Agricultural Economics
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Admission requirements

1.       Admission requirements (p. 19-20)

3.1         School-leaving qualifications

For admission to the University you need:

      • A National Senior Certificate (NSC) or school-leaving certificate from the Independent Examination Board as certified by Umalusi with admission to bachelor's (which requires that you obtain a mark of at least 4 (50-59%) in each of four designated university admission subjects); or
      • A university exemption certificate issued by the South African Matriculation Board to students with other school qualifications.
3.2         Minimum admission requirements for the Faculty's degree programmes
      • In addition to the abovementioned school-leaving qualifications, the admission requirements for the programmes BScAgric, BScFor, BScConsEcol, BSc Food Sc and BAgricAdmin are as follows:
        • An average performance level of 60% in the NSC or the IEB's school-leaving certificate (excluding Life Orientation), or other school qualification;
        • English or Afrikaans (Home Language or First Additional Language) – 4 (50%);
        • Mathematics – 5 (60%); and
        • Physical Sciences (Physics and Chemistry) – 4 (50%).

Take note that the following admission requirements are applicable to the below- mentioned fields of study:

      • Admission requirements for the fields of study BScAgric with Soil Science and Chemistry as major subjects:
        • An average performance level of 60% in the NSC or the IEB's school-leaving certificate (excluding Life Orientation), or other school qualification;
        • English or Afrikaans (Home Language or First Additional Language) – 4 (50%);
        • Mathematics – 6 (70%); and
        • Physical Sciences (Physics and Chemistry) – 4 (50%).
      • Admission requirements for the field of study Wood and Wood Products Science:
        • An average performance level of 60% in the NSC or the IEB's school-leaving certificate (excluding Life Orientation), or other school qualification;
        • English or Afrikaans (Home Language or First Additional Language) – 4 (50%);
        • Mathematics – 6 (70%); and
        • Physical Sciences (Physics and Chemistry) – 5 (60%).
      • Admission requirements for the field of study BAgric (Elsenburg):

In addition to the general admission requirements of Stellenbosch University, admission to the programme leading to BAgric (Elsenburg) requires at minimum:


        • English or Afrikaans (Home Language or First Additional Language) – 4 (50%);
        • Mathematics – 4 (50%) OR Mathematical Literacy – 5 (60%);
        • Physical Sciences (Physics and Chemistry) – 4 (50%); OR
        • Life Sciences – 4 (50%); OR
        • Agricultural Sciences – 4 (50%).

As a prospective student you must also write the National Benchmark Tests (NBT). You must write the Academic and Quantitative Literacy test (AQL). If you take Mathematics as a subject you also have to write the Mathematics (MAT) test. However, if you are taking Mathematical Literacy as a subject and you are applying for the BAgric programme at Elsenburg then you do not need to write the Mathematics test.