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Local entry requirements

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Students are selected based on academic merit. If you would like to study at IIE MSA, you must be at least 17 years old or older when you enrol and you must have made an application to study when you were 16 years old.

South African National Senior Certificate (NSC)

The minimum admission requirement is a South African National Senior Certificate (NSC) with a minimum of 30% in the language  of learning and teaching of the higher education institution as certified by Umalusi, coupled with an achievement rate of 4 (Adequate Achievement, 50-59 %)  or better in four 20 credit NSC subjects.

A 20-credit NSC subject is a subject recognised for the seven-subject NSC package as approved by the Minister of Basic Education in terms of the National Education Policy Act, 1996 (Act No 27 of 1996).

National Entry Requirements

IIE MSA reserves the right to amend admissions arrangement to specify an appropriate level of subject achievements and requirements for particular programmes

Degree Entry Requirements

Degree NQF Level Qualification Code Minimum APS Required Subject Requirements
Bachelor of Social Science 7 116IIE 28 English Home Language (4)
Bachelor of Child and Youth Care 8 107IIE 28 English Home Language (4)
Bachelor of Business Science 7 105IIE 28 English Home Language (4), Mathematics (4), Mathematical Literacy (5)*
*Mathematical Literacy is not applicable if accounting is selected as a major
Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences 7 109IIE 28 English Home Language (4), Mathematics (4), Mathematical Literacy (5)
Bachelor of Public Health 7 114IIE 28 English Home Language (4)
Bachelor of Commerce in Law 7 101IIE 28 English Home Language (4), Mathematics (4), Mathematical Literacy (6)
Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (4 years) 8 111IIE 31 English Home Language (4), Mathematics (6), Physical Science (5)
Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (5 years) 8 111IIE 28 English Home Language (4), Mathematics (5), Physical Science (4)
Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering (4 years) 8 112IIE 31 English Home Language (4), Mathematics (6), Physical Science (5)
Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering (5 years) 8 112IIE 28 English Home Language (4), Mathematics (5), Physical Science (4)

Diploma And Foundation Qualification Entry Requirements

Qualifications Qualification Code Minimum APS Required Subject Requirements
Diploma in Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations 118IIE 24 English (3) and Mathematics (3) or Math Literacy (5)
Foundation Programme Social Science 100IIE 21 English (3)
Foundation Programme Business 119IIE 23 English (3) and Mathematics (3) or Math Literacy (5)
Foundation Programme Information Technology 121IIE 23 English (3) and Mathematics (3) or Math Literacy (5)
Foundation Programme Health Sciences 120IIE 23 English (3) and Mathematics (3) or Math Literacy (5)
Foundation Programme Law 122IIE 23 English (3) and Mathematics (3) or Math Literacy (5)
Foundation Programme Science 123IIE 24 English (3) Mathematics (4) and Physical Science (4) **Math Literacy will not be accepted

Prospective students who did not obtain a Bachelor’s Degree Pass will not be considered for an IIE MSA formal qualification even though the Admission Point Score (APS) does comply with the minimum requirements.

A Grade 12 certificate with university exemption is required if Grade 12 was obtained before 2008. For prospective students in Grade 12, conditional admission is granted based on the results obtained in the final Grade 11-year marks or midterm Grade 12 marks. Please note that the final Grade 12 results remain the determining factor for admission. Also note that the achievement of the minimum requirements does not necessarily guarantee admission to any programmes or fields of study.

How to Calculate your APS score

Total results in the best 6 subjects excluding Life Orientation.

Bonus points for formal qualifications (to a maximum of 6 points):
English achievement of Level 5 = +1 and above =+2
Mathematics achievement of Level 5 = +1 and above =+2
Mathematical Literacy achievement of Level 7 or above = +1
Physical Science achievement of Level 5 = +1 and above =+2

Bonus points for Foundation Programmes (to a maximum of 6 points):
English achievement of Level 4 or above = +2;
Mathematics achievement of Level 4 or above = +2;
Mathematical Literacy achievement of Level 6 or above = +2
Physical Science achievement of Level 4 or above = +2

IIE MSA APS NSC/IEB SC HG (M- SCORE) SC SG (M- Score) NC(V)
10        
9        
8 90% to 100%      
7 80% to 89% A (80%)   5 (80%)
6 70% to 79% B (70%) A (80%) 4 (70%)
5 60% to 69% C (60%) B (70%) 3 (60%)
4 50% to 59% D (50%) C (60%) 3 (50%)
3 40% to 49% E (40%) D (50%) 2 (40%)
2 30% to 39% F (30%) E (40%) 1 (30%)
  0% to 29% FF (20%) F (30%) 1 (20%)

Acronyms and Abbreviations

NSC – National Senior Certificate
IEB – Independent Examination Board
SC HG – Senior Certificate – Higher Grade
SC SG – Senior Certificate – Standard Grade
NC(V) – National Certificate – Vocational

English Language Entry Requirements

English is the language of instruction at IIE MSA. Students who attended secondary education where the medium of instruction was not English need to meet English language proficiency requirements in order to be eligible for admission.

Contact us

Call the Prospective Students office on +27 11 950 4009 or send us an email for more information