University application 2017


The important information you need to know when applying to University
In terms of the Higher Education Act, anyone who wishes to study a Degree at any University has to have a Matric Bachelors Degree pass.  Applications can be done either online via the institutions website or manually, and require the following supporting documents: 

  • Final grade 11 report,
  • A certified of ID card,
  • Proof of registration fee payment.

It will take 3 to 4 years of full time study to complete a Bachelor’s Degree at University and an additional 1 to 2 years’ to complete a Master’s Degree.  The academic year is split into two semesters, the first from early February to early June, and the second from mid-July to late November.

While there is some flexibility for private tertiary institution applications, there is little-to-none for public institutions.

National Benchmark Tests (NBT)
The National Benchmark Tests (NBT) are tests that measure the academic readiness of a learner and used in conjunction with the National Senior Certificate (NSC) results to aid the Universities’ decision with a learners’ application.  To register and book go to www.nbt.ac.za/ select the “Book a Test�? button, register and confirm the date and venue.

Should a learner be applying to more than 1 University, the NBT’s need only be written once, with the results automatically sent to each institution.

Download the NBT sample questions under attachments on the top right of this article.

You might also want to read about what matric exemption is