National Senior Certificate requirements – University Of Cape Town

By | November 21, 2022

National Senior Certificate requirements – University Of Cape Town

National Senior Certificate requirements – University Of Cape Town

Introduction

This document provides essential information, for holders of a National Senior Certificate (NSC), pertaining to admission in . It must be read in conjunction with the Undergraduate Prospectus.

Minimum requirements for admission for holders of a National Senior Certificate

The minimum admission requirement for the Bachelors degree is a National Senior Certificate (NSC) with an achievement rating of 4 ( Adequate Achievement, 50 – 59% )

or better in four subjects chosen from a designated list of subjects. These subjects are: 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, Mathe- matical Literacy, Music, Physical Sciences, Religion Studies,Visual Arts.

Calculation of the Admission Points Score (APS), Faculty Points Score (FPS) and Weighted Points Score (WPS) for applicants writing the National Senior Certificate (NSC)

For applicants writing the National Senior Certificate we use an Admission Points Score (APS), a Faculty Points Score (FPS), Medical Points Score (MPS) and a Weighted Points Score (WPS) to assess your performance at school. The 3 scores are described in detail below.

National Senior Certificate requirements – University Of Cape Town

Calculation of scores for the National Senior Certificate

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

To calculate your APS, add the six best subject percentages, excluding Life Orientation and scores for “Advanced Programme” (AP) subjects, but including English and any other required subject(s) for the relevant programme. (In other words, for a programme where Mathematics and Physical Sciences are required, take the scores for English, Mathematics, Physical Sciences and the next best three subjects other than Life Orientation to compute your APS.) Results below 40% for any subject do not attract a score.

To calculate your FPS, the APS will be

Faculty of Health Sciences, the NBT score,

adjusted as described below. Three faculties

as well as bonus points for a pass in a third

at UCT adjust the APS when calculating the

official South African language, are added

FPS. For the rest (Commerce, Humanities

to the FPS; for the MBChB programme,

and Law), the APS equals the FPS.

further points will be added if you submit a

Personal Report.

In order to calculate the FPS for the Faculty

of Science, double the scores achieved for

In order to calculate the WPS, adjust the

Mathematics and Physical Sciences (for

FPS by the disadvantage factor applicable to

certain majors, Life Sciences or Information

you. This is a percentage between 0% and

Technology will be doubled if you have not

10%, except for applications for admission

taken Physical Sciences). In the Faculty of

to the MBChB programme, where the range

Engineering & the Built Environment, and

is between 0% and 20%.

the NBT score forms part of the FPS. In the

National Senior Certificate requirements – University Of Cape Town

Examples of points score calculations for NSC applicants

1. Faculties of Commerce, Humanities and Law

In these faculties the FPS is a score out of 600.The six best subjects, including compulsory subjects count.

English Home Language

75%

=

75 pts

isiXhosa First Additional Language

70%

=

70 pts

Mathematics

84%

=

84 pts

Life Sciences

86%

=

86 pts

Geography

79%

=

79 pts

Accounting

69%

=

69 pts

Life Orientation

80%

=

0 pts

Total

=

463/600

Use the disadvantage factor to derive the weighted score.

FPS

=

463

Disadvantage factor

=

10%

(46)

WPS

=

509

(463+46)

2. Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment

The EBE FPS is a score out of 100, with the NSC and NBT results making equal contributions. To calculate the EBE FPS score, first calculate the APS and divide the result by 12. Second, add the percentages obtained for the three NBTs and divide the result by 6. Add the two results together.

