Foundation Mathematics

About this programme:

There are very few opportunities in life that are really worth taking, that present themselves a second time. With such a high percentage of Grade 12 learners not meeting the Mathematics entrance requirements for study at a university, this programme is designed to give these learners a second chance.

It is put together as an intense two-week (80 hour) programme that allows students who pass with 60%, access to study a degree at UKZN where Mathematics is a prerequisite, provided that the applicant meets the other qualifying criteria of the University.

Due to the intense nature of this course, only individuals who completed their Matric in the past three years should apply. Applicants also need to enquire directly with the relevant College before completing this programme.

How you will benefit:

  • Concentrate on just one subject instead of six or more
  • Improve your understanding of mathematical concepts
  • Gain confidence as you work through examples on your own and in the classroom
  • Draw on the experience and skills of a Mathematics specialist at UKZN

Key focus areas:

  • Set theory
  • Equations and inequalities
  • Perimeter, area and volume
  • Linear, quadratic, semi-circles, rectangular hyperbola and piecewise functions
  • Absolute values, circular (trigonometry), exponential and logarithmic
  • Introduction to differential calculus and word problems

Who should attend:

  • School leavers who passed Mathematics in their final NSC examinations (Matric examinations) desiring to pursue a Science or Commerce related degree
  • This programme provides possible access to a Bachelor’s degree at UKZN, where Grade 12 Mathematics is an entrance requirement, provided that the applicant meets the other qualifying criteria of the University

Entrance requirements:

  • To be considered for registration, an applicant must have obtained a pass symbol on Standard or Higher Grade Mathematics or NSC Mathematics in the final examinations in Grade 12
  • Applicant must have access to a reliable Internet line to complete required hours online


Two weeks, online (interactive sessions with facilitators)

  • Full implementation plan to be communicated on registration
  • Recorded sessions will be available only for registered delegates for a limited period
  • Assessments are restricted and all social distancing measures are adhered to as per the DOH regulations

Learning Methodology:

Delegates attending the course are provided with a unique blended learning methodology which combines online access to subject content with real time engagement with facilitators, and the opportunity to add value through contact learning sessions, where feasible and appropriate.

Start Date Programme Fee
TBC 2022 R6 900
Course by:

UKZN Extended Learning