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Requirements To Study Hospitality Courses

If you are interested in studying Hospitality but aren’t sure of the requirements? Here’s a guide for the requirements to study Hospitality at various institutions.


Requirements To Study Hospitality Courses

Hospitality Management and Tourism are the studies of the hospitality industry.

Simply put, Hospitality is the relationship between a guest and a host. Studying Consumer Science or any Hospitality Management related programme prepares you for a wide variety of careers in different sectors of hospitality and this could potentially offer you exciting global opportunities.


You can obtain a qualification in Hospitality from either a university or college dedicated to the studies of Hospitality Management or a business school with a relevant department.

Not every institution has the same requirements that students need to meet in order to gain entry. Nonetheless, here are a few institutions offering Hospitality courses and each of their requirements:

The University of South Africa (Unisa)

Unisa offers an NQF level 7 undergraduate programme in Consumer Science Hospitality Management.


Should students wish to enrol in the Bachelor of Consumer Sciences Hospitality Management programme at Unisa, any of the following points are valid for minimum admissions:

  1. National Senior Certificate (NSC) (Degree endorsement) or equivalent with at least 50% in the language of teaching and learning and 40% in Mathematics or Technical Mathematics or 60% in Mathematical Literacy.
  2. Senior Certificate (SC) with matriculation exemption or qualify for the exemption from the Matriculation Board with at least a D symbol on HG or a C symbol on SG in the language of teaching and learning and with at least an E symbol on HG or D symbol on SG in Mathematics.
  3. An appropriate Higher Certificate that satisfies the Language and Mathematics requirements.

Applicants who do not meet the above-mentioned requirements are advised to consider applying for a lower-level qualification for which they meet the statutory and additional requirements.

University of Johannesburg (UJ)

In its Department of Tourism, the University of Johannesburg offers a postgraduate Bachelor of Tourism and Hospitality Management Honours qualification.

The admission requirements include:

  1. Any student in possession of a relevant undergraduate degree, Advanced Diploma or BTech and who has appropriate knowledge of Tourism and Hospitality or appropriate subject knowledge on NQF Level: 7.
  2. Applicants with any other Hospitality or Food and Beverage Operations related qualification (at NQF Level: 7), based on all final year modules will also be considered.
  3. A potential student must have an average mark of 60% in the final year of an undergraduate degree or an average of 60% for all the modules of their Advanced Diploma (or BTech qualification).
  4. A potential student must have adequate English language proficiency by passing a literacy test, and selection may include an interview.

Students can also venture into Master’s and/or PhD qualifications if they wish.

University of Pretoria (UP)

The University of Pretoria offers undergraduate qualifications in Consumer Science (a BConSci qualification), which offers students the opportunity to specialise in various fields of interest, namely clothing retail management, food retail management or hospitality studies.

Admission requirements include:

  1. Candidates who are in possession of a certificate that is deemed by the University to be equivalent to the required National Senior Certificate with university endorsement, candidates who are graduates from another tertiary institution or have been granted the status of a graduate of such an institution, and candidates who are graduates of another faculty at the University of Pretoria may apply.
  2. Life Orientation is excluded from the calculation of the Admission Point Score (APS).
  3. Grade 11 results are used for the conditional admission of prospective students. Final admission is based on Grade 12 results.

The closing date is an administrative admission guideline for non-selection programmes.

Once a non-selection programme is full and has reached the institutional targets, then that programme will be closed for further admissions, irrespective of the closing date. However, if the institutional targets have not been met by the closing date, then that programme will remain open for admissions until the institutional targets are met.

Please note that the Faculty does not accept GED and School of Tomorrow qualifications for entry into programmes.

Durban University of Technology (DUT)

The Durban University of Technology offers a BTech qualification in Hospitality and a BTech qualification in Tourism.

Students can also choose to study towards other qualifications, such as various diplomas in relation to the Hospitality and Tourism industry. These include:

  1. Diploma in Catering Management
  2. Diploma in Hospitality Management
  3. Diploma in Tourism Management

The BTech in Hospitality requirements includes a National Diploma in Hospitality Management, which you will need before entering the course of study towards the BTech degree.

The same requirements apply to the BTech degree in Tourism Management, except you’ll need a National Diploma in Tourism Management.

Students can also do a Master of Technology in Tourism and Hospitality, if they wish, later on.

Remember that additional requirements may need to be met in order to gain admission into a specific institution. Make sure to do enough research to find out what best suits you.

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