How to Calculate your APS at UNISA

Calculate your APS at the University of South Africa (UNISA)

So, you are keen to study at the University of South Africa (UNISA)?  One of the need-to-knows before sending off your application form is the APS calculation.

APS stands for Admission Point Score.  In South Africa, universities use APS points as one of the tools to see if applicants qualify for their respective programmes. UNISA has a unique APS calculation that applicants can use to work out their score.

UNISA APS Breakdown

Applicants will need to meet the minimum APS in order to be considered for a specific programme.  Generally, you get points for each matric subject that you write an exam for.  The points you get for each course will depend on the percentage you score in that particular subject. The APS score is the total points you receive from each course.

Please note: meeting the bare minimum requirement is not always enough to get you into your desired degree programme, so push hard to get the highest marks you possibly can.


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UNISA APS Calculation

Here is a breakdown of UNISA’s APS calculation:

General APS



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So now you know if you meet the minimum requirements according to UNISA’s standards. Remember this is a UNISA score calculation.  The APS calculation differs from institution to institution so your score could differ significantly at other institutions.  Check out our article on why your APS score matters.


Why APS Matters

Why do you even have to calculate an APS? Find out why an APS is so important and why institutions use them.

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