Stellenbosch University General Admission Requirements

Your admission to Stellenbosch University (SU) is dependent on you meeting the specific admission requirements / APS for your chosen qualification. If you don’t meet these requirements, you may want to consider alternative qualifications or possibly, if you qualify, an extended programme (refer to the college admission requirements), enabling you to register for limited modules in your first year.

Here are the Stellenbosch University Admission Requirements:

1.       Admission requirements (p. 19-20)

3.1         School-leaving qualifications

For admission to the University you need:

      • A National Senior Certificate (NSC) or school-leaving certificate from the Independent Examination Board as certified by Umalusi with admission to bachelor’s (which requires that you obtain a mark of at least 4 (50-59%) in each of four designated university admission subjects); or
      • A university exemption certificate issued by the South African Matriculation Board to students with other school qualifications.
3.2         Minimum admission requirements for the Faculty’s degree programmes
      • In addition to the abovementioned school-leaving qualifications, the admission requirements for the programmes BScAgric, BScFor, BScConsEcol, BSc Food Sc and BAgricAdmin are as follows:
        • An average performance level of 60% in the NSC or the IEB’s school-leaving certificate (excluding Life Orientation), or other school qualification;
        • English or Afrikaans (Home Language or First Additional Language) – 4 (50%);
        • Mathematics – 5 (60%); and
        • Physical Sciences (Physics and Chemistry) – 4 (50%).

Take note that the following admission requirements are applicable to the below- mentioned fields of study:

      • Admission requirements for the fields of study BScAgric with Soil Science and Chemistry as major subjects:
        • An average performance level of 60% in the NSC or the IEB’s school-leaving certificate (excluding Life Orientation), or other school qualification;
        • English or Afrikaans (Home Language or First Additional Language) – 4 (50%);
        • Mathematics – 6 (70%); and
        • Physical Sciences (Physics and Chemistry) – 4 (50%).
      • Admission requirements for the field of study Wood and Wood Products Science:
        • An average performance level of 60% in the NSC or the IEB’s school-leaving certificate (excluding Life Orientation), or other school qualification;
        • English or Afrikaans (Home Language or First Additional Language) – 4 (50%);
        • Mathematics – 6 (70%); and
        • Physical Sciences (Physics and Chemistry) – 5 (60%).
      • Admission requirements for the field of study BAgric (Elsenburg):

In addition to the general admission requirements of Stellenbosch University, admission to the programme leading to BAgric (Elsenburg) requires at minimum:

        • English or Afrikaans (Home Language or First Additional Language) – 4 (50%);
        • Mathematics – 4 (50%) OR Mathematical Literacy – 5 (60%);
        • Physical Sciences (Physics and Chemistry) – 4 (50%); OR
        • Life Sciences – 4 (50%); OR
        • Agricultural Sciences – 4 (50%).

As a prospective student you must also write the National Benchmark Tests (NBT). You must write the Academic and Quantitative Literacy test (AQL). If you take Mathematics as a subject you also have to write the Mathematics (MAT) test. However, if you are taking Mathematical Literacy as a subject and you are applying for the BAgric programme at Elsenburg then you do not need to write the Mathematics test.