BNurs UP

Health Sciences (Undergraduate) – 2024


Nurses are professional healthcare providers and in this programme they will learn about anatomy, physiology and clinical skills in hospitals and clinics. The programme duration is four years, full-time study. The programme prepares students for four career areas, namely:

  • General nursing, which involves caring for people of all ages, in hospitals, clinics and community settings.
  • Community nursing, which is aimed at primary healthcare and includes the prevention of diseases and the promotion of health, the rendering of clinical nursing services and the rehabilitation of people in the general community.
  • Psychiatric nursing, which is a specialisation field of nursing. Psychiatric nurses care for people of all ages with mental illness or mental distress. During placement in psychiatric hospitals and clinics nurses receive training in psychological therapies, building a therapeutic alliance, dealing with challenging behaviour, and the administration of psychiatric medication.
  • Midwifery, where the nursing emphasis is on providing counselling and care during pre-conception, pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period. Clinical skills and experience in midwifery are obtained through practical exposure in hospitals and clinics.
Programme Code
Closing date for application
  • South African students
  • International students
Career OpportunitiesGeneral nursing, psychiatric nursing, midwifery and community nursing
Admission Requirements

  • The following persons will be considered for admission: a candidate who is in possession of a certificate that is deemed by the University to be equivalent to the required Grade 12 certificate with university endorsement; a candidate who is a graduate from another tertiary institution or has been granted the status of a graduate of such an institution; and a candidate who is a graduate of another faculty at the University of Pretoria; and a candidate who is currently in university.
  • Life Orientation is excluded in the calculation of the APS.
  • Grade 11 final examination results, the NBT results as well as a Value-added Questionnaire will be used for the conditional admission of prospective students.
  • Admission to Health Sciences programmes is subject to a selection process.
  • The applications of international candidates who come from countries that have medical schools will not be considered for placement in the MBChB programme except where intergovernmental agreements are in place.
  • For selection purposes the sum of the results in six subjects, including English, is calculated.
  • Candidates, please note that your APS may not drop with more than two points in your final school examination results in order to maintain your provisional admission.
  • PLEASE NOTE that compliance with the minimum admission requirements does not necessarily guarantee admission to any programme in this Faculty.
  • Selection queries may be directed to
  • Mathematics, Physical Science or Life Sciences are not compulsory subjects, but they will be an advantage for selection purposes.
Minimum requirements
Achievement level
English Home Language or English First Additional Language  








* Cambridge A level candidates who obtained at least a D in the required subjects, will be considered for admission. International Baccalaureate (IB) HL candidates who obtained at least a 4 in the required subjects, will be considered for admission.

Selection ProcessSelection is based on Grade 11 results, the NBT, the Value-added Questionnaire and an interview.


Faculty NotesAs an international role-player focusing on healthcare in Africa,  the vision of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Pretoria is to maintain health standards through quality education, research and community service. Since its inception, it has grown to be one of the largest health training institutions in the country and boasts an undergraduate and postgraduate student corps of over 6 000.

Students who join this Faculty will be part of a new generation of health professionals. The Faculty’s training is outcomes-based and problem-orientated – a unique way of looking at patients and their health.

Duration of study
4 years, full-time.
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