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CAO Senior Certificate Minimum Entry Requirements

Central Applications Office(CAO) Senior Certificate Minimum entry requirements


Minimum entry requirements for applicants who have written Senior Certificate are shaded turquoise.

Example: Matric Exemption with Maths D HG/A SG and Agric Sci or Biol or Phys Sci E HG/C SG.

This means that your Senior Certificate or Statement of Symbols must state that you have been granted an “endorsement”. In addition, you must have passed Mathematics with D on Higher Grade or A on Standard Grade and at least one of Agricultural Science, Biology or Physical Science with E on Higher Grade or C on Standard Grade.

If you qualify for an Ordinary Conditional Exemption you could be considered for programmes specifying “Matric Exemption” provided the other subject requirements are met.

Mature Age applicants (over 23 years of age) and those seeking admission on the basis of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or foreign qualifications should consult the institution.


  • Red – minimum points total required for admission
  • Pink – part-time programme
  • Blue – relevant work experience/current employment required
  • Green – distance learning (home study)
  • Brown – awaiting Ministerial approval – contact the institution to confirm that the programme will run


Minimum entry requirements shaded lilac: NSC

Minimum entry requirements shaded tuquoise: Senior Cert e

Minimum entry requirements shaded tuquoise: N3N4 exam

entry term: 1 – entry in January/February 3 – entry in July

access route: A, B, C etc. denotes access programmes for people who do not meet the entry requirements. Some of these programmes only consider applicants from a disadvantaged educational background.

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