Auckland Park Theological Seminary Admission Requirements

Auckland Park Theological Seminary Admission Requirements

Vocational certificate courses are self-improvement, in-house programmes to assist those involved in ministry. There are no minimum entrance requirements. As a result, these vocational certificate courses are non-credit-bearing, although non-credit bearing recognition of prior learning (“RPL” for short) applies in South Africa.

How to apply

Study the various vocational certificate courses on offer and choose a course best suited to your needs. Should you require more information to make a decision, however, you could contact the Administration Department, where you would be assisted at making the right choice.

Complete the online application form. Should you not be able to complete an online application form, however, you could contact the Administration Department and request that you be supplied with a hard-copy (paper) application form by mail.

Applicants using the online system will be sent an automated e-mail to confirm their submission. Please note that confirmation of submission is NOT a confirmation of registration. The Administration Department will contact you as soon as your application has been processed.

We appreciate your interest in ATS and are looking forward to receiving your application.

The ATS has successfully assisted international students, hailing from all over Africa and from as far afield as Asia, the USA and Europe, at obtaining their certificates and diplomas, as well as their bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in Pentecostal Theology.

ATS is dedicated to the highest level of excellence as far as the content of its courses, the expertise of its lecturers and its emphasis on independent and flexible learning are concerned.

Language of instruction

English is the language of instruction for all programmes on offer at ATS and it would be mandatory for international students to submit all their examination papers and/or theses in English.

ATS may, therefore, require evidence of English proficiency from international students.

Entrance requirements for international students

ATS shall screen applicants based on their academic ability and potential, according to their secondary school results (examination results and/or projected grades), a personal statement, academic reference and, if required, admissions test or written work. Please refer to the admission page for further information.

All international students’ applications need to be accompanied by an Assessment Certificate of the South African Qualifications Authority (“SAQA”, for short). The original SAQA Certificate must be submitted to ATS upon registration.

SAQA Assessment Certificate

ATS can assist international students with the SAQA assessment process. Applicants must provide ATS with certified copies of their highest secondary school certificate or degree (a full Student Transcript) and identity document.

The SAQA fee needs to be deposited into ATS’s bank account and proof of payment must be forwarded to Administration. The said fee is used to fund the processing of applications and is non-refundable. ATS will start processing an application upon receipt of this fee.

Please note that the application fee does not form part of the tuition and seminary fees payable, should an applicant be accepted to further his/her studies at ATS.

SAQA fees

Assessment completed within 10 working days = ZAR 880
Assessment completed within 20 working days = ZAR 660
Assessment completed within 30 working days = ZAR 440

Postage
South Africa = R45
SADC countries = R95
Other countries = R115

Mode of study

  1. Vocational certificate and higher-certificate programmes
    These programmes have been devised for distance education only.

African learning experience

ATS offers international students who study by means of the intramural programme a golden opportunity to immerse themselves in various cultures.

ATS is involved in different community-development projects throughout Southern Africa. A student that enrols for the African learning experience will attend the scheduled intramural classes and will, during long weekends and holidays, participate as a volunteer worker in ATS’s numerous community-development initiatives.

The African learning experience affords international students an opportunity at grass-roots level to become involved in social development, thereby to contribute to the general well-being of marginalised African communities and, ultimately, to gain first-hand experience of African cultures.

ATS is responsible for organising and managing the African learning experience programme. Students are responsible for their own accommodation, travel and food costs associated with the African learning experience. Limited student accommodation is available to international students. Students can contact Administration for more information.

Accommodation for international students

Due to its association with the owners of various privately owned student accommodations, ATS can assist international students at securing accommodation.

The accommodation is situated within a 5 km radius around ATS and transport to and from the ATS is available. For more information, please contact ATS. Availability is limited, however, so please inquire well in advance.

Student visa

ATS will provide approved students with an official letter of introduction that must accompany their application for a student visa. Applications for students’ visas are made at the South African embassy in students’ country of origin.


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.