Unisa Admission Requirements for Human 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 Human Sciences:

Bachelor degrees

Minimum requirements Language requirement Mathematics requirement Additional requirements
A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with degree endorsement 50% in the language of teaching and learning None None
A Senior Certificate (SC) with matriculation exemption or qualify for the exemption from the Matriculation Board At least a D symbol on HG or a C symbol on SG in the language of teaching and learning None None
Applicants who do not comply with the above requirements for admission to the bachelor degree curriculum should consider applying for a lower-level qualification for which they meet the statutory and additional requirements, such as any diploma or higher certificate offered by the college.

Bachelor of Social Work degree

Minimum requirements Language requirement Mathematics requirement Additional requirements
A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with degree endorsement 60% in the language of teaching and learning & a further FOUR matric subjects None Applicants for the Higher Certificate in Social Auxilary Work should take note that this is a selection qualification. All applicants will be assessed to ascertain suitability for the profession. Applicants will also be subject to the following:

  • Criminal conviction checks as mandated by the South African Council for Social Service Professions (SACSSP).
  • A police clearance for criminal conviction checks aligned with the definition of a “fit and proper person” by the SACSSP.
  • Two character references from credible sources, such as a school leader, a religious leader or a community leader.

Applicants must be registered with the SACSSP at the start of their studies. The Department of Social Work at Unisa will facilitate registration with the Council.

A Senior Certificate (SC) with matriculation exemption or qualify for the exemption from the Matriculation Board At least a C symbol on HG or a B symbol on SG in the language of teaching and learning & a further FOUR matric subjects None Applicants for the Higher Certificate in Social Auxilary Work should take note that this is a selection qualification. All applicants will be assessed to ascertain suitability for the profession. Applicants will also be subject to the following:

  • Criminal conviction checks as mandated by the South African Council for Social Service Professions (SACSSP).
  • A police clearance for criminal conviction checks aligned with the definition of a “fit and proper person” by the SACSSP.
  • Two character references from credible sources, such as a school leader, a religious leader or a community leader.

Applicants must be registered with the SACSSP at the start of their studies. The Department of Social Work at Unisa will facilitate registration with the Council.

or
A certificate in Social Auxiliary Work at NQF level 4 with one year of professional practice as a registered Social Auxiliary Worker
or
A higher certificate at NQF level 5
Applicants who do not comply with the above requirements for admission should consider applying for a lower-level qualification for which they meet the statutory and additional requirements.

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 None None
A Senior Certificate (SC) At least a D symbol on HG or a C symbol on SG in the language of teaching and learning None None
Applicants who do not comply with the above requirements should consider applying for a lower-level qualification, such as a higher certificate, for which they meet the statutory and additional requirements.

Higher certificates

Minimum requirements Language requirement Mathematics requirement Additional requirements
A National Senior Certificate (NSC) 30% in the language of teaching and learning None None
or
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

Higher Certificate in Social Auxilary Work

Minimum requirements Language requirement Mathematics requirement Additional requirements
A National Senior Certificate (NSC) 30% in the language of teaching and learning None Applicants for the Higher Certificate in Social Auxilary Work should take note that this is a selection qualification. All applicants will be assessed to ascertain suitability for the profession. Applicants will also be subject to the following:

  • Criminal conviction checks as mandated by the South African Council for Social Service Professions (SACSSP).
  • A police clearance for criminal conviction checks aligned with the definition of a “fit and proper person” by the SACSSP.
  • Two character references from credible sources, such as a school leader, a religious leader or a community leader.

Applicants must be registered with the SACSSP at the start of their studies. The Department of Social Work at Unisa will facilitate registration with the Council.

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 Applicants for the Higher Certificate in Social Auxilary Work should take note that this is a selection qualification. All applicants will be assessed to ascertain suitability for the profession. Applicants will also be subject to the following:

  • Criminal conviction checks as mandated by the South African Council for Social Service Professions (SACSSP).
  • A police clearance for criminal conviction checks aligned with the definition of a “fit and proper person” by the SACSSP.
  • Two character references from credible sources, such as a school leader, a religious leader or a community leader.

Applicants must be registered with the SACSSP at the start of their studies. The Department of Social Work at Unisa will facilitate registration with the Council.

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):