Undergraduate qualifications

Admission and re-admission rules (academic progression rules)

Academic progression rules for students who registered for a new qualification from 2013

To be re-admitted to Unisa in 2018, please take note of the following:


1st year of study

Pass at least 36 credits per year / over 2 consecutive semesters.
Exception: If you are a student following an alternative pathway / extended programme, please note that you must pass at least 24 credits per year / over 2 consecutive semesters.


From 2nd year of study

Pass at least 48 credits per year / over 2 consecutive semesters.


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 completion of a one-year certificate programme at NQF level 4, 5 or higher (with 48 credits) at another accredited 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.


Academic progression rules for students who registered for a new qualification prior to 2013

The admission requirements to Unisa and the number of modules a student must pass per semester have changed since 2013. This also necessitated a more focused approach on the academic progression of our students who registered prior to 2013. Our approach is to support and guide all students to complete their studies in the shortest possible time.

For you to continue to progress satisfactorily and to graduate within the stipulated qualification timeframe, please take note of the following important information:

  • Students who have not completed 84 credits within 2 years of the first registration will be given 1 year to complete 120 credits and 2 years per 120 credits thereafter.
  • Students who have not completed 120 credits within 3 years of the first registration will be given 1 year to complete 120 credits and 2 years per 120 credits thereafter.
  • Students who have not completed 180 credits within 4 years of the first registration will be given 1 year to complete 120 credits and 2 years per 120 credits thereafter.
  • Students who have not completed 240 credits within 5 years of the first registration will be given 1 year to complete 120 credits and 2 years per 120 credits thereafter.
  • Students who have not completed 300 credits within 6 years of the first registration will be given 1 year to complete 120 credits and 2 years per 120 credits thereafter.
  • Students who have not completed 360 credits within 7 years of the first registration will be given 1 year to complete 120 credits and 2 years per 120 credits thereafter.
  • Students who have not completed 420 credits within 8 years of the first registration will be given 1 year to complete 120 credits and 2 years per 120 credits thereafter.
  • Students who have not completed 480 credits within 9 years of the first registration will be given 1 year to complete 120 credits.

If you do not meet these requirements, you run the risk of not being allowed to study further at undergraduate level at Unisa. Naturally, in the interest of fairness, you will have recourse to apply in writing to the Re-admissions Committee.


These progression rules are subject to the following exceptions:

  • Students who are at the maximum time allowed and have less than 60 credits outstanding will be given 1 year to complete.
  • Students with disabilities may apply to the Registrar for exemption from the above rules.
  • Students on extended programmes may apply to the Registrar for an additional year to complete the required number of credits.
  • Students who decide not to register for a consecutive academic year must apply for a deferment; that academic year will then not be taken into consideration in calculating the number of years.
  • Students who are excluded on grounds of poor academic performance have the right to appeal the decision through the Registrar.