Thank you for considering applying to the North-West University to obtain a qualification in engineering.

There are different ways to enrol in one of our academic programmes. The goal of the process is to improve access to our programmes and to increase your chances of success.

Therefore, the selection committee takes the role of evaluating your readiness for successful engineering studies very seriously. We use your school results and other factors when considering your application. Each applicant’s specific circumstances will determine which tests and what information we need. We use, among other things, your grade 11 results, your grade 12 results, the Engineering Test results, and additional documentation to make recommendations on your application process.

 

How does the application process work?

If you are interested in studying engineering, you can follow the following process:

1. Find out what each of the engineering fields entails and determine in which field you want to study. Many of the applicants attend our Engineering Weeks to learn more about the different engineering programmes and to meet the senior students and lecturers. During the Engineering Week, you can also write the Engineering Test, which contributes to expediting the application process.
2. Make sure what the minimum requirements are to qualify for engineering studies (see below). 
4. When you have completed the online application, the application office will let you know if you:
a. have been conditionally accepted (you meet all the minimum requirements but still have to write the final school-leaving exam) 
b. have been finally accepted (you have already written the NSC exam and meet all the minimum requirements)
c. have to go through a selection process because:
  • your current grade 11 marks do not meet all the requirements
  • your final school marks do not meet the minimum requirements
  • you are a senior applicant who completed your final school exam before 2020
The selection process may include the following, depending on your circumstances:
  • the Engineering Test (or other applicable tests);
  • personal interviews; and
  • a variety of documentation to be provided as determined by the selection committee.
5. Once you have been accepted, we will inform you of the date, place and time to report for your engineering studies. The first-year reception usually takes place on the second Saturday in January.

What are the minimum requirements for engineering?

Minimum matric requirements (NSS or IEB)

  • Mathematics: Minimum of 70%
  • Physical Science: Minimum of 70%
  • Language: Minimum of 60% for Afrikaans or English (the language of tuition)
  • APS Score: Minimum of 34 
  • Exemption: Gr. 12 exemption

 

Minimum admission requirements for applicants following international curricula

 

  

Afrikaans/English

Mathematics

Physics and Chemistry

NSC

5

6

6

Cambridge IE

C on A level (D *additional criteria)/C on AS level

B on A level (C *additional criteria)/B on AS level

B on A level (C *additional criteria)/B on AS level

HIGCSE

3

2

2

IB

5 on HL

6 on HL (5 *additional criteria)

6 on HL (5 *additional criteria)

NSSC

3 HL

2 HL

2 HL

Abitur A

8

10

10

Abitur SA

8

10

10

ACE

not accepted

not accepted

not accepted

NSSC

HIGCSE 3

HIGCSE 2

HIGCSE 2

GED and SAT

GED: 170 SAT Critical Reading: 560; Writing: 500

GED: 180 SAT Maths: 560

GED: 180 SAT Maths: 560

GED online

not accepted

not accepted

not accepted

Abitur

3

2.3

2.3

 * Additional criteria: You must provide your O-level results and take the Engineering Test.

When am I unconditionally accepted?

If you are currently attending school, your final acceptance will only be possible once your final school results are available. If you still comply with the minimum requirements after the final school-leaving results became available, you will automatically be accepted.
For applicants who wrote matric before 2020, the final acceptance will only take place if you meet all the requirements and have received a message from the selection committee that you have been accepted.

What does conditional acceptance mean?

Conditional acceptance means that you meet all of the stated requirements, or that we approved your application conditionally via the selection process, but your final school marks are still outstanding. A conditional acceptance automatically turns into an unconditional or final acceptance if you still meet the above minimum requirements with your final school-leaving results.

We use the Engineering Test when applicants do not meet the minimum requirements. Therefore, it is a good idea to take the test as soon as possible, even if you have already been accepted conditionally. If it happens that you no longer meet all the requirements after the final school results become available, and you have already completed the Engineering Test, the selection committee can immediately inform you of the outcome of your application.

What happens if I do not meet the minimum requirements?

If you do not meet the minimum requirements for Mathematics and Physical Science and the APS score, you are still welcome to apply for engineering studies. The selection committee can advise you on various alternative routes that you can follow to qualify for the engineering programmes.
There are different access routes to engineering, depending on the availability of places in the programmes. These articulation routes are as follows:

1. The Engineering Test

We use the Engineering Test results, as well as your academic history, to advise you on the next step in your academic plan. At the discretion of the selection committee, an acceptable achievement in the Engineering Test and a satisfactory academic record (at least 60% for both Mathematics and Physical Science) can give you admission to engineering.
We also use the Engineering Test to determine if you can qualify for engineering through the compulsory Mathematics Refresher Course. The refresher course is offered during the orientation period in January, just before classes commence. A mark of 70% in the refresher course is required to gain admission to the engineering programmes. Find out more about the Engineering Test.

2. Post-school studies

If you failed to achieve the minimum requirements in the final grade 12 examination, but you completed year level 1 of a BSc degree with mainstream Mathematics and Physics (NWU equivalents of MTHS111 and 121; and NPHY111 and 121), you will be allowed to enrol for engineering. The criteria for acceptance are the following:

  • at least 60% in each of the first-year BSc modules 
  • must have completed at least 120 credits during the first year of studies
  • satisfactory performance in the Engineering Test.

It is also possible to be admitted to an engineering programme with a completed BSc degree with mainstream Mathematics and Physics (NWU equivalents of MTHS111 and 121, and NPHY111 and 121). 

3. Xcel Preparation Programme

If you have less than 60% for Mathematics and Physical Science, you will not be able to enrol for the engineering programmes directly, but you might be considered for the Xcel programme.

If you prefer to gain access to engineering studies via this route, you will be accepted into the engineering programmes if you complete the Xcel year and have met all the engineering programme requirements at the end of the year.

To apply for the Xcel programme, you must apply to the NWU (via online applications) and also download the Xcel application form. Send the completed form to Sonette Becker.

Final note

The various articulation routes are designed to broaden access to engineering studies and to allow more applicants to enrol in engineering programmes. However, it is your responsibility to ensure that you meet the requirements of the particular articulation route.


Contact details

Contact Sonette Becker to make a booking to write the test at: