Requirements

NATIONAL SENIOR CERTIFICATE

The admission requirement, as is reflected in the Admissions Policy, should be read in conjunction with the General Rules for all undergraduate qualifications, the Senate Discretionary Exemption Policy and the Recognition of Prior Learning Policy. All applicants who meet the minimum requirements and who submit an application during the appropriate application period are considered for admission regardless of race, gender, religion, national origin, challenge and age.

Prospective Undergraduate Students can download the Study Guide

APPLICATIONS

  • 1. All applications for admission are subject to the selection process.
  • 2. Applicants must comply with the general admission requirements and any other specific requirements as prescribed by the Faculty.
  • 3. A candidate may be expected to attend an interview, undergo a selection test and/or make a written presentation to the relevant head of department.

Minimum Entry Requirements

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

  • The table below explains how well you will need to do in your school subjects to meet the minimum entry requirements for each qualification.
  • It is important to note that the table refers to minimum entry requirements.
  • The university may add additional requirements for specific qualification programmes.

DESIGNATED SUBJECTS

  • Applicants who wish to enroll for a degree programme need to ensure that four of their seven subjects are from the designated list.
  • The list already includes three of the four compulsory subjects for obtaining the NSC, namely, Languages, Maths or Maths Literacy.
  • A learner must then select one or more subjects from the list below, provided that they are not from the same group in order to apply for a degree programme.

HOW TO CALCULATE YOUR ADMISSION POINT SCORE (APS)

  • The APS system allocates point values to the levels of achievement obtained for your matric subjects.
  • Write down your relevant NSC subjects and the levels obtained.
  • Allocate points according to the table below.
  • Add up the number of points you have to calculate you’re APS.
SENIOR CERTIFICATE

TThe admission requirement, as is reflected in the Admissions Policy, should be read in conjunction with the General Rules for all undergraduate qualifications, the Senate Discretionary Exemption Policy and the Recognition of Prior Learning Policy.

All applicants who meet the minimum requirements and who submit an application during the appropriate application period are considered for admission regardless of race, gender, religion, national origin, challenge and age.

APPLICATION PROCESS

  • All applications for admission are subject to the selection process.
  • Applicants must comply with the general admission requirements and any other specific requirements as prescribed by the Faculty.
  • A candidate is expected to possess a minimum level of proficiency in the English languages. A pass mark of at least an E symbol on SG level in the English language is considered to be sufficient, although any other proof of proficiency in the English language will also be taken into consideration. A pass mark of at least an F symbol on HG level in the English 1st Language is also considered to be sufficient.
  • All candidates will be expected to write the National Benchmark Test (NBT) prior to being selected for an academic programme.
  • A candidate may be expected to attend an interview, undergo a selection test and/or make a written presentation to the relevant head of department.

A Matriculation Exemption, or Further Education and Training Certificate

The standard qualification for admission to study for a degree is a Matriculation endorsement or equivalent (Further Education and Training Certificate).

Certificate of conditional exemption by virtue of a senior certificate

The applicant must have:

  • At one and the same sitting, or in the case of a part‐time candidate, at the two permitted qualifying sittings for the examination, sat examinations in not less than six approved subjects;
  • Passed in at least five subjects;
  • Obtained the minimum aggregate of 950 marks;

(i)Lacks only one of the following requirements for a senior certificate with a matriculation endorsement:
(i) a pass in one of the languages required ;
(ii) a pass in a subject which means that the grouping requirement is not met including a case where a candidate offered only three groups
(iii) a pass in mathematics or a required natural science subject ;
(iv) a pass in one of the required two subjects on the Higher Grade;
(v) a 20 percent subminimum in the sixth subject.

When a candidate has failed in a Higher Grade language subject used for the purpose of Group A results, the candidate must satisfy more than one of these requirements.

Certificate of conditional exemption by virtue of mature age

A student who has attained the age of twenty three (23) years or more and is in possession of a Senior Certificate, and has been granted a certificate of conditional exemption by the South African Universities’ Vice‐Chancellors’ Association (SAUVCA) on grounds of mature age may be admitted to a bachelor’s degree. The applicant, however, must have met the following requirements:

    • attained the age of 23 years before or during the year in which the applicant wishes to enroll at the university;
    • before 31 March of the year for which a certificate of conditional exemption is required, passed with at least four Higher Grade or Standard Grade subjects, at least three of which shall have been passed simultaneously and one of which shall be a recognized subject on the Higher Grade: Provided further that –
    • an official language Second Language Higher Grade subject shall only be recognized as a Higher Grade subject if at least 40 per cent is obtained, and
    • other subjects may be recognized for the purpose of this subparagraph, or that a certificate of conditional exemption may be issued in terms of this paragraph to a person whose general educational qualifications satisfy the Committee of Principals (SAUVCA)

The University may, at its discretion, admit a student irrespective of educational qualification, who has been granted a certificate of conditional exemption by SAUVCA on the grounds of having attained the age of forty‐five (45) years on or before the year in which he/she intends to enroll for a bachelor’s degree. The applicant, however, must have met the following requirements:

    • attained the age of 45 years before or during the year in which the applicant wishes to enroll at the university.

A certificate of conditional exemption issued by virtue of a senior certificate shall be deemed to have lapsed if the holder of the certificate does not satisfy the outstanding requirement within a period equal to the minimum prescribed full‐time duration for the relevant bachelor’s degree plus two additional years calculated from 1 January of the year in which the holder registers for a bachelor’s degree at a university. It may be renewed on application.

NATIONAL CERTIFICATE (VOCATIONAL) (NCV)

The minimum admission requirement to a Bachelor’s degree programme is a National Certificate (Vocational) Level 4 issued by Council for General and Further Education and Training.

