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Q: Can I apply to Commerce if I have Mathematics Literacy?

A:  No, you require Mathematics if you wish to study in the Commerce Faculty.

Q: What are my options if I have Maths Literacy, but want a career in the field of Commerce?

A: If you are studying Mathematics Literacy at school you may want to apply to another Faculty, such as Humanities, where Mathematics is not a requirement. Some students have achieved great success by first doing, say, a BA or BSocSci, and then afterwards doing a vocational qualification in a commercial field, for example, one of the Postgraduate Diplomas in Management in the Commerce Faculty.

Q: What undergraduate qualifications do you offer?

A: We offer Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) and Bachelor of Business Science (BBusSc) degrees in a variety of different specialisations.

Q: How is the Faculty Point Score calculated in Commerce?

A: We will add up the percentages of your top six subjects (including Mathematics and English, but excluding Life Orientation and Maths Paper 3 or Advanced Maths). This will give you a score out of 600. You should be aiming for an aggregate mark of at least 73% to be considered for Commerce, and ideally a lot higher, as there is strong competition for places.

Q: What are the main requirements for being accepted in Commerce?

A: There are four key criteria that are assessed when you apply to come to UCT:

  1. Your Grade 11 and Grade 12 results.
  2. Your final Mathematics and English marks.
  3. A Faculty Point Score of between 430 and 480 (depending on your choice of category).
  4. High performance in the National Benchmarking Tests (Academic Literacy and Quantitative Literacy scores of at least Upper Intermediate or Proficient and you must write the Maths component). For more specific details on the NBT requirements refer to pages 22 and 23 of  Your Guide to Undergraduate Studies in Commerce.


Q: What are the similarities and differences between a BCom and a BBusSc?

A: The entry requirements are similar, but a BCom takes three to four years, while a BBusSc takes four to five years.  In first year many of the BCom and BBusSc subjects are the same and we do not expect the majority of our students to finalise their choices before they have discovered what their strengths and interests are. The entrance requirements for Actuarial Science qualifications are higher because of the high level of statistics and mathematics required in the degree. For more information read Your Guide to Undergraduate Studies in Commerce, pages 10 and 11.

Q: How do I increase my chances of getting a place at UCT?

A: First of all, you need to work hard at school and get good results in Grades 11 and 12 as well as in the National Benchmarking Tests (NBTs). When you apply to UCT, we suggest that you apply to two faculties – for example Commerce and Humanities as your first and second choices. In this way, if you do not get an offer from Commerce, you might be made an offer by the Humanities Faculty.