Unisa Admission Requirements

This article provides you all the Unisa Admission Requirements. This is the general requirements each applicant needs to fall into before he/she gets admission to study at the University of South Africa.

Remember that, each programme has it’s own admission requirements.

The University of South Africa (UNISA) Application 2024/2025 : To apply to University of South Africa , you need the documents below :
1) A certified copy of the green bar coded ID
2) Proof of payment of any relevant application fees
3) Certified copy of grade 11 results and any latest grade 12 results

UNISA Requirements

Your grade 12 results determine whether you meet the minimum criteria to study at UNISA. Each course has specific requirements. You can look up the UNISA requirements here

If you are still in matric, UNISA will ask for your final grade 11 results. Keep in mind that the university will ask for your matric results at a later stage. 

Before submitting your application, you must have the required APS total and necessary subjects. Some courses might require biology or higher grade mathematics. You won’t automatically be accepted in some cases, even if you meet the minimum UNISA requirements. 

What Is APS?

APS stands for Admission Point Score, and it determines your eligibility for specific courses. Some courses require specific subjects on top of the necessary APS value. 

How to Calculate Your APS Score

UNISA requires a minimum of 15 points for a higher certificate, 18 points for a diploma, and a minimum of 21 points for a bachelor’s degree. You need a minimum of 30% for language and above 50% for four of the subjects listed below. 

Here is a list of the NSC 20-credit subjects (You’ll need a result of at least 50% for four of these subjects. Life Orientation doesn’t count.)

  • Accounting
  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Business Studies
  • Consumer Studies
  • Dramatic Arts
  • Economics
  • Engineering Graphics and Design
  • Geography
  • History
  • Information Technology
  • Languages
  • Life Sciences
  • Mathematical Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physical Sciences
  • Religion Studies
  • Visual Arts

Your APS is calculated based on six of your best subjects. Calculate your APS based on the following point system:


Add up your total to calculate your APS score.