General requirements

Admission requirements for South African Senior Certificates achieved prior to 2008

If you completed Grade 12 prior to 2008, please contact a Higher Education Consultant for further information.

Minimum admission requirements for undergraduate degrees

  • 32 You must have a minimum achievement level four in four NSC examination subjects.
  • Life Orientation will be granted 3 points from any percentage above 40%.

National Certificate Vocational (NQF 4) admission requirements

  • 32 You must have a minimum of 50% in English.
  • Life Orientation and Mathematics/Mathematical Literacy/Technical Mathematics.
  • You must have a minimum of 70% in four vocational subjects chosen from the NCV (NQF 4) subjects.

The NCV (NQF4) subjects must relate to the degree for which you intend enrolling.
 

Calculation of Pearson Institute points

NSC%

90 – 100%

80 – 89%

70 – 79%

60 – 69%

50 – 59%

40 – 49%

30 – 39%

0 – 29%

Points

8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

General requirements

Minimum admission requirements

Foundation Programmes

  • National Senior Certificate (NSC) with Higher Certificate, Diploma or Bachelor Degree entry or an equivalent international school-leaving certificate on an NSC level (NQF 4), evaluated and confirmed by SAQA.
  • Comply with the additional requirements as stated in the additional admission requirements table.

Short Learning Programmes

  • National Senior Certificate (NSC) with Higher Certificate, Diploma or Bachelor Degree entry or an equivalent international school-leaving certificate on an NSC level (NQF 4), evaluated and confirmed by SAQA.
  • Obtain the required results in the Placement Assessment.

Higher Certificate

  • National Senior Certificate (NSC) with Higher Certificate entry or an equivalent international school-leaving certificate on an NSC level (NQF 4), evaluated and confirmed by SAQA.
  • National Certificate Vocational (NCV) at NQF 4 with Higher Certificate entry.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): alternative access via the submission of a Portfolio of Evidence and an assessment if required.
  • Comply with the additional requirements as stated in the additional admission requirements table.

Bachelor Degree

  • National Senior Certificate (NSC) with Bachelor Degree entry.
  • National Certificate Vocational (NCV) at NQF 4 with Bachelor Degree entry.
  • Alternatively, a prospective student should have successfully completed the relevant Pearson Institute Foundation Programme. On successful completion of the Foundation Programme, students are required to apply to Universities South Africa (USAf) for a certificate of exemption in order to be admitted to a degree programme.
  • Alternatively, a prospective student should have successfully completed a Higher Certificate in a cognate field.
  • Applicants with an international school-leaving certificate need to provide a certificate of exemption issued by Universities South Africa (USAf).
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): alternative access via the submission of a Portfolio of Evidence and an assessment if required.
  • Comply with the additional requirements as stated in the additional admission requirements table.

Honours Degree

  • A recognised undergraduate degree or equivalent for the specific honours Degree or an appropriate Advanced Diploma.
  • A minimum of 60% average during the exit year of the applicable undergraduate qualification.
  • Specific modules may be required to have been completed at the undergraduate level.

 


 

Additional admission requirements for Pearson Institute qualifications and programmes

Additional admission requirements

Foundation Programme

  • 17-24 Pearson Institute points or more.
  • 40% or above for Grade 12 English as a home or first additional language.
  • 30% or above for Grade 12 Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy or Technical Mathematics.

Foundation Programme (BSc)

  • 24-31 Pearson Institute points or more.
  • 40% or above for Grade 12 English as a home or first additional language.
  • 30% or above for Grade 12 Mathematics.

English Language , Foundation Programme

  • 17-24 Pearson Institute points.
  • 30% or above for Grade 12 Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy or Technical Mathematics.
  • You must have completed an internationally accepted English language assessment with the relevant Common European Framework Reference (CEFR) for languages
    (at levels B1 or higher).

Higher Certificates in Information Systems, (Open Source) (Internet Development), (Engineering) (Network Engineering) , (Software Development)

  • Obtained the required results in the Placement Assessment

BSc (Computer Science), BSc (Informatics) and BSc (Internet Communication)

  • 32 Pearson Institute points or more.
  • 50% or above for Grade 12 English.
  • 50% or above for Grade 12 Mathematics.
  • The points attained for the best two of the subjects of English, Mathematics and Computer Science must be doubled.

BSc (Biomedicine) and BSc (Biotechnology Management)

  • 32 Pearson Institute points or more.
  • 50% or above for Grade 12 English.
  • 50% or above for Grade 12 Mathematics.
  • 50% or above for Grade 12 Biology/Life Sciences.
  • The points attained for the best two of the subjects of Biology/Life Sciences, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Physical Science must be doubled.

BBA, BCom (Human Resource Management), BCom (Law), BCom (Marketing Management) and BCom (Tourism Management)

  • 25 Pearson Institute points or more.

BCom (Accounting)

  • 25 Pearson Institute points or more.
  • 50% or above for Grade 12 Mathematics.

BA (Graphic Design)

  • 25 Pearson Institute points or more.
  • Approval of a Portfolio.

BA and BA (Journalism)

  • 25 Pearson Institute points or more.
  • 50% or above for Grade 12 English.