Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Bachelor of Science (Agricultural Science)

Registration for the 2017 academic year is now closed. The qualification information below is for the 2017 academic year. The 2018 information will be made available closer to the registration period for the 2018 academic year.

Qualification code: 03336
NQF level: 6
Total credits: 360
Rules:
All practical modules are compulsory and are offered as year modules. Students have to complete two practical modules at level one, four practical modules at level two and four practical modules at level three. Students may only register for practical modules in semester one to complete practical modules in April or August. Local or resident students in South Africa will be invited to attend practical contact sessions at selected venues in South Africa in April or August. The duration of practical contact sessions in South Africa is five working days. Local or resident students in South Africa will be required to make their own arrangements for transport to a central point (e.g Pretoria), as well as accommodation and meals at the central point. The department will provide additional transport from the central point to the farms and laboratories and back to the central point every day. Students outside South Africa will be provided with two options to complete practical modules in April or August: (1) they may be required to liaise with the department for approval to register for the same practical modules at other universities in their own countries; or (2) they may obtain permission from the relevant lecturer to submit a portfolio of evidence or project report on a specific topic to be selected by the lecturer. The new BSc in Agriculture is not yet available. New students interested in pursuing the BSc in Agriculture may contact Dianne Metzer (caesenquiries@unisa.ac.za; 011 670 9351)
This qualification will be presented using both online and distance learning modes.
Qualification offered until 2018, and ONLY for students previously registered for this qualification.

Who can register?

Successful applicants and re-registering students must register to study through Unisa in 2016. Applicants can only begin the registration process if they have received an official approval of their application from Unisa. Re-registering students can begin the registration process after receiving their registration details from Unisa. Should you wish to change to an alternative qualification, please apply for the alternative qualification during the next application period.

How to choose your modules

Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a certain number of modules within a certain amount of time in order to graduate. You must pass a minimum number of credits / modules annually so that you are able to re-register and continue with your qualification:

  • At least 36 NQF credits (3 modules of 12 credits each) in your first year of study;
  • At least 48 NQF credits (4 modules of 12 credits each) in your second or further years of study.

You may not register for more than the allowed maximum number of credits / modules per semester:

  • At least 60 NQF credits (5 modules of 12 credits each) in a semester;
  • At least 120 NQF credits (10 modules of 12 credits each) per year for year modules.

The maximum number of credits do not include supplementary and/or aegrotat examinations from a previous semester. Modules taken for non-degree/non-diploma purposes also count towards the maximum number of credits allowed.

You must take your available time into consideration when choosing your modules, as this will impact your academic performance. You need approximately:

  • 6 to 8 hours per week for semester modules;
  • 4 to 6 hours per week for year modules.

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Curriculum for this qualification

As you are deciding on the modules you will be registering for, remember to write down the module names and codes so that you have something that you can refer to when completing your registration.

Rules:
All practical modules are compulsory and are offered as year modules. Students have to complete two practical modules at level one, four practical modules at level two and four practical modules at level three. Students may only register for practical modules in semester one to complete practical modules in April or August. Local or resident students in South Africa will be invited to attend practical contact sessions at selected venues in South Africa in April or August. The duration of practical contact sessions in South Africa is five working days. Local or resident students in South Africa will be required to make their own arrangements for transport to a central point (e.g Pretoria), as well as accommodation and meals at the central point. The department will provide additional transport from the central point to the farms and laboratories and back to the central point every day. Students outside South Africa will be provided with two options to complete practical modules in April or August: (1) they may be required to liaise with the department for approval to register for the same practical modules at other universities in their own countries; or (2) they may obtain permission from the relevant lecturer to submit a portfolio of evidence or project report on a specific topic to be selected by the lecturer. The new BSc in Agriculture is not yet available. New students interested in pursuing the BSc in Agriculture may contact Dianne Metzer (caesenquiries@unisa.ac.za; 011 670 9351)

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