What Field Can I Study With My APS

Finding out what fields you can study with your APS could help you narrow down your options of what to apply to. It could also help you set a goal for what you would like your APS to be if you have not yet written Matric.

What Is A Field Of Study?

The phrase “field of study” refers to the area that your qualification focuses on or falls under. For example, you could be studying a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences. This would fall under the Natural Sciences field of study.

How Do I Know Where I Can Study?

To know where you can study, you need to know which universities offer what courses. To help with this, we have compiled a list of APS requirements by faculty for a few South African universities.

  • UJ (University of Johannesburg)
  • TUT (Tshwane University of Technology)
  • UNISA (University of South Africa)
  • Wits (University of the Witwatersrand)
  • NWU (North-West University)
  • UWC (University of the Western Cape)
  • UCT (University of Cape Town)
  • US/Stellies (University of Stellenbosch)

UJ APS Requirements By Faculty

Listed below is each faculty within the University of Johannesburg, followed by the APS requirement range for each faculty.

  • Business and Economics 
  • Art, Design And Architecture
  • Education
  • Engineering & the Built Environment
  • Health Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Law
  • Science

Business And Economics

The College of Business and Economics has an APS requirement ranging from 19 with Maths or 21 with Maths Literacy, to an APS of 33 depending on the course you would like to study. 

Art, Design And Architecture

The Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture (FADA) has an APS requirement ranging from 18 with Maths or 20 with Maths Literacy, up to an APS of 28 depending on the course you want to study. 

Education

The minimum APS requirement for the Faculty of Education is 26. 

Engineering And The Built Environment

The APS requirement for this faculty ranges from 19 with Maths or 21 with Maths Literacy to an APS of 32 depending on the course you want to apply for. 

Health Sciences

The minimum APS for the Faculty of Health Sciences is 18 with Maths or 19 with Maths Literacy. The highest required APS is 31. This depends on the course you want to study. 

Humanities

The Faculty of Humanities APS requirement ranges from 21 to 30. 

Law

The Faculty of Law requires a minimum APS of 31 with Maths or 32 with Maths Literacy.

Science

The minimum APS requirements range from 21 to 34, and all courses in the Faculty of Science require Maths.

To find out the minimum APS requirements for each specific course, you can look at the UJ Prospectus for more detailed information. 

TUT APS Requirements By Faculty

The faculties of the Tshwane University of Technology and their minimum APS requirements are as follows:

  • Arts & Design 
  • Economics & Finance 
  • Engineering and the Built Environment
  • Humanities 
  • Information and Communication Technology 
  • Management Sciences 
  • Science 

Arts And Design

The Faculty of Arts and Design APS requirement ranges from 18 to 24. 

Economics And Finance

The lowest minimum APS is 22 with the requirement of Accounting or Maths or 23 with Maths Literacy, and the highest requirement is 24 with Maths Literacy. 

Engineering And The Built Environment

The minimum APS range for this faculty is from 20 to 28. 

Humanities

The Faculty of Humanities has the lowest minimum APS of 20, and the highest minimum of 25.

Information And Communication Technology

The lowest minimum APS for this faculty is 23, and the highest minimum is 26 with Maths or 28 with Maths Literacy. 

Management Sciences

The APS range for the Faculty of Management Sciences is 19 to 24. 

Science

The lowest minimum APS is 18, and the highest minimum is 24 with Maths or 25 with Maths Literacy.

To find out the minimum APS requirements for each specific course, you can look at the TUT Course Information page for more detailed information.

UNISA APS Requirements By Faculty

  • Accounting Sciences 
  • Agriculture and Environmental Sciences 
  • Economic and Management Sciences 
  • Education 
  • Human Sciences 
  • Law 
  • Science, Engineering and Technology
  • Graduate School of Business Leadership 

 

The APS requirements for UNISA were unavailable at the time of writing. To find out more about the admission requirements, you can contact the university

Wits APS Requirements By Faculty

Below is a list of the faculties at the University of Witwatersrand, and their APS requirement ranges.

  • Commerce, Law, and Management
  • Engineering and the Built Environment
  • Health Sciences 
  • Humanities 
  • Science 

Commerce, Law, And Management

The minimum APS for this faculty ranges from 39 with the requirement of Maths to 44 with the requirement of Maths. 

Engineering And The Built Environment

The minimum APS ranges from 34 to 42 in this faculty, and all courses in this faculty require Maths. 

