University of Eswatini Admission Requirements

General Admissions Requirements
To be considered for admission, applicants must meet certain minimum requirements. Since there are many more qualifying applicants than there are places available, the University has to use a selection procedure, and hence applying to the University having met the minimum requirements does not guarantee a place.

To be able to enter the University for a degree programme, an applicant must have a minimum of six passes in the IGCSE or equivalent high school qualification. The passes must include a C grade or better in English Language and four other relevant subjects. Each Undegraduate programme has special requirements, and the applicant needs to note these requirements for the programme they are interested in applying for.

The University also has an alternative route for entry into the University through the Mature Age Entry Scheme.

Admission Requirements by Faculty
Faculty of Agriculture and Consumer Science
Faculty of Agriculture and Consumer Science Admissions Requirements
The Faculty of Agriculture offers four-year programmes leading to the Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics and Agri.

Business Management, Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education, Bachelor of Science in Agronomy, Bachelor of Science in Animal Science, Bachelor of Science in Animal Science (Dairy), Bachelor of Science in Food Science, Nutrition and Technology, Bachelor of Science in Consumer Science, Bachelor of Science in Consumer Science Education, Bachelor of Science in Horticulture, Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Textile and Apparel Design and Management.

Entrance Requirements:
IGCSE/SGCSE Admissions

Candidates must have an International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)/Swaziland General Certificate of Secondary Education (SGCSE); or another internationally recognized, comparable certificate. All candidates must have at least credit passes (C grades or better) in English Languages, Mathematics, and two Science subjects.

A credit pass in Agriculture or Agricultural Science (for any agriculture related degree programme) or Home Economics, or Home Management or Food and Nutrition or Fashion and Fabrics (for any Consumer Science related degree programme) will be accepted as a Science subject. The Science subjects will include: Physics, Chemistry, Physical Science, Biology, Integrated Science and Combined Science.

A-level Admissions

A student may be exempted from taking courses already passed at “A” Level with a C grade or better.

Diploma Admissions

Applicants wishing to study for a B.Sc. Degree in Faculty of Agriculture must have:

(a) Completed the relevant 2-year Diploma Programme in the Faculty of Agriculture, UNISWA, or its equivalent. Such candidates will be admitted to year 1 of the degree programme.

OR

(b) Completed the relevant 3-year Diploma Programme in the Faculty of Agriculture, UNISWA or its equivalent. Such candidates will be admitted to year 3 of the degree programme.

(c) Candidates admitted under (b) shall receive exemption from equivalent courses, taken during the diploma programme. Exemption from such courses may be approved by the Senate on the recommendation of the Faculty of Agriculture Board, which shall have determined the courses from which candidates may be exempted for each programme.

(d) Candidates admitted under (b) shall be required to take courses in year 1 or year 2 not taken during the diploma programme.

(e) For candidates admitted under (b), the relevant diploma shall be:

Diploma in Agricultural Education for B.Sc. (Ag.Ed)
Diploma in Agriculture for other Agriculture related programmes
Diploma in Home Economics education for B.Sc. (Consumer Science. Ed.)
Diploma in Home Economics for other Consumer Science related programmes

Faculty of Commerce
Faculty of Commerce Admissions Requirements
Bachelor of Commerce

The Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) is a four year degree programme offered on a fulltime basis. On successful completion of the first two years, students will be eligible to major in any one of the following:

B.Com (Accounting and Finance)
B.Com (Marketing)
B.Com (Management)

Admissions Requirements

The minimum entrance requirement for the Degree programme shall be:

(a) IGCSE/SGCSE Candidates

A minimum of six passes in the IGCSE/SGCSE, which must include passes at C grade or better in English, and Mathematics plus a credit in a minimum of two subjects drawn from the list below:

Economics
Information Technology
Business Studies
Siswati
Accounts
Biology
Additional Mathematics
French
Combined Science
English Literature
Design Technology
Geography
History
Religious Studies
Agriculture
Food and Nutrition
Fashion and Fabrics
OR

