List Of Bridging Courses At NWU (2024)

A bridge course in NWU is called UnivPrep. UnivPrep is a one-year preparatory program that allows participants who do not fulfill the minimum requirements for admission to degree study to demonstrate that they can successfully finish the program and that, depending on their UnivPrep results, they can be admitted to formal degree study.

List Of Bridging Courses At NWU

1. Engineering 

Engineering is a scientific field and job that involves taking our scientific understanding of the natural world and using it to invent, design, and build things to solve problems and achieve practical goals. This can include the development of roads, bridges, cars, planes, machines, tools, processes, and computers. 

2. Social and Political Studies

Political studies is intimately linked to history as the patterns of the past provide clues to the future. There can be no better guide to understanding the present and predicting the future than by studying the events in the past and extrapolating them to the future. 

Social and political studies is the study of how people interact and relate to one another. Political science, with its emphasis on political systems and the distribution of power, political science draws from some other social sciences, including sociology, economics, psychology, and anthropology.

3. Customer relationship marketing 

Customer relationship marketing (CRM) is a technique based on client relationships and customer loyalty. Using customer data and feedback, companies utilizing this marketing strategy develop long-term relationships with customers and develop laser-focused brand awareness. 

Customer relationship marketing varies greatly from the traditional transactional marketing approach that focuses on increasing individual sales numbers. Companies that prioritize customer relationships, on the other hand, strive to create strong customer connections, which may be emotional, to their brand to promote customer loyalty and increase customer lifetime value. They benefit from word-of-mouth promotion and develop brand ambassadors.

4. Supply Chain and Logistics 

A supply chain is a network of businesses and activities that takes a product from raw material suppliers to end consumers. By definition, logistics refers to the processes of acquiring, transporting, and storing resources along the supply chain and logistics. 

A supply chain, which relies heavily on information technology, logistics, and transportation, may involve numerous different businesses that comprise the various links along the supply chain, or a single company may oversee the majority of the supply chain and logistics for its products.

5. Natural and Agricultural Sciences 

Since the dawn of human civilization, agricultural practices are recognized to play a fundamental role in growing civilizations and developing nations. Agriculture is a pivotal development in human evolution and is theorized to be one of the major turning points in transitioning from nomadic to settler lifestyles. As populations grew, agricultural practices were increasingly refined to accommodate the greater needs for food security. 

Similar to other scientific procedures, a process of experimentation can be identified throughout the history of agricultural science that incorporates a treatment, a hypothesized process or causal mechanism to be tested, and an end product addressing the treatment. This process allows agricultural scientists to document and improve farming practices when facing multi-faceted challenges including social, economic, and ecological issues.

6. Project and Risk Management 

Project risk management is the process of identifying, analyzing, and responding to any risk that arises over the life cycle of a project to help the project remain on track and meet its goal. 

A risk is anything that could potentially impact your project’s timeline, performance or budget. Risks are potentialities, and in a project management context, if they become realities, they then become classified as “issues” that must be addressed. So risk management, then, is the process of identifying, categorizing, prioritizing and planning for risks before they become issues. 

Risk management can mean different things on different types of projects. On large-scale projects, risk management strategies might include extensive detailed planning for each risk to ensure mitigation strategies are in place if issues arise. For smaller projects, risk management might mean a simple, prioritized list of high, medium, and low priority risks.

7. Environmental Management

Environmental management deals with the regulation process and protection of the health of our planet, by promoting human behaviors that make a positive impact on the natural environment. 

Professionals in the field investigate problems, develop solutions, and work in teams to address various types of environmental crises throughout the world. Environmental management addresses hot topic issues such as global warming, pollution, deforestation, soil erosion, landfills, or depletion of Earth’s natural resources.

8. Human Health

Human health, defined as the complete state of physical, social, and mental well-being and not merely the absence of illness, disease, or infirmity, is as vital a resource as water, food, or energy. 

Health underpins the economy of modern societies, providing employment for many in the healthcare sector, and is an important driver of economic growth, accounting for a significant portion of the total expenditure as a percentage of the gross domestic product in most countries. 

While a robust healthcare system is needed to support a healthy society, broader actions to reduce social risk are vitally important, including efforts to reduce disparities in wealth, employment, equity, education, and housing.

9. Financial Sciences and Economics 

Financial economics is a branch of economics that analyzes the use and distribution of resources in markets. Financial decisions must often take into account future events, whether those be related to individual stocks, portfolios, or the market as a whole. 

Making financial decisions is not always a straightforward process. Time,  risk (uncertainty), opportunity cost, and information can create incentives or disincentives. Financial economics employs economic theory to evaluate how certain things impact decision-making, providing investors with the instruments to make the right calls.

10. Human Rights and Social Justice

The Human Rights and Social Justice course is intended to foster critical thinking about human rights issues. The course examines contemporary human rights institutions and how they function for both state and non-state actors.

Human rights are an individual’s rights and freedoms, which form the basis for the relationship between the government and the individual. 


Things to note:

  • The completion of the UnivPrep BCom does not guarantee acceptance into any of the NWU’s BCom programs.
  • UnivPrep students who successfully complete the program can apply for admission to the BTh degree via online education or full-time study at one of the NWU campuses that offer the degree.

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