NWU Education Requirement

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.

DegreeFieldRequirementsAPSCampus
Bachelor of Education (BEd) in Foundation Phase Grade R – 3 Home Language AND First Additional Language level 4. To register for English as a Home Language (HL), English as First Additional Language (FAL) on level 5 (minimum 65%) is required.MC: English/Setswana as HL ANDEnglish/Setswana as FAL;PC: Afrikaans/English/Sesotho/Setswana as HL AND Afrikaans/English/Setswana as FAL;VC: Afrikaans/English/IsiZulu/Sesotho as HL AND Afrikaans/English/Isi Zulu/Sesotho as FAL;Distance: Afrikaans/English/IsiZulu/Sepedi/Sesotho/Setswana as HL AND Afrikaans/English/Setswana as FAL.DURATION: 4 years24Mahikeng PotchefstroomVanderbijlpark*Distance learning
Bachelor of Education (BEd) in Intermediate Phase Grade 4 – 6with Mathematics, Science and TechnologyHome Language AND First Additional Language level 4. To register for English as a Home Language (HL), English as First Additional Language (FAL) on level 5 (minimum 65%) is required.PC: Afrikaans/Sesotho/Setswana as HL AND English as FAL;VC: Afrikaans/English/IsiZulu/Sesotho as HL AND Afrikaans/English/Isi Zulu/Sesotho as FAL;Subject specific requirements: Mathematics level 3 (minimum 45%) OR Technical Mathematics level 4 (at least 50%)DURATION: 4 years24PotchefstroomVanderbijlpark  
 with Life Skills and Social SciencesHome Language AND First Additional Language level 4. To register for English as a Home Language (HL), English as First Additional Language (FAL) on level 5 (minimum 65%) is required.PC: Afrikaans/Sesotho/Setswana as HL AND English as FAL;VC: Afrikaans/English/IsiZulu/Sesotho as HL AND Afrikaans/English/ IsiZulu/Sesotho as FAL;Distance: Afrikaans/IsiZulu/Sepedi/Sesotho/Setswana as HL AND English as FAL.DURATION: 4 years24PotchefstroomVanderbijlpark *Distance learning
Bachelor of Education (BEd) in Senior and Further Education and Training Grade 7 – 12with Economicswith Historywith Geographywith Business studiesHome Language OR First Additional Language level 4DURATION: 4 years24Mahikeng PotchefstroomVanderbijlpark Distance Learning
 with English Subject specific requirements: Home language on level 4 OR English First additional language on level 5DURATION: 4 years 24MahikengPotchefstroomVanderbijlpark*Distance Learning
 with Physical Science Home Language OR First Additional Language level 4Subject specific requirements: Physical Sciences on level 4; Mathematics level 4 OR Technical Mathematics level 5DURATION: 4 years  24MahikengPotchefstroomVanderbijlpark *Distance Learning
 with Accounting Home Language OR First Additional Language level 4Subject specific requirements: Accounting on level 4DURATION: 4 years24MahikengPotchefstroomVanderbijlpark *Distance Learning
 with MathematicsHome Language OR First Additional Language level 4Subject specific requirements: Mathematics on level 5DURATION: 4 years24Mahikeng PotchefstroomVanderbijlpark *Distance Learning
 with AfrikaansSubject specific requirements: Afrikaans Home Language on level 5DURATION: 4 years24PotchefstroomVanderbijlpark *Distance Learning
 with Life Sciences Home Language OR First Additional Language level 4Subject specific requirements: Life Science on level 4DURATION: 4 years 24Mahikeng PotchefstroomVanderbijlpark *Distance Learning
 with Life Orientation Home Language OR First Additional Language level 4Subject specific requirements: Life Orientation on level 4DURATION: 4 years 24PotchefstroomVanderbijlpark *Distance Learning
 with Engineering Graphics and DesignHome Language OR First Additional Language level 4DURATION: 4 years24PotchefstroomVanderbijlpark *Distance Learning
 with Computer Application TechnologyHome Language OR First Additional Language level 4DURATION: 4 years24PotchefstroomVanderbijlpark 
 with SesothoSubject specific requirements: Sesotho Home Language on level 4DURATION: 4 years 24PotchefstroomVanderbijlpark *Distance Learning
 with Mechanical technologywith Civil technologywith Electrical technology Home Language OR First Additional Language level 4Subject specific requirements: Mathematics on level 4 OR Bridging course with Mathematics level 3 / Mathematical Literacy level 4 with any Technology subjects / Technical Mathematics level 4 with any Technology subjects that can replace Mathematics OR Mathematical Literacy.DURATION: 4 years 24PotchefstroomVanderbijlpark  
 with SetswanaSubject specific requirements: Setswana Home Language on level 4DURATION: 4 years24MahikengPotchefstroom*Distance Learning
 with Information technologywith ArtHome Language OR First Additional Language level 4DURATION: 4 years24Potchefstroom
 with Mathematical LiteracyHome Language OR First Additional Language level 4Subject specific requirements: Mathematics on level 3 (minimum 45%) OR Mathematical Literacy on level 5 (minimum 65%) OR Technical Mathematics level 4DURATION: 4 years24Vanderbijlpark 

*For distance learning visit distance.nwu.ac.za


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.