner to advanced; Business English; and Exam Preparation courses for IELTS and Cambridge ESOL Exams.

Is UCT the best in Africa? ›

In all five major international university rankings, UCT is ranked best in Africa. This year, UCT took the continent's top place in the Centre for World University Rankings, Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings and ShanghaiRanking's Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Is UCT accredited? ›

University of Cape Town | AACSB Accredited.

What subjects do UCT offer? ›

  • Commerce.
  • Engineering & the Built Environment.
  • Health Sciences.
  • Humanities.
  • Law.
  • Science.

How much is the tuition fee in UCT? ›

Does UCT accept Cambridge? ›

Admissions for the UCT Online High School's Cambridge Assessment International Education are now open, with classes commencing in January 2023, after which learners will be able to enrol at any time, from wherever they are in the world.

What are the requirements for UCT online high school? ›

What are the entrance requirements for UCT Online School for Adult Matric?
  • Adult Matric learners who are 21 years and older when they sit for their final matric exam.
  • Adult Matric learners who have a General Education and Training Certificate (GETC); or.

What is a UCT pass mark? ›

They'll take you through stuff during orientation. Orientation. The experience for first years that welcomes you and prepares you for university life holistically by engaging with academic matters, student support services, the SRC, and societies and sports clubs. Pass mark. Anything above 50%.

What is the pass mark at UCT? ›

UCT has six. When you get over 75% for academic work. An upper second is 70–74%; a lower second is 60–69%; and a third is 50–59%. An S means you failed.

Are foreign degrees accepted in the UK? ›

The UK recognises qualifications from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein which are of an equivalent standard to UK qualifications. Check the UK list of regulated professions to find out if your profession is regulated.

Are UK degrees internationally Recognised? ›

International students prefer UK degrees over those from other countries because these degrees are recognised and respected worldwide.

What diplomas does UCT offer? ›

The Faculty of Commerce offers the following undergraduate degrees and diplomas:
  • Diplomas. ...
  • Degrees. ...
  • Bachelor of Business Science. ...
  • Bachelor of Business Science specialising in. ...
  • Bachelor of Commerce. ...
  • Bachelor of Commerce specialising in.

Do you pay to apply to UCT? ›

An application fee must be paid for every application. UCT students and graduates, as well as Semester Study Abroad (SSA) applicants, are exempt from the application fee unless applying to a Graduate School of Business (GSB) programme.

How much is UCT residence fees? ›

On-campus housing costs between R39 400 – R114 600 per year, depending on size and number of rooms. An initial payment fee of R20 000 is due in February. If your residence offer is made after the due date, initial payment is due immediately. The balance of your on-campus housing fee is due by 30 June.

How does UCT high school work? ›

The UCT Online High School is an online high school offering a CAPS curriculum with National Senior Certificate examinations. Our learners experience a highly engaging, inclusive and socially rich learning environment which is supported by expert teachers and support coaches.

Does UCT give laptops? ›

All first-time entering students are eligible to receive a laptop from UCT at a cost. This is due to laptops being a mandatory requirement to study at UCT.

What is the best online school in South Africa? ›

Clonard Education Online High School

Clonard Education has over 20 years of online high school education experience. It has highly qualified and experienced South African teachers and assessors, who teach grade R – 12 learners the CAPS curriculum. These lessons take place through online classes and hardcopy textbooks.

What percentage of UCT students are black? ›

UCT and transformation part two: the students
Population group20082013
SA Black843 (13%)1,445 (16%)
SA Coloured775 (12%)1,098 (12%)
SA Indian393 (6%)537 (6%)
SA White2,807 (43%)3,195 (36%)
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Is British curriculum better than American? ›

Pace. In the case of the British curriculum, it can be found that in primary/secondary school, the level of learning in the U.K. school system was considerably higher. The students have in-depth knowledge of each topic taught in each stage.

Is Cambridge the same as GCSE? ›

Cambridge IGCSE was developed as a GCSE examination for international use and the academic demands and standards of Cambridge IGCSE are equivalent to those of the UK GCSE.

Is British curriculum better than Indian? ›

If a child is interested more in an activity-based education system that consists of a balance in theory subjects, then the British curriculum is suitable. But, if a student prefers to focus more on science, math or wants to have in-depth knowledge about a field of interest, then the Indian curriculum can be right.

Is Cape equivalent to GCSE? ›

In examining the syllabus content and duration of CAPE courses, we have concluded that the qualifications resulting from two-subject courses are comparable to GCE Advanced level i.e. in the following subjects: Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, French, History, Literatures in English, Mathematics, Physics and Spanish and ...

