UCT Application Requirements 2023

The University of Cape Town (UCT) application Requirements are indispensable for prospective students. The UCT application requirements have been released for the 2022/2023 academic year.

UCT Application Requirements

The university programmes receive a large number of applications from potential students. Thus, UCT is only able to accept a limited number of pupils. Even if you meet all of a program’s admission requirements, you are not guaranteed admission to the program of your choice. ​

UCT General Application Requirements 2023

The UCT application requirements 2023 differ depending on what you want to study. The criteria for certificate courses, diplomas, and degrees are listed below:

Undergraduate Certificate Study

To confirm eligibility for admission to undergraduate certificate study, applicants must consult the Admissions Office or the faculty concerned.

Undergraduate Diploma Study

The minimum requirement for admission to undergraduate diploma study is a National Senior Certificate (NSC) as certified by Umalusi with an achievement rating of 3 (Moderate Achievement, 40-49%) or better in 4 recognized NSC 20-credit subjects.

Bachelor’s Degree Study

To be eligible for admission to degree study, applicants need to meet minimum requirements for eligibility:

  • Applicants holding a South African National Senior Certificate (NSC) need to pass a minimum of 4 subjects at a rating of 4 (Adequate Achievement, 50-59%) or better in any four 20-credit NSC subjects.
  • Applicants holding a South African Senior Certificate need matriculation endorsement.
  • Applicants holding non-South African school-leaving certificates must qualify for a matriculation exemption certificate. For more information please visit the website of the Matriculation Board.

Minimum language proficiency

All applicants must have attained a certain level of proficiency in English and are required to submit evidence of this, as outlined below, as part of their application to study.

South African Senior Certificate undergraduate applicants

  • South African Senior Certificate undergraduate applicants to UCT must have achieved a pass of 40% or more on the Higher Grade in English (First or Second Language) at Senior Certificate level.

South African NSC undergraduate applicants

  • South African NSC undergraduate applicants to UCT, must have achieved a rating of 2 (Elementary Achievement, 30-40%) or better at Home Language or First Additional Language level.

Applicants holding non-South African school-leaving certificates

For further information on the IELTS and TOEFL exams, please contact the UCT English Language Centre.

National Senior Certificate requirements

If you have completed or will be completing, the National Senior Certificate (NSC), the following guidelines can be used to calculate your entrance scores and disadvantage factor, where applicable:

UCT Undergraduate Application Requirements

Note that the undergraduate admission requirements are different for each faculty:

UCT Postgraduate Application Requirements

The admission requirements for postgraduate study vary from one programme to another. You are advised to consult the faculty concerned directly in order to find out what is required for the course or degree that you want to take.

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