General Admission Requirements For UWC

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General Criteria for Admission to the University

For the Bachelor’s Degree:

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 recognized 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 recognized language subjects), Life Sciences, Mathematics, Mathematical Literacy, Music, Physical Sciences, Religion Studies, Visual Arts.

For the Diploma:

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 recognized NSC 20-credit subjects.

For the Higher Certificate:

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:

NSC ​LevelPercentage​Points for
English​ (*)
Points for
Maths or Maths Lit​
Points for
Life Orientation​
Points for each​
Other Subject
890-100%151538
​​7​80-89%​13​13​3​7
​6​70-79%​11​11​2​6
​5​60-69%​9​9​2​5
​4​50-59%​7​7​2​4
​3​40-49%​5​5​1​3
​2​30-39%​3​3​1​2
​120-29%​1​1​1​1
less than 20% ​0000

(*) – ‘English’ here refers to either English home language or English first additional language, not second additional language, which would rather fall under ‘other subjects’

Prospectus For UWC

The UWC prospectus 2020- 2021 has been successfully uploaded online and can be downloaded below for free in PDF. The University of Western Cape Prospectus can be downloaded and printed or accessed online below in PDF format

Click on the link below to download prospectus in PDF or view online:

Prospectus here-https://prosectus.uwc.ac.za/educate

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