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Admission requirements

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

Study information is subject to change and is a summary of the general fields of study. This information was compiled for introduction and orientation purposes and the North-West University accepts no liability for inaccuracies that may occur in this guide. The official yearbook of the University must in all cases be consulted during the process of compiling a programme for a specific field of study. The appropriate yearbook is available on request at: studies@mynwu.info / 018 285 4320 / applicationsug@nwu.ac.za.

Please note that, owing to specific capacity constraints, the University reserves the right to select candidates for admission to certain fields of study. This means that prospective students who comply with the minimum requirements will not automatically be admitted to the courses in question. Because of the capacity limitations and the high demand from students for admission to particular fields of study, students will be selected on the basis of their Grade 12 results for admission to these fields.

Economic and Management Sciences

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Degree

Field

Requirements

APS

Campus

Possible Career Opportunities

Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting (general)

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

24

Vanderbijlpark 

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

Bachelor of Commerce in Chartered Accountancy (CA) 

 
  • Mathematics level 5 with Accounting, OR Mathematics level 6 without Accounting
  • English/Afrikaans (language of instruction) level 4 
  • DURATION: 3 years

32

Mahikeng 

Potchefstroom

Vanderbijlpark 

  • 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

28

Vanderbijlpark 

Mahikeng 

  • 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 (language of study) 
  • DURATION: 3 years

28

Mahikeng 

Potch 

Vanderbijlpark 

  • 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

Mahikeng 

Vanderbijlpark 

 

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

Bachelor of Commerce in Forensic Accountancy

 
  • Mathematics level 5 with Accounting, OR Mathematics level 6 without Accounting
  • Language of study level 5
  • DURATION: 3 years

36

Potchefstroom

  • 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 (language of study) 
  • DURATION: 3 years

30

Potchefstroom

Vanderbijlpark 

  • 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

Mahikeng 

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 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

Mahikeng 

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 Sciences
  • Public health                                
  • Computer Sciences
  • 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

Mahikeng 

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 Sciences
  • Public health                                
  • Computer cience
  • 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

Mahikeng 

Vanderbiljpark

 
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

Mahikeng 

Vanderbiljpark

 

Bachelor of Commerce in Business Operations

with Transport Economics

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

24

Mahikeng 

Vanderbiljpark

  • 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

Mahikeng 

Vanderbiljpark

  • 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

Potchefstroom

  • 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

Mahikeng 

  • 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

Mahikeng 

  • 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

Potchefstroom

Vanderbijlpark

  • 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

Vanderbijlpark 

  • 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

Potchefstroom

Vanderbijlpark

  • 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

Potchefstroom

Vanderbijlpark 

  • 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

Vanderbijlpark 

  • 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 in Development and Management

with Local Government Management

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

21

Mahikeng 

  • 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

Mahikeng 

  • 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

Potchefstroom

Vanderbijlpark 

  • 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

Mahikeng 

  • Tourism management
  • 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

Potchefstroom

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 management
  • 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

Potchefstroom

  • Tourism management
  • 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

Potchefstroom

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

24

Potchefstroom

Vanderbijlpark 

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

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

Potchefstroom

Vanderbijlpark 

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

24

Potchefstroom

Vanderbijlpark 

Mahikeng 

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

Mahikeng 

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

Potchefstroom

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
  • Language of instruction level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

24

Mahikeng 

Potchefstroom

Vanderbijlpark 

  • 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

Mahikeng 

Vanderbijlpark 

  • 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

Vanderbijlpark 

  • 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

Vanderbijlpark 

 

Bachelor of Commerce in Information Systems

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

24

Mahikeng 

 

Extended Bachelor of Commerce in Information Systems

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

20

Mahikeng 

 
Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing with Tourism
  • Mathematics level 3 OR Mathematical Literacy level 6
  • English level 4 
  • DURATION: 3 years
24 Mahikeng   

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 ANDEnglish/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

26

Mahikeng 

Potchefstroom

Vanderbijlpark

*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

26

Potchefstroom

Vanderbijlpark 

 

 

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

26

Potchefstroom

Vanderbijlpark 

*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

26

Mahikeng 

Potchefstroom

Vanderbijlpark 

Distance Learning

 

with English

 

