Admission Requirements For UWC

General Criteria for Admission to the University

For the Bachelor’s Degree:

The minimum admission requirement is a National Senior Certificate (NSC) as certified by Umalusi with an achievement rating of 4 (Adequate achievement, 50-59%) or better in four subjects chosen from the following recognized 20-credit NSC subjects (known as the ‘designated subject list’): 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, Mathematical Literacy, Music, Physical Sciences, Religion Studies, Visual Arts.

For the Diploma:

The minimum admission requirement is a National Senior Certificate as certified by Umalusi with an achievement rating of 3 (moderate Achievement, 40-49%) or better in four recognized NSC 20-credit subjects.

For the Higher Certificate:

The minimum admission requirement is a National Senior Certificate as certified by Umalusi​.

The Point System

For admission to degree and diploma programmes, UWC will use a weighted system for calculating points, stated as follows:

NSC ​LevelPercentage​Points for
English​ (*)
Points for
Maths or Maths Lit​
Points for
Life Orientation​
Points for each​
Other Subject
890-100%151538
​​7​80-89%​13​13​3​7
​6​70-79%​11​11​2​6
​5​60-69%​9​9​2​5
​4​50-59%​7​7​2​4
​3​40-49%​5​5​1​3
​2​30-39%​3​3​1​2
​120-29%​1​1​1​1
less than 20% ​0000

(*) – ‘English’ here refers to either English home language or English first additional language, not second additional language, which would rather fall under ‘other subjects’

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