How to Calculate your APS at Rhodes University

Are you wondering how to calculate your APS for the Rhodes University? Then you are in the right place, as we’ll be showing you how to calculate your APS at Rhodes University.

Calculate your APS at Rhodes University

You might ask, what is APS? APS stands for Admission Point Score. One of the requirements used by Universities in South Africa to determine if an applicant qualified for admission is the APS.

So, if you have applied to Rhodes University, we’ll show you how to calculate your APS. Remember, the Rhodes University has a unique APS calculation that its applicants can make use of to calculate their score.

How To Calculate Rhodes University APS

To calculate your APS, you will need to add your subject percentages.  There are specific points required for certain subjects.

Applicants are required to meet the minimum APS or fall within the testing band in order to be considered for a specific program. Generally, for each matric subject you write an exam in, you get points.  The points you get for each course totally depends on the percentage you score in that particular subject. The Admission Point Score (APS) is the total points accumulated from each course.

Meeting the bare minimum requirement might not always be enough to get you into your desired degree programme so you really need to study very hard.

Some courses may require you to submit some other requirements (e.g. portfolio of work, audition of interview). It’s also very important for you to check with the faculty to know what they require from you.

Why Do Universities Use APS?

Universities (and Universities of Technology) use APS scores for some few reasons. It’s actually for their own convenience. Thousands of students both home and abroad apply to universities every year and APS score requirements are a simple way of allowing students to know which courses they could qualify for.

Rhodes University APS Breakdown

The percentages achieved in National Senior Certificate examinations (preliminary and final examinations) will be allocated an admissions score using the percentage obtained for each subject.

The sum of six subject scores, excluding Life Orientation but including English and any other required subject(s) for the relevant programme is considered when deciding on admission. Results below 40% for any subject do not attract a score. Mathematics Paper 3 does not contribute to the APS score but the results will be captured for the Dean to note when making an admission decision.

EXAMPLES OF POINTS CALCULATIONS

English Home Language78%7.8 points
Afrikaans/isiXhosa first/Additional  Language73%7.3 points
Mathematics69%6.9 points
Life Sciences70%7.0 points
Dramatic Arts89%8.9 points
Accounting73%7.3 points
Life Orientation90%0 points
Additional Mathematics60%0 points
TOTAL POINTS 45.2 points

International Requirements

An APS score of 40 points and above will receive a firm offer, 37-39 points will remain on hold until the end of September to be considered by the Dean if space is available.  Candidates who offer a combination of Advanced level (A), Advanced Subsidiary level (AS), Ordinary level (O), Higher International General Certificate of Secondary Education (HIGCSE) and International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), five (5) different subjects are counted.  The basic minimum requirements for admission to the University is a certificate of Full Exemption or Foreign Conditional Exemption from the Matriculation Board.

Applicants who have passed A levels are eligilble for full exemption provided the passes in approved subjects meet the following requirements:

A-level:  symbols A-E (minimum of 2 subjects)

AS-level: symbols A-D (4 subjects and 1 at O-level)

O-level:  symbols A-C (maximum of 3 subjects)

At least 2 subjects at A-level and 3 different subjects at O-level or 3 subjects at A-level and 2 at O-level

HIGCSE/IGCSE qualification:

HIGCSE:  symbols 1-3 (4 subjects)

IGCSE:  symbols A-C (1 subject)

International Baccalaureate (B)

3 High level (HL) subjects:  Grade 4

4 Standard Level (SL) subjects:  Grade 5

Points rating

Symbol/Result/ GradePoints Awarded
A, O & IGCSEHIGCEIBA LevelAS LevelHIGCSEO Level & IGCSE 

IB

HL     SL

 A 1 7 10 9 85 107
 B 2 6 9 8 7 4 9 6
 C 3 5 8 76 3 8 5
 D 4 4 7 6   7 4
 E  3 6   6 3

If you are applying for Pharmacy your A Levels or AS Levels must include Mathematics, Science and Biology. If you are applying for Science your A Levels, AS Levels or O Levels should include Mathematics, Science and Biology.

For candidates who offer A and O levels and HIGCSE and IGCSEs five different subjects are counted.  An additional one fifth of the total is added to this total.  Zimsec students only deduct three points for a final count.

With at least 1 subject from each of the following groups:

Group IEnglish
Group IIAfrikaans, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Nederlands, Portuguese or

any other language approved by HESA

Group IIIBiology, Botany, Chemistry, General Science, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Physics & Chemistry, Zoology or any of the following if not offered under Group II – Afrikaans, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, Nederlands or any other language approved by HESA

Please note that Psychology, Sociology, Physical Education, General Paper and Thinking Skills are not recognised subjects for entry to a South African University.

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