UNDERGRADUATE APPLICANTS - WITS GUIDE FOR 2019 - Wits University

 
UNDERGRADUATE APPLICANTS - WITS GUIDE FOR 2019 - Wits University
2019

     WITS GUIDE FOR
UNDERGRADUATE APPLICANTS
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UNDERGRADUATE APPLICANTS - WITS GUIDE FOR 2019 - Wits University
The University of the Witwatersrand,
                                                                                     known as Wits,consists of several
                                                                                     campuses spread over 400 acres
                                                                                    in the suburbs of Braamfontein and
                                                                                         Parktown in Johannesburg
                                                                                   (South Africa), the vibrant, culturally
                                                                                   diverse and leading commercial city
            APPLY ONLINE                                                                  on the African continent.
               www.wits.ac.za
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UNDERGRADUATE APPLICANTS - WITS GUIDE FOR 2019 - Wits University
CONTENTS
Welcome Message .........................................2              Faculty of Engineering and
                                                                        the Built Environment...................................16
University Rankings ........................................3
                                                                        Admission Requirements ...............................18
5 Faculties ......................................................4
                                                                        Faculty of Health Sciences ..........................20
Application Closing Dates ..............................4
                                                                        Admission Requirements ..............................22
Admission Requirements (NSC) .....................5
                                                                        Faculty of Humanities ..................................24
Admission Requirements (NBT) .....................6
                                                                        Admission Requirements ...............................26
Wits Additional Placement Tests (WAPT) .......6
                                                                        Faculty of Science ........................................28
Admisson Requirements (NCV) ......................7
                                                                        Admission Requirements ...............................30
Study Fees and Financing your Studies.........8
                                                                        Apply to Wits in 5 Steps .................................32
Accommodation Application Fees .................8
                                                                        International Applicants..................................33
Wits Scholarships ...........................................9
                                                                        Student Support .............................................34
Faculty of Commerce, Law
and Management..........................................10              Student Life ....................................................35
Admission Requirements ..............................14

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UNDERGRADUATE APPLICANTS - WITS GUIDE FOR 2019 - Wits University
Welcome!
                   It is my pleasure to welcome you to the University of the Witwatersrand.
      Wits enjoys a long history as one of the top universities on the African continent. We strive to be a
     leading, research-intensive institution that is both locally responsive and globally competitive. Wits
         also has a long history of providing a platform for the contestation of ideas. We have a firm
    commitment to social justice, and the institution has often played a significant role during moments of
    historical significance. Indeed, we are proud to count ‘Witsies’ as some of the most influential figures
                              in impacting on our country, continent and the world.
     In addition to research intensiveness, academic rigour and intellectual engagement, the University
     offers a wide range of cultural and sporting activities through its many student clubs and societies.
     We have a diverse and cosmopolitan student population, and I hope that you will take advantage of
           the opportunity to learn from each other, both in the classroom and on the playing field.
    Thank you for choosing Wits as the next step in your important academic and personal development.
                      I wish you the very best as you embark on this exciting journey.

                                  Vice-Chancellor, Professor Adam Habib

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UNDERGRADUATE APPLICANTS - WITS GUIDE FOR 2019 - Wits University
Wits Rankings

South Africa
 Wits is the
                    No.1

                                                                                        CWUR
                                                        Centre for World
  Highest                                              University Rankings
  Ranking
University in
South Africa
                    No.1

                                                                                        ARWU
                                                       Academic Ranking of
                                                        World Universities

 Globally                                      251-300
                                                                    THE

                                                                                  Times
                                                                             Higher Education
            CWUR

   181              Centre for World               364                          QS World
                                                                    QS

                   University Rankings                                      University Rankings
                                                                    BRICS
            ARWU

   230              Academic Ranking
                   of World Universities
                                                    36                           BRICS
                                                                              (QS Rankings)

           www.wits.ac.za/about-wits/facts-and-figures/academic-rankings/

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UNDERGRADUATE APPLICANTS - WITS GUIDE FOR 2019 - Wits University
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UNDERGRADUATE APPLICANTS - WITS GUIDE FOR 2019 - Wits University
Admission Requirements:
National Senior Certificate (NSC)
In order to gain acceptance to any of the faculties, applicants require:

• National Senior Certificate (NSC) or Independent Examinations Board (IEB) subjects, and

• Certain levels of achievement as set out in this Guide, as well as a Bachelor Degree Pass.

Wits tabulates the points score for all subjects on the following basis:

• English must be taken either as Home Language or 1st Additional Language.

• Mathematics is a core and compulsory subject for all numerate degrees in programmes in Engineering and Built
  Environment, Commerce, Law and Management, Science and most of the programmes in the Health Sciences.

• Maths Literacy will be accepted by Law, Education and Humanities (except for Speech-Language Pathology and
  Audiology).

• Wits does not distinguish between designated vs. non-designated subjects when calculating the admission point score
  (APS).

• The APS calculation is based on the best seven subjects including Life Orientation.

                   Wits’ APS for
                                        Wits’ APS for      Wits’ APS for                    National Senior Certificate (NSC)
  Wits’ APS        Mathematics &
                                       Life Orientation    other subjects                    Admission Point Score (APS)
                      English

   90 - 100           8 + 2 = 10              4                     8                NSC Scale of Achievement        NSC %

    80 - 89           7+2= 9                  3                     7                           7                    80 - 99

    70 - 79           6+2= 8                  2                     6                           6                    70 - 79

    60 - 69           5+2= 7                  1                     5                           5                    60 - 69

    50 - 59               4                   0                     4                           4                    50 - 59

    40 - 49               3                   0                     3                           3                    40 - 49

    30 - 39               0                   0                     0                           2                    30 - 39

    0 - 29                0                   0                     0                           1                     0 - 29

NB: Compliance with the minimum requirement does not guarantee a place at the University. The University has a
limited number of places for first year undergraduates as approved by the Department of Higher Education and Training.
Final selection is made subject to the availability of places academic results and other entry requirements where applicable.

                    CALCULATE YOUR POINTS
                                                                              SUBJECT                       %       WITS APS

                                                               1. English Home Language or LOLT

                                                               2. 1st Additional Language

                                                               3. Mathematics/Maths Literacy

                                                               4.

                                                               5.

                                                               6.

                                                               7. Life Orientation

                                                               TOTAL APS

                                                               NB: Seven subjects are used in the calculation of APS

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UNDERGRADUATE APPLICANTS - WITS GUIDE FOR 2019 - Wits University
Admission Requirements:
    National Benchmark Test (NBT)

