On this page, we explore what High School subjects are needed or required to study Software Engineering in South African Universities and Colleges? We also look at what APS Score is required for Software Engineering Degree and Diploma courses. You should know that every learning institution, internationally or locally, will have its own set of requirements for Software Engineering studies.
What Software Engineering Career is all about
Computer software engineers apply engineering principles and systematic methods to develop programs and operating data for computers. If you have ever asked yourself, “What does a software engineer do?” note that daily tasks vary widely. Professionals confer with system programmers, analysts, and other engineers to extract pertinent information for designing systems, projecting capabilities, and determining performance interfaces. Computer software engineers also analyze user needs, provide consultation services to discuss design elements, and coordinate software installation. Designing software systems requires professionals to consider mathematical models and scientific analysis to project outcomes.
List of subjects required to study Software Engineering courses
Well, let us explore what subjects are required in order to study Software Engineering in South African Universities and Colleges.
This is a Science field of study, therefore there are specific High School subjects that are required to study in this field. You also need to meet the minimum APS score in the University you are going to study at. The following subjects are needed and essential for the curriculum:
- Physical Science,
- English Home Language,
- or English First or Second Additional Language.
What is the APS Score for Software Engineering
In order for you to get accepted at a University in South Africa, or (Colleges that use APS scores) for a qualification in Software Engineering, you should possess a National Senior Certificate (Grade 12) with an APS score of between 26 -42. 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.
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 Software Engineering?
Although every learning institution will have its own fees structure and costing, studying Software Engineering 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.