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

Faculty specific requirements

Programme Faculty Minimum Admissions Requirements Minimum Scale of Achievements
Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management  
BCom English 4 (70%)
BEconSc Mathematics 4 (70%)
BAccSc Four 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 Language 4 (70%)
Mathematics 4 (70%)
Life Sciences and/or Physical Sciences 4 (70%)
BDS English HL/1st Add Language 4 (70%)
Mathematics 4 (70%)
Life Sciences and Physical Sciences 4 (70%)
BNurs
BSc (OT)
BCMP
Bachelor of Oral Health Sciences
English HL/1st Add Language 3 (60%)
Mathematics 3 (60%)
Life Sciences and/or Physical Sciences 3 (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
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