    All applicants to the Faculty of Health Sciences (except            • For a comprehensive list of test dates, registration dates and
    applicants who are applying for admission into the Graduate           available venues, please refer to the NBT website.
    Entry Medical Programme – GEMP - ONLY) are required to              • Both tests must be written at one session.
    write the National Benchmark Tests (NBT) before being con-
                                                                        • ONLY the first attempt results will be taken into account for
    sidered for admission.
                                                                          selection purposes and thus it is not advisable to write the
    Applicants to the Faculty of Humanities applying for the              tests more than once in any year.
    Bachelor of Speech-Language Pathology, Bachelor of
                                                                        • NBT results are valid for three years.
    Audiology, and Bachelor of Social Work are required to write
    the National Benchmark Tests (NBT) before being considered
    for admission.
                                                                                         BENCHMARK PERFORMANCE LEVELS
    There are two tests: The first is the Academic and
    Quantitative Literacy Test and the second is the Mathematics                                 Academic      Quantitative
                                                                                                                            Mathematics
    Test. The test results will be used in addition to the Grade 11                               Literacy      Literacy

    results (for early decision making purposes) and the Grade 12                                Min   Max      Min   Max   Min   Max
    results (for final decision-making purposes).
                                                                               Proficient        64    100      70    100    68    100
    Please note:
                                                                              Intermediate       38     63      38    69     35    67
    • Applicants who achieve in the ‘basic’ range (refer to table
                                                                                 Basic            0     37      0     37     0     34
      below), are unlikely to be considered for a place in the Health
      Sciences degrees. For more information on the Performance
      levels, please refer to the NBT website.
    • These are standard tests for all medical schools in South
      Africa, and you are only required to write the tests once,                             NBT TEST DATES
      irrespective of the number of medical schools you have
      applied to.                                                             Health Sciences                No later than 11 August
    Rules for applicants taking the NBT tests:
    • Applicants must register on the NBT website, or by mobile,
                                                                                 Humanities                  No later than 31 October
      to write the tests. Registration closes approximately three
      weeks prior to each of the test dates. You can register for
      the NBT even before you submit your application to the
      University. DO NOT wait for an official notification from the
      University in order to register and write the tests. You may      Mature Age Applicants Only
      miss the NBT deadline.                                            For All Arts Degrees (excluding BA Law, Bachelror of Speech-
                                                                        Language Pathology and Bachelor of Audiology)
    • A fee is charged for the tests. The fee can only be paid once
      you have registered to write the test.                            Applicants who wrote matric pre-2008, with no degree
                                                                        exemption, may qualify for mature age exemption, and will
    • Results received for tests written after this date WILL NOT be
                                                                        be required to write the NBT test.
      taken into consideration. Applicants are encouraged to write
      the tests as early as possible. See table for NBT Test Dates.          www.nbt.ac.za

    Admission Requirements:
    Wits Additional Placement Test (WAPT)
    Graduate Entry Medical Programme (GEMP) applicants only

    To be able to calculate a composite index, all components that contribute to this must be finalised (i.e.Tertiary Aggregate).
    Applicants will be notified of their eligibility to write the WAPT, scheduled for September, as and when documentation for
    applications is complete. This means that the Faculty has received an academic transcript and all other pertinent documents. If
    documents are not submitted by 15 July, no further consideration will be given to your application. Applicants will need to start
    preparing well in advance of notification. All information about the content and nature of each of the components of the test is
    given on the GEMP website.

         www.wits.ac.za/health/gemp

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UNDERGRADUATE APPLICANTS - WITS GUIDE FOR 2019 - Wits University
Admission Requirements:
National Certificate (Vocational) (NCV)

Subject to institutional admission requirements, the minimum             ADMISSION POINT SCORES
admission requirement to a Bachelor’s degree programme is a
National Certificate (Vocational) Level 4 issued by the Council            RATING CODE                 RATING                %
for General and Further Education and Training.
                                                                                    5                Outstanding           80-100
The minimum legislative requirements for admission to a
                                                                                    4              Highly competent        70-79
Bachelors degree include the achievement of:
                                                                                    3                 Competent            50-69
• Three fundamental subjects between 60 - 69% (including
  English as the language of learning and teaching at Wits)                         2              Not yet competent       40-49

• Three vocational subjects from the designated list between                        1                Not achieved           0-39
  70 - 79%.

Wits’ institutional requirements are:

An applicant who holds an NCV may be invited to write a test,
provided that he/she has met the following compulsory institu-
tional requirements as well as the Faculty and degree-specific
requirements. An applicant must have:
• Taken English as either a language of learning and teaching,
  or as the first additional language
• Taken Mathematics as a fundamental component
• Achieved 70 - 79% for all seven subjects - in fundamental
  and vocational categories.

       FACULTY OF COMMERCE, LAW & MANAGEMENT

                        English                  4 (70%)
BCom
                        Mathematics              4 (70%)
BEconSc
BAccSc                  Four subjects from Business, Commerce and
                        Management Studies                                               FACULTY OF HEALTH SCIENCES

                                                                         MBBCh                      English HL/
                                                                                                                             4 (70%)
                                                                                                    1st Add Language
                                                                         BPharm
              FACULTY OF ENGINEERING AND THE                             BSc (Physiotherapy)        Mathematics              4 (70%)
                    BUILT ENVIRONMENT                                    BHSc
                                                                         • Biomedical Sciences
 Besides meeting the University’s requirements, an applicant who holds
                                                                         • Biokinetics              Life Sciences AND/OR
 an NCV will be interviewed by the Dean, Assistant Dean and relevant                                                         4 (70%)
                                                                         • Health Systems           Physical Sciences
 Head of School.
                                                                           Sciences

                                                                                                    English HL/
                                                                                                                             4 (70%)
                                                                                                    1st Add Language
                      FACULTY OF SCIENCE
                                                                         BDS                        Mathematics              4 (70%)
 Besides meeting the University’s requirements, an applicant who holds
 an NCV will be interviewed by the Dean, Assistant Dean and relevant                                Life Sciences AND/OR
 Head of School.                                                                                                             4 (70%)
                                                                                                    Physical Sciences

                                                                                                    English HL/
                                                                         BNurs                                               3 (60%)
                                                                                                    1st Add Language
                                                                         BSc (OT)
                    FACULTY OF HUMANITIES
                                                                         BCMP                       Mathematics              3 (60%)

    THE FACULTY OF HUMANITIES DOES NOT CONSIDER                          Bachelor of Oral Health
                                                                                                    Life Sciences AND/OR
         APPLICANTS WHO PRESENT WITH AN NCV                              Sciences                                            3 (60%)
                                                                                                    Physical Sciences

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UNDERGRADUATE APPLICANTS - WITS GUIDE FOR 2019 - Wits University
Current Study Fees (2018)                                                                                                       Financing
Approximate tuition fees for the first year of study

