Why choose to study at the Unisa College of Human Sciences?
How to study through Unisa?
Unisa is a distance education university. This means that you study primarily on your own, and therefore need to be a disciplined learner. When you register, you will be supplied with study guides, but you will have to buy the prescribed books. Recommended books with additional information are available at the Unisa library or other libraries.
Although the greater part of your studies will take place at home, you can contact lecturers and other students by means of the following:
What support is offered to me as a Unisa student?
Depending on student enrolments, discussion classes take place once or twice a year. During these classes your learning programme is discussed, as well as any problems you may have. You will also have the opportunity to meet your lecturers and fellow students. Details of discussion classes will be sent to you in tutorial letters.
Contact with lecturers
Your lecturers will keep in touch with you by means of tutorial letters. The purpose of these tutorial letters is to discuss assignments, to give you general advice about the module you are studying and to give you information about the discussion classes. You may make an appointment to visit lecturers at the office or contact them by telephone, fax or letter. Alternatively, you may use email via myUnisa.
We advise all our students to form study groups and to have contact with fellow students. If you wish to contact fellow students with the view to forming informal study groups (ISGs), you should write to the Registrar (Academic), or to your specific department’s Learner Support Committee or telephone (012) 429 4131 (our international number is +27 12 429 4131). You may also use the student forums on https://my.unisa.ac.za/portal/ to discuss your studies with other students.
You may register at any of our campuses or provincial centres (please note that to register, you actually have to go to the centre in person). When you register, you will receive your initial study material from the same centre. Please also note that you can pay your accounts, make enquiries about the subjects you want to study and consult the library’s collection at any of our provincial centres.
What are the admission requirements?
To be registered as a candidate for a degree, a student must hold one of the following certificates:
Conditional Exemption on grounds of mature age (+23) (Std 10/Grade 12 students):
For further information please contact:
Access and Matriculation Exemption Office, by e-mail: email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Conditional Exemption on grounds of mature age (persons of 45 or older) (+45):
Who may apply for access study units?
You may still qualify for admission to degree studies via the Unisa Access Programme if you are in possession of one of the following certificates:
A South African Senior Certificate (includes N3 National Senior Certificate)
An O level certificate with a pass in at least five O level subjects (symbols A, B, C or 1-6) (A, B, C+ for Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education), one of which must be English Language or Literature in English
A IGCSE Certificate with a pass in at least five IGCSE subjects with symbols A–C, one of which must be English first language or any other acknowledged first language
The ACE School of Tomorrow Grade 12 College Entrance Certificate or the National Christian Schools' Certificate Level 3
A certificate of evaluation from the South African Qualifications Authority showing that the qualification that the student possesses is equivalent to a Senior Certificate
The completed Certidao 12th class from Mozambique
The completed 3rd year Pre-University certificate from Angola
For more information on admission requirements:
What financial support is available to me as a Unisa student?
You may apply for a loan for your studies at the following:
Undergraduate studies only:
The Department of Student Support
Financial Aid Office (TEFSA)
AJH van der Walt Building 116
PO Box 392
Tel: +27 12 429 3536
Fax: +27 12 429 3603
Undergraduate and postgraduate studies:
Cas van Vuuren Building, Hall C
PO Box 392
Tel: +27 0860 55 55 44
Or visit the website at www.eduloan.co.za.
Who can I contact for more information?
Written enquiries and requests for registration forms and further information should be directed to:
The Registrar (Academic)
University of South Africa
PO Box 392
You can also visit our website: www.unisa.ac.za/humansciences