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Office for International Education

Language Requirement

The medium of instruction and examination at Nelson Mandela University is English.

Applicants from non-English speaking countries are required to submit proof of English proficiency before registration. The TOEFL or IELTS tests, available in most countries, are acceptable proof.

The minimum TOEFL score required is:

  • 230 on the computer-based test;

  • 570 on the paper-based test;

The minimum score required IELTS score is:

  • 6.0

The minimum score on the IBT:

  • 92 overall with minimums of 18 in listening, 17 in reading 22 in writing and 22 in speaking

If the above proof of English language proficiency is not provided before registration, please note that registration maybe refused and, or you will be required to undertake an evaluation by the director of the English Language Skills Programme, and depending upon your performance, you may then be required to register for and complete the English Language Skills Programme.

Guidelines for Admissions to Undergraduate Programmes

General Notes:

  • International Students are not admitted into all programmes and it is for this reason that certain programmes are omitted from the list below.

  • Applicants can be directly admitted if they meet the minimum criteria prescribed by the JMB (HESA)

  • http://www.hesa-enrol.ac.za/mb and the School Points Score (SPS) as indicated below.

  • Important to note not all subjects are recognized for exemption purposes and this information is regularly updated on the JMB website.

  • SPS system allocates point values to the six best school leaving symbols in order to:

  • Identify whether applicant meets the minimum criteria prescribed by the JMB;

  • Identify whether applicant meets the grade requirements (see notes below);

  • Identify whether applicant meets the compulsory school leaving subjects;

  • Identify whether the applicant meets the English language requirement;

  • Limitations to programmes are annually set by the enrolment planning process;

  • International students are only accepted for full-time studies;

  • All international students are tested before registration using CAAR access assessment for research purposes, where applicable developmental recommendations are provided to the appropriate persons in Faculties;

  • For the final selection and scoring the following conversion table of International School systems apply:

POINTS

NSC Ach
Level and %

Sen Cert HG

Sen Cert SG

HIGCSE NSSC

IGCSE O-level

A-level*

AS-level

IB HL

IB SL

KCSE

12

 

 

 

 

 

A

 

 

 

 

11

 

 

 

 

 

B

 

 

 

 

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

 

 

 

 

 

C

 

 

 

 

8

7 (90-100%)

A

 

1

 

 

A

7

 

A+,A

7

7 (80-89%)

B

 

2

 

D

B

6

 

A-

6

6 (70-79%)

C

A

3

A

E

C

5

7

B+

5

5 (60-69%)

D

B

 

B

 

D

4

6

B, B-

4

4 (50-59%)

E

C

 

C

 

E

 

5

C+

3

3 (40-49%)

F

D

 

 

 

 

 

4

 

2

2 (30-39%)

 

E

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 or 0

1 (0-29%)

 

F

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTES:

  • Applicants completing Cambridge administered examinations will be accepted with the following grades:

    • A-level: Grades A, B, C and D

    • O-level: Grades a, b and c

  • Students completing non-Cambridge administered examinations will be accepted with the following grades:

  • A-level: Grades A, B and C

  • O level: Grades a, b and c

  • In addition to the above applicants must meet the minimum SPS score and programme related requirements;

  • O- level: minimum B grade

  • A-level: minimum D grade OR the equivalent grade from other school leaving systems as indicated in the conversion table

  • Programmes where compulsory school leaving subjects are indicated candidates must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • International Baccalaureate Diploma: At least 27 points required.

  • International Baccalaureate Certificate: Pass marks in two Higher Level, and three Subsidiary Level subjects, including English. Pass marks = symbols 5 to 7.

  • Extended programmes in the faculty of Business and Economic Sciences

    • SPS score of 28

    • Minimum o-level b symbol or equivalent on the conversion table for compulsory school leaving subjects

  • Extended programmes in the faculty of Health Sciences

  • SPS score of 29

  • Minimum o-level b symbol or equivalent on the conversion table for compulsory school leaving subjects

  • SPS score of 28

  • Minimum o-level b symbol or equivalent on the conversion table for compulsory school leaving subjects

  • SPS score of 29

  • Minimum o-level b symbol or equivalent on the conversion table for compulsory school leaving subjects

  • Extended programmes in the faculty of Law

  • Extended programmes in the faculty of Science

  • The foreign school qualification is benchmarked against the South African school leaving certificate as the standard. The University may add additional requirements for specific programmes.

