Dear Grade 12s

Welcome to the UWC website dedicated to the Grade 12 class of 2020. We hope that you will find all the information you need as you prepare to submit your application for 2021.

We are very aware that 2020 has turned out to be a difficult year. Who would have thought that the entire globe would be threatened by a virus, that our very lives and livelihoods would be at risk? Indeed, we live in strange times.

We are particularly concerned for you, since 2020 is your final year at high school. It is our hope that you have settled in well now that you have returned to school and that you have managed to catch up with your grade 12 curriculum.

We encourage you to keep strong, safe and focused. It is said that leaders emerge in times of crisis. The difficulties that we encounter can either undermine us or we can rise stronger in spite of it. We know that you will rise stronger.

Please, be in touch with us if you need any assistance in making decisions about next year – be it about applying or just wanting clarification about something. Our contact details are on this website.

We wish you all the best for your matric year and for life and study after matric.

From all at UWC

Grade 12 Applications 2021

How do I apply to UWC?

  • Apply via the university’s online application portal. Applications are open for 2021. Please click on the following button for more information specific to the 2021 application process:

Applications 2021

Which results should current grade 12s apply with?

  • Current grade 12 learners should apply with their final grade 11 results in light of the fact that the 2020 June examinations have been postponed.

Which documents should current grade 12s apply with?

  • No documents should be submitted at this stage. All the necessary information should be included on the online application form.

Which results should post-matrics apply with?

Note: post-matrics are those who have already completed matric and who already have their NSC results

Post-matrics should submit the following documents:

  • Certified copy of NSC Certificate or Senior Certificate
  • Certified copy of Identification Document
  • If applicable, proof of any studies with academic records you may have completed
  • If applicable, proof that you are currently improving your NSC results
  • An affidavit describing, in brief, your activities after your matric year

When is the closing date for applications for 2021?

  • The closing date is Wednesday, 30 September 2020

CLICK on the following button to apply for 2021

Applications 2021

Faculty Degree Programme

Minimum Admission Requirements

Faculty of Arts

The Faculty is well respected and well connected internationally. It boasts top academics and a strong research profile. Arts graduates emerge socially responsive and skilled in critical thinking and effective communication and go on to excel in a variety of fields

Admission Requirements

Faculty Website

Faculty of Community and Health Sciences

The Faculty of Community and Health Sciences is helping to transform health and welfare services in South Africa through its excellent teaching, research and community service.

Admission Requirements

Faculty Website

Faculty of Dentistry

Africa's leading dental school, the Faculty promotes participation, innovation and a deep respect for the well-being of all. The range of expertise available and the clinical exposure given to students make it a remarkable place to study and work.

Admission Requirements

Faculty Website

Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences

The Faculty is well-connected with commerce, industry and government. Its strong teaching and applied research focus is building critical capacity in both the private and public sectors.

Admission Requirements

Faculty Website

Faculty of Education

The Faculty of Education develops the intellectual and professional capacity of students in teaching and related fields as well as supporting education leadership and management.

Admission Requirements

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Faculty of Law

The Faculty is steeped in a culture of human rights and constitutionalism and is recognised and respected internationally. It offers a rigorous and relevant legal education with opportunities to specialise.

Admission Requirements

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Faculty of Natural Sciences

The Faculty is developing a reputation as an important centre of research in South Africa. It equips graduates with solid academic and research skills and gives them the ability to succeed in the market place.

Admission Requirements

Faculty Website

Career Guidance

Are you confused? Not sure which degree to apply for? Book a virtual career advising session with one of UWC’s advisors.

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UWC Residential Services

About a quarter of students at UWC are in university residences. Many stay at home while others live in private accommodation. For more information go to:

UWC Residential Services


Bursaries and Financial Aid

Grade 12 Merit Awards

UWC offers a limited number of merit awards, depending on field of study and the size of the applicant pool. Grade 12 learners who have passed their NSC with an A or B aggregate may apply for the UWC merit award. Applications for the merit award need to be submitted once an applicant has been accepted to study at UWC and not before then. A aggregate merit award equates to 100% of tuition fee for the year. B aggregate merit award equates to 75% of tuition fee for the year.

What is NSFAS? (National Student Financial Aid Scheme)

NSFAS is a government bursary scheme for students from low-income households (I.e. combined household income of less than R350,000.00). If you are a student with a disability, your family income must not be more than R600,000.00 per annum to qualify for a NSFAS bursary.

NSFAS Website


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If you have any questions about what to study at UWC or how to apply for 2021 and if you would like to speak with an advisor, please connect with us as follows:

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