  • Subject-specific requirements: English Home language level 4 OR First Additional Language level 5 AND Home Language/First Additional Language level 4
  • DURATION: 4 years

 

26

Mahikeng

Potchefstroom

Vanderbijlpark

*Distance Learning

 

with Physical Science

 

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

 

 

26

Mahikeng

Potchefstroom

Vanderbijlpark 

*Distance Learning

 

with Accounting

 

  • Home Language AND First Additional Language level 4
  • Subject-specific requirements: Accounting level 4 
  • DURATION: 4 years

26

Mahikeng

Potchefstroom

Vanderbijlpark 

*Distance Learning

 

with Mathematics

  • Home Language AND First Additional Language level 4
  • Subject-specific requirements: Mathematics level 5 
  • DURATION: 4 years

26

Mahikeng 

Potchefstroom

Vanderbijlpark 

*Distance Learning

 

with Afrikaans

  • Subject-specific requirements: Afrikaans Home Language level 5 AND First Additional Language level 4
  • DURATION: 4 years

26

Potchefstroom

Vanderbijlpark 

*Distance Learning

 

with Life Sciences

 

  • Home Language AND First Additional Language level 4
  • Subject-specific requirements: Life Science level 4
  • DURATION: 4 years

 

26

Mahikeng 

Potchefstroom

Vanderbijlpark 

*Distance Learning

 

with Life Orientation

 

  • Home Language AND First Additional Language level 4
  • Subject-specific requirements: Life Orientation level 4
  • DURATION: 4 years

 

26

Potchefstroom

Vanderbijlpark 

*Distance Learning

 

with Engineering Graphics and Design

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

26

Potchefstroom

Vanderbijlpark 

*Distance Learning

  with Computer Application Technology
  • Home Language OR First Additional Language level 4
  • DURATION: 4 years
26

Potchefstroom

Vanderbijlpark 

 

with Sesotho

  • Subject-specific requirements: Sesotho Home Language level 4 AND First Additional Language level 4
  • DURATION: 4 years

26

Potchefstroom

Vanderbijlpark 

*Distance Learning

 

with Mechanical technology
with Civil technology
with Electrical technology

 

  • Home Language AND 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

26

Potchefstroom

Vanderbijlpark 

 

 

with Setswana

  • Subject-specific requirements: Setswana Home Language on level 4 AND First Additional Language level 4
  • DURATION: 4 years

26

Mahikeng

Potchefstroom

*Distance Learning

 

with Information Technology with Art

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

26

Potchefstroom

 

with Mathematical Literacy

  • Home Language AND 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

26

Vanderbijlpark 

*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 (BEng) 

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering with Mineral Processing
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Computer and Electronic Engineering
  • Electromechanical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechatronic 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, and an APS of 31, may have the opportunity to write a test as additional point of entry or enrol for the Xcel bridging program.
  • DURATION: 4 years

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Potchefstroom

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

Mechatronic Engineers develop and support the advanced industrial automation systems of the future that make use of the internet of things. They accomplish this by combining knowledge of electronics, measurement and actuation, embedded systems and control theory to control mechanical structures and mechanisms. Their knowledge of computer programming and data analytics allow them to develop intelligent and effective mechatronic systems.

Mechatronic Engineers will find employment in:

  • The process controls 
  • Automotive 
  • Manufacturing 
  • Medical device development
  • Agricultural processing environments

The North-West University offers hands-on practical experience in on-campus laboratories for electronics and industrial automation.

 

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

Potchefstroom

Mahikeng 

  • Coaching Instructor
  • Sport Organiser and Administrator

Bachelor of Health Sciences

with Physiology and Biochemistry

  • Mathematics level 5
  • Physical Sciences level 4 
  • Academic paper selection; best average mark 
  • DURATION: 3 years

24

Potchefstroom

  • Life Science Teacher
  • Research Laboratories

Bachelor of Health Sciences

 

with Physiology and Psychology

  • Mathematics level 3
  • Physical Sciences level 4
  • At least a level 4 for home language
  • Academic paper selection; best average mark
  • DURATION: 3 years