  • Applicants from SADC countries only offering GCSE or O level equivalents can be directly admitted to the extended programs if they meet the following criteria:

  • Important to note that certain programmes have been omitted as international applicants are not able to enter these programmes;

 

Faculty of Arts

Programme

SPS

Subject Requirements

Bachelor of Visual Arts (BVA)

31

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption

  • with English b symbol at o level

  • pass in Mathematics

  • Portfolio

  • Interview if student is in the country

Recommended subjects:

  • Visual arts

  • Design

This generic degree provides the first year of study for the Bachelor of Visual Arts in the following fields:

  • BVA Fashion and Textiles

  • BVA Fine Art (including Ceramic Design)

  • BVA Graphic Design

  • BVA Photography

Only after successfully completing the first year generic degree programme are students considered for placement in the second year of the degree programme (Fashion &Textiles, Fine Art, Graphic Design and Photography);

The student must attend an interview and submit an interview portfolio of relevant first-year work appropriate to their proposed area of specialization;

A challenge test may also be required to finalise the selection process. Admission to the student’s desired area of specialisation is not guaranteed and so it is recommended that students interview for more than one area of specialisation;

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dip Mus (General)
Dip Mus (Music Ed)
Dip Mus (Jazz)

27

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption;

  • A minimum practical standard; equivalent/grade 3 of the examining bodies (UNISA,ABRSM,Trinity) is required for instrumental studies, or successful completion of an audition;

  • No prior formal learning in music theory is required;

  • Admission is subject to departmental selection;

  • Candidates who choose voice as first instrument must pass a voice audition;

  • an applicant will be requested to send a recording of performance;

B Mus (Music Education)

31

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption;

  • Practical standard equivalent to Grade 6 and music theoretical standard equivalent to Grade 5 is required;

  • Admission is subject to departmental selection based on an audition where an applicant must demonstrate an acceptable performance standard;

  • An applicant will be requested to send a recording of performance;

B Mus (Performance Arts)

31

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption;

  • Practical standard equivalent to Grade 6 and music theoretical standard equivalent to Grade 5 is required;

  • Admission is subject to departmental selection based on an audition where an applicant must demonstrate an acceptable performance standard;

  • An applicant will be requested to send a recording of performance;

B Mus (Music Technology)

 

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption;

  • Pass in Grade 3 UNISA or Royal Schools practical or voice audition;

  • Practical standard equivalent to Grade 6 and music theoretical standard equivalent to Grade 5 is required;

  • Admission is subject to departmental selection based on an audition where an applicant must demonstrate an acceptable performance standard;

  • An applicant will be requested to send a recording of performance;

Dip Interior Design

27

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption;

  • Recommended Subjects: Art, Design, Physical Science, Woodwork, Technical Drawing;

  • Creative Portfolio;

  • Interview if student is in the country;

Dip Architectural Technology

27

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption;

  • Recommended Subjects: Art, Visual Arts, Design, Physical Science, Woodwork, Technical Drawing, Engineering Graphics and Design;

  • Creative Portfolio;

  • Interview if student is in the country;

Bachelor of Architectural Studies

31

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption

  • with Maths b symbol at o level

  • Creative Portfolio

  • Interview if student is in the country

BA

(for majors please refer to online guide)

31

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption

  • with English b symbol at o level

BA (Media, Communication & Culture)

31

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption

  • with English b symbol at o level

B Admin (Public Administration)

31

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption

  • with English b symbol at o level

Faculty of Education

 

Please note that the below qualifications follows the South African Based school system/curriculum;

B Ed (Foundation Phase)

(Grades R-3)

31

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption

B Ed (Intermediate Phase)

(Grades 4 – 6)

 

31

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption

  • Pass in Mathematics;

Language option OR Science & Mathematics

B Ed (Further Education and Training)

31

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption;

  • If Science, Maths, or Accounting is chosen, then at least minimum b symbol at o level;

  • For areas of specialization the following is required:

    • Economic and Management Sciences: two of Accounting, Business Studies, Economics, and Maths.

