Central university of technology Admission Requirements

Academic entry requirements vary from programme to programme and are advertised on the University website and in other media. The University ensures that entry requirements conform to standards set by the National Accreditation Board and various regulatory and professional bodies. The University’s admission requirements are as follows:

West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE)

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An applicant must have credit passes (A1-C6) in core English, core Mathematics, and either core Integrated Science or Social Studies and three elective subjects, with an overall aggregate score of Thirty-six (36) or better. In addition, candidates must satisfy the specific requirements of the relevant Faculty/School. The entry is at Level 100:

a.    Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSSCE). 

An applicant must have credit passes (A-D) in core English, core Mathematics and either core Science or Social Studies and three elective subjects, with an overall aggregate score of Twenty-four (24) or better. In addition, candidates must satisfy the specific requirements of the relevant faculty/school.  Entry is at Level 100.

b.    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Ordinary and Advanced Levels. 

An applicant must have at least credit passes in 5 subjects (including English Language and Mathematics at the GCE Ordinary Level and at least 3 passes at the GCE Advanced Level. One of the Advanced Level passes must be grade ‘D’ or better.  A pass in General Paper must also be obtained. Entry is at Level 100.

c.    Professional qualifications/Tertiary Diplomas (Entry at levels 200 and 300).

The level of placement of professional certificate and tertiary level diploma holders will depend on the assessment of their certificates or diplomas in relation to the programme desired.  All professional certificate and tertiary level diploma holders must have either G.C.E. “O” Level credit passes in English Language and Mathematics or SSSCE/WASSCE credit passes in English Language and Core Mathematics to qualify for admission. The placement level of candidates will depend on assessment of their certificates by the relevant Faculty/School or Department.

d.    Admission through Mature Students’ Entrance Examination.

The candidate must be at least 25 years old by 31st December of the year preceding the examination.  A certified copy of birth certificate is required.  The date of issue of the birth certificate should not be less than five years from the date of the completion of the admission forms. The submission of fraudulent certificates is grounds for withdrawal at any point in a student’s enrolment.

Mature Students’ Entrance Examinations consist of a General Paper for all candidates and two papers in the area(s) of specialization desired. 

eApplicants with foreign certificates.

Foreign applicants must have qualifications equivalent to the above to be considered for admission. Their results must also be translated into English and they should be able to read and write in English. Additionally, all foreign certificates validated by the National Accreditation Board. Applicants may also be required to pass an entrance examination/interview.

In addition to the general admission requirements, Schools, Faculties and Departments may have special entry requirements. The academic catalogues of the Schools and Faculties must be consulted for up-to-date information. 

f.    Entry requirements for Diploma programmes

To be admitted to a Diploma programme, a candidate must satisfy the following minimum requirements besides conditions stipulated for the particular programme:

Diploma

i    SSSCE Holders 

Six (6) passes A-D in all subjects, including English and Mathematics

For areas of specialization, three (3) of the passes must be in relevant subjects

ii    WASSCE holders 

Six (6) passes (A1 – D7) in all subjects, three (3) of which should be credit passes (C6) or better. It must be noted that certain subjects may require credit passes in other relevant subjects. 

OTHER ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Entry Requirements for School of Architecture and Science (SAS), School of Pharmacy (SoP), and School of Engineering and Technology (SET)

All WASSCE/SSSCE applicants must have done Integrated Science and relevant WASSCE/SSSCE Elective Subjects.

The following are the required electives for these programmes:

Architecture:  Any background 

Physician Assistantship:  Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Elective Mathematics 

Pharmacy:  Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Elective Mathematics 

Civil Engineering:  Elective Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry.

Computer Science: Elective Mathematics or Physics 

Information Technology: Any background

Nursing: WASSCE from Science option

  1. Mathematics (Elective)
  2. Physics
  3. Chemistry
  4. Biology

General Arts option

  1. Literature in English
  2. French
  3. Ghanaian Language
  4. Christian Religious studies or Islamic Religion/studies
  5. Economics
  6. Geography
  7. History
  8. Government
  9. Mathematics (Elective)
  10. General Knowledge in Art

Agriculture Programme option

  1. General Agriculture
  2. Chemistry
  3. Physics
  4. Mathematics (Elective)
  5. French

Home Economics Option

  1. Management in Living
  2. Food and Nutrition
  3. Economics
  4. Chemistry
  5. French
  6. General Knowledge in Art

A combination of SSSCE and WASSCE results is not acceptable.

Bachelor of Architecture

  • Polytechnic applicants must have credit passes in English Language, Mathematics and  Integrated  Science  or  any  of  the  Elective  Science  subjects,  in  addition  to  3 Electives in the respective trades or technical subjects.

Bachelor of Science in Physician Assistantship

  • Nurses  may  receive  course  exemptions  and  complete  the  degree  in  three  years.
  • Medical Assistants and Bachelor degree holders in the natural sciences, particularly the  biological  sciences  including  Human Biology ,  can  complete  the  course  in  two years. 

Doctor of Pharmacy

  • Holders of Bachelor of Science related degrees.  (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Human Biology) or HND (Dispensing Technology/Laboratory Technology)

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

  • HND  holders  (Civil  Engineering  option)  with  First  Class  to  Second  Class  (Lower Division)  may apply.

NB:  International Applicants.

  • International  applicants who do not offer  Integrated Science, can be admitted using any single  science  subject  as  core,  or  with  Agricultural  Science.

g.    SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES AND RESEARCH

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

1. Taught Master’s Degree Programmes –M.A/MBA/M.Sc.

a. An applicant seeking admission to an M.A/MBA/M.Sc. degree programme must:

i. Have obtained a good first degree (at least a Second Class) in an appropriate field of study from a recognized University.

ii. Satisfy additional requirements prescribed by the faculties/departments. 

These may include relevant work experience, a written entrance examination and an interview.

b. An applicant who possesses a first degree in the Third Class Division or Pass and who has at least three years working experience may also be considered for admission into the Taught Master’s degree programme. Such an applicant may be required to take preparatory courses and pass a written examination and interview before being considered for admission.

c. Special Admission In special cases, an applicant who does not have a first degree but is otherwise adjudged suitable may be admitted into the M.A/MBA/M.Sc programme.

 Such an applicant must:

i.    Have a minimum of five (5) years post qualification experience in his or her area of interest.

ii.    Have a diploma in the relevant field of study or a professional qualification.

iii.    Be at least 35 years of age.

Diploma holders will be required to take preparatory courses and pass a written examination and interview before being considered for admission.

2. Research Master’s Degree Programmes –M.Phil

a. An applicant seeking admission to an M.Phil degree programme must:

i. Have obtained a good first degree (at least a Second Class) in appropriate field of study from a recognized University.

ii. Submit a proposal of 2-3 pages of A4 Size paper on the intended area of study.

iv. Satisfy an additional requirement prescribed by faculty/ department. These may include relevant work experience, a written entrance examination and an interview.

b. An applicant who possesses a Taught Master’s degree (M.A./MBA/M.Sc.) and wishes to enroll in an M.Phil degree programme will be required to take additional relevant courses not exceeding 18 credit hours and present a thesis.

3. Doctor of Philosophy -PhD

A candidate seeking admission into the PhD must:

a. Have a Master’s degree in an appropriate field of study from a recognized university.

b. Submit a proposal of 3-5 pages of A4 Size paper on intended area of study.

c. Satisfy any additional requirements prescribed by the faculty/department. These may include relevant work experience, a written examination and an interview.


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.