Wsu Admission Requirements

The minimum Wsu Admission Requirements for admission with a NVC Level 4 are as follows:

Qualification minimum entry requirements

Higher Certificate

  • Must meet NC (V) Level 4 statutory requirements
  • 40% in either home Language or First Additional
  • Language but one must be the Language of Teaching and Teaching (LOTL)
  • 50 % in either Mathematics or Mathematics Literacy
  • 40% in Life Orientation
  • 50% in the four other vocational subjects
  • Submit a record of evidence for any subject failed


  • Must meet NC(V) Level 4 statutory requirements
  • 50% in three fundamental subjects including LOTL
  • 60% in three compulsory vocational subjects

Bachelor’s Degree

  • Must meet NC(V) Level 4 statutory requirements
  • 60% in three fundamental subjects including LOTL
  • 70% in three compulsory vocational subjects

General admission requirements

The Higher Education Act No 101 of 1997, amended in May 2008, stipulates the following minimum entry requirements for university programmes as of January 2009:

  • Minimum admission requirements for higher certificate, diploma and Bachelor’s Degree programmes require a National Senior Certificate (NSC).
  • Policy considerations: Page 2 of the Government Gazette
  • This policy will be applicable to all higher education institutions with effect from January 2009.
  • The policy outlines the statutory minimum admission to higher education at the National Senior Certificate (NSC) level.
  • Though NSC is the primary gateway, it does not guarantee admission to any Programme of study in higher education.
  • Within the context of this policy, WSU exercises its right as a higher education institution to set up specific admission requirements.
  • A full list of recognised national curriculum subjects is available on the website: under Student Admissions.

Minimum admission requirements

Matric & NSC Requirements

School/Programme prospectuses set out details of NSC and matric requirements for each programme.

Admission Point Score

Applicants who have obtained an NSC qualification must meet the required Admission Point Score (APS) score that is set for each programme.

NSC results are translated into points for each NSC subject. Results of interviews and other assessments may also be taken into account in determining the total APS or Admission Point Score.

Unless otherwise stated within a programme prospectus the Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology has, in terms of the new NSC, allocated a rating system according to levels as follows:


LevelPercentageSymbolStatus of achievementAPS
790-100%A+Outstanding achievement  9
780-90%AOutstanding achievement  8
670-79%BMeritorious achievement  7
560-69%CSubstantial achievement  6
450-59%DModerate achievement  5
340-49%EAdequate achievement  4
230-39%FElementary achievement  1
10-29%GNot achieved – Fail  0

General rules and comments

  1. In keeping with Act 101 of 1997 for minimum requirements, revised in May 2008, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to programmes in the Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology.
  2. Due to the large number of applications for a limited number of places, there is a competitive selection process.
  3. SATAP tests are conducted for all applicants to the Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology
  4. The assessment by SATAP tests/ portfolio presentation (where applicable) is equally weighted with academic results in Matric or NSC.
  5. Admission in terms of recognition of prior learning (RPL) is in accordance with Walter Sisulu University policy.
  6. Transfer from other institutions will be considered on merit.
  7. Under exceptional circumstances, the Dean may exercise his discretion.
  8. Applicants who have been excluded from other institutions on academic grounds will not be considered.