As at the time of going to print, the tuition fees for 2019 were not available. These are the         Self-funding
approximate tuition fees for the first year of study in 2018. Fees may increase by approximately
10% or more, so you need to add at least 10% to the figures below. Please note that the fees listed   Work first to raise funds! As a young person
below are for South African citizens only. International students pay a composite fee depending on    ready to start your life, this may seem a
the degree. This information is available at     www.wits.ac.za, click on ‘International’.
                                                                                                      dim prospect but often people who have
                                                                                                      worked for a few years before commencing
Programme                                                                       Fees                  their studies really enjoy their studies once
Commerce, Law and Management                                                                          they start - so much so that they go on to
Bachelor of Accounting Science (BAccSc)                                        R48 530                postgraduate study! Another option is to
Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)                                                    R45 260-R48 330        work part-time while you study. But don’t
                                                                                                      over-extend yourself and fail your courses
Bachelor of Economic Science (BEcon)                                           R44 010
                                                                                                      as a result.
Engineering and the Built Environment
Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS)                                        R53 630                Parents/guardian/religious groups
Bachelor of Engineering Science (Biomedical Engineering) (BEngSc(BME))         R61 810                Your parents or guardian may be able to
Bachelor of Engineering Science (Digital Arts) (BEngSc(DA))                    R57 400                help you with funding, or their employers
Bachelor of Science (Engineering) (BSc(Eng)) depending on branch               R47 100-R54 430        may offer student bursaries. Many church
                                                                                                      groups and other religious organisations
Bachelor of Science (Construction Studies) (BSc(CS))                           R67 740
                                                                                                      offer bursaries to their members.
Bachelor of Science (Property Studies) BSc (PS)                                R54 350
Bachelor of Science (Urban and Regional Planning) (BSc(URP))                   R55 060                Bank Loan
Health Sciences                                                                                       Most major banking institutions offer
Bachelor of Clinical Medical Practice (BCMP)                                   R50 710                student loans at attractive interest rates.
Bachelor of Dental Science (BDS)                                               R66 860                Normally, bank loans cover the duration of
Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc)                                             R66 600                study and are repaid once you start work-
                                                                                                      ing, or once you have graduated. Some
Bachelor of Nursing (BNurs)                                                    R45 480
                                                                                                      banks offer a grace period to students
Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm)                                                  R56 860
                                                                                                      who are completing internships, articles
Bachelor of Oral Health Sciences (BOHS)                                        R43 040                or community service. In most instances,
Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) (BSc(OT))                           R50 700                you are required to repay the interest while
Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy)                                            R49 840                still studying. Sometimes surety/security is
MBChB                                                                          R67 950
                                                                                                      required, which means that a relative, friend
                                                                                                      or sponsor must guarantee to repay the loan
Humanities
                                                                                                      if you fail to do so. Visit your local bank to
Bachelor of Arts (BA)                                                          R39 240-R50 540        find out what products they offer students.
Bachelor of Arts (Digital Arts)                                                R42 640
Bachelor of Arts (Dramatic Art)                                                R42 080
Bachelor of Film and TV (BAFT)                                                 R42 800
Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts)                                                   R49 180-R49 620
Bachelor of Music (BMus)                                                       R42 960
Bachelor of Arts (Performing and Visual) (BAPVA)                               R42 080-R45 350
Bachelor of Education (BEd)                                                    R31 600
                                                                                                                   Accommodation
Bachelor of Speech-Language Pathology                                          R48 130
Bachelor of Audiology                                                          R48 130
Bachelor of Social Work                                                        R46 690
Science
Bachelor of Science (BSc)                                                      R47 920

South African citizens will be expected to make a first payment prior to, or during
enrolment before being permitted to enrol at the University. Applicants will be informed of
this in writing. This amount is offset against the fee account.
International applicants pay fees at the beginning of the year. All International applicants
must pay 75% of the tuition fees and related costs at the time of registration. The balance           Applicants who indicate they wish to apply
is to be paid by the end of March.                                                                    for residential accommodation will be sent
                                                                                                      a detailed questionnaire. The completed
All fees are due by 31 March.
                                                                                                      questionnaire must be returned to the
If you cannot pay you will be required to contact the Fees Office to sign a payment plan.

      www.wits.ac.za/study-at-wits/fees-and-funding/

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your Studies                                      Wits Scholarships

National Student Financial Aid Scheme             The following scholarships are available:        The highest marks in a maximum of six
(NSFAS)                                                                                            subjects are considered. The six subjects
                                                  University Entrance Scholarships
                                                                                                   must include:
NSFAS, funded by the Government, is
                                                  For matriculants only, the awards will be
financial assistance in the form of a loan.                                                        • Two official languages (English being one)
                                                  calculated according to the Wits Admission
Like a bank loan, a NSFAS loan is repayable                                                        • Mathematics and Physical Science
                                                  Point Score (APS).
once you start working. You are expected                                                           • Two other designated subjects.
to start repaying your loan only once you         Scholarships are for a maximum of six
are employed and earning more than                subjects and exclude Life Orientation.           The scholarship is renewable for each year
R30 000 per year. The period allowed for                                                           of the first undergraduate degree, pro-
repayments varies according to individual         • APS of 51+ (excluding Life Orientation)        vided academic performance is of a high
circumstances. Special legislation allows           (R42 000)                                      standard.
NSFAS to require employers to deduct loan         • APS 48-50 (excluding Life Orientation)
                                                                                                   The scholarship increases annually as
repayments from the wages or salaries of            (R30 000)
                                                                                                   agreed by the Financial Aid and Scholarships
borrowers.                                        • APS 45-47 (excluding Life Orientation)
                                                                                                   Committee.
                                                    (R15 000)
NSFAS rewards students who succeed
                                                  • APS 43-44 (excluding Life Orientation)         Equality Scholarships
academically. Academic results are used
                                                    (R10 000)
to calculate rebates. If you pass all your                                                         An initiative led by the Vice-Chancellor,
courses in any one year, 40% of your annual       Scholarship students are still eligible for      Professor Adam Habib. It is targeted at the
loan will converted to a bursary. (A bursary,     NSFAS funding.                                   top performing students in Quintile 1 and 2
as defined in the Act No.56, 1999, is part                                                         schools, who have performed outstandingly
of the loan which you do not have to pay          Conditions                                       in their matric year and who are offered a
back.) This means you need to repay only          The Scholarship is for a maximum of six          place at the University.
60% of your loan (plus interest) for that year!   subjects only and excludes Life Orientation.
                                                                                                   Sports Scholarships
A student who passes half his/her courses         (Advanced Programme Mathematics is
will qualify for a 20% rebate.                    included.)                                       If you have represented your province or
                                                  Scholarship students are still eligible for      South Africa in top level sport and display
If you graduate within the minimum number
                                                  NSFAS funding (the difference between            the appropriate academic potential, you
of years required, you will have saved 40%
                                                  the scholarship and the cost of being at         may be eligible for a Wits Sport Bursary.
of your loan each year, and you will owe
far less than someone who takes longer to         University may be covered by NSFAS).             Terms and conditions are outlined in the
complete their degree.                            Students who took a gap year (not longer         sport bursary application form which can
                                                  than a year), may be eligible for a University   be downloaded from www.wits.ac.za/
By repaying your NSFAS loan as quickly
                                                  Entrance Scholarship. Please advise the          study-at-wits/fees-and-funding/
as possible, you will increase the funds
                                                  Financial Aid and Scholarships Office once       Applications must be received by
available in the NSFAS scheme and thus
                                                  you register, as the scholarship will not be     31 August 2018.
the amount of money available to assist
                                                  automatically recorded on the student
future generations of students who need
                                                  system. The scholarship is applicable for        National Olympiad winners
financial assistance to study.
                                                  the year of registration.                        (Maths and English Olympiads)
                                                  The student should provide the University’s      • R20 000 for winners
                                                  Student Enrolment Centre with any official       • R8 000 for top ten runners up
Application Fees                                  remarked results issued by the examination
                                                                                                   Students must provide the University’s
                                                  authority that may impact on the amount
                                                  of the scholarship by 30 September of the        Financial Aid and Scholarships office with
Central Accommodation Office together                                                              a certified copy of their certificate.
                                                  same year for which the scholarship has
with the residence application fee of R110
                                                  been awarded.                                    If a student receives an external bursary
(for a double room) and R610 (for a single
                                                                                                   which is more than the maximum alloca-
room). Successful applicants will be              No application is necessary as the award is
                                                                                                   tion of R155 000, regardless of the source,
required to pay a non-refundable deposit          given automatically.
                                                                                                   the student will be required to return the
of R950 to confirm acceptance of a res-           Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships                   sponsorship funding. This is to enable the
idence offer.
                                                                                                   University to assist other Wits students.
                                                  R60 000 is awarded to the ten most out-
All applicants need to pay the relevant pay-      standing matriculants who have applied to        All University awards will be cancelled and
ment, regardless of whether or not they           Wits. No application is necessary as the         forfeited should a student deregister for
have a bursary.                                   award is given automatically.                    any reason.
Closing date for all undergraduate
residence applications is 30 September.
Late applications cannot be considered.

      www.wits.ac.za/accommodation/                                                      www.wits.ac.za/study-at-wits/fees-and-funding/

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Faculty of
                  Commerce, Law & Management
            The Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management offers professional
             development in the areas of business and legal expertise through
             educational programmes that compare with the very best globally.

