Victoria University is offering the Higher Education Certificate General (HEC) to candidates who qualify for UACE award but have not scored sufficiently good grades to enroll for degree or diploma programmes at University.
The National Council for Higher Education has accredited and provided the minimum standards for the Higher Education Certificate Programme. The programme is a level 4 qualification of the Qualification Framework approved by National Council for Higher Education as an avenue into Higher Education Institutions.
The Higher Education certificate is an intensive programme intended for students who have successfully completed the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) or its equivalent science subjects, but may not have attained sufficient grades to enroll for diploma or degree programmes of their choice in the Higher Education Sector.
“Victoria University envisages a country where every child has an opportunity to access quality and meaningful higher education and as such no child or student should be categorized as a failure, the cardinal job of educators is to search, bring out and nature the aspiration, passion, creativity and ability that’s sits within every student,” the Academic Registrar Mrs. Winfred Nassiwa said.
“Therefore in our bid to avail higher education to all, Victoria University is delighted to offer the HEC programme to all Ugandans interested in pursuing higher education as a bridge to pursuing a degree of their choice and within a field of their choice,” she added.
The HEC programme will be available in 3 pathways;
HEC (General): For those interested in pursuing a diploma or degree program within the Humanities, Arts and Business filed.
HEC (Biological Sciences): For those interested in pursuing g a diploma or degree programme within the health science field.
HEC (Physical Sciences): For those interested in pursuing a diploma or degree programme within the engineering and technology related field.
Minimum requirements; UCE or its equivalent, UACE with at least 2 subsidiary passes obtained in principal subjects or its equivalent, Vocational qualifications at level 2 or 3 of the Uganda Vocational Qualifications Framework or Qualifications equivalent to UACE as shall be determined by NCHE in consultation with UNEB.
The duration of the HEC programme shall be one academic year (structured as a two-semester programme) lasting no less than 3 weeks. The minimum graduation load is 40 credits.
“I believe the information will help all concerned people to understand the purpose of the programmes and to encourage students who meet the minimum requirements to take up the available opportunity at Victoria University,” Mrs Nassiwa said.
Persons who complete the HEC with credit and distinction are eligible for admission to a relevant Bachelor’s degree program while those who obtain pass are only eligible for admission to a diploma program of their choice.
The fees structure per semester Shs482,200 plus functional fees Shs350,000.