Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Science

Qualification stream: (Plant Science Stream)
Qualification code: 90082 - PLS
NQF level: 8
Total credits: 480
SAQA ID: 99030
APS/AS: 25
Purpose statement:
The purpose of this qualification is to provide learners with knowledge and skills to meet challenges facing agriculture and engage them in the initiatives aimed at solving problems facing agriculture in the country. A qualified learner will be able to: Use sustainable agricultural principles and practices in the agricultural environment and show an awareness of the social responsibility needed by citizens towards the environment. Provide leadership in general in the management of operations of agricultural sub-sectors. Solve problems affecting the agriculture sector using various skills and knowledge.
This qualification will be presented using both online and distance learning modes.

Who can register?

  • Applicants may only register once they have received confirmation from Unisa that their application for admission has been accepted. Unisa reserves the right to not process and / or to cancel your registration if it is found that you were incorrectly admitted to a qualification.
  • Re-registering students may register for the 2019 academic year once the registration period opens.


Please note:

  • Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply for the alternative qualification during the next application period.
  • All communication sent to you after the initial study package (with the exception of study guides) will be sent electronically to your myLife e-mail account (eg follow-up tutorial letters, examination timetables and results, financial statements). You will no longer receive such communication in printed format.


How to choose your modules

Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a certain number of modules and NQF level credits 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.

First level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
BLG1501 - Basic Biology
BLG1502 - Animal and Plant Diversity
BOT1502 - Plant Biodiversity and Environmental Botany
CHE1501 - General Chemistry IA
CHE1502 - General Chemistry IB Pre-requisite:CHE1501(or XHE1501)
CHE1503 - General Chemistry I (Practical) Pre-requisite:CHE1501 (or XHE1501)
Co-requisite:CHE1502 (or XHE1502)
MAT1510 - Precalculus Mathematics A
PHY1501 - Elementary Mechanics Co-requisite:AMC1PRA (only applicable to NDECI), MCA1PRA (only applicable to NDEEN-MEC, NDEID, NDEMC)

Second level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
AME2601 - Agricultural Production Economics [Theory and Practice]
ASP2602 - Plant Production Systems [Theory and Practice]
ASP2603 - Plant Protection
BCH2601 - Introductory Biochemistry Pre-requisite:CHE1501 (or XHE1501) or CHE1502 (or XHE1502)
BLG1603 - Biology Practical Co-requisite:BLG1501 (or XLG1501) & BLG1502 (or XLG1502)
BOT2603 - Plant Physiology, Water Relations and Plant Nutrition Co-requisite: BOT1501 (or XOT1501) or BOT1502 (or XOT1502)
FNS2602 - Food Security and Sustainable Livelihoods
GNE2601 - General Genetics A Pre-requisite:CHE1501 (or XHE1501) or CHE1502 (or XHE1502)
SSC2601 - Soil Pedology and Classification II Pre-requisite:CHE1501 (or XHE1501) and CHE1502 (or XHE1502) (Not applicable to NDAGR)
SSW2601 - Irrigation and Water Management [ Theory and Practice]
SSW2602 - Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition
STA1610 - Introduction to Statistics

Third level

Fourth level