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Nelson Mandela University Admission Form | See Application Guide and Requirement
Nelson Mandela University (formerly Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, NMMU) is a South African university with its main administration in the coastal city of Port Elizabeth. Nelson Mandela University was founded through a merger of three institutions in January 2005, but its history dates back to 1882, with the foundation of the Port Elizabeth Art School.

The University draws international students from all over the world. There are over 3,000 international students, including students from the United States, France, China, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom and many African countries.


The table below explains how well you will need to do in your school subjects to meet the minimum entry requirements for each type of qualification.

It is important to note that the table refers to minimum entry requirements.
The university may add additional requirements for specific programmes.
Qualification Minimum Statutory Entry Requirement
Higher Certificate Pass on the NSC
Diploma Pass NSC with: An achievement rating of 3 (40 -49 %) or better in four subjects, together with any other university requirements.

Bachelor’s Degree Pass NSC with: An achievement rating of 4 (50 – 59 %) or better in four subjects from the designated list, together with any other university requirements.

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.

Accounting Languages
Agricultural Sciences Life Sciences
Business Studies Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy
Dramatic Arts Music
Economics Physical Sciences
Engineering Graphics and Design Religion Studies
Geography Visual Arts
History Consumer Studies
Information Technology

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 your APS.

Table A: School Performance Score (SPS)
NSC NSC % APS APS Percentage
8 90 -100 %
7 80 -100 % 7 80 -89 %
6 70 -79 % 6 70 -79 %
5 60 -69 % 5 60 -69 %
4 50 -59 % 4 50 -59 %
3 40 -49 % 3 40 -49 %
2 30 -39 % 2 30 -39 %
1 0 -29 % 0 0 -29 %

Example 1
To enrol for the National Diploma:

Journalism you need an Admission Point Score (APS) of at least 32, as well as a National Senior Certificate (NSC) pass in English on at least level 4 (50 59 %).
NSC Subject NSC % Level APS Points allocated
English 65 % 5 5
Xhosa 60 % 5 5
Mathematics 70 % 6 6
Geography 55 % 4 4
History 80 % 7 7
Life Orientation 74 % 6 6
Accounting 71 % 6 6
Admission Point Score 39
This student has met the minimum requirements for admission to the National Diploma (Journalism).

Example 2

To enrol for the BCom (Accounting for Chartered Accountants) you need an Admission Point Score (APS) of at least 38, as well as four subjects from the designated list and a pass in Mathematics on at least level 5 (60 69 %).

Matric Subject NSC % Level APS Points Allocated
English 70 % 6 6
Afrikaans 80 % 7 7
Mathematics 69 % 5 5
Accounting 65 % 5 5
Life Orientation 60 % 5 5
Physical Science 74 % 6 6
Life Sciences 81 % 7 7
Admission Point Score 41
This student has met the minimum admission requirements for the BCom (Accounting for Chartered Accountants) programme.


In addition to the minimum APS requirement, additional subject requirements have been set.

These include:
Mathematics: This is required for certain programmes. Only performance in the core Mathematics topics (papers 1 and 2) will be used when making admission decisions. However, school learners are encouraged to also take the optional Mathematics topics. In certain programmes, applicants who have Mathematical Literacy instead of Mathematics may be admitted to a programme where a Mathematics entry requirement has been set. In this instance, additional modules may be added to the programme, which may extend the length of the programme.

Mathematical Literacy: In view of the importance of quantitative literacy for success at Higher Education studies, a minimum of a 3 (40-49%) for Mathematical Literacy is preferred for likely admission to National Higher Certificate and National Diploma programmes and a 4 (50-59%) for likely admission to degree programmes where Mathematics is not a requirement, unless otherwise indicated.

Applications can be done online via the school’s website@
www.mandela.ac.az or via the school admission unit.

Online applications for the university’s 2018 January intake are now open. In order to ensure adequate time for processing, testing, portfolios, interviews and planning by the university and yourself, applications for admission in 2018 should be submitted before 1 August 2017. In addition, places for some qualifications are limited; it is therefore in your best interest to submit your application early.

BTech & Advanced Diploma Applications;
Nelson Mandela University students who are currently completing either a Diploma or National Diploma (NDip) at this university and would like to apply for these qualifications are required to only complete the “BTech and Advanced Diploma Application Form”. The completed form must be submitted to the admissions office before 1 August 2017 (no supporting documentation required).

Prospective students who have already completed their diploma studies either at Nelson Mandela University or elsewhere, and opted to enter the work force or take a gap year before commencing their BTech/Advanced Diploma studies, would need to complete an “online application form” and submit certified copies of their ID, academic record and certificate of conduct along with other documentation in order for their applications to be considered. Applications close on 1 August 2017 and no application fee is required.


First Semester 2018 (February): Deadline – 31 October 2017 (Application fee of R500
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