There are many undergraduate courses to pursue in South Africa and one of them is Bachelor of Commerce. The course is highly marketable and attracts millions of students. Below are admission requirements for the program:

  • University of the Western Cape

Bachelor of Commerce Admission Requirements

The minimum admission requirement is a National Senior Certificate (NSC) as certified by Umalusi with an achievement rating of 4 (Adequate achievement, 50-59%) or better in four subjects chosen from the following recognised 20-credit NSC subjects (known as the ‘designated subject list’).

NSC Level Percentage Points for
English? (*)
Points for
Maths or Maths Lit
Points for
Life Orientation
Points for each
Other Subject
8 90-100% 15 15 3 8
7 80-89% 13 13 3 7
6 70-79% 11 11 2 6
5 60-69% 9 9 2 5
4 50-59% 7 7 2 4
3 40-49% 5 5 1 3
2 30-39% 3 3 1 2
1 20-29% 1 1 1 1
  less than 20% 
 
0 0 0 0

(*) – ‘English’ here refers to either English home language or English first additional language, not second additional language, which would rather fall under ‘other subjects’. 

General Criteria for Admission to the University

For the Bachelor’s Degree:

The minimum admission requirement is a National Senior Certificate (NSC) as certified by Umalusi with an achievement rating of 4 (Adequate achievement, 50-59%) or better in four subjects chosen from the following recognised 20-credit NSC subjects (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 at a higher education institution and two other recognised language subjects), Life Sciences, Mathematics, Mathematical Literacy, Music, Physical Sciences, Religion Studies, Visual Arts.

  • University of South Africa

Bachelor of Commerce Admission Requirements

Qualification code: 98314
NQF level: 7
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 5563
APS/AS: 21
Maximum time to complete this qualification:  8 years

A National Senior Certificate (NSC) (Degree endorsement) with at least 50% in the language of teaching and learning and with at least 50% in Mathematics,
or
a Senior Certificate (SC) with matriculation exemption (or qualify for the exemption from the Matriculation Board) and with at least a D symbol on HG or a C symbol on SG in the language of teaching and learning and with at least a D symbol on HG or a C symbol on SG in Mathematics,
or
any Higher Certificate offered in the College of Economic and Management Sciences,
or
any Diploma obtained in the College of Economic and Management Sciences.
Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements as indicated above, should apply for a lower NQF level qualification for which they meet the statutory and additional requirements.

Bachelor of Commerce Admission Requirements

Domestic Entry Requirements

BCom Entry requirements

Minimum Admission Requirements

National Senior Certificate (NSC)
Bachelor pass with English (50%) and Mathematics (40%) or Mathematical Literacy (60%)

National Certificate (Vocational) (NC(V))
Bachelor pass with English (50%) and Mathematics (50%) or Mathematical Literacy (60%)

Senior Certificate (SC)
Endorsement with English (50%) and Mathematics HG (40%) or Mathematics SG (60%)

Senior Certificate (Amended) (SC(a))
Bachelor pass with English (50%) and Mathematics HG (40%) or Mathematics SG (60%)

Additional Notes

Accounting
No Accounting on NSC (Students who meet the minimum entrance requirements but did not complete Accounting in Grade 12 will need to register onto the extended module for Accounting 1A – applicable only to contact students.)

Economics
No Economics on NSC (Students who meet the minimum entrance requirements but did not complete Economics in Grade 12 will need to register onto the extended module for Economics 1A – applicable only to contact students.)

Accounting and Economics
No Accounting and Economics on NSC (Students who meet the minimum entrance requirements but did not complete Accounting and Economics in Grade 12 will need to register onto the extended modules for Accounting 1A and Economics 1A – applicable only to contact students.)

Alternate Admission

(Should minimum admission requirements not be met at NSC Grade 12, then entrance may be granted based on additional requirements being fulfilled)

English
NSC: 40-49% (If achieved 50% min in final Grade 11 results – applicable to contact and distance students)
Mathematics
NSC:30-39% (Register for an extended version of Accounting 1A and Economics 1A – applicable only to contact students)
Mathematical Literacy/ Technical Maths
NSC: 50-59% (Register for an extended version of Accounting 1A and Economics 1A – applicable only to contact students).

