North-West University fields of study

Admission requirements

Please note that the below admission requirements are subject to change pending selection and possible faculty-specific requirements.

Economic and Management Sciences

Visit the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences

Degree

Field

Requirements

APS

Campus

Possible Career Opportunities

Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting (general)

 
  • Mathematics level 3
  • English level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

24

Vaal 

  • Accountant
  • Cost and management accountant
  • Financial manager
  • Tax practitioner
  • General manager
  • Teacher/lecturer

Bachelor of Commerce in Chartered Accountancy (CA) 

 
  • Mathematics level 5
  • English level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

30

Mafikeng 

Potch

Vaal 

  • Auditor
  • Tax specialist
  • Financial manager
  • Business consultant
  • Computer auditor
  • Corporate finance specialist
  • Structured finance specialist
  • Entrepreneur
  • Academic/training provider

Extended Bachelor of Commerce in Chartered Accountancy (CA) 

 
  • Mathematics level 3
  • English level 4
  • DURATION: 4 years

26

Vaal 

Mafikeng 

  • Auditor
  • Tax specialist
  • Financial manager
  • Business consultant
  • Computer auditor
  • Corporate finance specialist
  • Structured finance specialist
  • Entrepreneur
  • Academic/training provider

Bachelor of Commerce in Financial Accountancy (SAIPA)

 
  • Mathematics level 4
  • English level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

28

Mafikeng 

Potch 

Vaal 

  • Professional accountant
  • Internal auditor
  • Cost and management accountant
  • Financial manager
  • Tax practitioner
  • Lecturer

Extended Bachelor of Commerce in Financial Accountancy (SAIPA)

 

 
  • Mathematics level 3 OR Mathematical literacy level 7
  • English level 4
  • DURATION: 4 years

24

Vaal 

  • Professional accountant
  • Internal auditor
  • Cost and management accountant
  • Financial manager
  • Tax practitioner
  • Lecturer

Bachelor of Commerce in Forensic Accountancy

 
  • Mathematics level 5
  • A Language of study level 5
  • DURATION: 3 years

36

Potch

  • Private practice
  • Internal forensic divisions at corporates (banks, insurance, etc.)
  • Government institutions and regulatory bodies
  • Forensic divisions of auditing, consulting or legal firms

Bachelor of Commerce in Management Accountancy (CIMA)

 
  • Mathematics level 5
  • English level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

30

Potch

Vaal 

  • Project managers
  • Management consultants
  • Finance directors
  • Chief executives
  • Entrepreneurs

For a more detailed description of a career as a management accountant, visit the CIMAglobal.com website.

Bachelor of Commerce in Operations Research

 
  • Mathematics level 4
  • English level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

24

Mafikeng 

People with skills in OR hold jobs in decision support, business analytics, marketing analysis and logistics planning. Many large firms have groups of OR analysts. These are located in the steel, mining, oil, gas, chemicals, paper and engineering industries, airlines, logistics, railways, banking and insurance. Within the public sector, OR analysts are also employed in health, education and electricity supply.

Bachelor of Commerce in Statistics

 
  • Mathematics level 4
  • English level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

24

Mafikeng 

Statisticians have the advantage of combining their interest with almost any other field of study, especially in science, business, medicine technology, education, etc. Some of these fields are as follows:

  • Education
  • Biology 
  • Economics
  • Manufacturing                                            
  • Marketing
  • Engineering                    
  • Finance
  • Health science
  • Public health                                
  • Computer science
  • Epidemiology
  • Law                     
  • Population studies
  • Chemistry
  • Agriculture
  • Insurance                               
  • Sports
  • Banking institutions                                           
  • Earth sciences
  • Geography
  • Government departments                              
  • Insurance companies

Extended Bachelor of Commerce in Statistics

 
  • Mathematics level 3 OR Mathematical Literacy Level 4
  • English level 3
  • DURATION: 4 years

20

Mafikeng 

Statisticians have the advantage of combining their interest with almost any other field of study, especially in science, business, medicine technology, education, etc. Some of these fields are as follows:

  • Education
  • Biology 
  • Economics
  • Manufacturing                                            
  • Marketing
  • Engineering                    
  • Finance
  • Health science
  • Public health                                
  • Computer science
  • Epidemiology
  • Law                     
  • Population studies
  • Chemistry
  • Agriculture
  • Insurance                               
  • Sports
  • Banking institutions                                           
  • Earth sciences
  • Geography
  • Government departments                              
  • Insurance companies
Bachelor of Commerce in Business Operations with Logistics Management  
  • Mathematics level 3
  • English level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years
24 Mafikeng   
Extended Bachelor of Commerce in Business Operations with Logistics Management  
  • Mathematics level 3 OR Mathematical Literacy level 4
  • English level 3
  • DURATION: 4 years
20 Mafikeng   

Bachelor of Commerce in Business Operations

with Transport Economics

  • Mathematics level 3
  • English level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

24

Mafikeng 

  • Logistics management
  • Supply chain manager
  • Logistics manager
  • Freight forwarder
  • Warehousing
  • Stock control
  • Public transport planner/scheduler/modeller
  • Traffic and travel impact assessor
  • National government, provincial, district and local municipality

Extended Bachelor of Commerce in Business Operations

with Transport Economics

  • Mathematics level 3 OR Mathematical Literacy level 4
  • English level 3
  • DURATION: 4 years

20

Mafikeng 

  • Logistics management
  • Supply chain manager
  • Logistics manager
  • Freight forwarder
  • Warehousing
  • Stock control
  • Public transport planner/scheduler/modeller
  • Traffic and travel impact assessor
  • National government, provincial, district and local municipality

Bachelor of Commerce in Economic Sciences

with Agricultural Economics and Risk Management

  • Mathematics level 4
  • Language of instruction level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

26

Potch

  • Financial economist
  • Market economists
  • Development economists
  • Resource economists
  • Production economist

Bachelor of Commerce in Economic Sciences

with Economics and Econometrics

  • Mathematics level 3
  • English level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

26

Mafikeng 

  • Budget analyst
  • Economist
  • Quantitative analyst
  • Econometrician
  • Public policy analyst

Extended Bachelor of Commerce in Economic Sciences

with Economics and Econometrics

  • Mathematics level 3 OR Mathematical Literacy level 4
  • English level 3
  • DURATION: 4 years

20

Mafikeng 

  • Budget analyst
  • Economist
  • Quantitative analyst
  • Econometrician
  • Public policy analyst

Bachelor of Commerce in Economic Sciences

with Economics and International Trade

  • Mathematics level 4
  • Afrikaans OR English level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

26

Potch

Vaal

  • Economist
  • Economic or international trade consultants
  • Any position within the import and export process (e.g. logistics or procurement for retailers such as Shoprite Checkers or Pick n Pay)
  • Government departments such as the Department of Trade and Industry, National Treasury as well as the South African Reserve Bank
  • Positions in banks, financing companies and provincial trade and investment promotion organisations
  • Export credit insurance and risk analysts

Extended Bachelor of Commerce in Economic Sciences

with Economics and International Trade

  • Mathematics level 3 OR Mathematical Literacy level 6
  • English level 3
  • DURATION: 4 years

24

Vaal 

  • Economist
  • Economic or international trade consultants
  • Any position within the import and export process (e.g. logistics or procurement for retailers such as Shoprite Checkers or Pick n Pay)
  • Government departments such as the Department of Trade and Industry, National Treasury as well as the South African Reserve Bank
  • Positions in banks, financing companies and provincial trade and investment promotion organisations
  • Export credit insurance and risk analysts

Bachelor of Commerce in Economic Sciences

with Economics and Informatics

  • Mathematics level 4
  • Afrikaans OR English level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

26

Potch

Vaal

  • Business Analyst
  • ERP Specialist
  • Web Content Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Database Analyst
  • Database Administrator
  • Application Developer
  • IS Security Manager
  • E-Business Manager
  • Application Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Information systems manager
  • IT consultant
  • IT technical support officer
  •  IS/IT Auditor
  • Systems Analyst 

Bachelor of Commerce in Economic Sciences

with Economics and Risk Management

  • Mathematics level 4
  • PC – Language of instruction level 4
  • VC – Afrikaans or English level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

26

Potch

Vaal 

  • Bank management
  • Financial risk management
  • Corporative and city treasurer
  • Funds- and asset management
  • SAFEX trade
  • Money-, capital- and stock market
  • Economic advice

Extended Bachelor of Commerce in Economic Sciences

with Economics and Risk Management

  • Mathematics level 3 OR Mathematical Literacy level 6
  • English level 3
  • DURATION: 4 years

24

Vaal 

  • Bank management
  • Financial risk management
  • Corporative and city treasurer
  • Funds- and asset management
  • SAFEX trade
  • Money-, capital- and stock market
  • Economic advice

