University of the Western Cape Admission Requirements 2022

By | June 21, 2019

University of the Western Cape Admission Requirements 2022

University of the Western Cape Admission Requirements UWC admission requirements for the 2022 academic year has been outlined below;

Our University is committed to provide access to students who have the potential to succeed. However, the University does not compromise on the standards of excellence required to obtain certificates, diplomas or degrees. A flexible admission system and equitable selection procedures are used to ensure that students from all sectors of the community have a fair chance to gain access to university studies.

In order to study at the University of the Western Cape the candidate must have met the following criteria:

    1. The National Senior Certificate (NSC) required for Degree, Diploma or Higher Certificate study, as appropriate.

    2. A minimum number of points calculated on the university’s points system (this does not apply to the Higher Certificate) .

    3. A pass at the required level in each of the subjects specified for the programme into which the candidate seeks admission.

Where there is competition for places in any particular programme – that is, where the number of qualified candidates exceeds the number of available places – selection will take place on the basis of criteria that have been determined by faculty selection committees.

General Criteria for Admission to the University

For the Bachelor’s Degree:

The minimum admission requirement is a National Senior Certificate (NSC) as certified by Umalusi with an achievement rating of 4 (Adequate achievement, 50-59%) or better in four subjects chosen from the following recognized 20-credit NSC subjects (known as the ‘designated subject list’): Accounting, Agricultural Sciences, Business Studies, Dramatic Arts, Economics, Engineering Graphics and Design, Geography, History, Consumer Studies, Information Technology, Languages (one language of learning and teaching at a higher education institution and two other recognized language subjects), Life Sciences, Mathematics, Mathematical Literacy, Music, Physical Sciences, Religion Studies, Visual Arts.

For the Diploma:

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

For the Higher Certificate:

The minimum admission requirement is a National Senior Certificate as certified by Umalusi​.
NSC ​Level Percentage​ Points for
English​ (*)
Points for
Maths or Maths Lit​
Points for
Life Orientation​
Points for each​
Other Subject
8 90-100% 15 15 3 8
​​7 ​80-89% ​13 ​13 ​3 ​7
​6 ​70-79% ​11 ​11 ​2 ​6
​5 ​60-69% ​9 ​9 ​2 ​5
​4 ​50-59% ​7 ​7 ​2 ​4
​3 ​40-49% ​5 ​5 ​1 ​3
​2 ​30-39% ​3 ​3 ​1 ​2
​1 20-29% ​1 ​1 ​1 ​1
less than 20% ​ 0 0 0 0

(*) – ‘English’ here refers to either English home language or English first additional language, not second additional language, which would rather fall under ‘other subjects’

In order to study at the University of the Western Cape the applicant must have met the following criteria:

  • The National Senior Certificate (NSC) required for Degree, Diploma or Higher Certificate study, as appropriate.
  • To qualify for the National Senior Certificate (NSC), a learner needs seven subjects consisting of four compulsory subjects and three subjects of the learner’s choice.
  • The four compulsory subjects are: two languages, one being the students Home Language and the other a first additional Language, Life Orientation and either Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy.
  • The learner has to achieve a rating of at least 4 (50-59%) for four designated subjects in order to be eligible for degree study.
  • In addition to the above, UWC has its own programme requirements which is specified in the tables below.

 
THE POINT SYSTEM
For admission to degree and diploma programmes UWC makes use a weighted system for calculating points, they are as follows:
NCS Level                                                                                            UWC POINTS

Level Percentage Points for English* Points for Maths or Maths Lit. Points for Life Orientation Points for each other subject
8 90-100% 15 15 3 8
7 80-89% 13 13 3 7
6 70-79% 11 11 2 6
5 60-69% 9 9 2 5
4 50-59% 7 7 2 4
3 40-49% 5 5 1 3
2 30-39% 3 3 1 2
1 20-29% 1 1 1 1
Less than 20% 0 0 0 0

*English here refers to either English home language or English first additional language, not second additional language, which would rather fall under „other subjects‟

Minimum NSC Subject Requirements for Faculty of Community and Health Sciences        
Programme Coursecode English (Home Language)   English (1st Additional Language) Another Language (Home or1st Additional Language) Mathematics 
 
 
  Mathematics Literacy Life Science Physical Science Point Score
BSc Dietetics 8231 4(50-59%) or 4(50-59%) 3(40-49%) 4(50-59%) or 6(70-79%) 4(50-59%) N/A 33
BSc(Occupational Therapy) 8111 4(50 – 59%) or 4(50-59%) 3(40-49%) 3(40-49%) or 5(60-69%) 4(50-59%) N/A 33
BSc (Physiotherapy)* 8211 4(50-59%) or 4(50-59%) 3(40-49%)
 