Please note, requirements for entry to this qualification are correct at the time of publication, however, these may change.

Admissions information for international students
IIE Bachelor of Commerce

Entry requirements

International entry requirements

An USAf Exemption Certificate is required as well as meeting the relevant Maths and English requirements.

A cognate Higher Certificate OR cognate 240 credit Diploma OR an Advanced Certificate OR 360 credit Diploma or Degree may satisfy the minimum admission requirements to degree studies.

If discipline not cognate at least 20% of credits must be academic literacy or numeracy related.

Please note, requirements for entry to this qualification are correct at the time of publication, however, these may change.

Bachelor of Commerce Admission Requirements

1. A Senior Certificate with matriculation endorsement/exemption for degree studies. Candidates who have a Senior Certificate but who do not meet the matriculation endorsement/exemption requirements stated above, may apply to Universities South Africa (USAF), for mature age exemption (https://mb.usaf.ac.za/).and

2. A symbol of E or higher for Mathematics on HG, or a symbol of D or higher for Mathematics on SG. Candidates who do not meet the Mathematics requirement may be offered admission on condition that they successfully complete the BCom bridging programme, if they have achieved at least a symbol of E on HG or a C on SG in any two of the following subjects:

  • Economics
  • Business Economics
  • Accounting
  • Physical Science or Physics/Chemistry
  • Natural Science or Biology.

If the candidate matriculated in 2008 or later

Candidates who matriculated in 2008 or later require:

1. A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with a minimum of 50% in four NSC 20-credit subjects, including English as the language of instruction at Milpark Education, as certified by Umalusi. Candidates who have a National Senior Certificate (NSC) but who do not meet the matriculation endorsement/exemption requirements stated above, may apply to Universities South Africa (USAF), for mature age exemption (https://mb.usaf.ac.za/). and

2. A symbol of E or higher for Mathematics on HG, or a symbol of D or higher for Mathematics on SG. Candidates who do not meet the Mathematics requirement may be offered admission on condition that they successfully complete the BCom bridging programme, if they have achieved at least a symbol of E on HG or a C on SG in any two of the following subjects:

  • Economics
  • Business Economics
  • Accounting
  • Physical Science or Physics/Chemistry
  • Natural Science or Biology.

If the candidate matriculated in 2008 or later

Candidates who matriculated in 2008 or later require:

1. A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with a minimum of 50% in four NSC 20-credit subjects, including English as the language of instruction at Milpark Education, as certified by Umalusi. Candidates who have a National Senior Certificate (NSC) but who do not meet the matriculation endorsement/exemption requirements stated above, may apply to Universities South Africa (USAF), for mature age exemption (https://mb.usaf.ac.za/). and

2. A minimum mark of 50% for Mathematics or 70% for Mathematics Literacy. Candidates who do not meet the Mathematics requirement but who have achieved a minimum mark of 50% or higher in any two of the following subjects may be offered admission on condition that they successfully complete the bridging programme:

  • Economics
  • Business Economics
  • Accounting
  • Physical Science or Physics/Chemistry
  • Natural Science or Biology.

Candidates who have completed a relevant Higher Certificate (NQF 5) or Diploma (NQF 6) in the field of business or commerce, may also be admitted to the BCom degree.

Other certificates

Any applicant who has a certificate other than a South African National Senior Certificate has to provide:

  • a SAQA Certificate of Equivalence, if they want to enrol for a Higher Certificate, Advanced Certificate, Diploma or Postgraduate qualification (www.saqa.org.za)
  • or a USAF Exemption Certificate, if they want to enrol for a Bachelor’s degree (https://mb.usaf.ac.za/).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) applications

Milpark admits a small number of students onto its programme via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Applicants interested in applying via RPL will be considered individually by the relevant Dean.

  • University of Witwatersrand Johannesburg

Bachelor of Commerce Entry Requirements

APS 38+

English Home Language OR First Additional Language Level 5

Mathematics Level 5

Wait-listing

Applicants with an APS of 35-37, as well as English Level 5 and Mathematics Level 5, will be wait-listed subject to place availability.

