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Frequently Asked Questions - Admissions


  • Are NBTs required for admission into the EBE Faculty?

    For the EBE Faculty, the NBTs are not required for the 2022 admission cycle

  • When applying, can you choose more than one department within EBE Faculty?

    Yes – your first and second choice can be for different departments within the EBE Faculty

  • Is it possible to transfer from another faculty to EBE?

    Yes, you can, but you will need to have met the admission requirements in your final school leaving certificate. You will apply via applyonline.uct.ac.za. We will need a copy of your transcript which will be sent to the head of the department, who will assess how well you have done. They look for a grade pass average of around 65%

  • Are your maths and physics points doubled, like in the Science Faculty?

    No. You will take Maths, Physics and English plus your next best 3 subjects and add them up. No doubling.

  • If you are an international student, are school-leaving examination results enough to be considered for admission?

    Please visit the website to find what the international admission requirements are for 2022

  • How many first-year students do you take into first year?

    Each department has a target they work towards. This year we had around 826 first-year students.

  • Is there any way to do architecture without having done physics or core maths but had done EGD (engineering and design) or Maths Literacy?

    You need to have mathematics to be accepted into architecture. You do not need physics.

  • Can your 2021 June marks be used to apply for architecture if some of your Grade 11 results were not good enough to get in?

    Yes – if your Grade 11 results are not good enough, we will wait and look at your mid-year results, September results and your final results.

  • Will you be given a conditional acceptance after meeting the minimum points requirements?

    You need to meet the requirements in Band A. See the admission requirements to find out what points and percentages you need for maths and physics.

  • Are scholarships offered to first-year students?

    There are entrance scholarships that are offered to the top applicants. You can find information here

  • What can I do to ensure I am accepted?

    To be confident that you will be accepted, you want to achieve the points required under  Band A

  • Is there a mentorship programme for first years?

    Yes – during orientation, every first-year student  will be allocated a mentor who is a senior student in their department.

  • What is the difference between BEng and BSc in engineering?

    There is no difference. They are identical in the eyes of the South African Qualifications Association (SAQA). It is a historical difference between the engineering programmes offered by originally English (BSc(Eng) vs Afrikaans (BEng) institutions.

  • Do you need to do in-service training in industry, and if yes, does the department assist in finding the training?

    All degrees require students to vac work, once or maybe twice during their degree. The departments will assist the students as much as they can, but students should also be networking and engaging with industry to find vac work. You can find out about the vac work requirements in the handbook.

  • Once you apply to EBE, how long does it take to hear from UCT?

    Applications are processed within a two-week timeline. Within this time you will receive feedback via email as to what requirements are outstanding.

  • Can I change between different degrees after I have started with one of them? If yes, when would I be able to change?

    If you have the entrance requirements for the department you wish to apply to, and there is space, you can fill in a change of curriculum form and change to the new department. If the department is full, you will need to wait until the end of the year, and apply to transfer into second year.

  • How do you treat AP Maths? Can it be used as one of your other 3 subjects or do you ignore the AP mark?

    You do not include AP maths when calculating your points. 

  • Does AP maths help with first year engineering?

    AP Maths increases the students’ knowledge of Mathematics, helps with problem-solving ability and helps with the transition to university mathematics

  • Which marks are more important for acceptance? Grade 11? Mid-term Grade 12 or final results?


    For conditional offers, we would consider final grade 11 results, Grade 12 mid-year and September marks. April marks are not considered  Firm offers are made on receipt of final grade 12 results.