General admission requirements
Your admission to Unisa is dependent on you meeting the minimum admission requirements for your chosen qualification. Based on that qualification, Unisa may set additional requirements: general, college-specific and/or qualification-specific requirements.
If you donít meet these requirements, we could either give you alternative admission opportunities or ask you to follow an extended programme, enabling you to register for limited modules in your first year, and providing additional learner support for that year.
Remember, there may be additional admission requirements based on the qualification you choose. Meeting these criteria does not mean automatic acceptance. Many qualifications have a limited number of places for the year. Each application will be considered individually.
As an undergraduate student, you must register for, and pass, at least 36 credits (or 3 modules) in 2013. If you donít, you may not be re-admitted to Unisa in 2014. From your second year of study, you need to pass a minimum of 48 credits (4 modules) per year. If you donít, you may not be allowed to study further at undergraduate level, unless you complete a one-year certificate programme (NQF level 5) from an accredited university after the year of exclusion.
Undergraduate admission requirements per college:
Maximum amount of time to finish a qualification
You have a maximum of 3 years to complete a 120-credit Higher Certificate or Advanced Certificate, 8 years to complete a 360-credit degree (3 year degree); and 10 years to complete a 480-credit degree (4 year degree).
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).
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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 (PDF 80KB) and the required supporting documents.
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):
Undergraduate & honours studies