     The Faculty is home to three schools offering both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes from Bachelors
     through to PhDs: the School of Accounting, School of Economic and Business Sciences (SEBS) and the School
     of Law. The Faculty offers several undergraduate degrees including the Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) with
     flexible major combinations or more specialised programmes such as the BCom(IS), BCom(Acc), BCom(PPE) or
     BCom(Law); the Bachelor of Accounting Science (BAccSc) and the Bachelor of Economic Science (BEconSc).
     The Faculty is also home to the Wits Business School and the Wits School of Governance. These schools are on
     the Parktown campus and offer postgraduate programmes only, including the Wits MBA.

     Wits BCom
     The Wits BCom is a three year full-time degree. It                           Accountancy, Taxation, Auditing, Law or selected
     is offered as a double major general degree with a                           approved majors from other faculties. Choices include
     choice of majors/plans from a variety of disciplines, or                     Psychology, Computer Science, Computational and
     with one major chosen from another faculty (Faculty                          Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics.
     of Humanities or Faculty of Science). This caters to a
                                                                                  Popular course combinations include: Economics
     wide range of interests and potential careers.
                                                                                  and Finance, Economics and Management, Finance
     All BCom degrees require first year courses in                               and Insurance and Risk Management, Finance and
     Economics, Accountancy, Law, Computational                                   Management, Marketing and Human Resource
     Mathematics, Business Statistics and Information                             Management, Marketing and Management. These
     Systems. From second year onwards, students elect                            courses tend to follow a more fixed curriculum, as do
     their majors from disciplines such as: Economics,                            the BCom degrees majoring in Information Systems,
     Finance, Information Systems, Insurance and Risk                             Law and the interdisciplinary PPE, which combines
     Management, Management, Human Resource                                       study from three disciplines - Politics, Philosophy and
     Management and Marketing, or from majors such as                             Economics (PPE).

                                             Structure of the Wits BCom Degree

                                                              First Year (Compulsory)

                  Economics IA
                      OR                                                                Computational                    Fundamentals of
               Economics Theory IA                                                       Mathematics                   Information Systems
                                       +           Accounting I             +                                    +
                  Economics IB
                      OR                                                             Business Statistics                Commercial Law
               Economics Theory IB

                                                      Second Year (Choose Majors)

                              Potential Major                  Potential Major                      Potential Major
                                                      +                                   +
                              (2nd Year Level)                 (2nd Year Level)                     (2nd Year Level)

                                                                    Third Year

                                                      Major 1                         Major 2
                                                                        +
                                                 (3rd Year Level)                (3rd Year Level)

                                           www.wits.ac.za/bcom/structuring-your-wits-bcom/

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FLEXIBILITY & SPECIALISATION

ECONOMICS                                                        FINANCE
Do you have a flair for problem solving, reasoning and           Are your idols just as likely to be entrepreneurs and business
analysis? Are you fascinated by how money actually does          people as pop stars or athletes? Would you say that you’re
make the world go round? Then a career in economics might        analytical, and good at problem solving and planning? Are you
be perfect for you!                                              good with figures, and have you always been savvy with your
                                                                 money? Then consider a major in finance.
So, what is Economics?
                                                                 So, what is Finance?
Economics is the study of how, where and why money and
resources are produced, spent and allocated by government        Finance has been simply defined as the science of managing
                                                                 money. This involves two broadly related activities: firstly the
and businesses, and how these help and affect the lives of
                                                                 management of money by business (corporate finance), gov-
individuals. When you hear discussions around unemploy-
                                                                 ernment (public finance), and individuals (personal finance);
ment, monetary policy, budget deficit and inflation, chances     and secondly, the process of acquiring the funds needed to
are an economist is involved. Businesses, organisations and      operate successfully. Finance is the engine of, and central to,
citizens are all affected by both their country’s economy and    all economies and stock markets.
what happens globally, so every commerce graduate will un-
dertake at least one year of study in economics.

           combine with Finance, Management,                               combine with Economics, Insurance and
            Information Systems, Insurance and
                                                                            Risk Management, Information Systems,
                  Risk Management or Law,
                                                                                    Management and Law
              or study as part of a BCom(PPE)

                                                                                careers • Chief Executive Officer
     careers • Analyst • Chief Executive Officer or Chief             • Chief Financial Officer • Chief Investment Officer
         Investment Officer • Economic Consultant                           • Financial Advisor • Financial Journalist
   • Economist • Investment Analyst • Investment Banker                 • Financial Risk Manager • Investment Analyst
 • Journalist • Manager • Political Advisor, ‘lobbyist’ Policy              • Investment Banker • Merchant Banker
               Analyst • Politician • Researcher                        • Portfolio Manager • Public Sector Consultant
                                                                                         • Stock Broker

HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT                                        INFORMATION SYSTEMS
Are you a great communicator who relates well to a wide range    Are you fascinated by how technology affects people, organ-
of people? Do you have excellent problem solving skills, with    isations and societies, and vice versa? Are you the first to
the ability to ‘see both sides’? Are you a good listener who
                                                                 download and use the latest app? Do you enjoy solving ‘real
wants to ‘make a difference’ to an organisation? Then studying
                                                                 world’ problems? Then you should seriously consider infor-
Human Resource Management may be a great choice for you.
                                                                 mation systems as a career.
So, what is Human Resource Management?
                                                                 So, what are Information Systems?
Human resource management (HRM) is the managing of people
within organisations so as to optimise their performance for     Information Systems (IS) enable individuals, organisations and
                                                                 society to gather, store, organise, protect, retrieve, share and
the greater good of the organisation. Recruitment, talent
                                                                 make sense of information. They provide the opportunity to
management, employee development and motivation,                 do things differently and are at the forefront of changing the
and compensation are all key aspects of HRM.                     world we live and work in.

                                                                   combine with Finance, Marketing, Computer Science,
       combine with Management, Psychology, Law,
                                                                            Management, Economics, Law,
      Information Systems, Economics and Marketing
                                                                              Psychology and many others

                                                                      careers • Application Developer • Business Analyst
   careers • Consulting • Human Resource Management
                                                                        • Change Manager • Chief Information Officer
     • Industrial Relations Management • Management
                                                                        • IT Auditor • IT Consultant • Project Manager
   • Negotiations • Recruitment and Talent Management
                                                                           • Systems Analyst • Technology Architect
      • Strategic Planning • Training and Development
                                                                                        • UX/UI Designer

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MANAGEMENT
                                                                          Do you have a flair for planning, organising and teamwork?
                                                                          Are you an effective communicator who is able to motivate
                                                                          others? Do you see yourself leading a Fortune 500 company
                                                                          or as South Africa’s next famous entrepreneur? If so, consider
                                                                          majoring in management.
                                                                          So, what is Management?
                                                                          Management is the study and science of how organisations
                                                                          are run and administered, be they businesses, government
                                                                          bodies or non-profit organisations.
                                                                          The important and complex areas of project management and
                                                                          strategic management also fall within this discipline, as do
                                                                          the theory and practice of entrepreneurship and new venture
                                                                          creation.

