University Admission Requirements APS

What are the admission requirements for University in South Africa?

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University Admission Requirements APS

To be accepted into university you need to pass matric with a Bachelor's Pass (previously known as a matric with exemption): 

Bachelor's pass (previously known as matric with exemption)

  • Pass 6 of your 7 subjects 
  • Obtain at least 40% for your Home Language
  • Obtain at least 50% in 4 subjects (excluding Life Orientation)
  • Obtain at least 30% in 2 other subjects. 

Note: If you intend studying at a higher education institution after school then one of your languages must be either English or Afrikaans.  The reason for this is that the language of instruction at higher education level is in English or Afrikaans.

Admission Points Score (APS) 

Over and above these requirements, each university or university of technology has its own minimum entry requirements. When you apply to a university you will be required to produce your marks which will be converted to an APS score to determine what programmes you will be accepted into.  Visit the university website to check APS requirements - see links below. 

Which marks are assessed for APS?

Your final matric marks are assessed according to the specific course requirements at the institution. However, an institution will give you conditional acceptance based on your Grade 11 marks. This means that your marks for matric must be equal or better to the marks you submitted in Grade 11. 

Which subjects / marks are used?

This will depend of the university and course you are applying for. 

How will I calculate my APS?

Takes your Grade 11 or Matric marks and convert these to a score, then compare your score to the score required for the course you want to apply for at university. 

University Admission Requirements:

Nelson Mandela University

North-West University

Rhodes University

Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University

Sol Plaatjies University

University of Cape Town

University of Fort Hare

University of Johannesburg

University of KwaZulu-Natal

University of Limpopo

University of Mpumalanga

University of Pretoria

University of South Africa

University of Stellenbosch

University of the Free State

University of the Western Cape

University of the Witwatersrand

University of Venda

University of Zululand

Walter Sisulu University

Why APS necessary?

The admission criteria are high to ensure that students are able to cope with the highly demanding and stressful workload that will come with university education. Universities received many applications but have only a few places available. An APS score is a single number which is used to determine which courses you qualify for at university.