Bridging Year

The Bridging Year Programme is designed to expose pupils to a host of enriching and enjoyable activities and skills. The bridging year will add to their academic portfolio and expose them to a whole new environment where they are able to meet new people and discover new experiences. Above all, the course is intended to challenge its pupils, taking them outside of their comfort zone and into uncharted territory. We urge our young men and women to face their fears and try new things, which ultimately will lead to their own personal growth and self-discovery.

Our goal is to mentally prepare pupils for ‘life after school’. Life is not easy and will be filled with many twists and turns, and ups and downs. The Bridging Year aims to help its pupils discover their strengths, capabilities and help them add value to the lives of those around them. On this journey of self-discovery, various questions will become apparent: What is it about you that makes you tick? What makes you unique? How do you respond to challenging situations? We hope that this programme will teach pupils is possible if they put their minds to it.

Main Points Of Contact

Head of Bridging Year

Mr Pieter Serfontein

Email: p.serfontein@kingswoodcollege.com Phone: 046 603 6624 / 079 891 7983 (mobile)

The Bridging Year Programme

The Bridging Year (BY) programme is divided into two parts: The first part of the programme is academically based while the second focuses more on developing various life-skills and exposing pupils to enrichment areas found both on and off campus.

Part 1: Academic Development

In addition to either course (above), Bridging Year pupils can also choose to improve their Matric results by repeating up to three Matric subjects, or sign up to begin an undergraduate university degree through UNISA.

Optional electives:

In addition to either course (above), Bridging Year pupils can also choose to improve their Matric results by repeating up to three Matric subjects, or sign up to begin an undergraduate university degree through UNISA.

1. Grade 12 Academic Improvement (up to three subjects).

   Pupils looking to improve their Matric results or correct a subject choice in order to follow specific careers, have the opportunity to repeat up to three     

   Grade 12 school subjects.

2. OR, First Year UNISA Undergraduate Degree Credits In Chosen Course

    For all those students wishing to complete credits for an undergrad university degree.

Part 2: Bridging Year Life Skills Programme

The second part of the programme, which is as equally important as the formal part of the curriculum, is the Bridging Year Life Skills programme. This part of the programme is broken up into:

  • The Outdoor Experience (abseiling, skydiving, scuba diving, a game capture experience and more)
  • Career & Leadership Development (business awareness course, career guidance, coaching and mentorship experience and more)
  • Life Skills (Motor vehicle maintenance, Level 1 First Aid course, food technology course, personal wellness workshop and more)