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Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences

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Admission Requirements

Requirements to study in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences:
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').

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
The EMS Faculty requires students to obtain at least 30 points.
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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 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 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 recognised NSC 20-credit subjects.


For the Higher Certificate:

The minimum admission requirement is a National Senior Certificate as certified by Umalusi?.
 

NSC Level

Percentage

Points for
English? (*)

Points for
Maths or Maths Lit

Points for
Life Orientation

Points for each
Other Subject

8 90-100% 15 15 3 8
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
1 20-29% 1 1 1 1
  less than 20%  0 0 0 0
(*) - ‘English’ here refers to either English home language or English first additional language, not second additional language, which would rather fall under ‘other subjects’. 

Alternative Admissions

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, 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. 
 
A 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. 
 

Applicants with an endorsed NSC who do not meet UWC’s admission requirements

Candidates who completed an NSC, but have not attained the required level of endorsement for admission to particular study programmes, will be required to complete and pass the National Benchmark Test (NBT) at specific level.
 
Such candidates will be considered if they have an endorsed certificate for a programme at one level below the programme that they have applied for. They may be admitted to specified programmes if they have passed the NBT at performance levels as determined by faculties. Faculties that offer degree programmes could consider applicants with endorsement for diploma studies. Faculties that offer diploma programmes (Dentistry, Education and Law) could consider applicants with endorsements for higher certificates studies.
 
For more information regard the National Benchmark Test (NBT) please contact the Student Enrolment Management Unit at Tel: (021) 959 2405/3253 or visit the NBT website by clicking here National Benchmark Test?.
 

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 Ms Rethabile Mcube at Tel: (021) 959 2799 or email rmcube@uwc.ac.za?.

Minimum NSC Subject Requirements for 2021

Programme

Course Code

English (Home or
1st Additional Language)

Another Language
(Home or
1st? Additional Language)

Mathematics     

 

Mathematics Literacy

Accounting

Point Score

B Admin 1011 4
(50-59%)
3
(40-49%)
 
3
(40-49%)
or 5
(60-69%)
 
N/A 30
B Com 1008 4
(50-59%)
 
3
(40-49%)
4
(50-59%)
or N/A N/A 30
B Com Law 1221 ? 4
(50-59%)
 
3
(40-49%)
4
(50-59%)
or N/A N/A 30
?B Com
Accou?nting
1021  4
(50-59%)
 
3
(40-49%)
4
(50-59%)
or N/A 5
(60-69%) or N/A if student have achieved 5 or higher in mathematics
30
B Com Financial Accounting 1175 4
(50-59%)
 
3
(40-49%)
4
(50-59%)
  N/A N/A 30

International Applicants

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  • You need to submit your final school results to Higher Education South Africa (HESA) for an evaluation.
  • Unfortunately, we will not be able to respond to your application until you submit a confirmation letter issued by HESA stating that you qualify to study at a South African University.
  • Certified copy of your passport.
  • Please visit the HESA website at www.hesa-enrol.ac.za ?for more information about this process.


Study Visa Information 

Recent changes in the Immigration Act have further intensified the need for foreign students wishing to attend UWC to have the correct visa, and for existing foreign students to renew their visa in a correct and timely manner to avoid delays in registration and other more serious immigration issues.

Please note that these are guidelines and you will be required to check with the South African consulate or embassy in your home country for further details and the relevant forms.

These guidelines apply for students without dependents. For students with dependents, further information is needed, please check with your embassy/consulate.


For prospective international students:

You must have your study visa before leaving your country of residence. The university cannot register you without a valid study visa to study at this institution. The visa can be obtained from the South African consulate or embassy in your country of residence.

 In order to apply for a study permit, certain documentation and payments are needed, namely:
  • The study permit application form.
  • A valid passport.
  • An official letter from UWC stating that you have been accepted for the course and the duration of the course.
  • A police clearance certificate for every country you have lived in for more than a year since you were 18 (less than 6 months old).
  • A medical report (specific form to be filled in).
  • A radiological report (in the form of a chest X-Ray to confirm you do not have TB - specific form to be filled in).
  • Medical cover with a registered South African medical scheme for the duration of your course or which can be renewed yearly for the duration of the course.
  • A repatriation fee, to be paid to the consulate/embassy (amounts vary for each country) which will be used in case of deportation and will be reimbursed once back in your home country.
  • Accommodation details, and 
  • Proof of sufficient funds to support you for the duration of your course (scholarship letters, bank statements, etc).

You are allowed to work for 20 hours a week whilst in South Africa on a study visa, however, you cannot use this work towards your proof of financial ability to pay for the course.

The above payments and documentation must be provided with the application fee in full in order to apply for your visa.

Please allow six weeks for your visa application. Processing times vary per country, so please check with the embassy/consulate for exact details.

Internal Postgraduate Applicants

Postgraduate Diploma In Accounting – 1507

NB: The Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting (PGDA), combined with the BCom (Accounting) degree is accredited by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) to prepare candidates for its Initial Test of Competence (ITC).
 
  • D.144 ADMISSION
  • Unless the Senate determines otherwise persons meeting the following requirements qualify for admission as a candidate for the Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting
 
  • D.144.1 A BCom (Accounting) degree or equivalent (as approved by the Department of Accounting) and
 
  • D.144.2 Passed all the 3rd year modules of the BCom (Accounting) degree (or equivalent) in one year with a subminimum of 55% for each module and an overall percentage of 57.5%.
 
  • D.145 SELECTION
  • As only a limited number of students can be admitted to the programme, applicants will be subject to a selection procedure.
 
  • D.146 DURATION
  • Unless Senate decides otherwise the duration of the programme shall extend over one (1) year full-time.
 
  • D.147 CURRICULUM
  • Module Name Alpha Code Cred
  • Compulsory Modules
    • Advanced Financial Accounting ACC721 50
    • Advanced Auditing ACC741 30
    • Advanced Management Accounting and Financial Management ACC751 30
    • Advanced Taxation ACC706 30
TOTAL 140