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Application for admission process: Undergraduate qualifications

College of Economic and 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 minimum requirements does not, however, mean that your application will automatically be accepted, as each application will be considered individually.

If you don’t meet the minimum admission requirements...

If you don’t meet the minimum admission requirements for your qualification of choice, you might want to consider starting with a relevant lower-level qualification (eg a higher certificate or diploma) and then continuing with the degree on completion of your lower-level qualification. Work through the admission requirements for each level of qualification (eg degree, diploma and higher certificate) to determine whether you will be able to apply for a lower-level qualification related to your interests. Remember to keep in mind your career vision and goals, and how any qualification will contribute to these.

Back to topBachelor degrees (3-year programme)
Minimum requirements Language requirement Mathematics requirement Additional requirements
A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with degree endorsement 50% in the language of teaching and learning 60% in Mathematics
Applicants who do not meet this requirement, but who have achieved between 50% and 59%, will be placed in the extended programme (see below).
 
A Senior Certificate (SC) with matriculation exemption or qualify for exemption from the Matriculation Board At least a D symbol on HG or a C symbol on SG in the language of teaching and learning At least a C symbol on HG or a B symbol on SG in Mathematics  
or      
An appropriate diploma      
or      
An appropriate higher certificate      

Applicants who do not meet the minimum Mathematics requirement indicated above, but who a mark of between 50% and 59% (D symbol on HG), should still apply for this bachelor degree. Once you have applied, you will be redirected through the selection process to the extended bachelor degree curriculum (4 years) listed below. Alternatively, you may consider applying for a lower-level qualification, such as a diploma or higher certificate.

Back to topExtended bachelor degrees (4-year programme)
Minimum requirements Language requirement Mathematics requirement Additional requirements
A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with degree endorsement 50% in the language of teaching and learning 50% in Mathematics
Applicants who do not meet the Mathematics requirement of the 3-year programme, but who have achieved between 50% and 59%, will be placed in this extended programme. The programme will require students to complete the following modules before they can commence with a 3-year programme:
  • FAC1500 - Basic Accounting
  • FBN1501 - Business Numerical Skills A
  • FBN1502 - Business Numerical Skills B
  • FEC1501 - Understanding the Economy
  • ENG1513 - Foundations in English for University Study

 
or      
A Senior Certificate with matriculation exemption or qualify for exemption from the Matriculation Board At least a D symbol on HG or a C symbol on SG in the language of teaching and learning At least a D symbol of HG or a C symbol on SG in Mathematics
Applicants who do not meet the Mathematics requirement of the 3-year programme, but who have achieved between 50% and 59%, will be placed in this extended programme. The programme will require students to complete the following modules before they can commence with the 3-year programme:
  • FAC1500 - Basic Accounting
  • FBN1501 - Business Numerical Skills A
  • FBN1502 - Business Numerical Skills B
  • FEC1501 - Understanding the Economy
  • ENG1513 - Foundations in English for University Study
 
or      
An appropriate higher certificate      
or      
An appropriate diploma      

Applicants who do not comply with the above requirements should consider applying for a lower-level qualification, such as a higher certificate or diploma, for which they meet the statutory and additional requirements.


Back to topDiplomas
Minimum requirements Language requirement Mathematics requirement Additional requirements
A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with diploma endorsement 50% in the language of teaching and learning 40% in Mathematics None
or      
A Senior Certificate (SC) D symbol in the language of teaching and learning

E symbol in Mathematics None
or      
An appropriate higher certificate      

Applicants who do not comply with the above requirements for admission to the diploma should consider applying for any of the higher certificates offered by the college.


Back to topDiploma in Tourism Management
Minimum requirements Language requirement Mathematics requirement Additional requirements
A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with diploma endorsement 50% in the language of teaching and learning None None
or      
A Senior Certificate (SC) with diploma endorsement D symbol on HG or a C symbol on SG in the language of teaching and learning, or an equivalent of 50% None None

Applicants who do not comply with the above requirements for admission to the diploma should consider applying for any of the higher certificates offered by the college.


Back to topHigher Certificates in Banking, Marketing, Insurance, Supervisory Management, Retailing
Minimum requirements Language requirement Mathematics requirement Additional requirements
A National Senior Certificate (NSC) 30% in the language of teaching and learning 30% in Mathematics None
or      
A Senior Certificate (SC) F symbol in the language of teaching and learning F symbol in Mathematics None

Back to topHigher Certificates in Economic and Management Sciences & Higher Certificate in Tourism
Minimum requirements Language requirement Mathematics requirement Additional requirements
A National Senior Certificate (NSC) 30% in the language of teaching and learning None None
or      
A Senior Certificate (SC) F symbol in the language of teaching and learning None None


Identifying other study options if you don't meet the admission requirements for your qualification of choice

It may be that you do not meet the admission requirements for any qualification at Unisa. You now need to explore options to help you meet the admission requirements for your chosen qualification, or you could reconsider your career goals and how you will plan your career. Read more...

Applying for credits from other higher education institutions

Unisa may recognise previous learning from previous formal education. This will be evaluated on a case-by-case 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):