26

Potchefstroom

  • 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

Potchefstroom

Mahikeng 

  • Fitness Instructor
  • Sport Organiser

Bachelor of Health Sciences

with Recreation Science and Psychology

  • Academic paper selection; best average mark
  • Home language level 4 
  • DURATION: 3 years
26 Potchefstroom
  • Recreation Consultant
  • Adventure Therapist
  • Team-building Specialist

Bachelor of Health Sciences

 

  • with Recreation Sciences and Tourism Management 
  • with Sport and Recreation Administration
  • Academic paper selection; best average mark 
  • DURATION: 3 years

24

Potchefstroom

  • 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
  • At least a level 4 for home language
  • Mathematics level 3 or Mathematical Literacy level 5 
  • DURATION: 3 years

26

Potchefstroom

Vanderbijlpark

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

Bachelor of Arts

  • with Psychology, Geography and Environmental Management 
  • with Psychology and Tourism Management
  • Academic paper selection
  • At least a level 4 for home language
  • Mathematical Literacy level 5  
  • Prospective students who have Mathematics as a subject and comply with the admission requirements will be considered automatically.
  • DURATION: 3 years

26

Potchefstroom

  • 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 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

Potchefstroom

  • 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 sciences subjects: Mathematics OR Physical OR Agricultural OR Life Sciences).
  • 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

Potchefstroom

 

  • 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, Physical Sciences on level 4 is required
  • 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

Potchefstroom

 

  • 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 sciences subjects: Mathematics OR Physical OR Agricultural OR Life Sciences).
  • 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

Potchefstroom

 

  • 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
  • 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

Potchefstroom

 

  • 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 Act (Act 23 of 1957) and the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act, 32 of 2007.
  2. 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

Potchefstroom

Mahikeng 

Vanderbijlpark

  • Social Worker
  • Social Work Administrator
  • Research
  • Planner
Bachelor of Social Sciences with Psychology
  • At least level 4 for home language
  • Academic paper selection 
  • DURATION: 3 years
26
Mahikeng 
 
 

Bachelor of Pharmacy

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

32

Potchefstroom

  • 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 5
  • Physical Sciences level 5
  • Academic paper selection and interview 
  • Participation in a “shadowing session” is required before the interview takes place.
  • Applications close 30 June
  • Late applications will be considered on merit 
  • DURATION: 4 years

30

Potchefstroom

  • 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 Practice

Bachelor of Health Sciences in Occupational Hygiene

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

27

Potchefstroom

 

  • 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 Mathematical Literacy level 4
  • Physical Sciences 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

Potchefstroom

  • Biokineticist

Bachelor of Nursing 

 

Nursing  

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 recommended before selection is finalised.

DURATION: 4 years

25

Mahikeng 

Potchefstroom

 

 

 

Humanities

Visit the Faculty of Humanities

Degree

Field

Requirements

APS

Campus

Possible Career Opportunities

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Public Governance

 
  • Home language OR First Additional Language level 4 (50%–59%) 
  • Duration: 3 years

25

Potchefstroom

Vanderbijlpark 

  • Public administrator (junior, middle and senior management)
  • Budget analyst
  • Public administration consultant
  • Service delivery specialist
  • Project/regulatory/procurement administrator

A wide range of career opportunities exist at national, provincial, and local government levels and also in the executive, legislative and legal branches of government.

Bachelor of Arts (BA)
in Language and
Literary Studies

Language and Literary Studies with different majoring options (PC, MC)

The following subjects are offered:

  • Afrikaans and Dutch
  • Creative Writing
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Language Practice
  • Setswana
  • South African Sign Language
  • Afrikaans, English, Setswana,
    Sesotho as Home Language level 4 (50-60%) OR First Additional Language level 5 (60-70%)
  • No pre-requisites for French, German and acquisition modules in Setswana.
  • Duration: 3 years

24

Mahikeng 

Potchefstroom

Teaching (when combined with a postgraduate teaching certificate/diploma)

