Admission Entry Requirements

  1. Principles

Admission of a student to a taught programme of study is subject to the following:

  1. That the student admitted is not under the age of seventeen, unless under guardianship.
  2. That  the  student  either  meets  the general  and  specific  admission  requirements  for  the programme or is granted special permission by the Academic Council.
  3. The admission requirements specified  in  these  Regulations will  not  necessarily  apply  to  tailor made programmes mounted at the request of specific institutions/organizations.

 

  1. Admission to Master’s Programmes

The general minimum entry requirement for a Masters programme is:

  1. an Honours degree from a recognized University
  2. or

  3. an approved professional qualification recognised as being equivalent to an honours degree by the Academic Council.
  4. or

  5. an Ordinary Degree or a non-honours degree from a recognized University with at least 3  years  of  work  experience  in  the  relevant  field which  demonstrate  that  a  candidate possesses  appropriate  knowledge  and  skills  at  a  standard  acceptable  by  the Academic Council.

Note:
Specific requirements for admission to individual programmes leading to the award of a Masters degree are provided under programme requirements (see under Programme Entry Requirements for individual programmes)

 

3. Admission to Certificate and Diploma Programmes

 3 (a) ‘O’ Level Requirements for applicants who have obtained their ‘O’ Level qualifications as from Year 2017

Either

    1. A minimum of five (5) credits at S.C, or G.C.E ‘O’ Level or IGCSE, inclusive of a credit or equivalent grade in English language or acceptable evidence of proficiency in English Language (e.g. IELTS, TOEFL etc.., as per Note (d) below).

Or

  1. Five (5) ‘O’ Level passes awarded by any other approved examining body deemed to be equivalent to (i) above, inclusive of a pass in English Language or acceptable evidence of proficiency in English Language (IELTS, TOEFL etc.., as per Note (d) below).

3 (b) ‘O’ Level Requirements for applicants who have obtained their ‘O’ Level qualifications prior to Year 2017

Either

    1. A minimum of three (3) credits at S.C, or G.C.E ‘O’ Level or IGCSE, inclusive of a credit or equivalent grade in English language or acceptable evidence of proficiency in English Language (IELTS, TOEFL etc.., as per Note (d) below).

Or

  1. Three (3) ‘O’ Level passes awarded by any other approved examining body deemed to be equivalent to 3 (b)(i) above, inclusive of a pass in English Language or acceptable evidence of proficiency in English Language (IELTS, TOEFL etc.., as per Note (d) below).

Note:

  1. A pass in General Paper of the Higher School Certificate will be acceptable in lieu of English Language at ‘O’ Level.
  2. A pass at subsidiary level and/or ‘A’ Level of the Higher School Certificate or equivalent will be acceptable in lieu of a pass at ‘O’ Level as per 3(a) and 3(b) above.
  3. Relevant subjects/combinations of related subjects included in any certificate/diploma from a Tertiary institution or any technical qualification, as may be approved by Academic Council as being equivalent or comparable to an ‘O’ Level, may be accepted.
  4. International students not fulfilling the above criteria must have either the international English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum test score of seven (7) for admission or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum test score of 550 for the paper-based test or a minimum test score of 79 for the internet-based test for admission.

 

4. Admission to Undergraduate Programmes, excluding Diploma and Certificate

‘O’ Level Requirements

As per 3 (a) or 3 (b) above

‘A’ Level Requirements
The entry requirement for admission to study for an undergraduate programme, excluding Diploma and Certificate programmes should not be less than the following:

 EITHER Pass in:

3 subjects at A-level and 1 subject at subsidiary level at Higher School Certificate Examination;

OR Pass in:
 
2 subjects at A-level and 2 subjects at subsidiary level at the Higher School Certificate Examination;

OR Pass in:
3 subjects at A-level at the London General Certificate Examination.
Or
The French Baccalaureate
Or
The International Baccalaureate
Or
Qualifications awarded by other recognised institutions and approved by Academic Council as satisfying the minimum requirements for admission
Note:

  1. The General Entry Requirements should be applied to all programmes where Entry Requirements are not governed by Professional Bodies and Accreditation Bodies.
  2. The Programme Entry Requirements should be applied where the Schools deem it appropriate in addition to General Entry Requirements.
  3. The Head of School may require an applicant for admission to sit for a special entrance examination

5. Admission to other Programmes
Candidates for admission to any other programmes of study whether or not leading to an award shall be required to satisfy such conditions as may be prescribed by the Academic Council.

