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Organization : University of Cape Town


Head Quarters: Rondebosch

Facility : Applying To UCT


Applying To UCT

Eligibility for admission :

Undergraduate Certificate Study :

** To confirm eligibility for admission to undergraduate certificate study, applicants must consult the Admissions Office or the Faculty concerned.

Related : University of Cape Town Postgraduate Funding Application :

Undergraduate Diploma Study :

** The minimum requirement for admission to undergraduate diploma study is a National Senior Certificate (NSC) as certified by Umalusi with an achievement rating of 3 (Moderate Achievement, 40-49%) or better in four recognised NSC 20-credit subjects.

Bachelor’s Degree Study :

To be eligible for admission to degree study, applicants need to meet minimum requirements for eligibility :

** Applicants holding a South African National Senior Certificate need to pass a minimum of four subjects at a rating of 4 (Adequate Achievement, 50-59%) or better from a designated list of subjects.

Designated list

** Accounting

** Agricultural Sciences

** Business Studies

** Dramatic Arts

** Economics

** Engineering Graphics and Design

** Geography

** History

** Consumer Studies

** Information Technology

** Languages (one language of learning and teaching at a higher education institution and two other recognised language subjects)

** Life Sciences

** Mathematics

** Mathematical Literacy

** Music

** Physical Sciences

** Religious Studies

** Visual Arts

** Applicants holding a South African Senior Certificate need matriculation endorsement.

** Applicants holding non-South African school-leaving certificates must qualify for a matriculation exemption certificate.

** For more information please visit the website of the Matriculation Board.

Minimum language proficiency :

** All applicants must have attained a certain level of proficiency in English and are required to submit evidence of this, as outlined below, as part of their application to study.

UCT language policy in respect of South African Senior Certificate undergraduate applicants :

** South African Senior Certificate undergraduate applicants to UCT must have achieved a pass of 40% or more on the Higher Grade in English (First or Second Language) at Senior Certificate level.

UCT language policy in respect of South African National Senior Certificate undergraduate applicants :

** South African National Senior Certificate undergraduate applicants to UCT, must have achieved a rating of 2 (Elementary Achievement, 30-40%) or better at Home Language or First Additional Language level.

Calculating Admissions Points Score

** The percentages achieved in National Senior Certificate examinations (preliminary and final examinations) will be allocated an admission score equal to that percentage.

** The sum of six subjects, excluding Life Orientation, but including English and any required subject(s) for the relevant programme, is considered when deciding on admission.

** For example, for a given programme where Maths and Physical Sciences are required, we will take scores for English, Maths, Physical Sciences and the next best three subjects other than Life Orientation to compute the NSC score towards the APS.

** Results below 40% for any subject do not attract a score.



The application procedure :

** The following recommendations are for the benefit of applicants.

When to apply

** Applications should be submitted as early as possible in the applications cycle, which commences in April of each year.

Application Fees :

** An application fee is payable with every application, except in the case of most graduates of UCT. Please refer to Fee structure for further information.

Submitting results and documents :

** Current learners at school should ensure that all examination results from Grade 11 until September of grade 12 are submitted.

** Failure to submit these results may result in delays.

** Transferring students should ensure that all transcripts and academic records are submitted as early as possible, and that a final transcript of current studies being undertaken reaches the Admissions Office as soon as possible after receipt.

Contact Address :

University of Cape Town,

Private Bag X3,

Rondebosch 7701,

South Africa


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