NWU Health Sciences Requirements

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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DegreeFieldRequirementsAPSCampusPossible Career Opportunities 
Diploma in Coaching ScienceCoachingNational Senior CertificateAcademic paper selection; Best average markDURATION: 2 years18PotchefstroomMahikeng Coaching InstructorSport Organiser and Administrator
Bachelor of Health Scienceswith Physiology and BiochemistryMathematics level 5 AND Physical Science level 4 Academic paper selection; Best average markDURATION: 3 years24PotchefstroomLife Science TeacherResearch Laboratories
Bachelor of Health Sciences with Physiology and PsychologyMathematics Level 3 AND Physical Science Level 4Academic paper selection; Best average markDURATION: 3 years24PotchefstroomLife Science TeacherPsychologist 
Bachelor of Health Scienceswith Sport Coaching and Human Movement SciencesAcademic paper selection; Best average markDURATION: 3 years24PotchefstroomMahikeng Fitness InstructorSport Organiser
Bachelor of Health Sciences with Recreation Science and Psychologywith Recreation Science and Tourism Managementwith Sport and Recreation AdministrationAcademic paper selection; Best average markDURATION: 3 years24PotchefstroomRecreation ConsultantAdventure InstructorAdventure TherapistTeam-building SpecialistRecreation Centre Manager
Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Scienceswith Psychology and Labour Relations ManagementAcademic paper selectionDURATION: 3 years24PotchefstroomVanderbijlparkLabour Relations Specialist / PractitionerResearchTeacherLecturerAnalyst
Bachelor of Artswith Psychology and Geography & Environmental Managementwith Psychology and Tourism ManagementAcademic paper selectionDURATION: 3 years24PotchefstroomEnvironmental ManagerAtmospheric ScientistClimatologistDisaster ManagerTourism MarketerAccommodation ManagerEvents ManagerTourism ResearcherGame Farm Manager
Bachelor of Consumer Studies  At least one natural science subject at level 4 recognizedAt least one subject from the Natural Sciences passed on level 4 (natural science subjects: Mathematics OR Physical OR Agricultural OR Life Sciences).A pass rate of at least 60% (level 5) for non-designated modulesAn average mark above 70% in Mathematical Literacy will be consideredApplications close 30 JuneLate applications will be considered on meritSELECTION: Academic achievement. A discussion among members of a selection panel; and completion of a selection testDURATION: 3 years24PotchefstroomFood/Fashion in Retail/IndustryProject ManagementConsumer ConsultantClient Service Manager
Bachelor of Consumer Sciences in Food Product Management    with Food CommunicationAt least one subject from the Natural Sciences passed on level 4 (designated natural science subjects: Mathematics OR Physical OR Agricultural OR Life Sciences).A pass rate of at least 60% (level 5) for non-designated modulesAn average mark above 70% in Mathematical Literacy will be consideredApplications close 30 JuneLate applications will be considered on meritSELECTION: Academic achievement. A discussion among members of a selection panel; and completion of a selection testDURATION: 4 years24Potchefstroom Retail / IndustryFood and Innovation ManagerProduct / Flavour DeveloperQuality Assurance / ManagementFood TechnologistHospitality Manager
Bachelor of Consumer Sciences in Food Product Management with Food SupplyMathematics on level 4If Chemistry is chosen as an elective, Mathematics AND Physical Sciences on level 4 is requiredA pass rate of at least 60% (level 5) for non-designated modulesApplications close 30 JuneLate applications will be considered on meritSELECTION: Academic achievement. A discussion among members of a selection panel and completion of a selection test.DURATION: 4 years24Potchefstroom Retail / IndustryFood and Innovation ManagerProduct / Flavour DeveloperQuality Assurance / ManagementFood TechnologistHospitality Manager
Bachelor of Consumer Sciences in Fashion Retail Management    with Fashion CommunicationAt least one subject from the Natural Sciences passed on level 4 (designated natural science subjects: Mathematics OR Physical OR Agricultural OR Life Sciences).A pass rate of at least 60% (level 5) for non-designated modulesAn average mark above 70% in Mathematical Literacy will be consideredApplications close 30 JuneLate applications will be considered on meritSELECTION: Academic achievement. A discussion among members of a selection panel; and completion of a selection testDURATION: 4 years24Potchefstroom Sales RepresentativeBuyerPlannerVisual MerchandiserSpace plannerClient Advisor / Stylist Manager