Bachelor of Administration

with Human Resource Management

  • Mathematics level 3 OR Mathematical Literacy level 4
  • English level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

21

Mafikeng 

  • Training and development
  • Recruitment and assessment
  • Safety and risk assessment
  • Management and leadership
  • Human resource management
  • Arbitration and mediation
  • Labour dispute resolution

Extended Bachelor of Administration

with Human Resource Management

  • Mathematics level 3 OR Mathematical Literacy level 4
  • English level 3
  • DURATION: 4 years

20

Mafikeng 

  • Training and development
  • Recruitment and assessment
  • Safety and risk assessment
  • Management and leadership
  • Human resource management
  • Arbitration and mediation
  • Labour dispute resolution

Bachelor of Administration

with Industrial and Organisational Psychology

  • Mathematics level 3 OR Mathematical Literacy level 4
  • English level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

21

Mafikeng 

  • Training and development
  • Recruitment and assessment
  • Safety and risk assessment
  • Management and leadership
  • Human resource management
  • Arbitration and mediation
  • Labour dispute resolution

Extended Bachelor of Administration

with Industrial and Organisational Psychology

  • Mathematics level 3 OR Mathematical Literacy level 4
  • English level 3
  • DURATION: 4 years

20

Mafikeng 

  • Training and development
  • Recruitment and assessment
  • Safety and risk assessment
  • Management and leadership
  • Human resource management
  • Arbitration and mediation
  • Labour dispute resolution

Bachelor of Administration in Development and Management

with Local Government Management

  • Mathematics level 3 OR Mathematical Literacy level 4
  • English level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

21

Mafikeng 

  • Administrator
  • Community worker
  • International correspondent
  • Public Administration consultant
  • Mediator
  • Non-profit administrator
  • Policy advisor
  • Researcher
  • Teacher/Lecturer
  • Politician
  • Analyst

Extended Bachelor of Administration in Development and Management

with Local Government Management

  • Mathematics level 3 OR Mathematical Literacy level 4
  • English level 3
  • DURATION: 4 years

20

Mafikeng 

  • Administrator
  • Community worker
  • International correspondent
  • Public Administration consultant
  • Mediator
  • Non-profit administrator
  • Policy advisor
  • Researcher
  • Teacher/Lecturer
  • Politician
  • Analyst

Bachelor of Administration

with Public Administration

  • Mathematics level 3 OR Mathematical Literacy level 4
  • English level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

21

Mafikeng 

  • Administrator
  • Community worker
  • International correspondent
  • Public Administration consultant
  • Mediator
  • Non-profit administrator
  • Policy advisor
  • Researcher
  • Teacher/Lecturer
  • Politician
  • Analyst

Extended Bachelor of Administration

with Public Administration

  • Mathematics level 3 OR Mathematical Literacy level 4
  • English level 3
  • DURATION: 4 years

20

Mafikeng 

  • Administrator
  • Community worker
  • International correspondent
  • Public Administration consultant
  • Mediator
  • Non-profit administrator
  • Policy advisor
  • Researcher
  • Teacher/Lecturer
  • Politician
  • Analyst

Bachelor of Arts 

with Industrial and Organisational Psychology and Labour Relations Management

  • Afrikaans OR English level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

22

Potch

Vaal 

  • Training and development
  • Recruitment and assessment
  • Safety and risk assessment
  • Management and leadership
  • Human resource management
  • Arbitration and mediation
  • Labour dispute resolution

Bachelor of Arts 

with Tourism Management

  • English level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

22

Mafikeng 

  • Tourism managers
  • Tourism marketers
  • Marketers
  • Researchers
  • Lecturers
  • Consultants
  • Guesthouse managers
  • Game farm managers and event managers in both private and public enterprises.

Bachelor of Commerce in Management Sciences

with Marketing and Tourism Management

  • Mathematics level 3 OR Mathematical Literacy level 6
  • Afrikaans OR English level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

24

Potch

Although this qualification gives graduates access to the entire tourism industry, BCom qualifications are focused on the management of the industry and businesses.  It creates specific access to careers such as:

  • Tourism managers
  • Tourism marketers
  • Marketers
  • Researchers
  • Lecturers
  • Consultants
  • Guesthouse managers
  • Game farm managers and event managers in both private and public enterprises.

Bachelor of Commerce in Management Sciences

with Tourism Management

  • Mathematics level 3
  • Language of instruction level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

24

Potch

  • Tourism managers
  • Tourism marketers
  • Marketers
  • Researchers
  • Lecturers
  • Consultants
  • Guesthouse managers
  • Game farm managers and event managers in both private and public enterprises.

Bachelor of Commerce in Management Sciences

with Tourism and Recreation Skills

  • Mathematics level 3 OR Mathematical Literacy level 6
  • Afrikaans OR English level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

24

Potch

Although this qualification offers graduates access to the entire tourism industry, BCom qualifications are focused on the management of the industry and businesses. It creates specific access to careers such as tourism economists, tourism managers, marketers, researchers, lecturers, consultants, guesthouse managers and event managers in both private and public enterprises.

Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resource Management

with Labour Relations Management

  • Mathematics level 3 OR Mathematical Literacy level 6
  • Afrikaans OR English level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

24

Potch

Vaal 

  • Labour relations specialist/practitioner -The provision of expert advice both in an organisational as well as a consulting capacity. This will include, among others, managing discipline and dismissal, dispute settlement, collective bargaining, dealings with trade unions, CCMA and Labour Court cases, employment conditions, and training and development.
  • Analyst - Students can also study Labour Relations Management to prepare for a career providing insight into market trends as an analyst. These analysts may apply their knowledge of human behaviour to develop marketing strategies.
  • Researcher, teacher or lecturer.

Bachelor of Commerce in Industrial and Organisational Psychology

with Labour Relations Management

  • Mathematics level 3 OR Mathematical Literacy level 6
  • Afrikaans OR English level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

24

Potch

Vaal 

  • Labour relations specialist/practitioner -The provision of expert advice both in an organisational as well as a consulting capacity. This will include, among others, managing discipline and dismissal, dispute settlement, collective bargaining, dealings with trade unions, CCMA and Labour Court cases, employment conditions, and training and development.
  • Analyst - Students can also study Labour Relations Management to prepare for a career providing insight into market trends as an analyst. These analysts may apply their knowledge of human behaviour to develop marketing strategies.
  • Researcher, teacher or lecturer.

Bachelor of Commerce in Management Sciences

with Business Management

  • Mathematics level 3
  • MC – English level 4
  • PC/VC – Afrikaans OR English level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

24

Potch

Vaal 

Mafikeng 

A business manager is responsible for the planning and organising of activities and people, as well as the leading and guidance of people.  Managers’ main tasks are problem-solving, to lead teams, to facilitate team processes and to regularly communicate with people.

The degree gives you access to a wide variety of career opportunities, as management principles are applied in all organisations.

Extended Bachelor of Commerce in Management Sciences

with Business Management

  • Mathematics level 3 OR Mathematical Literacy level 4
  • English level 3
  • DURATION: 4 years

20

Mafikeng 

A business manager is responsible for the planning and organising of activities and people, as well as the leading and guidance of people.  Managers’ main tasks are problem-solving, to lead teams, to facilitate team processes and to regularly communicate with people.

The degree gives you access to a wide variety of career opportunities, as management principles are applied in all organisations.

Bachelor of Commerce in Management Sciences

with Communication Management

  • Mathematics level 3
  • Afrikaans OR English level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

24

Potch

Communications managers can work in various types of industries from the educational sector to food and beverage and technical industries.

BCom qualifications are focused on the management of the industry and businesses. This degree creates specific access to careers such as: organisation managers, tourism managers, communications managers, marketers, researchers, lecturers, consultants, guesthouse managers and event managers in both private and public enterprises.