Health Sciences

The Faculty of Health Sciences does not list a specific APS requirement, but specific subject requirements instead. The subjects with requirements are English as Home Language or First Additional Language, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and Maths.

Not all courses accept Maths Literacy. Those that do accept Maths Literacy require a minimum of 80% for that subject. For the other three subjects, the lowest minimum is 50%, and the highest minimum is 60%. Some courses require you to have both Life Sciences and Physical Sciences. 

Humanities

The minimum APS range for the Faculty of Humanities is 34 to 43. A few courses require Maths. 

Science

The Faculty of Science has the lowest minimum APS of 42, and the highest minimum of 43. All courses in this faculty require Maths.

To find out the minimum APS requirements for each specific course, you can look at the Wits Undergraduate Admission Requirements page for more detailed information.

NWU APS Requirements By Faculty

  • Economic and Management Sciences
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Health Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Law
  • Natural and Agricultural Sciences
  • Theology

Economic And Management Sciences

The lowest minimum for this faculty is 24, and the highest is 36. All courses in this faculty require Maths. 

Education

The minimum APS requirement for the Faculty of Education is 26.

Engineering

The minimum requirement for the Engineering faculty course is 34, with the requirement of Maths with a minimum of 70%. 

Health Sciences

The APS minimum for the Faculty of Health Sciences ranges from 18 to 32. 

Humanities

The APS requirements for this faculty are from 18 to 26. 

Law

The minimum APS requirement for the Faculty of Law is from 28 to 30.

Natural And Agricultural Sciences

The minimum APS ranges from 19 to 32 for this faculty. 

Theology

The APS minimum range for the Faculty of Theology is from 24 to 26.

For more detailed information and to find the specific APS requirements for each course, you can visit the NWU Fields of Study page

UWC APS Requirements By Faculty

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Community and Health Sciences 
  • Dentistry
  • Economic and Management Sciences
  • Education
  • Law
  • Natural Sciences

All faculties at the University of the Western Cape require English as Home Language or First Additional Language, with a minimum of 50%. It also requires another language as Home Language or First Additional Language with a minimum of 40%. The following minimum APS requirements for each faculty include these language requirements. 

Arts And Humanities

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities has a minimum APS requirement of 35. 

Community And Health Sciences

The Faculty of Community and Health Sciences requires the lowest APS of 30 and the highest APS of 39. 

Dentistry

The lowest APS requirement is 27, and the highest APS requirement is 40. 

Economic And Management Sciences

The Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences requires a minimum APS of 30. 

Education

The minimum APS requirement for the Faculty of Education is 33.

Law

The Faculty of Law requires a minimum APS of 37. 

Natural Sciences

The lowest APS requirement for this faculty is 27 and applies to four-year courses. The highest APS requirement is 33 and this applies to three-year courses.

UCT APS Requirements By Faculty

The faculties at the University of Cape Town are as follows:

  • Higher Education Development
  • Commerce
  • Engineering & the Built Environment
  • Health Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Law
  • Science

The APS requirements for UCT were unavailable at the time of writing. To find out more about the admission requirements, you can contact the university.

U. Stellenbosch APS requirements by faculty

  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Arts and Social Sciences
  • Economic and Management Sciences
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Law
  • Medicine and Health Sciences 
  • Military Science
  • Science 
  • Theology

The University of Stellenbosch lists only specific subject requirements for each course, no APS scores.

Agricultural Sciences

All courses in this faculty require the following:

  • The lowest minimum National Senior Certificate (NSC) aggregate of 50% and the highest minimum NSC aggregate of 80% (all excluding Life Orientation) 
  • English – As your Home Language, the minimum requirement is 50%. As your First Additional Language, the lowest minimum requirement is 50%, and the highest minimum requirement is 75% 
  • Maths with the lowest minimum requirement of 50% and the highest minimum requirement of 80%
  • Physical Sciences, with the lowest minimum of 45% and the highest minimum of 60%. One course will allow Life Sciences in place of Physical Sciences, also with a minimum of 50%

Arts And Social Sciences

All courses in this faculty require the following:

  • An NSC aggregate of at least 63% (excluding Life Orientation)

Economic And Management Sciences

All courses in this faculty require the following:

  • The lowest minimum NSC aggregate of 50% and the highest minimum NSC aggregate of 80% (all excluding Life Orientation) 
  • English – As your Home Language, the lowest minimum requirement is 50% and the highest minimum requirement is 70%. As your First Additional Language, the lowest minimum requirement is 50%, and the highest minimum requirement is 80%
  • Maths with the lowest minimum requirement of 50% and the highest minimum requirement of 80%

