Lesson 3, Topic 2
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Entry requirements

November 29, 2018
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The entry requirements will differ from institution to institution. Make sure you consider the entry requirements at each institution before applying. 

What to Know Before Applying to an Institution 

Upon applying there are a few general requirements that are important to consider.

  • Write a National Benchmark Test (NBT)

Most public universities also require you to write the NBT when applying to an institution. A National Benchmark Test is used to help interpret your National Senior Certificate results. Make sure that you check the course requirements upon applying to see whether or not you need to write a National Benchmark Test.

  • Understand your APS

Your Admission Point Score (APS) is needed at most public universities in South Africa. Once you have settled on what you want to study, it’s time for the concrete work. At most institutions, you are assessed according to your admission point score (APS).

This means that your matric marks (prelim and final marks) are assessed according to the specific course requirements at the institution. The percentages of your top six matric subjects are converted with a point system.

Of course, APS score requirements differ from institution to institution. The best idea is to check with the institution you are applying to. Don’t worry, we’ve got this covered for you too.

  • Check the subject requirements

For each qualification there will be different subjects you might need to be able to qualify. Make sure you know what they are.

  • Produce a portfolio of written work

For some institutions, students need to present a portfolio upon applying to the course. Make sure you find out from the institution you are applying to whether or not they need a written portfolio as part of the application.

“A portfolio provides a lecturer or course administrator with an idea of your writing style, capabilities, and what kind of topics or genres you’re interested in pursuing during the course of your studies. Generally, a portfolio usually includes five articles that you consider to be your best work. When I submitted mine for consideration, I made sure to include five different genres – from an opinion piece, to a journalistic report, as well as short story. Your objective should be to demonstrate what you are capable of, and how you can put your skills to use when studying a Film and Media degree.” – Bryan Smith (BA Film & Media Production, specialising in Print Journalism; Honours in Media Theory & Practice)