4(50-59%) or 6(70-79%) 4(50-59%) and 4(50-59%) 39
BSc (ComplementaryHealth Science)
General Stream
8104 4(50-59%) or 4(50-59%) 3(40-49%) 4(50-59%) or 6(70-79%) 4(50-59%) and 3(40-49%) 30
B Nursing 8311 4(50-59%) or 4(50-59%) 3(40-49%) 4(50-59%) or 6(70-79%) 4(50-59%) N/A 30
B Social Work 8411 4(50-59%)
 
or 5(60-69%)
 
4(50-59%) 3(40-49%) or 4(50-59%) N/A N/A 30
BSc (Sport & Exercise Science) 8051 4(50-59%)
 
or 4(50-59%) 3(40-49%) 4(50-59%) or 6(70-79%) 4(50-59%) N/A 33
BA (Sport Recreation & Exercise Science) 8061 4(50-59%) or 4(50-59%) 3(40-49%) 3(40-49%) or 4(50-59%) N/A N/A 30

*Partially sighted students must be able to read 24 font size.

Minimum NSC Subject Requirements for – Faculty of Natural Sciences
Programme Course code English (Home or 1st Additional Language) Another Language (Home or 1st Additional Language) Mathematics Physical Science Life Science Information Technology Point Score
BSc (Computer Science) 3221 4(50-59%) 3(40-49%) 5(60-69%) 4(50-59%) or 4(50-59%) or 4(50-59%) 33
BSc (Mathematical &Statistical Science) 3227 4(50-59%) 3(40-49%) 5(60-69%) 4(50-59%) or 4(50-59%) or 4(50-59%) 33
BSc (Physical Science) 3233 4(50-59%) 3(40-49%) 5(60-69%) 4(50-59%) N/A N/A 33
BSc (Environmental & Water Science) 3331 4(50-59%) 3(40-49%) 4(50-59%) 4(50-59%) or 4(50-59%) N/A 33
BSc (Biotechnology) 3211 4(50-59%) 3(40-49%) 4(50-59%) 4(50-59%) or 4(50-59%) N/A 33
BSc (Biodiversity & Conservation Biology) 3217 4(50-59%) 3(40-49%) 4(50-59%) 4(50-59%) or 4(50-59%) N/A 33
BSc (Medical Bioscience) 3230 4(50-59%) 3(40-49%) 4(50-59%) N/A 4(50-59%) N/A 33
BSc (Applied Geology) 3214 4(50-59%) 3(40-49%) 4(50-59%) 4(50-59%) N/A N/A 33
BSc (Chemical Science) 3220 4(50-59%) 3(40-49%) 4(50-59%) 4(50-59%) N/A N/A 33
Pharmacy 3305 4(50-59%) 3(40-49%) 4(50-59%) 4(50-59%) and 4(50-59%) N/A 38
Minimum NSC Requirements for – Faculty of Education
Programme Learning Area Specialisation Course Code Subjects Point Score
BEd  Languages and Social Sciences 
ENGLISH
4512 English(Home Language)
4
(50-59%)
 
or English(1st Additional Language)
5
(60-69%)
and Another Language(Home or 1st Additional Language)
3
(40-49%)
Mathematics3
(40-49%)
Or
Mathematical Literacy
3
(40-49%)
and Historyand Geography
4
(50-59%)
33
    
 
AFRIKAANS
Afrikaans(Home Language)
4
(50-59%)
or Afrikaans(1st Additional Language)
5
(60-69%)
and English(Home or 1st Additional Language)
4
(50-59%)
Mathematics3
(40-49%)
Or
Mathematical Literacy
3
(40-49%)
and Historyand Geography
4
(50-59%)
33
    
 
XHOSA
Xhosa(Home Language)
4
(50-59%)
or Xhosa(1st Additional Language)
5
(60-69%)
and English(Home or 1st Additional Language)
4
(50-59%)
Mathematics3
(40-49%)
Or
Mathematical Literacy
3
(40-49%)
and Historyand Geography
4
(50-59%)
33
BEd Languages and Life Orientation 
 
ENGLISH
4513 English(Home Language)
4
(50-59%)
 
or English(1st Additional Language)
5
(60-69%)
and Another Language(Home or 1st Additional Language)
3
(40-49%)
 
Mathematics3
(40-49%)
Or
Mathematical Literacy
3
(40-49%)
and Life Orientation4
(50-59%)
33
    
 
AFRIKAANS
Afrikaans(Home Language)
4
(50-59%)
or Afrikaans(1st Additional Language)
5
(60-69%)
and English(Home or 1st Additional Language)
4
(50-59%)
Mathematics3
(40-49%)
Or
Mathematical Literacy
3
(40-49%)
and Life Orientation4
(50-59%)
33
    
XHOSA
Xhosa(Home Language)
4
(50-59%)
or Xhosa(1st Additional Language)
5
(60-69%)
and English(Home or 1st Additional Language)
4
(50-59%)
Mathematics3
(40-49%)
Or
Mathematical Literacy
3
(40-49%)
and Life Orientation4
(50-59%)
33
BEd Foundation Phase 4517 English (Home Languageor 1st Additional language
4
(50-59%)
 
and Another language (Home or 1st Additional language)4
(50-59%)
 
and Mathematics3
(40-49%)
or
Mathematical Literacy
5
(60-69%)
 
N/A N/A 33
BEd Languages and Mathematics 
ENGLISH
4515 English(Home language)
4
(50-59%)
 
or English(1st Additional Language)
5
(60-69%)
 
and Another Language(Home or 1st Additional Language)
3
(40-49%)
Mathematics4
(50-59%)
 
or Mathematical Literacy6
(70-79%)
33
  AFRIKAANS Afrikaans(Home language)
4
(50-59%)
or Afrikaans(1st Additional Language)
5
(60-69%)
and English(Home or 1st Additional Language)
4
(50-59%)
Mathematics4
(50-59%)
or Mathematical Literacy6
(70-79%)
33
  XHOSA Xhosa(Home language)
4
(50-59%)
or Xhosa(1st Additional Language)
5
(60-69%)
and English(Home or 1st Additional Language)
4
(50-59%)
Mathematics4
(50-59%)
or Mathematical Literacy6
(70-79%)
33
BEd Mathematics, and Natural Science 4516 English (Home or 1st Additional Language)4
(50-59%)
 
and Another language (Home or 1st Additional language)3
(40-49%)
 
and Mathematics4
(50-59%)
Or
Mathematical Literacy
6
(70-79%)
Life Science4
(50-59%)
 
or Physical Science4
(50-59%)
33

 
 

Minimum NSC Requirements for – Faculty of Arts
Programme Course Code English (Home or 1st Additional Language) Another Language (Home or 1st Additional Language) Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy Designated Subjects Point Score
Bachelor of Arts (BA)General Admission 2101 4(50-59%) 3(40-49%) No specific level required Another Subject at level 4 (50-59%) 32
 Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Subject Specific Admission
 
 2101  4
(50-59%)
 3
(40-49%)
Subject Specific Requirements   for the following programmes: Geography, Tourism, Information Systems or Psychology:3
(40-49%) in Mathematics
OR
4
(50-59%) in Mathematical Literacy
 
 Another Subject at level 4 (50-59%)  32
Bachelor of Theology (BTh)General Admission 2013 4(50-59%) 3(40-49%) No specific level required Another Subject at level 4 (50-59%) 32
 Bachelor of Theology (BTh)
Subject Specific Admission
 
 2013  4
(50-59%)
 3
(40-49%)
Subject Specific Requirements     for the following programmes: Psychology:3
(40-49%) in Mathematics
 
OR
4
(50-59%) in Mathematical Literacy
Another Subject at level 4 (50-59%)  32
Bachelor of Library and Information Studies (BLIS) 2201 4(50-59%) 3(40-49%) 3(40-49%) in Mathematics
OR
 
4
(50-59%) in Mathematical Literacy
 
Another Subject at level 4 (50-59%) 32
Minimum NSC Subject Requirements for – Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences
Programme Course Code English (Home or 1st Additional Language) Another Language (Home or 1st Additional Language) Mathematics    Mathematical Literacy Accounting Point Score
BAdmin 1011 4(50-59%) 3(40-49%) 3(40-49%) or 5(60-69%) N/A 30
BCom 1008 4(50-59%) 3(40-49%) 4(50-59%) or N/A N/A 30
BCom Law 1221 4(50-59%) 3(40-49%) 4(50-59%) or N/A N/A 30
BCom Accounting 1021 4(50-59%) 3(40-49%) 4(50-59%) or N/A 5(60-69%)
N/A if students have achieved 5 or higher in mathematics
30
BCom Financial Accounting 1175 4(50-59%) 3(40-49%) 4(50-59%) or N/A N/A 30
BEconomics(Dev Econ) 1181 4(50-59%) 3(40-49%) 4(50-59%) or N/A N/A 30
Minimum NSC Subject Requirements for – Faculty of Law
Programme Course Code English (Home or 1st Additional Language) Another Language (Home or 1st Additional Language) Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy Life Sciences Point Score
BLaws 7161 4(50-59%) 3(40-49%) 4(50-59%) N/A 37
Higher Certificate in Forensic Examination 7115 Matriculation Certificate or National Senior Certificate (NSC) plus three years working experience(RPL Applicable) 27