                                                                                   combine with almost any discipline as most
                                                                                    graduates eventually move into leadership
                                                                                      positions in the course of their careers

                                                                                          careers • Compliance Manager
                                                                                       • Manager in Public Works and Health
                                                                                    • Manager in Tourism • Marketing Manager
                                                                                     • Operations Manager • Project Manager
                                                                                 • Strategic Planning Director • Training Manager
                                                                                         Top Management posts include:
                                                                                • Chief Executive Officer • Chief Operating Officer
     INSURANCE AND RISK MANAGEMENT                                                  • Company President • General Manager
                                                                                               • Managing Director
     Do the management of risk and the probability of occurrence
     of disaster fascinate you? Have you got an eye for complexity,
     and a head for figures? Are you analytical and focussed, with
     good attention to detail? If so, a career in insurance and risk
                                                                          MARKETING
     management might be ideal for you.
                                                                          Are you fascinated by trends and fashions, and why certain
     So, what is Insurance and Risk Management?
                                                                          brands are so much more successful than others? Do you ever
     Insurance is the way that companies and individuals protect          wonder what makes last season’s cool ‘must haves’ suddenly
     themselves against the risk of loss, and loss itself. The loss       ‘so last year’? Would you love to shape the world’s desires?
     may involve property, life, health or income. It is a form of risk   Then marketing could be your dream career.
     management.
                                                                          So, what is Marketing?
     Risk Management itself refers to the way that risks are identi-
                                                                          The role of marketing in business is to build the profile of
     fied, assessed and prioritised, and the means used to minimise,
                                                                          brands, get people interested in products, and to persuade
     monitor and control the threat that unfortunate events can pose.
                                                                          buyers that they really need what is on offer. Technology, travel,
                                                                          entertainment, services, apps and games - even your favourite
                                                                          musician or sports team - all are marketed.
          combine with Finance, Economics, Management
                            and Law
                                                                               combine with Management, Information Systems,
                                                                             Psychology, Finance, Economics and Human Resource
                                                                                                 Management

        careers • Appraiser • Asset Manager • Claims Adjustor                             careers • Advertising Manager
     • Compliance Officer • Insurance Analyst • Insurance Broker                       • Brand Manager • Events Manager
       • Financial Advisor • Sales Representative • Underwriter                   • Market Research Manager • Project Manager
                                                                                • Promotions Manager • Public Relations Manager
                                                                                                • Sales Manager

                                                                                                    Career Planner
                                                                                               Launch your career by matching your
                                                                                               personality and subject choices to the
                                                                                                    best working environments.

                                                                                                    www.wits.ac.za/careerplanner

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Specialised Degrees                                                 Politics, Philosophy and Economics -
                                                                    BCom(PPE)
Bachelor of Accounting Science - BAccSc
                                                                    The PPE provides an understanding of political, philosoph-
The BAccSc degree is required if you wish to qualify as a Char-     ical and economic ideas, the nature of political institutions,
tered Accountant. The programme includes four core areas of         processes and decision-making, the working of economic
Accountancy study, namely: Management, Accounting and               systems, the causes of poverty and wealth and how to pro-
Finance, Financial Accounting, Auditing and Taxation. Intro-        mote development.
ductory courses in Economics, Commercial Law, Mathemat-             It is also possible to study Politics or Philosophy or Economics
ics and Statistics and Accounting Information Systems are           as part of the general BCom or BA degree.
also taken.

                                                                         careers • Academia • Civil Service • Development
                                                                                 • Diplomatic Corps • Economics
       careers • Charted Accountant • Fund Manager                              • International Banking or Finance
             • Internal Auditor • Tax Specialist                                • Journalism • Politics • Research

                                                                    Studying Law at Wits
BCom Accounting - BCom(Acc)                                         Students interested in studying Law at Wits have several
The BCom Accounting degree is a three-year full-time pro-           options to consider. Anyone wishing to practice Law needs to
gramme comprising both compulsory courses and elective              hold as a minimum an LLB degree. The LLB degree is a four
courses that students can choose from within the School of          year degree that comprises largely law subjects with several
Accountancy, School of Law, School of Economic and Business         humanity or commerce subjects at first year level. There are
Sciences or from the Faculties of Science and Humanities.           certain core law subjects which must be taken by all students
This allows students to tailor their degree quite specifically to   wishing to graduate with an LLB, while others form a set of
meet their particular career aspirations.                           electives from which students choose.
Students wishing to pursue a career as a Chartered Accountant,
                                                                    While it is possible to enter an LLB at first year undergrad-
who do not qualify initially for entrance into the BAccSc pro-
                                                                    uate level, students interested in studying law are generally
gramme, can follow the BCom Accounting as an alternative
(four year) option. Consult the Faculty for advice.                 encouraged to undertake a BCom or BA degree first, pref-
                                                                    erably choosing Law as one of their majors. This enables
                                                                    students to get a feeling for the more general law subjects
                                                                    before committing to the study of Law while also developing
           careers • Chartered Certified Accountant                 knowledge and skills in other disciplines which will be useful
       • Chartered Financial Analyst • Internal Auditor             to them in the context in which they may practice Law in the
    • Management Accountant • Management Consultant                 future. Students seeking a career in corporate law, working
         • Professional Accountant, and many others                 for either law firms or in the legal department of large organ-
                                                                    isations, should choose to do a BCom(Law) with a second
                                                                    major in Finance, Management, Accounting, Taxation, or any
                                                                    other BCom major. On the other hand, students envisaging
                                                                    a future in human rights, family law, constitutional law, inter-
Bachelor of Economic Science - BEconSc                              national law, etc. are generally advised to begin their legal
The Bachelor of Economic Science degree is a mathematically         studies with a BA(Law), pairing this with courses like politics,
focused degree that has a major in Economics together with          sociology, economics or languages.
a mathematical science major.
                                                                    Students taking either the BCom(Law) or BA(Law) route into
The entrance requirements are higher than those for the BCom        the LLB take several of the introductory and core LLB cours-
and should only be considered by students with very strong          es over three years as their Law “major”. This allows students
ability in mathematics.                                             to then complete the LLB degree over a two year period as
The BEconSc is seen as a specialist degree and focuses on           they already hold credits for several of the LLB courses.
building strong analytical abilities for graduates wishing to       A third route into the LLB is for students holding any under-
work in fields like economics, actuarial science or other busi-     graduate degree, without Law as a major. These students
ness and data analytics fields.                                     are not required to do the non-Law courses required in the
                                                                    LLB and are therefore able to complete all the law courses
The choice of the mathematical science major can be                 in three years. In both these cases, students have developed
made from Actuarial Science, Computational and Applied              critical thinking and analytical skills during the course of their
Mathematics, Computer Science, Mathematics and                      first degrees which enables the accelerated progress through
Mathematical Statistics.                                            the LLB.

      careers • Actuary • Budget Analyst • Economist                   careers • Advocate • Attorney • Conveyancer • Judge
                 • Field Marketing Associate                            • Legal Advisor • Legal Practitioner • Legal, Risk and
            • Financial Analyst • Industry Analyst                              Compliance Consultant • Magistrate
                  • Management Consultant                                        • Negotiator • Mediator • Arbitrator
      • Policy Analyst • Statistician, and many others                         • Professional Counsellor • Prosecutor

                                                                                                       www.wits.ac.za/bcom/

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Minimum Admission Requirements

                                           Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management
                                National Senior Certificate (NSC) Minimum Admission Requirements
                                                      (Bachelor’s Degree Pass)

                                             Closing Date: 30 September 2018
           NB: Due to the limited number of places available, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee a place.
               Final selection is made subject to the availability of places, academic results and other entry requirements
                                                            where applicable.

                                      www.wits.ac.za/undergraduate/entry-requirements/admission-requirements-nsc/

                                                               English Home Language
                      Programmes                      APS                 OR              Mathematics                Wait-listing
                                                               1st Additional Language

     School of Accountancy

                                                                                                        Applicants with an APS between 39-41
     Bachelor of Accounting Science                                                                         as well as English at Level 6 and
                                                      42 +
     (BAccSc)                                                             5                    6          Mathematics at Level 7 will be wait-
     (3 years)                                                                                          listed subject to the number of places
                                                                                                                        available.

                                                                                                        Applicants with an APS between 35-38
     Bachelor of Commerce
                                                                                                         as well as English 6 and Mathematics
     BCom(Accounting)                                 39 +                5                    5
                                                                                                           6 will be wait-listed subject to the
     (3 years)
                                                                                                              number of places available.

     School of Economic and Business Sciences

                                                                                                        Applicants with an APS between 35-38
     Bachelor of Commerce
                                                                                                         as well as English 6 and Mathematics
     (BCom)                                           39 +                5                    5
                                                                                                           6 will be wait-listed subject to the
     (3 years)
                                                                                                              number of places available.

                                                                                                        Applicants with an APS between 39-41
     Bachelor of Economic Science
                                                                                                         as well as English 5 and Mathematics
     (BEconSc)                                        42 +                5                    6
                                                                                                           7 will be wait-listed subject to the
     (3 years)
                                                                                                              number of places available.

     School of Law

                                                                                                        Applicants with an APS between 35-42
     Bachelor of Commerce with Law
                                                                                                         as well as English 6 and Mathematics
     BCom(Law)                                        43 +                5                    5
                                                                                                           6 will be wait-listed subject to the
     (3 years)
                                                                                                              number of places available.

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Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management

                                                                                   International Qualifications
                                                                    (Relevant exemption from South African Matriculation Board)
                                  NB: Due to the limited number of places available, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee a place.
                             Final selection is made subject to the availability of places, academic results and other entry requirements where applicable.
                                      Advanced Level (A Level)

                                                                                                                                           Advanced Level (A Level)

                                                                                                                                                                                                               Certificate of Secondary
 Ordinary Level (O Level)/

                                                                                                              Higher Int. Certificate of
  Secondary Education

                                                                                                               Secondary Education
  International General

                                                                      Advanced Subsidiary

                                                                                                                                                                      Advanced Subsidiary

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Higher International
                                                                                             Baccalaureate

                                                                                                                                                                                              Baccalaureate
      Certificate of

                                                                                              International

                                                                                                                                                                                               International
                                                                                              (IB Diploma)

                                                                                                                                                                                               (IB Diploma)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Education
                                                                          (AS Level)

                                                                                                                                                                          (AS Level)
                                                                                                                     (HIGCSE)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       (HIGCSE)
         (IGCSE)

                                                                 English Language                                                                                                    Mathematics

School of Accountancy

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        A-C                          A-C                               A-C                                          1-3                    A-B                              A                                         1-2
                                                                                               4-7                                                                                              5-7

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        A-C                          A-C                               A-C                                          1-3                    A-C                          A-B                                           1-3
                                                                                               4-7                                                                                              4-7

School of Economic and Business Sciences

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        A-C                          A-C                               A-C                                          1-3                    A-C                          A-B                                           1-3
                                                                                               4-7                                                                                              4-7

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        A-C                          A-C                               A-C                                          1-3                    A-B                             A                                          1-2
                                                                                               4-7                                                                                              6-7

School of Law

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        A-C                          A-C                               A-C                                          1-3                    A-C                          A-B                                           1-3
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Faculty of
                    Engineering & the Built Environment
     The Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment has the highest number
      of endowed professorships or chairs at the University of the Witwatersrand.
     We maintain strong links with industry through student bursaries, scholarships
     and internships, and offer a range of programmes which includes Information
      Engineering and Biomedical Engineering (within Electrical Engineering), and
                  Environmental Engineering (within Civil Engineering).
             Degrees in the Built Environment address the social, spatial and
         infrastructural needs of a transforming South Africa. This includes the
        degrees in Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning, Property Studies
                                 and Quantity Surveying.
     BSc(ENG) Programmes
     This continent, and the world, faces challenges in all         The BSc(Eng) curriculum is structured to supply a
     sectors of the economy where engineers will assist in          solid grounding in fundamental engineering science,
     solving the problems that plague development,                  with an emphasis on generalised problem-solving
     sustainability and progress.The Faculty’s engineering          skills. The first two years of study are common
     degrees are recognised by the Engineering Council              to each of these three branches – Mechanical,
     of South Africa and are approved by professional ac-           Industrial and Aeronautical. In the third and fourth
     crediting bodies in the USA, Canada, Australia, New            years of study, the courses that students take are
     Zealand, UK, Ireland and Hong Kong.                            specialised towards their chosen branch.

     BSc(Eng) Mechanical, Industrial and Aeronautical Engineering

     1ST Year Compulsory Courses                                    2ND Year Compulsory Courses
      • Chemistry                                                     • Mathematics
      • Mathematics                                                   • Electrical Engineering
      • Physics                                                       • Fluid Mechanics
      • Mechanics                                                     • Mechanical Engineering
      • Introduction to Mechanical Engineering and Design             • Thermodynamics
      • Engineering Drawing                                           • Materials Science and Engineering
                                                                      • Applied Mechanics
                                                                      • Computer Skills and Software Development

     Mechanical                                Industrial                                 Aeronautical
     The Mechanical Engineer applies           Industrial engineering, also referred      The aeronautical engineer is involved
     scientific principles to the design,      to as business process engineer-           in the design, development and mod-
     development, construction, installa-      ing, studies the systems, processes,       ification of the components and sys-
     tion, operation and maintenance of        technology and people which make           tems of all types of flight vehicles
     energy production and harnessing          up organisations.                          - including fixed wing aircraft, helicop-
     equipment, machines and systems                                                      ters, sail planes, airships and missiles.
     in all areas of industry and society.

     careers Design, Development,              careers Production, Operations,
                                                                                          careers Aircraft Design, Aerodynamics,
     Manufacturing, Transport, Energy,         Technical Manager, Logistics,
                                                                                          Propulsion, Production, Systems
     Systems                                   Resource Planning

     Electrical                                Information                                careers in Electrical Engineering
                                                                                          Power, High Voltage, Machine and
     The electrical engineering programme      Information Engineers are                  Drives, Antennas, Computer, Automation,
     covers diverse aspects such as elec-      responsible for developing and             Telecommunications Engineer
     tric circuits, software, microproces-     maintaining high level systems in          Careers in Information Engineering
     sors, power engineering, electronics      which computer applications, net-          Software, Computer, Network, Information,
     and electromagnetics.                     working and information process-           Telecommunications, Software Engineer,
                                                                                          Information Technology
                                               ing are the essential components.

