Undergraduate qualifications

College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

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.


Bachelor of Science degree (4-year programme)

Minimum requirementsLanguage requirementMathematics requirementPhysical Science requirement
A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with degree endorsement 50% in the language of teaching and learning 50% in Mathematics 50% in Physical Science if any Chemistry or Physics modules form part of the curriculum of a selected qualification
A Senior Certificate (SC) with matriculation exemption or qualify for the exemption from the Matriculation Board A D symbol on HG or a C symbol on SG in the language of teaching and learning A D symbol on HG or a C symbol on SG in Mathematics A D symbol on HG or a C symbol on SG in Physical Science if Chemistry or Physics modules form part of the curriculum of a selected qualification

Applicants who have not obtained at least 50% in the language of teaching and learning, 50% in Mathematics and 50% in Physical Science, will be limited to 48 credits at NQF level 5 in their first period of study and must register for the following:

  • To meet the language requirements: two language proficiency modules (ENG1511 and ENN103F)
  • To meet the Mathematics requirement: a Mathematics module (MAT0511)
  • To meet the Physical Science requirement: a Science module (SMI181Q)

All 48 credits must be passed before the student can continue with degree studies.



Bachelor of Science degree (3-year programme)

Minimum requirementsLanguage requirementMathematics requirementPhysical Science requirement
A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with degree endorsement 50% in the language of teaching and learning 50% in Mathematics 50% in Physical Science if any Chemistry or Physics modules form part of the curriculum of a selected qualification
A Senior Certificate (SC) with matriculation exemption or qualify for exemption from the Matriculation Board A D symbol on HG or a C symbol on SG in the language of teaching and learning A D symbol on HG or a C symbol on SG in Mathematics A D symbol on HG or a C symbol on SG in Physical Science if any Chemistry or Physics modules form part of the curriculum of a selected qualification

Applicants who have not obtained at least 50% in the language of teaching and learning, 50% in Mathematics and 50% in Physical Science, will be limited to 48 credits at NQF level 5 in their first period of study and must register for the following:

  • To meet the language requirements: two language proficiency modules (ENG1511 and ENN103F)
  • To meet the Mathematics requirement: a Mathematics module (MAT0511)
  • To meet the Physical Science requirement: a Science module (SMI181Q)

All 48 credits must be passed before the student can continue with degree studies.


Extended Bachelor of Consumer Sciences degree (4-year programme)

Minimum requirementsLanguage requirementMathematics requirementAdditional requirements
A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with degree endorsement

50% in the language of teaching and learning

40% in Mathematics

None
A Senior Certificate (SC) with matriculation exemption or qualify for exemption from the Matriculation Board

A D symbol on HG or a C symbol on SG in the language of teaching and learning

An E symbol on HG or a D symbol on SG in Mathematics

None

To enter a degree, applicants have to comply with all the admission requirements, including a minimum APS score of 20, and must be eligible for admission to degree studies. Applicants with an APS score of between 20 and 24 will be considered for the extended 4-year degree curriculum, where applicable. Applicants who do not comply with the above requirements should consider applying for a lower-level qualification for which they meet the statutory and additional requirements.

Bachelor of Consumer Science degree (3-year programme)

Minimum requirementsLanguage requirementMathematics requirementAdditional requirements
A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with degree endorsement 50% in the language of teaching and learning 40% in Mathematics

None

A Senior Certificate (SC) with matriculation exemption or qualify for matriculation exemption from the Matriculation Board A D symbol on HG or a C symbol on SG in the language of teaching and learning An E symbol on HG or a D symbol on SG in Mathematics

None

or
An appropriate Higher Certificate in Agriculture and Environmental Sciences or a related field.

To enter a degree, applicants have to comply with all the admission requirements, including a minimum APS score of 20, and must be eligible for admission to degree studies. Applicants with an APS score of between 20 and 24 will be considered for the extended 4-year degree curriculum where applicable. Applicants with an APS score of 25 or higher will be considered for the 3-year degree curriculum. Applicants who do not comply with the above requirements should consider applying for a lower-level qualification for which they meet the statutory and additional requirements.

Bachelor of Arts degree

Minimum requirementsLanguage requirementMathematics requirementAdditional requirements
A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with degree endorsement 50% in the language of teaching and learning None None
A Senior Certificate (SC) with matriculation exemption or qualify for the exemption from the Matriculation Board A D symbol on HG or a C symbol on SG in the language of teaching and learning None None
or
An appropriate higher certificate
Applicants who do not comply with the above requirements should consider applying for a lower-level qualification for which they meet the statutory and additional requirements.

Diplomas

Minimum requirementsLanguage requirementMathematics requirementAdditional requirements
A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with diploma endorsement 50% in the language of teaching and learning 50% in Mathematics 40% in Physical Science, Life Sciences or Agricultural Sciences
A Senior Certificate (SC) A D symbol on HG or a C symbol on SG in the language of teaching and learning A D symbol on HG or a C symbol on SG in Mathematics An E symbol on HG or a D symbol on SG in Physical Science, Life Sciences or Agricultural Sciences

To enter diploma qualifications, applicants have to comply with all the admission requirements, including a minimum APS score of 18, and must be eligible for admission to diploma studies. Applicants with an APS score of 18 to 20 will be considered for the extended 4-year diploma curriculum, where applicable. Applicants who do not comply with the above requirements should consider applying for a lower-level qualification for which they meet the statutory and additional requirements.

Higher Certificates

Minimum requirementsLanguage requirementMathematics requirementAdditional requirements
A National Senior Certificate (NSC) 30% in the language of teaching and learning None None
A Senior Certificate (SC) An F symbol on HG or an E symbol on SG in the language of teaching and learning An F symbol on HG or an E symbol on SG in Mathematics None
A National Certificate (Vocational) (NCV) 30% in the language of teaching and learning in terms of the NSC 40% in Mathematics in terms of the NSC 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. 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):

Last modified: 2017/08/01