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Undergraduate & honours studies

General admission requirements for undergraduate qualifications


  • 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.


Each Unisa qualification is structured in such way that you need to pass a total number of modules within a certain amount of time in order to graduate.

  Minimum Maximum
1st year of study Pass 36 credits (3 modules) per year /
over 2 consecutive semesters
60 credits per semester /
120 credits per year
From 2nd year of study Pass 48 credits (4 modules) per year /
over 2 consecutive semesters.
60 credits per semester /
120 credits per year
Alternative pathway /
extended programme
Pass 24 credits (2 modules) per year/over 2 consecutive semesters. 60 credits per semester /
120 credits per year

Admission declined

Failure to pass the required number of modules will result in you not being able to study further at undergraduate level.

A student wishing to be re-admitted to Unisa after being excluded on the basis of poor performance in a qualification may only do so after providing proof of successful study at NQF level 4, 5 or higher at another training institution or a Unisa short learning programme. In order to satisfy the requirements of this rule, the student must have completed at least 48 credits before an application for re-admission will be considered.

Undergraduate admission requirements per college:

College of Agriculture and Environmental SciencesCollege of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences
College of Economic and Management SciencesCollege of Economic & Management Sciences
College of EducationCollege of Education
College of Human SciencesCollege of Human Sciences
College of LawCollege of Law
College of Science, Engineering and TechnologyCollege of Science, Engineering & Technology

Maximum amount of time to finish a qualification

  • A 1-year qualification must be completed within 3 years.
  • A 2-year qualification must be completed within 5 years.
  • A 3-year qualification must be completed within 8 years.
  • A 4-year qualification must be completed within 10 years.

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

Please note: The RPL process is a very time-consuming and lengthy process, and it may take up to six months for any request to be assessed and finalised.

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. This form can be found on the Unisa website (

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.

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):