University of Witwatersrand Undergraduate Courses Admission Requirements

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If you are planning to pursue undergraduate program at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, the following are admission requirements.

NSC Admission Requirements

NB: This is a guideline only. Meeting the requirements does not guarantee a place. Final selection is made subject to the availability of places, academic results and other entry requirements where applicable.

Commerce, Law and Management 
Programme Minimum Admission Requirements  Selection procedures
APS Subjects & achieved scale
Bachelor of Commerce:
BCom
(3 years)
39 and above. English HL or 1st Add Lang – 5
Mathematics – 5
Applicants between 35 – 38 points with English and Maths at level 5, will be waitlisted subject to the number of places available.
Bachelor of Commerc with Law:
BCom (Law) (3 years)
43 and above. English HL or 1st Add Lang – 5
Mathematics – 5
Applicants between 35 – 42 points with English and Maths at level 5, will be waitlisted subject to the number of places available.
Bachelor of Economic Science:
BEconSc
(3 years)
42 and above. English HL or 1st Add Lang – 5
Mathematics – 6
Programmes requiring Maths
• Maths Major – 6
• Maths Stats, Act Sci – 7
Applicants between 39 – 41 points with English at level 5 and Maths at level 7, will be waitlisted subject to the number of places available.
Bachelor of Accounting Science
BAccSc
(3 years)
42 and above. English HL or 1st Add Lang – 5
Mathematics – 5
Applicants between 39 – 41 points with English and Maths at level 5, will be waitlisted subject to the number of places available. Applicants with 3 points below the minimum APS will be waitlisted subject to the number of places available.

The 4 year LLB programme will not be offered in 2017. Prospective students should apply for the B Com with Law (CB013) or the BA with Law (AB002).

Engineering and the Built Environment
Programme Minimum Admission Requirements  Selection procedures
APS Subjects & achieved scale
Bachelor of Science in Engineering BSc(Eng)
(4 years)
  English HL or 1st Add Lang – 5
Mathematics – 5
Physical Science – 5
Note: Due to the limited number of places available, admission is not guaranteed. Selection will be based on final NSC and school leaving results.

Generally students who achieve 70% in Maths, Physical Science and English stand a greater chance of being accepted.

• Aeronautical 40
• Chemical 42
• Civil 36
• Electrical 36
• Industrial 40
• Mechanical 40
• Metallurgy 36
• Mining 40
Bachelor of Engineering Science in Digital Arts
(3 years)
42 and above English HL or 1st Add Lang – 5
Mathematics – 5
Physical Science – 5
Applicants are considered on matriculation performance and may be required to complete a questionnaire or attend an interview. It is unlikely that places will be offered to applicants with a Wits APS less than 42.
Bachelor of Engineering Science in Biomedical Engineering
BEngSc (BME)
(3 years)
42 and above English HL or 1st Add Lang – 5
Mathematics – 5
Physical Science – 5
Applicants are considered on matriculation performance and may be required to complete a questionnaire or attend an interview. It is unlikely that places will be offered to applicants with a Wits APS less than 42, or without the NSC Life Sciences subject.
Bachelor of Architectural Studies BAS
(3 years)
34 and above English HL or 1st Add Lang – 4
Mathematics – 4
Acceptance is dependent on departmental selection procedures. Applicants are required to complete a written and graphic exercise and will be required to attend an interview. Applicants with a Wits APS of 34 and above may be accepted on this basis. Applicants with a Wits APS of between 29 and 33 may be accepted on the basis of the exercise and interview for either the ordinary degree, or an extended curriculum programme. The selection process for the BAS is conducted by a panel of senior academics from the School of Architecture and Planning, monitored by the Assistant Dean. Selection is based predominantly on performance against the selection exercise, interview and academic performance, although demographic balance is taken into consideration where a choice needs to be made between applicants scoring the same range.
Bachelor of Science in Construction Studies
BSc(CS)
(3 years)

Bachelor of Science in Property Studies BSc (Property Studies)
(4 years)

36 and above English HL or 1st Add Lang – 5
Mathematics – 5
Provided that Maths and English pass at NSC Scale of Achievement Level 5.
Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning BSc(URP)
(3 years)
36 and above English HL or 1st Add Lang – 5
Mathematics – 5
Provided that Maths and English pass at NSC Scale of Achievement Level 5.

 

Health Sciences – View the Wits University Revised Health Sciences Admissions Policy 
Programme Minimum Admission Requirements  Selection procedures
APS Subjects & achieved scale
Bachelor of Health Sciences

Bachelor of Health Sciences BHSc (Biomedical Sciences and Biokinetics)
(3 years)

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
MB BCh (6 years)

Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy
BSc(Physiotherapy)
(4 years)

Bachelor of Pharmacy BPharm
(4 years)

The Faculty of Health Sciences does not calculate an APS score. Several criteria are considered for selection (e.g. Academic performance and National Benchmark scores).

There are two points of entry into the MBBCh degree:

  • 1st year MBBCh for applicants currently completing Matric
  • 3rd year MBBCh (i.e. the Graduate Entry Medical Programme (GEMP) for applicants who have completed a prerequisite degree. Click here for more info.
English HL or 1st Add Lang – 5
Mathematics – 5
Life Sciences and/or
Physical Science – 5
If you are applying to the Faculty of Health Sciences, you will not be selected solely on your school leaving results, although they are very important. A composite index is calculated, taking into consideration
(1) your academic results for FIVE subjects and (2) National Benchmark Test scores. Only five subjects are used to derive a matriculation score, which is calculated according to the percentages obtained, NOT symbols. These are English, Mathematics, Physical Science/ Life Sciences and
the best two other subjects.
(Dentistry requires Physical Science and Life Sciences and the best other subject).

