UFS Higher Certificate Courses with 18 APS Score Requirements.

Does UFS offer a Higher Certificate course?

Yes, UFS offers Higher Certificate courses. They provide a Higher Certificate in Economic and Management Sciences and a Higher Certificate in Humanities.


If you have an AP of at least 18, you can access Higher Certificate study programs at UFS if you meet the minimum requirements of the Access Programmes (AP). These include a Higher Certificate in Economic and Management Sciences and a Higher Certificate in Humanities. This opportunity acts as a gateway to further education, allowing you to transition to mainstream programs after successfully completing your Higher Certificate.

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What are the Access Programmes?

The Access Programmes at UFS are designed to help deserving students who do not meet the usual admission requirements. Here’s what you can study:

  • Higher Certificate in Economic and Management Sciences (Commerce route)
  • Higher Certificate in Economic and Management Sciences (Administration route)
  • Higher Certificate in the Humanities with four different options to choose from

During your access year, you’ll get more than just academic information. You’ll develop essential skills in the Skills and Competencies in Lifelong Learning course, covering problem-solving, self-assertiveness, and other generic competencies. The Academic Literacy course will also enhance your academic reading and writing abilities.



Who Can Participate?

This program is open to all applicants who couldn’t gain entry into a higher education institution, including UFS. The courses are available in various regions, but availability may vary:

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General Admission Requirements

To qualify, you need:

  • A National Senior Certificate (NSC) or National Certificate: Vocational (NCV) Level 4 with an AP of 18
  • Four subjects on Level 3 (40%-49%), excluding Life Orientation
  • Language of instruction on Level 3 (40%) for all options

Faculty-specific Admission Requirements

Economic and Management Sciences:

  • Commerce route: Mathematics on Level 3 (40%) or higher
  • Administration route: Mathematics is not required
  • Note: You cannot switch from Administration to Commerce programs

Programme Options: Higher Certificates

Options vary by region, and the National Benchmark Tests are not applicable. Here are the specific programs:

  • Higher Certificate in Economic and Management Sciences (Commerce route study option)
  • AP: 18
  • English: 3 (40%)
  • Mathematics: 2 (30%)
  • Higher Certificate in Economic and Management Sciences (Administration route study option)
  • AP: 18
  • English: 3 (40%)
  • Higher Certificate in Humanities
  • Communication Science and Psychology
  • Communication Science and Sociology
  • Psychology and Sociology
  • Communication Science and Anthropology
  • AP: 18
  • English: 3 (40%)

Note: For the Commerce route, Mathematics Literacy Level 5 (60%) is also required.

Modules for Each Higher Certificate

Higher Certificate in Economic and Management Sciences (Commerce route):

Mainstream University Modules:

  • Introduction to Human Resource Management
  • Introduction to Individual Differences
  • General Management Skills
  • Business Functions

Development Modules:

Higher Certificate in Economic and Management Sciences (Administration route):

Mainstream University Modules:

  • Introduction to Human Resource Management
  • Introduction to Individual Differences
  • General Management Skills
  • Public Administration and Management Theories

Development Modules:

  • Skills and Competencies for Lifelong Learning
  • General Language course in English
  • Mathematical Literacy

Higher Certificate in Humanities:

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Mainstream University Modules:

  • Communication Studies and Psychology
  • Communication Studies and Sociology
  • Psychology and Sociology
  • Communication Studies and Anthropology

Development Modules:

  • Skills and Competencies for Lifelong Learning
  • Mathematical Literacy
  • General English Literacy Course
  • Basic Computer Literacy

The availability of specific module combinations may vary between regions.

Getting a Higher Certificate at UFS can be your stepping stone into mainstream university programs, equipping you with essential skills and knowledge for your academic journey.