  • Academia and research
  • Translation and interpreting work
  • Lexicography, language and terminology development
  • Copywriting, scriptwriter editing and proofreading
  • Speech pathology (requires further study)
  • Translation, interpreting, subtitling and audio description
  • Specialised secretarial and administrative work
  • Language specialisation in government and industry sectors
  • Foreign language practice and services
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Language and Literary Studies
  • With Languages
  • With Language Practice
  • With Language Practice and Communication 

The following subjects are offered:

  • Afrikaans and Dutch
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Language Practice 
  • Sesotho 
  • Afrikaans, English, Setswana,
    Sesotho as Home Language Level 4 (50-60%) OR First Additional Language Level 5 (60-70%)
  • No pre-requisites for French, German and acquisition modules in Sesotho.
  • Duration: 3 years
24

Mahikeng 

Potchefstroom

  • Teaching (when combined with a postgraduate teaching certificate/diploma)
  • Academia and research
  • Freelance writing and journalism
  • Translation and interpreting work
  • Lexicography, language and terminology development
  • Copywriting, scriptwriter editing and proofreading
  • Speech pathology (requires further study)
  • Translation, interpreting, subtitling and audio description
  • Specialised secretarial and administrative work
  • Language specialisation in government and industry sectors 
  • Foreign language practice and services

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Music

Music and Society

  • NSC with an endorsement for degree study OR A diploma in music or equivalent qualification in which the modules for the final year have been passed with an average of at least 60%.
  • English level 4 (50-60%)

Selection-based course: Successful completion of two audition rounds:  

  • Round 1 – Minimum requirements and practical audition (Grade 4) and a theoretical placement test (Grade 2)  
  • Round 2 – Language tests
  • Duration: 3 years

21 or a diploma in music

Potchefstroom

  • Arrangement 
  • Composing or conducting
  • Education, academia and research 
  • Entertainment / performance 
  • Music journalism 
  • Agent and artist manager
  • Audio and broadcast engineer 
  • Radio, television, digital media or the recording industry

Baccalaureus Music (BMus)

Music

  • NSC with an endorsement for degree study
  • English level 4 (50-60%)

Selection-based course: Successful completion of two audition rounds:

  • Round 1 – Minimum requirements and practical audition (Grade 6 standard) and a theoretical placement test (Grade 5) 
  •  Round 2 – Language tests
  • Duration: 4 years

24

Potchefstroom

  • Arrangement, lyricist, song writer
  • Composing or conducting
  • Education, academia and research
  • Entertainment/performance
  • Music journalism, therapist, production
  • Musicologist
  • Radio, television, digital media or the recording industry 
  • Event production and production

Diploma in Music (DM)

Music

  • NSC with an endorsement for diploma study
  • English level 4 (50-60%)

Selection-based course: Successful completion of two audition rounds: 

  • Round 1 – Minimum requirements and practical audition 
  • Round 2 - Language tests
  • Duration: 3 years

18

Potchefstroom

  • Arrangement
  • Composing or conducting
  • Education, academia and research
  • Music journalism 
  • Radio, television, digital media or the recording industry

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Behavioural Sciences 

with Sociology and Psychology

 

  • Duration: 3 years

22

Potchefstroom

Vanderbijlpark

  • Industrial-organisational psychologists
  • Marketing manager
  • Behavioural therapist
  • Councillor
  • Consultant
  • Psychologist
  • Psychiatrist
  • Guidance councillor
  • Community health worker
  • Community worker
  • Lecturer
  • Social researcher
  • Market researcher
  • Market research analyst
  • Teacher, academia and research
  • Social researcher.
  • Market researcher.
  • Market research analyst
  • Teacher

Bachelor of Arts

With Sociology and Labour Relations Management
  • DURATION: 3 years

22

Potchefstroom

  • Labour relations practice
  • Direction and Human Resources Management
  • Management, mediation and intervention in the workforce:
  • Local Employment and Development Agents,
  • Occupational Risk Prevention,
  • Public Administrations
  • Social-labour auditing
  • Labour administration and research, multiple careers in government, private sector and trade union organisations 
  • Academia and research

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Graphic Design

  • with Art History and Illustration
  • with Communication
  • English level 5 (60–70%)
  • Selection criteria for a BA in Graphic Design include 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