Bachelor of Commerce in Management Sciences

with Marketing Management

  • Mathematics level 3
  • MC – English level 4
  • PC/VC – Afrikaans OR English level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

24

Mafikeng 

Potch

Vaal 

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business manager
  • Research Assistant
  • Sales Manager
  • Marketing Manager
  • Any marketing related careers 
  • Lecturer

Extended Bachelor of Commerce in Management Sciences

with Marketing Management

  • Mathematics level 3 OR Mathematical Literacy level 4
  • English level 3
  • DURATION: 4 years

20

Mafikeng 

Vaal 

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business manager
  • Research Assistant
  • Sales Manager
  • Marketing Manager
  • Any marketing related careers 
  • Lecturer

Bachelor of Commerce in Management Sciences

with Sport and Business Management

  • Mathematics level 3 OR Mathematical Literacy level 6
  • Afrikaans OR English level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

24

Vaal 

  • Sport business managers
  • Administrators
  • Tertiary institution sport bureau managers
  • School sports managers
  • Provincial sport development officers and managers
  • High-performance institution managers
  • Provincial level sports administrators
  • Local sports club and community center managers
  • National level sport federation managers
  • Professional sport teams managers 
  • Sports franchise entity owners and managers
  • Business Manager
  • Business consultant
  • Business Analyst
  • Sales Executive
  • Sport Marketer
  • Sport Administrator
  • Recreation Manager
  • Positions in the Hospitality sector 

Bachelor of Commerce in Management Sciences

with Safety Management

  • Mathematics level 3 OR Mathematical Literacy level 6
  • Afrikaans OR English level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

24

Vaal 

 

Bachelor of Commerce in Information systems

 
  • Mathematics level 4
  • English level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

24

Mafikeng 

 

Extended Bachelor of Commerce in Information systems

 
  • Mathematics level 3 or Mathematical Literacy level 4
  • English level 3
  • DURATION: 4 years

20

Mafikeng 

 

 

Education

Visit the Faculty of Education

Degree

Field

Requirements

APS

Campus

Bachelor of Education (BEd) in Foundation Phase Grade R – 3

 
  • Home Language and First Additional Language level 4. To register for English as a Home Language (HL), English as First Additional Language (FAL) on level 5 (minimum 65%) is required.
  • MC: English/Setswana as HL and English/Setswana as FAL;
  • PC: Afrikaans/English/Sesotho/Setswana as HL and Afrikaans/English/Setswana as FAL;
  • VC: Afrikaans/English/IsiZulu/Sesotho as HL and Afrikaans/English/Isi Zulu/Sesotho as FAL;
  • Distance: Afrikaans/English/IsiZulu/Sepedi/Sesotho/Setswana as HL and Afrikaans/English/Setswana as FAL.
  • DURATION: 4 years

24

Mafikeng 

Potch

Vaal

*Distance learning

Bachelor of Education (BEd) in Intermediate Phase Grade 4 – 6

with Mathematics, Science and Technology

  • Home Language and First Additional Language level 4. To register for English as a Home Language (HL), English as First Additional Language (FAL) on level 5 (minimum 65%) is required.
  • PC: Afrikaans/Sesotho/Setswana as HL and English as FAL;
  • VC: Afrikaans/English/IsiZulu/Sesotho as HL and Afrikaans/English/Isi Zulu/Sesotho as FAL;
  • Subject specific requirements: Mathematics level 3 (minimum 45%) OR Technical Mathematics level 4 (at least 50%)
  • DURATION: 4 years

24

Potch

Vaal 

 

 

with Life Skills and Social Sciences

  • Home Language and First Additional Language level 4. To register for English as a Home Language (HL), English as First Additional Language (FAL) on level 5 (minimum 65%) is required.
  • PC: Afrikaans/Sesotho/Setswana as HL and English as FAL;
  • VC: Afrikaans/English/IsiZulu/Sesotho as HL and Afrikaans/English/ IsiZulu/Sesotho as FAL;
  • Distance: Afrikaans/IsiZulu/Sepedi/Sesotho/Setswana as HL and English as FAL.
  • DURATION: 4 years

24

Potch

Vaal 

*Distance learning

Bachelor of Education (BEd) in Senior and Further Education and Training Grade 7 – 12
with Economics
with History
with Geography
with Business studies
  • Home Language OR First Additional Language level 4
  • DURATION: 4 years

24

Mafikeng 

Potch

Vaal 

Distance Learning

 

with English

 

  • Subject specific requirements: Home language on level 4 OR English First additional language on level 5
  • DURATION: 4 years

 

24

Mafikeng

Potch

Vaal

*Distance Learning

 

with Physical Science

 

  • Home Language OR First Additional Language level 4
  • Subject specific requirements: Physical Sciences on level 4; Mathematics level 4 OR Technical Mathematics level 5
  • DURATION: 4 years

 

 

24

Mafikeng

Potch

Vaal 

*Distance Learning

 

with Accounting

 

  • Home Language OR First Additional Language level 4
  • Subject specific requirements: Accounting on level 4
  • DURATION: 4 years

24

Mafikeng

Potch

Vaal 

*Distance Learning

 

with Mathematics

  • Home Language OR First Additional Language level 4
  • Subject specific requirements: Mathematics on level 5
  • DURATION: 4 years

24

Mafikeng 

Potch

Vaal 

*Distance Learning

 

with Afrikaans

  • Subject specific requirements: Afrikaans Home Language on level 5
  • DURATION: 4 years

24

Potch

Vaal 

*Distance Learning

 

with Life Sciences

 

  • Home Language OR First Additional Language level 4
  • Subject specific requirements: Life Science on level 4
  • DURATION: 4 years

 

24

Mafikeng 

Potch

Vaal 

*Distance Learning

 

with Life Orientation

 

  • Home Language OR First Additional Language level 4
  • Subject specific requirements: Life Orientation on level 4
  • DURATION: 4 years

 

24

Potch

Vaal 

*Distance Learning

 

with Engineering Graphics and Design

  • Home Language OR First Additional Language level 4
  • DURATION: 4 years

24

Potch

Vaal 

*Distance Learning

  with Computer Application Technology
  • Home Language OR First Additional Language level 4
  • DURATION: 4 years
24

Potch

Vaal 

 

with Sesotho

  • Subject specific requirements: Sesotho Home language on level 4
  • DURATION: 4 years

 

24

Potch

Vaal 

*Distance Learning

 

with Mechanical technology
with Civil technology
with Electrical technology

 

  • Home Language OR First Additional Language level 4
  • Subject specific requirements: Mathematics on level 4 OR Bridging course with Mathematics level 3 / Mathematical Literacy level 4 with any Technology subjects / Technical Mathematics level 4 with any Technology subjects that can replace Mathematics OR Mathematical Literacy.
  • DURATION: 4 years

 

24

Potch

Vaal 

 

 

with Setswana

  • Subject specific requirements: Setswana Home Language on level 4
  • DURATION: 4 years

24

Mafikeng

Potch

*Distance Learning

 
with Information technology
with Art
  • Home Language OR First Additional Language level 4
  • DURATION: 4 years

24

Potch

 

with Mathematical Literacy

  • Home Language OR First Additional Language level 4
  • Subject specific requirements: Mathematics on level 3 (minimum 45%) OR Mathematical Literacy on level 5 (minimum 65%) OR Technical Mathematics level 4
  • DURATION: 4 years

24

Vaal 

*For distance learning visit distance.nwu.ac.za

Engineering

Visit the Faculty of Engineering 

Degree

Field

Requirements

APS

Campus 

Possible Career Opportunities

Bachelor of Engineering (BIng) 

Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering with Mineral Processing

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Computer and Electronic Engineering 

Electromechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Industrial Engineering

  • NS(C) with full matriculation exemption
  • Mathematics level 6
  • Physical Sciences level 6
  • Home OR First Additional Language at least Level 5
  • Additional entry route: students with 50% in both Mathematics and Physical Sciences may have the opportunity to write a test as additional point of entry
  • DURATION: 4 years

34

Potch

Chemical Engineering and Chemical Engineering with Minerals Processing

Chemical Engineers are involved in the research, design, development and management of industrial processes where raw materials are converted to products with higher economic value. For instance, turn corn to cornflakes, hops to beer, coal to petrol and algae to electricity.  The chemical industry is one of the greatest gross domestic product contributors in South Africa. Chemical engineering is one of the top 10 scarce skills in South Africa.

Minerals Processing is a specialist field in Chemical Engineering and deals with the physical and chemical processes used especially to extract metals from ores. The chemical industry is one of the greatest gross domestic product contributors in South Africa. Chemical engineering is one of the top 10 scarce skills in South Africa.

  • Chemical manufacturers and other industries, such as: petroleum refining, synthetic fuel manufacture, food processing, brewing, minerals processing, paper and pulp, pollution control, manufacture of synthetic fibres, fertilizers and explosives 
  • Consulting firms
  • Government departments 
  • Universities

Electrical and Electronic Engineers enable the modern world by moving electrical energy from the source to the point of application. They do this as efficiently as possible, by applying their knowledge of power systems, power conversion, power conditioning, and electrical machines. Training provided by leading experts in power quality, power electronics and electrical machines, sets NWU Electrical and Electronic Engineers apart in industry. Our engineers thrive in power utilities and electrical consulting industries and relate well to the challenges of utilizing renewable energy sources as part of the energy solution of the future. Electrical and Electronic engineering is the number one scarce skill in South Africa.