    • Natural Sciences: two of Maths, Science and Biology.

Faculty of Law

BA (LAW)

 

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption;

  • with Maths c symbol at o level

LLB

31

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption;

  • with Maths c symbol at o level;

Faculty of Business & Economic Sciences

Dip Logistics

30

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption;

With English b symbol at o level;

Dip Tourism Management

30

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption;

  • with English b symbol at o level;

B Com: General
(Accounting & Related subjects)
(Tourism)

(Business Management)

(Economics)

(Statistics)

(Tourism)

31

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption

  • with Maths b symbol at o level

B Com (Accounting for Chartered Accountants)

31

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption

  • with Maths b symbol at o level

B Com (Computer Science & Info Systems) + (Information Systems)

 31

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption

  • with Maths b symbol at o level

B Com (Economics & Statistics)

31

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption

  • with Maths b symbol at o level

B Com (Financial Planning)

31

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption

  • with Maths b symbol at o level

B Com (Industrial Psychology & Human Resources Management

31

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption

  • with Maths b symbol at o level

B Com (Law)

31

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption

  • with Maths b symbol at o level

B Com Marketing Management
(Business Man & Economics)
(Business Man & Accounting)
(Business Man & Industrial Psychology)

31

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption

  • with Maths b symbol at o level

BCom (Logistics & Transport Economics)

31

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption

  • With Maths B symbol on O level

B Com: Rat
(Economics / Business Management)
(Law)
(Computer Science and Info Systems)

31

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption

  • with Maths b symbol at o level

Note: These are four-year degrees and includes the courses found in the BCom degree for chartered accountants but enables the student to include an additional major course.

B Com (Sport & Recreation Management)

31

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption

  • with Maths b symbol at o level

BA (Human Resource Management)

31

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption

  • Pass in Mathematics

BA Development Studies

31

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption

  • Pass in Mathematics

 

 

Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment, Information Technology

School of Engineering

Dip Civil Engineering

32

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption

  • with Maths b symbol at o level

  • with Science b symbol at o level or Physical Science b symbol at o level

Dip Industrial
Engineering

32

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption

  • with Maths b symbol at o level

  • with Science b symbol at o level or Physical Science b symbol at o level

Dip Mechanical Engineering

32

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption

  • with Maths b symbol at o level

  • with Science b symbol at o level or Physical Science b symbol at o level

Dip Electrical Engineering

32

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption

  • with Maths b symbol at o level

  • with Science b symbol at o level or Physical Science b symbol at o level

B Eng Mechatronics

32

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption;

  • with Maths b and Physics b symbol at o level;

  • with Maths and Physics symbols A – D at A level;

  • or equivalent grade from other school leaving systems;

Note: This is a four year degree

School of the Built Environment

BSc Construction Economics

32

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption;

  • With Maths b symbol at o level;

  • Recommended subjects: Engineering Graphics and Design and Physical Science;

BSC Construction Studies

32

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption;

  • With Maths b symbol at o level;

  • Recommended subjects: Engineering Graphics and Design and Physical Science;

ND: Building

32

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption;

  • With Maths b symbol on o level;

  • Admission is subject to departmental selections;

Bachelor of Human Settlement Science

32

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption;

  • With Maths b symbol on o level;

  • Recommended subjects: Engineering graphics &Design, Physical Science, Acounting, Business Studies, Civil Technology, Consumer Studies, Economics, Geography;

 

School of Information & Communication Technology

Dip IT
(Software Development)

32

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption;

  • with Maths c symbol at o level;

  • Recommended Subjects: Computer Applications Technology, Information Technology;

ND IT
(Communication Networks)

32

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption;

  • with Maths b symbol at o level;

  • Recommended Subjects: Computer Applications Technology, Information Technology;

ND IT
(Support Services)

32

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption;

  • with Maths c symbol at O level;

  • Recommended Subjects: Computer Applications Technology, Information Technology;

Faculty of Health Sciences

Dip Sport Management

28

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption

  • Active participation in department approved sport.

