Unisa Admission Requirements for Law

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 Law:

Bachelor of Commerce in Law degree (extended 4-year programme)

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 the Mathematics requirement of the 3-year programme, but who have achieved between 50% and 59%, will be placed in this extended programme. The programme will require students to complete the following modules before they can commence with the 3-year programme:

  • FAC1500 – Basic Accounting
  • FBN1501 – Business Numerical Skills A
  • FBN1502 – Business Numerical Skills B
  • FEC1501 – Understanding the Economy
  • ENG1513 – Foundations in English for University Study
A Senior Certificate (SC) with matriculation exemption or qualify for 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 At least a C symbol on HG or a B symbol on SG 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 programme. The programme will require students to complete the following modules before they can commence with the 3-year programme:

  • FAC1500 – Basic Accounting
  • FBN1501 – Business Numerical Skills A
  • FBN1502 – Business Numerical Skills B
  • FEC1501 – Understanding the Economy
  • ENG1513 – Foundations in English for University Study
or
An appropriate diploma
or
An appropriate higher certificate
Applicants who do not meet the above requirements 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 of Commerce in Law degree (3-year programme)

Minimum requirements Language requirement Mathematics requirement Additional requirements
A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with degree endorsement 50% in the language of teaching and learning 60% in Mathematics
Applicants who do not meet this requirement, but who have achieved between 50% and 59%, will be placed in the extended programme (see above)
A Senior Certificate (SC) with matriculation exemption or qualify for 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 At least a C symbol on HG or a B symbol on SG in Mathematics
or
An appropriate diploma
or
An appropriate higher certificate
Applicants who do not meet the minimum Mathematics requirement indicated above, but who have 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 94 years) listed above. Alternatively, you may consider applying for a lower-level qualification, such as a higher certificate or diploma.

Bachelor degrees (excluding BCom Law)

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 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 any diploma or higher certificates offered by the college.


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
Applicants who do not comply with the above requirements for admission to diploma studies should consider applying for any of the higher certificates offered by the college.

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

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):