North-West University Nursing Application

What is the Bachelor of Nursing selection criteria?

  • Bachelor of Nursing – 8NE H01 – G401 P/M.
  • Four (4) year degree and one (1) year community service.
  • Register at the South African Nursing Council in General Nursing & Midwifery.

Prerequisites:

  • National Senior Certificate with university exemption or equivalent;
  • An APS score ≥25;
  • Physical Science or Life sciences or Mathematics at level 4 (at least 50%);
  • English or Afrikaans (language of tuition) at level 4 (at least 50%).

School of Nursing Science specific admission criteria:

  • Apply online for admission to the NWU with final grade 11 exam results: Deadline 31 July.

All prospective students need to comply with the following steps to be considered for selection for the degree in Nursing and submit the following documents after the completion of the online application:

  • Participation in “shadowing programme” is recommended before selection to the programme: Deadline 31 July. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, applicants that did not do job shadowing will also be considered.
  • Grade 12 June exam results: Deadline 2nd week in August
  • University selection test for first year nursing students: Will be communicated.

PLEASE NOTE: Should the June grade 12 exam marks not be submitted by the 2nd week of August (or as soon as possible after receiving the results), then there will be assumed that you are no longer interested to study B. Nursing at the NWU.

Contact persons:

Mahikeng CampusPotchefstroom Campus
Tshegofatso MolemaneBernice Mokele
Email: 22651306@nwu.ac.zaEmail: Bernice.Mokele@nwu.ac.za
Tel: 018 389 2465Tel: 018 299 1877

Required NSC subjects and selection process.

Provisional selection of a minimum of 60 candidates per campus, will take place during the 3rd week of August, taking into account of the following:

  • Grade 12 June exam results – primarily in Mathematics or Physical Sciences or Life Sciences, as well as APS score will be used to calculate a quantitative selection mark.
  • Henceforth all candidates’ selection mark are arranged from highest to lowest and the top 80 (+10%) are placed on the “provisional” selection list.
  • Successful candidates will be informed of the selection process results via SMS and/or email.
  • The final selection will be completed as soon as the final grade 12 exam results are available (usually early January).
  • University selection test for first year nursing students: Will be communicated via SMS and/or email.
  • 40 hours (1 week) of job shadowing is recommended as part of the selection process.

Download Important Documents:

  1. Nursing degree information
  2. Job shadowing request letter
  3. Shadow nursing portfolio
  4. Selection test

Medium of Instruction.

The language of instruction for contact students at the Mahikeng Campus in this curriculum is English. The language of instruction for contact students at the Potchefstroom Campus in this curriculum is Afrikaans. Lectures are made accessible by means of educational interpreting into English for students who do not have sufficient capacity in Afrikaans. In certain modules the language of instruction is English and the lectures are made accessible by means of educational interpreting into Afrikaans.

Nursing Admission requirements

Please note that the below admission requirements are subject to change pending selection and possible faculty-specific requirements.

Study information is subject to change and is a summary of the general fields of study. This information was compiled for introduction and orientation purposes and the North-West University accepts no liability for inaccuracies that may occur in this guide. The official yearbook of the University must in all cases be consulted during the process of compiling a programme for a specific field of study. The appropriate yearbook is available on request at: studies@mynwu.info / 018 285 4320 / applicationsug@nwu.ac.za.

Please note that, owing to specific capacity constraints, the University reserves the right to select candidates for admission to certain fields of study. This means that prospective students who comply with the minimum requirements will not automatically be admitted to the courses in question. Because of the capacity limitations and the high demand from students for admission to particular fields of study, students will be selected on the basis of their Grade 12 results for admission to these fields,

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Undergraduate students

Apply here (Applications open 15 April 2025):


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.