What is A-Level in UK equivalent to in South Africa? ›

The UK's RQF system impacts South Africans in two ways.
National Qualification Framework.
RQF Level (UK)NQF Level (SA)Qualification Level
24National Certificate (Matric) / GCSE A, B, C
35Higher National Certificate / A Levels A, B, C, D, E
57Bachelors Degree / Advanced Diploma(SA) / Higher National Diploma(UK)
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What is 12th class equivalent in UK? ›

Undergraduate. If you are studying for an Indian qualification, you will need a suitable equivalent grade to apply for our undergraduate courses. The table below shows grade equivalencies for India. UK Requirement (A Level) to Standard XII equivalent: A-levels.

What is the best homeschooling Online Program UK? ›

CHS is the most established selective over-subscribed online independent school based in Cambridge UK. It offers an unrivaled British education that will enable your child to progress to any university in the world including Cambridge, Oxford, and the top US Universities.

Can you homeschool in the UK for free? ›

Yes, you can be homeschooled for free in the UK. Uptake of homeschooling is surging in the UK as more and more parents decide to take the plunge and educate their kids themselves. Since 2020, 34% more parents in England have opted to home school their children.

Is Cambridge homeschooling good? ›

For a truely remarkable education

For a truely remarkable academic high achieving education, Cambridge Homeschool is definitely your choice. ultra low class sizes, highly educated teachers. zero tolerance of poor behavior. My only regret is I didn't find out about the school sooner.

Is UCT expensive? ›

University of Cape Town

This leading tertiary institution is the most expensive in the country, with annual tuition rates exceeding R100,000. UCT offers a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate, and research courses through its 11 faculties and nine schools.

How much does online school cost in South Africa? ›

Brainline's fees range from R16,000 per year for grade 7 – 9 to R29,950 per year for grade 12, excluding textbooks. Applications for 2022 enrollment are still open.

Is online high school cheaper? ›

As far as the tuition-related expenses are concerned, the tuition for online schools tends to be less expensive than tuition for conventional classes. In usual, online schools have fewer expenses. This is because the maintenance costs of buildings and grounds are not involved here since everything is virtual.

Where is UCT ranked in the world? ›

University of Cape Town is ranked #125 in Best Global Universities. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence. Read more about how we rank schools.

What is the minimum requirements for UCT? ›

The minimum requirement for admission to undergraduate diploma study is a National Senior Certificate (NSC) as certified by Umalusi with an achievement rating of 3 (Moderate Achievement, 40-49%) or better in 4 recognised NSC 20-credit subjects.

Why is UCT so expensive? ›

So why are UCT's fees high? Vice-chancellor Max Price explained to GroundUp, “If we only depended on government money, all the universities would look the same. Our fees are higher because we have more middle-class students who can afford to pay them, which improves the staff -to-student ratios.

How do I pay my UCT school fees? ›

The application fee may be paid by cash, credit card, direct bank deposit or electronic funds transfer (EFT). Cash payments must be made at the Cashiers Office, Kramer Building, Middle Campus, UCT. Credit card payments must be made online.

What is Africa's number 1 online school? ›

1 Online School: Teneo. CloudPack School. flexibility to school on your own schedule.

What is the best homeschooling program in South Africa? ›

What is the best homeschooling program in South Africa?
  • Nukleus Onderwys. ...
  • Oikos. ...
  • Clonard Distance Education. ...
  • Time4Learning. ...
  • SA Home-Schoolers. ...
  • Cape Home Educators (CHE) ...
  • Eastern Cape Home Schooling Association (ECHSA) ...
  • Pestalozzi Trust. Petalozzi Trust is a registered public benefit organization.
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What is the cheapest homeschooling program out there? ›

Best Affordable Homeschooling Programs
  • K12. K12 Online School is a platform that provides all the educational materials you will need for your children to get a school education. ...
  • ...
  • Khan Academy. ...
  • ABCmouse. ...
  • Easy Peasy. ...
  • BJU Press. ...
  • Alpha Omega. ...
  • Used Homeschool School Books.

What are the cons of online high school? ›

Ten Disadvantages of Online Courses
  • Online courses require more time than on-campus classes. ...
  • Online courses make it easier to procrastinate. ...
  • Online courses require good time-management skills. ...
  • Online courses may create a sense of isolation. ...
  • Online courses allow you to be more independent.

Is online school harder than regular? ›

Many students, however, report online classes as being easier than, or only as difficult as, in-person classes.” Lee, who has taught in distance learning settings, explains that the development of virtual classes is up to the instructor and the institution. For example, some online courses are self-paced.

Is online school harder than normal school? ›

One of the most common questions asked on this topic is, "Are online classes easier?" Put simply, the answer is no. Opting for online courses over traditional courses is not the easy route for your education. It's true that online courses offer more flexibility, but that doesn't change the amount of work you put in.


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