(b) A minimum of six passes in the G.C.E. O’ Level, which must include passes at C grade or better in English Language and Mathematics plus a credit in a minimum of two subjects drawn from the list below:

Additional Mathematics
Agriculture
Bible Knowledge
Biology
Combined Science
Commerce
Chemistry
Economics
French
Geography
General Science
History
Human and Social
Biology
Physics
Physical Science
Principles of Accounts
Siswati
OR
(c) A recognized equivalent qualification.
OR
(d) Mature Entry Admission:

Admissions Requirements for Diploma Holders

(a) Holders of the Diploma in Accounting and Business Studies (DABS) (or its equivalent), who intend to study for the Bachelor of Commerce degree, will be eligible to enter Year 1 of the Four-Year Bachelor of Commerce Degree Programme.

(b) Holders of the Diploma in Commerce shall be eligible to enter Year 3 of the Four-Year Bachelor of Commerce Degree Programme. Such candidates may be required to take any other course as directed by Senate.

Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education Admissions Requirements

  1. Certificate in Adult Education

This is a programme that is run over a period of two years on a part-time basis. It is intended for candidates who wish to become adult educators.
Entrance Requirements
A minimum SGCSE/IGCSE or Cambridge Overseas School Certificate (COSC) or General Certificate in Education (GCE) plus two years experience in work related to the education and training of adults. A letter of recommendation from an employer is also needed. Other alternative qualifications acceptable to the University will be considered.

  1. Diploma in Adult Education
    This is a two-year part-time programme intended for candidates who wish to become adult educators.
    Entrance Requirements
    Candidates must have either

(i) A pass in the Certificate in Adult Education plus one year of relevant experience after completing the Certificate programme.
OR
(ii) A pass with credit or distinction in the Certificate in Adult Education.
OR
(iii) A professional certificate obtained after a duration of NOT LESS than one academic year of full-time study from a recognised institution.
AND
An IGCSE or Cambridge Overseas School Certificate (COSC) or General Certificate in Education (GCE) with at least 5 subject passes:
AND
(iv) A minimum of two years practical experience in work related to the education and training of adults, supported by a letter of recommendation from an employer.

  1. Certificate in Physical Education (Currently not offered)
    This is a one-year, full-time study programme intended to provide trained and skilled teachers in the area of the physical education.
    Entrance Requirements
    The entrance requirement shall be as follows;
    (a) A minimum of a teacher’s qualification (Certificate, Diploma or Degree) plus two years’ teaching or relevant work experience.
    OR
    (b) A degree in any field of study
    OR
    c) A pass or better in five IGCSE/SGCSE, Cambridge Overseas School Certificate:
    O’ Level (GCE)
  2. Bachelor of Education (Primary)

This programme is intended for qualified teachers who want to advance their knowledge in education and teaching subjects. The degree, which is of four years duration, takes the form of single major in Primary Education and teaching subject options drawn from one of the following:
(i) Language Arts – English/SiSwati

(iii) Science – Biology/Mathematics/Chemistry/Physics
Entrance Requirements:

(a) Applicants will be considered for admissions to year 1 of the degree if they hold:
(i) Diploma in Education (Primary or Secondary) OR
(ii) A two-year Secondary Teacher’s Certificate OR
(iii) A two-year Secondary Teacher’s Diploma OR
(iv) A three-year Primary or Secondary Teachers’ Diploma OR
(v) A recognised equivalent qualification
Their major subjects must fit into an acceptable Year 1 Programme approved by the Faculty of Education. The Subjects are:
Language Arts
Social Studies
Science
(b) A pass in the Diploma in Education (Primary or Secondary) of the University of Swaziland or equivalent qualifications.

