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General requirements

Students with international school-leaving certificates may be required to provide a certificate of equivalence or exemption certificate from the relevant South African regulatory body.

Students who did not complete their secondary schooling in English as the language of teaching and learning, or who are uncertain about their English language skills, are advised to do an English course to prepare them for degree studies.

To ensure appropriate academic support, and at the discretion of the institution, students from non-English speaking countries may be requested to complete an English language proficiency test.

School leaving certificate requirements prior to 2008

Students who completed Grade 12 prior to 2008 and require assistance with regards to the entrance requirements should contact an MGI Student Advisor on +27(0)11 690 1700/1733.

National Senior Certificate requirements post 2008

In order to obtain a National Senior Certificate, students must have:

  • A minimum of 40% in the required official language on the home language level
  • A minimum of 30% in the other required language on the first additional    language level
  • A minimum of 30% in Mathematics or Mathematics Literacy
  • A minimum of 40% in Life Orientation
  • A minimum of 40% in one of the approved choice subjects
  • A minimum of 30% in the other two approved choice subjects.

Minimum entry requirements for Bachelor degree entry

In order to qualify for Bachelor degree studies, students must have a minimum of level 4 in four subjects from the designated list. Once this minimum has been met, points will also be allocated for non-designated subjects. All students who pass Life Orientation will be allocated three basis points regardless of the pass percentage achieved.

Calculation of MGI points

Additional MGI points required for the following qualifications

Please note that no subjects are doubled in the Foundation Programme points calculation.

  • Bachelor of Arts degrees : 25 MGI points or more
  • Bachelor of Commerce degrees : 25 MGI points or more
  • Bachelor of Psychology degrees : 25 MGI points or more
  • Bachelor of Science degrees : 32 MGI points or more
  • Diplomas : 25 MGI points
  • Foundation Programme : 17-24 MGI points
  • Foundation Programme (Science) : 24 MGI points

Additional qualification requirements

  • BComm in Accounting – 50% and above in Mathematics.
  • Any BSc degree – 50% or above in Mathematics and English.
  • BSc in Biomedicine and BSc in Biotechnology degree – the points attained for the best two subjects from Biology, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, and Science must be doubled.
  • BSc in Computer Science, Informatics, and Internet Communication degrees. The points attained for the best two subjects from English, Mathematics, and Computer Science must be doubled.
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) – 50% or above for English.
  • BA Graphic Design - Portfolio submission (Click Here for more info).
  • Foundation Programme: Students must obtain 17-24 MGI points and a National Senior Certificate (NSC). To progress to any BSc degree, students must have 24 MGI points and an NSC with Mathematics according to the degree requirements.

National Senior Certificate Vocational

In order to obtain a National Senior Certificate Vocational, students must have:

  • A minimum of 50% in English, Life Orientation and Mathematics/Mathematical Literacy
  • A minimum of 70% in four vocational subjects chosen from the NC(V) Level 4 subjects.

The field of studies in the NSC (Vocational) must relate to the field of the degree the student intends to enrol for.

Designated list of subjects for Bachelor’s degree

The following subjects taken for the NSC or equivalent international secondary qualification will be acknowledged with the calculation of the MGI points:

  • Accounting
  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Consumer Studies
  • Dramatic Arts
  • Economics
  • Engineering Graphics Design
  • Geography
  • History
  • Information Technology
  • Languages (one language of learning and teaching at a higher education institution and two other recognised language subjects)
  • Life Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematical Literacy
  • Music
  • Physics
  • Physical Sciences
  • Religion Studies
  • Visual Arts