To Study Information Technology (IT) – What Requirements and Subjects are Needed to in South African Universities?

On this page, we explore what Grade 10 High School subjects are needed or required to study Information Technology (IT) in South African Universities and Colleges? We also look at what APS Score is required for Information Technology Degree and Diploma courses. You should know that every learning institution, internationally or locally, will have its own set of requirements for Information Technology studies.

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List of Grade 10 subjects required to study Information Technology courses

If you’re planning to study Information Technology (I.T.) after school and you’re at the stage of choosing subjects for Grade 10, here are some key subjects to consider:

  1. Mathematics: This is often a core requirement for I.T. courses. Mathematics helps develop analytical and problem-solving skills, which are crucial in the field of I.T.
  2. Physical Sciences: While not always directly related to I.T., physical sciences, like Physics, can help develop a logical and analytical approach, which is beneficial for understanding technical aspects of I.T. and computing.
  3. Information Technology or Computer Applications Technology (CAT): If your school offers a specific I.T. subject or CAT, definitely take it. This will give you a foundational understanding of computers, software applications, and basic programming.
  4. English: Good communication skills are essential in I.T., as you’ll need to be able to understand and convey technical information effectively.
  5. Additional Language: Knowing an additional language can be beneficial in a global field like I.T., where you might interact with international clients or work on multinational projects.
  6. Other Subjects of Interest: Subjects like Business Studies or Accounting can also be useful, especially if you’re interested in the business side of I.T. or aspire to manage I.T. projects.
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Remember, the specific requirements can vary depending on the university and the I.T. program you choose to pursue later. It’s always a good idea to check the admission requirements of the universities you’re interested in. Additionally, focus on developing your problem-solving skills and technical acumen through extracurricular activities like coding clubs, online courses, or personal projects related to I.T.

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Minimum requirements for Information Technology (IT) studies relating to Higher Certificate, Diploma and Bachelor Studies?

  • Higher Certificate. The minimum admission requirement is a National Senior Certificate with a minimum of 30% in the language of learning and teaching of the higher education institution as certified by Umalusi, the Quality Assurance Council. Institutional and programme needs may require additional combinations or recognised NSC subjects and levels of achievement.
  • Diploma. The minimum admission requirement is a National Senior Certificate with a minimum of 30% in the language of learning and teaching of the higher education institution as certified by Umalusi, the Quality Assurance Council, coupled with an achievement rating of 3 (Moderate Achievement, 40% – 49%) or better in four (4) recognised 20-credit subjects. Institution and programme needs may require additional combinations of recognised NSC subjects and levels of achievement.
  • Bachelor’s Degree The minimum admission requirement is a National Senior Certificate with a minimum of 30% in the language of learning and teaching of the higher education institution as certified by Umalusi, the Quality Assurance Council, coupled with an achievement rating of 4 (Adequate Achievement, 50% – 59%) or better in four (4) recognised 20-credit subjects. Institution and programme needs may require additional combinations of recognised NSC subjects and levels of achievement.

What Information Technology Career is all about

Information technology (IT) professionals are responsible for helping organizations maintain their digital infrastructure and providing troubleshooting assistance to technology consumers. IT employees are in demand to help others keep up with technological advances and security procedures.

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What is the APS Score for Information Technology

In order for you to get accepted at a University in South Africa, or (Colleges that use APS scores) for a qualification in Information Technology, you should possess a National Senior Certificate (Grade 12) with an APS score of between 26 -35. APS score is determined by the Grade 12 marks or results. It is also good to know that Universities and Colleges may use your Grade 11 marks if you applied before your matric results came out.

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The minimum requirements for a candidate to obtain a Grade 12 National Senior Certificate?

The minimum requirements are:

  • Achieve 40% in three subjects, one of which is an official language at Home Language level and 30% in three subjects.
  • Provide full evidence in the SBA component in the subjects offered

Correct Subject Choice is Important

When it comes to subject choices, every learner should ensure that their subject choice (from Grade 10 already) will lead them in pursuing the careers they want.

The subject choice at the end of Grade 9, or Grade 10 according to The Department of Education, could determine the field of study learners can follow once they complete school. In other words, if learners do not select the correct combination of subjects, they could find themselves unable to enter into certain higher or further education programmes. So when making this important subject choice, learners should consider their options for when they complete school and select accordingly.

How much does it cost to study Information Technology?

Although every learning institution will have its own fees structure and costing, studying Information Technology courses can range from R15 000 to R60 000 per annum. It is always advisable for learners to contact the institution they want to learn at in order to confirm the study fees amounts for the year.

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