South Africa Bursary Requirements 2025

BDO offers financial assistance to well-rounded, academically strong candidates studying or considering studying towards a CA(SA) qualification. Preference is given to those previously disadvantaged.

Acceptance of a bursary requires the student to complete a training contract in terms of a learnership agreement with the BDO office that awards the bursary.

BDO allocates a bursary based on academic achievement and available financial resources. Our bursaries amounts vary based on each individual applicant’s circumstances or academics as well as the regions bursary budget. Our bursaries exclude residence fees and are limited to registration fees, tuition fees and books for each year of study.

Bursary applications are processed throughout the course of the year as part of the training contract application process. As we need to consider the applicants end of year exam marks for the bursary application, you will only receive feedback once these have been assess.

To be considered for a bursary, you should meet the following criteria:

  • Be studying at an accredited university which offers South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) accredited programmes through to Honours / CTA level.
  • NOT be signed with any other professional services firm to complete a Chartered Accountant training contract
  • NOT be in possession of a bursary / scholarship / financial assistance award which has employment obligations or post training contract employment obligations;
  • Commitment to study towards a CA(SA) qualification with majors in accounting and auditing

Matriculants:

Minimum “B” in Mathematics (Maths Literacy is not accepted)
Minimum “B” in English Home Language or as a 1st language
Overall average of 70% or higher in Grade 11 and Grade 12
Proof of provisional acceptance from a SAICA accredited university for the CA(SA) programme.

University students:

70% or more in Accounts I
65% or more in Accounts II
Continuation of bursary for CTA will depend on achieving the minimum requirements as stipulated by the university.

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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.