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					Admissions Policy
Undergraduate admission into the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2009 and thereafter
(Council Approved 27 October 2006)

Preamble In terms of the Statute of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Para. 71 (1), a person may be permitted by the council to register as a student only if he or she satisfies the legal requirements, if any, for study at the University, and, further, satisfies any other requirements for admission that may be determined by the council and laid down in the rules. The introduction of a new school-leaving examination, the National Senior Certificate, in November 2008 makes it necessary to spell out, for approval by Senate and Council, the new requirements (both legal and other) for admission as a student to UKZN in 2009 and thereafter. This Admissions Policy spells out, first, the legal requirements for admission to higher education; second, any further common requirements for admission to UKZN; third, additional requirements for admission to specific qualifications, as prescribed by the four Colleges.

A. Legal requirements Legal requirements for admission to higher education were gazetted by the Minister in August 2005. For admission to a degree, the National Senior Certificate (NSC) must be achieved, with an achievement rating of 4 (50% or better) in four recognized NSC 20 credit subjects, together with institutional faculty or programme-specific requirements. For admission to a diploma, the National Senior Certificate must be achieved, with an achievement rating of 3 (40% or better) in four recognized NSC 20 credit subjects, with institutional faculty or programme-specific requirements. Recognized NSC subjects are as follows: up to three official and non-official languages, Geography, History, Religion Studies, Dramatic Arts, Music, Visual Arts, Consumer Studies, Accounting, Business Studies, Economics, Agricultural Sciences, Engineering Graphics and Design, Physical Sciences, Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy, Information Technology, Life Sciences. In addition, the Language of Teaching and Learning of the tertiary institution must be passed as Home Language or First Additional Language at a minimum of level 4 (50%).

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Further common requirements for admission to UKZN

1. Applicants must have passed English as Home Language or First Additional Language at a minimum of level 4 (50%).1 2. Applicants must have passed the subject Life Orientation at a minimum of level 4 (50%).2 3. A composite score called the Admissions Points Score (APS) based on NSC performance will be used with points calculated as follows:

NSC Rating

NSC Percentage

7 6 5 4 3 2 1

80% to100% 70% to 79% 60% to 69% 50% to 59% 40% to 49% 30% to 39% 0% to 29%

Points Rating APS 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Adjusted for Percentages for APS 90% to 100% 80% to 89% 70% to 79% 60% to 69% 50% to 59% 40% to 49% 30% to 39% 0% to 29%

The points ratings for the 6 subjects required for the NSC excluding Life Orientation will be used in calculating the APS which is calculated as the sum of the 6 points ratings with no subject weighted more than any other.

C. Additional requirements for admission to specific qualifications Note: In terms of capacity constraints, the admission requirements specified below by Colleges are to be considered minimum performance levels required of applicants; not all such applicants can necessarily be offered a study place. Priority will be given to higher levels of achievement (subject also to redress considerations) and to applications submitted punctually.

For some qualifications, a higher level of performance in the Language of Learning and Teaching is specified. 2 A minimum achievement rating of level 3 (40%) in Life Orientation is required for the National Senior Certificate. In order to signal the importance of this subject, UKZN wishes to specify, for admission to all qualifications, a minimum performance of level 4 (50%). However, for the 2009, 2010 and 2011 intakes, this performance level requirement will be managed through Dean’s discretion and will not be used to exclude applicants. From 2012, all entrants will be required to have achieved level 4 in Life Orientation.

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COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE, ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE Faculty of Engineering
Entrance requirements: Compulsory NSC subjects, and required minimum performance levels BSc in Engineering 6 NSC designated subjects, (Ag, Chem, Civ, including Mathematics at level 6 Comp, EL, EC, and Mech Eng); Physical Sciences at level 6 BSc in Land Surveying. BSc in Property Development 6 NSC designated subjects, including Mathematics at level 5 and Physical Sciences at level 4 Qualifications Minimum APS score

33

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Alternative access: UNITE Programme

Mathematics at level 4

Mathematical Literacy is not accepted as a replacement for Mathematics. Note: Alternative access to the Faculty of Engineering is via the UNITE Programme. The UNITE programme is a foundational year and does not lead to a qualification. Based on sufficient performance, it may lead to direct entry into the Faculty, or a Certificate. Admission into this programme is based largely on interviews, individual merit and available financial support, but all applicants must satisfy the requirements for entry into higher education and into UKZN, including Mathematics at level 4.

Faculty of Science & Agriculture
Entrance requirements:
Qualification Compulsory NSC subjects, and required minimum performance levels Minimum APS score

BSc M stream (all programmes except Actuarial Science) BSc (Actuarial Science) BSc LES stream (all programmes except Biomedical Science) BSc (Biomedical Science) BSc in Agriculture B Agricultural Management B Agriculture BSc in Dietetics BSc in Human Nutrition Alternative access: BSc – A (augmented) BSc – S (SFP)

Mathematics level 5 and (Physical or Life or Agricultural Sciences) level 4 Mathematics level 7 and (Physical or Life or Agricultural Sciences) level 4 Mathematics level 4 and (Physical or Life or Agricultural Sciences) level 4 Mathematics level 4 and (Physical and Life Sciences) level 5 Mathematics level 4 and (Physical or Life or Agricultural Sciences) level 4 Mathematics level 4 and (Physical or Life or Agricultural Sciences) level 4 Mathematics level 4 and (Physical or Life or Agricultural Sciences) level 4 Mathematics level 4 and (Physical or Life or Agricultural Sciences) level 4 Mathematics level 4 and (Physical or Life or Agricultural Sciences) level 4 Mathematics level 3 and (Physical or Life or Agricultural Sciences) level 3 Mathematics level 2 and (Physical or Life or Agricultural Sciences) level 2

30 32 28 36 28 28 28 28 28

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Mathematical Literacy is not accepted as a replacement for Mathematics.

COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES Faculty of Health Sciences
Entrance requirements: Programmes B Communication Pathology (Audiology) B Communication Pathology (Speech Language) B Occupational Therapy B Dental Therapy Dip in Oral Health B Medical Sciences (Anatomy) B Medical Sciences (Physiology) B Nursing B Pharmacy Compulsory NSC subjects Mathematics Life Sciences or Physical Sciences Mathematics Life Sciences or Physical Sciences Mathematics Life Sciences or Physical Sciences Life Sciences Mathematical Literacy or Mathematics Life Sciences Mathematical Literacy or Mathematics Mathematics Life Sciences Physical Sciences Mathematics Life Sciences Physical Sciences Mathematical Literacy or Mathematics Mathematics Life Sciences Physical Sciences Mathematics Life Sciences Physical Sciences Mathematics Literacy or Mathematics Mathematics Physical Sciences Life Sciences Minimum APS score 30 30

30 30 30 30

30

27 33

B Physiotherapy

30

B Sport Sciences B Optometry

27 33

Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine
Applicants to NRMSM will be pre-selected on their grade 11 results as per the requirements outlined below. Applicants must however maintain or improve their grade 11 academic standard of results in their grade 12 results. Applicants are ranked for selection according to their performance, with bonus points being allocated as spelled out below.

Entrance requirements:

Qualifications

MBChB

Compulsory NSC subjects and minimum performance levels Mathematics, Physical Sciences and Life Sciences, English (home language/ first additional language), each at level 5 or higher

Required APS

Further comments

For each of these subjects, a bonus point is given for level 7 achievement.

In addition, entrance tests (such as AARP and SATAP) may be used, and short-listed applicants may be interviewed.

COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES
Faculty of Education
Entrance requirements: Qualifications B.Ed (ECD/Foundation phase) B.Ed (Foundation/Intermediate phase) B.Ed (Intermediate/ senior phase) B.Ed (Senior/ FET phase) Compulsory NSC subjects and required minimum performance levels Four subjects at level 4 and 3 at level 3 Minimum APS score 22

Four subjects at level 4 and 3 at level 3

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Four subjects at level 4 and 3 at level 3

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B.Ed (FET phase)

Four subjects at level 4 and 3 at level 3. Teaching subject specializations require relevant NSC subject(s) (e.g. a specialization in Economics requires an NSC subject from the learning field of Management Sciences), generally at a level specified by the Faculty in which that discipline is taught. Four subjects at level 4 and 3 at level 3. Teaching subject specializations require relevant NSC subject(s), generally at a level specified by the Faculty in which that discipline is taught (e.g. a specialization in Mathematics requires NSC Mathematics (and not Mathematical Literacy) at least at level 4)

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Faculty of Humanities Development and Social Sciences
Entrance requirements: Qualifications Compulsory NSC subjects and required minimum performance levels * 2 subjects at level 5 (60% - 69%), at least one of which requires verbal skills and is taken from the following list: Any of the languages, studied either as a home or as a first additional language; Geography, History, Religion Studies, Dramatic Arts, Music, Visual Arts, Life Sciences, Information Technology, Business Studies, Economics, Consumer Studies, Mathematics Literacy. * 2 subjects at level 4 (50% -59%); * 1 subject at level 3 (40% - 49%); * Sixth subject: 20% sub-minimum As above Minimum APS score Additional requirements

General BA; General BSoc Sci; Bachelor of Community & Development; Criminology; Social Work; Theology; Undergraduate Diploma in Practical Music

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Bachelor of Music and Diploma in Practical Music Political Science (PPE) Architectural Studies

An additional audition and aural perception test

As above. Subjects at level 5 to include Mathematics. As above. Subjects at level 5 to include Mathematics.

An additional portfolio and questionnaire;

Alternative access: In addition, applicants with an APS score of between 20 and 25 may gain entrance to the Faculty through excellent performance on an entrance test. Applicants from disadvantaged educational and social contexts who achieve a satisfactory score on the entrance test will be offered a place in the Humanities Extended Curriculum programme.

COLLEGE OF LAW AND MANAGEMENT STUDIES Faculty of Law
Entrance requirements: Qualification Compulsory NSC subjects, and required minimum performance levels English (Home language), at level 5; or English (first additional language), at level 6 Mathematical Literacy at level 5, or Mathematics at level 3 Minimum APS score

LlB

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Applicants from disadvantaged social and educational contexts with somewhat below the above requirements may be invited to write an alternate access test.

Faculty of Management Studies
Entrance requirements:

Qualifications
Bachelor of Commerce Bachelor of Commerce Accounting Bachelor of Business Science Business Science Actuarial Science Bachelor of Administration Alternative Access: Bachelor of Commerce Extended Curriculum (Bcom4)

Compulsory NSC subjects, and required minimum performance levels
Mathematics, level 4 Mathematics, level 4

Minimum APS score
31 31

Mathematics, level 6 Mathematics, level 7 Mathematics, level 4

32 34 30

Mathematics, level 3

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Mathematical Literacy is not acceptable as an alternative to Mathematics.


				
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