Bachelor of Commerce Admission Requirements

Admission criteria for Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) in Marketing and Management Science

Admission criteria for prospective students who matriculated prior to and including 2007:

  • Senior Certificate (Grade 12) with university exemption, plus a mark of at least 40% on higher grade or 50% on standard grade in Mathematics.
  • An NQF level 5 certificate.
  • A CV and RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) application is required from prospective students over 23 years of age, who have no Senior Certificate, but have written and passed at least four higher grade or four standard grade subjects at matric Level. The CV must include work-related experience and a SAPS affidavit stating that they did not obtain a Senior Certificate. A certified copy of subjects passed must be included. *
  • Students over the ages of 45 may apply as mature age applicants.

Admission criteria for prospective students who matriculated and exited the school system as of 2008:

  • National Senior Certificate (NSC) or National Certificate Vocational (NCV) with an achievement rating of at least 3 (40-49%) in English home language or 4 (50-59%) in English first additional language, plus an achievement rating of at least 3 (40-49%) in Mathematics or 5 (60-69%) in Mathematical Literacy.
  • An NQF level 5 certificate.
  • The student must have met the minimum requirements for admission to a degree programme at a higher education institute.
  • A CV and RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) application is required from prospective students over 23 years of age, who have no NSC, but have written and passed at least 4 NSC subjects at a Matric level with a pass of 40%. The CV must include work-related experience and a SAPS affidavit stating that they did not obtain a NSC. A certified copy of subjects passed must be included.
  • Students over the ages of 45 may apply as mature age applicants.

* No credit transfers for modules will apply for RPL. RPL will only apply for access to programmes

University of Pretoria

Bachelor of Commerce Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • The closing date is an administrative admission guideline for non-selection programmes. Once a non-selection programme is full and has reached the institutional targets, then that programme will be closed for further admissions, irrespective of the closing date. However, if the institutional targets have not been met by the closing date, then that programme will remain open for admissions until the institutional targets are met.
  • The following persons will be considered for admission: Candidates who are in possession of a certificate that is deemed by the University to be equivalent to the National Senior Certificate (NSC) with admission to bachelor’s degree studies; candidates who are graduates from other tertiary institutions or have been granted the status of graduates of such institutions; and candidates who are graduates of another faculty at the University of Pretoria.
  • Life Orientation is excluded when calculating the APS.

Transferring students

Candidates previously registered for the BCom — Extended programme

The Admissions Committee of the faculty considers applications of candidates who were previously registered for the BCom — Extended programme according to specific guidelines as stipulated in the Transfer Guide of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences as published on the EMS Faculty website.

Candidates previously registered at UP or at another university

The Admissions Committee of the faculty considers applications of candidates who have already completed the final NSC or equivalent qualification and/or were previously registered at UP or at another university according to specific guidelines as stipulated in the Transfer Guide of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences as published on the EMS Faculty website. A complete academic record, as well as the final school leaving results, are required for such applications.

NB: Candidates who are still registered at another university must submit an academic record of their studies to the faculty as soon as possible after their final examinations. The closing date for these applications is 30 September.

Qualifications from countries other than South Africa

  • Citizens from countries other than South Africa and South African citizens with foreign qualifications must comply with all the other admission requirements and the prerequisites for subjects/modules.
  • In addition to meeting the admission requirements, it may be expected from candidates to write the SAT, if required.

Candidates must have completed the National Senior Certificate with admission to degree studies or a certificate of conditional exemption on the basis of a candidate’s foreign qualifications, the so-called “Immigrant” or “Foreign Conditional Exemption”. The only condition for the “Foreign Conditional Exemption” that is accepted is: ‘completion of the degree course’. The exemption certificate is obtainable from Universities South Africa (USAf).

Minimum requirements
Achievement level
English Home Language or English First Additional Language Mathematics APS
NSC/IEB AS Level NSC/IEB AS Level
5 C 4 D 30
  • Nelson Mandela University

Bachelor of Commerce Admission Requirements

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR CURRENT GRADE 12 LEARNERS

  • Minimum NSC statutory requirements for degree entry must be met.
  • An applicant with NSC Grade 12 Mathematics requires a minimum Applicant Score of 370.
  • NSC achievement rating of at least level 45% for Mathematics.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICANTS WHO MATRICULATED PRIOR TO 2008

  • Matriculation exemption/endorsement.
  • Mathematics minimum pass mark SG=E.

