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Science Education and Bursaries

Science Education

The 4th industrial revolution that emerged over the past two decades demands new approaches to teaching and learning in the 21st century.

Minister Angie Motshekga announced earlier this year that the Department of Basic Education was developing coding and robotics curricula to be included from grades R to 9 from 2020.

Encouraging your child to pursue a career in science will prepare them to be equipped for the 4th industrial revolution. A career in science will give them a head start in a very fast changing world that creates new challenges and demands on everybody that lives and works in it.

They’ll also play a role in solving the many problems that we face by contributing new research, studies and developing new technologies. A career in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) field will open doors to many other career opportunities.

If your child has an interest in science and technology, and they would like to further their studies in STEM, they have different study and bursary options that they can explore.

Cape Academy of Mathematics, Science and Technology

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) established the Cape Academy of Mathematics, Science and Technology in Cape Town. The academy provides specialised education for high school learners who show potential in mathematics, science and information technology.

The school accepts pupils from all backgrounds but specifically focusses on learners from previously disadvantaged backgrounds.

Situated in Firgrove Way, Constantia, the academy accepts both day learners and boarders from grades 8 - 12. The Academy also offers the following to ensure that pupils receive the best quality education:

  • Residential accommodation for 300 learners.
  • A safe and secure learning environment in a beautiful setting.
  • Transport for day learners to-and-from the nearest railway stations (Heathfield and Retreat).
  • Experienced, highly qualified staff.
  • Science laboratories and related facilities.

Many past pupils have gone on to have amazing careers in STEM fields. If you would like to enrol your child into the academy please visit the Cape Academy website or call 021 794 5104 / 021 794 0974.

Science Education

A career in science

Science helps us understand the world and solve its problems. A career in science will allow you to follow a career path that is fulfilling and that will contribute to society by:

  • increasing our fundamental knowledge of the world,
  • creating new technology, and
  • creating new applications.

There are 4 core areas of speciality that you can focus on in science. These specialised fields include:

  • Life and medical science: A student of life sciences will study micro-organisms, plants, animals, human beings and other living things.
  • Physical science: Physical sciences focuses on non-living things - like space, time, quantum mechanics, climatology, geology, and oceanography.
  • Engineering science: Engineering sciences focuses on the development and creation of man-made objects. 
  • Mathematical science: Mathematical sciences focus on equations, and, as the name suggests, all things related to mathematics. 

Furthering your studies in STEM subjects will help you find a lucrative career and give you an upper hand in a rapidly changing modern economy. 

It's important to remember that in order to pursue a career in science, engineering and technology you'll need to have good results in mathematics and science at a high school level. You'll also need to look at the different requirements at universities of your choice, as these usually vary between institutions.

You'll need to pass your National Senior Certificate (NSC) with admission to bachelor's degree studies (which requires a performance level of at least 4 (50-59%) in each of 4 designated university admission subjects), or an exemption certificate issued by the South African Matriculation Board to students with other school qualifications.

It is important to find out what courses are offered at each university before applying. To find out more about each university’s admission requirements, use the contact details below:

Science Education


Contact details

Stellenbosch University

Tel: 021 808 9111


University of the Western Cape

Tel: 021 959 3900/ 01/ 02/ 03


University of Cape Town

Tel: 021 650 2712

Fax: 021 650 2710


Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Tel: +27 21 959 6767


University of South Africa (UNISA)

Tel: 012 429 3111

Cape Town Office

George Office
Tel: 044 884 1300
Fax: 044 884 1303

Video: Prepare yourself for a future in science

The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) focuses on space science, engineering and technology that can promote development, build human capital and provide important national services. Much of this work involves monitoring the Earth and our surrounding environment, and using the collected data to ensure that navigation, communication technology and weather forecasting services function as intended.

We spoke to the science advancement manager at SANSA to find out why pursuing a career in science is important, and how it can benefit you?

Bursary information

There are many bursaries available to prospective students who would like to pursue a career in science and engineering.  Below we’ve listed a few bursaries that you might find interesting.

