Before you apply

How do I increase my chances of being accepted at Faculty of Health Sciences?

By working hard and achieving good results in Grades 11 and 12 and performing well in the National Benchmarking Tests
(NBTs) you will have a good chance of getting into UCT. However, different faculties and programmes have different entrance
requirements so we encourage you to increase your chances of admission by making two choices in your application

Can I apply to UCT while completing Grade 11?

While we appreciate your eagerness, applications may only be submitted in the year before you plan to register. So, the answer is no, you will not be able to apply while still in Grade 11.

Where would I find the criteria for undergraduate admission to Faculty of Health Sciences?

We provide a comprehensive list of admission criteria in the UCT Undergraduate Prospectus.

Where can I find information about the undergraduate degree programmes offered at Faculty of Health Sciences?

The best overview of everything on offer at UCT and the Faculty of Health Sciences is in the Undergraduate Prospectus.

How many places are available for in each programme?

The limits on intake into first year of each of the under-graduate programmes in Health Sciences are expected to be:

  • Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB): 240
  • Bachelor of Science in Audiology: 37
  • Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy: 70
  • Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy:  70
  • Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology: 40
  • Higher Certificate in Disability Practice: 30
  • Advanced Diploma in Cosmetic Formulation Science:10

(Please note that a that a small proportion of these places are reserved for tertiary applicants.)


When can I apply?

UCT applications for 2025 open online on 02 April 2024 and close on 31 July 2024. 

How do I apply for 2025?

Visit the UCT Online Applications site

How do I know if my application is complete?

An application for admission can only be submitted online after all required fields are completed. However, it is common that most applicants will need to submit additional information after submitting an initial application. For example, a grade 12 applicant will need to capture and submit evidence of additional examination results after an initial application is submitted. Applicants should consult the appropriate (undergraduate or postgraduate) Directions for Applicants for information on full requirements for submission.

How do I pay the application fee?

For your convenience payment can be made in one of three ways:

  1. Online by credit card
  2. By EFT (electronic funds transfer)
  3. By direct deposit into our bank account

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How do I track my application?

You may see your application status at any time in the Student Self-Service system.

How do I know my application was successful?

Should your application be successful, you will be informed by email and SMS. You should also monitor the UCT self-service site, where your status will be updated immediately.

Where can I find out about the cost of study at UCT?

To find out more about the costs of study please visit the Student Self-Service system where you can also get a self-service pro forma invoice for your fees, or refer to the Student Fees Handbook for more information.


How long before I get a response to my application?

The selection process for admission is ongoing until January the following year when all the final results have been received. The selection process for admission is ongoing from application closing date until January the following year, when all final results have been received. Conditional offers are made based on strong preliminary results during the month of September. If you have submitted all interim results, but have not received a Conditional offer, please note that your application status may remain as “awaiting NSC results” until we have received your final results to assess and make a decision on your application regarding a firm offer of place.

Do I receive a housing offer with a UCT acceptance letter?

Your application for admission to an academic programme and your application for housing are two separate applications. Your application for admission is processed by the Faculty Office and housing applications are processed by the Student Housing Admissions & Advocacy Services Office (SHAAS). Should you be made an offer of admission, SHAAS will process the application for residence but a place of study does not necessarily mean you would be granted an offer for housing as well.

Do I receive a funding offer with a UCT acceptance letter?

Your application for admission to an academic programme and your application for funding are two separate applications. It takes time to assess the eligibility of all applications received for admission, whereas UCT endeavours for applicants to know their UCT financial aid funding status as early as possible. Clarity regarding funding for your studies helps to make an informed decision about accepting a study offer.

How do I accept/decline an offer?

This process is undertaken through the Student Self-Service system. Please follow the instructions in the offer letter to accept or decline your offer online.