Sol Plaatje University Admission Requirements

Sol Plaatje University Admission Requirements

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This page sets the minimum academic requirements for admission into study programmes at Sol Plaatje University in 2025. The requirements are based on the results that applicants achieve in the South African National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations. Applicants who hold certificates from a different examination system will be considered individually for admission.

Note that if you satisfy the minimum admission requirements stated here, this does not automatically mean that you will be admitted to the study programme at SPU. The final decision on your admission will be based on your academic performance and the availability of space in the programme. The better your academic performance above this minimum, the better will be your chance of being admitted to study at SPU.

Calculating the SPU Admissions Points Score (APS)

 

NSC Achievement Level NSC % SPU Points Score Additional points for Mathematics and LOLT or HL Points for Life Orientation
8 90 – 100 8 +2 4
7 80 – 89 7 +2 3
6 70 – 79 6 +2 2
5 60 – 69 5 +2 1
4 50 – 59 4 +1 0
3 40 – 49 3 +1 0
2 30 – 39 2 0 0
1 0 – 29 1 0 0

 

Minimum Requirements for admission to study programmes at SPU

English Language:

The language of learning and teaching at SPU is English. All our academic programmes require that students will have taken NSC English either as the language of learning and teaching (LOLT) or home language (HL); or as the first additional language. Note that, in calculating the APS, the additional points apply to any of the official languages taken as the HL or LOLT.

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

BACHELOR OF EDUCATION (B.Ed.) SENIOR PHASE (Grade 7-9) & FET PHASE (Grade 10-12)

  • NSC pass with Bachelor’s Degree requirement
  • English HL: NSC Level 4 OR English 1st additional language: NSC Level 5
  • Mathematics: NSC Level 4
  • If Life Sciences or Physical Sciences is an elective: NSC Level 4
  • APS: Minimum 30 points

 

BACHELOR OF EDUCATION (B.Ed.) INTERMEDIATE PHASE (Grades 4 – 6)

  • NSC pass with Bachelor’s Degree requirement
  • English HL: NSC Level 4 OR English 1st additional language: NSC Level 5
  • Mathematics: NSC Level 4
  • If Biology/Life or Physical Sciences is an elective: NSC Level 4
  • APS: Minimum 30 points

 

SCHOOL OF NATURAL AND APPLIED SCIENCES

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (B.Sc.)

  • NSC pass with Bachelor’s Degree requirement
  • English LOLT or HL: NSC Level 4; or English 1st language:: NSC Level 5
  • Mathematics: NSC Level 4 (Mathematical Literacy is not acceptable.)
  • APS: Minimum 30 points

 

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN DATA SCIENCE

A National Senior Certificate as recognised by Umalusi with a minimum achievement of Level 5 for Mathematics (60% and above) and a minimum achievement of level 4 for English (as first or First Additional Language; 50% and above). Mathematical Literacy will not be accepted for admission to this programme.

  • NSC pass with Bachelor’s Degree requirement
  • English LOLT or HL: NSC Level 4; or English 1st language:: NSC Level 5
  • Mathematics: NSC Level 5 (Mathematical Literacy is not acceptable.)
  • APS: Minimum 30 points

 

DIPLOMA IN INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY(ICT) Specialising in Applications Development

  • NSC pass with Diploma requirement
  • English HL: NSC Level 4 OR English 1st additional language: NSC Level 5
  • Mathematics: NSC level 3 OR Mathematical Literacy: NSC Level 5
  • APS: Minimum 25 points

It is highly recommended that applicants should also have Computer Applications Technology (CAT) or Information Technology (IT) as subjects in their Matric curriculum.

 

SCHOOL OF ECONOMIC AND MANAGEMENT SCIENCES

BACHELOR OF COMMERCE (GENERIC)- B.COM.

  • NSC pass with Bachelor’s Degree requirement
  • English LOLT or HL: NSC Level 4; OR English 1st Additional Language: NSC Level 5
  • Mathematics: NSC Level 4 (50%). (Mathematical Literacy is not acceptable.)
  • A National Certificate Vocational with relevant subjects will be considered for entry into this programme.
  • APS: Minimum 30 points

 

DIPLOMA IN RETAIL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

  • NSC pass with Diploma requirement
  • English HL: NSC Level 4; or English 1st additional language: NSC Level 5
  • Mathematics: NSC Level 3 OR Mathematical Literacy: NSC Level 5
  • At least one of the following at NSC Level 4: Accounting, Business Studies or Economics
  • APS: Minimum 22 points

 

SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES

BACHELOR OF ARTS (B.A.)

  • NSC pass with Bachelor’s Degree requirement
  • English LOLT or HL: NSC Level 4; OR English 1st Additional Language: NSC Level 5
  • Mathematics: 30% (NSC Level 2) OR Mathematical Literacy: 40% (NSC Level 3) is required
  • Additional subject requirements have been set for students wishing to enrol for a major or modules in Economics, Geography or Mathematics � a minimum achievement of Level 4 (50% and above)
  • A National Certificate Vocational with relevant subjects, or SPU�s Higher Certificate in Heritage Studies will be considered for entry into this programme.
  • APS: Minimum 30 points

 

HIGHER CERTIFICATE IN HERITAGE STUDIES

  • NSC pass with Certificate requirement
  • English HL: NSC Level 4 OR English 1st additional language: NSC Level 5
  • Mathematics: 30% (NSC Level 2) OR Mathematical Literacy: 40% (NSC Level 3)
  • APS: Minimum 25 points

 

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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.