EBE FPS = (APS / 12) + (NBT total / 6)

Where:

APS = sum of the percentages obtained for the six qualifying subjects (600 maximum) NBT total = sum of the percentages obtained for the three NBT (300 maximum)

English Home Language

75%

=

75 pts

isiXhosa First Additional Language

70%

=

70 pts

Mathematics

84%

=

84 pts

Physical Sciences

86%

=

86 pts

Geography

79%

=

79 pts

Accounting

69%

=

69 pts

Life Orientation

80%

=

0 pts

APS =

Total

=

463/600

NBT Scores of:

Al:

55%

QL:

60%

MAT:

50%

Therefore, NSC score is 38.6 (463/12 = 38.6), NBT score is 27.5 (165/6), and

FPS

=

66.1

Use the disadvantage factor to derive the weighted score.

Disadvantage factor

=

6% (4.0)

WPS

=

70.1 (66.1+4.0)

National Senior Certificate requirements – University Of Cape Town

3. Faculty of Health Sciences

3.1 MBChB applications only:

The MBChB is scored out of 1000 – this is called the Medical Points Score (MPS). It includes the FPS (900) and the Personal Report (100).

English Home Language

75%

=

75 pts

isiXhosa First Additional Language

70%

=

70 pts

Mathematics

84%

=

84 pts

Life Sciences

86%

=

86 pts

Physical Sciences

79%

=

79 pts

Accounting

69%

=

69 pts

Life Orientation

80%

=

0 pts

APS = Total

=

463/600

NBT Scores of:

AL:

55%

QL:

60%

Make a total 165/300, added to 463

MAT:

50%

FPS

=

628

The score for the Personal Report is 65 / 100, added to the FPS

Total MPS

=

693

Use the disadvantage factor to derive the weighted score.

Disadvantage factor

=

20% (138)

WPS

=

831 (693+138)

3.2 Health and Rehabilitation Sciences applications only: the qualifications are scored using a FPS out of 900.

English Home Language

75%

=

75 pts

isiXhosa First Additional Language

70%

=

70 pts

Mathematics

84%

=

84 pts

Life Sciences

86%

=

86 pts

Physical Sciences

79%

=

79 pts

Accounting

69%

=

69 pts

Life Orientation

80%

=

0 pts

APS = Total

=

463

NBT Scores of:

AL:

55%

QL:

60%

MAT:

50%

Make a total 165/300, added to 463

FPS

=

628

Use the disadvantage factor to derive the weighted score.

Disadvantage factor

=

20%

(135.6)

WPS

=

764

(628+135.6)

An additional 10 points are added if you have passed a third official South African language at Home or First Additional Language level.

4. Faculty of Science

The FPS is a score out of 800.

English Home Language

75%

=

75 pts

isiXhosa First Additional Language

70%

=

70 pts

Mathematics

84%

=

84 pts

Physical Sciences

86%

=

86 pts

Geography

79%

=

79 pts

Accounting

69%

=

69 pts

Life Orientation

80%

=

0 pts

APS

=

463

Scores for Mathematics and Physical Sciences are doubled*; therefore, 170

(84+86) is added to the APS:

FPS

=

633

Use the disadvantage factor to derive the weighted score.

Disadvantage factor

=

0%

(0)

WPS

=

633

(633+0)

*For certain majors, the scores for subjects other than Physical Sciences may be doubled. Please consult the Undergraduate Prospectus.

National Benchmark Tests (NBTs)

All first-time entering undergraduate applicants normally resident in South Africa are required to write the National Benchmark Tests (NBTs) prior to admission. All Health Sciences applicants must write NBTs, wherever they reside. Applicants are required to meet the costs of writing the NBTs.

There are two NBTs:

The Academic and Quantitative Literacy test (AQL) consists of two components, namely, academic literacy and quantitative literacy. An applicant will be awarded separate scores for each component, even though they are written as one test. Applicants to all faculties write the AQL. Applicants who wish to enter a programme with mathematics-based coursework are required to write the Mathematics Test.

Note: You must

register for the NBTs before you apply online (or before you submit a paper application form);

include your NBT registration number in your application;

have written the NBTs by 11 October 2015.

For further information about the NBTs, dates and venues, please visit www.nbt.uct.ac.za or tel: 021 650-3523.