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Selection Criteria

  • Applications close 30 June. Late applications close 30 September and will only be considered if places are still available in the relevant programme.
  • Applicants who meet the minimum admission requirements for the BEng are formally assessed with reference to a selection formula. Download our official selection guidelines here.
  • Conditional admission: If applicants, at the time of their application, are in Grade 12, then we use their final Grade 11 marks to decide whether they qualify for conditional admission. Conditional admission means that we admit them on condition that their final NSC results also meet the admission requirements and selection criteria for the relevant BEng programme. Only then can we finally admit applicants to a BEng programme.
  • Final admission: If applicants, at the time of their application, have already passed Grade 12, their final NSC results are used to calculate the selection score and, if selected, can be granted final admission.
  • The results of the National Benchmark Tests may be considered along with the school results and other applicable information. Personal interviews form part of the selection process in exceptional cases only.
  • The main selection mechanism is the selection formula. To calculate applicants' selection scores, we use the percentages obtained by them in the various subjects.
  • Selection score = Mathematics percentage + Physical Sciences percentage + (6 X Matric average)

The Matric average is the average of the six best subjects, excluding Life Orientation. Mathematics and Physical Sciences normally also contribute to the average and are, therefore, counted twice.

The maximum for selection scores is 800.

  • The minimum selection score that candidates need to obtain in order to be admitted, called the admission threshold, is individually determined for each BEng programme from year to year. The admission threshold for a programme is affected by the number of applicants and the number of student places. As a result, admission thresholds may differ from programme to programme in a given year.
  • Over the last few years a selection mark of 600 or more gave students a good chance on admission to certain programmes, but in others 630 or more were required. In other words, to have a reasonable chance of selection for some programmes, your mark for Mathematics, as well as your NSC average, should be above 76, and Physical Sciences above 65, while for other programmes Mathematics and average marks of at least 80, together with a Physical Sciences mark of at least 70, will be needed.
  • A candidate's results in the National Benchmark Tests play an increasingly important part if his/her selection score comes close to or falls below the admission threshold.
  • Waiting list: Since the selection thresholds can only be determined after the closing date for applications, applicants whose selection scores indicate that they have the potential to complete the BEng concerned, initially will be placed on a waiting list. The selection thresholds are determined after the closing date for applications and subsequently everybody on the waiting list is considered for admission. Prospective students who meet the admission thresholds are granted provisional or final admission, but the others will remain on the waiting list. The latter may be admitted to the relevant programmes at a later stage, provided that student places have become available in the meantime.
  • Extended degree programmes (EDPs): A limited number of applicants who meet the minimum requirements of the EDPs will be considered for the EDPs. Preference will be given to candidates from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. The EDPs require one extra year of study.