How to Apply to University of the Western Cape

How to Apply to University of the Western Cape

UWC Application Breakdown

Note: Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible in the application cycle.  Applications close at the end of September.

Have you calculated your APS? You’ll need to do this before applying. Find out how hereHow to Calculate Your APS at the University of Western Cape (UWC)

Apply to UWC using the online application

Things to note before applying online t o UWC:

  1. You’ll need an email address to complete the application. Don’t have one? Get an email address first.
  2. Make sure you have your documents ready to upload.
  3. International students will need to submit a letter of confirmation from Universities of South Africa (USAF) stating that they qualify to study at a South African university.

How to Apply Online

You can apply to UWC through their online application portal.  All prospective students will be able to apply through this system.

Apply to UWC using the hardcopy application

Things to note before applying to UWC using the hardcopy form:

  1. You’ll need an email address.
  2. You’ll need to request an application form.  You can do this in writing or by calling UWC on the following number: +27 21 959 3900/ 3901.

You can request and send back the completed form to the following address:

Student Administration Department
University of the Western Cape
Private Bag X17

Apply to UWC Residence

NOTE:  You’ll need to be accepted into your faculty before you’ll be able to apply for student  ccommodation.  Student accommodation is found on a separate Kovacs Student Village website.  You can find the information here.

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Application Fees for UWC

There is no application fee payable.

Submitting of Results and Documents

You will need to make sure that you submit your latest academic records when applying.  All the documents you attach will need to be certified copies of the originals.  Are you a transferring student?   If yes, ensure that all transcripts and academic records are submitted as early as possible.

Contact University of Western Cape:

For more information on how to apply to UWC, you can visit their website.

Alternatively, you can contact the UWC Admissions Department using the following details:

Tel:021 959 3900/01

More Information on UWC Online Application 2023 – 2024

University of the Western Cape (UWC) Application Form 2023-2024

The University of the Western Cape (UWC) 2023-2024 application forms are available online for download. Candidates can apply for multiple programmes /courses through a single application form or online application form.

Candidates need to ensure that they have copies of their statement and other documents such as the ID required to fill out the application form for the University of the Western Cape (UWC) 2023-2024. Scroll below to learn more about the application form for UWC 2018.

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UWC Application Form 2023-2024: Important Dates:

Applications for 2023-2024 will open on the 06th of May​ and closes on 28 September

UWC Application Form 2023-2024: Application Fees


UWC Application Forms 2023-2024

You may apply online here:

Hard Copy Application Process

Hard Copy Application Forms may be requested via Post using the address below.
Student Administration Department
University of the Western Cape
Private Bag X17
Can be requested via telephone by calling the UWC Contact Centre @ +27 21 959 3900/ 3901
UWC Application Form: Admission Requirements
General Criteria for Admission to the University

For the Bachelor’s Degree:

The minimum admission requirement is a National Senior Certificate (NSC) as certified by Umalusi with an achievement rating of 4 (Adequate achievement, 50-59%) or better in four subjects chosen from the following recognized 20-credit NSC subjects (known as the ‘designated subject list’): Accounting, Agricultural Sciences, Business Studies, Dramatic Arts, Economics, Engineering Graphics and Design, Geography, History, Consumer Studies, Information Technology, Languages (one language of learning and teaching at a higher education institution and two other recognized language subjects), Life Sciences, Mathematics, Mathematical Literacy, Music, Physical Sciences, Religion Studies, Visual Arts.

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For the Diploma:

The minimum admission requirement is a National Senior Certificate as certified by Umalusi with an achievement rating of 3 (moderate Achievement, 40-49%) or better in four recognized NSC 20-credit subjects.

For the Higher Certificate:

The minimum admission requirement is a National Senior Certificate as certified by Umalusi​.

The Point System

For admission to degree and diploma programmes, UWC will use a weighted system for calculating points, stated as follows:
NSC ​Level Percentage​ Points for
English​ (*)
Points for
Maths or Maths Lit​
Points for
Life Orientation​
Points for each​
Other Subject
8 90-100% 15 15 3 8
​​7 ​80-89% ​13 ​13 ​3 ​7
​6 ​70-79% ​11 ​11 ​2 ​6
​5 ​60-69% ​9 ​9 ​2 ​5
​4 ​50-59% ​7 ​7 ​2 ​4
​3 ​40-49% ​5 ​5 ​1 ​3
​2 ​30-39% ​3 ​3 ​1 ​2
​1 20-29% ​1 ​1 ​1 ​1
less than 20% ​

(*) – ‘English’ here refers to either English home language or English first additional language, not second additional language, which would rather fall under ‘other subjects’