2025 University of Pretoria Programmes And Admission Requirements

2025 University of Pretoria Programmes And Admission Requirements

General Admission Requirements

The statutory minimum requirement for degree studies is a National Senior Certificate (NSC) certified by Umalusi, with an achievement rating of 4 (50-59%) in four recognised NSC 20 credit subjects from the designated subject list, below:

  • Accounting
  • Agricultural Science
  • Business Studies (previously Business Economics)
  • Consumer Studies (previously Home Economics)
  • Dramatic Arts
  • Economics
  • Engineering Graphics and Design (previously Technical Drawing)
  • Geography
  • History
  • Information Technology
  • Languages *
  • Life Sciences (previously Biology)
  • Mathematical Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physical Science (previously Natural Sciences)
  • Religion Studies
  • Visual Arts

* Based on the languages used as medium of instruction at the University of Pretoria, it is advisable that students should offer English and/or Afrikaans as a Home Language or as a First Additional Language, together with any other language of choice.

Prospective students who do not obtain a NSC-pass that grants them access to Baccalaureus degree studies, will not be considered for our degree programmes even though their Admission Point Score does comply with the minimum requirements.

A Grade 12 certificate with university exemption is required if Grade 12 was obtained before 2025. For learners in Grade 12, provisional admission is granted based on the results obtained in the final Grade 11 year mark (promotion mark). Please note that the final Grade 12 results remain the determining factor for admission. Also note that the achievement of the minimum requirements does not necessarily guarantee admission to any programmes or fields of study.

Full or foreign conditional exemption certificate
This prerequisite applies to non-South African citizens and to students who do not have a South African National Senior Certificate and want to enrol for undergraduate studies at UP. The certificate can only be obtained from Universities South Africa (USA).

Calculation of Admission Point Score (APS)
The calculation of an APS is based on a candidate’s achievement in any SIX recognised NSC 20-credit subjects (not only designated subjects), by using the NSC seven-point rating scale of achievement (see table 1).

Students who do not have a NSC must please refer to the Admission Point Score Conversion Table.

Table 1: National Senior Certificate achievement levels

Achievement

Achievement level

Marks

7

Outstanding achievement

80-100 %

6

Meritorious achievement

70-79 %

5

Substantial achievement

60-69 %

4

Adequate achievement

50-59 %

3

Moderate achievement

40-49 %

2

Elementary achievement

30-39 %

1

Not achieved

0-29 %

Table 2: Example of APS calculation

School subject (example)
Report mark
Afrikaans 4
English 4
Mathematics 6
Physical Science 6
Life Sciences 7
Accounting 3
APS Total 30

 

Admission Point Score (APS) Conversion Table
The following tables can be used to convert your marks/symbols into an Admission Point Score (APS) when applying for studies at the University of Pretoria (UP).

APS
(requirement level for subjects as well as overall APS)
NSC/
IEB
SC HG
M-score
SC SG
M-score
HIGCSE NSSC HL AS-Level IB SL IGCSE/ GCSE/ NSSC OL/
O-LevelGrade 11*
IGCSE/ GCSE/ NSSC OL/
O-LevelGrade  12**
7 7 (80–100%) A 1 A 7 A
6 6 (70–79%) B A 2 B 6 B
5 5 (60–69%) C B 3 C 5 C A
4 4 (50–59%) D C 3 D 4 C B
3 3 (40–49%) E D 4 E 3 D C
2 2 (30–39%) F E 2 E D/E
1 1 (0–29%) G F 1 F F/G

Admission Point Score (APS) Conversion Table only for Cambridge Advanced Level and IB Higher Level

APS  

A-Level

 

IB HL

Requirement level for subjects Requirement level for overall APS
7 10 A 7
6 8 B 6
5 7 C 5
4 6 D 4
3 5 E
2 4
1 3

