How Many APS Is A Diploma?

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How Many APS Is A Diploma?

How Many APS Is A Diploma?

APS (Admission Point Score) is a method utilized by numerous universities in South Africa to evaluate the academic proficiency of potential students. It’s calculated from the results obtained in the National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams and provides a standard for universities to decide whether a student is eligible for admission to a particular course or program.

The Admission Point Score, also known as APS, is a crucial factor in determining your admission to tertiary education institutions. The APS score assists in selecting the appropriate courses and universities that you are eligible for, which is particularly useful if you are undecided about your preferred area of study.

READ:APS Calculator TUT

The required APS score for a diploma program in a university can differ based on the institution and course requirements. Generally, a minimum of 24 points is needed for a diploma program in most universities, although some courses may require a higher APS score. It is essential to conduct thorough research on the Admission Point Score (APS) requirements for the diploma program you want to pursue in a university. You can obtain this information by visiting the institution’s website or getting in touch with the admissions office directly.

To calculate your APS score, you need to convert your NSC exam results into points. Each subject is allocated a certain number of points based on the percentage obtained in that subject. For example;

Below is APS calculator:

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Matric Subject Symbol / Mark Obtained in Matric exam APS (Admission Point Score)
A  (80 – 100%) 7
B  (70 – 79%) 6
C  (60 – 69%) 5
D  (50 – 59%) 4
E  (40 – 49%) 3
F  (30 – 39%) 2
G  (0 – 29%) 1


  • The actual marks in each subject that you get range from 0 to 100 %
  • Each mark is given a point score that ranges from 1 to 7, with 7 being the highest and 1 being the lowest. For example, if your mark in
  • Mathematics is 45% the point score allocated to that mark is 3
  • To get your total point score, you add the APS of six or five of your best subjects

READ: How Is Your APS Score Calculated At TUT?

Courses That Count For APS

  • Accounting
  • Agricultural Science
  • Business Studies
  • Consumer studies
  • Dramatic Arts
  • Economics
  • Engineering graphics and Arts
  • Geography
  • History
  • Information Technology
  • Languages
  • Life Sciences
  • Mathematical Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physical Science
  • Religion Studies
  • Visual arts