Your options as an electrical, electronic or computer engineer in South Africa and abroad are:

  • Telecommunications
  • Energy and electric power
  • Semiconductors
  • Aerospace
  • Bio-engineering
  • Manufacturing
  • Education and research
  • Transportation
  • Automotive

Computer and electronic engineers make the world a more efficient place by connecting humans and the world we live in, to the digital world of computer systems and the internet. They do this by using electronics, embedded computers and the skill of programming to control mechatronic systems and to build the internet. Computer and electronic engineering is the number one scarce skill in South Africa.

As a computer and electronic engineer you will have great employment prospects in South Africa and abroad. Industries include:

  • Telecommunications
  • Energy and electric power
  • Semiconductors
  • Aerospace
  • Bio-engineering
  • Manufacturing
  • Education and research
  • Transportation
  • Automotive

Electromechanical engineers ensure the safe and efficient operations of plants and factories by combining elements of electrical and mechanical engineering. Their knowledge of electrical machines, power electronics, strength of materials and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems, together with legal knowledge with respect to occupational health and safety make them invaluable to industry. Electromechanical engineering is under the top 10 scarce skills in South Africa.

Any mine or manufacturer in South Africa and abroad will greatly benefit from your skills.

Mechanical Engineers are involved with the development, manufacturing, management and maintenance of transport, energy conversion, manufacturing, generator, weapon and cooling and heating systems, as well as industry installations, process equipment, manufacturing machinery and mining equipment. (Nuclear Engineers (post grad studies) design systems that utilizes nuclear processes for energy.) Mechanical and nuclear engineering is under the top 3 scarce skills in South Africa.

As a mechanical engineer you will work in South Africa or abroad in the following industries:

  • Manufacturing
  • Aerodynamics
  • Energy technology
  • Power generation
  • System maintenance
  • Robotics
  • Plant layout and management
  • Food processing plants

Industrial Engineers enable people, technology, information, materials, methods and money to work together productively and effectively. Industrial Engineering originated more than a century ago from the industrial revolution when industries started to search for the best, cheapest and fastest way to manufacture products. However, today it is imperative to employ Industrial Engineers in various industries due to advancements in technology and the current demand of the market place. Industrial engineering is under the top 10 scarce skills in South Africa.

As an industrial engineer you will work in South Africa or abroad in the following industries:

  • Manufacturing, mining and energy
  • Food and beverages
  • IT and telecommunications
  • Logistics and supply chain
  • Aerospace and aviation
  • Healthcare
  • Banking and finance
  • Agriculture
  • Consulting

 

Health Sciences

Visit the Faculty of Health Sciences

Degree

Field

Requirements

APS

Campus

Possible Career Opportunities 

Diploma in Coaching Science

Coaching
  • National Senior Certificate
  • Academic paper selection; Best average mark
  • DURATION: 2 years

18

Potch

Mafikeng 

  • Coaching Instructor
  • Sport Organiser and Administrator

Bachelor of Health Sciences

with Physiology and Biochemistry

  • Mathematics level 5 and Physical Science level 4 
  • Academic paper selection; Best average mark
  • DURATION: 3 years

24

Potch

  • Life Science Teacher
  • Research Laboratories

Bachelor of Health Sciences

 

with Physiology and Psychology

  • Mathematics Level 3 and Physical Science Level 4
  • Academic paper selection; Best average mark
  • DURATION: 3 years

24

Potch

  • Life Science Teacher
  • Psychologist 

Bachelor of Health Sciences

with Sport Coaching and Human Movement Sciences

  • Academic paper selection; Best average mark
  • DURATION: 3 years

24

Potch

Mafikeng 

  • Fitness Instructor
  • Sport Organiser

Bachelor of Health Sciences

 

with Recreation Science and Psychology

with Recreation Science and Tourism Management

with Sport and Recreation Administration

  • Academic paper selection; Best average mark
  • DURATION: 3 years

24

Potch

  • Recreation Consultant
  • Adventure Instructor
  • Adventure Therapist
  • Team-building Specialist
  • Recreation Centre Manager

Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Sciences

with Psychology and Labour Relations Management

  • Academic paper selection
  • DURATION: 3 years

24

Potch

Vaal

  • Labour Relations Specialist / Practitioner
  • Research
  • Teacher
  • Lecturer
  • Analyst

Bachelor of Arts

with Psychology and Geography & Environmental Management

with Psychology and Tourism Management

  • Academic paper selection
  • DURATION: 3 years

24

Potch

  • Environmental Manager
  • Atmospheric Scientist
  • Climatologist
  • Disaster Manager
  • Tourism Marketer
  • Accommodation Manager
  • Events Manager
  • Tourism Researcher
  • Game Farm Manager

Bachelor of Consumer Studies

 

 
  • At least one natural science subject at level 4 recognized
  • At least one subject from the Natural Sciences passed on level 4 (natural science subjects: Mathematics OR Physical OR Agricultural OR Life Sciences).
  • A pass rate of at least 60% (level 5) for non-designated modules
  • An average mark above 70% in Mathematical Literacy will be considered
  • Applications close 30 June
  • Late applications will be considered on merit
  • SELECTION: Academic achievement. A discussion among members of a selection panel; and completion of a selection test
  • DURATION: 3 years

24

Potch

  • Food/Fashion in Retail/Industry
  • Project Management
  • Consumer Consultant
  • Client Service Manager

Bachelor of Consumer Sciences in Food Product Management

 

 

 

 

with Food Communication

  • At least one subject from the Natural Sciences passed on level 4 (designated natural science subjects: Mathematics OR Physical OR Agricultural OR Life Sciences).
  • A pass rate of at least 60% (level 5) for non-designated modules
  • An average mark above 70% in Mathematical Literacy will be considered
  • Applications close 30 June
  • Late applications will be considered on merit
  • SELECTION: Academic achievement. A discussion among members of a selection panel; and completion of a selection test
  • DURATION: 4 years

24

Potch

 

  • Retail / Industry
  • Food and Innovation Manager
  • Product / Flavour Developer
  • Quality Assurance / Management
  • Food Technologist
  • Hospitality Manager

Bachelor of Consumer Sciences in Food Product Management

 

with Food Supply

  • Mathematics on level 4
  • If Chemistry is chosen as an elective, Mathematics and Physical Sciences on level 4 is required
  • A pass rate of at least 60% (level 5) for non-designated modules
  • Applications close 30 June
  • Late applications will be considered on merit
  • SELECTION: Academic achievement. A discussion among members of a selection panel and completion of a selection test.
  • DURATION: 4 years

24

Potch

 

  • Retail / Industry
  • Food and Innovation Manager
  • Product / Flavour Developer
  • Quality Assurance / Management
  • Food Technologist
  • Hospitality Manager

Bachelor of Consumer Sciences in Fashion Retail Management

 

 

 

 

with Fashion Communication

  • At least one subject from the Natural Sciences passed on level 4 (designated natural science subjects: Mathematics OR Physical OR Agricultural OR Life Sciences).
  • A pass rate of at least 60% (level 5) for non-designated modules
  • An average mark above 70% in Mathematical Literacy will be considered
  • Applications close 30 June
  • Late applications will be considered on merit
  • SELECTION: Academic achievement. A discussion among members of a selection panel; and completion of a selection test
  • DURATION: 4 years

24

Potch

 

  • Sales Representative
  • Buyer
  • Planner
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • Space planner
  • Client Advisor / Stylist Manager

Bachelor of Consumer Sciences in Fashion Product Management

 

 

with Fashion Supply

  • Mathematics on level 4
  • A pass rate of at least 60% (level 5) for non-designated modules
  • Applications close 30 June
  • Late applications will be considered on merit
  • SELECTION: Academic achievement. A discussion among members of a selection panel and completion of a selection test.
  • DURATION: 4 years

24

Potch

 

  • Sales Representative
  • Buyer
  • Planner
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • Space planner
  • Client Advisor / Stylist Manager 

Bachelor of Social Work

 
  • Language requirement: A pass mark of level 4 in the language of learning and teaching on Home Language OR First Additional Language level.
  • Applications close 30 June
  • Late applications will be considered on merit

TAKE NOTE:

The General admission requirements are described according to A-rules 1.5 and further applicable regulations in Faculty Rules.
  1. No student will be allowed into the BSW programme unless he/she has furnished written proof the he/ she has not been convicted of any offence against a child in terms of the Sexual Offences
  2. Act (Act 23 of 1957) and the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act, 32 of 2007
A student should be in possession of a full Matriculation exemption certificate with an average pass mark of at least 60% during the matriculation examination
 
SELECTION PROCESS:
Completion of a psychometric selection tests;
Completion of a questionnaire that will be given at the testing centre; and
A possible interview with experts in a selection panel
  • DURATION: 4 years

