UFS Admission Requirements

UFS Admission Requirements – University of the free state

All university of the free state prospective applicants are to check the UFS Admission Requirements below and make sure they submit all the necessary documents needed for admission.

Requirements / APS

  • National Senior Certificate (NSC)
  • 4 Subjects with achievement level of 3 (40% – 49%)
  • University Free State (UFS) Admission Point (AP): minimum 20
  • Language of instruction: (English) Minimum achievement level 3 (40%)
  • Economic & Management Sciences: You need a minimum achievement level of 3 (40%) for Mathematics to be able to study in this option.
  • Natural Sciences:  You need a minimum achievement level of 3 (40%) for Mathematics and Life Sciences OR Physical Sciences to be able to study in this option.
  • B. Agric Agricultural Sciences: You need a minimum achievement level of 3 (40%) for Mathematics or a minimum achievement level of 6 (70%) for Mathematical Literacy to be able to study in this option.


There are specific matric exemption requirements that you must meet if you want to study at any South African university. If you completed school in or after 2008, and have a National Senior Certificate (NSC), you need the following to apply for admission to a Bachelor’s degree at any South African university:


Four (4) of the seven (7) subjects included in your NSC subject package must be from the designated subjects listed below, with a minimum mark of 4 (50%) in each of these four (4) subjects:


Designated list of school subjects:

Accounting Information Technology
Agricultural Sciences Life Sciences (Biology/Physiology)
Business Studies Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy
Consumer Studies Music
Dramatic Arts Three languages (one of these must be the language of teaching and learning at a higher-education institution and two other recognised language subjects)
Engineering Graphics and Design
Geography Physical Sciences/Natural Sciences
History Religion Studies
Visual Arts


In the subject Life Orientation you need an achievement level of 5 (60%) or higher to score only 1 point when calculating your admission Point (AP).

National Benchmark Tests (NBT’s)

The National Benchmark Tests are compulsory for all University of the Free State (UFS) applicants. 

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