Matric Points for University Entrance

Matric Points for University Entrance

Date Published: September 15, 2020

Your admission to university all depends on your marks at the end of Matric. Each and every university uses a points system, known as APS, to determine your eligibility. 

Sometimes, it can be quite confusing. 

Here is the break-down.

Your APS Score

An admission point score is the result of each matric mark being converted to a single mark out of 10. These marks are then added across all subjects to give a total mark. This total is known as your APS score. 

Universities use APS scores to display the bare minimum of academic requirements needed to apply for the course. Upon applying for your course, the minimum APS score will be displayed in the course requirements. 

For instance, at WITS university you need an APS score of at least 34 to apply to study Dramatic Arts. With an APS score of 30-33, you will put you on a waiting list. That means that everybody with a higher APS score will be accepted before you. If there is space after all the other applicants, you may be considered. 

Find an APS calculator here

Matric College released the following APS calculator. 

Pass Levels

There are 4 pass levels as indicated by the Department of Basic Education. Here are the 4 pass levels and the requirements to meet each level. 

Bachelor Pass

A bachelors pass is a provisional entrance requirement for university. This is what you require to meet a BD pass.

  • An APS score of 4 in at least 4 high credit subjects 
  • An APS score of 3 in your home language 
  • An APS score of 2 in any 2 other subjects  
  • This comes to a total APS score of 23

This is the bare minimum required to apply to university courses. 

Diploma Pass

A diploma pass means you will get provisional entrance to a diploma course or a university of technology. This is what you require to meet a D pass.

  • An APS score of at least 3 in your home language 
  • An APS score of at least 3 in 4 high credit subjects 
  • An APS score of 2 in any other 2 subjects 
  • This comes to a total APS score of 19

HC Pass

A higher certificate pass means you will get provisional entrance to a college or a certificate course. This is what you require to meet an HC pass.

  • An APS score of at least 3 in your home language 
  • An APS score of at least 3 in 2 other subjects 
  • An APS score of 2 in 3 other subjects
  • This comes to a total APS score of 15

NCS Pass

An NCS pass will not enable you to study at university. In this case you could go to trade school or opt for colleges that don’t require matric certificates with higher passes. Such as Matric College. These are the requirements for an NCS pass.

  • An APS score of at least 3 in your home language 
  • An APS score of at least 3 in 2 other subjects
  • An APS score of 2 in 4 other subjects
  • This comes to a total APS score of 14

In closing

Remember that in order to get into university you must obtain a Bachelors Pass at the end of matric. A University Degree can set you ahead in your career and help you boost your earning potential. 

Strive to get a Bachelor’s Degree pass. 

Author: Andrea Frisby