  1. Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
    The Bachelor of Education, which is of four years duration, is intended for qualified teachers. The degree takes the form of a double major with the following programme:

Part I
Year 1 – Education, Academic Communication Skills, Introduction to Computing for Education and two other subjects
Year 2 – Education and two other subjects
Part II

Year 3 Education and one other subject
Year 4 Education and one other subject
Applicants are normally expected to offer teaching subjects for which curriculum courses exist in the Faculty of Education and to continue with curriculum studies in both their chosen subjects in years 3 and 4.
Entrance Requirements
(i) Applicants will be considered for admission to year 1 of the degree programme if they possess:

(a) a Diploma in Education OR
(b) a two-year Secondary Teachers’ Certificate OR
(c) a two-year Secondary Teachers Diploma OR
(d) a three-year Secondary Teachers’ Diploma OR
(e) a recognised equivalent qualification.
In addition, candidates who wish to pursue the Bachelor of Education (Commerce) must have obtained a credit pass in their O-Level/IGCSE/SGCE Mathematics.
(ii) The applicant must have obtained an overall C grade or better in the teaching subjects.
Direct Entry
Candidates with IGCSE/SGCSE or G.C.E. O-level qualifications shall be considered for direct admission into the Bachelor of Education (Secondary/Science) if they have one of the following:

(a) A minimum of six passes in G.C.E., which must include a grade C or better in:

(i) English Language and Mathematics
(ii) Two of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Physics, Science (Chemistry/Physics)
OR
Combined Science and Additional Combined Science

(iii) Any other subject

(b) The Cambridge Overseas School Certificate (COSC) in the first or second division with a minimum of 5 credits (C grade or better) which must include the subjects listed in (a) above.
(c) International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)/ Swaziland General Certificate of Secondary Education (SGCSE) Admissions.
The minimum requirement for entrance to the Bachelor of Education degree programme for holders of IGCSE/IGCSE shall be: A minimum of six passes in the IGCSE/IGCSE, which must include a C grade or better in

(i) English Language and Mathematics
(ii)EITHER Two of the following:
Biology Chemistry
Geography Physics
Physical Science
OR
Co-ordinated Sciences
(iii) Any other subject.

  1. Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (Full-time)
    The Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (P.G.C.E.) is offered as a full-time programme, of one year duration. The applicant will normally be expected to take a curriculum studies course reflecting the subject(s) studied in the degree.
    Entrance Requirements:
    A recognised university degree in which one or more teaching subjects have been studied. The applicant must have obtained an overall C grade or better in the teaching subjects. The applicant must have an overall C grade or better in the teaching subject (s).

Faculty of Health Sciences

Faculty of Health Sciences Admissions Requirements
Diploma in General Nursing Science
Diploma in Environmental Health Sciences

Entrance Requirements
The minimum entrance requirements for all diploma programmes offered by the Faculty are:

  1. International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) Admissions
    A minimum of six passes in the IGCSE, which must include passes at C grade or better in English Language, Mathematics, and two of the following: (i) English Language and Mathematics
    EITHER
    (ii) Two of the following:
    Biology
    Chemistry
    Geography
    Physics
    Physical Science
    OR
    Co-ordinated Sciences
    (iii) Any other subject.
  2. O-Level Admissions:
    A minimum of six passes in the G.C.E O-LEVEL, which must include passes at C grade or better in: English Language, Mathematics and two of the following:
    Biology Chemistry
    Physics Science (Physics/Chemistry)
    Human & Social Biology Combined Science
    Additional Combined Science Geography (for Environmental Health
    Science only)
    OR
  3. A Level Admission:
    A student may be exempted from taking courses already passed at A Level with a C grade or better.
    A minimum of six passes in the IGCSE, which must include passes at C grade or better in English Language, Mathematics, and two of the following:
    Physics
    Science (Physics/Chemistry)
    Human and Social Biology
    Combined Science
    Additional Combined Science
    Geography (Environmental Health Science only)
    OR
    A recognised equivalent qualification
    Candidates outside Swaziland
    Candidates not resident in Swaziland, may subject to the approval of both the Admissions Committee and the Faculty of Health Science, be admitted directly into a programme of the Faculty of Health Sciences provided the special requirements indicated in the specific programme are compiled with.
  4. Post-Diploma Certificate in Midwifery Science
    Entrance Requirements
    Diploma in General Nursing (or similar qualifications) and a current registration with the Swaziland Nursing Council.
  5. Post-Diploma in Midwifery Science
    Entrance Requirements:
    Diploma in General Nursing (or similar qualification) and current registration with the Swaziland Nursing Council, as a nurse.
  6. Post Diploma Certificate in Community Mental Health Nursing
    Entrance Requirements
    Diploma in General Nursing Science (or similar qualification) and a current registration with Swaziland Nursing Council.