 
 

Minimum NSC Subject Requirements for – Faculty of Dentistry
Programme Course Code English (Home or 1st Additional Language) Another Language (Home or 1st Additional) Mathematics    Mathematical Literacy Life Science Physical Science Point Score
B Dental Surgery 5101 4(50-59%) 3(40-49%) 4(50-59%) N/A 4(50-59%) 4(50-59%) 40
B Oral Health 5211 4(50-59%) 3(40-49%) 3(40-49%) or 4(50-59%) 4(50-59%) N/A 27

 
Admission Criteria and Information
General Admissions Criteria
The minimum admission requirement for Bachelor`s degree studies is a National Senior Certificate (NSC) with an achievement rating of 4 (adequate achievement, 50-59%) or higher in at least four subjects chosen from the 20-credit NSC subjects (known as the `designated subject list’).
These are:
Accounting
Agricultural Sciences
Business Studies
Dramatic Arts
Economics
Engineering
Graphics and Design
Geography
History
Consumer Studies
Information Technology
Language (one language of learning and teaching at a higher education institution and two other recognised language subjects)
Life Science
Mathematics
Mathematical Literacy
Music
Physical Sciences
Religion Studies
Visual Arts
UWC’s Points System
For admission to degree and diploma programmes, UWC uses a weighted system for calculating points. In order to be admitted to degree studies the candidate should have attained the required points score as determined per programme. (See specific courses.)
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In addition to the general criteria for admission to university mentioned above, additional programme specific criteria must be met to qualify for admission to particular study programmes. These are detailed in the faculty chapters.
*All applicants will be required to write the National Benchmark Test (NBT). This test serves as a placement measure and assists faculties in determining the required academic support.
Alternate Admission Requirements for
Applicants who do not meet the admissions requirements of the university may still be admitted to studies. The Senate of the universities have the right to admit students using other criteria. This is a way of meeting the needs of two other groups of people: those who have done well in their exams, but whose subject choices prevent them from qualifying for university, and those who have left school some time ago and have worked at other things, and who can show that they are ready for university studies.
Senate Discretionary Admissions
The university Senate may admit students without an endorsement or matric exemption if it considers them suitably qualified. They are admitted with a conditional exemption only after they have successfully completed a selection process which may include a personal interview, tests of written and oral communication and numeracy, and other means of determining ability. Students in this category are then given additional support. After a successful first year, a full exemption is awarded and the student then continues with studies.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
This is the formal acknowledgement of the knowledge and capabilities people have acquired as a result of prior learning – through formal and informal means including study, work or life experience. Contact the Division of Lifelong Learning for more information.
Foundational Support Programmes
In some cases students will be admitted to the university only if they enrol for the foundation programmes. The support offered in these programmes consists of a lighter course load and intensive assistance in helping students gain the skills needed for successful university study. Foundational programmes offered are: Humanities, for students in the Arts and Law faculties; Commerce, for students in the Economic and Management Sciences Faculty; programmes for students in the Science Faculty; some programmes in the Community and Health Sciences Faculty and the Education Faculty.
Who to Contact to Study at UWC
The Student Enrolment Management Unit (SEMU) is your first port of call when you want information about studying at UWC. The SEMU staff will ensure that you get all the information you need: information about UWC’s admission requirements, the many fields of study that are on offer, bursaries, financial aid, loans – and the differences between them, residential facilities and the many sports and cultural opportunities that are available to UWC students. You are welcome to mail us, give us a call or visit our offices. We will refer you to a specific faculty or department should it be necessary.
SEMU regularly addresses Grade 11 and 12 learners about studying at UWC. To have us visit your school, simply contact the SEMU office.
SEMU offers free career guidance using the PACE self-exploratory computer-based questionnaire. The completion of the questionnaire is followed by a counselling session with a skilled career counsellor. This is a lovely opportunity for a Grade 11 or 12 learner to speak with a talented educator about future career decisions.
We assist students with their hard copy or online applications to UWC, making sure that their forms are completed correctly, as required.
Finally, SEMU conducts admissions tests for prospective students who don`t meet the UWC entrance requirement. For more information about the admissions tests visit our website.
SEMU Staff
Director: Cheryl Pearce
Recruitment advisor: Douglas Peterson
Project coordinator: Patrick May
Administrator: Robyn Leideman
Contact details: 021 959 2405
e-mail: recruitment@uwc.ac.za
Contact centre: 021 959 3900