University of Cape Town UCT Faculty of Commerce

University of Cape Town UCT Faculty of Commerce

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Undergraduate Studies

Undergraduate Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Business Science (BBusSc)
  • Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)

Both degrees are divided into a variety of programmes to cater both for the interests of our students and the employment needs of the country. The first year in both degrees is more or less common, for two main reasons:

  • All commerce graduates should have a solid academic foundation in a range of core subject areas: Accounting, Information Systems, Economics, Business Law, Mathematics, Statistics and Thinking About Business.
  • We do not expect students new to university to finalise their degree or programme choices before being exposed to the disciplines at a tertiary level, so the more similar the programmes, the more flexibility students have to move around as they discover where their strengths and interests lie.
  • Both degrees are offered in the standard format or as extended programmes to students who may have experienced gaps or disparities in their educational or life experience. The BBusSc is traditionally offered over four years, but is also available as an extended programme over five years (called the Education Development Unit or EDU). Similarly, the BCom is traditionally offered over three years, but is available as a four year programme (called the Education Development Unit or EDU). It is important to note that, whether you spend three, four or five years doing your degree, your Commerce degree certificate will be the same, except to stipulate whether you have graduated with a BCom or BBusSc degree and the area of specialisation of the degree.

University of Cape Town UCT Faculty of Commerce

The UCT Application Form will require you to select:

  • Actuarial Science: BCom or BBusSc
    • Mainstream
    • Educational Development Unit
  • All other Commerce UG degrees
    • Mainstream
    • Educational Development Unit

Please note: You will need to indicate your area of specialisation when you register. This should be an informed decision, so please make use of all resources available to you in order for you to make the best choice for you. Read the 2025 Guide to Undergraduate Studies in Commerce and the Undergraduate Prospectus carefully, contact the Faculty Office and talk to the staff there, or make an appointment to chat to a Student Advisor in one of the Academic Departments in the Faculty. There will also be academic and administrative staff available during registration and orientation to assist you if you still need assistance or reassurance then, and remember that the flexibility built in to the degrees offers you scope to change your mind. Apply Now

University of Cape Town UCT Faculty of Commerce

Flexibility between Undergraduate Degree/Programmes

The Faculty of Commerce philosophy is to build flexibility between undergraduate degrees, programmes particularly in the early years. Although you have not met the early offer criteria for BBusSc Actuarial Science/BBusSc Management Studies and you do meet the early offer criteria for BBusSc Management Studies/BCom.

The Faculty guarantees that, at registration any student who has been accepted into the Commerce Faculty may register for any Commerce Faculty mainstream undergraduate programme for which they meet the subject and points criteria irrespective of the programme for which they applied and were offered a place. The registration process is at the conclusion of the Orientation programme where the flexibility between, and common core of, the various programmes is explained to assist you in making your preliminary registration decision. Apply Now

University of Cape Town UCT Faculty of Commerce

Should you wish to take up the early offer mentioned above, please contact the Admissions office to change your Commerce Faculty preference. We can only make you an offer in this programme if you have applied for it. Apply Now

Postgraduate Studies

The Faculty offers a variety of postgraduate options designed for students with a vocational/professional focus, or for those wishing to pursue the academic discipline of their undergraduate commerce degree. Apply Now

Honours/Masters/Doctoral degrees

The Faculty offers a range of degrees for students wishing to study further in a particular commerce discipline. Some of the degrees are offered on a part-time basis whilst others require full-time study. Certain Masters degrees require coursework and/or internships in addition to the dissertation. Apply Now

Professionally/vocationally directed postgraduate diplomas

Students with undergraduate degrees from Commerce AND other faculties may apply for Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Diplomas in Management. The Postgraduate Diplomas currently offered are ideal for students wishing to pursue a career in Accounting, Information Systems, Actuarial Science or a variety of Management areas including Sport Management, Marketing, Business Communication and Entrepreneurship.

Although some postgraduate courses require students to have an undergraduate degree in Commerce, some of our postgraduate diplomas are available to students with ANY undergraduate background.

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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.