NSC – National Senior Certificate (completed Grade 12 in and after 2008)
IEB – Independent Examination Board
SC HG – Senior Certificate Higher Grade (completed Grade 12 before 2008)
SC SG – Senior Certificate Standard Grade (completed Grade 12 before 2008)
HIGCSE –Higher International General Certificate of Secondary Education
A-Level – Advanced Level
AS-Level – Advanced Subsidiary Level
IB – International Baccalaureate Schools (Higher Levels and Standard Levels)
IGCSE – International General Certificate of Secondary Education
GCSE – General Certificate of Secondary Education
NSSC – Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate
O-Level – Ordinary Level

*Grade 11 = IGCSE/O-Level: APS conversion for Grade 11 equivalent only and for conditional admission and selection purposes
**Grade 12 = IGCSE/O-Level: APS conversion for Grade 12 equivalent – not for final admission and must be taken together with Advanced Subsidiary Level and Advanced Level for exemption purposes


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This publication contains information about regulations, policies, tuition fees, curricula and programmes of the University of Pretoria applicable at the time of printing. Amendments to or updating of the information in this publication may be effected from time to time without prior notification. The accuracy, correctness or validity of the information contained in this publication is therefore not guaranteed by the University at any given time and is always subject to verification. The user is kindly requested, at all times, to verify the correctness of the published information with the University. Failure to do so will not give rise to any claim or action of any nature against the University by any party whatsoever.


Overview of Public Universities in South Africa

Here's an overview of some public universities in South Africa, including general admissions requirements and estimated application periods. Keep in mind, specific program requirements and dates can vary significantly, so it's important to check each university's official website for the most current information.

University of Pretoria

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with minimum scores in specific subjects related to the chosen program; for international students, equivalent qualifications.
  • Application Period: Usually opens in March and closes at the end of July for most programs.

University of Cape Town

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with pass levels required for degree study; subject-specific requirements depending on the program.
  • Application Period: Application opens in April and closes at the end of July.

Stellenbosch University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required marks; some programs have additional testing.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and typically closes at the end of June.

University of the Witwatersrand

  • Admissions Requirements: Matriculation certificate with university exemption; required scores vary by faculty.
  • Application Period: Begins in March and ends on the 30th of September.

University of Johannesburg

  • Admissions Requirements: Matric exemption with a minimum APS score; specific subject requirements based on the faculty.
  • Application Period: Opens in April and generally closes by the 30th of September.

University of the Free State

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific marks for the program applied to; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Typically opens in April and closes at the end of August.

University of Venda

  • Admissions Requirements: Completion of the National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for diploma or degree studies; specific APS scores needed.
  • Application Period: Usually from May to September.

University of Fort Hare

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; certain programs may have specific requirements.
  • Application Period: Opens around May and closes at the end of September.

University of the Western Cape

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific performance levels; additional requirements for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Generally from May to September.

North-West University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; program-specific requirements may apply.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and usually closes by the end of August.

Rhodes University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate or equivalent; minimum academic performance in certain subjects.
  • Application Period: Applications open in April and close at the end of September.

Nelson Mandela University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; portfolio or additional tests for some faculties.
  • Application Period: Opens in April, with a deadline at the end of August for most programs.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Opens in May and typically closes by the end of September.

University of Limpopo

  • Admissions Requirements: Senior Certificate with endorsement for diploma or degree courses; specific APS scores for different programs.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

University of Zululand

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for bachelor’s degree studies; specific score requirements for various programs.
  • Application Period: Usually between April and November.

Central University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores for the chosen field of study; additional criteria for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Application period generally starts in May and ends in October.

Vaal University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with a pass that qualifies for admission to bachelor’s degree, diploma, or higher certificate programs.
  • Application Period: Typically from May to September.

Walter Sisulu University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; additional criteria for certain faculties.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

This list provides a starting point for understanding the admissions landscape across South Africa's diverse higher education institutions. Given the variability in programs and requirements, it's crucial to consult each university's website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.