Wits University National Senior Certificate (NSC) Admission Requirements

Wits University National Senior Certificate (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 
ProgrammeMinimum Admission Requirements Selection procedures
APSSubjects & achieved scale
Bachelor of Commerce:
BCom (3 years)
Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) – BCom Accounting (3 years)
39 and aboveEnglish 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 Commerce with Law: BCom (Law) (3 years)43 and aboveEnglish 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 aboveEnglish HL or 1st Add Lang – 5
Mathematics – 6
Programmes requiring Maths
• Maths Major – 6
• Maths Stats, Acc 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 aboveEnglish 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.

 

Engineering and the Built Environment
ProgrammeMinimum Admission Requirements Selection procedures
APSSubjects & 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.

• Aeronautical40
• Chemical42
• Civil36
• Electrical36
• Industrial40
• Mechanical40
• Metallurgy42
• Mining40
Bachelor of Engineering Science in the field of Digital Arts
(3 years)
42 and aboveEnglish 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 aboveEnglish 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 Architectural Studies BAS
(3 years)
34 and aboveEnglish 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 may 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 only be considered on the basis of exceptional exercise scores. 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 within the same range.
Bachelor of Science in Construction Studies
BSc (CS)
(3 years)

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

36 and aboveEnglish 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 aboveEnglish 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 
ProgrammeMinimum Admission Requirements Selection procedures
APSSubjects & achieved scale
Bachelor of Health Sciences BHSc
Biomedical Sciences (3 years)
Biokinetics) (3 years)

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
MBBCh (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 Tes (NBT) 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 (NBT) 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 andLife 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 (Occupational Therapy) or (Physiotherapy) must spend time observing and/or assisting an Occupational Therapist/Physiotherapist and complete a 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):
BA (Digital Arts)
BA (Dramatic Art)
BA (Film & Television)
BA (Fine Arts)
BA (Music)
BA (Performing & Visual Arts)
34 and above & meeting departmental selection procedures
English HL or 1st Add Lang – 5
Applicants with 30 – 33 points may be waitlisted subject to the availability of places.
  • 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
BA (Social Work)
34 and above
English HL or 1st Add Lang – 5
All applicants are required to write the NBT test
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
All applicants are required to write the NBT test.
Please note that the programme is subject to change pending external approval for the split of the programme into BA in Speech Pathology and BA Audiology.
Bachelor of Education BEd (4 years):
BEd (Foundation Phase Teaching)
BEd (Senior Primary Teaching)
BEd (Secondary Teaching)
36 and above
English HL or 1st Add Lang – 5
Applicants between 30 – 33 points will be waitlisted subject to the availability of places

Science
ProgrammeMinimum Admission Requirements Selection procedures
APSSubjects & achieved scale
Bachelor of Science in the field of:

  • Applied Computing
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Chemistry with Chemical Engineering
  • Nuclear Sciences and Engineering
43 points and aboveEnglish 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
42 points and aboveEnglish HL or 1st Add Lang – 5
Mathematics – 6
Physical Science – 5
Applicants between 38 – 41 points will be waitlisted subject to the availability of places.
  • Computer Science
42 points and aboveEnglish HL or 1st Add Lang – 5
Mathematics – 6
Applicants between 38 – 41 points will be waitlisted subject to the availability of places.
  • Biological Sciences
  • Geographical and Archaeological Sciences
40 points and aboveEnglish HL or 1st Add Lang – 5
Mathematics – 5
Applicants between 38 – 39 points will be waitlisted subject to the availability of places.
  • Geological Sciences
40 points and aboveEnglish HL or 1st Add Lang – 5
Mathematics – 6
Physical Science – 5
Applicants between 38 – 39 points will be waitlisted subject to the availability of places.
  • Actuarial Sciences
  • Mathematical Sciences
40 points and aboveEnglish 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 aboveEnglish 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 aboveEnglish 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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