DEGREE PROGRAMMES IN HEALTH SCIENCES

  1. Bachelor of Nursing Science
    The degree programme is of five year duration.
    Entrance Requirements
    New Curriculum

(i) A credit pass or better in the Diploma in General Nursing Science of the University of Swaziland.
(ii) Current registration with the Swaziland Nursing Council as a nurse.
(iii) Holders of a Diploma in Nursing Science of the University of Swaziland in the pass category who have spent a minimum of two years in a relevant work situation after graduation shall be eligible to enter year four of the Bachelor of Nursing Science Degree Programmes.
Old Curriculum
To qualify for admission to the Bachelor of Nursing Science, candidates must have

A. Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing
(i) A 3 year Diploma in General Nursing or equivalent
(ii) A Diploma in Midwifery or a Diploma in Community Mental Health (Psychiatric) Nursing
(iii) Current registration with the Swaziland Nursing Council
(iv) A minimum of two years working experience in relevant work situation
B. Community Health Nursing
(i) A 3 year Diploma in General Nursing or equivalent
(ii) A Diploma in midwifery
(iii) Current registration with the Swaziland Nursing Council
(iv) A minimum of two years working experience in relevant work situation.

  1. Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health Science
    The degree programme is of five year duration.
    Entrance Requirements:

(i) A credit pass or better in the Diploma in Environmental Health Science of the University of Swaziland
OR
(ii) Diploma in Public Health Inspection
OR
(iii) Holders of the Diploma in Environmental Health/Diploma in Public Health Inspection in the pass category with a minimum of two years relevant work experience after graduation shall also be eligible to enter year 4 of the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health Science Programme.
OR
(iv) Any other relevant qualification

Faculty of Humanities

Faculty of Humanities Admissions Requirements

  1. BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE IN JOURNALISM AND MASS COMMUNICATION

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

(a) A minimum of six passes at IGCSE/SGCSE which must include a C grade or better in English Language and SiSwati or in any other language plus a credit in two of the following subjects:

Agriculture
Chemistry
Commerce/Book-keeping
Economics
English Literature
Geography
General Science
History
Home Economics
Home Management
Human and Social Biology
Mathematics/Additional Mathematics
Physical Science
Physics
Principles of Accounts
Religious Knowledge
OR
(b) A minimum of six passes in the GCE O’ Level which must include a C grade or better in English Language and SiSwati or any other language plus a credit in two of the following subjects:
Agriculture
Chemistry
Commerce/Book-keeping
Economics
English Literature
Geography
General Science
History
Home Economics
Home Management
Human and Social Biology
Mathematics/Additional Mathematics
Physical Science
Physics
Principles of Accounts
Religious Knowledge

(c) An equivalent of (a) or (b).
(d) Mature Age Entry Scheme

DIPLOMA HOLDERS
(a) Holders of a Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication from UNISWA will be eligible to enter Year 3 of the Degree Programme.
(b) Holders of a Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication from any other reputable institution of higher learning will be eligible to enter Year 2 or Year 3 on the recommendation of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication.
(c) Candidates admitted under regulations 2.2 (a) and (b) may be exempted from courses which they have already taken during their Diploma Programme. Exemption from such courses may be approved by Senate on the recommendation of the Faculty Board of Humanities, upon determination by the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication.
(d) Candidates admitted under regulations 2.2 (a) and (b) may be required to take courses in Year 1 and Year 2 not taken during the Diploma Programme.
OTHER ADMISSIONS
A student who failed or withdrew from the Diploma Programme, in previous years, shall re-apply for admission. Such as student will be eligible to enter Year 1 or Year 2 or Year 3 of the Degree Programme on the recommendation of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication.

