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Higher Education Certificate (HEC)



You can still pursue the Course of your dreams by acquiring a University Degree through our NCHE certified Higher Education Certificate (HEC).

The Cavendish University Uganda Higher Education Certificate in Humanities and Physical Sciences programme provides learners with the basic introductory knowledge, cognitive and conceptual tools and practical techniques for further higher education studies in their chosen field of study.

Attainment of this programme signifies that the learner has attained a basic level of higher education knowledge and competence in a particular field and is capable of applying such knowledge and competence to further their studies. Generally, holders of the Higher Education Certificate, are expected to be better prepared for further studies.

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 but who may not have attained sufficient grades to enrol for Diplomas or Degree programmes.

The programme is also intended for students from countries whose secondary school qualifications are not considered equivalent to UACE but permit admission into Higher Education in those countries.

The programme is carefully designed to provide study and learning support skills needed for academic life and academic knowledge needed for further higher education. The knowledge shall emphasize general principles and application.



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Course Overview

By the end of the course, students will be expected to be able to:

  • Produce well written work which is well-organized, relevant and makes use of appropriate terminology and academic style.
  • Define, identify, and evaluate ethical versus unethical academic practices.
  • Develop an iterative creative process, as well as presenting work for, and participating in individual and group Critiques.
  • Apply leadership skills and have a sense of responsibility as citizens of their respective countries.
  • Apply Common Sense in their behaviour and decision making.


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FACULTY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
HIGHER EDUCATION CERTIFICATE – PHYSICAL SCIENCES
YEAR ONE SEMESTER ONE
course codeCourse Name
FOU110Foundational Mathematics
FOU111Computing Skills
FOU112Communication Skills
FOS111Foundation Physics and Inorganic Chemistry
FOS112Foundation Physics I
FOU114English
YEAR ONE SEMESTER TWO
course codeCourse Name
FOS125Foundation Statistics
FOS126Foundation Physics II
FOS127Foundation Organic and Analytic Chemistry
HEC128Life Skills Education
FOU113Introduction to Development Studies

FACULTY OF SOCIOECONOMIC SCIENCES
HIGHER EDUCATION CERTIFICATE – HUMANITIES
YEAR ONE SEMESTER ONE
course codeCourse Name
FOU110Foundational Mathematics
HEC111Computing and Study Skills
FOU112Communication Skills
HEC113Reading & Writing Skills for Beginners
FOU114English
YEAR TWO SEMESTER TWO
course codeCourse Name
A) Compulsory Courses
FOA122Introduction to Critical Thinking
FOU113Introduction to Development Studies
HEC122Ethical Practice and Professionalism
B) Electives (students will select any two depending on choice of progression)
FOA120Foundation of Law
FOA121Principles of Accounting
HEC125Basic Entrepreneurial skills
FOA123Business Administration
FOA124Introduction to Political Science


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  • To prepare students for further education
  • To prepare students for entrance into undergraduate degree/diploma programmes and thereby:
    • Introduce students to the culture of higher education and university life.
    • Provide a structured framework to support students to become self-directed learners in acquiring a range of transferable skills for undergraduate study.
  • To provide the opportunity to develop leadership, team working and supervisory skills in order to work effectively in the setting of a contemporary multidisciplinary team and to begin to make independent decisions with appropriate support
  • To provide each student with a variety of workplace experience during their programme in order to best inform career choice.


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The current admission requirements to any higher education programme require at least two principal passes at the same sitting for degree programmes and one principal pass and two subsidiaries at the same sitting for a diploma programme.

Unfortunately, there is no remedial programme for candidates who qualify for UACE but have not scored sufficiently good grades to enrol for degree or diploma programmes. The only available option is to repeat Senior Six or enrol for Certificate programmes using the Uganda Certificate of Education.

  • This Higher Education Certificate in Humanities programme is intended to bridge this gap.
  • This programme is also intended to serve as a foundation programme for students whose foreign secondary school qualifications are not considered equivalent to UACE but permit admission into Higher Education in the foreign country.
  • There is a general belief that holders of vocational qualifications may be highly skilled but lack adequate theoretical foundations to join knowledge-based higher education programmes. The Higher Education Certificate, humanities programme is also intended to serve as retooling tool for holders of vocational qualifications to enable them cross over to Higher Education.

In general, the Higher Education Certificate in Humanities programme is intended for the following categories:

  • UACE Holders: The Higher Education Certificate in Humanities programme is intended for holders of the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education or equivalent qualifications but who may not have attained sufficient grades to enrol for Diplomas or Degree programmes in Uganda.
  • Foreign Qualification: The Higher Education Certificate in Humanities Programme can also serve as a bridging programme for students whose foreign secondary school qualifications are not considered equivalent to UACE but permit admission into Higher Education in the foreign country.
  • Linkage between the Vocational Qualifications and the Higher Education Qualifications. One of the challenges facing holders of vocational qualifications is the inability to cross to Higher Education at the same levels as those with school qualifications. For example, although an Enroled Nursing Certificate is equivalent to the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education, holders of the former can only join degree programme after two and a half years of an intermediate diploma in addition to years of experience while holders of UACE can enroll for degree programmes right away. This Higher Education Certificate in Humanities programme enables holders of vocational qualifications to undergo rigorous theoretical foundations that will enable them pursue desired higher education programmes at undergraduate degree level.


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