The minimum admission requirements are those requirements which a prospective applicant must meet in order to be considered for a specific programme at NMMU. The table below explains what you need to achieve. Please note that the table refers to minimum entry requirements and the university may set additional requirements for specific programmes.
Compulsory subjects are specific subject combinations which are required in order for an applicant to be admitted to a specific course. These subjects form the basis for further studies and are a requirement for specific fields of study.
Recommended subjects are subjects which are not required for admission to a specific course, but are useful as they will build on your current knowledge base and enable you to understand certain terms and formulas better.
Yes. Certain programmes require maths as opposed to mathematical literacy in order to be accepted. Refer to the undergraduate guide for the subject specific requirements.
APS stands for Admission Point Score. Each NMMU undergraduate programme requires a specific APS as a basis for admission to the programme. Applicants will need to meet the APS directly or fall within the testing band in order to be considered for a specific programme.
Applicants who do not meet the APS directly for a specific certificate, diploma or degree programme but whose APS falls within the testing band will be referred to write an access assessment test before a final decision is made. If your APS falls outside of the APS testing band you need to consider applying for an alternative programme.
In order to apply for an undergraduate programme, your Admission Point Score (APS) must either meet the direct entry requirement or fall within the testing band indicated. If your APS score falls within the testing band you will be referred to write the Access Assessment Test before a decision is made whether to admit you to that programme. However, if your APS falls below the testing band you need to consider applying for an alternative programme.
Only applicants who have been referred by the admissions office, and who fall within the testing band, need to write the access assessment test. Your test scores together with your school results will be used to determine if you are successful for admission to a specific programme.
You cannot fail the access assessment test for it measures your current abilities in the areas of English, numeracy and mathematics on a rating scale. Both your test results and school results will be used in making an admission decision.
Only applicants who apply for certain programmes will be required to attend an interview. During this interview you may be asked to present your portfolio of work and to answer questions about your portfolio, your interests and aspirations. Information detailing the requirements for the interview and portfolio will be sent to you after your application form has been received and processed.
Certain programmes require applicants to present a portfolio of work in order to obtain a better insight with regards to an applicant’s abilities and talent. Portfolios are currently only a requirement for students who wish to pursue studies in the creative and visual arts.
Yes, applicants are first considered for their first choice, and if they do not meet the direct entry requirements but their APS falls within the testing band, they are referred to write the access assessment test. If they do not meet the direct entry requirements for their first choice or their APS score falls below the APS testing band, their second choice will be considered provided that there is still space available in that particular programme.
Applicants can use their Grade 11 final exam results to apply to the university before the final closing date in August of each year. They will however need to submit their Grade 12 June/July or September results in order to gain provisional admission to NMMU. The final decision will be based on his/her final Grade 12 exam results.
The admissions office looks at a number of variables when making an admission decision and work experience may be taken into account. However, the basis for an admission decision would be an applicant’s school results, academic courses taken at other higher education institutions as well as their access assessment results. Applicants need to provide the admissions office with as much detail as possible in order for NMMU to make an informed decision.
No, all applicants are treated equally and no preferential treatment is given to any prospective applicant. However, applicants whose parents studied at NMMU do not pay the application fee provided that they apply before the initial closing date at the beginning of August each year. For more information please see the first page of the application form.
As a benefit to NMMU, alumni and alumni with children, will not be required to pay the academic admission application fee for formal diploma or degree programmes as well as postgraduate studies providing the application is received before the initial closing date at the beginning of August annually.
NB: Please note the free application fee benefit does not apply to the registration fee.
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