UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND, JOHANNESBURG

Admission Requirements Overview

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NSC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

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 tabulates the points score for all subjects on the following basis:

  • English is the LOLT (language of learning and teaching) at Wits; a requirement is that English must be taken either as Home Language or the LOLT or as 1st Additional Language. The minimum APS for English is 4 (50 - 59%). Foreign students presenting with English as 2nd Additional Language will have the option of a foreign conditional exemption and / or English proficiency tests.
  • Maths is compulsory for all numerate programmes in Engineering and Built Environment, Commerce, Law and Management, and Science.
  • Maths Literacy will be accepted by Law, Education and Humanities (except Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology).
  • Wits does not distinguish between designated vs non-designated subjects when calculating the admission point score (APS)
  • The Faculty of Health Sciences allows limited entry with Maths Literacy.
  • The APS calculation is based on the best seven subjects including Life Orientation 
NSC Scale of Achievement NSC% Wits APS Wits APS% Wits APS for Maths & English Wits APS for Life Orientation Wits 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

Designated Subjects - NSC

  • Agric Sciences
  • Engineering Graphics and Design
  • Mathematics
  • Dramatic Art
  • Geography
  • Maths Literacy
  • Music
  • History
  • Consumer studies
  • Visual Art
  • Religion Studies
  • Information technology
  • Accounting 
  • Life Sciences
  • Economics
  • Business Studies
  • Physical Sciences
  • All official languages and a number of non- official languages