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General Criteria for Admission to the University (New Criteria)

For the Bachelor's Degree:

The minimum admission requirement is a National Senior Certificate (NSC) as certified by
Umalusi with an achievement rating of 4 (Adequate achievement, 50-59%) or better in four
subjects chosen from the following recognized 20-credit NSC subjects (known as the
'designated subject list'): Accounting, Agricultural Sciences, Business Studies, Dramatic
Arts, Economics, Engineering Graphics and Design, Geography, History, Consumer
Studies, Information Technology, Languages (one language of learning and teaching at a
higher education institution and two other recognized language subjects), Life Sciences,
Mathematics, Mathematical Literacy, Music, Physical Sciences, Religion Studies, Tourism,
Visual Arts.

For the Diploma:

The minimum admission requirement is a National Senior Certificate as certified by Umalusi
with an achievement rating of 3 (moderate Achievement, 40-49%) or better in four
recognized NSC 20-credit subjects.
For the Higher Certificate:
The minimum admission requirement is a National Senior Certificate as certified by
Umalusi.

Admission requirements (Old Criteria)


To register for any undergraduate programme prospective students require one of the
following:

a) Matriculation exemption or any programme approved by Senate.
b) Entry based on prior learning and/ or mature age is at the discretion of the Faculty
Board on the recommendation of the relevant Department.
c) The Faculty Board of Arts, on recommendation of the relevant Department, will
evaluate applications for recognition of equivalent status of programmes,
qualifications and modules from other tertiary institutions within South Africa.
d) For candidates coming from outside South Africa, equivalent requirements are
necessary; any qualifications must be from institutions recognised by the Senate.

Registration

a) Students can register for a certificate, diploma or degree under a specific
programme (qualification).
b) Programmes (qualifications) are based on modules.
(i) Each term long module counts 8 (eight) credits or 16 (sixteen) credits for
semester long modules.
(ii) The following number of modules are required for specific undergraduate
qualifications:
Certificate : 8 or 16 modules (128 credits)
Diploma : 16 or 32 modules (256 credits)
Degree (three years) : 24 or 48 modules (384 credits)
Degree (four years) : 32 or 64 modules (512 credits)
Degree (four years) in Social Work: 33 or 66 modules (528 credits)
(iii) Time allocated for each module shall be 80 or 160 notional hours, devoted
to lecturing, self-study and assessment.
(iv) A module is to be completed within one or four terms or two semesters of
the academic year.

Language requirements
Students will be expected to pass at least two language modules for each undergraduate
Degree.

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