Education

All courses in this faculty require the following:

  • An NSC aggregate of 50%
  • Maths with 40% or Maths Literacy with 50%

AND

Learners who were taught in English:

  • English Home Language 60%
  • Afrikaans OR isiXhosa (Home Language or First Additional Language) 50%

OR

Learners who were taught in Afrikaans:

  • Afrikaans Home Language 60%
  • English OR isiXhosa (Home Language or First Additional Language) 50%

OR

Learners who were taught in isiXhosa:

  • IsiXhosa Home Language 60%
  • English OR Afrikaans (Home Language or First Additional Language) 50%

Engineering

All courses in this faculty require the following:

  • An NSC aggregate of at least 70% (excluding Life Orientation)
  • Mathematics 70%
  • Physical Sciences 60%
  • English Home Language 50%, with no Afrikaans requirement 

OR English First Additional Language 60%, with no Afrikaans requirement 

OR English First Additional Language 50% with Afrikaans Home Language 50% 

OR English First Additional Language 50% with Afrikaans Second Additional Language 60%

Law

All courses in this faculty require the following:

  • The lowest NSC aggregate of 70% or the highest NSC aggregate of 80% (all excluding Life Orientation)
  • English or Afrikaans Home Language 60% 

OR Afrikaans or English First Additional Language 70%

  • Maths with 50%

Medicine And Health Sciences

All courses in this faculty require the following:

  • The lowest minimum NSC aggregate of 50% and the highest minimum NSC aggregate of 70% (all excluding Life Orientation) 

Military Science

All courses in this faculty require the following:

  • A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with at least 50% in each of four school subjects
  • English OR Afrikaans 50%

Science

All courses in this faculty require the following:

  • The lowest minimum NSC aggregate of 55% and the highest minimum NSC aggregate of 80% (all excluding Life Orientation)
  • Maths with the lowest minimum requirement of 50% and the highest minimum requirement of 80%

Theology

All courses in this faculty require the following:

  • The lowest minimum NSC aggregate of 60% (excluding Life Orientation)

For more detailed information, you can look at the US Admission Requirements page

APS Requirements For The Most Commonly Searched Course Requirements:

APS Score For Nursing

UJ (University of Johannesburg) – An APS of 28 Points

TUT (Tshwane University of Technology) – An APS of 27 Points

Wits (University of the Witwatersrand) – An APS of 21 with 50% for English, 50% for Maths, and 50% for Physical Sciences or Life Sciences

NWU (North-West University) – An APS of 25 Points

UWC (University of the Western Cape) – An APS of 30 Points

US (University of Stellenbosch) :

  • A minimum NSC aggregate of 50% (excluding Life Orientation)
  • Mathematics 40% or Mathematical Literacy 70%
  • Life Sciences 50%

APS Score For Social Worker

UJ (University of Johannesburg) – An APS of 30 Points

TUT (Tshwane University of Technology) – This university does not offer this course.

Wits (University of the Witwatersrand) – An APS of 34 Points

NWU (North-West University) – An APS of 28 Points

UWC (University of the Western Cape) – An APS of 30 Points

US (University of Stellenbosch):

  • Home Language 50%
  • First Additional Language 50%

APS Score For Psychology

UJ (University of Johannesburg) – An APS of 26 Points

TUT (Tshwane University of Technology) – This university does not offer this course.

Wits (University of the Witwatersrand) – This university does not offer this course.

NWU (North-West University) – An APS of 22 Points (This is for their BA in Behavioural Sciences Course)

UWC (University of the Western Cape) – An APS of 35 Points

US (University of Stellenbosch) :

  • This university does not offer this course.

How Do I Calculate My APS?

Your APS is calculated using your Matric marks. You can use the following table to find out how many points you have for each of your subjects. Remember that Life Orientation does not count towards your APS. 

Percentage Bracket

Point Allocation

80% – 100%

7

70% – 79%

6

60% – 69%

5

50% – 59%

4

40% – 49%

3

30% – 39%

2

0% – 29%

1

You can then add up the number of points you have for each subject to find your APS. You can also use an online calculator. Remember to input Life Orientation in the single point bracket no matter what your actual mark was. 

What Have We Learned?

  • There is a wide range of different APS requirements for each qualification depending on which university you are applying to
  • Always check with the university you are applying to for any specific requirements for the course you want to study

Author: Chloe Bydawell 
Editor: Razeen Dollie
Date: June 30, 2022