  1. Bachelor of Arts (Humanities)

In addition to the requirements stipulated in the General Regulations, candidates intending to enrol for the Bachelor of Arts in Humanities must have:
a) C grade or better in any two of the following subjects
English Literature, History,
Geography, French,
Religious Knowledge, SiSwati,
b) Plus another credit pass or better in two other subjects drawn from the list below:
Physical Science Chemistry
Physics General Science Biology
Human and Soc. Biology French
Agriculture Commerce/Bookkeeping
Economics Mathematics/Additional Mathematics
Principles of Accounts Home Management
Home Economics Food and Nutrition
Human Development Information Technology
c) A candidate who wishes to take Geography, Environmental Science Planning
must have C or better in IGCSE/SGCSE Mathematics or “O” Level Mathematics.
OR
d) Mature Age Entry Scheme applicable to Degree programmes.

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Faculty of Science and Engineering Admissions Requirements

  1. Bachelor of Science

This is a 4-year programme for advancement of studies in the Sciences. In year 1, each student must take Academic Communication Skills, Computer Science Foundation Course, Mathematics and a minimum of two or a maximum of three Science subjects as guided by the possible career the student may wish to pursue. In years two to four the student must take two major subjects depending on the available possible subject combination allowed by the Faculty of Science.
The subjects available are as follows:
Biological Sciences
Chemistry
Computer Science
Geography, Environmental Science and Planning
Mathematics
Physics

Entrance Requirements:
Entrance to the B.Sc. programmes may be based on IGCSE, O’ level, A-level or any other equivalent qualification as explained in the section below.

A. International General Certificate of Secondary Education (I.G.C.S.E.) Admissions
The minimum requirement for entrance to the Bachelor of Science degree programme
shall be: a minimum of six passes in the I.G.C.S.E./S.G.C.S.E which must include a C grade or
better in English Language and Mathematics
(ii) either two of the following:
Biology
Chemistry
Geography
Physics
Physical Science
OR
Co-ordinated Sciences
(iii) Any other subject

B. O-Level Admissions
The minimum requirement for entrance to the Bachelor of Science degree programme shall be:
(a) A minimum of six passes in the G.C.E. which must include a C grade or better in English Language and Mathematics
(ii) either two of the following:
Biology
Chemistry
Geography
Physics
Science (Chemistry/Physics)
OR
Additional Combined Science and
Combined Science
(iii) Any other subject
OR
(a) Cambridge Overseas School Certificate with a minimum of 5 credits (C grade or better), which must include subjects, listed in (a) above.

C. A- Level Admissions and other Qualifications
Candidates who have taken acceptable A Level examinations and who have at least two grades of C or better at A Level, or an equivalent qualification, in the relevant Science subjects offered at the University, MAY be exempted from 1st year of the B.Sc. degree provided he/she fits into an acceptable Year 2 programme. Such students may complete the B.Sc. degree in three years.

D. Candidates from Outside Swaziland
Candidates from outside Swaziland may, subject to BOTH the Admissions Committee AND Faculty of Science approval, be admitted directly into the Faculty of Science Year 1 if they meet the requirements as stated above.

  1. Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Electronic)
    This is a 5-year programme. Candidates intending to join this programme, which begins in Year 1, must take Academic Communications Skills, Chemistry, Computer Science Foundation course, Physics and any other Science subject in the B.Sc. Year I programme.

Entrance Requirements:
Entrance to the B. Eng. Programme may be based on O’level, IGCSE, A’ Level or any other equivalent qualifications as explained in sections below.

