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Criteria for admission

Eligibility for admission

Undergraduate Certificate Study

To confirm eligibility for admission to undergraduate certificate study, applicants must consult the Admissions Office or the Faculty concerned.

Undergraduate Diploma Study

The minimum requirement for admission to undergraduate diploma study is a National Senior Certificate (NSC) as certified by Umalusi with an achievement rating of 3 (Moderate Achievement, 40-49%) or better in four recognised NSC 20-credit subjects.

Bachelor's Degree Study

To be eligible for admission to degree study, applicants need to meet minimum requirements for eligibility:

Minimum language proficiency

All applicants must have attained a certain level of proficiency in English and are required to submit evidence of this, as outlined below, as part of their application to study.

UCT language policy in respect of South African Senior Certificate undergraduate applicants

UCT language policy in respect of South African National Senior Certificate undergraduate applicants.

UCT language policy in respect of applicants holding non-South African school-leaving certificates

Calculating Admissions Points Score (APS)

The percentages achieved in National Senior Certificate examinations (preliminary and final examinations) will be allocated an admission score equal to that percentage.

The sum of six subjects, excluding Life Orientation, but including English and any required subject(s) for the relevant programme, is considered when deciding on admission. (For example, for a given programme where Maths and Physical Sciences are required, we will take scores for English, Maths, Physical Sciences and the next best three subjects other than Life Orientation to compute the NSC score towards the APS.)

Results below 40% for any subject do not attract a score.

In the Faculties of Engineering & the Built Environment, and Health Sciences, the NBT score forms part of the APS. In the Faculties of Engineering & the Built Environment and Science, the Mathematics Paper 3 contributes to the APS.

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