B HMS

31

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption;

  • Submission of prescribed medical report;

B Cur

31

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption (obtained before registration);

  • Matriculation endorsement with a matriculation certificate issued less than 5 years ago;

  • Mathematics c symbol at o level;

  • Physical Science / Science c symbol at o level;

  • Biology c symbol at o level;

Note: Students must be registered as student nurses with the South African Nursing Council. Such registration will be undertaken by the Department of Nursing on behalf of the students after enrolment. Students must submit a satisfactory medical report on the prescribed form before registration;

Note: this is a four year degree programme

Bachelor of Emergency Medical Care

31

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption;

  • Maths b on o level;

  • Science c  on o level;

  • Admission is subject to a departmental selection that includes an interview, a satisfactory flight medical report and a satisfactory physical assessment which includes an assessment of your basic swimming capacity, fitness level, fear of heights and claustrophobia;

Note: this is a four year degree programme

BSc Dietetics

38

  • Foreign certificate of Exemption;

  • Mathematics  and Science or Physics a b on o level;

Note: this is a four year degree programme

B Pharm

38

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption

  • Maths b at o level

  • Physical b at o level Pass in Physical Science and preferably Biology

Note: this is a four year degree programme

BA Psych (Psychology)

31

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption

BPsych: Counsel (Counselling Psychology)

 

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption;

  • Candidates must first be admitted to the BA (Psych) programmes ad complete 90% of the credits – prescribed for the first 2 years of study before they can be considered for admission to BPsych (Counselling). All candidates shall be subject to selection. Those who are not selected will be able to continue with the BA (Psychology ) programme

B Psych (Sport Psych)

31

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption;

  • With Maths b on o level;

  • Candidates must pass a medical examination as required by the Department of Human Movement Science;

BA (Youth Work)

31

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption

 

BSW (Social Work)

31

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption

Note: Candidates must register as student social workers before commencing any of the practical or applied modules at community-based organisations.

This is a four year degree programme

Faculty of Science

Dip Agricultural Management

28

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption

  • Recommended subjects: Economics, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Science, Biology, Accounting, and Bookkeeping.

Dip Analytical Chemistry

28

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption;

  • with Maths b symbol at o level;

  • with Science b symbol at o level

Dip Game Ranch Management

28

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption

  • Recommended subjects: Economics, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Science, Biology, Business Economics and Accounting

Dip Polymer Technology

28

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption

  • with Maths b symbol at o level

  • with Science b symbol at o level

Dip Forestry
(George)

27

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption

  • Pass mark in mathematics

  • Recommended subjects: Biology, Science.

Dip Nature Conservation
(George)

27

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption

  • Recommended subjects: Mathematics, Biology.

Dip Wood Technology
(George)

27

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption;

  • Pass mark in mathematics and Science;

  • Recommended subjects: Technical Drawing.

Dip (Chemical Process Technology

34

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption;

  • With Maths b symbol at o level;

  • With Physical Science b symbol at o level

BSc (Biochemistry, Chemistry, Microbiology & Physiology)

34

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption;

  • with Maths b symbol at o level

BSc (Applied Maths, Computer Science, Mathematical Statistics & Physics)

34

BSc (Human Movement Science & Biochemistry)

34

BSc (Mathematics and Physics)

34

BSc (Biological Sciences)

  • Marine Biology

  • Conservation Biology

  • Ecology

  • Environmental Management & Coastal zone management

34

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption

  • with Maths b symbol at o level

BSc (Geosciences)

  • Geology and Geography

34

BSc (Environmental Sciences)

34

BSc Information Systems

34

  • Foreign Certificate of Exemption

  • with Maths b symbol at o level