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University of the Western Cape Admission Requirements

General Criteria for Admission to the University

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Bachelor’s Degree Admission Criteria:
The minimum admission requirement is a National Senior Certificate (NSC) as certified by Umalusi with an achievement rating of 4 (Adequate achievement, 50-59%) or better in four subjects chosen from the following recognised 20-credit NSC subjects (known as the ‘designated subject list’): Accounting, Agricultural Sciences, Business Studies, Dramatic Arts, Economics, Engineering Graphics and Design, Geography, History, Consumer Studies, Information Technology, Languages (one language of learning and teaching at a higher education institution and two other recognised language subjects), Life Sciences, Mathematics, Mathematical Literacy, Music, Physical Sciences, Religion Studies, Visual Arts.

Diploma Admission Criteria:
The minimum admission requirement is a National Senior Certificate as certified by Umalusi with an achievement rating of 3 (moderate Achievement, 40-49%) or better in four recognised NSC 20-credit subjects.

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Higher Certificate Admission Criteria:
The minimum admission requirement is a National Senior Certificate as certified by Umalusi.

The Point System
For admission to degree and diploma programmes, UWC will use a weighted system for calculating points, stated as follows:

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NSC LevelPercentagePoints for English (*)Points for Maths or Maths LitPoints for Life OrientationPoints for each Other Subject
890-100%151538
780-89%131337
670-79%111126
560-69%9925
450-59%7724
340-49%5513
230-39%3312
120-29%1111
 less than 20%0000
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(*) – ‘English’ here refers to either English home language or English first additional language, not second additional language, which would rather fall under ‘other subjects’