Bachelor of Commerce Admission Requirements

The Faculty of Commerce has specific entry requirements that applicants completing the National Senior Certificate (NSC) must meet. Please note the following minimum requirements:

  • English Home Language (HL) – 50%
  • English First Additional Language (FAL) – 60%
  • Mathematics – 60% [70% is required for Computer Science and Analytics, and 80% is required for Actuarial Science]
  • Commerce applicants only need to write the Academic Literacy and Quantitative Literacy (AQL) National Benchmark Test. The test consists of an Academic Literacy (AL) section and a Quantitative Literacy (QL) section. The results of the two sections of the test are reported separately. You are strongly encouraged to write the test at the earliest opportunity, as this will allow you time to re-write if you don’t achieve the required mark. A maximum of two attempts will be allowed.

Bachelor of Commerce Admission Requirements

• You need a South African National Senior Certificate (NSC) with Bachelor degree entry or an equivalent foreign secondary qualification on an NSC level with Bachelor degree entry approved by Universities South Africa (USAf).
Or
• If you have an international school-leaving certificate, you need to provide a certificate of exemption issued by Universities South Africa (USAf).
Or
• Alternatively, a prospective student should have successfully completed the relevant Eduvos foundation programme. On successful completion of the relevant foundation programme, students are required to apply to Universities South Africa (USAf) for a certificate of exemption in order to be admitted to a degree programme.

• Alternatively, a prospective student should have successfully completed a relevant higher certificate qualification.

Bachelor of Commerce Admission Requirements

  • The minimum entry requirement is the National Senior Certificate or National Certificate Vocational with appropriate subject combinations and levels of achievement; or
  • An equivalent NQF level 4 qualification with proven proficiency in English.
  • A Higher Certificate; an Advanced Certificate or Diploma
  • Applicants that did not achieve a Bachelors pass in Matric and are over the age of 23 years will be considered via mature age exemption
  • To be considered via RPL, applicants should be above the age of 23 years.

Bachelor of Commerce Admission Requirements

  • A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with an endorsement to a Degree coupled with appropriate combinations of recognised subjects and levels of achievement; or
  • The National Certificate Vocational (NCV) at NQF Level 4 with appropriate combinations of recognised subjects and levels of achievement; or
  • Further Education and Training (FET) NQF Level 4. Mature age exemption for people above the age of 23 years as set out in the Higher Education Regulations; or
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Bachelor of Commerce Admission Requirements

Bcom Programmes:  English Level 4 (50 – 59%), Mathematics Level 4 (50 – 59%)

Your application will only be considered for admission to the University if you qualify for Bachelor’s degree study AND you satisfy the faculty requirements. To qualify for with a Bachelor’s pass status, learners are required to take seven subjects, four of which are compulsory (two languages, Life Orientation and either Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy) and three of the learner’s own choice from the subjects on offer at the school.

To qualify for degree studies at Rhodes University, learners must pass:  

English language at an achievement rating of 4 (50 – 59%) or above.

At least four of the seven subjects must be from the list of recommended subject list set out below and students must have obtained an achievement rating of 4 (50 – 59%) or above.

Meet Faculty requirements:  subject requirements and percentage required.

HOW TO CALCULATE YOUR ADMISSION POINT SCORE (APS)

The percentages achieved in National Senior Certificate examinations (preliminary and final examinations) will be allocated an admissions score using the percentage obtained for each subject. The sum of six subject scores, excluding Life Orientation but including English and any other required subject(s) for the relevant programme is considered when deciding on admission. Results below 40% for any subject do not attract a score. Mathematics Paper 3 does not contribute to the APS score but the results will be captured for the Dean to note when making an admission decision.

Bachelor of Commerce Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the BCom Honours (Business Management) programme the applicant should have a:

  • a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) with majors in Business Management, Entrepreneurship, or related subjects with an average of 60%.
  • a minimum average of 60% in Business Management, Entrepreneurship, or related subjects in the third year is required for admission.



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