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Extended Curriculum

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The teaching philosophy behind the Extended Curriculum Programmes is one of intensive teaching of the mainstream subjects in order to provide access to the ways of doing and thinking in those subjects and in the field as a whole.

A successful student should be able to understand and to produce knowledge in their field. CPUT has 37 Extended Curriculum Programmes in Engineering, Applied Science, Health Sciences, Business and Design with approximately 1 200 first time entering students annually. These ECP are funded by a permanent grant from the DoE.

In line with national trends we have adopted the term ‘Extended Curriculum Programme’ (ECP) to describe what has previously been referred to as Foundation.

  • The aim of Extended Curriculum Programmes is to increase the throughput rate of socially and educationally disadvantaged students who otherwise may fail their first year.
  • Entry is for students who are identified as at risk or who do not meet the minimum requirements for programme entry but who show motivation and/or potential to learn at the university.
  • Extended Curriculum Programmes involve the extension of existing regular year 1 subjects to two years with the inclusion of extensive support for learning within those subjects.
  • All modules taught are credit bearing.
  • Extended Programme students are ultimately the responsibility of the programme leader of the mainstream programme the student is registered for.
  • Staff in each programme are expected to attend development workshops and to plan and deliver curricula cooperatively.

Student placement onto the ECP

Students need to, in general, meet the minimum requirements for entry into the mainstream programmes. Students from this group are then selected according to their NSC grades in keystone subjects, interviews, portfolios and other tests of academic ability.

Recent publications and resources

See more under Online Resources

South African Journal of Higher Education Volume 29 | Number 1 | 2015 which is a special issue on ECP.

Dhunpath, R. and Vithal, R. (2014). Alternative acess to higher education. Cape Town: Pearson.

Gill, P. (2015) Engaging with first year nursing students by means of digital story telling. In J. Condy (ed) Telling Stories Differently: Engaging 21st Century Students Through Digital Story telling. Stellenbosch: SUN Media

Garraway J. (2015). Academic staff development in foundation provision. South African Journal of Higher Education, 29 (1): 22-44.

Contact us

Mrs Lauren Olivia Davids
ECP Unit: Fundani CHED
Email: davidsla@cput.ac.za
Tel: +27 21 959 5623

Denise February
Project Manager for Extended Curriculum Programmes
Email: februaryd@cput.ac.za
Tel: +27 21 959 6214

For the other Faculties contact the relevant faculty officers for more details.