University of the Witwatersrand Admission Requirements

 University of the Witwatersrand Admission Requirements

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

Programme
Minimum Admission Requirements 
Selection procedures
APS
Subjects & achieved scale
Bachelor of Commerce

(3 years)

  – General
– Accounting
– Information
Systems
– PPE
39 +
English HL or 1st Add Lang – 5
Mathematics – 5
Applicants with an APS between 35 – 38, as well as English 6 and Mathematics 6, will be waitlisted subject to the number of places available.
Bachelor of Commerce with Law
(3 years)
43 +
English HL or 1st Add Lang – 5
Mathematics – 5
Applicants with an APS between 35 – 42, as well as English 6 and Mathematics 6, will be waitlisted subject to the number of places available.
Bachelor of Economic Science 
(3 years)
42 +
English HL or 1st Add Lang – 5
Mathematics – 6

  • Maths Major – Mathematics 6
  • Actuarial Science – English and Mathematics 7
Applicants with an APS between 39 – 41, as well as English 5 and Mathematics 7, will be waitlisted subject to the number of places available.
Bachelor of Accounting Science 
(3 years)
42 +
English HL or 1st Add Lang – 5
Mathematics – 6
Applicants with an APS between 39 – 41, as well as English 6 and Mathematics 6, will be waitlisted subject to the number of places available.
LLB (for Graduates only)
No Matric APS calculation
Subject to assessment criteria as determined by the School of Law, and availability of places
The 4 year LLB was dicontinued at the end of 2014. Applicants who have completed an undergraduate degree at an institution other than Wits are required to apply for the 3 year LLB programme. Wits applicants who have completed an undergraduate degree without Law modules are also required to apply for the 3 year LLB. Wits applicants who have completed a BA Law or BCom Law are eligible to apply for the 2 year LLB.

Engineering and the Built Environment

Programme Minimum Admission Requirements  Selection procedures
APS   Subjects & 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 results. Generally students who achieve at least 70% in Mathematics, Physical Science and English stand a greater chance of being accepted.
  • Aeronautical
40+
  • Chemical
42+
  • Civil
36+
  • Electrical
36+
  • Industrial
40+
  • Mechanical
40+
  • Metallurgy
42+
  • Mining
40+
Bachelor of Engineering Science in the field of Digital Arts 
(3 years)
42+ English HL or 1st Add Lang – 5
Mathematics – 5
Physical Science – 5
Applicants will be required to complete additional selection criteria, e.g. workshop, interview.
Bachelor of Engineering Science in Biomedical Engineering 
BEngSc (BME)
(3 years)
42+ English HL or 1st Add Lang – 5
Mathematics – 5
Physical Science – 5
Bachelor of Architectural StudiesBAS
(3 years)
34+ English 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 StudiesBSc (PS)
(4 years)
36+ English HL or 1st Add Lang – 5
Mathematics – 5
Provided that Mathematics and English pass at NSC Scale of Achievement Level 5.
Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional PlanningBSc (URP)
(3 years)
36+ English HL or 1st Add Lang – 5
Mathematics – 5
Provided that Mathematics and English pass at NSC Scale of Achievement Level 5.

Health Sciences – View the  Wits University Revised Health Sciences Admissions Policy

Programme Minimum Admission Requirements  Selection procedures
APS Subjects & achieved scale
Bachelor of Health Sciences BHSc
(3 years)
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Biokinetics
  • Health Systems Sciences
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. Academic performance and National Benchmark Test (NBT) scores are used for consideration.

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 Language, 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) and/or BSc (Physiotherapy) must spend time (16 hrs) observing and/or assisting an Occupational Therapist/Physiotherapist and complete a certificate of attendance. Only observation hours completed between 1 July and 31 July 2020 will be accepted as valid.
Bachelor of Dental Science 
BDS (5 years)
English HL or 1st Add Lang – 5
Mathematics – 5
Life Sciences and 
Physical Science – 5
Bachelor of NursingBNurs
(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  (3 years)
34 +
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 +
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 +  as well as 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
Bachelor of Social Work (4 years)
34 +
English HL or 1st Add Lang – 5
All applicants are required to write the NBT
Bachelor of Audiology
(4 years)
Bachelor of Speech-Language Pathology
(4 years)
34 +
English HL or 1st Add Lang – 5
Mathematics – 4
All applicants are required to write the NBT
Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching 
Bachelor of Education in Intermediate Phase Teaching
 
Bachelor of Education in Senior Phase and FET Teaching
36 +
English HL or 1st Add Lang – 5
Applicants between 31 – 35 points (preference to higher English results) will be waitlisted subject to the availability of places

Science

Programme Minimum Admission Requirements  Selection procedures
APS Subjects & achieved scale
Bachelor of Science in the field of:

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Chemistry with Chemical Engineering
  • Nuclear Sciences and Engineering
43 points and above English 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
40 points and above English 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.
  • Computer Science
40 points and above English HL or 1st Add Lang – 5
Mathematics – 6
Applicants between 38 – 39 points will be waitlisted subject to the availability of places.
  • Biological Sciences
  • Geographical and Archaeological Sciences
40 points and above English 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 above English 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 above English 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 above English HL or 1st Add Lang – 5
Mathematics – 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 above English HL or 1st Add Lang – 5
Mathematics – 5
Applicants between 38 – 39 points will be waitlisted subject to the availability of places.