Grade 12, what now?

Annette Willemse -- Tue, 03/08/2016 - 12:26

Grade 12, what now?

Are you currently in Grade 12 and contemplating life after your high school career?  Do you want to know what your options are after passing matric? 

The possibilities are endless – and so are the available information, you just need to take the time to weigh-up your options. The Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) is currently embarking on an intensified recruitment drive aimed at prospective students for the 2017 academic year – that is, current Grade 12 learners.

The  NWU Vaal in a nutshell

The Vaal Triangle Campus offers two faculties, namely: the Faculty of Humanities (with four academic schools) and the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology (with three academic schools).  Within the Faculty of Humanities, the following academic schools are found:

  • School of Educational Sciences
  • School of Basic Sciences
  • School of Behavioural Sciences
  • School of Languages

The Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology is made-up of the following academic schools:

  • School of Accounting Sciences
  • School of Economic Sciences
  • School of Information Technology

APS Score – your first stop on route to applying at university

Before you apply to the NWU Vaal, you need to familiarize yourself with the Application Point Score – otherwise known as the APS scorecard. When you apply – be it with your preliminary or final marks, you have to be assessed according to the specific course requirements. In turn, one of the friendly Student Advisors will convert your matric percentages (of your top six subjects) into points in accordance to the set APS scorecard.

Naledi Hlabahlaba, a Student Advisor at the NWU Vaal, explains how you should go about to calculate your APS score: “There are several compulsory subjects that you must have, namely: a home language, first additional language, mathematics or mathematical literacy. Designated subjects on the other hand, includes subjects such as: accountancy, business studies, consumer studies, economics, geography, information technology, life science, history, physical science and religion studies.”

When calculating your APS score the so-called “recognised group of subjects” also come into play, namely: tourism, computer application technology, hospitality studies and mechanical technology.

Naledi further explains that as a prospective applicant you need to make sure that you pass the above mentioned subjects with at least 50% or higher to increase the status of your application.

Below is an example of how to calculate your APS Score:

NSC Performance Code

APS

Score

90-100%

8

80-89%

7

70-79%

6

60-69%

5

50-59%

4

40-49%

3

30-39%

2

0-29%

1

 

 

Example

First language

6

First addition language

6

Mathematic/Mathematics Literacy

4

Life Orientation

0

Business Economics

5

Accounting

6

Computer application technology

5

Total APS

32

 

Applications open on the 1st of March 2016 for all applicants who would like to apply for 2017. For more information please contact Naledi on 016 910 3238 and visit our Facebook Page  for more information.  The NWU Vaal Open Day will take place on 14 May 2016.