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Undergraduate & honours studies

College of Economic & Management Sciences: undergraduate admission requirements

Your admission to Unisa is dependent on you meeting the minimum admission requirements for your chosen qualification and college. Meeting these requirements does not mean automatic acceptance, as each application will be considered individually.

Programme Minimum requirements Language requirement Mathematics requirement

Higher Certificate in Economic and Management Sciences

A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with an equivalent of at least 30% in the language of teaching and learning in terms of the NSC NONE
A Senior Certificate with an equivalent of at least 30% in the language of teaching and learning in terms of the NSC NONE
A National Certificate (Vocational) Level 4 with an equivalent of at least 30% in the language of teaching and learning in terms of the NSC NONE

Higher Certificates in Banking, Marketing, Tourism Management

A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with an equivalent of at least 30% in the language of teaching and learning in terms of the NSC with an equivalent of at least 30% in Mathematics or 50% in Mathematical Literacy terms of the NSC
A Senior Certificate with an equivalent of at least 30% in the language of teaching and learning in terms of the NSC with an equivalent of at least 30% in Mathematics or 50% in Mathematical Literacy terms of the NSC
A National Certificate (Vocational) Level 4 with an equivalent of at least 30% in the language of teaching and learning in terms of the NSC with an equivalent of at least 30% in Mathematics or 50% in Mathematical Literacy terms of the NSC
Candidates who do not comply with the above requirements for admission to the Higher Certificate, should consider enrolling for the Higher Certificate in Economic and Management Sciences

Diplomas and National Diplomas

A National Senior Certificate (Diploma endorsement) with an equivalent of at least 50% in the language of teaching and learning in terms of the NSC with an equivalent of at least 40% in Mathematics or 60% in Mathematical Literacy in terms of the NSC
A Senior Certificate with an equivalent of at least 50% in the language of teaching and learning in terms of the NSC with an equivalent of at least 40% in Mathematics or 60% in Mathematical Literacy in terms of the NSC
A National Certificate (Vocational) Level 4 with at least diploma endorsement with an equivalent of at least 60% in the language of teaching and learning in terms of the NSC with an equivalent of at least 40% in Mathematics or 60% in mathematical Literacy in terms of the NSC
An appropriate Higher Certificate    
Candidates who do not comply with the above requirements for admission to the Diploma, should consider enrolling for any of the Higher Certificates offered by the College

Bachelor degrees

(360-Credit curriculum that can be completed in 3 years)

A National Senior Certificate (Degree endorsement) with an equivalent of at least 50% in the language of teaching and learning in terms of the NSC with an equivalent of at least 60% in Mathematics or 80% in Mathematical Literacy in terms of the NSC
A Senior Certificate with matriculation exemption or qualify for the exemption from the Matriculation Board with an equivalent of at least 50%, in the language of learning and teaching in terms of the NSC with an equivalent of at least 60% in Mathematics or 80% in mathematical Literacy in terms of the NSC
A National Certificate (Vocational) Level 4 with at least degree endorsement with an equivalent of at least 60% in the language of teaching and learning in terms of the NSC with an equivalent of at least 60% in Mathematics or 80% in Mathematical Literacy in terms of the NSC
An appropriate Higher Certificate    
An appropriate Diploma    

Bachelor degrees

(360-Credit curriculum that includes 5 compulsory foundation modules in the first year. This degree can be completed in 4 years)

A National Senior Certificate (Degree endorsement) with an equivalent of at least 50% in the language of teaching and learning in terms of the NSC with an equivalent of at least 50% in Mathematics or 70% in Mathematical Literacy in terms of the NSC
A Senior Certificate with matriculation exemption or qualify for the exemption from the Matriculation Board with an equivalent of at least 50%, in the language of learning and teaching in terms of the NSC with an equivalent of at least 50% in Mathematics or 70% in Mathematical Literacy in terms of the NSC
A National Certificate (Vocational) Level 4 with at least degree endorsement with an equivalent of at least 60% in the language of teaching and learning in terms of the NSC with an equivalent of at least 50% in Mathematics or 70% in Mathematical Literacy in terms of the NSC
Candidates, who do not comply with the above requirements for admission to the 4 year Bachelorís degrees curriculum, should consider enrolling for any of the diplomas or higher certificates offered in the College

Recognition of prior learning

When applying to Unisa, remember that Unisa will consider your previous learning. This includes both formal education at a tertiary institution (eg formal certificate, diploma and degree qualifications) and informal learning (eg knowledge or skills acquired during practical work experience, including community work in a relevant field). For further information, send an e-mail to rpl@unisa.ac.za.

Applying for credits from other higher education institutions

Unisa may recognise previous learning from previous formal education. This will be evaluated on a case-bycase basis. Not all credits achieved at other institutions will count towards a Unisa qualification. Your request for exemption(s) will only be considered once we have received your completed DSAR04 form and a certified copy of an official academic record, a conduct certificate and, in some cases, the syllabus. In the case of international qualifications, SAQA evaluation and the syllabus are required.

NB: No exemptions will be finalised on an academic record during the application period.

You must meet the admission requirements for the qualification for which you are applying for credits and/or exemptions. A maximum of 50% of the prescribed credits may be awarded in the form of credits and exemptions. No exemptions will be granted for Unisa's signature modules. Unisa reserves the right to grant and/or decline applications for exemptions or credit transfers.

I wrote matric before 2009. Do I qualify?

If you do NOT hold a Senior Certificate with an endorsement indicating that you have been exempted from the matriculation requirement, please refer to the documents below to ascertain whether or not you are eligible to apply for admission to undergraduate degree studies (Not applicable to students who wrote the National Senior Certificate examinations from 2008):