We’re well into 2020, and all across South Africa, students have been heading off to begin studying at university or college. If you have your ducks in a row, you should have already applied in 2019 as most institutions are now closed for applications (although there are a few colleges that accept late applications and applications throughout the year). But maybe you’re just waiting for final acceptance – or maybe you’re applying to study in 2021.
Whatever the case, it’s important to understand admission requirements and how they affect your chances of getting accepted into your college or course of choice.
What are admission requirements?
Colleges and universities receive thousands of applications each year, and sometimes there are limited spaces for study. Admission requirements are a set of minimum standards that are used to filter out applications that don’t make the grade. If you meet the admission requirements for the college you are applying for, it doesn’t necessarily guarantee you a spot but it does make it more likely you will be accepted.
Admission requirements are usually based on your Matric result average, as well as your marks for specific subjects pertaining to the course you want to study.
Requirements differ between institutions and courses
The basic requirements for studying a bachelor degree in South Africa are as follows:
A minimum of 30% in the language of learning and teaching
A minimum of 40% in the home language of the student
Achieving 50-59% in four recognised 20-credit NSC subjects (excluding Life Orientation and languages)
Achieving 30% or higher for two other recognised 20-credit NSC subjects (excluding Life Orientation)
However, many institutions will have additional requirements that need to be met. For example, one university may require a 70% average to study commerce, while another requires 65%. There may be an additional prerequisite to have passed pure mathematics.
The more specialised the course you want to study, the more specific the admission requirements will be. University application for a bachelor of arts is generally easier than science or commerce. Applying to study at a vocational college will also have less strict requirements to meet.
Know the exact requirements that you need
If you have your heart set on a specific course at a specific institution, it’s vital that you research what admission requirements you need, to avoid disappointment. This enables you to work towards a goal of marks that you need to attain or review your options if you realise that the admission requirements are out of your reach.