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How to Apply for Unisa Undergraduate Application 2020-Starts 20 August – 27 September

2020 Unisa Application Begins-from 20 August – 27 September-Apply Here

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How to Download UNISA Application Form 2020/202 PDF

UNISA applications 2020 can be download at the UNISA’s website(UNISA Student Portal): Please visit UNISA website for instructions on how to download form and apply online.

UNISA admission form 2020/2021 is open to all school leavers, Non-school leavers and special cases qualified applicants irrespective of colour, race, ethnic identity, religion, gender or country origin.

Potential students may apply to any of the UNISA undergraduate, postgraduate, masters, diploma, doctorate, bachelors, pre-masters, distance education learning, International, Ph.D. programs (Courses) at any time and be admitted subject to fulfilling all admission requirements.

Unisa will accept applications for admission to undergraduate qualifications (higher certificates, advanced certificates, diplomas, advanced diplomas & degrees) for the 2020 academic year from 20 August – 27 September 2019.

Everyone wanting to start a new qualification must apply for admission. This includes

  • first-time Unisa applicants
  • Unisa students changing to a new qualification and / or specialisation
  • applicants who previously applied for admission and were either not offered a space or were offered a space and did not register
  • students completing a higher certificate or alternative pathway / extended programme who wish to continue with further undergraduate studies

All applications for admission must be submitted online during the prescribed application period.

Applicants who plan to enrol for classes at a Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college under the Unisa-TVET agreement may apply via the relevant TVET college or at Unisa via the online or self-help options.

Unisa is known as a provider of fair and equitable access to higher education opportunities. Flowing from its social responsibility to address past inequalities, Unisa has an application and selection process that effectively addresses historical imbalances without sacrificing quality standards.

This process promotes focused attention towards improved student support, and the alignment of our new student intake with the available academic capacity and required infrastructure to maximise all students’ chances of success.

What does the selection process entail?

  • At the heart of the selection process is a calculation of your individual points score, which takes into account your final Grade 12 marks and other key factors such as the school you attended, and your gender, socio-economic group, race, and so on.
  • Before submitting an application, please check whether you meet the statutory and college-specific admission requirements, and the required academics points score (APS) for your chosen qualification(s). A higher certificate requires a minimum APS of 15, a diploma a minimum APS of 18 and a bachelor degree a minimum APS of 21 or more (some exceptions apply).
  • It is important to note that you will not automatically be accepted to study through Unisa in semester 1 of 2020. Students will be accommodated on the basis of the number of places available for each qualification.

The application process

  • You may apply for a maximum of two qualifications, ranked in order of preference (although you may only register for one should both of your qualifications be successful).
  • Unisa will inform you of the outcome of your application. If successful, Unisa will indicate for which qualification you have been accepted and will offer you a space for the period for which you have applied (ie semester 1).
  • You must accept or decline Unisa’s offer within the prescribed period of time. If you miss this deadline, Unisa will withdraw the offer and give your space to another applicant.
  • You may only accept one offer. This means that when you accept an offer for one qualification (irrespective of whether it is your first or second qualification of choice), the other offer will automatically fall away.
  • If you accept Unisa’s offer, you must register for the period for which you have been granted admission (ie semester 1). Should you not register for the relevant semester of study, you will need to re-apply for admission during the next application period.

Who must apply?

  • Everyone wanting to start a new qualification must apply for admission. This includes first-time Unisa applicants and Unisa students changing to a new qualification and / or specialisation.
  • If you are completing a higher certificate or alternative pathway / extended programme, you must apply for admission if you want to continue with further undergraduate studies.
  • You must re-apply for admission if you previously applied for admission and were offered a space, but did not accept the offer and / or did not register for any reason.
  • Everyone planning to enrol for classes at a Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) collegeunder the Unisa-TVET agreement must apply for admission.

What is Open Distance e-Learning (ODeL) & is Unisa for you?

Have you ever successfully completed a qualification through Unisa / distance learning

Open Distance e-Learning (ODeL) is a different way of learning

ODeL is a different way of learning… there is a physical distance between you and your university. For most of us, this means that our previous learning experiences will not have prepared us for the Unisa study journey. In distance learning, YOU are responsible for your studies. You don’t attend daily lectures. You learn from a distance and you connect to the university mostly via the internet.

But this doesn’t mean that you are on your own. Unisa has a number of support services for our students – from tutorial support and counselling, to online tools. The “distance” in distance learning means that most of your interactions with Unisa will take place at a distance – mostly in digital format.

How ready are you for Open Distance e-Learning (ODeL)?

Many of us don’t know what it’s really like to study through open distance e-learning, because most of our schooling and post-school education was completed through contact or face-to-face learning.. 

First-Year Experience Massive Open Online Course

Before you submit your application, you may also want to work through the First-Year Experience Massive Open Online Course (FYE MOOS: 101), entitled “Is Unisa for me?”

It will help you to get to know a little bit more about Unisa as an open distance e-learning university and will also help you to choose a right career or qualification. Click here for more information.To access the MOOC

  1. Go to https://mooc.unisa.ac.za/portal.
  2. Click on “New Account” to create an account or Login if you are already registered.
  3. Once you are signed in, click on “Membership” to view the list of sites that can be joined.
  4. Click on the “Join link for the MOOC011-FYE101″ to access the FYE MOOC.