Potchefstroom

  • Professional graphic designer
  • Artist / illustrator / designer (on a freelance base, for comic books, advertisements etc.)
  • Editorial, webpage, multi-media developer
  • Design director  
  • Educator, academia or researcher
  • Manager of artists’ career
  • Art blogger or arts festival officer 
  • Art consultant, collector, critic, studio/gallery manager, curator or gallerist

Bachelor of Arts (BA) Communication

Communication
  • English level 5 (60–70%) 
  • Duration: 3 years

24

Mahikeng 

Potchefstroom

Vanderbijlpark

  • Internal communication practitioner
  • Public /media relations, marketing, brand, reputation, or stakeholder management
  • Creating communication material or publications
  • Online content or social media management
  • Stakeholder relations management
  • Sponsorship liaison
  • Corporate communication consultant
  • Journalist (digital, print, broadcast)
  • Influencer and media policy analyst
  • Academia and researcher 
  • Publisher and technical writer

BPhil

With Philosophy, Politics and Economics

  • Duration: 3 years

26

Potchefstroom

  • Compliance coordinator
  • Economic and political research analyst  
  • Politics or government service
  • Public policy analysis and development
  • Marketing and sales
  • Project and development manager
  • Politics sector related careers
  • The business and banking sector
  • The legal profession
  • Academia and Research
  • Economic and political leader

Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSc)

  • With Economics (MC, PC, VC)
  • With Geography (MC, PC, VC)
  • With History (MC, PC, VC)
  • With Political Studies and International Relations (MC)
  • With Population Studies (MC)
  • With Psychology and Social Sciences (MC, PC, VC)
  • With Social Anthropology (PC, VC)
  • With Sociology (MC, PC, VC)
  • Duration: 3 years

24

Mahikeng 

Potchefstroom

Vanderbijlpark

Careers will be affected by the majoring option you choose but includes the following professions:

  • Market research
  • Policy or data analyst
  • Development specialist
  • State and civil society research organisations
  • Political scientist
  • Economist
  • Industrial organisational psychologist
  • Sociologist
  • Geographer
  • Psychologist
  • Anthropologist  
  • Historian 

Bachelor of Arts (BA) Humanities

  • With Afrikaans and Dutch (PC, VC)
  • With English (PC, VC)
  • With French (PC, VC)
  • With Geography  (PC, VC)
  • With German (PC)
  • With History (PC, VC)
  • With History of Art (PC)
  • With Latin (PC)
  • With Philosophy (PC)
  • With Politics (PC, VC)
  • With Politics and Society (VC)
  • With Psychology and Society (VC)
  • With Setswana (VC)
  • With Social Anthropology (PC)
  • With Sociology (PC, VC)
  • With Sesotho (VC)
  • With Psychology (PC, VC)
  • With Geography and Society (VC)
  • If a student wants to major in languages, the student must have Afrikaans, English, Setswana, Sesotho as Home Language level 4 (50-60%) OR First Additional Language level 5 (60-70%)
  • If a student wishes to take Mathematics as a subject, level 5 (60-70%) needs to be obtained in matric. 
  • Duration: 3 years

24

Potchefstroom

Vanderbijlpark

A job directed where human-directed skills are needed, careers will be affected by the majoring option you choose but includes the following professions:

  • African Studies and development
  • Ethics officer
  • Economic and political leader
  • Language consultant
  • Teacher (please see additional requirements)
  • Computer consultant/sales person/ administrator
  • Liaison officer 
  • Environmental consultant or community engagement expert 
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Public Governance With Municipal Management and Leadership 
  • Candidates interested in this degree must have a minimum of two years working experience within the public sector, preferably the government's local sphere.
  • Duration: 3 years 
  • Limited contact and no full-time students allowed
22 Potchefstroom 
  • Public administrator (junior, middle and senior management)
  • Budget and policy analyst
  • Procurement manager
  • Public administration consultant
  • Service delivery specialist
  • Strategic Leadership positions
  • Project/regulatory/procurement administrator

A wide range of career opportunities exist on the local government level and hereto also in the executive, legislative and legal branches of government. 

