UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND, JOHANNESBURG

Admission Requirements Overview

Wits uses a number of selection procedures to select candidates for degrees. These procedures include a rating system, admission points score (APS), questionnaires, selection tests, interviews, auditions or written assignments.

The rating system
You can work out your points using the tables below.

1. If you matriculated in 2008 or after (National Senior Certificate NSC), use this system

The National Senior Certificate (NSC) is the current school-leaving qualification. It is based on the current curriculum for Grades 10 to 12. If you are matriculating in 2010, this is the school leaving certificate you will receive if you pass your exams.

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 Speech and Hearing).
  • 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.

 

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


  • National benchmark tests

    This pilot project (National Benchmark Tests Project) was commissioned in 2005 by Higher Education South Africa (HESA), with the following four objectives:

    • To assess entry-level academic and quantitative literacy and mathematics proficiency of students;
    • To assess the relationship between higher education entry level requirements and school-level exit outcomes;
    • To provide a service to HE institutions requiring additional information to assist in placement of students in appropriate curricular routes; and
    • To assist with curriculum development, particularly in relation to foundation coursesAll registered first year students were required to write the tests i.e. Wits University did not use the results for admission purposes. Except for study in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Wits does not require students to write the NBT in order to be considered for admission to our degree programmes. In the case of degree programmes in the Faculty of Health Sciences, applicants are still required to write the NBT as part of the Health Science Consortium agreement which universities in South Africa have been running for the last three years.

    2. If you matriculated before 2008, please use the table below to calculate your APS.

    If you completed your matric any time before the introduction of the new NSC curriculum, this is the certificate that would have been issued to you. Add up your points by using the rating system to determine your score. If your matric results give you a rating at or above the likely entry level for the programme of your choice, you will normally be guaranteed admission and will not have to undergo further selection procedures. Normally you are rated on your best six subjects but the required subjects for any degree must be included. The rating system does not apply to Health Sciences or international applicants.

    Matric symbol English
    (Higher Grade)
    Maths
    (Higher Grade)
    Other Subjects
    (Higher Grade)
    Other Subjects
    (Standard Grade)
    A=
    B=
    C=
    D=
    E=
    F=
    8
    7
    6
    3
    2
    1
    8
    7
    6
    5
    4
    1

    6
    5
    4
    3
    2
    1

    4
    3
    2
    1
     


    3. 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 7 subjects - in fundamental and vocational categories


    Admission Point Score
    Rating Code Rating Percentage
    5
    4
    3
    2
    1
    Outstanding
    Highly competent
    Competent
    Not yet competent
    Not achieved
    80-100
    70-79
    50-69
    40-49
    0-39

    Click here for faculty guidelines for the NCV

    Choose your degree course
    Now click on the area you are interested in and check the minimum requirements and whether your matric points match the required points.

    Humanities
    BA, Bachelor of Social Work, BA(Fine Arts), BA(Mus), BA(Dramatic Art), BA(SP&H Therapy), Bachelor of Education, BA(Performing and Visual Art)

    Built Environment
    BAS, BSc(QS), BSc(Construction Mgmt), BSc(TRP), BSc(Property Studies)

    Engineering
    BSc(Eng)

    Commerce
    B Com, BEconSc, BAccSc, LLB

    Science
    BSc

    Health Sciences
    MBBCh, B Pharm, BDS, BSc(Physiotherapy), BNursing, BSc(OT)

     

    DO NOT CONFUSE THE MINIMUM FACULTY ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS WITH THE LIKELY ACCEPTANCE LEVEL. Applicants who achieve fewer points than the automatic acceptance level may still be admitted or may be required to attend a selection test and/or an interview.

     Selection Tests 

     Health Sciences 

    As an applicant to the Faculty of Health Sciences, including the Graduate Entry Medical Programme (GEMP) applicants, you are required to write Selection Test/s. Please read the following information carefully and ensure that you are familiar with the process you need to follow: 

    What are the tests? 

    The tests were designed to measure students? levels of proficiency in Academic Literacy, Quantitative Literacy and Mathematics. There are two tests of three hours each. The first test is the Academic and Quantitative Literacy test (AQL) which is written by ALL applicants for all programmes in Health Sciences (even if you previously wrote the Health Sciences Placement Test as the format of the test has changed). The second test is the Mathematics test also known as the Cognitive Academic Mathematical Proficiency (CAMP) test. This is to be written by applicants doing NSC Mathematics (not Mathematical Literacy).

    The test results will be used in addition to the matric results and other admission criteria. Please note this is a standard test for all Medical Schools in South Africa. You are required to write one test only, irrespective of the number of Medical Schools you have applied to. A fee is charged for the test.

    For further information about the placement test venues,please visit www.nbt.ac.za
    Click here for more information on selection tests for Health Sciences and other faculties