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):


Bachelor of Science in Audiology:


Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy:


Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy:


Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology:


Higher Certificate in Disability Practice:


Advanced Diploma in Cosmetic Formulation Science



Can I still apply for 2022?

No applications for 2021 are closed but we encourage you to apply for 2022.

How do I apply for 2022?

The UCT Online Applications site will open on 1 May 2022 for 2023.

How do I apply to the Faculty of Health Sciences?

To make the applications process as efficient as possible we prefer that you apply online.

Remember the UCT Online Applications site for 2023 will only be active from 1 May 2022. If you prefer a paper-based application, we are also happy to assist you. See the forms page for contact details.

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

View the UCT account details..

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.


How long before I get a response to my application?

Your chances of being offered a place of admission depends on several factors, such as the strength of your application in relation to other applicants, and the capacity of the programme to which you applied. You may be made a conditional offer of admission on the strength of interim examination results. Final decisions may only be reached when you have submitted your final school-leaving (or, for transferring applicants, tertiary) results. In the event that you do not meet either the subject or NBT requirements, your application will not be successful, and we will communicate that decision as soon as possible.

When will I receive a final decision from UCT?

Once results are available, final decisions will be made within days. For applicants with international qualifications, and for transferring applicants whose academic records are considered, this may take a few more days. It is therefore important that, particularly in the case of international qualifications and transferring applicants, you submit your final results as soon as possible.

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

No, your application for admission to UCT 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 housing as well.

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

No, your application for admission to UCT and the application for funding are two separate applications. It takes time to assess the eligibility of all applications received and we want applicants to know their NSFAS and UCT financial aid funding status early. Knowing how you will pay for your studies helps to make an informed decision about where you accept a study offer. Eligible students can also immediately receive their allowances once they are registered.

How do I accept/decline an offer?

Please follow the instructions in the offer letter to accept or decline your offer online.