Unisa College of Accounting Sciences Qualifications

College of Accounting Sciences

Your admission to Unisa is dependent on you meeting the minimum admission requirements for your chosen qualification and college. Meeting these minimum requirements does not, however, mean that your application will automatically be accepted, as each application will be considered individually.

If you don’t meet the minimum admission requirements…

If you don’t meet the minimum admission requirements for your qualification of choice, you might want to consider starting with a relevant lower-level qualification (eg a higher certificate or diploma) and then continuing with the degree on completion of your lower-level qualification. Work through the admission requirements for each level of qualification (eg degree, diploma and higher certificate) to determine whether you will be able to apply for a lower-level qualification related to your interests. Remember to keep in mind your career vision and goals, and how any qualification will contribute to these. Click Here to Apply Now

Extended bachelor degrees (4-year programme)

Minimum requirements Language requirement Mathematics requirement Additional requirements
A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with degree endorsement At least 50% in the language of teaching and learning At least 50% in Mathematics Applicants who do not meet the Mathematics requirement of the 3-year programme, but who have achieved 50% or more, but less than 60%, will be placed in this extended programme. The programme will require students to complete the following modules before they can commence with the 3-year programme:

  • ENG1513 – Foundations in English for University Study
  • FAC1500 – Basic Accounting
  • FBN1501 – Business Numerical Skills A
  • FBN1502 – Business Numerical Skills B
  • FEC1501 – Understanding the Economy
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A Senior Certificate (SC) with matriculation exemption from the Matriculation Board At least a D symbol on HG or a C symbol on SG in the language of teaching and learning At least a D symbol on HG or a C symbol on SG in Mathematics Applicants who do not meet the Mathematics requirement of the 3-year programme, but who have achieved 50% or more, but less than 60%, will be placed in this extended programme. The programme will require students to complete the following modules before they can commence with the 3-year programme:

  • ENG1513 – Foundations in English for University Study
  • FAC1500 – Basic Accounting
  • FBN1501 – Business Numerical Skills A
  • FBN1502 – Business Numerical Skills B
  • FEC1501 – Understanding the Economy
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Applicants who do not comply with the above requirements for admission to the extended bachelor degree curriculum should consider applying for the Diploma in Accounting Sciences, the Higher Certificate in Accounting Sciences or the Higher Certificate in Economic and Management Sciences.

Bachelor degrees (3-year programme)

Minimum requirements Language requirement Mathematics requirement Additional requirements
A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with degree endorsement At least 50% in the language of teaching and learning At least 60% in Mathematics
Applicants who do not meet this requirement, but who have achieved 50% or more, but less than 60%, will be placed in the extended programme (see above).
 None
A Senior Certificate (SC) with matriculation exemption from the Matriculation Board At least a D symbol on HG or a C symbol on SG in the language of teaching and learning At least a C symbol on HG or a B symbol on SG in Mathematics  None
An appropriate Advanced Certificate in Accounting Sciences
An appropriate Higher Certificate in Economic and Management Sciences
An appropriate Higher Certificate in Accounting Sciences
An appropriate Diploma in Accounting or Accounting Sciences Click Here to Apply Now
Applicants who do not meet the minimum Mathematics requirement indicated above, but who have a mark of 50% or more, but less than 60% (D symbol on HG), should still apply for this bachelor degree. Once you have applied, you will be redirected through the selection process to the extended bachelor degree programme (4 years) (listed above).

Diplomas

Minimum requirements Language requirement Mathematics requirement Additional requirements
A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with diploma endorsement At least 50% in the language of teaching and learning At least 40% in Mathematics None
A Senior Certificate (SC) At least a D symbol in the language of teaching and learning At least an E symbol on HG or a D symbol on SG in Mathematics None
A Higher Certificate in Accounting Sciences
A Higher Certificate in Economic and Management Sciences
An Advanced Certificate in Accounting Sciences Click Here to Apply Now
Applicants who do not comply with the above requirements should consider applying for a lower-level qualification for which they meet the statutory and additional requirements.

Higher Certificate in Accounting Sciences

Minimum requirements Language requirement Mathematics requirement Additional requirements
A National Senior Certificate (NSC) At least 30% in the language of teaching and learning None None
A Senior Certificate (SC) At least an F symbol on HG or an E symbol on SG in the language of teaching and learning None None
A National Certificate (Vocational) (NCV) Level 4 At least 40% in the language of teaching and learning None None

Identifying other study options if you don’t meet the admission requirements for your qualification of choice

It may be that you do not meet the admission requirements for any qualification at Unisa. You now need to explore options to help you meet the admission requirements for your chosen qualification, or you could reconsider your career goals and how you will plan your career. Read more…

Applying for credits from other higher education institutions

Unisa may recognise previous learning from previous formal education. This will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Not all credits achieved at other institutions will count towards a Unisa qualification. Your request for exemption(s) will only be considered once we have received your completed DSAR04 form and a certified copy of an official academic record, a conduct certificate and, in some cases, the syllabus. In the case of international qualifications, SAQA evaluation and the syllabus are required. NB: No exemptions will be finalised on an academic record during the application period.

You must meet the admission requirements for the qualification for which you are applying for credits and/or exemptions. A maximum of 50% of the prescribed credits may be awarded in the form of credits and exemptions. No exemptions will be granted for Unisa’s signature modules. Unisa reserves the right to grant and/or decline applications for exemptions or credit transfers.

I wrote matric before 2009. Do I qualify?

If you do NOT hold a Senior Certificate with an endorsement indicating that you have been exempted from the matriculation requirement, please refer to the documents below to ascertain whether or not you are eligible to apply for admission to undergraduate degree studies (not applicable to students who wrote the National Senior Certificate examinations from 2008):


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.