Unisa Admission Requirements for Economic & Management Sciences

Your admission to University of  South Africa (Unisa) is dependent on you meeting the specific admission requirements 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 Unisa Admission Requirements for College of Economic & Management Sciences:

Extended bachelor degrees (4-year programme)

(360-credit curriculum that includes 5 compulsory foundation modules in the first year. This degree can be completed in 4 years. This curriculum is extended with 5 modules that will improve your chances to success significantly.)

Minimum requirements Language requirement Mathematics requirement Additional requirements
A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with degree endorsement 50% in the language of teaching and learning 40% in Mathematics Applicants who do not meet the Mathematics requirement of the 3-year programme, but who have achieved between 50% and 59%, will be placed in this extended 4-year programme. The programme will require students to complete the following modules before they can commence with a 3-year programme:

  • ENG1513 – Foundations in English for University Study
  • FAC1500 – Basic Accounting
  • FBN1501 – Business Numerical Skills A
  • FBN1502 – Business Numerical Skills B
  • FEC1501 – Understanding the Economy
An appropriate higher certificate
Applicants who do not comply with the above requirements for admission to the 4-year bachelor degree curriculum should consider applying for a lower-level qualification, such as a higher certificate or diploma, for which they meet the statutory and additional requirements.

Bachelor degrees (3-year programme)

(360-credit curriculum that can be completed in 3 years)

Minimum requirements Language requirement Mathematics requirement Additional requirements
A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with degree endorsement 50% in the language of teaching and learning 50% in Mathematics Applicants who do not meet this requirement, but who have achieved between 40% and 49%, will be placed in the extended 4-year programme (see above)
or
An appropriate diploma
or
An appropriate higher certificate
Applicants who do not meet the minimum Mathematics requirement indicated above, but who a mark of between 50% and 59% (D symbol on HG), should still apply for this bachelor degree. Once you have applied, you will be redirected through the selection process to the extended bachelor degree curriculum (4 years) listed below. Alternatively, you may consider applying for a lower-level qualification, such as a diploma or higher certificate.

Diplomas

Minimum requirements Language requirement Mathematics requirement Additional requirements
A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with diploma endorsement 50% in the language of teaching and learning 40% in Mathematics Or at least 70% in Maths Literacy
Applicants who do not comply with the above requirements for admission to the diploma should consider applying for any of the higher certificates offered by the college.

Diploma in Tourism Management

Minimum requirements Language requirement Mathematics requirement Additional requirements
A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with diploma endorsement 50% in the language of teaching and learning
Applicants who do not comply with the above requirements for admission to the diploma should consider applying for any of the higher certificates offered by the college.

Higher Certificates in Economic and Management Sciences, Banking, Marketing, Insurance, Retailing & Tourism Management

Minimum requirements Language requirement Mathematics requirement Additional requirements
A National Senior Certificate (NSC) 30% in the language of teaching and learning None None
Applicants who do not comply with the above requirements for admission to the Higher Certificates in Banking, Marekting, Insurance or Retail should consider applying for the Higher Certificate in Economic and Management Sciences.

Higher Certificate in Supervisory Management

Minimum requirements Language requirement Mathematics requirement Additional requirements
A National Senior Certificate (NSC) 30% in the language of teaching and learning 30% in Mathematics Or at least 70% in Maths Literacy
Applicants who do not comply with the above requirements for admission to the Higher Certificate in Supervisory Management should consider applying for the Higher Certificate in Economic and Management Sciences.

Identifying other study options if you don’t meet the admission requirements for your qualification of choice

It may be that you do not meet the admission requirements for any qualification at Unisa. You now need to explore options to help you meet the admission requirements for your chosen qualification, or you could reconsider your career goals and how you will plan your career. Read more…

Applying for credits from other higher education institutions

Unisa may recognise previous learning from previous formal education. This will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Not all credits achieved at other institutions will count towards a Unisa qualification. Your request for exemption(s) will only be considered once we have received your completed DSAR04 form and a certified copy of an official academic record, a conduct certificate and, in some cases, the syllabus. In the case of international qualifications, SAQA evaluation and the syllabus are required. NB: No exemptions will be finalised on an academic record during the application period.

You must meet the admission requirements for the qualification for which you are applying for credits and/or exemptions. A maximum of 50% of the prescribed credits may be awarded in the form of credits and exemptions. No exemptions will be granted for Unisa’s signature modules. Unisa reserves the right to grant and/or decline applications for exemptions or credit transfers.

I wrote matric before 2009. Do I qualify?

If you do NOT hold a Senior Certificate with an endorsement indicating that you have been exempted from the matriculation requirement, please refer to the documents below to ascertain whether or not you are eligible to apply for admission to undergraduate degree studies (not applicable to students who wrote the National Senior Certificate examinations from 2008):