Upgrading: Maths & Science

At MCC we believe in second chances. Since 1999 we have been offering a Maths and Science upgrading programme for students who wish to improve their Grade 12 results. Students participate in a full-time, one year long residential programme, where they are offered the opportunity to upgrade:dsc_5478

  • Mathematics (compulsory)
  • Physical Science (compulsory)
  • Life Science (optional)
  • English FAL

Intensive tuition by experienced teachers has resulted in over 1160 students passing through the programme, with a 100% pass rate and 80% tertiary placements. Learners are given intensive, individual career guidance and on- line support with applications to tertiary institutions and  bursaries. Students’ financial contribution is R6 000 for the entire year, including:

  • Meals and accommodation
  • Tuition, including ICDL Certification
  • Textbooks and other learning resources

How do I apply?

Applications open in January each year for a limited 120 places. To be considered, applicants need to have:

  • Obtained a pass in core/ pure mathematics and physical science,
  • Obtained an overall pass in the NSC,
  • Achieved a minimum of 25 points.

The following documents should be submitted:

  • A certified copy of your Statement of Results and a certified copy of your identity document,
  • A testimonial letter from your Principal
  • A motivational letter
  • Two contact numbers

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Aims and objectives of the project:

dsc_5724To provide academic support in Mathematics, Physical Science, Life Sciences or English and Computers to learners who have completed Grade 12 at previously disadvantaged schools. Counselling and career guidance is provided together with assistance in on-line applications for tertiary studies and bursaries.

  • To facilitate the rewriting of the Grade 12 examinations in these subjects with the aim of dramatically improving learner performance and for at least 80% of the 120 enrolled students to achieve bachelors passes with their upgraded symbols and points.
  • To maintain a high percentage of learners who, as a result of the year spent with us, not only qualify to register, but are actually placed at various tertiary institutions to study Engineering and Science related degrees and diplomas.

Programme Content:

Learners attend classes from 8h30 each morning until 16h00 in the afternoon.

Mathematics:                     8 hours per week
Physical Science:              8 hours per week
Life Sciences:                    6 hours per week
English FAL :                      6 hours per week
ICDL Computers:             4 hours per week

With the National Senior Certificate (NSC) subjects, our educators adhere to the requirements of the new CAPS Curriculum for the NSC. Educators set a minimum of three tests per term and learners receive reports and duly performed certificates at the end of each term. At the end of the year, the learners rewrite the Department of Education examinations in these subjects. All learners attend the ICDL computer classes and aim to complete the four Basic Modules for the ICDL certificate. Career Guidance is a key component of the project.

Students also receive enrichment in the area of study skills, including creative and critical thinking skills.

Learners are assisted with career selection, applications to tertiary institutions, bursary applications and financial aid applications. We consider this service to be a key component of the project.