Available Bursaries:

 Bursary Programme



South Africa Toyota Motors Bursary 

The South Africa Toyota Motors Bursary is available to students who would like to study:

  • Mechanical Engineering,
  • Mechatronics Engineering,
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology 
  • Business Science Analytics

The bursary is also available to those who would like to study commerce.

Applicants must meet the following minimum entry criteria before applying:

  • South African citizen
  • Strong academic and leadership potential
  • Achieved a minimum result of 75% for Mathematics and English in Matric
  • Achieved an overall average above 70% at Tertiary. The matric criteria will be adjusted to a 65% minimum if the tertiary average exceeds 80%
  • Combined household income of R750 000 per annum.

Applications can be done online, or you can request a hardcopy application form by sending an email to

SAPPI Bursary Programme

Eligible applicants for this bursary scheme should be:

  • School leaver or university student between 18 and 25 years old.
  • Studying (or intending to study) full time at any South African accredited university.
  • A South African citizen.
  • Have an average of 70-80% in Mathematics (not Maths Literacy), 70-80% in Physical Science, and 60% in English.
  • And qualifying points for entrance at the university, or acceptance confirmation.

Applications can be done online, or hand in your application at your nearest Sappi HR Department.

Visit the SAPPI website for more information.


Clicks Pharmacy Bursary

This bursary is for those wanting to study a Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) degree at a registered South African university. 

In order to be eligible for the bursary, applicants must meet the following requirements: 

  • Confirmed South African citizenship
  • Registered 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year BPharm student
  • A full-time undergraduate student at a South African tertiary institution
  • Aged between 19 – 35 years
  • Not be in possession of another bursary


Applications have to be done online.


SAICE Patrons’ Engineering Bursary Scheme

South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) bursaries are available to undergraduate students studying civil engineering.

National Diploma students: SAICE Patrons Engineering Bursary Scheme (SPEBS) bursaries are therefore intended for S2, S3, and S4 civil engineering students only.

Degree students: SPEBS bursaries are therefore intended for 2nd, 3rd and 4th year civil engineering students only.

Bursaries are granted per semester. 

Applications can be downloaded here and must be emailed to

The Allan Gray Fellowship

The Allan Gray Fellowship provides access to quality tertiary education to pupils who would like to study, science, engineering or the Health Sciences (Excluding Medicine, Veterinary Science and Dentistry) at one of its partner universities.

Application forms are available on the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation website.

Poliomyelitis Research Foundation Bursary

This bursary is available to postgraduate students studying science. 

Applications are available online.

And can be emailed to


Bursaries offered by the Western Cape Government

Bursary Programme



Masakh'iSizwe Bursary Programme

The Department of Transport and Public Works established the Masakh’iSizwe Bursary Programme in 2006. The bursaries are awarded to those looking to study the following disciplines:

  • Property studies
  • Transport economics
  • Transportation engineering
  • Mechatronics
  • Electrical and/or electronic engineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Construction management
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Town/City and regional planning
  • Architecture, etc.

The Masakh’iSizwe Bursary Programme:

  • Prioritises financially disadvantaged learners when awarding bursaries, especially women, students with disabilities and learners from rural communities.
  • Provides support services programmes.
  • Secures learning opportunities for Masakh’iSizwe bursars (i.e. interns).
  • Secures employment opportunities for graduates.

Lazola Mtongana
Stakeholder Relations
Tel: 021 483 9545/0964
Twitter: @WCGovTPW

Bursaries in Health

The Western Cape Department of Health offers a limited number of bursaries for full-time study each year in the following fields:

  • Nursing
  • Radiology
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacy 
  • Emergency Medical

To apply for one of these bursaries you must be:

  • A South African citizen residing in the Western Cape
  • Be accepted at the relevant accredited Higher Education Institution (HEI)

To apply you need on

To apply please contact: 

For more information contact:
Tel: 021 483 6610

Where else can you apply for bursaries?

For more information about science programmes and bursaries feel free to contact the following organisations:


Contact Details

South African National Space Agency (SANSA)

Tel: 012 844-0500


South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS)

Tel: +27 12 349 6600


The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

Tel: + 27 12 841 2911


Department of Science and Technology

Tel: +27 12 843 6300


The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) 


Tel: +27 12 841 3987

The content on this page was last updated on 18 June 2019