Foundation Physics

About this programme:

There is an inherent need to increase the number of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics graduates in Higher Education.

The Foundation Physics programme aims to enhance the competencies of students in Physics to the level of that required for entry into science-related degrees at UKZN. Students who otherwise may not have had the opportunity to study science-related fields will have the chance to do so after successfully completing this programme, provided that the applicant meets the other qualifying criteria of the University. Applicants also need to enquire directly with the relevant College before completing this programme.

How you will benefit:

  • Identify and solve problems in Physics which require responsible decisions made by using critical and creative thinking
  • Organise and manage one’s learning of Physics and one’s activities effectively which will enable you to evaluate your own performance and that of others and to take responsibility for your actions
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how Physics can help in explaining the world around us as a set of related systems and by recognising that problem solving contexts do not exist in isolation
  • Discover and explore a variety of strategies employed at tertiary level which will not only enable you to have a deeper understanding of Physics, but which will also assist in studying other subjects
  • Effectively collect, analyse, organise and evaluate information related to Physics
  • Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written text
  • Use Physics and technology effectively, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others
  • Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community

Key focus areas:

  • Basic properties of matter
  • Scalars and vectors
  • Motion in 1 and 2 dimensions
  • Newton’s laws of motion and gravitation
  • Electrostatics and current electricity

Who should attend:

Students who did not make the entry requirements for a BSc ENG,BSc degree or for the BSc (Augmented) degree

Entrance requirements:

  • NSC degree pass with a minimum of 28 points and Maths Level 3 (40%), Physical Science Level 3 (40%) and English Level 4 (50%)


  • Senior Certificate with full matriculation endorsement, should contact UEL directly to see if eligible


Three weeks

Start Date Programme Fee
TBC 2022 R10 400
Course by:

UKZN Extended Learning