Bridging Year

//Bridging Year

Many learners finish their matric with bachelor’s passes, only to find that they are not admitted to tertiary studies because their results weren’t quite good enough. Some are able to enter matric rewrite programmes to improve their marks, but once they enter tertiary studies, they often find that they aren’t equipped with the skills they need to succeed in university.

We partner with matric re-write NPOs, students work on their academics with our partners while learning university preparedness skills with SAEP. Our team works closely with its partners to monitor student performance and progress and make interventions when needed.

Our Bridging Year programme includes:

  • Academic literacy, including researching, writing, referencing and exam techniques
  • Career guidance and assistance with university and bursary applications
  • Community service, leading students to give back to their communities
  • Personal development sessions, focusing on emotional and relationship dynamics, critical thinking and issues relevant to student life

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Highlights and Outcomes from 2015

Icon TSP Group47 students participants

Icon ECD Teacher30 weeks of programming

Icon Hope Hat79% university acceptance rate

Highlights and Outcomes from 2014

  20 participants

  1050 programme hours

  80% of our students improved their matric results

Our Bridging year programme “bridges the gap” between secondary school and higher education by preparing motivated matriculants from under -resourced high schools to access and succeed in university.

Bridging Year students are better prepared for the academic demands of university, increasing their chances if completing their course of study successfully, graduating into a career rather than a job and being productive members of society and their communities.


People at university are not coping even though they are getting distinctions, they are dropping out. Bridging Year Programme gave me the emotional strength to cope.
Bonginkosi Radebe, Bridging Year 2014
SAEP taught me so many things in so many way. I was taught to give even when not having enough. I was also taught to never let anyone come between me and my dreams, but most of all I was taught how to love and respect others for who and what they are
Andolene Buys, Bridging Year 2014
Even if I had achieved the marks necessary for university, I don’t think I would have been able to cope, judging by what I have learned in the skills training. Now I feel ready for university and SAEP has instilled confidence in me and I can trust myself to make the right career choice.
Ayabonga Manxeba, Bridging Year 2014


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