28

Potch

Mafikeng 

Vaal

  • Social Worker
  • Social Work Administrator
  • Research
  • Planner
Bachelor of Social Sciences with Psychology
  • At least level 4 for English as Home Language OR at least level 5 for English as First Additional Language
  • Academic paper selection
  • DURATION: 3 years
24
Mafikeng 
 
 

Bachelor of Pharmacy

Pharmacy
  • Mathematics level 5
  • Physical Science at level 5
  • Academic paper selection; Best average mark
  • Applications close 30 June
  • Late applications will be considered on merit
  • DURATION: 4 years

32

Potch

  • Community Pharmacy
  • Hospital Pharmacy (private and public)
  • Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Industry
  • Wholesale Pharmacists
  • Healthcare managers
  • Medicine control officers (These positions are available at medical aids, local governments, the central government, etc)

Bachelor of Science in Dietetics

 
  • Mathematics level 4
  • Physical Science at level 4
  • Academic paper selection & Interview
  • Applications close 30 June
  • Late applications will be considered on merit
  • DURATION: 4 years

26

Potch

  • Private sector
  • Food Industry
  • Food service Management Consultant or Representative for Pharmaceutical Firms
  • Private Hospitals
  • Gymnasiums
  • Mining
  • Media Services
  • Fast Food Firms
  • Health Care
  • Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Private Hospitals
  • Private Practice

Bachelor of Health Sciences in Occupational Hygiene

 
  • Mathematics level 5
  • Physical Science at level 5
  • Academic paper selection; Best average mark
  • Applications close 30 June
  • Late applications will be considered on merit
  • DURATION: 4 years

27

Potch

 

  • Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
  • SASOL
  • City council
  • Mining companies (Anglo American, BHP Billiton, Impala Platinum, etc)
  • ESKOM
  • National Institute for Occupational Health (NIOH)
  • Department of Labour (DoL)
  • Occupational hygiene consultants and Approved Inspection Authorities Great demand internationally for qualified occupational hygienists 

Bachelor of Health Sciences in Biokinetics

 
  • Mathematics level 3 OR Mathematics Literacy level 4
  • Physical Science OR Life Sciences at least level 4.
  • Academic paper selection; Best average mark
TAKE NOTE:
Students should, prior to starting the course in Biokinetics, be medically fit for the fitness component of the course
  • Applications close 30 June
  • Late applications will be considered on merit
  • DURATION: 4 years

32

Potch

  • Biokineticist

Bachelor of Nursing 

 

Nursing Sciences 

A potential student must be in possession of:

  • A National Senior Certificate with university exemption OR an equivalent qualification
  • Physical Sciences OR Mathematics OR Life Sciences level 4
  • English OR Afrikaans at least level 4

Furthermore, the School of Nursing Sciences, requires candidates:

  • SELECTION: Selection test for first year nursing students
  • Participation in the “job shadowing programme” (40 hours) is compulsory before selection is finalised

25

Mafikeng 

Potch

 

 

 

Humanities

Visit the Faculty of Humanities

Degree

Field

Requirements

APS

Campus

Possible Career Opportunities

BA in Public Governance

  • Public Administration
  • Public Administration and Labour Relations Management
  • Public Administration and Social Studies
  • Politics and Public Administration
  • Public Administration and Geography
  • Home Language or First Additional Language level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

25

Potch

Vaal 

 

BA Language and Literary Studies

Potchefstroom:

  • Afrikaans and Dutch and English plus Creative Writing and/or Translation and Interpreting Studies
  • Afrikaans and Dutch and German plus Creative Writing and/or Translation and Interpreting Studies
  • Afrikaans and Dutch and French plus Creative Writing and/or Translation and Interpreting Studies
  • Afrikaans and Dutch and Setswana (third language) plus Creative Writing and/or Translation and Interpreting Studies
  • English and German plus Creative Writing and/or Translation and Interpreting Studies
  • English and French plus Creative Writing and/or Translation and Interpreting Studies
  • English and Setswana (third language) plus Creative Writing and/or Translation and Interpreting Studies
  • German and French plus Creative Writing and/or Translation and Interpreting Studies
  • French and Setswana (third language) plus Creative writing and/or Translation and Interpreting Studies
  • German and Setswana (third language) plus Creative writing and/or Translation and Interpreting Studies
  • Setswana (first language) plus language modules
  • SA Sign Language and other language modules plus Creative Writing and/or Translation and Interpreting Studies

Mafikeng:

  • English, Setswana (First Language), Translation and Interpreting Studies
  • English, Afrikaans, Translation and Interpreting Studies
  • English, French, Translation and Interpreting Studies
  • Afrikaans, French, Translation and Interpreting Studies
  • Setswana (First Language), Afrikaans, French, Translation and Interpreting Studies
  • French, Setswana (First Language), Translation and Interpreting Studies

Vaal:

  • Languages
  • Language Practice
  • Language Practice and Communication
  • Home Language OR First Additional Language level 4
  • Subject-specific requirements: See yearbook for different directions and relevant requirements.
  • No pre-requisites for French or German.
  • DURATION: 3 years

24

Mafikeng 

Potch

Vaal

Afrikaans and Dutch

  • Teaching (when combined with postgraduate teaching certificate/diploma)
  • Academia & research
  • Freelance writing
  • Translation & interpreting work
  • Language technology (when combined with language technology degree)
  • Communication & journalism
  • Broadcasting industry
  • Copy-writing
  • Technical writing
  • Publishing
  • Lexicography
  • Specialized secretarial services
  • Proofreading
  • Language specialisation in government & industry sectors

Creative Writing

  • Creative writing & Freelance Writing
  • Journalism
  • Publishing
  • Library and information work
  • Language practitioner work
  • Academia & Research
  • Copywriting
  • Editorial work
  • Advertising

English

  • Curriculum design (requires postgraduate study)
  • Teaching English as a second or other language
  • Teaching (requires a postgraduate teaching certificate/diploma)
  • Creative writing & freelance writing
  • Journalism
  • Technical writing
  • Content writing
  • Publishing & advertising
  • Specialised secretarial and administrative work
  • Language practitioner work
  • Digital copywriting
  • Editorial work
  • Lexicography
  • Speech pathology (requires further study)
  • Proof-reading
  • Academia & research (within a tertiary environment)

French

  • Teaching English as a second language
  • Foreign language practitioner
  • Translation work
  • Journalism
  • Academia & research (within tertiary environment)
  • Foreign customer services
  • Language practitioner (government & private sector)
  • Whatever you study, French will always be useful, because it enables you to function in a working environment which has contact with French speaking partners or clients.
  • Hospitality, recreation & tourism sector

German

  • Teaching English as a second language
  • Foreign language practitioner
  • Translation work
  • Journalism
  • Academia & research
  • Foreign customer services & specialised administration
  • Technical writing
  • Proofreading
  • Copy-writing & editing
  • Publishing
  • Broadcasting
  • Governmental & private language practitioners

Language Practice

  • Translators and text editors may work for translation companies, advertising companies, the press, publishers, and the provincial and national legislatures. There are also many freelance opportunities for translators and text editors.
  • Interpreters may work in government institutions such as courts, and in legislatures and community projects on national, provincial and local level.
  • The demand for people who are qualified in creating subtitles or audio-described material for television programmes and films is increasing. Such people can work freelance, or for media companies.

Sesotho

  • Teaching
  • Creative writing
  • Academia & research
  • Editing
  • Language practice
  • Motivational speaking
  • Broadcasting & advertising
  • Translating & interpreting
  • Journalism
  • Entrepreneurship & business
  • Some of the challenges of Sesotho include the National Language Plan, the marketing of linguistic human rights, language as economic resource, the economy of language and the National Curriculum Statement.

Sestwana

  • Teaching (combined with postgraduate teaching certificate)
  • Academia & research (usually within environment)
  • Freelance writing
  • Translation & interpreting work
  • Journalism
  • Communications sector - radio broadcasting & television industry
  • Public relations
  • Copy-writing & editing
  • Publishing
  • Lexicography
  • Content management
  • Language practitioner work (government & private sector)
  • Administrative work
  • Language technology (when combined with language technology degree)
  • Useful in addition to careers in law, library and social sciences
  • South African Sign Language
  • Deaf education – you can become a teacher at a school for the Deaf.
  • Social services and health care – you can help to make these services accessible to the Deaf in your workplace.
  • Psychology – you can specialise as a psychologist for the Deaf.
  • Interpreting – you can become a SASL interpreter in a variety of environments (courts, churches, schools, social work, etc.

South African Sign Language

  • Deaf education – you can become a teacher at a school for the Deaf.
  • Social services and health care – you can help to make these services accessible to the Deaf in your workplace.
  • Psychology – you can specialise as a psychologist for the Deaf.
  • Interpreting – you can become a SASL interpreter in a variety of environments (courts, churches, schools, social work, etc.

