Access Trust Bursary South Africa 2025 – 2025

ABOUT THE BURSAR

The Access Trust is a non-profit organisation, whose goals it is to select suitable applicants and fund their studies in job fields that are scarce within the country.

Access Trust are currently funding students who will take up studies within a Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college within the Western Cape.
 

ABOUT THE BURSARY

Bursaries will be awarded within the following fields of study:

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Construction/ Building & Civil Engineering
  • Business and Management Studies
  • Information & Communication Technology
  • Education (ECD)
  • Farming Management
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Sports Fitness and management
  • Hospitality
  • Performing Arts
  • Practical Programmes

ELIGIBILITY

Applicants must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria before applying:

  • Between 18 and 28 years old,
  • Completed Matric,
  • Achieved a minimum 50% pass rate,
  • Proven financial need,
  • Must undertake studies at one of the following TVET colleges: College of Cape Town, South Cape College, West Coast College, Boland College, Northlink College, False Bay College.

HOW TO APPLY

Download and complete the Access Trust Bursary Application Form (pdf).

Please attach the following documents with your application form:

  • ID document/ Refugee status/ Asylum Seeker status (certified copy),
  • Matric academic history (all results) OR Full academic history (certified copy),
  • Parent/ guardians proof of income (3 months latest payslips/ proof of SASSA grant income/ affidavit if unemployed),
  • Character reference from a school teacher/ community leader,
  • Motivational letter about why you should be awarded the bursary, your career plans, what and why you plan to study etc.

Complete application forms and supporting documentation must be submitted in one of the following ways:
1) Email: info@accesstrust.org.za
2) Post:
PO BOX 1853
Wynberg
7800
3) Hand delivered:
123 Main Road Wynberg
Upper Floor
Wynberg Centre
7800
 

CLOSING DATE

30 November annually.
 

CONTACT

For any bursary queries, please contact:
Tel: 021 797 3118
Email: info@accesstrust.org.za


Overview of Public Universities in South Africa

Here's an overview of some public universities in South Africa, including general admissions requirements and estimated application periods. Keep in mind, specific program requirements and dates can vary significantly, so it's important to check each university's official website for the most current information.

University of Pretoria

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with minimum scores in specific subjects related to the chosen program; for international students, equivalent qualifications.
  • Application Period: Usually opens in March and closes at the end of July for most programs.

University of Cape Town

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with pass levels required for degree study; subject-specific requirements depending on the program.
  • Application Period: Application opens in April and closes at the end of July.

Stellenbosch University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required marks; some programs have additional testing.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and typically closes at the end of June.

University of the Witwatersrand

  • Admissions Requirements: Matriculation certificate with university exemption; required scores vary by faculty.
  • Application Period: Begins in March and ends on the 30th of September.

University of Johannesburg

  • Admissions Requirements: Matric exemption with a minimum APS score; specific subject requirements based on the faculty.
  • Application Period: Opens in April and generally closes by the 30th of September.

University of the Free State

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific marks for the program applied to; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Typically opens in April and closes at the end of August.

University of Venda

  • Admissions Requirements: Completion of the National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for diploma or degree studies; specific APS scores needed.
  • Application Period: Usually from May to September.

University of Fort Hare

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; certain programs may have specific requirements.
  • Application Period: Opens around May and closes at the end of September.

University of the Western Cape

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific performance levels; additional requirements for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Generally from May to September.

North-West University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; program-specific requirements may apply.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and usually closes by the end of August.

Rhodes University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate or equivalent; minimum academic performance in certain subjects.
  • Application Period: Applications open in April and close at the end of September.

Nelson Mandela University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; portfolio or additional tests for some faculties.
  • Application Period: Opens in April, with a deadline at the end of August for most programs.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Opens in May and typically closes by the end of September.

University of Limpopo

  • Admissions Requirements: Senior Certificate with endorsement for diploma or degree courses; specific APS scores for different programs.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

University of Zululand

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for bachelor’s degree studies; specific score requirements for various programs.
  • Application Period: Usually between April and November.

Central University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores for the chosen field of study; additional criteria for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Application period generally starts in May and ends in October.

Vaal University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with a pass that qualifies for admission to bachelor’s degree, diploma, or higher certificate programs.
  • Application Period: Typically from May to September.

Walter Sisulu University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; additional criteria for certain faculties.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

This list provides a starting point for understanding the admissions landscape across South Africa's diverse higher education institutions. Given the variability in programs and requirements, it's crucial to consult each university's website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.