Topic of the week: Apply Now: Health Sciences at University
Programme date: 10 - 13 April 2017
The objectives of this programme are to:
Presenter: Thank you for joining us for another informative episode of Khetha brought to you by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) in partnership with SABC Education. As you know we have spoken about Apply Now in the past weeks in order to emphasize the importance of applying early. Once again; today we are talking about Apply Now: Health Sciences. Applications for careers or qualifications in the Health Sciences faculty close early, around May/June for admission to study the following year. Hence it is important that learners be aware of the application processes and other requirements. We are joined in the studio by our guest speaker from the Department ********. Our guest will enlighten us about the topic today. It’s good to have you on the show ********.
Presenter: What exactly are Health Science careers?
Guest:The field of Health Sciences is very broad with a wide range of occupations and requires applicants who are passionate about making a difference in the health and well-being of people. Health Science careers refers to careers such as Medicine, Pharmacy, and Nursing. The careers can further be categorized as follows:
There are specific occupations within these categories and mostly; these require a University qualification and professional training.
Presenter: What are the admission requirements to study within the categories you have mentioned?
Guest: It is essential to mention that each and every qualification and institution has specific minimum admission requirements. However, there are generic principles that learners need to be aware of especially when we talk about admission to study at university. Let me explain these in details:
University admissions are based on merit. This means that the higher your marks the higher the chances of getting accepted. Therefore, meeting the minimum requirements does not automatically guarantee admission to the programme you applied for. Furthermore; there is stiff competition considering that you apply with other learners who also want to get into the similar programme as you. Therefore, learner needs to work hard in order to achieve excellent marks
Presenter: What are other important admission requirements applicants must be aware of?
Guest: National Benchmark Test (NBT) is one of the common requirements for admission to university studies. NBT is an assessment/ test that assess academic readiness of first year university students. It assesses the ability to combine aspects of prior learning in competency areas that directly impact on success of first year university students. These tests are administered under standardized testing conditions at sites across South Africa on designated ‘national’ test dates. The university prescribes whether a learner should or should not write the test and which test to write.
Presenter: Please tell us more about the National Benchmark Test.
Guest: The NBT assesses a writer’s proficiency levels in three content areas, focusing on Academic Literacy (AL), Quantitative Literacy (QL) and Mathematics (MAT). AL and QL are combined in the AQL test and written in a three hour morning session; the MAT is written in a three hour afternoon session. The purpose of all the tests can be summarized as follows:
Presenter: How does a learner register to write?
Guest: You need to register on the internet. The
The EasyPay number assigned to you during registration is used to:
Presenter: So where and when can a learner write?
There are fees that learners need to pay for the NBT test. The fees for the 2017 Admission cycle are:
In addition to the NBT; some universities have additional assessments, such as selection interviews.
Presenter: You really provided detailed explanation about the admission requirements. Now let’s talk about the application process. What are the important things to look out for?
Guest: Applicants should be aware that there are two methods of applications namely: manual (hardcopy) and online application. It is worth noting that nowadays most institutions emphasise online applications. There are most crucial aspects that you have to consider for both methods of application. First and foremost you need to check the prospectus/information booklet for the following:
Ensure that the information provided on the application form is complete and accurate
Presenter: Where can learners obtain the application forms?
Guest: They can obtain application forms through the following processes:
Please note that most universities encourage online application.This means that applicants must have access to internet. There are various places where learners can access free internet such as community libraries, youth desks at Municipal offices, National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) and schools with the help of Educators.
Presenter: Okay, let’s say a learner has applied early, and then what should happen next?
Guest: Learners often think that after application then the process ends. Although it is expected that institutions should communicate with the applicants regarding the status of their application. I urge learners to also take the initiative of contacting the university to track the status of their application. They must not wait for the last minute.
Presenter: Are there any available funding opportunities in the field and who offers them.
Guest: There are different types of funding opportunities available; namely Bursaries, Scholarships, and Loans.
These are offered by different organizations such as government departments and entities, private companies and other organizations. Funding opportunities are advertised by the organization or department concerned and leaners must ensure that they apply in time. To get details about available funding opportunities from government departments, entities or private companies; learners must apply directly to these organization have listed a few of these opportunities specifically for Health Sciences careers:
the Motsepe Foundation: 011 324 1500.
As mentioned there are many sponsors for Health Science careers, therefore learners can contact the Career Development Services: Helpline to enquire about other opportunities.
Presenter: This is very enlightening! Do you have any words of encouragement to our prospective applicants?
Guest: It is crucial to get all the information you need as early as possible so that you will make informed decisions and apply in time. Applying early for admission also puts you in a better position to apply for financial assistance. Remember when applying for funding opportunities you need to have evidence that you have applied or been provisionally admitted at the university.
Most learners procrastinate applying because they want to get their grade 12 mid-term (June) reports. Note thatif you are in grade 12, you need to use your grade 11 results to apply for admission at university. If your mid-term results are required; the university will surely communicate this to you, but do not wait until universities close applications
It is also essential to apply to as many universities as possible, at least three universities if not more.
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Presenter: Thank you for sharing the information with us and for words of encouragement. I am certain that most of our young listeners really enjoyed and would need further advice. Where can our listeners get more information?
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