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Basic admission requirements


Basic admission requirements

Please familiarise yourself with the Stellenbosch University Admissions Policy and our Terms and Conditions for new applications.

What are the minimum academic requirements for an NSC (National Senior Certificate) Pass?​

In order to obtain a NSC pass in your Gr12 year, you must have a minimum of 7 subjects. Of these 7 subjects, you are required to have:

  • Two (2) South African languages;
  • Mathematics or Mathem​atics Literacy (1);
  • Three (3) 20-credit subjects and;
  • Life Orientation (1).

Furthermore, you have to pass with at least:​

  • 40% minimum for your Home Language;
  • 40% for two other subjects and;
  • 30% for two other subjects one of which must be an official language at First Additional or Home Language level and;
  • ​20% in the final subject​

*Life Orientation will not be considered as part of your average.

What are the minimum academic requirements for a Bachelor's degree?

  • 30% for a South African Language of Learning and Teaching (English or Afrikaans), and
  • an achievement rating of 4 (50% - 59%) in four 20-credit subjects.

How do we calculate your National Senior Certificate average?

We use the highest score in Language of Learning and Teaching (Eng or Afr) + (5 x best results in 20-credit subjects excluding Life Orientation, Advanced Mathematics, Mathematics 3 and any other non NSC subject s). The total is then divided by 6.

How do we assess international qualifications?

  • We use the final school results from International Curriculum (Cambridge International, International Baccalaureate, etc.), including School of Tomorrow. 
  • Click here for the minimum requirements for international curricula. (Cambridge A-levels, AS-levels, GCSE/IGCSE/O-levels; IB Diploma; American School and Abitur
  • Also, meet further requirements specific to the programme(s) of your choice as set out in the programme outlines under the various Faculties.

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