Unisa Admission Requirements for Education

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 Education:

Bachelor degree

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 – this only applies to students who wish to select teaching subjects from the following fields: Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Accounting and Agriculture  None
A Senior Certificate (SC) with matriculation exemption or qualify for the exemption from the Matriculation Board A D symbol on HG or a C symbol on SG in the language of teaching and learning A D symbol on HG or a C symbol on SG in Mathematics – this only applies to students who wish to select teaching subjects from the following fields: Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Accounting and Agriculture  None
A National Certificate (Vocational) (NCV) level 4 Certificate with 60% in three fundamental subjects, including the language of teaching and learning in higher education institutions
  • 60% in the language of teaching and learning
  • 70% in four vocational subjects chosen from the NCV level 4 subjects. Subjects under the following categories are approved as eligible for a BEd degree:
    • All official languages at First Additional Language level
    • Agriculture and Nature Conservation
    • Business, Commerce and Management Sciences Services
    • Education, Training and Development
None  None
Applicants who have not obtained at least 50% in the language of teaching and learning, but who meet all other requirements for degree studies, may still be admitted, on the following conditions:

  • Applicants will be limited to the following 48 credits at NQF level 5 in their first period of study: Two language proficiency modules – ENG1511 and ENN103F
  • Two (12 credits) modules from their chosen programme
  • All 48 credits must be passed before the student can continue with the degree curriculum.

Higher Certificates

Minimum requirements Language requirement Mathematics requirement Additional requirements
A National Senior Certificate (NSC) An equivalent of at least 30% in the language of teaching and learning None None
A Senior Certificate (SC) At least an F symbol on HG or an E symbol on SG in the language of teaching and learning None None

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. 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):