 

BA in Music

Music and Society

  • Completed Matric / National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for degree study, OR a diploma in music or an equivalent qualification in which the modules for the final year have been passed with an average of at least 60%
  • At least 50% (level 4) for English in Grade 12
  • Successful completion of a practical audition (Grade 3 standard) and a theoretical placement test (Grade 2 standard)
  • DURATION: 3 years

21

Potch

 

BMus

Music

  • Completed Matric / National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for degree study
  • Successful completion of a practical audition (Grade 6 standard) and a theoretical placement test (Grade 5 standard)
  • DURATION: 4 years

24

Potch

The following resources provide a wealth of information on possible careers in music:

Diploma in Music

(DM)

Music

  • Completed Matric / National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for diploma study
  • At least 50% (level 4) for English in Grade 12
  • Successful completion of a musical aptitude test and audition
  • DURATION: 3 years

18

Potch

 

BA in Behavioural Sciences

with Sociology and Psychology

 

  • Mathematical Literacy at level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

22

Potch

Vaal

Sociology develops one’s ability to understand the relationships

and interactions between people and groups that shape our society

and how it works.

Therefore, Sociology is important and very useful if you are interested in any of the following career paths:

  • Clinical sociologist
  • Consultant on team performance (sport and work teams)
  • Social researcher and analyst
  • Manager, analyst and evaluator of projects
  • Negotiator in labour relations
  • Planner and developer
  • Manager in the public or private sector
  • Researcher on impact studies
  • Communication specialist
  • Social worker *
  • Community development worker/practitioner
  • Population specialist
  • Member of the civil service
  • Human resources manager
  • Political policy maker
  • Psychologist and counsellor*
  • Nurse*

¹Usually requires an Honours degree in Sociology ²Specialised qualification, but Sociology is central to it.

Bachelor of Arts

with Heritage and Cultural Tourism Management (Potch)
with Tourism Management (Mafikeng)
  • DURATION: 3 years

22

Mafikeng 

Potch

  • Tourism Managers
  • Tourism Marketers
  • Marketers
  • Researchers
  • Lecturers
  • Consultants
  • Guesthouse Managers
  • Game farm managers and event managers in both private and public enterprises.

Bachelor of Arts

with Sociology and Labour Relations Management
with Sociology and Geography
  • DURATION: 3 years

22

Potch

 

BA in Graphic Design

with Art History and Illustration
with Communication
  • SELECTION: Selection based on a photo portfolio of graphics OR works of art and a skills test in practical projects as well as an academic record and interview.
  • DURATION: 4 years

24

Potch

  • Professional graphic designer
  • Freelance artist
  • Animation artist
  • Editorial designer
  • Design director
  • Layout artist
  • Children’s book artist
  • Comic artist
  • Illustrator
  • Advertising artist
  • Packaging designer
  • Web page designer
  • Educator
  • Multimedia designer
  • Art critic
  • Art journalist
  • Gallery owner
  • Curator
  • Art consultant
  • Art dealer
  • Manager of artists’ career
  • Educator
  • Tourism specialist
  • Researcher
  • Art blogger
  • Arts festival officer
  • Publisher
  • Web content generator
  • Art collector
  • Studio manager
  • Gallerist

BA Communication

 
  • English level 5
  • DURATION: 3 years

24

Mafikeng 

Potch

Vaal

The practitioner ensures that there are adequate conversation and communication between the organisation and the organisation's stakeholders (i.e. investors, employees, the media, government) in order to assist the organisation in reaching its strategic goals. To do this, the practitioner develops a plan and strategy, which includes actions such as developing newsletters, websites, managing social media, and planning events.

Where can you work?

  • A communication practitioner can work at any organisation (for- or non-profit) or government department - anywhere where an organisation has the need to communicate with people internally and externally.
  • Editor
  • Community media journalist
  • Content provider (online media)
  • Copy editor
  • Text editor (e.g. for a publishing house)
  • Layout and design editor (using desktop publishing or web design skills)
  • Media liaison/relations practitioner
  • Spokesperson

BPhil

Ethics, Philosophy, Politics and Economics
Ethics, Philosophy and Psychological sciences
Ethics, Philosophy and Natural sciences
Ethics, Philosophy and Languages
Ethics, Philosophy and Social sciences
  • Subject-specific requirements: See yearbook for different directions and relevant requirements.
  • DURATION: 3 years

26

Potch

 

B Social Sciences

(BSocSc)

Potchefstroom:

  • History and Psychology
  • Social Anthropology and Psychology
  • Sociology and Psychology
  • History and Sociology
  • Social Anthropology and Sociology
  • History and Politics
  • Social Anthropology and Politics
  • Sociology and Politics
  • History and Social Anthropology
  • History and Geography
  • Social Anthropology and Geography
  • Sociology and Geography
  • History and Economics
  • Social Anthropology and Economics
  • Sociology and Economics
  • Politics and Economics

Mafikeng:

  • International Relations
  • Political Sciences
  • Development Studies
  • Population Studies and Demography
  • Population Studies
  • Population and Development Studies
  • Population Studies and Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Subject-specific requirements: See yearbook for different directions and relevant requirements.
  • DURATION: 3 years

24

Mafikeng 

Potch

Population Studies and Demography

  • Graduates of Population Studies are in demand in Southern Africa. They may find employment in various government departments such as Statistics South Africa where they will be involved in collecting, processing and analysing data for planning; non-governmental organisations; civic society organisations; international development agencies; academic and research institutions; and national and provincial population units that undertake demographic and related activities.

BA Humanities

Potchefstroom:

  • Geography and the Humanities
  • History and the Humanities
  • Art History and the Humanities
  • Political Study and the Humanities
  • Social Anthropology and the Humaniora
  • Psychology and Languages
  • Sociology and Languages
  • Mathematics and the Humanities
  • Latin and the Humanities

Vaal:

  • History and Geography
  • Politics and Society
  • History and the Humanities
  • Psychology and Languages
  • Subject-specific requirements: See yearbook for different directions and relevant requirements.
  • All VC Humanities curricula except for Politics and Society have either AFLL, ENL OR SSLL as major up to second OR third year. Matric mark of at least 65% in Afrikaans, English OR Sesotho required. 
  • DURATION: 3 years

24

Potch

 

 

Law

Visit the Faculty of Law

Degree

Field

Requirements

APS

Campus

Possible Career Opportunities

Bachelor of Arts in Law (BA in Law)
with Psychology
with Politics
with English
with Industrial Psychology 
with Philosophy
  • NS(C) OR NC(V) for degree studies, or with full matriculation exemption;
  • Home language level 5 AND First Additional Language level 5
  • SELECTION: Placement tests and adherence to minimum requirements of faculty
  • DURATION: 3 years

28

Potch

Vaal 

  • Public sector
  • Commercial sector
  • Legal Advisor
Bachelor of Commerce in Law  (BCom in Law)

 

  • NS(C) OR NC(V) for degree studies, OR with full matriculation exemption;
  • Home language level 5 AND First Additional Language level 5
  • Mathematics level 4
  • SELECTION: Paper selection, placement tests and psychometric assessment
  • DURATION: 3 years

30

Potch

Mafikeng

Vaal

  • Commercial Sector
  • Legal Advisor
Bachelors of Laws (LLB)

 

  • NS(C) OR NC(V) for degree studies, OR with full matriculation exemption;
  • Home language level 5 AND First Additional Language level 5;
  • Mathematics level 3 is highly recommended
  • SELECTION: Paper selection, placement tests and psychometric assessment
  • DURATION: 4 years

 

30

Potch

Mafikeng

 

  • Attorney
  • Advocate
  • State Prosecutor
  • Magistrate
  • Commercial Sector
  • Legal Advisor

Extended Bachelor of Laws (LLB)

 
  • NS(C) OR NC(V) for degree studies, OR with full matriculation exemption;
  • Home language level 4 AND First Additional Language level 4
  • Mathematics level 3 OR Mathematics literacy level 5
  • Academic Average 55%
  • SELECTION: Paper selection, placement tests and psychometric assessment
  • DURATION: 5 years
28 Mafikeng
  • Attorney
  • Advocate
  • State Prosecutor
  • Magistrate
  • Commercial Sector
  • Legal Advisor

 

Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Visit the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Degree

Field 

Requirements

APS

Campus

Possible Career Opportunities

Diploma in Animal Health

 
  • English level 3
  • Mathematics level 3
  • Life Sciences OR Physical Sciences level 3
  • DURATION: 3 years

19

Mafikeng 

 

  • Animal Health Technician
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Animal Feed companies
  • Animal Breeding stations
  • Beef, sheep and goats, Pig, Poultry and Dairy production companies
  • Agricultural firms
  • Research Scientists
  • Consultancy firms
  • National and Provincial Departments of Agriculture
  • National and International NGOs
  • Researchers

