Getting into medicine is hard. There is fierce competition for spaces with universities only offering 200-250 medicine places each year. Successfully completing medicine is even harder with seven very demanding years of study ahead. Fortunately there are plentiful other opportunities in the health sector. These are easier to access than medicine and still offer fulfilling and well paid careers. If you want to explore other health science options have a look here. There are also options in health support, information here. However, if your heart is still set on being a doctor and you are willing to work hard, here is what you can do.
Ways into Medicine Degrees
- Take a science degree and transfer to medicine.
Several universities offer you the opportunity to transfer to medicine from a science degree. You must still as meet minimum entrance requirements based on your matric results. You also must be one of the top performers in your degree. Stellenbosch University (SU) allows transfers from a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology at Stellenbosch at the end of first year. The University of Pretoria (UP) and the University of Cape Town (UCT) have similar offers. Read more
Congratulations to all 52 learners who made it through to SAILI’s final round of testing. You are all winners and we wish we could award scholarships to everyone. If you haven’t made our final shortlist, remember to keep working hard, be curious and never give up. SAILI is now closed for scholarship applications for high school 2019. If you missed out on applying with SAILI you can apply to Leisure Education Trust.
The following learners are successful in their application. To continue with your scholarship application you must apply to a SAILI high school and be offered a place. If you accept a scholarship with another organisation, please let us know as soon as possible. To find out more about our scholarship deal, read here.
Final High School Shortlist, 2019
|Maya||Morkel||Sid G Rule|
|Mogamad Zaakir||Cloete||Sid G Rule|
|Mogamat Lut||Ryland||Searidge Park|
|Nisha||Meyer||Sid G Rule|
TVET Colleges (Technical and Vocational Education and Training) are public tertiary institutes offering a wide range of practical training options for people with or without matric. Funding is available for TVET courses through the government NSFAS scheme. Courses are practical and relevant to the community making participants highly employable. Read more
Contact NSFAS: Facebook message Tel No.: 0860 067 327 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Khetha for online help: https://www.careerhelp.org.za/ or SMS “phone me” to 0722045056
Recently a young person contacted me saying “Can you help me apply for NSFAS? Make it simple. What do I need to do?” I responded:
Applying for NSFAS is not simple!
It’s best to be up front about that. However, there are some things you can do to make it less painful.
How to Apply for NSFAS Online
1. Open an email account. Make sure you save your user name and password in a safe place. Your phone is not a safe place.