The minimum requirements for admission to a Bachelor’s degree include the achievement of the following,

    • National Certificate (Vocational) Level 4;
    • At least three (3) fundamental subjects with a minimum pass mark of 60% (including English as the language of learning)
    • Three (3) vocational subjects from the designated list between 70 ‐ 79% (4).

Prospective students are also required to meet specified faculty NVC admission criteria, as determined by the respective Faculty Boards.

 
Student Life

The Student Affairs Division, like the University in general, operates in terms of the provisions of the Higher Education Act, 1997 (Act no.1 of 1997), and in accordance with the Statute of the University of Fort Hare. The Division promotes programmes that give students a sense of belonging to a supportive educational community, promote inspired learning and encourage development skills that foster personal and academic growth. In addition it provides students many opportunities to participate in various activities beyond the classroom such as recreational sport, student organisations and societies that train students on leadership skills, both at the University and beyond.

Student Affairs comprises of the following departments: Student Counselling Unit, Student Governance and Development, Residences, Health Care Centre, Disability Unit, HIV & Aids Unit and the Sport and Recreation Unit.

Registration Fees

Upon registering all students will be charged the following:

(a) Registration Costs ............................................................ R550.00
(b) Student ID card:................................................................. R80.00
(c) Late registration fee:………………………………………............... R700.00
(d) Student levy:..................................................................... R2 000.00
(e) Student levy (part time students):...................……………… R1 000.00

 

International Students

The Office of International Affairs vision is to engage in a vibrant and viable internationalisation agenda that is internationally recognised,  culturally enriching and promotes a diverse approach to academic excellence through international best practice. The University of Fort Hare is committed to promote International Relations through co‐operative and collaborative linkage partnerships, international programmes and  activities with fraternal institutions of higher education within the Higher education regulatory framework, provisions of the national planning and policy imperatives, whilst also ensuring consistence with the Vision, Mission and the Goals of the university.

Academic Performance Incentives

In order to attract, reward and retain top performing students the University offers following incentives on tuition to such students:
 New Undergraduates
(a) 34 to 38 Merit points……………………………………...R 3 500.00
(b) 39 to 42 Merit points……………………………………...R 4 500.00
(c) 43 to 47 Merit points……………………………………...R 5 500.00
(d) 48 to 100 Swedish points………………………………..Full tuition

Points % Obtained in Grade 12
8 90% +
7 80% to 89%
6 70% to 79%
5 60% to 69%
4 50% to 59%
3 40% to 49%
0 30% to 39%

In order for a first year student to qualify for the above award, they need to meet the following criteria:

(a) Must have obtained the minimum as stated above.
(b) Must have matriculated not more than 5 years prior to registration.
(c) Must be a South African Citizen
(d) May be a non‐South African citizen who pays for their own fees.
(e) Must be studying full time
(f) Must submit a certified copy of their matric results to the Student Accounts department before the 31 March each year
NB: Only the top six results are taken into consideration for the above mentioned award.

Current Returning Undergraduates
(a) 75 to 80 ‐ 50%
(b) 81 to 84 ‐ 55%
(c) 85 to 89 ‐ 60%
(d) 90 + ‐ 100%

In order to qualify for the above incentives a student will have to register for at least 100 credits on a full time basis or 50 credits on a part time basis for the full academic year.
In order for a student to qualify for the above award, they need to meet the following criteria:

 Must be a South African citizen
 May be a non‐South African citizen who pays for their own fees
 Must obtain an average of 70% and above for all subjects
 Must have passed all their modules and should therefore have not failed a single module with a minimum of 100 credits registered in the previous academic year
 The award is purely for students doing their first undergraduate qualification. No post graduate qualifications will be considered. This includes PGDip Acc, PGCE and LLB Post Graduate Stream.
 The fee waiver is only awarded to returning students based on their previous year’s results.
 Should a student skip a year or return after a period of longer than a year, then that student will be required to submit a motivation in order to be considered for a fee incentive.

All qualifying students who meet the said criteria as stated above will receive the incentive in the  form of a cash and these funds will be paid out directly to the qualifying students.

Methods of Payment

Direct deposits/internet payments

Direct deposits/internet payments can be made into the University’s bank account at:

Standard Bank:Alice Branch
Branch Code 050119
Account Number.28 210

Payment via M65
The preferred method of payment is via the M65 form which is obtainable at any branch of Standard Bank or from the cashiers’ office at the University’s campuses.
In order to ensure prompt credit of payment students are encouraged to use this method of payment and ensure that their student number is reflected on the deposit slip.

Cheques

Only Bank guaranteed cheques will be accepted by the cashier. Post‐ dated cheques will not be accepted. A R150.00 administration fee will be charged on all unpaid cheques and this amount will be debited to the student’s fees account. In addition to this the students account will be flagged not to receipt cheques in future and the drawer will be required to make an alternative payment within 7 days of being notified of the cheque being unpaid.

The student number must be used as the reference when using this method of payment.

Debit and credit card payments
Debit and credit card payments for student fees are accepted and payments can be made via the cashier’s office by the card holder.

International payments

Where payment is being made for students from outside the rand currency area, payment must be made by telegraphic transfer into the University’s bank account
at Standard Bank, Alice; Branch Code 050119; Account Number: 28 210 1357 swift address, SBZAZAJJ.

To avoid the possibility of a payment not being timeously credited to the correct student fee account, it is essential that the student name and student number
are entered on the deposit slip/telegraphic transfer. Please fax a copy of the deposit slip/transfer to the Fees Office, University of Fort Hare (040) 653 1789.

Debit Orders

The University no longer offers a Debit order payments system. You are however advised to see the HOD: Student Accounts should you wish to make a monthly payment arrangement to settle your fees before the 31st January.