1. The policy regarding the minimum admission requirements for Higher Certificate, Diploma and Degree programmes requiring a National Senior Certificate (NSC) was promulgated by the Minister of Education on 18 August 2005.
2. The policy will be applicable to all higher education institutions and will be effective from January 2009, as the first group of candidates for the NSC will be writing the examination in 2008.
3. Schools will need to use this information in guiding learners as to their subject choices and levels of achievement required in Grades 10, 11 and 12.
4. Educators must note that these are the minimum admission requirements, and that each institution may have additional criteria for particular courses, as is currently the case. Achievement of these minimum requirements does not guarantee a learnerís admission to any programme of study in higher education.
5. The subjects listed at the end of this circular are the recognised National Senior Certificate subjects for the purpose of this policy. All recognised subjects have a credit value of 20, except Life Orientation (10).
6. The designated list (see paragraph 9) will remain in place for three years from the commencement of this policy, during which time an evaluation of its suitability and influence will be undertaken. The policy will then be reviewed in light of the evidence. Please note that changes will not apply to learners already in the FET band at the time that such changes may be made.
7. Minimum requirements for admission to the Higher Certificate: a National Senior Certificate
8. Minimum requirements for admission to a Diploma: a National Senior Certificate with an achievement rating of 3 (Moderate Achievement, 40% - 49%) or better in four recognised NSC 20-credit subjects
9. Minimum requirements for admission to a Bachelorís Degree: a National Senior Certificate with an achievement rating of 4 (Adequate Achievement, 50% - 59%) or better in four subjects chosen from the following recognised 20-credit NSC subjects (which will be known as the designated subject list):
  • Accounting

  • Agricultural Sciences

  • Business Studies

  • Dramatic Arts

  • Economics

  • Engineering Graphics and Design

  • Geography

  • History

  • Consumer Studies

  • Information Technology

  • Languages (one language of learning and teaching as used at a higher education institution and two other recognised language subjects)

  • Life Sciences

  • Mathematics

  • Mathematical Literacy

  • Music

  • Physical Sciences

  • Religion Studies

  • Visual Arts

10. The following National Senior Certificate subjects are recognised for entry into the Higher Certificate, Diploma or Bachelorís Degree. Each of the subjects listed has a credit value of 20, except Life Orientation (10). Not all of these subjects are necessarily offered by educational institutions in the Western Cape.

GROUP A OFFICIAL LANGUAGES AT HOME AND FIRST ADDITIONAL LEVEL Afrikaans Home Language Afrikaans First Additional Language English Home Language English First Additional Language Ndebele Home Language Ndebele First Additional Language Xhosa Home Language Xhosa First Additional Language Zulu Home Language Zulu First Additional Language Pedi Home Language Pedi First Additional Language Sotho Home Language Sotho First Additional Language Tswana Home Language Tswana First Additional Language Swati Home Language Swati First Additional Language Venda Home Language Venda First Additional Language Tsonga Home Language Tsonga First Additional Language
MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES Mathematical Literacy Mathematics

Agricultural Management Practices
Agricultural Science
Agricultural Technology

CULTURE AND ARTS Dance Studies Design Dramatic Arts Music Visual Arts
OFFICIAL LANGUAGES AT SECOND ADDITIONAL LEVEL, AND NON-OFFICIAL LANGUAGES Afrikaans Second Additional Language English Second Additional Language Ndebele Second Additional Language Xhosa Second Additional Language Zulu Second Additional Language Pedi Second Additional Language Sotho Second Additional Language Tswana Second Additional Language Swati Second Additional Language Venda Second Additional Language Tsonga Second Additional Language Arabic Second Additional Language French Second Additional Language German Home Language German Second Additional Language Gujarati Home Language Gujarati First Additional Language Gujurati Second Additional Language Hebrew Second Additional Language Hindi Home Language Hindi First Additional Language Hindi Second Additional Language Italian Second Additional Language Latin Second Additional Language Portuguese Home Language Portuguese First Additional Language Portuguese Second Additional Language Spanish Second Additional Language Tamil Home Language Tamil First Additional Language Tamil Second Additional Language Telegu Home Language Telegu First Additional Language Telegu Second Additional Language Urdu Home Language Urdu First Additional Language Urdu Second Additional Language
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY Civil Technology Electrical Technology Mechanical Technology Engineering Graphics and Design
HUMAN AND SOCIAL STUDIES Geography History Religion Studies
PHYSICAL, MATHEMATICAL, COMPUTER AND LIFE SCIENCES Computer Applications Technology Information Technology Life Sciences Physical Sciences
SERVICES Consumer Studies Hospitality Studies Tourism
11. Heads of educational institutions must note that the designated subject list from which the four subjects are selected for admission to a Bachelorís Degree is not the same as the full list in paragraph 10.

DATE: 2005:09:15