University of the Western Cape UWC Undergraduate Application

By | June 29, 2023

University of the Western Cape UWC Undergraduate Online Application

UWC Undergraduate Online Application – Apply Now:

Admission as a freshman takes into account a number of factors. For instance, specific courses you completed in high school and your grades in those courses.

The Course offerings may vary each semester. Click here to read the detailed comprehensive list of current and recent courses at University of the Western Cape UWC scheduled for the  2023/2024 academic year…

Undergraduate Admission

The UWC is committed to providing access to students who have the potential to succeed.
The University does not compromise on the standards of excellence required to obtain certificates, diplomas or degrees.A flexible admission system and equitable selection procedures are used to ensure that students from all sectors of the community have a fair chance for gaining access to tertiary studies.
In order to study at the University of the Western Cape candidates need to meet the following criteria: 

  • The National Senior Certificate (NSC) required for Degree, Diploma or Higher Certificate study, as appropriate
  • A minimum number of points calculated on the university’s points system
  • A pass at the required level in each of the subjects specified for the program into which the candidate seeks admission

Where there is competition for places in any particular program (i.e. where the number of qualified candidates exceeds the number of available places) student selection will take place on the basis of criteria that have been determined by faculty selection committees.

UWC Undergraduate Admission Requirements 2023/2024

The following requirements apply to all students who are interested in pursuing a program at the University of the Western Cape UWC. Depending upon what type of applicant you are, you may also have to meet additional requirements. The minimum requirements for University of the Western Cape UWC admission are outlined below:

  • National Senior Certificate (NSC) Bachelors pass – an achievement rating of 4 (adequate achievement 50-59%) or better in four subjects chosen from the recognized 20 credit
    NSC subjects (known as the designated subject list).

UWC Points System

For admission to degree and diploma programs UWC uses a weighted system for calculating points.
In order to be admitted to degree studies the candidate should have attained a minimum number of points.
Refer to each program on the reverse side of this pamphlet to determine the number of points required.
Entry requirements are the minimum academic standards that the University requires in order to consider you for entry into one of our degree programs.
However simply meeting the requirements does not guarantee you a place.  Competition for most of our degrees is high and demand for places generally exceeds the number of places available.
Final selection is made subject to the availability of places, academic results and other entry requirements where applicable.
Make sure to review all applicable requirements prior to applying for admission. CLICK HERE for  detailed information on other alternative admission requirements at the university


  • Applicants must have a valid email address in order to apply online. All communication from the University in regards to your application will be sent via email. Should you not have a valid email address you can create an email account using Gmail, Yahoo Mail or any other email provider you may prefer.
  • If you are a person with a disability, please ensure that you have completed that section fully in the online form to allow us to make contact with you regarding your support needs. Should you have any queries related to disability support at the University contact the Office for Students with Disabilities at or at +27 21 959 4170.
  • Please also note that there is no separate application form for accommodation, if you responded YES on the question for University accommodation, you have applied.
  • Residence placement is limited and not all applicants can be accommodated.
  • Selection will only be done from those applicants who are made offers of study by the University based on placement criteria and availability of space (not all applicants who have been made an offer to study can be accommodated). For any residence enquiries you can contact +27 21 959 2569 or

Undergraduate Online Application Process

  • All applicants must apply ONLINE.
  • There is NO application fee to apply.
  •  Make sure to successfully complete the online application form as well as submit all required documentation.
  • You will receive an email with a confirmation letter once you have completed the online application (within 24-48 hours), with further instructions on the submission of required documentation.
The following steps will guide you to successfully go through your application process:
  1. First, visit the official website of the institution via to fill your form or acquire your application form at the school’s Campus. Students should apply within the application cycle. This prevents rejected applications.
  2. Fill in the form with all necessary documentation (Latest Academic Results). Certified copy of guardian\parent ID, Proof of residence, and  Student certified ID.
  3. Remember you will need email address when filling the form, It is, therefore, advisable to create an email address if you don’t have one.
  4. A full application submitted entirely must include the certified copy of your ID and a certified copy of your latest school results as stated above.

