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Alternate admission requirements

What is an alternative admission?

Unless Senate determines otherwise, applicants who do not meet the formal requirements for admission to the university or a particular study programme, will not be admitted.  

Senate's Discretionary powers will be used when dealing with applications from the following categories of students:

Applicants who matriculated before 2008

The matriculation board will continue to function in its current capacity in 2009.

Until the status quo is changed, all regulations with regard to Senate Discretionary (SD) admission and exemption certificates that currently apply to applicants who completed matric before 2008, will continue to apply to this category of students in 2009 and thereafter.

Applicants who will complete the National Senior Certificate (NSC) in 2008 or thereafter

The certificates of candidates who will complete the NSC examinations in 2008 and thereafter will be endorsed to indicate the level of study for which they may be admitted to higher education institutions.
Candidates who complete matric in 2008 and thereafter, but who do not meet the admission criteria of the university, will only be admitted if in Senate’s Discretion if they have demonstrated competence during alternative assessments processes.
Admission Tests such as the National Benchmark Test (NBT) will be used to assess the competence of applicants who have endorsement for studying at a university, but not at the level for which they have applied. 

An RPL assessment process will be used to evaluate the competence of applicants who have not completed grade 12 or who have not obtained an endorsed National Senior Certificate. RPL Assessment Process. 

Applicants without an NSC or an endorsed NSC

 Students who completed the NSC in 2008 or thereafter, but have not obtained endorsements, will be considered for alternative admission after the age of 23. This age is proposed on the assumption that an appropriate level of maturity and relevant experience or learning could be gained at 23 years of age. Such candidates will be required to complete a RPL portfolio development course and submit to a process where relevant learning and/or experience will be assessed.
Candidates who are 23 or older and do not have a matriculation certificate or NSC, but who might have obtained other qualifications or experience that may be deemed to be equivalent to admission criteria for particular study programmes, will also be required to complete a RPL portfolio development course or an RPL portfolio process as agreed and to submit to a process where such learning, qualification and/or experience will be assessed.
For more information regarding Recognition of Prior Learning portfolio development contact or call on 021 959 2799.