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Walter Sisulu University (WSU) Admission Requirements

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Walter Sisulu University (WSU) Admission Requirements

Walter Sisulu University (WSU) Admission Requirements

WSU has positioned itself as a gateway institution is improving access to higher education. As a developmental, comprehensive university, WSU offers students a wealth of academic choices, articulation and mobility across the qualifications ranging from certificates to diplomas, degrees and postgraduate studies.  Strategically located within the Eastern Cape Province, WSU has a footprint of about 1,000 square kilometres across the urban and rural areas of the region.

It provides the University with the platform to engage with the drivers of development so that an appropriate programme and research mix meets the needs of the region, province and country. WSU focuses on quality academic, technological and career-orientated programmes that provide relevant skills for development in rural and urban areas, placing special emphasis on entrepreneurship. WSU operates under a divisional governance and management system and has four campuses, each headed by a Campus Rector.

The four campuses with multiple delivery sites are spread across Mthatha, Butterworth, Buffalo City and Komani. Our delivery sites are:

  • Buffalo City: Cambridge Street Site, Buffalo City Stadium Site, Heritage Building Site, College Street Site, Chiselhurst Site, Potsdam Site

  • Butterworth: Ibika Site

  • Mthatha: Nelson Mandela Drive Site, Zamukulungisa Heights Site, Nkululekweni Site

  • Komani: Whittlesea Site and Grey Street Site.

WSU has a student population of around 27,000 and a staff component of approximately 2,000.

Walter Sisulu University (WSU) PURPOSE

Walter Sisulu University’s purpose is to address societal grand challenges and change people’s lives through:

  • Graduating versatile, work-ready individuals

  • Producing relevant, innovative and impactful research

  • Championing sustainable development and in particular, social justice.

PHILOSOPHY

The University’s philosophy is encapsulated in the vision, mission, purpose statement, core values and slogan.

Vision  

An impactful, technology-infused African University.

Mission

Through its core business, WSU responds to societal needs in ethical, scholarly, sustainable, and entrepreneurial ways, and delivers future-ready graduates.

Purpose Statement

In pursuit of excellence, Walter Sisulu University addresses societal challenges by:

  1. Producing relevant, innovative, and impactful research,

  2. Championing sustainable and just development, and

  3. Graduating versatile individuals.

Admission Requirements

Admission into Undergraduate Programmes

  • For Bachelor’s Degree programme, only applicants whose National Senior Certificate (NSC) results indicate that the learner has met the requirements for admission into Bachelor’s Degree, that is, Bachelors’ endorsement, may be admitted.

  • In the case of the old Senior Certificate, only applicants with a Matriculation Exemption endorsement will be considered for admission.

Admission Point System (APS)

  • The Faculty of Education endeavours to use a point system for admissions.

  • The achievement levels are then translated into points for each NSC subject.

  • Points will be used to calculate the total Admission Point Score (APS).

  • The minimum APS required for a Bachelor’s degree is 26.

  • The Faculty of Education Admissions Committee considered the administration of admission point score as proposed by Universities South Africa (Usaf).

  • The Committee appreciates the breakdown made in the achievement levels as this advantages a student whose performance is better than others.

  • On the basis of the Usaf proposal the points will be awarded

  • The purpose of the above split will assist the department in admitting students according to their performance as opposed to the previous point system where a learner who scores 70% and the one who scores 79% would both attain 7 points.

  • It should be noted that the above scoring system excludes Life Orientation and Mathematical Literacy.

  • Points for these two are allocated as follows:

Walter Sisulu University (WSU) Admission Requirements

Walter Sisulu University (WSU) Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements per Programme

Bachelor of Education (FP) Minimum Requirements for Matriculation A Senior Certificate with a Matriculation Exemption endorsement and at least two subjects with E (HG) or two subjects with D (SG) from isiXhosa HL, English FAL or HL, Mathematics and a pass in any two other school subjects

Minimum Requirements for NSC

  • Bachelors’ endorsement with NSC achievement rating of at least level 2 (30-39%) in Mathematics, or level 4 (50-59%) in Mathematical Literacy.

  • At least level 4 (50-59%) in English and IsiXhosa, at least level 5 (60-69%) in Life Orientation. Any other 2 subjects at, at least level 3 (40-49%).

  • Proficiency in the languages of learning and teaching, namely IsiXhosa and English is a requirement.

  • Applicants with level 5 EDTP SETA qualifications for Foundation Phase or Early Childhood Development (ECD) will be considered.

  • Mature age exemption for applicants in possession of the Senior Certificate as per Rule 1.7 of WSU General Rules and Regulations.

Bachelor of Education (SP & FET): EMS Minimum Requirements for Matriculation

  • A National Senior Certificate (NSC), with Bachelor’s degree endorsement with an achievement rating of at least level 4 (50 – 59%) in English, and level 4 (50 – 59%) in ANY TWO of the following subjects: Accounting, Business Studies or Economics.

  • An achievement rating of at least level 2 (30 – 39%) in Mathematics or level 4 (50 – 59%) in Mathematical Literacy. A pass in the remaining two or three subjects. OR

  • A Senior Certificate (SC) with matriculation exemption or mature age exemption with at least 40% or E symbol on HG or 50% or D symbol on SG in English and 40% or E (HG) or 50% or D on SG in ANY TWO of the following subjects; Accounting, Business Studies, Economics. A pass in the other one or two subjects. OR

  • A National Certificate Vocational (NCV) Level 4/N3 Certificate with bachelor’s degree endorsement with at least 50% in fundamental subjects including English and 60% in any two of the following vocational subjects such as Applied Accounting or Financial Accounting, Business Practice, Economic Environment, Life Orientation, Mathematics. OR

  • N4 or N5 or N6 Certificate/National N Diploma with 50% achievement in the respective subjects that are equivalent to English, Entrepreneurship & Business Management, Financial Accounting, Economics.

BEd (SP & FET): Humanities, Languages and Arts and Culture

Minimum Requirements A National Senior Certificate (NSC), with Bachelor’s degree endorsement with an achievement rating of at least level 4 (50 – 59%) in English, isiXhosa, History, Geography, with at least 60% in Life Orientation. OR

A Senior Certificate (SC) with Matriculation Exemption or mature exemption with at least E (HG) or D (SG) in any of the two subjects namely: English, isiXhosa, History, Geography. OR

A National Certificate Vocational (NCV) Level 4 with Bachelor’s degree endorsement with at least 60% in English, isiXhosa, History, Geography, Life Orientation.

The subjects that will be not be taken as majors including English can have at least 50%. OR

N4 or N5 or N6 Certificate with at least 50% achievement in the respective subjects that are equivalent to English, isiXhosa, History, Geography, Life Orientation.

BEd (SP & FET): Mathematics, Science & Technology Minimum Requirements

  • A National Senior Certificate (NSC), with Bachelor’s degree endorsement with an achievement rating of at least level 4 (50 – 59%) in Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Agricultural Sciences. English and any other subject with an achievement rating of at least level 3 (40 – 49%). OR

  • A Senior Certificate (SC) with Matriculation Exemption or mature exemption with at least E (HG) or D (SG) in English, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Agricultural Sciences. OR

  • A National Certificate Vocational (NCV) Level 4 with Bachelor’s degree endorsement with at least 60% in Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Agricultural Sciences. The subjects that will be not be taken as majors including English can have at least 50%. OR

  • N4 or N5 or N6 Certificate with at least 50% achievement in the respective subjects that are equivalent to English, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Agricultural Sciences.

CONTACT US

Nelson Mandela Drive, Mthatha, Eastern Cape, South Africa

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