Diploma in Animal Science

 
  • English level 3
  • Mathematics level 3 OR Mathematical Literacy level 5
  • Life Sciences OR Physical Sciences level 3 OR Agricultural Sciences level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

19

Mafikeng 

  • Animal Feed companies
  • Animal Breeding stations
  • Beef, sheep and goats, Pig, Poultry and Dairy production companies
  • Agricultural firms
  • Research Scientists
  • Consultancy firms
  • National and Provincial Departments of Agriculture
  • National and International NGOs
  • Research and Policy Institutions

Diploma in Plant Science

Crop Production

  • English level 3
  • Mathematics level 3 OR Mathematical Literacy level 5
  • Life Sciences OR Physical Sciences level 3 OR Agricultural Sciences level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

19

Mafikeng 

 

  • National and Provincial Departments of Agriculture
  • Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF)
  • Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR)
  • Agricultural Research Council (ARC)
  • Fertilizer companies
  • Commercial farms
  • Seed companies
  • Agrochemical companies
  • Agro-processing companies
  • Various NGOs that deal in and agriculture and rural development

Bachelor of Science

with Chemistry and Physics 
with Physics and Mathematics
with Physics and Applied Maths
with Physics and Computer Science
with Computer Science and Mathematics
  • Mathematics level 5
  • Physical Science level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

26

Potch

Mafikeng 

* See below

Bachelor of Science

with Biochemistry and Chemistry

  • Mathematics level 4
  • Physical Science level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

26

Potch

Mafikeng 

* See below

Bachelor of Science

with Chemistry, Mathematics and Applied Maths
with Geography and Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics level 5
  • Physical Science level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

26

Potch

* See below

Bachelor of Science

with Applied Mathematics and Chemistry
with Chemistry and Mathematics
with Applied Mathematics and Electronics
with Electronics and Mathematics
with Electronics and Physics
with Chemistry and Computer Science
with Computer Science and Electronics
  • Mathematics level 5
  • Physical Science level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

26

Mafikeng 

* See below

Bachelor of Science

with Computer Science and Statistics

  • Mathematics level 5
  • Physical Science at level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

26

Potch

Vaal

* See below

Bachelor of Science

with Computer Science and Economics

  • Mathematics level 5
  • DURATION: 3 years

26

Potch

Vaal

* See below

Bachelor of Science

with Mathematics and Economics

  • Mathematics level 5
  • DURATION: 3 years

26

Potch

* See below

Bachelor of Science in Information Technology

 
  • Mathematics level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years
  • MODE OF DELIVERY: Contact and *Distance learning

26

Potch

Vaal

*Distance learning

  • Programmer
  • Software Engineer
  • Application developer
  • Systems administrator
  • Systems analyst and designer
  • Business analyst
  • Database administrator and designer
  • Business Intelligence developer
  • Project leader
  • Entrepreneur
  • Information Technology Manager
  • Researcher

Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences

with Statistics and Mathematics
with Mathematics
  • Mathematics level 5
  • Physical Science at level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

26

Potch

* See below

Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences

with Applied Mathematics and Mathematics

  • Mathematics level 5
  • Physical Science at level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

26

Mafikeng 

* See below

Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences

with Microbiology and Biochemistry
with Microbiology and Botany
 
  • Mathematics level 4
  • Physical Science at level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

26

Potch

Mafikeng 

* See below

Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences

with Zoology and Biochemistry
with Chemistry and Physiology
with Zoology and Botany
with Zoology and Microbiology
with Zoology and Physiology
with Microbiology and Physiology
with Botany and Biochemistry
  • Mathematics level 4
  • Physical Science at level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

26

Potch

* See below

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences

with Microbiology and Chemistry
with Botany and Chemistry
with Geography and Computer Science
with Geography and Botany 
  • Mathematics level 4
  • Physical Science at level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

26

Mafikeng 

Potch

 

* See below
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences
with Zoology and Chemistry
with Geology and Chemistry
with Geology and Geography
with Zoology and Geography
with Geology and Botany
with Zoology and Geology
with Geology and Microbiology
with Tourism and Zoology 
with Tourism and Geography 
with Tourism and Botany
  • Mathematics level 4
  • Physical Science at level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

26

Potch

* See below

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences

with Chemistry and Geography

  • Mathematics level 5
  • Physical Science at level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

26

Mafikeng 

* See below

Bachelor of Science in Financial Mathematics

 
  • Mathematics level 6
  • DURATION: 3 years

32

Potch

Vaal 

  • Financial Product Developer
  • Structured Financing Specialist
  • Financial Engineer
  •  Financial Mathematician

Bachelor of Science in Quantitative Risk Management

 
  • Mathematics level 6
  • DURATION: 3 years

32

Potch

Vaal 

  • Market or Credit Risk Analyst/Manager
  • Commercial Banker
  • Corporate Banker
  •  Treasury Analyst
  • Risk Analyst/Manager
  • Decision Support Analyst
  • Investment Analyst
  • Financial Engineer

Bachelor of Science in Business Analytics

with Data Mining

  • Mathematics level 6
  • DURATION: 3 years

32

Potch

Vaal 

 

  • Data Scientist
  • Analytics Analyst
  • Quantitative Strategist
  • Credit Risk Analyst/Manager
  • Decision Support Analyst
  •  Financial Statistician
  • Data Mining Analyst
  • E-Commerce Business Analyst
  • Fraud Analyst
  • Database Marketing Analyst
  • Strategic Business Analyst

Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science

 
  • Mathematics level 6
  • DURATION: 3 years

32

Potch

  • Actuary
  • Risk Manager

Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning

 
  • Mathematics level 5
  • DURATION: 4 years
  • SELECTION TEST

28

Potch

Regional Planner Remote-Sensing Analyst

Town and Regional Planner / Urban and City Planner at:

  1. Government institutions - National and Provincial departments, local municipalities, Development Agencies
  2. Private sector - Corporate environment (e.g. Vodacom, MTN, ABSA, AngloGold etc.), Private consultancy firms (Town Planners), Architects, Land surveyors, Engineering companies, Estate Agents, Developers and other related built environment professions
  3. Research institutions and Universities

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture

with Agricultural Economics
with Animal Science
with Animal Health
with Agronomy and Horticulture
  • Mathematics level 4
  • English level 4
  • Physical Sciences OR Life Sciences level 4
  • DURATION: 4 years

22

Mafikeng 

 

  • Animal Health Technician
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Animal Feed companies
  • Animal Breeding stations
  • Beef, sheep and goats, Pig, Poultry and Dairy production companies
  • Agricultural firms
  • Research Scientists
  • Consultancy firms
  • National and Provincial Departments of Agriculture
  • Researchers
  • National and Provincial Departments of Agriculture
  • Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF)
  • Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR)
  • Agricultural Research Council (ARC)
  • fertilizer companies
  • commercial farms
  • seed companies
  • agrochemical companies
  • agro-processing companies
  • various NGOs that deal in and agriculture and rural development
  • Agribusiness firms
  • Commercial banks
  • Support services (e.g S.A Cane growers association)
  • Marketing research
  • Ecotourism
  • Development Corporations and Finance Institutions

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture

with Agronomy and Soil Science 
with Agricultural Economics and Agronomy 
  • Mathematics level 4
  • English level 4
  • Physical Science level 4
  • DURATION: 4 years

22

Potch

 

  • Animal Health Technician
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Animal Feed companies
  • Animal Breeding stations
  • Beef, sheep and goats, Pig, Poultry and Dairy production companies
  • Agricultural firms
  • Research Scientists
  • Consultancy firms
  • National and Provincial Departments of Agriculture
  • Researchers
  • National and Provincial Departments of Agriculture
  • Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF)
  • Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR)
  • Agricultural Research Council (ARC)
  • fertilizer companies
  • commercial farms
  • seed companies
  • agrochemical companies
  • agro-processing companies
  • various NGOs that deal in and agriculture and rural development
  • Agribusiness firms
  • Commercial banks
  • Support services (e.g S.A Cane growers association)
  • Marketing research
  • Ecotourism
  • Development Corporations and Finance Institutions

Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledge Systems

Indigenous Knowledge Systems
  • English level 4
  • Matriculation with exemption OR Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) OR GCE certification and an application for conditional exemption with HESA (https://mb.usaf.ac.za/)
  • DURATION: 4 years

20

Mafikeng 

 

  • Education
  • Cultural tourism
  • Agriculture
  • Art
  • Culture
  • Health
  • Heritage
  • Government departments
  • Non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
  • Traditional authorities & local municipalities,
  • Research organizations such as (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) or Human Science
  • Research Council (HSRC)