6.  Special Cases
Assessment and Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning/Prior Learning
Mature applicants having a strong background  of  work  experience  and prior  certificated and/or uncertificated  learning  may  be  assessed  for  entry  to  programmes  through  the Accreditation  of  Prior Learning  (APL)  and  the  Accreditation  of  Prior  Experiential  Learning (APEL),  that  is  the  APL/PEL  scheme.    Responsibility  rests  with  the  applicants  for making  a claim  to  have acquired  knowledge  and  skills  assessed  and  for  supporting  the  claim  with appropriate evidence. The final decision will rest with the Academic Council.

6 (a)  In  general,  the  following  will  apply  to  entry  into undergraduate programmes  under the APL/APEL scheme.
‘O’Level Requirements:
Candidate applying under the APL/APEL Scheme must satisfy the ‘O’ Level requirements with at least 3 credits in any subject.

Entry into Certificate Level of an Undergraduate Programme of Study (Level 1)

  1. Applicants  with  no  ‘A’  Level  and  a  University  Level  Certificate  in  any  field,from  a  recognised institution, pitched at Level 5 of the National Qualification Framework (NQF) with at least 3 years work experience.
  2. Applicants  with  no  ‘A’  Level  and  a  University  Level  Diploma in  any  field, from  a  recognised institution, pitched at Level 6 of NQF with at least 2 years work experience.
  3. Applicants with a minimum of one ‘A’ Level and a University Level Certificate in any field, from a  recognised institution, pitched at Level 5 of NQF.
  4. Applicants with two ‘A’ Levels

Entry into Diploma Level of Undergraduate Programme of Study (Level 2)

  1. Applicants with no ‘A’ Level and a Diploma pitched at Level 6 of NQF in a relevant field.
  2. Applicants  with a  minimum  of one  ‘A’  Level  and  a University  Level  Certificate in the programme field of study,from a recognised institution pitched at Level 5 of NQF.

Entry into Level 3 of Undergraduate Programme of Study
Applicants with a minimum of  one ‘A’ Level and a University Level Diploma in the programme field of study from a recognised institution pitched at Level 6 of NQF.

Note:

  1. Applicants qualifying for entry into Certificate Level must successfully complete the Certificate Level before being allowed to proceed to the Diploma Level of programme of study.
  2. Applicants  qualifying  for  entry into Diploma Level  must successfully  complete  the  Diploma Level before being allowed to proceed to the Degree Level of programme of study.

 

Important Note:
The  attention  of  the  applicants  is  drawn  to  the  fact  that  eligibility  for  employment  in  some sectors may require possession of a minimum of five credits at ‘O’ Level and/or two ‘A’ Levels,
and  in  some  cases  the  requirement  may  be  for  these  qualifications  to  have  respectively  been obtained at one and the same sitting

6(b)  In  general,  the  following  will  apply  to  entry  into  postgraduate  programmes  under the APL/APEL scheme.

      1. a  Diploma  from  a  recognized institution  pitched  at  Level  6 of  NQF with  at  least  6  years of relevant work experience.

Or

  1. Other qualifications  and /or  experience which  demonstrate  that a  candidate possesses appropriate knowledge and skills at a standard acceptable by the Academic Council.

7. Admission with Academic Credit or Exemption
Students  may  be  admitted  to  a  programme  of  study  with  recognition  of  their  prior  learning  in two categories,  at  the  discretion  of  the  Academic  Council:  Admission  with  Credit  or Admission  with Exemption.

  1. Admission with Credit
  1. Admission  with  credit  is  considered  by  the  APL/APEL  Committee  in  cases  where a  direct comparison can be made between the student’s prior learning and that of the programme of study concerned and where the Academic Council approves such cases.
  2. Admission  to  a  given  Master  Programme  will  be  considered  by  the  APL/APEL Committee  for students who have obtained either a recognised Post-Graduate Certificate or a recognised Post-Graduate Diploma in a relevant field not later than five years.  Such students shall be required to clear  the  difference  in  credits required  for  the  Master  Programme,  as  per  the  ‘Credit  System’  in place, by taking the following components:
    • Dissertation and
    • Any other Module(s), as may be required.

The lower limit of the Credit System shall be taken as reference.

  1. Admission with Exemption
    Exemption  is  given  where  the  Academic  Council  is  satisfied  that  a  student  has suitable prior learning that allows him/her to achieve the aims and objectives of the programme.
    Requests for Module Exemptions are considered by the Exemption Committee for Level 1 and 2  only  on  any  Undergraduate  programme,  and  have  to  be  submitted  within 10  working  days  of start  of  a  programme.      No  module  exemption  shall  be  entertained at  the  final  level  of  an Undergraduate  Programme  and  at  Master’s  level.      Exemption shall not be granted on Project / Dissertation.
    Applicants  granted  exemptions  on  module(s)  will  have  their  overall  percentage  mark for  each Level of study determined only from the number of modules in which they are examined.

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