South Africa

At UWE Bristol we are proud of our international reputation. With a thriving international community of students from over 140 countries worldwide, we are the perfect UK university to study at.

Entry requirements - South Africa

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The experienced UWE Bristol International team will be happy to give you advice on the suitability of your qualifications for your chosen course.

Qualifications listed under each heading may satisfy UWE Bristol entry requirements to that level of study. This is not a guarantee of an offer of a place, which is at the University’s discretion.

Entry onto foundation courses

If you do not meet the requirements for our Art and Design undergraduate degree courses, you may be considered for a foundation degree. You can find more information on the creative industries foundation courses available.

If you do not meet the requirements for our other undergraduate degree courses, you may be considered for a foundation or international year one course at our International College.

Upon successful completion, these courses offer guaranteed entry onto a UWE Bristol undergraduate degree course.

Entry onto undergraduate courses

UWE Bristol will consider students who have taken GCE A-level examinations or the International Baccalaureate for entrance onto undergraduate courses.

Senior Certificate (with matriculation endorsement) with minimum grades BBCCC or a National Senior Certificate with minimum grades of 66555.

Students who have completed the first year of a Bachelors degree from a university in South Africa and have satisfied English language requirements will be considered for direct entry onto the undergraduate courses.

The requirements listed above are the minimum requirements for entrance to UWE Bristol; competitive courses may have higher requirements.

Entry onto postgraduate courses

Holders of a good bachelor's (Hons) degree awarded by a South African university will be considered for postgraduate study, depending on the English level. Holders of a good Bachelors (No Hons) degree awarded by a South African university will be considered on a case by case basis.

Students who do not satisfy the requirements would be asked to study a pre-master's course before entry onto postgraduate courses.

English language requirements

To study at UWE Bristol you must demonstrate that your English level is high enough for university study. We accept a number of different Secure English Language Tests (SELT) for entry onto our degree courses, with IELTS being the most common. English language requirements vary slightly from subject to subject.

We also accept the following local qualification (please note this may vary for some courses):

  • National Senior Certificate English Language Grade 4 or higher.

Please see a list of other acceptable English language qualifications.

What to do if you don't meet our entry requirements

If you do not quite meet our entry requirements, our International College offers a range of university preparation courses to teach you all you need to progress to UWE Bristol. We also have a pre-sessional English language course to get your English skills up to the standard required for entry to UWE Bristol.


Country managers

Sam Micklewright

For UWE Bristol enquiries, please contact our UK-based experts:

Sam Micklewright
Regional Manager, Africa and UK
Based in Bristol

Rita Gwani
Rita Gwani International Officer, Africa
Based in Bristol

Contact us

Country representatives

Below you will find the contact details for our representatives in your country. They can provide you with further information and assist with the submission of your application to UWE Bristol. They can also offer advice on visas, accommodation, scholarships, travel and more.

Representative name Contact details

Global Education Johannesburg
Office F05 - The Zone Phase 2
31 Tyrwhitt Avenue

Contact: Liza Manoussis
Mobile: +27 78 217 5149
Telephone: +27 11 268 6545

Global Education Cape Town
Cube Workspace
Office 111, 183 Albion Springs
Corner Main Road & Albion Springs Close
Cape Town

Mobile: +27 21 140 1530
Telephone: +27 21 794 0177
Global Education Durban
Spaces Umhlanga
2 Ncondo Place
Mobile: +27 83 200 4825
Telephone: +27 31 830 5556

IE Abroad
1st Floor, Unit 116, Millennium Business Park
19 Edison Way, Century City
Cape Town

Telephone: +27 (0) 608 127 080

International scholarships

Every year we offer a large number of scholarships to international students. Take a look at the full list of UWE Bristol International scholarships to find out more.

You may also want to consider other scholarships available from organisations independent of UWE Bristol.