Admission Requirements

Rhodes University Admission Requirements 2023/2024

Rhodes University Admission Requirements 2023/2024 and Rhodes University Registration Requirements:| Read the details of what you need to be admitted Into Rhodes University below.

Rhodes University Admission Requirements
Rhodes University Admission Requirements

The management of Rhodes University otherwise known as RU has released the requirements for everyone seeking admission into the University. In that case, Any Student applying for an undergraduate, postgraduate, Diploma, or Master’s Program must meet the requirements.

Rhodes University Admission Requirements
Rhodes University


Your application will only be considered for admission to the University if you qualify for Bachelor’s degree study AND you satisfy the faculty requirements. To qualify for a Bachelor’s pass status, learners are required to take seven subjects, four of which are compulsory (two languages, Life Orientation, and either Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy) and three of the learner’s own choice from the subjects on offer at the school.

To qualify for degree studies at a University at least four of the seven subjects must be from the list of ‘designated subjects’ set out below and the student must have obtained an achievement rating of 4 (adequate achievement 50 – 59%) or above in these four subjects.


NOTE: If you meet the minimum admission requirements this only means that you are eligible for selection; it does NOT mean that you will necessarily be accepted.

The designated subject list is:

Accounting                          Agricultural Science                       Business Studies


Consumer Studies,               Dramatic Arts                               Engineering Graphics, and Design

Economics                           Geography                                   History

Information Technology        Languages                                   Life Sciences

Music                                  Mathematics/Mathematical Literacy


Religion Studies                   Physical Science                           Visual Arts.

The minimum entry requirements for admission to Rhodes University in 2018 are set out in the following table below. Note (a) the point levels that are required (b) the differences in the achievement levels that are needed for Mathematical Literacy, and (c) the need for Life and/or Physical Sciences for degrees in Science or Pharmacy.

Extended Studies Programme

  • This is an alternative route to university studies at Rhodes.  A limited number of students who show potential to succeed are exposed to a carefully designed and supportive learning environment that enhances their ability to succeed at Rhodes University.
  • This option is for students coming from disadvantaged backgrounds on the condition that they take their degree over an extra year at University.  It is therefore very important to give full information when completing the application form as this is the information that the Dean will use in making a decision.


  • It is recommended that all first-time university-entering South African applicants write the NBTs. If the applicant does not meet the automatic entry requirements the NBT results will be used by the Dean to make decisions on applications. These test results can also be used if a candidate does not meet the entrance requirements in their final examinations.
  • There are two NBTs. The Academic and Quantitative literacy test (AQL) consists of two components, namely academic literacy and quantitative literacy. An applicant will be awarded separate scores for each component, even though they are written as one test. Applicants to all faculties should write the AQL. The Mathematics test is based on the Mathematics Grade 12 Syllabus. Applicants who wish to enter Pharmacy, Science, or Commerce should write the Mathematics Test. One score is awarded for the Mathematics Test.
  • For further information about the NBTs, dates, and venues, please visit or 021 650 35

International requirements

40 points and above will receive a firm offer, and 37 – 39 points will remain on hold until the end of September to be considered by the Dean if space is available.

For candidates who offer A, O, IGCSE & IGCSE, five different subjects are counted.  The basic minimum requirement for admission to the University is a certificate of Full Exemption or Foreign Conditional Exemption from the Matriculation Board. Applicants who have passed A levels are eligible for full exemption provided the passes in approved subjects meet the following requirements:

  • A-level:  symbols A-E (minimum of 2 subjects)
  • AS-level: symbols A-D (4 subjects and 1 at O-level)
  • O-level:  symbols A-C (maximum of 3 subjects)
  • At least 2 subjects at A-level and 3 different subjects at O-level or 3 subjects at A-level and 2 at O-level
  • HIGCSE/IGCSE qualification:
  • HIGCSE:  symbols 1-3 (4 subjects)
  • IGCSE:  symbols A-C (1 subject)
  • International Baccalaureate (B)
  • 3 High-level (HL) subjects:  Grade 4
  • 4 Standard Level (SL) subjects:  Grade 5

Points rating

Symbol/Result/ Grade Points Awarded

HL     SL

 A  1  7  10  9  8 5  10 7
 B  2  6  9  8  7  4  9  6
 C  3  5  8  7 6  3  8  5
 D  4  4  7  6  7  4
 E  3  6 6  3

If you are applying for Pharmacy your A-Levels or AS Levels must include Mathematics, Science, and Biology. If you are applying for Science your A-Levels, AS Levels, or O Levels should include Mathematics, Science, and Biology

With at least 1 subject from each of the following groups:

Group I English
Group II Afrikaans, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Nederlands, Portuguese or 

any other language approved by HESA

Group III Biology, Botany, Chemistry, General Science, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Physics & Chemistry, Zoology, or any of the following if not offered under Group II – Afrikaans, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, Nederlands or any other language approved by HESA

Please note that Psychology, Sociology, Physical Education, General Paper,  and Thinking Skills are not recognized subjects for entry to a South African University.

If you have 2 Level passes but do not have a second language, the application should be made to HESA (through your University after registration) for a Foreign Conditional Exemption. The onus is on you to acquire this certificate.

Faculty Requirements

Degree Points Awarded Dean’s Discretion Extended Studies
Bachelor of Commerce and Economics Maths 50% 45 38-44 34-37
Bachelor of Business Science Maths 70% 45 40-44
Bachelor of Education 40 35-39
Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Social Science, Bachelor of Journalism, B Fine Arts, and B Music 45 37-44 33-36
Bachelor of Science Maths 60%, Life Science/Physical Science 50% 45 38-44 33-38
Bachelor of Science (Inf Sys) and Bachelor of Science (Software Dev) Maths 70% 45 40-44
Bachelor of Pharmacy Maths, Physical Science & Life Science 70% 45 40-44
Law First-year candidates are not accepted directly into law. They are required to obtain 3 non-law credits through either Commerce, Humanities, or Science Faculties. A minimum of Maths level 4 or Maths literacy level 5 is required to be considered for law studies.
Bachelor of Fine Arts Submit a portfolio
Bachelor of Music Audition and Music theory test
All Faculties Life Orientation is not counted for points, but you are required to obtain at least 50% for acceptance

Related Article: Rhodes University Courses and programs Offered


From the above link, you can access RU admission requirements, if the is any other additional information you need, please visit the school’s official website  Or drop a comment below and Demzyportal Team would give you the additional information you want.



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