University of the Witwatersrand Admission Requirements

University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) admission requirements for the admission of undergraduate and postgraduate students have been released.

The management of the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) has released the undergraduate and postgraduate admission requirements. The admission entry requirements cover for both South African and International students who wish to study at the University of the Witwatersrand.

University of the Witwatersrand Admission Requirements

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National Certificate (Vocational) (NCV) Guidelines

Subject to institutional admission requirements, the minimum admission requirement to a Bachelor’s degree programme is a National Certificate (Vocational) Level 4 issued by Council for General and Further Education and Training. The minimum legislative requirements for admission to a Bachelors degree include the achievement of:

  • Three (3) fundamental subjects between 60 – 69% (3) (including English as the language of learning and teaching at Wits)
  • Three (3) vocational subjects from the designated list between 70 – 79% (4).

The University of the Witwatersrand’s institutional requirements are:

An applicant who holds an NCV may be invited to write a test, provided that he/she has met the following compulsory institutional requirements as well as the Faculty and degree-specific requirements. An applicant must have:

  • Taken English as either Language of Learning and Teaching or as the First Additional language
  • Taken Mathematics as a Fundamental Component
  • Achieved 70 – 79% (4) for all seven subjects – in fundamental and vocational categories.

Admission Point Score

Rating Code RatingPercentage
5Outstanding80 – 100
4Highly competent70 – 79
3Competent50 – 69
2Not yet competent40 – 49
1Not achieved0 – 39

Faculty specific requirements

ProgrammeFaculty Minimum Admissions RequirementsMinimum Scale of Achievements
Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management  
BComEnglish4 (70%)
BEconScMathematics4 (70%)
BAccScFour subjects from Business, Commerce & Management Studies
Faculty of Health Sciences
MBBCh
BPharm
BSc (Physiotherapy)
BSc (Physiotherapy)
BHSc (Biomedical and Biokinetics tracks)
English HL/1st Add Language4 (70%)
Mathematics4 (70%)
Life Sciences and/or Physical Sciences4 (70%)
BDSEnglish HL/1st Add Language4 (70%)
Mathematics4 (70%)
Life Sciences and Physical Sciences4 (70%)
BNurs
BSc (OT)
BCMP
Bachelor of Oral Health Sciences
English HL/1st Add Language3 (60%)
Mathematics3 (60%)
Life Sciences and/or Physical Sciences3 (60%)
Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment
Besides meeting the University’s requirements an applicant who holds an NCV will be interviewed by the Dean, Assistant Dean and relevant Head of School.
Faculty of Science
Besides meeting the University’s requirements an applicant who holds an NCV will be interviewed by the Dean, Assistant Dean and relevant Head of School.
The Faculty of Humanities will not be considering applicants who present with an NCV

 

Admission Point Score (APS)

Are you an applicant who is currently writing or completed the NSC matric? If you are, then please read the information below regarding admission requirements.

NB: This is a guideline only. Meeting the requirements does not guarantee a place. Final selection is made subject to the availability of places, academic results and other entry requirements where applicable.

Wits tabulate the points score for all subjects on the following basis:

  • That English must be taken either as Home Language or as 1st Additional Language.
  • Mathematics is compulsory for all numerate programmes in Engineering and the Built Environment, Commerce, Law and Management, and Science.
  • Maths Literacy is accepted for some degrees (see Admission Requirements (NSC)).
  • Wits do not distinguish between designated vs non-designated subjects when calculating the admission point score (APS)
  • The APS calculation is based on the best seven subjects including Life Orientation
NSC Scale of AchievementNSC%Wits APSWits APS%Wits APS for Maths & EnglishWits APS for Life OrientationWits APS for Other subjects
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
80-99
70-79
60-69
50-59
40-49
30-39
0-29
8
7
6
5
4
3
0
0
90-100
80-89
70-79
60-69
50-59
40-49
30-39
0-29
8 + 2=10
7 + 2=9
6 + 2=8
5 + 2=7
4
3
0
0
4
3
2
1
0
0
0
0
8
7
6
5
4
3
0
0

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