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Public Governance With Policing Practice 
  • English level 4 (50%–59%) 
  • Duration: 3 years
25 Distance Learning only
  • Public administrator (junior, middle and senior management)
  • Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer 
  • Field Investigation Officer 
Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences (BSocSc) With Political Studies and International Relations 
  • Duration: 3 years
24

Mahikeng

  • Market researcher
  • Policy or data analyst
  • Development specialist
  • State and civil society research organisations
  • Political scientist  
  • Policymaking and political risk assessor
  • Economist
  • Industrial organisational psychologist
  • Academia and research
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in  Language Technology Language Technology 
  • Please contact us for entrance requirements 
  • Duration: 3 years
24 Potchefstroom 
  • Academia and research
  • Industry that uses computers to enable interactions with customers 
  • Natural language processing research and development groups, such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, Amazon, IBM
Bachelor of Arts (BA) With Sociology and Geography 
  • Duration: 3 years
22 Potchefstroom 
  • Management consultant
  • Community development worker
  • Project manager
  • Human rights officer
  • Quality control manager
  • Consumer relations specialist
  • Agricultural manager
  • Land economist
  • Urban planning
  • Climatology
  • Geographic information systems analyst
  • Emergency management
  • Ecologist
  • Conservationist

 

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
  • PLACEMENT: Scholastic achievements, the results of a placement process, adherence to the requirements set by the Faculty of Law. 
  • DURATION: 3 years

28

Potchefstroom

Vanderbijlpark 

  • 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
  • PLACEMENT: Scholastic achievements, the results of a placement process, adherence to the requirements set by the Faculty of Law. 
  • DURATION: 3 years

30

Potchefstroom

Mahikeng

Vanderbijlpark

  • 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
  • PLACEMENT: Scholastic achievements, the results of a placement process, adherence to the requirements set by the Faculty of Law.
  • DURATION: 4 years

 

30

Potchefstroom

Mahikeng

 

  • 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 Mathematical Literacy level 5
  • Academic Average 55%
  • SELECTION: Paper selection, placement tests and psychometric assessment
  • PLACEMENT: Scholastic achievements, the results of a placement process, adherence to the requirements set by the Faculty of Law. 
  • DURATION: 5 years
28 Mahikeng
  • 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

Mahikeng 

 

  • 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 Sciences

 
  • 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

Mahikeng 

  • 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 Sciences

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

Mahikeng 

 

  • 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 agriculture and rural development

Bachelor of Science

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

26

Potchefstroom

Mahikeng 

* See below

Bachelor of Science

with Biochemistry and Chemistry

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

26

Potchefstroom

Mahikeng 

* See below

Bachelor of Science

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

26

Potchefstroom

* 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 Sciences level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

26

Mahikeng 

* See below

Bachelor of Science

with Computer Sciences and Statistics

  • Mathematics level 5
  • Physical Sciences level 4 
  • DURATION: 3 years

26

Potchefstroom

Vanderbijlpark

* See below

Bachelor of Science

with Computer Sciences and Economics

  • Mathematics level 5
  • DURATION: 3 years

26

Potchefstroom

Vanderbijlpark

* See below

Bachelor of Science

with Mathematics and Economy

  • Mathematics level 5
  • DURATION: 3 years

26

Potchefstroom

* See below

Bachelor of Science in Information Technology

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

26

Potchefstroom

Vanderbijlpark

*Distance learning

  • Programmer
  • Software Engineer
  • Application developer
  • Systems administrator
  • Systems analyst and designer
  • Business analyst
  • Database administrator and designer
  • Business Iintelligence developer
  • Project leader
  • Entrepreneur
  • Information technology manager 
  • Researcher

Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences

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

26

Potchefstroom

* See below
Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences

with Mathematics

  • Mathematics level 5
  • Physical Sciences level 4 
  • DURATION: 3 years
26 Potchefstroom * See below

Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences

with Applied Mathematics and Mathematics

  • Mathematics level 5
  • Physical Sciences level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

26

Mahikeng 

* See below

Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences

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

26

Potchefstroom

Mahikeng 

* 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 Sciences level 4 
  • DURATION: 3 years

26

Potchefstroom

* See below

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences

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

26

Mahikeng 

Potchefstroom

 

