Foundation Programme Admission Requirements

National Senior Certificate (NSC) with certificate, diploma or degree entry or an international school- leaving certificate accompanied by SAQA Certificate of Equivalence confirming NQF level 4.


Minimum of 17 points

Minimum of 24 points (BSc)

40% or above for Grade 12 English as a home or first additional language

30% or above for Grade 12 Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy

Submission and approval of the entrance portfolio for Graphic Design students.

You must have completed an internationally recognised English language
assessment with the relevant Common European Framework Reference
(CEFR) for languages (at levels B1 or higher)

A placement assessment to finalise placement in this programme.


 90% - 100% 

 80% - 89% 

 70% - 79% 

 60% - 69%

 50% - 59% 

 40% - 49% 

 30% - 39% 

 0% - 29%

Pearson Institute Points









Programme Accreditation

This programme is not accredited by the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC), nor is it registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).While this programme is not registered on the qualification framework, this is an access path to Pearson Institute programmes offered at National Qualifications Framework (NQF) level 5. It is quality assured (externally moderated) by similar higher education institutions.Students who successfully complete this foundation programme can apply for a certificate of exemption for degree studies from Universities South Africa (USAF).

Programme facilities and campuses

This programme utilises a blended learning approach with some tutorials offered in a computer lab. The programme is offered at all Pearson Institute campuses

Additional notes / comments / information

Please note that once you have successfully completed the Pre-degree Foundation Programme, your access to certain Pearson Institute degree streams (e.g. BSc) may also be dependent on subjects attempted or results achieved in Grade 12 (e.g. Mathematics). Please check these with a Higher Education Consultant.

Students who did not complete their secondary schooling in English may be referred for assessment and placement in English support classes or the English Language Foundation Programme