Make sure you upload all the required documents and pay the required fees. Click here to learn all about University of the Western Cape UWC fees such as application feeadmission fee, tuition, and scholarships for University of the Western Cape UWC Programs.

International Student Applications

Before you follow the UWC Online Application Process, please make sure you:
  1. Meet the minimum admission requirements for the program/s you wish to apply to. Visit Academia​ for further assistance in this regard
  2. Apply for exemption by following the USAf Application for Exemption Process or apply to have your Foreign Qualifications Evaluated by SAQA in the case of Postgraduate programs


Evaluation of your International Qualifications are essential to confirming the level of learning attained and the appropriate articulation with qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). The relevant statutory bodies seek to ascertain the equivalence or comparison of international qualifications with local qualifications in an attempt to inform the minimum admission requirements to higher education.

For Applications for Exemption Enquiries

Phone: +2710 591 4401/2
Fax: 086 677 7744 (SA Only)
Fax: +2712 481 2922 (International)

Your Application for Exemption may take a while and we therefore recommend you complete this as soon as you have a statement of results available before moving to the next step in the process i.e. UWC Online Application.

For Evaluation of Foreign Qualifications Enquiries

     Phone: +2712 431 5070 – Evaluation of Foreign Qualifications
     Phone: 0860 111 673 – Helpdesk
     Fax: +2721 431 5147

This Evaluation Certificate must accompany your application to UWC and we therefore recommend you complete this before moving to the next step in the process.

Note:Some Faculties may require an Exemption Certificate from USAf and an Evaluation of Foreign Qualifications from SAQA for admission into a particular program. Please consult faculty specific admission requirements in the Academia tab.

Changed your mind about your choice of study? 

Do not submit a new application
Check with the Contact Centre (+27 21 959 3900/01 or if you may change your program choice
Should your contact details change please contact the UWC Contact Centre (+27 21 959 3900/01 or and update your details.

Online Application Closing date at University of the Western Cape UWC

The 2023 University of the Western Cape UWC Admission Closing date is scheduled as follows:

Important Dates

    • Applications close on 30 September 2023, applicants should submit all required documents date as well. Applications for Bachelor of Dentistry and Oral Health as well as School of Government postgraduate degrees
    • Applicants currently in grade 12 and applying for admission will receive a final outcome when UWC publishes final results 2023.
    • All other applicants will receive an outcome by end November 2023. Those that are still awaiting final results for 2023 will receive final outcomes in Jan/Feb 2023.
    • Applicants will notified of an outcome via email or they can check the status of their application.
    • Please note the following programs will NOT be offered in 2023 for first time entering students:
      Bachelor of Science in Complementary Health Sciences (General Stream)
      Bachelor of Science in Complementary Health Sciences (Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Stream)

NB: All applicants who have successfully submitted their application forms should constantly check their online application status for more updates on their application.


Online Application Status Frequently Asked Questions

How do I access my Application Status Page?When the college receives your application, you will receive an email from University of the Western Cape UWC with a username and PIN to log in to the application status page.

I did not receive the email to access my Application Status Page?Please contact the Admissions Office

How do I apply for a program offered at the University of the Western Cape UWC?To make an application for the courses offered at the TVET college, please visit the official website of the college to register and follow the steps to make your application.

I got a new email address, how do I update it?Log in to the application status page. Click on “Change Email Address”. Then enter your new email address and click “Request Change”

I forgot my password for my Application Status Page, how do I retrieve it?Check the Application Status page and follow the link to reset your password.

Contact Address of University of the Western Cape UWC

Whether you have specific questions about UWC, are seeking more information or are ready to apply, we’re here to help. For more information and enquiries, contact the University of the Western Cape UWC below:

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