Undergraduate qualifications

Career counselling

Are you certain about your career?

Most individuals decide to study in the hope that their qualification will help them in terms of their career. You may want to qualify as a chartered accountant, for example, so you choose to apply for admission to a Bachelor of Accounting Sciences degree as a first step in your career journey.

Making a career decision (including what to study) is not something that happens only once. Even if you have made a choice, the following activities may help you to re-affirm your choice or help you to explore additional options. If you are struggling to make a choice, then the career activities could help you with your decision.

Who must apply?

Everyone wanting to start a new qualification must apply for admission.

When may I apply?

Unisa will accept applications for admission to undergraduate qualifications (higher certificates, advanced certificates, diplomas, advanced diplomas & degrees) for the 2020 academic year from 20 August – 27 September 2019.

What do I need to apply?

You need to check that you qualify for admission and that you have the necessary documents ready to upload during the application process.

 I am sure…

  • that I meet the statutory and college admission requirements for my qualification(s) of choice
  • that I meet the minimum academic points score (APS) for my qualification(s) of choice – a higher certificate requires a minimum APS of 15, a diploma a minimum APS of 18 and a bachelor degree a minimum APS of 21 or more (some exceptions apply)
  • that I have a valid e-mail address and cellphone number, and I accept that Unisa will communicate with me during the application process using this e-mail address and cellphone number. Please ensure that you provide only one e-mail address and one cellphone number during the application process.

 I have the following documents scanned & uploaded to an electronic device

All applicants starting a new qualification must upload all the required documents, which generally consists of the following:

  • Copy of your school qualifications (eg Senior Certificate)
  • Copy of your official tertiary academic record(s) (if applicable) (internet copies will not be accepted)
  • Copy of your ID document (RSA students) or ID / passport (international students)
  • Copy of your marriage certificate (if applicable) or divorce decree (if applicable)
  • Sworn translations of documents if they are not in English or Afrikaans

*  We urge all Unisa students who previously applied prior to 2016 to upload all the required documents. Failure to do so may result in a delay in processing your application.

** Some qualifications may require additional documents. Unisa reserves the right to request original documents and / to verify the correctness of submitted documents at any time. Submitting fraudulent documents is an offence in terms of the Student Disciplinary Code.

 I am sure that my documents are scanned according to the rules

Follow the instructions carefully when completing the online application process. Only upload the required documents as individual files and not a complete set of documents as one file.

  • Files are not larger than 2MB (2048KB) each.
  • Only black and white documents may be submitted.
  • Only the following file types are allowed: PDF (Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format file), DOC (Word document file) or TIF (image file)

Apply for admission How to apply

Applicants who plan to enrol for classes at a Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college under the Unisa-TVET agreement may apply via the relevant TVET college or at Unisa via the online or self-help options.Upload supporting documents

Everyone applying for a new qualification must submit the required documents (all first-time applicants and Unisa students starting a new qualification). The due date for uploading the required documents is the closing date for applications. No documents submitted after the closing date for applications will be accepted.

Unisa does not provide scanners or electronic devices. Please ensure that your documents are scanned and uploaded to an electronic device before starting the application process.

Pay the application fee once you’ve received a student number from Unisa

  • R110 for online applications
  • R170 for hard copy applications (hard copy applications will only be considered in exceptional cases)
  • Use the student number you receive from Unisa AND the application fee reference number (ie STUDENTNUMBER 5370810030)
  • Visit www.unisa.ac.za/paymentinfo for banking details and payment information.

This fee is non-refundable even if you decide not to study through Unisa, do not qualify for admission to Unisa or cannot be offered a space due to limited spaces available. Unisa does not accept cash at any of its offices.

The due date for the application fee is the closing date for the application period. Any application submitted without an application fee paid on time will not be processed. Please ensure that you keep a copy of your proof of payment.

Make sure that your application is complete

If your application for admission to study through Unisa is incomplete, you will have to re-apply during the next application period.

Application approval, accept offer and register

Unisa will assess your application, which includes the points score system. You may be offered a space for semester 1 of the 2020 academic year based on the following: if you meet the academic admission requirements for your qualification of choice, your minimum academic points score (APS) and the number of places available for the qualification for which you have applied.

Based on Unisa’s application and selection process outlined above, applicants may not automatically be accepted to study through Unisa in 2020.

Application outcomes

  • Applicants who do not qualify for admission will get feedback as soon as their applications are processed.
  • Applicants who qualify for admission will only receive final feedback as to whether or not Unisa will offer them a space for semester 1 of the 2020 academic year once all applications have been processed and spaces allocated for semester 2.
  • If you receive an offer from Unisa for semester 2 of the 2019 academic year, please accept or decline the offer within the prescribed timeframe. Registration for semester 1 will open on 3 January 2020.
Unisa will inform you that your application for admission was successful and indicate for which qualification you have been accepted. Unisa will offer you a space for the period for which you have applied. Unisa will inform you that your application was unsuccessful. Visit www.unisa.ac.za/studyoptions to explore other study options.

Incorrect / incomplete applications will be rejected.

Remember to register

If your application for admission is successful and you accept Unisa’s offer, you must register for the period for which you have been granted admission. Should you not register for the relevant semester of study, you will need to re-apply for admission during the next application period.

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