Centre for Foundation and Academic Support

Head of programme: Dr Alecia Fourie

A pathway to higher education

We believe that providing accessible, relevant and quality higher education is the pathway to finding work that is meaningful and rewarding. At Pearson Institute of Higher Education, we give you the opportunity to prepare for a successful degree programme through our Foundation Programme or the English Language Foundation Programme.

Pearson Institute of Higher Education has been a pioneer in higher education for over 25 years and it is against this backdrop that we identified a need in the market for Foundation Programmes. If you are a student with potential, determination and drive but you do not meet our degree programme admission requirements, there is an alternative access route to our range of career-focused higher education qualifications.

The Foundation and Academic Support Unit is a progressive and supportive unit that offers two programmes, namely; the Foundation Programme and the English Language Foundation Programme. Our Foundation Programme bridges the gap between school and post-school education by developing your academic skills, knowledge and behaviours, which are all essential to higher education success.

If you did not complete your secondary schooling in English or if English is not your home language then the English Language Foundation Programme is for you. It develops your English language skills and knowledge so that you are well prepared for our higher education programmes that are conducted in English.

What makes our foundation programmes so exceptional is the personal, interactive and encouraging teaching and learning approach we use. This involves a blend of Lecture-Based Learning (LBL) within a student-centred learning environment, individual tutoring, Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) and assessment-preparation based on class activities and practical, relevant exercises. We ensure that you are ready to navigate your future studies better prepared academically and with much more confidence. We also help you develop essential interpersonal and life skills such as critical thinking, self-management, analysis of practical problems, use of technology, collaborating with others and communication.

English Language Foundation Programme

If you did not complete your secondary schooling in English, or if English is not your home language then this foundation programme is for you. We use unique teaching methods and offer a very supportive environment to enhance your learning success and your ability to participate in lectures, research, tutorials, presentations, group projects and assessments in your degree studies.

Our core modules are based on a diagnostic placement assessment, and include four levels of English as well as Student Skills. Depending on your English module progression, you can then choose one or more faculty preparation modules from a range of introductory topics including Development Studies, Commerce, IT, Mathematics, Science and Psychology.

What is Foundation Programme

Our Foundation Programme bridges the gap between school and post-school education by developing your academic skills, knowledge and behaviours, which are all essential to higher education success.

Pearson Institute has been a pioneer in higher education for over 25 years and it is against this backdrop that we identified a need in the market for foundation programmes. If you are a student with potential, determination and drive but do not meet our degree programme admission requirements, there is an alternative access route to our range of career-focused higher education qualifications.

Our Foundation Programmes comprise a vibrant, progressive and supportive team that offers two programmes, namely the Foundation Programme and the English Language Foundation Programme.

What makes our foundation programmes so exceptional is the personal, interactive and encouraging teaching and learning approach we use. This involves a blend of Lecture-Based Learning (LBL) within a student-centred learning environment, individual tutoring, Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) and assessment-preparation based on class activities and practical, relevant exercises. We ensure that you are ready to navigate your future studies better prepared academically and with much more confidence. We also help you develop essential interpersonal and life skills such as critical thinking, self-management, analysis of practical problems, use of technology, collaborating with others and communication.

Qualification Structure

Teaching methods and assessment

We use a blend of lecture-led learning and teaching via tutorials, as well as Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL).

Our teaching staff are qualified, committed and student centred; they collaborate with other faculties to ensure degree readiness and that they are up-to-date with challenges experienced in the degrees.

You have access to campus resource centres, computer laboratories and WiFi.
You complete individual and group activities as well as practical exercises to prepare you for assessments. These assessments ensure that you gain relevant academic knowledge and develop your interpersonal and life skills.

On completion of the Foundation Programme, you may access specific Pearson Institute degree streams (this may be dependent on NSC subject-specific results).

You will not be able to progress from the Foundation Programme to the Bachelor of Psychology degree.

If you did not complete your secondary schooling in English, you will be assessed prior to enrolment and if recommended to do so, placed in an English support class or in the English Language Foundation Programme.