Bachelor of Consumer Sciences in Fashion Product Management  with Fashion SupplyMathematics on level 4A pass rate of at least 60% (level 5) for non-designated modulesApplications close 30 JuneLate applications will be considered on meritSELECTION: Academic achievement. A discussion among members of a selection panel and completion of a selection test.DURATION: 4 years24Potchefstroom Sales RepresentativeBuyerPlannerVisual MerchandiserSpace plannerClient Advisor / Stylist Manager 
Bachelor of Social Work Language requirement: A pass mark of level 4 in the language of learning and teaching on Home Language OR First Additional Language level.Applications close 30 JuneLate applications will be considered on meritTAKE NOTE:The General admission requirements are described according to A-rules 1.5 and further applicable regulations in Faculty Rules.No student will be allowed into the BSW programme unless he/she has furnished written proof the he/ she has not been convicted of any offence against a child in terms of the Sexual OffencesAct (Act 23 of 1957) and the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act, 32 of 2007A student should be in possession of a full Matriculation exemption certificate with an average pass mark of at least 60% during the matriculation examination SELECTION PROCESS:Completion of a psychometric selection tests;Completion of a questionnaire that will be given at the testing centre; andA possible interview with experts in a selection panelDURATION: 4 years28PotchefstroomMahikeng VanderbijlparkSocial WorkerSocial Work AdministratorResearchPlanner
Bachelor of Social Scienceswith PsychologyAt least level 4 for English as Home Language OR at least level 5 for English as First Additional LanguageAcademic paper selectionDURATION: 3 years24Mahikeng   
Bachelor of PharmacyPharmacyMathematics level 5Physical Science at level 5Academic paper selection; Best average markApplications close 30 JuneLate applications will be considered on meritDURATION: 4 years32PotchefstroomCommunity PharmacyHospital Pharmacy (private and public)Pharmaceutical Manufacturing IndustryWholesale PharmacistsHealthcare managersMedicine control officers (These positions are available at medical aids, local governments, the central government, etc)
Bachelor of Science in Dietetics Mathematics level 4Physical Science at level 4Academic paper selection & InterviewApplications close 30 JuneLate applications will be considered on meritDURATION: 4 years26PotchefstroomPrivate sectorFood IndustryFood service Management Consultant or Representative for Pharmaceutical FirmsPrivate HospitalsGymnasiumsMiningMedia ServicesFast Food FirmsHealth CarePharmaceutical IndustryPrivate HospitalsPrivate Practice
Bachelor of Health Sciences in Occupational Hygiene Mathematics level 5Physical Science at level 5Academic paper selection; Best average markApplications close 30 JuneLate applications will be considered on meritDURATION: 4 years27Potchefstroom Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)SASOLCity councilMining companies (Anglo American, BHP Billiton, Impala Platinum, etc)ESKOMNational Institute for Occupational Health (NIOH)Department of Labour (DoL)Occupational hygiene consultants and Approved Inspection Authorities Great demand internationally for qualified occupational hygienists 
Bachelor of Health Sciences in Biokinetics Mathematics level 3 OR Mathematics Literacy level 4Physical Science OR Life Sciences at least level 4.Academic paper selection; Best average markTAKE NOTE:Students should, prior to starting the course in Biokinetics, be medically fit for the fitness component of the courseApplications close 30 JuneLate applications will be considered on meritDURATION: 4 years32PotchefstroomBiokineticist
Bachelor of Nursing  Nursing Sciences A potential student must be in possession of:A National Senior Certificate with university exemption OR an equivalent qualificationPhysical Sciences OR Mathematics OR Life Sciences level 4English OR Afrikaans at least level 4Furthermore, the School of Nursing Sciences, requires candidates:SELECTION: Selection test for first year nursing studentsParticipation in the “job shadowing programme” (40 hours) is compulsory before selection is finalisedDURATION: 4 years25Mahikeng Potchefstroom  

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.