A. International General Certificate of Secondary Education (I.G.C.S.E.) Admissions
The Minimum requirement for entrance to the Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Electronic Engineering degree programme shall be a minimum of six passes in the I.G.C.S.E., which must include a C grade or better in:
(i) English Language and Mathematics
(ii) either
Physical Science and Biology
OR
Physical Science and Chemistry
OR
Physical Science and Geography
OR
Physical Science and Physics
OR
Physics and Chemistry
OR
Physics and Biology
OR
Physics and Geography
OR
Co-ordinated Sciences
(iii) Any other subject

B. O-Level Admissions
The minimum requirement for the entrance to the Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Electronic degree programme shall be:

a minimum of six passes in the G.C.E., which must include a C grade or better in
(i) English Language and Mathematics
(ii) either
Physics and Chemistry
OR
Physics and Biology
OR
Physics and Geography
OR
Science (Chemistry/Physics) and Biology
OR
Science (Chemistry/Physics) and Geography
OR
Combined Science and Additional Combined Science
(iii) Any other subject
OR

(b) Cambridge Overseas Schools Certificate with a minimum of 5 credits (C grade or better), which must include the subjects, listed in (a) above.

C. A-Level Admissions and other Qualifications
Candidates who have taken acceptable A-Level examinations and who have at least two grades of C or better at A-Level, or an equivalent qualification, in the relevant science subjects offered at the University, MAY be exempted from 1st year of B. Eng.

D. Candidates from outside Swaziland
Candidates not resident in Swaziland may, subject to BOTH the Faculty of Science AND admissions Committee approval, be admitted directly into the B.Eng year 1 if they meet the admission requirements above.

Faculty of Social Science

Faculty of Social Science Admissions Requirements

  1. Bachelor of Arts (Social Science)
    The Bachelor of Arts (Social Science) is a four-year degree programme. The subjects offered are:

Public Administration
Sociology
Economics
Statistics
Geography
Demography
Mathematics
Political Science

In first year students are expected to take between 6 and 8 subjects from the list above including Academic Communication Skills, Introduction to Computing for Social Science and HIV Prevention, Infection and Management of AIDS. In years 2 to 4, a student takes courses of two major subjects from the list above.

Entrance Requirements:
In conformity with the general regulations on the normal requirements relating to Bachelor degree programmes, each candidate must possess a minimum of six passes in the GCE O-Level which must include passes at C grade or better in English Language at least C grade or better in a minimum of four subjects drawn from the list below:

English Literature
Agriculture
Physical Science
History
Geography
Chemistry
Human & Social Biology
Physics
SiSwati
Biology
Principles of Accounts
Commerce
Bible Knowledge
Bookkeeping
Additional Mathematics
Mathematics
General Science
Economics
French
OR
have a C grade or better in a minimum of three subjects in the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) drawn from the list below:
English Literature
History
Development Studies
Geography
Economics
French
Physical Science
Agriculture
Fashion and Fabric
Physics
Mathematics
Biology
Religious Studies
Accounting
Combined Science
SiSwati
Business Studies
Chemistry
Information Technology
Design and Technology
Food and Nutrition
Environmental Management

Candidates intending to major in Economics, Mathematics, Statistics and Geography must have at least a Credit in O-Level/IGCSE Mathematics.

  1. Bachelor of Laws (LL.B)

The LL.B. degree is a programme covering five years of study and its complete structure can be found in the University Calendar. Introduction to Computing for Social Science and one other non-legal course elected with the approval of the Head of the Law Department from Economics, Political and Administration Studies, Sociology or Statistics and Demography are offered in year 1 only. Research Methods, a Sociology course, is offered in Year II of the programme.

Entrance Requirements:
To qualify for admission to the LL.B. degree, a candidate must satisfy the entrance requirements stipulated for admissions to the Bachelor of Arts (Social Science).

TRANSFER – B.A. LAW DEGREE HOLDERS
Holders of the B.A. Law degree will be eligible to enter year three of the LL.B degree programme, and shall not be exempted from any courses offered in that year and in subsequent years.