University of Fort Hare (UFH) Admission Requirements

University of Fort Hare (UFH) Admission Requirements – Undergraduate, Masters & Doctorate Programmes Entry Requirements.


The following are the requirements for admission into the programmes offered at The University of Fort Hare (UFH):

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR BACHELOR’S DEGREES• Minimum of level 4 in English 1st Additional Language or

• Minimum of level 3 in English Home Language.

• Minimum of Level 4 or better in four 20-credit subjects from the designated list, excluding Life Orientation.





Bachelors degree

Pass NSC with an achievement rating of 4

(50-59%) or more in 4 (four) subjects

Diploma Pass NSC with an achieving rating of 3

(40-49% )or more in 4 (four) subjects




Mature age applicants (turning 23 years during the year of registration), who have met the requirements in bullets 1 – 3 above, qualify for admission to mainstream programmes. They need to apply for conditional exemption from HESA.


Designated Subjects


Accounting Languages
Agricultural science Life science
Business Studies Mathematics of Mathematical Literacy
Dramatic Arts Music
Economics Physical Sciences
Engineering Graphics

and Design

Religious Studies
Geography Visual Arts
History Consumer Studies
Information Technology  



Applicants who wish to enroll for a degree programme need to ensure that four of their seven subjects are from the designated list.


Senior Certificate (pre-2008)


A candidate is expected to possess a minimum level of proficiency in English language. A pass mark of at least E symbol on SG is considered to be sufficient. A pass mark of at least an F symbol on HG English 1st language is also considered to be sufficient.


A Matriculation Exemption or Further Education and Training Certificate.


A standard qualification to study for a degree is a Matriculation endorsement or equivalent.



CN                          SC


Symbol achieved in

Grade 12 subjects

Grade of Grade 12 subjects
A 8 6
B 7 5
C 6 4
D 5 3
E 4 2
F 31  




How to calculate your minimum admission point score (APS)



7 80-89 8 90-99
6 79-79 7 80-89
5 60-69 6 79-79
4 50-59 5 60-69
3 40-49 4 50-59
2 30-39 3 40-49
10 -290 2 30-39





All applicants with non-South African school-leaving require a certificate of exemption from the Matriculation Board of South Africa for admission into an undergraduate qualification. For more information regarding the Matriculation Exemptions please visit the Matriculation Board website on


The University of Fort Hare will also submit applications to the Matriculation Board on behalf of the applicant on submission of the following:

Form M30E (also available from the matriculation board website); Copies of educational qualification (certified at the University); Copy of Passport or birth certificate (certified at the University);

Exemption application fee charged at R400.00 (payable at the university); and

Sworn English translation of documents required where applicable.



All applicants with non-South African qualifications are required to have their qualifications evaluated by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). For more information regarding evaluation of qualifications please visit the SAQA website:


Student selection and admissions process

1. Students receive application forms from the Students Registration Office through the post/contact.

2. These are completed and returned to the Students Registration Office and get sorted per-Faculty.

3. Then the faculty selection committee (Deputy Dean: Teaching and Learning, Faculty Manager, HODs and Administrators) convenes to do the selection.

4. Admission is done on merit, using the Swedish point system. High scores are considered first in chronological order

For interview programmes students are invited for presentations prior to selection. The current matrics are provisionally accepted pending their matric final results and availability for admission into programmes, plus NBT results. The application forms are checked and signed by the Faculty Manager according to the admission status.  Once the forms are signed, they are given back to the Students Registration Office to capture the status which is then communicated to the students as backup. The Faculty keeps records of the accepted students as backup. Waitlisted students are considered after registration of accepted students. Accepted students get notification from the Students Registration Office.




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