* See below
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences
  • with Zoology and Chemistry
  • with Chemistry and Geology
  • 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 Sciences level 4 
  • DURATION: 3 years

26

Potchefstroom

* See below

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences

with Chemistry and Geography

  • Mathematics level 5
  • Physical Sciences level 4 
  • DURATION: 3 years

26

Mahikeng 

* See below

Bachelor of Science in Financial Mathematics

 
  • Mathematics level 6
  • DURATION: 3 years

32

Potchefstroom

Vanderbijlpark 

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

Bachelor of Science in Quantitative Risk Management

 
  • Mathematics level 6
  • DURATION: 3 years

32

Potchefstroom

Vanderbijlpark 

  • 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

Potchefstroom

Vanderbijlpark 

  • 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
  • Data Scientist 
  • Strategic Business Analyst

Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Sciences

 
  • Mathematics level 6
  • DURATION: 3 years

32

Potchefstroom

  • Actuary
  • Risk Manager

Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning

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

28

Potchefstroom

  • Regional Planner Remote-Sensing Analyst
  • Town and Regional Planner / Urban and City Planner at:
  • Government institutions – national and provincial departments, local municipalities, development agencies
  • 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. 
  • Research institutions and universities

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture

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

22

Mahikeng 

 

  • 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
  • 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. SA Canegrowers Association)
  • Marketing research
  • Ecotourism
  • Development Corporations and Finance Institutions

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture

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

22

Potchefstroom

 

  • 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
  • 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. SA Canegrowers Association)
  • Marketing research
  • Ecotourism
  • Development Corporations and Finance Institutions

Bachelor of Science in 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 USAF (https://mb.usaf.ac.za/)
  • DURATION: 4 years

20

Mahikeng 

 

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

Extended Bachelor of Science

  • with Applied Mathematics and Chemistry
  • with Applied Mathematics and Electronics
  • with Computer Sciences and Mathematics
  • with Chemistry and Computer Sciences
  • 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 Sciences
  • with Computer Sciences and Electronics
  • with Electronics and Physics
  • with Electronics and Mathematics
  • Ext BSc in Mathematical Sciences with Applied Mathematics and Mathematics 
  • Ext BSc in Environmental Sciences with Botany and Microbiology
  • Ext BSc in Environmental Sciences with Botany and Chemistry
  • Ext BSc in Environmental Sciences with Computer Sciences and Geography
  • Ext BSc in Environmental Sciences with Geography and Botany
  • Ext BSc in Environmental Sciences with Microbiology and Chemistry
  • Ext BSc in Environmental Sciences with Chemistry and Geography
  • Ext BSc in Environmental Sciences with Botany and Biochemistry
  • Ext BSc in Biological Sciences with
    Microbiology and Biochemistry
  • Mathematics level 3
  • English level 4
  • Physical Sciences level 3 
  • DURATION: 4 years

22

Mahikeng 

* See below

Extended Bachelor of Science in Information Technology

 

  • Mathematics level 3 
  • DURATION: 4 years

24

Vanderbijlpark 

  • 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

Vanderbijlpark 

  • 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

Vanderbijlpark 

  • 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

Vanderbijlpark 

  • 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 two 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 and process managers
  • Laboratory assistants
  • Chemical analyst and/or modulator

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

  • NECSA (Nuclear Energy Corporation 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; Geophysicist, 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 and Satellite Image Interpreter
  • Market Researcher
  • Meteorologist
  • Military Planner
  • Natural Resource Manager
  • Police
  • Social Ecologist
  • Social Scientist
  • Soil Scientist
  • Teacher (elementary and 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

Potchefstroom

 

  • 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

26

Mahikeng 

Vanderbijlpark 

 

  • 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: Potchefstroom = Contact; *Distance learning

24

Potchefstroom

*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

Potchefstroom

 

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

Bachelor of Theology in Christian Ministry (BTh)

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

24

Mahikeng

*Distance learning

  • Missionary/Mission Worker
  • Evangelist
  • Pastor in a Charismatic Church
  • Pastor in the AFM

*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 and 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 2022 academic year. 
Successful candidates are advised to contact the relevant faculty to ensure that they register for the correct qualification, programme and /or curriculum.

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