Hotel and Tourism Management – What APS Points Requirements and Subjects are Needed to Study in South African Universities?

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

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List of Grade 10 subjects required to study Tourism Management courses

Well, let us explore what Grade 10 subjects are required in order to study Tourism Managment in South African Universities and Colleges. The subject that you choose in grade 10 may directly determine what study options you will have at tertiary institutions. Therefore, when choosing your subject combination in grade 10, you should already have an idea in terms of what you intend to study after matric.

There are no specific High School subjects that are required to study in this field. You just need to meet the minimum APS score in the University you are going to study at. However, the following subjects needed and essential for the curriculum:

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  • English Home Language,
  • or English First or Second Additional Language,
  • Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy.
  • Tourism,
  • Geography,
  • Business Studies,
  • History
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Minimum requirements for Hotel and Tourism Management 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 Tourism Management Career is all about

Tourism is defined as travelling and staying outside your normal residence and work-place. Tourism Studies treats its study and research area as a whole, where physical, economic, social and cultural aspects of tourism, tourist markets, and destinations are the main corner-stones of learning.

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What are the APS Score marks/results points for Tourism Management

In order for you to get accepted at a University in South Africa, or (Colleges that use APS scores) for a qualification in Tourism Managment, you should possess a National Senior Certificate (Grade 12) with an APS score of between 23- 26. 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

Where to study Hotel and Tourism Management Courses in South Africa

There are many educational institutions (universities and colleges) that offer Hotel and Tourism Management courses in South Africa. Below are the most recommended places where you can study Hotel and Tourism Management in South Africa:

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 Tourism Managment?

Although every learning institution will have its own fees structure and costing, studying Tourism Managment 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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