Entry Requirements For Walter Sisulu University (WSU)

DO I QUALIFY FOR ADMISSION?

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

APPLICATIONS FOR ADMISSION

1. The general qualification for admission to study for a degree is a matriculation exemption certificate, or a National Senior Certificate endorsed for degree admission.

2. The standard qualification for admission to study a diploma or certificate is a school leaving certificate with a minimum aggregate symbol E-S, or National Senior Certificate endorsed for diploma/certificate admission. All students will be required to satisfy any additional criteria prescribed by Senate and/or the faculties concerned.

3. Notwithstanding the standard requirements for admission, a non-matriculant may be admitted to a degree or diploma programme if he or she has obtained a certificate of conditional exemption issued by the Matriculation Board on the recommendation of Senate.

4. It is left to faculties to take a decision on the equivalence of degree and diploma courses undertaken at other institutions, with the proviso that faculties will submit recommendations to Senate about the status of such courses.

5. Applicants with the following qualifications from FET colleges and/or other technical colleges or institutions:

5.1. An N3 with four subjects passed with at least 40% each, plus two official languages: one of these to be English and to be passed at least on First or Second Language SG or;
5.2. N4 with four subjects passed with at least 50% each, provided the person can prove communication competence in the language of instruction (English)
a. NCV (L4) with at least 60% in 3 fundamental subjects, including a (Language of Learning and Teaching (LoLT) in the higher education institution OR 70% in at least 4 vocational subjects for admissions to Bachelor’s degree.
b. NCV (L4) with at least 50% in 3 fundamental subjects, including a LoLT in the higher education institution OR 60% in at least 4 vocational subjects for admissions to diploma programmes.
GENERIC PROCEDURE FOR RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING (RPL) APPLICATIONS

Students can apply for admission through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.

At WSU, RPL can be used:
• By those seeking admission into the institution
• To obtain access into learning programmes
• To obtain credits towards a qualification
• To obtain advanced standing for a course.

Given the fact that each academic discipline has its unique approaches, that each person applying for RPL comes with a unique history and that there is a wide range of valid RPL methods and processes, what follows is a general outline, which must be adapted depending on the purpose and nature of the assessment.

The first five points below precede the screening that is the first step of the formal RPL process.

1. RPL registration is a separate process from regular registration for a subject.
When prospective learners request application forms they are also sent information regarding the RPL possibilities available in the department/programme to which they wish to apply, as well as RPL fees, deadlines and the date of the Faculty RPL information session.

RPL applications are sent direct to the relevant academic department/programme coordinator (PCO).

Within three weeks of the RPL application deadline each Faculty will offer an information session for RPL applicants, explaining what RPL is and applicable methods for RPL.

Within three days of this information session, RPL fees are payable by those who wish to continue with the process. Any potential RPL candidates who are unable to attend the information session are also required to pay their RPL fees by this date.

In the last week of November (for year programmes) the relevant PCO or other designated evidence facilitator (hereafter both referred to as RPL advisors) interviews all RPL candidates according to the steps outlined in the WSU RPL policy. (“Preassessment stage” and 1.1 (“Screening”) and 1.2 (“Preparation”).

For challenge (Challenge Examinations are developed by faculty members to match the content of specific courses e.g. interview, demonstration, etc) exams the procedure is as follows:

• Proof of payment will admit the learner to the test venue.
• The test is marked within seven days and applicants informed

Admission into undergraduate programmes

For all Bachelor’s Degree programmes, only applicants whose National Senior Certificate (NSC) results indicate that the learner has met the requirements for admission into Bachelor’s Degree, that is Bachelors’ endorsement, may be admitted. In the case of the old Senior Certificate, only applicants with a Matriculation Exemption endorsement will be considered for admission.

Admission Point System (APS)

The Education programme endeavours to use a point system for admissions. The achievement levels are then translated into points for each NSC subject. Points will be used to calculate the total Admission Point Score (APS).

• The minimum APS required for likely admission into Diploma programmes (ND ABET and ULME) shall be 20.

• The minimum APS required for a Bachelor’s degree is 26.

The Education Admissions Committee considered the administration of admission point score as proposed by HESA. The Committee appreciates the breakdown made in the achievement levels as this advantages a student whose performance is better than others.

On the basis of the HESA proposal the points will be awarded as in the following example:

NSC percentage per subject points

NSC percentage per subjectPoints
91%8.1
86%7.6
82%7.2
79%6.9
64%5.4
55%4.5
43%3.3
39%2.9
31%2.1
30%2.0
29%1.9
28%1.8
27%1.7
26%1.6
25%1.5

The purpose of the above split will assist departments in admitting students according to their performance as opposed to the previous point system where a learner who scores 70% and the one who scores 79% would both attain 6 points.

It should be noted that the above scoring system excludes Life Orientation and Mathematical Literacy. Points for these two are allocated as follows:

NSC percentage per subject points

NSC percentage per subjectPoints
90-100%5
80-89%4
70-79%3
60-79%2
40-49%0
30-39%0
 0-29%0

Admission requirements per programme

ProgrammeCampusMinimum requirements for matriculationMinimum requirements for NSC
University Licenciate in Music Education (ULME)Mthatha: NMDSenior Certificate with symbol E-S and Grade VTheory Certificate from any recognised Music Institution e.g UNISA, Trinity College and the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music.Students who did not study Music at High School will be subjected to interviews/auditions.NSC rating of at least 3 (40 –49%) for Music (students who have done and at Grade 12) and at least 4 (50 – 59%) for any other school subject to be taken as a major. Students who did not study Music at High School will be subjected to interviews/auditions.
NationalDiploma(ABET)Butterworth:IbikaMthatha:ZamukulungisaA Senior certificate with E (HG) and D (SG) in English and a pass in any other three/four school subject.NSC rating of at least 3 (40 – 49%) for any of the following subjects: History, geography, Agriculture, Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences.
B Ed (FET)HumanitiesMthatha: NMDSenior certificate inHumanities with at leasttwo subjects with E(HG) and two subjectswith D (SG) and a passin any other two schoolsubjects.NSC achievement rating of at least 4 (50 – 59%) for any four NSC Subjects, two of which should be taken asMajors for the programme.NCS rating of at least 5 (60 – 69%) for English if it is to be taken as a Major subject and NSC rating of at least 3 (40 – 49%) if not to be taken as a Major, which is the language of learning and teaching at WSU and a pass in any other school subject.
B Ed FET Natural SciencesMthatha: NMDSenior certificate with Matriculation Exemption.At least E (HG) or D (SG)in Mathematics and in any other two Science Subjects and a pass in any other two or three school subjects.NSC achievement rating of at least 4 (50 – 59%) for Mathematics and 4 (50 – 59%) for either Life Sciences or Physical Sciences provided one of them will not be taken as a major. The one that will not be taken as a major may be 3 (40 – 49%). A requirement for all the majors is at least 4 (50- 59%). NSC rating of at least 3 (40 – 49%) for English which is the language of learning and teaching at WSU and a pass in any other two or three school subjects.
B Ed (FET) EMSButterworth:IbikaMthatha:NMD andZamukulungisaSenior certificate with Matriculation Exemption.At least two subjects with E (HG) and two subjects with D (SG) in any of the Business, Commerce and Management Science field and a pass in any other one or two school subjectsNSC achievement rating of at least 4 (50 – 59%) in any four NSC subjects, at least two from BCM Learning Field, or Computer Applications Technology. NSC rating of at least 3 (40 – 49%) for English which is the language of learning and teaching at WSU and a pass in any other school subject.
B Ed (FET)Consumer SciencesMthatha:ZamukulungisaSenior certificate with Matriculation Exemption.At least two subjects with E (HG) and two subjects with D (SG) from Consumer Studies, Hospitality Studies, Tourism, Home Economics and Needlework and Clothing and a pass in any other one or two school subjects.NSC achievement rating of at least 4 (50 – 59%) in any four NSC subjects, two of which should be from the Service Learning Field (Consumer Studies, Hospitality Studies, Tourism, Home Economics and Needlework and Clothing) and are to be taken as Majors for the programme. NSC rating of at least 3 (40 – 49%) for English which is the language of learning and teaching at WSU and a pass in any other school subject.
B Ed TechnicalEducationButterworth:IbikaMatriculation Exemption.At least two subjects with E (HG) and two subjects with D (SG) in the approved Technical subjects (Mechanical Technology, Civil Technology, Electrical Technology, EGD) and a pass in any other one or two school subjects.Senior certificate with NSC achievement rating of at least 4 (50 – 59%) in any four NSC subjects, which should include Physical Sciences, at least 3 (40 – 49%) for Mathematics. Applicants with at least 4 (50-59%) in two or more of the approved Technical subjects (Mechanical Technology, Civil Technology, Electrical Technology and EGD) will receive first preference. NSC rating of at least 3 (40 – 49%) for English which is the language of learning and teaching at WSU and a pass in any other two or three school subjects.
B Ed FET Arts and CultureMthatha: NMDSenior certificate with Matriculation Exemption.At least two subjects with E (HG) and two subjects with D (SG) from the Arts and Culture Learning Field and a pass in any other two school subjects.NSC achievement rating of at least 4 (50 – 59%) in any four NSC subjects, one of which should be taken as a Major with Music for the programme. If English is taken as a major, it should be at least at level 5. NSC rating of at least 3 (40 – 49%) for English which is the language of learning and teaching at WSU and a pass in any other school subject.
Bachelor of Social ScienceMthatha: NMDSenior certificate with at least two E (HG) in and two D (SG) in school subjects.NSC achievement rating of at least 4 (50 – 59%) for any four NSC Subjects. In the event that English is not one of the four NSC subjects a rating of at least 3 (40 – 49%) for English (if not to be taken as a Major) is required, which is the language of learning and teaching at WSU. If English is taken as a major, it should at least be at level 5.

PROGRAMME CAMPUS MINIMUM

Admission of FET college students

Diploma: the minimum admission requirement is a National Certificate (Vocational) Level 4 issued by Council for General and Further Education and Training. A student must have achieved at least 40% in three fundamental subjects including English and at least 50% in three compulsory vocational subjects.

Bachelor’s Degree: the minimum admission requirement is a National Certificate (Vocational) Level 4 issued by Council for General and Further Education and Training. A student must have achieved at least 50% in three fundamental subjects including English and at least 60% in four compulsory vocational subjects.

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