Extended Bachelor of Science

with Botany and Microbiology
with Applied Mathematics and Chemistry
with Applied Mathematics and Electronics
with Computer Science and Mathematics
with Chemistry and Computer Science
with Chemistry and Mathematics
with Physics and Applied Mathematics
with Physics and Mathematics
with Biochemistry and Chemistry
with Chemistry and Physics
with Physics and Computer Science
with Computer Science and Electronics
with Electronics and Physics
with Electronics and Mathematics
with Applied Mathematics and Mathematics
with Botany and Chemistry
with Geography and Botany
with Computer Science and Geography
with Microbiology and Chemistry
with Chemistry and Geography 
with Microbiology and Biochemistry 
with Botany and Biochemistry
  • Mathematics level 3
  • English level 4
  • Physical Sciences level 3
  • DURATION: 4 years

22

Mafikeng 

* See below

Extended Bachelor of Science in Information Technology

 

  • Mathematics level 3
  • DURATION: 4 years

24

Vaal 

  • Programmer
  • Software Engineer
  • Application developer
  • Systems administrator
  • Systems analyst and designer
  • Business analyst
  • Database administrator and designer
  • Business Intelligence developer
  • Project leader
  • Entrepreneur
  • Information Technology Manager
  • Researcher

Extended Bachelor of Science in Business Analytics

with Data Mining

  • Mathematics level 4
  • DURATION: 4 years

28

Vaal 

  • Data Scientist
  • Analytics Analyst
  • Quantitative Strategist
  • Credit Risk Analyst/Manager
  • Decision Support Analyst
  • Financial Statistician
  • Data Mining Analyst
  • E-Commerce Business Analyst
  • Fraud Analyst
  • Database Marketing Analyst
  • Strategic Business Analyst

Extended Bachelor of Science in Quantitative Risk Management

 
  • Mathematics level 4
  • DURATION: 4 years

28

Vaal 

  • Market or Credit Risk Analyst/Manager
  • Commercial Banker
  • Corporate Banker
  •  Treasury Analyst
  • Risk Analyst/Manager
  • Decision Support Analyst
  • Investment Analyst
  • Financial Engineer

Extended Bachelor of Science in Financial Mathematics

 
  • Mathematics level 4
  • DURATION: 4 years

28

Vaal 

  • Financial Product Developer
  • Structured Financing Specialist
  • Financial Engineer
  • Financial Mathematician

*There are a variety of POSSIBLE CAREER OPPORTUNITIES for someone with a BSc, especially at the NWU, because our programmes have combinations of 2 majors. Here is an approximate structure for our mainstream BSc degrees:

PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL SCIENCES

Obtaining the qualification BSc in Physical and Chemical Sciences offers you diverse career opportunities available in various industries and organisations, such as:

  • Petrochemical industry (SASOL, AECI, OMNIA, Sentrachem, SAB)
  • Universities and secondary schools
  • Government organisations (SABS, MRC, NECSA, MINTEK)
  • Pharmaceutical industries
  • Water boards
  • Forensic laboratories
  • Textile industry
  • Agriculture sector
  • Plant & Process managers
  • Laboratory assistants
  • Chemical analyst and/or modulator

Physicists, specifically, are needed in the following fields/institutions:

  • NECSA (Nuclear Energy Commission of South Africa) e.g. the manufacture of silicon discs by method of radiation with the Safari-1 reactor
  • ARC; Agricultural Research Council for general development of applicable technologies
  • HartRAO; Hartebeeshoek Radio Astronomic Observatory for research
  • IMT; Geo physicist, oceanic and space technology at the Institute of Maritime Technology
  • MRC; medical research (including hospitals) with focus on radiation technology (health physicist)
  • NVS; National Accelerator Centre for research and radiation technology
  • SAAO; Research in astronomy and astro physics
  • SABS; Development of technologies implemented by the South African Buro of Standards
  • SAWB; Development of weather and climate models
  • CSIR; Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in development of various technologies such as aerodynamics and laser technology
  • Eskom; Nuclear reactor industry such as Koeberg and Palindaba
  • SADF (South African Defence Force) Technology development and lecturing at the Military Academy in Saldanha
  • De Beers Industrial Diamond Division (now Element Six)  Basic and applied research on diamonds
  • Telkom; Telecommunication, satellite technology, optic fibre, laser technology and nano technology

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES AND GEO AND SPATIAL (ENVIRONMENTAL) SCIENCES:

  • Geologist
  • Environmental Geologist
  • Engineering Geologist
  • Minerology and Geochemistry
  • Research Geology
  • Zoologist
  • Botanist
  • Microbiologist
  • Bio-geographer/Ecologist
  • Cartographer
  • Climatologist
  • Coastal Zone Manager
  • College/University Lecturer/Researcher
  • Community Development
  • Conservation Officer
  • Conservationist
  • Consultant in a range of geographical fields
  • Development Facilitator
  • Delivery Manager
  • Diplomat Earth Scientist
  • Economic Development Planner
  • Environmental Educator
  • Environmental Impact Analyst
  • Environmental Manager
  • Environmental Planner
  • Foreign Service Officers
  • Geographic Information Specialist
  • Geo-physicist
  • Geomorphologist
  • Hazardous Waste Planner Health Services Planner
  • Hydrologist
  • Land Use Planner
  • Map Editor
  • Map Librarian
  • Map, Air Photo & Satellite Image Interpreter
  • Market Researcher
  • Meteorologist
  • Military Planner
  • Natural Resource Manager
  • Police
  • Social Ecologist
  • Social Scientist
  • Soil Scientist
  • Teacher (elementary & secondary)
  • Tourism Development / Tour Guide
  • Traffic Manager
  • Transportation Planner
  • Travel Agent
  • Water Resource Manager

MATHEMATICAL AND STATISTICAL SCIENCES:

  • Education
  • Mathematician

*For distance learning visit distance.nwu.ac.za

Theology

Visit the Faculty of Theology 

Degree

Field

Requirements

APS

Campus

Possible Career Opportunities

Bachelor of Arts in Ancient Languages (BA)

with Translation Studies
with Classical Studies
with Ancient Near Eastern Studies
  • NS(C) or NC(V) for degree studies, or with full matriculation exemption
  • English level 4 
  • DURATION: 3 years
  • MODE OF DELIVERY: Contact

24

Potch

 

  • Bible Archaeologist
  • Journalist
  • Education (overseas)
  • Author
  • Translator

Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Psychology (BA)

 
  • NS(C) or NC(V) for degree studies, or with full matriculation exemption
  • English level 4 
  • DURATION: 3 years
  • MODE OF DELIVERY: Contact

24

Mafikeng 

Vaal 

 

  • Pastoral Counsellor
  • Teacher
  • Non-Government Organisations
  • Tent making ministries

Bachelor of Divinity  (BDiv)

 
  • NS(C) or NC(V) for degree studies, or with full matriculation exemption
  • English level 4 
  • DURATION: 4 years
  • MODE OF DELIVERY: Potch=Contact; *Distance learning

24

Potch

*Distance learning

  • Minister in the Reformed Churches in South Africa
  • Minister in the Hervormde Kerk
  • Minister in the Dutch Reformed Church

Bachelor of Theology (BTh)

with Bible and Church Ministry
with Pastoral Counselling and Psychology
with Bible Languages and Bible Translation
  • NS(C) or NC(V) for degree studies, or with full matriculation exemption
  • English level 4 
  • DURATION: 3 years
  • MODE OF DELIVERY: Contact

24

Potch

 

  • Evangelist
  • Pastor in a Charismatic Church
  • Pastor in the AFM
  • Missionary / Mission Worker
  • Pastoral Counsellor
  • Bible Translator

Bachelor of Theology in Christian Ministry (BTh in Christian Ministry)

 
  • NS(C) or NC(V) for degree studies, or with full matriculation exemption
  • English level 4 
  • DURATION: 3 years
  • MODE OF DELIVERY: Mafikeng=Contact; *Distance learning

24

Mafikeng

*Distance learning

  • Missionary
  • Mission Worker

*For distance learning visit distance.nwu.ac.za

 

 

HEQSF alignment

All universities in South Africa were obligated by law to take part in a National Project driven by the regulatory bodies (Department of Higher Education an Training (DHET), the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA), to align all qualifications with the Higher Education Qualification Sub Framework (HEQSF). The NWU is thus currently in an ongoing process of aligning our qualification and programme offering with the requirements of  the HEQSF.


Prospective students must take notice of the fact that NWU qualification names, programme names as well as the composition of curricula may change due to the HEQSF Project, prior to registration for the 2018 academic year. 
Successful candidates are advised to contact the relevant faculty in order to ensure that they register for the correct qualification, programme and /or curriculum.

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