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There are specific matric exemption requirements that you must meet if you want to study at any South African university. If you completed school in or after 2008, and have a National Senior Certificate (NSC), you need the following to apply for admission to a Bachelor’s degree at any South African university:

Four (4) of the seven (7) subjects included in your NSC subject package must be from the designated subjects listed below, with a minimum mark of 4 (50%) in each of these four (4) subjects:

Designated list of school subjects:

Accounting Information Technology
Agricultural Sciences Life Sciences (Biology/Physiology)
Business Studies Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy
Consumer Studies Music
Dramatic Arts Three languages (one of these must be the language of teaching and learning at a higher-education institution and two other recognised language subjects)
Engineering Graphics and Design
Geography Physical Sciences/Natural Sciences
History Religion Studies

Visual Arts

In addition to the requirements above, for degree studies at the University of the Free State we expect that:

  • You have an NSC or NCV with an endorsement that allows entrance to degree studies (Bachelor’s degree) or an equivalent qualification.
  • You have a minimum level of 4 (50%) in the chosen UFS language of instruction: English or Afrikaans (only applicable to certain programmes).
  • You meet all the minimum admission requirements for the programme you intend to study.
  • You must pass certain school subjects with a minimum level of achievement in order to take a certain university module. For example, you must get a mark of 70% for Mathematics in Grade 12 if you plan to study BSc majoring in Physics with Engineering subjects.

You will be conditionally admitted based on your Grade 11 or equivalent results, subject to you meeting all the minimum requirements for the intended programme of study. Your final admission to the programme of choice will depend on your final Grade 12 results. You will be notified immediately of the university’s admission decision after your Grade 12 results have been released by the Department of Education.

It is important that you study the admission requirements of the programmes you are interested in, thoroughly. The UFS calculates your AP score based on the NSC achievement scale. An AP score consisting of seven levels is used. Points will be awarded for six academic subjects (note: no points will be awarded for achievement points lower than 30%). One point is awarded for Life Orientation from achievement level 5 (60%) or higher when calculating your AP score for admission purposes.

7 (90%-100%) 8
7 (80%-89%) 7
6 (70%-79%) 6
5 (60%-69%) 5
4 (50%-59%) 4
3 (40%-49%) 3
2 (30%-39%) 2
1 (0%-29%) -


To calculate your AP, you can use the following example:
For five (5) academic subjects, you must obtain a level 5 (60%) 5 x 5 = 25
For one (1) further academic subject, you must obtain a level 4 (50%) 1 x 4 = 4
For Life Orientation, a level of 5 (60%) or higher to score 1 point 1 x 1 = 1
UFS overall AP score = 30

Note that your achievement level in Life Orientation is excluded from the calculation of your AP score for the allocation of a merit bursary in your first year of study. See the section on Financial Aid (Bursaries and Loans).

Are you a Top Achiever?

If you have an AP score of 35 and above, you are a Top Achiever and qualify for a conditional admission offer linked to a merit bursary of a corresponding value to your AP score. This excludes admission to selection programmes. Another benefit of being a Top Achiever is that you will be invited to an early-bird registration during January 2019, subject to meeting all the minimum requirements for the intended programme of study with your final Grade 12 results.

Date Programme/s for which application closes
31 May 2018 · MBChB
· Radiation Sciences
· All programmes in the Allied Health Sciences
31 July 2018 · Architecture
· Quantity Surveying
· Construction Management
· Nursing
31 August 2018 International applications
30 September 2018 · Geology
· Forensic Sciences
· Music
· Social Work
· Community development (QQ only)
· All non-selection programmes
1 November 2018 Fine Arts
30 November 2018 All University Access Programmes on the South Campus

International students: If we receive your application after 31 August 2018, it will not be captured.

The Application Helpdesk will assist you with the application process. Contact the helpdesk agents for:

  • Information on any study programme’s admission requirements;
  • Assistance to complete your application forms (online or hard copy);
  • Tracking the status of your application.

Contact: +27 51 401 9666 | E: studentadmin@ufs.ac.za

If you have applied to study a programme in the Faculty of Health Sciences, contact Lydia du Toit: +27 51 401 7513 | fhsapplications@ufs.ac.za | Fax2email: +27 86 579 5154 or +27 86 6669 191.

We have seven different faculties, each with their own specific admission requirements. Within the faculties, different programmes may also have additional and/or different admission requirements – especially the selection courses. Make sure that you are aware of the requirements for the programme that you want to study. The faculties are:

  • Economic and Management Sciences
  • Education
  • Health Sciences
  • The Humanities
  • Law
  • Natural and Agricultural Sciences
  • Theology and Religion


From this point forward, we will use these abbreviations instead of the full terms:

  • NSC: National Senior Certificate
  • AP: Admission Point
  • BC: Bloemfontein Campus
  • QC: Qwaqwa Campus
  • SC: South Campus in Bloemfontein
  • AL: Academic Literacy Test
  • QL: Quantitative Literacy Test
  • MT: Mathematics Test
  • N/A: Not Applicable


Pay attention to the following important information:

  • All admission requirements apply to first-year students in 2019. If you are a senior student, consult the following for admission requirements: head of department | lecturer | faculty rulebooks
  • All admission requirements are subject to change.
  • Unless stated otherwise, the admission requirement for the language of instruction must be on a minimum level 4 (50%).
  • Please refer to Important Closing Dates for selection courses. Applications for all other programmes close on 30 September 2018.

All information is subject to change without prior notification.

  • Closing dates: Your application for admission MUST be captured before you register in 2019. Keep in mind that all programmes have limited spaces available, and therefore you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. When we process your application for admission, we capture your details onto the UFS databases – if your details are not available, you will not be admitted or able to register. For this reason, it is very important to stick to the closing dates.
  • National Senior Certificate: If you already have a National Senior Certificate (NSC), you must include a copy with your application form.
  • Application: Make sure that you complete the application properly, and attach all the required documents. Gaps in the application, as well as outstanding documents, will delay your application process.
  • Transferring students: If you transfer from another tertiary institution, you must include a certificate of conduct and an official study record from the previous tertiary institution with your application, AND submit copies when you register. The closing date for students transferring from other tertiary institutions is 30 September 2018.
  • International students: If you are from another country, you must attach your certified school leaving certificate, diplomas, and proof of a conditional exemption certificate issued by the Matriculation Board to your application. Apply to mb.usaf.ac.za for the conditional exemption. The closing date for international students is 31 August 2018.

All Health sciences applications must be accompanied by a completed medical certificate and principal’s signature. Forms available at www.ufs.ac.za

Confidentiality Clause

The UFS confirms that all personal information provided in your application form will be treated confidentially and will not be sold to a third party or used for commercial or related purposes.

The UFS further confirms that your personal information will only be used for purposes of relating to your potential relationship with the UFS as a student, including but not limited to the processing of your application to study at the UFS, effecting registration at the UFS and for any communication purposes related to your application and/or registration to study at the UFS

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