Alternative curriculum to qualification

24 January 2019

The Extended Degree Programme offers you more support and more time to complete your degree. For more information, contact your faculty’s Education Development Unit.


“They try to understand who you are and what your potential is,
which I find very special.” – Malilimalo Phaswana, EDP Actuarial Science

What is the extended degree programme (EDP)?

The EDP provides extra academic and social support to help students adjust to university life during their first two years. It also helps students to overcome what is often a difficult transition between school and university by planning their curriculum over a longer period.

How do students decide whether an EDP is right for them?

First-year students may be selected, advised or may choose to follow an extended curriculum depending on the faculty. There are different admissions criteria, and the time at which students can enter the extended curriculum also differs from faculty to faculty.

Where can I find out more about my faculty’s EDP?
For more information, contact your faculty’s Education Development Unit. You can also speak to someone at the First-Year Experience.

What are the benefits of an EDP?

This enriches the undergraduate experience and helps students complete their degrees with stronger transcripts (complete record of academic achievements), improving their chances of getting into postgraduate studies.

What support do EDPs offer?

Support includes mentoring, extra materials, more time in class, smaller classes, and more contact outside the classroom.

How does this impact a student’s curriculum and degree?

Depending on the faculty, the alternative curriculum usually takes between six months and a year longer than the standard route. It is important to note that the degree earned remains the same!

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