ALL applicants (excluding applicants who are applying to the Graduate Entry Medical Programme – GEMP only) are required to write the National Benchmark Test (NBT).

GEMP applicants may be invited to the Wits Additional Placement Test (WAPT) and all applicants are advised to prepare in the event that they are invited. For more information on the WAPT please refer to:
www.wits.ac.za/health/gemp

• ALL GEMP applicants who are invited to the WAPT will be expected to complete a Biographical Questionnaire on the day of the test.
• ALL applicants to BSc in Occupational Therapy (OT) must spend time with an Occupational Therapist and complete a 2017 Occupational Therapy Certificate of Attendance.

Bachelor of Dental Science
BDS (5 years)
English HL or 1st Add Lang – 5
Mathematics – 5
Life Sciences and 
Physical Science – 5
Bachelor of Nursing BNurs
(4 years)

Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy- BSc(OT) (4 years)

English HL or 1st Add Lang – 4
Mathematics – 4
Life Sciences and/or
Physical Science – 4
Bachelor of Clinical Medical Practice (BCMP) (3 years)

Bachelor of Oral Health Sciences (BOHS) (3 years)

English HL or 1st Add Lang – 4
Mathematics – 4 or
Mathematical Literacy – 7
Life Sciences and/or
Physical Science – 4

 

Humanities
Programme Minimum Admission Requirements  Selection procedures
APS Subjects & achieved scale
Bachelor of Arts
BA (3 years)
34 and above English HL or 1st Add Lang – 5 Applicants with 30 – 33 points will be waitlisted subject to the availability of places and preference will be given to applicants with the best English results.
Bachelor of Arts with Law (3 years) 43 points and above English HL or 1st Add Lang – 5
Mathematics – 3
or Mathematical Literacy – 4
Law Courses – Applicants who wish to take law courses in their first year of study must meet the admission requirements for law.
Professional and specialist degrees
(all 4 years):

• B Social Work
• BA (Digital Arts)
• Bachelor of Arts (Dramatic Art)
• BA (Film & Television)
• Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts)
• Bachelor of Music (BMus)
• BA (Performing & Visual Arts)

34 and above & meeting departmental
selection procedures
English HL or 1st Add Lang – 5 For professional and specialist programmes:
• B Social Work – Written assignment
• BA (Digital Arts) – Interview, written assignment AND/OR submission of portfolio
• BA (Dramatic Art) – Interview, written assignment AND/OR audition
• BA (Film & Television) – Interview AND/OR submission of portfolio
• BA (Fine Arts) – Interview OR submission of portfolio
• BMus – Interview AND audition
• BA (Performing & Visual Arts) – Interview, written assignment AND/OR audition
Applicants with 30 – 33 points may be waitlisted subject to the availability of places.
Bachelor of Arts in
Speech and Hearing Therapy
(BA (SP&H Therapy)) (4 years)
34 and above English HL or 1st Add Lang – 5
Mathematics – 4
Departmental selection procedure

Applicants with 30 – 33 points will be waitlisted subject to the availability of places. All applicants are required to write the NBT test.

Bachelor of Education
BEd (4 years)
• BEd (Foundation Phase Teaching)
• BEd (Senior Primary Teaching)
• BEd (Secondary Teaching)
34 and above English HL or 1st Add Lang – 5 Applicants between 30 – 33 points will be waitlisted subject to the availability of places

 

Science
Programme Minimum Admission Requirements  Selection procedures
APS Subjects & achieved scale
Bachelor of Science in the field of:
• Applied Computing
• Astronomy and Astrophysics
• Chemistry with Chemical
Engineering
• Nuclear Sciences & Engineering
43 points and above English HL or 1st Add Lang – 5
Mathematics – 6
Physical Science – 6
Applicants between 40 – 42 points will be waitlisted subject to the availability of places
• Physical Sciences 40 points and above English HL or 1st Add Lang – 5
Mathematics – 6
Physical Science – 6
Applicants between 38 – 39 points will be waitlisted subject to the availability of places.
• Computer Science 40 points and above English HL or 1st Add Lang – 5
Mathematics – 6
Applicants between 38 – 39 points will be waitlistedSubject to the availability of places.
• Biological Sciences
• Geographical and Archaeological
Sciences
• Geological Sciences
40 points and above English HL or 1st Add Lang – 5
Mathematics – 5
Applicants between 38 – 39 points will be waitlisted subject to the availability of places.
• Actuarial Sciences
• Mathematical Sciences
40 points and above English HL or 1st Add Lang – 7
Mathematics – 7
Physical Science – 7
Applicants between 38 – 39 points will be waitlisted subject to the availability of places.
• Mathematics of Finance 42 points and above English HL or 1st Add Lang – 6
Mathematics – 6
Physical Science – 6
Applicants between 40 – 41 points will be waitlisted subject to the availability of places.
Bachelor of Science (General)
BSc (3 years)
40 points and above English HL or 1st Add Lang – 5
Mathematics – 5
Applicants between 38 – 39 points will be waitlisted subject to the availability of places.

 

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