What are the general requirements for application at university of Limpopo

Admission Requirements for first entering students

Applying at University of Limpopo

Application process:
Step 1: All applications can be done online by visiting click here
Step 2: Online application has a handling fee of R200 for South African applicants, and R750 for International Applicants.
Step 3: The University bank account numbers to be used for application handling fee deposits is:

Account Name : University of Limpopo
Bank Name : Standard Bank
Branch Name : Polokwane Square
Branch Code : 051001
Account No. : 030131405
Reference No. : Applicant’s ID numbers / Passport Numbers

Step 4: All enquiries should be directed to our call centre on the following contact details:

Call Centre No. : 015 268 3332
Email Address: enrolment@ul.ac.za

Step 5:Both the undergraduate and Post graduate prospectuses are available on our website for ease of reference.

*Note: make sure that you meet or exceed the admission requirements as set out on the prospectus. Only Bachelor Certificate holders are eligible to apply for admission.

1.1 National Senior Certificate (NSC) with Bachelor exemption

Prospective students, with an NSC, who wish to gain entry to any undergraduate programme at the University of Limpopo, should comply with the following:

  • Life Orientation with an achievement level of at least three (3).
  • Aligned with the language policy of the university, English as a language of learning and teaching with an achievement level of at least three (3).
  • The required minimum levels of achievement in specific subjects as stipulated in the Calendars of each Faculty, provided that:
    • Four 20-credit subjects were achieved with a minimum NSC achievement level of four (4) for degree programmes and
    • Four 20-credit subjects were achieved with a minimum NSC achievement level of three (3) for diploma programmes.
  • The required Admission Point Score (APS) as stipulated in the Calendars of each Faculty.

Meeting the minimum APS for a particular programme does not, however, guarantee admission.

1.2 Matriculation Certificate (prior 2008)

  • Students, who successfully completed Grade 12 before 2008, can apply for admission to the University with the normal Grade 12 Senior Certificate with full university exemption by converting their grade symbols to an APS.

1.3 National Certificate (Vocational)

  • Students who have successfully completed a National Certificate Vocational NC(V) Level 4 qualification will require the following and will be subject to Faculty Admission Specifications and Placement Tests:
  • NC(V) level 4 certificate with 3 fundamental subjects 60% (Life Orientation included) and 4 relevant vocational subjects at 70% for degree programmes.
  • NC(V) level 4 certificate with 3 fundamental subjects 50% (Life Orientation included) and 3 compulsory vocational subjects at 60% for diploma programmes.

1.4 The Admission Point Score (APS) system

The system is a simple calculation, using your NSC or Grade 12 university exemption results, which can be done by any prospective student to determine if he/she meets the minimum requirements to gain entry into:

  • The University of Limpopo


  • A specific programme of choice offered by a Faculty within the University.

Meeting the minimum APS for a particular programme does not, however, guarantee admission.

The calculation is done by the addition of the achievement levels in six (6) recognised 20 credit subjects as stipulated by specific requirements of the Faculties. Achievement levels are as follows (Note Life Orientation is not used in the APS calculation):

NSC Achievement LevelNSC%Senior Certificate Higher GradeSenior Certificate Standard GradeAPSNC(V)

The following is an example of an APS calculation:

School subject
NSC Achievement levelSenior certificate
(Higher grade)
Language 14D4
Language 24D4
Physical Science6B6
Life Science7A7
APS Total29

2. Qualifications other than the NSC

Prospective students should get verification of the qualification from Higher Education South Africa (HESA). More information can be obtained from www.hesa.org.za. Prospective students with matriculation qualifications from outside the borders of South Africa, can also contact the International Office on +27 (0) 15 268 3046.

APS Conversion Table for Non- NSC examinations.

NSC – National Senior Certificate (completed Grade 12 in and after 2008) IGCSE – International General Certificate of Secondary Education
NSSC – Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate
HIGCSE – Higher International General Certificate of Secondary Education
A Level Advanced level
O Level – Ordinary Level
AS – Advanced subsidiary
IB-HL International Baccalaureate Higher Level
IB-SL International Baccalaureate Standard Level

3. Placement Test

The University of Limpopo will conduct National Benchmarking Tests for prospective students. The results of the test will be used for research in terms of student profiles and for allocation of appropriate support.

4. Extended Curriculum Programmes (ECP)

The extended curriculum programmes offered at the University are linked to the corresponding approved regular undergraduate degree programmes, but allow students an additional year to achieve the learning outcomes. Results of the Placement Tests are of particular relevance to gain access into these programmes.