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What you should know

You have dreams. You have potential. How do you reach your goals? A university qualification can help you to make the most of your talents and build a great future, but it all depends on the choices you make now, in Grade 9. Nelson Mandela University offers the best of both academic and career-oriented studies – and we can help you to get on the right path to realise your dreams.

You need to…

  • Know yourself and your own abilities
  • Understand the world of study
  • Understand the world of work and the requirements of various jobs

Then you will be able to choose the most suitable school subject and the qualification needed to get a job or run your own business one day.

How do you find the answers?

We will help you to plan your study and career future. If you are interested in any of the career fields that we offer, ask us for more information on the courses and possible careers you can go into.

With so many study and career opportunities available, you still feel unsure about your decision, so:

  • discuss your plans with your friends, parents and guidance teacher
  • go to career exhibitions
  • visit work places and talk to people
  • talk to current students studying what you are interested in, and
  • search the internet and read up about your chosen field.

If you need more help in making a decision about school subjects or the right career-try a professional psychologist or career counsellor or you can contact us directly.

What can you do @ Nelson Mandela University?

At Nelson Mandela University, we combine the best that a traditional university and a university of technology (former technikons) can offer. We offer a wide range of undergraduate certificates, diplomas and degrees – those are qualifications offered for learners who have successfully completed matric. Maybe you’d even like to carry on with postgraduate studies later!

So what’s this New National Senior Certificate all about?

From 2008, South Africa has a new Grade 12 school-leaving qualification called the National Senior Certificate (NSC) that replaces the matric & old senior certificate. The NSC consists of a new and wider range of subjects providing you with the knowledge and skills you need in our fast changing world. Your school may not currently be able to offer all 29 subjects that form part of the new NSC, but it should offer subjects that will give you options, including the option of going to a university.

How do I choose my subjects to get into varsity?

  • For entry to a higher certificate or diploma, you need an NSC with four 20-credit subjects passed at a minimum level 3 (40%-49%).
  • For a bachelor’s degree (e.g. BCom), you need an NSC with four subjects chosen from a list (ask your guidance teacher for more information) and passed a minimum level 4 (50-59%).
  • Based on your matric results, you will get a rating form the university for each of your seven NSC subjects according to a new Admissions Point Score (APS) system. This means that the percentages you receive from your subjects will be converted into points, which will then be used to calculate an overall APS. Each university qualification requires a certain minimum APS rating. In addition to the minimum APS, some qualifications may set additional subject requirements such as:
  • Language: Nelson Mandela University students currently need to be reasonably proficient in English to succeed at their studies. Applications should preferably have English as a home or first additional language in which they have achieved a rating of at least 3 (40-49%) for entry into a national higher certificate or national diploma, or at least (50-59%) for a degree.

Now here’s the big stuff!

Maths: You will have to make a choice between Maths and Maths Literacy. Remember that you need Maths (and not Maths Literacy) for diplomas or degrees in fields such as:

  • Architectural studies
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science, Information Systems & Information Technology
  • Construction Studies
  • Engineering (incl. Civil, Electrical, Industrial, Mechanical & Mechatronics)
  • Education (for prospective Maths, Physical Sciences or Accounting teachers)
  • Mathematics & Mathematical Statistics
  • Microbiology
  • Physics
  • Pharmacy
  • Polymer Technology
  • Wood Technology
  • Zoology

Physical Sciences requirements: An achievement rating (pass) is also required in Physical Sciences for admission to study in the following fields:

  • Chemistry
  • Biomedical Technology
  • Engineering (incl. Civil, Electrical, Industrial, Mechanical & Mechatronics)
  • Environmental Health
  • Leather Technology
  • Nursing Science
  • Pharmacy
  • Polymer Technology
  • Radiography
  • Wood Technology

We are waiting for your call!

Call us if you need more information on our courses and related careers or if you just want to discuss university life in general. Remember, a good choice is an informed choice.

For general enquiries

Port Elizabeth Campuses
041 504 1111

George Campus
044 801 5038/5666

Student Counselling, Career and Development Centre

Port Elizabeth Campuses
041 504 3222

George Campuses
044 801 5051

Department of Marketing & Corporate Relations

PO Box 77000
Nelson Mandela University
Port Elizabeth
South Africa