In South Africa, there are 3 types of universities:

Academic Universities offer only degrees.

degree starts by a B - Bachelor of Arts (BA), or Bachelor of Science (BSc), or Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree. 

It is a 3 or 4 years programme which allows you to do postgraduate studies (Honors, Masters and Doctoral degrees). You can do research and an academic career at university.

You have more chance to get admitted in Universities outside of Gauteng, than  Pretoria and Wits.

Universities of Technology:

·       A National diploma (N Dip, done in 2 to 3 years) is more practical, focused on a professional career. 

S   For example, should you study a National Diploma in Hospitality Management you will have the option of becoming a Hotel Manager, Food and Beverage Manager or Executive Chef depending on what you specialize inBefore you graduate, you must work in an company for at least six months where you will get hands-on experience to add to your theoretical knowledge.

      Sometimes it is better to study a diploma than a degree. For instance, doing a BSC in biochemestry at UJ qualifies you for becoming a sales representative for a drug firm or a large pharmacy.  To regsiter with a professional body, you need to do a Honors degree but there only about 10 places per year ! Biochemestry at TUT and university of technology level offers much more practical insturciotn, and hence better chane to get a job

      At UJ,  
-Tshwane university of Technology - http://www.tut.ac.za/
-Vaal university of technology - http://www.vut.ac.za/new 
- Central university of technology (Free State) :http://www.cut.ac.za/

The University of Johannesburg (www.uj.ac.za) is a combined academic University and a University of technology. It offers both diplomas, "technology degrees" (Btech) and degrees. The Btech in Engineering  (4 years) includes a year long work internship in 3rd year.

 Distance-learning studies at the University of South Africa (www.unisa.ac.za):

 Studying is a lot more affordable. Distance education means that you need to be very disciplined about studying regularly and working hard. It also can be quite lonely as you don't meet other students as easily. However, the material is usually well-designed and easy for students to use, so you don't need as much input from your lecturers. Distance education can either be done full-time 

 Degree, diploma or certificate? 

To get your Matric (National Senior Certificate), you need a minimum of:

-          30 %  in 3 subjects

-          40 % in 3 subjects, including Vernacular

Your Matric results will tell if you can apply for a bachelor Degree, a Diploma or a Higher certificate.

You need for a:

Bachelor degree  : 30 % in the language of learning (Vernacular) and at least 50 % in 4 subjects ;

Diploma : 30 % in the language of learning  and at least 40 % in 4 subjects ;

Higher certificate: 30 % in the language of learning.Higher certificate (1 to 2 years) can lead to a national diploma in the same field of study.

       Certificate (1 year) can be a bridging course and lead to a national diploma in the same field of study.

If you get a "Bachelor" pass, it does not mean that you will be automatically admitted for a bachelor degree, as there are many more applicants than space available and you need often higher marks than what is requested on the University prospectus.

How do I calculate my points?

To choose the field they want to study, learners must meet a minimum level of points called APS (Admission Points Score). To calculate it, one must add all the levels obtained in the 7 subjects, with a specificity for Life Orientation that only counts for half of the level obtained and rounded down (eg 2 if the learner obtained 53%). To study at the Faculty of Sciences, Life Orientation is not taken into account.  

APS calculation :

         80-100 %  =     7 points

        70-79   %  =     6

        60-69   %  =     5

        50-59   %=       4

        40-49    %=      3

        30-39   %=       2

         0-29    %=        1

Example : if you achieved 65 % in First language, you get 5 points. If you achieved 54 %, you get 4 points..

At Wits, you get O points if your marks are below 40 %

You can use this link to calculate the APS : http://cat.uj.ac.za/ujmobi/modules/calculator.w.php

You also need a minimum of marks in Math, English and other subjects , depending on the Universities and studies you want to do - check the prospectus of each University.

UJ Open day 

Attend Open days to get more information

The best way to know more about the Faculty of your choice is to attend the Open days. Check the dates on their website

UJ calendar  (you must first register on UJ website)

or cal the UJ Student Enrollment Centre: 
+27 11 559 4555