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SPECIALISED PROGRAMMES
          Chemical
          Chemical engineering deals with
          large-scale industrial processes
          that convert raw materials into
                                                      Biomedical Engineering (BEngSc(BME))
          products with higher economic and
          social value. For example, fuels and        Biomedical Engineering is a discipline in which engineering and quantitative
          chemicals are produced from coal,           sciences are applied to the solution of medical and biological problems.
          natural gas and vegetation.                 Common examples include the development of sophisticated x-ray imaging
                                                      systems, artificial organs and other medical devices.
         careers Process Design/Control,              A three year undergraduate degree, the BME is a pre-professional qualifica-
         Biochemical Engineer, Food
         Processing Engineer                          tion. Graduates with a BME can pursue various routes to obtain a profes-
                                                      sional qualification, such as Medicine, Electrical or Information Engineering
                                                      or Physics.
          Metallurgy and Materials
          This engineering programme                  careers Medical Imaging System Design, Artificial Organs and Prosthetics,
          covers engineering principles               Modelling and Simulation of Physiological States
          required to concentrate, extract
          and refine metals, materials and
          carbon materials as well as devel-          Digital Arts (BEngSc(DA))
          oping new alloys, materials, ceram-         As an engineer focussing on Game Design, you’ll be afforded the chance of
          ics and composites.                         combining more traditional aspects of Electrical and Information Engineering
                                                      with the creative and functional aspects of games – creating a truly unique
         careers Extractive, Process,                 opportunity to apply your skills in a unique and challenging environment.
         Corrosion, Foundry, Failure Analysis,
         Tribologist                                  On completion of the BEngSc, students may continue into the third year of
                                                      Electrical or Information Engineering, or into the Honours course in Digital
          Civil and Environmental                     Arts.
          Civil Engineering focuses on plan-
          ning, designing and maintenance             careers Game Design, Software Engineering, Software Development, Animation
          and management of projects to

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          do with the construction of roads,
          buildings, airports, tunnels, dams,
          bridges and water supply and
          sewage systems.                                            Nuclear Engineering: After completing a three year BSc
                                                          following a fixed curriculum (partially made up of courses taken from
         careers Structural, Bridge Design,
         Geotechnical, Construction, Water
                                                          the first two years of mechanical engineering), students may enter the
         Resource Management                              Mechanical Engineering stream in the third year. These students will
                                                          graduate after five years of study with both a BSc and a BSc(Eng),
          Mining                                          specialising in Nuclear Engineering.

          Mining engineers play a key role                Industrial Engineering with focus: Students who have completed
          in the planning, exploitation and               two years of study in another engineering stream may enter directly
          excavation of mineral resources.                into the third year of Industrial Engineering. This allows students to
                                                          graduate as Industrial Engineers, but with a background in another
         careers Design Engineer, Rock                    engineering branch, such as chemical or electrical engineering.
         Engineer, Blasting Engineer, Mineral
         Resource Manager

Programmes in the Built Environment
Architectural Studies (BAS)                                             Urban and Regional Planning (BSc(URP))

Architecture is the art, science and business of building. The          Urban and Regional Planning is concerned with sustaining the
Bachelor of Architectural Studies focuses on aesthetic, theoretical     environment and developing more convenient, equitable, healthy,
and practical concerns in the built environment. It involves social,    efficient and attractive places for present and future generations.
cultural, developmental, contextual, environmental, technical,
and financial issues.

careers Architect, Landscaper, Interior Designer,                       careers Property Portfolio Manager, Property Development,
Draughtsperson                                                          Urban Planning

Construction Studies (BSc(Construction Studies))                        Property Studies (BSc(PS))

If you intend to pursue a career in some capacity in building con-      Property refers to land and buildings for use as homes, offices,
struction or technology, or you wish to study built environment         shops, restaurants, hotels, and the rights that come with it. Studies
issues and their management, then the construction studies              in this area enable you to understand how to invest in property,
progamme will suit you.                                                 how to manage it, how much to sell it for and how to develop it.

careers Project Management,                                             careers Banking and Investment, Valuation,
Construction Management, Quantity Surveying                             Damage Assessor, Policy Analyst, Property Developer

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Minimum Admission Requirements

                                               Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment
                                        National Senior Certificate (NSC) Minimum Admission Requirements
                                                                     (Bachelor’s Degree Pass)

                 NB: Due to the limited number of places available, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee a place.
           Final selection is made subject to the availability of places, academic results and other entry requirements where applicable.

                                                  www.wits.ac.za/undergraduate/entry-requirements/admission-requirements-nsc/

                                                                  English Home
                                                                   Language
                    Programmes                                                                     Physical
                                                           APS       OR 1st       Mathematics                                        Wait-listing
                                                                                                   Sciences
                                                                   Additional
                                                                   Language

School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Engineering in
                                                                                                                     Generally, applicants who achieve 70% in
Chemical Engineering
                                                           42 +         5              5               5                Maths, Physical Science and English
(BSc(Eng))
                                                                                                                     stand a greater chance of being accepted.
(4 years)

Bachelor of Science in Engineering in                                                                                Generally, applicants who achieve 70% in
Metallurgy and Materials Engineering (BSc(Eng))            42 +         5              5               5                Maths, Physical Science and English
(4 years)                                                                                                            stand a greater chance of being accepted.

School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Engineering in                                                                                Generally, applicants who achieve 70% in
Civil Engineering (BSc(Eng))                               36 +         5              5               5             Mathematics, Physical Science and English
(4 years)                                                                                                            stand a greater chance of being accepted.

School of Electrical and Information Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Engineering in                                                                                Generally, applicants who achieve 70% in
Electrical Engineering (BSc(Eng))                          36 +         5              5               5             Mathematics, Physical Science and English
(4 years)                                                                                                            stand a greater chance of being accepted.
Bachelor of Engineering Science in                                                                                   Generally, applicants who achieve 70% in
Biomedical Engineering (BEngSc(BME))                       42 +         5              5               5             Mathematics, Physical Science and English
(3 years)                                                                                                            stand a greater chance of being accepted.
Bachelor of Engineering Science in Digital Arts                                                                      Generally, applicants who achieve 70% in
(BEngSc(DA))                                               42 +         5              5               5             Mathematics, Physical Science and English
(3 years)                                                                                                            stand a greater chance of being accepted.
School of Mechanical, Industrial and Aeronautical Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Engineering in                                                                                Generally, applicants who achieve 70% in
Aeronautical Engineering (BSc(Eng))                        40 +         5              5               5             Mathematics, Physical Science and English
(4 years)                                                                                                            stand a greater chance of being accepted.
Bachelor of Science in Engineering in                                                                                Generally, applicants who achieve 70% in
Industrial Engineering (BSc(Eng))                          40 +         5              5               5             Mathematics, Physical Science and English
(4 years)                                                                                                            stand a greater chance of being accepted.
Bachelor of Science in Engineering in                                                                                Generally, applicants who achieve 70% in
Mechanical Engineering (BSc(Eng))                          40 +         5              5               5             Mathematics, Physical Science and English
(4 years)                                                                                                            stand a greater chance of being accepted.
School of Mining Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Engineering in                                                                                Generally, applicants who achieve 70% in
Mining Engineering BSc(Eng)                                40 +         5              5               5             Mathematics, Physical Science and English
(4 years)                                                                                                            stand a greater chance of being accepted.
School of Architecture and Planning
                                                                                                                Acceptance is dependant on departmental selection.
                                                                                                                   Applicants are required to complete a written and
                                                                                                                  graphic exercise, and may be required to attend an
                                                                                                                  interview. Applicants with a Wits APS of 29-33 may
                                                                                                                 be accepted on the basis of exceptional scores and
                                                                                                                   an interview. The selection process for the BAS is
Bachelor of Architectural Studies
                                                                                                                 conducted by a panel of senior academics from the
(BAS)                                                      34 +         4              4
                                                                                                                School of Architecture and Planning, monitored by the
(3 years)
                                                                                                                 Assistant Dean. Selection is based predominantly on
                                                                                                                performance against the selection exercise, interview
                                                                                                                 and academic performance, although demographic
                                                                                                                  balance is taken in to consideration where a choice
                                                                                                                needs to be made between applicants scoring within
                                                                                                                                    the same range.

Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning                                                                 Applicants with an APS between 30-35 will be
                                                           36 +         5              5
(BSc(URP)) (3 years)                                                                                             waitlisted subject to the number of places available.

School of Construction Economics and Management

Bachelor of Science in Construction Studies                                                                        Applicants with an APS between 30-35 will be
                                                           36 +         5              5
(BSc(CS)) (3 years)                                                                                              waitlisted subject to the number of places available.

Bachelor of Science in Property Studies                                                                            Applicants with an APS between 30-35 will be
                                                           36 +         5              5
(BSc(Property Studies)) (4 years)                                                                                waitlisted subject to the number of places available.

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Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment

                                            International Qualifications (Relevant exemption from South African Matriculation Board)
                                    NB: Due to the limited number of places available, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee a place.
                               Final selection is made subject to the availability of places, academic results and other entry requirements where applicable.
      General Certificate of

                                                                              Education (HIGCSE)

                                                                                                                                                  Education (HIGCSE)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Education (HIGCSE)
       Education (IGCSE)
       Ordinary Level (O

                               Advanced Level

                                                                                                   Advanced Level

                                                                                                                                                                       Advanced Level
                                                             Baccalaureate

                                                                                                                                 Baccalaureate

                                                                                                                                                                                                     Baccalaureate
                                                                                 Certificate of

                                                                                                                                                     Certificate of

                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Certificate of
                                                              (IB Diploma))

                                                                                                                                  (IB Diploma))

                                                                                                                                                                                                      (IB Diploma))
         International

                                                              International

                                                                                                                                  International

                                                                                                                                                                                                      International
                                                                                                                                                                                        Subsidiary
          Secondary

                                                                                  Secondary

                                                                                                                                                      Secondary

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Secondary
                                                Subsidiary

                                                                                                                    Subsidiary
                                                                                  Higher Int.

                                                                                                                                                      Higher Int.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Higher Int.
                                                Advanced

                                                                                                                    Advanced

                                                                                                                                                                                        Advanced
                                                (AS Level)

                                                                                                                    (AS Level)

                                                                                                                                                                                        (AS Level)
                                                                                                      (A Level)
                                  (A Level)

                                                                                                                                                                          (A Level)
            Level)/

                                                                                                                                                                                                 Physics
                                         English Language                                                                Mathematics
                                                                                                                                                                                       Chemistry
                                                                                                                                                                          (BSc ChemEng and BSc Metallurgy ONLY)

     School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering
                                                                                                                                                                                                     HL 4-7,
                                                                                                                                                                        A-C              A-C                               1-3
                                                             HL 4-7,                                                             HL 4-7,                                                             SL 5-7
             A-C                A-C               A-C                              1-3              A-C              A-C                               1-3
                                                             SL 5-7                                                              SL 5-7                                                              HL 4-7,
                                                                                                                                                                        A-C               A-D                              1-3
                                                                                                                                                                                                     SL 5-7
                                                                                                                                                                                                     HL 4-7,
                                                                                                                                                                        A-C              A-C                               1-3
                                                             HL 4-7,                                                             HL 4-7,                                                             SL 5-7
             A-C                A-C              A-C                               1-3              A-C              A-C                               1-3
                                                             SL 5-7                                                              SL 5-7                                                              HL 4-7,
                                                                                                                                                                       A-C                A-D                              1-3
                                                                                                                                                                                                     SL 5-7
     School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

                                                             HL 4-7,                                                             HL 4-7,                                                             HL 4-7,
             A-C                A-C              A-C                               1-3              A-C              A-C                               1-3             A-C               A-C                               1-3
                                                             SL 5-7                                                              SL 5-7                                                              SL 5-7

     School of Electrical and Information Engineering

                                                             HL 4-7,                                                             HL 4-7,                                                             HL 4-7,
             A-C                A-C              A-C                               1-3             A-C               A-C                               1-3             A-C               A-C                               1-3
                                                             SL 5-7                                                              SL 5-7                                                              SL 5-7

                                                             HL 4-7,                                                             HL 4-7,                                                             HL 4-7,
             A-C               A-C               A-C                               1-3             A-C               A-C                               1-3             A-C               A-C                               1-3
                                                             SL 5-7                                                              SL 5-7                                                              SL 5-7

                                                             HL 4-7,                                                             HL 4-7,                                                             HL 4-7,
             A-C               A-C               A-C                               1-3             A-C               A-C                               1-3             A-C               A-C                               1-3
                                                             SL 5-7                                                              SL 5-7                                                              SL 5-7

     School of Mechanical, Industrial and Aeronautical Engineering

                                                             HL 4-7,                                                             HL 4-7,                                                             HL 4-7,
             A-C               A-C               A-C                               1-3             A-C               A-C                               1-3             A-C               A-C                               1-3
                                                             SL 5-7                                                              SL 5-7                                                              SL 5-7

                                                             HL 4-7,                                                             HL 4-7,                                                             HL 4-7,
             A-C               A-C               A-C                               1-3             A-C               A-C                               1-3             A-C               A-C                               1-3
                                                             SL 5-7                                                              SL 5-7                                                              SL 5-7

                                                             HL 4-7,                                                             HL 4-7,                                                             HL 4-7,
             A-C               A-C               A-C                               1-3             A-C               A-C                               1-3             A-C               A-C                               1-3
                                                             SL 5-7                                                              SL 5-7                                                              SL 5-7

     School of Mining Engineering

                                                             HL 4-7,                                                             HL 4-7,                                                             HL 4-7,
             A-C               A-C               A-C                               1-3             A-C               A-C                               1-3             A-C               A-C                               1-3
                                                             SL 5-7                                                              SL 5-7                                                              SL 5-7

     School of Architecture and Planning
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             A-C               A-C               A-C                               1-3             A-C               A-C                               1-3
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                                                             HL 4-7,                                                             HL 4-7,
             A-C               A-C               A-C                               1-3             A-C               A-C                               1-3
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     School of Construction Economics and Management

                                                             HL 4-7,                                                             HL 4-7,
             A-C               A-C               A-C                               1-3             A-C               A-C                               1-3
.                                                            SL 5-7                                                              SL 5-7

                                                             HL 4-7,                                                             HL 4-7,
             A-C               A-C               A-C                               1-3             A-C               A-C                               1-3
.                                                            SL 5-7                                                              SL 5-7

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