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100-UP is a UCT initiative addressing the problem of demographic under-representation in higher education by targeting school learners from disadvantaged backgrounds and coaching them towards university access.  The programme is a holistic initiative that builds intellectual, social and cultural capital. Learners are prepared and coached over three years by staff and students across the university working off the key belief that opportunity needs to be made more equal and inclusive.

The pilot project started in 2011 in Khayelitsha, with five Grade 10 learners identified from each of the 20 high schools in the area. 100-UP is now running at capacity, with a total of 300 learners (100 per Grades 10 – 12) per year, enrolled in the programme.  Since then more than 1000 learners have participated in the programme. Nine-hundred and sixty-three have obtained B-degree passes and 88% have secured access and are completing studies at university (as at 2018).

An additional group of ‘university potential’ Grade 12 learners, branded the GILL NET group, is brought on board after June each year in order to extend our reach as broadly as possible across the 20 Khayelitsha schools, as well as   from the 16 Mitchell’s Plain schools.

In 2014, seventy-nine of the first cohort of 100-UP and GILL NET learners entered UCT as 100UP+ students.  Their performance in the project demonstrates the success of this pioneering UCT intervention.  A longer-term objective is to use 100-UP to build institutional knowledge and experience that can better inform the university’s bridging programmes and school-based interventions.

100-UP doesn’t just work to benefit UCT. Matriculants are encouraged to pursue degrees in all fields of study at UCT or at any other university in South Africa. 100-UP students have registered for studies at the universities of Rhodes, Johannesburg, and Witwatersrand, to name a few. 

100-UP successes

Matric

100-UP & Gill Net

Pass

% Pass

University Entrance Pass

% University Entrance Pass

2013

194

194

100%

183

94%

2014

171

171

100%

143

84%

2015

210

210

100%

188

89%

2016

203

202

99,5%

195

96%

2017

214

214

100%

180

84%

2018

239

238

99.5%

220

92%

2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

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University Enrolments

Year

University Entrance Pass

UCT Enrolments

Other Universities

Total

% University Enrolment

2014

183

61

108

169

92%

2015

143

55

71

126

88%

2016

188

100

82

182

97%

2017

195

95

65

160

82%

2018

180

74

96

170

94%

2019

220

100

109

209

95%

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100-Up is only possible with the help given by:

  • All 6 faculties at UCT
  • UCT Careers Services
  • UCT undergraduate financial aid
  • UCT accommodation office

 

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