BCom Extended programme

The BCom – Extended Programme has lower entrance requirements than other three-year BCom programmes and is designed to accommodate students who are academically less prepared, but who are willing to work hard to correct chinks in their academic armour, thus earning success and eventually a degree.

The Four-Year Extended Programme comprises two distinct phases:

Phase 1: First year (Mamelodi Campus)

  • Content is delivered at a reduced pace using a variety of methods to remedy possible gaps in foundational knowledge via our extended curriculum. 
  • Smaller tutorial groups allow more individual attention and dedicated support to students.
  • Students are assisted to develop critical thinking and practical skills, which are crucial to long-term academic success.
  • Focused attention is placed on developing students’ language skills as good reading and communication skills are key in the study and work environment.

Phase 2: Second to fourth years (Hatfield Campus)

  • Students must pass all their modules during Phase 1 to be transferred to Phase 2.
  • Degrees in the Management Sciences are immediately accessible at the commencement of Phase 2.
  • Transfer to degrees with a National Senior Certificate Mathematics requirement of 5 and above is only accessible if students meet the stringent transfer requirements set out in the EMS Transfer Guide (see www.up.ac.za/ems) by the end of their first year on the Hatfield Campus.

Many students who embark on the BCom Extended Programme have excelled in their academic programmes as they successfully bridged the gap between school and university at the Mamelodi Campus.

The first year of study is offered at the Mamelodi Campus. This is the ideal starting point for students who are interested in studying towards a BCom degree in management and financial sciences. During October of their first year of study, students have to apply to be transferred to the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences on the Hatfield Campus. Placement in BCom (Accounting Sciences) and BCom (Investment Management) cannot be guaranteed. All first-year modules must be passed before a student can be transferred to any of the BCom programmes.

This programme caters for students whose National Senior Certificate (NSC) results do not comply with the minimum admission requirements for their degree of first choice or are uncertain about what to study when enrolling at UP.

Career opportunities are dependent on the BCom degree that a student continues with once they complete their first year at the UP Mamelodi Campus

For more information, please consult the Faculty webpage.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities depend on the programme chosen by students in their second year of study.

Programme Code


Closing Dates

  • SA – 30/06/2023
  • Non-SA – 30/06/2023

Admission Requirements

Important information for all prospective students for 2024

The admission requirements below apply to all who apply for admission to the University of Pretoria with a National Senior Certificate (NSC) and Independent Examination Board (IEB) qualifications. Click here for this Faculty Brochure.

Minimum requirements

Achievement level

English Home Language or English First Additional Language








Life Orientation is excluded when calculating the APS. 

Applicants currently in Grade 12 must apply with their final Grade 11 (or equivalent) results.

Applicants who have completed Grade 12 must apply with their final NSC or equivalent qualification results.

Please note that meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee admission.

Successful candidates will be notified once admitted or conditionally admitted.

Applicants should check their application status regularly on the UP Student Portal at click here.

Applicants with qualifications other than the abovementioned should refer to the Brochure: Undergraduate Programme Information 2024: Qualifications other than the NSC and IEB, available at click here.

International students: Click here.

Transferring students

A transferring student is a student who, at the time of applying at the University of Pretoria (UP) is/was a registered student at another tertiary institution. A transferring student will be considered for admission based on NSC or equivalent qualification and previous academic performance. Students who have been dismissed from other institutions due to poor academic performance will not be considered for admission to UP.

Closing dates: Same as above.

Returning students

A returning student is a student who, at the time of application for a degree programme is/was a registered student at UP, and wants to transfer to another degree at UP. A returning student will be considered for admission based on NSC or equivalent qualification and previous academic performance.


  • Students who have been excluded/dismissed from a faculty due to poor academic performance may be considered for admission to another programme at UP, as per faculty-specific requirements.
  • Only ONE transfer between UP faculties and TWO transfers within a faculty will be allowed.
  • Admission of returning students will always depend on the faculty concerned and the availability of space in the programmes for which they apply.

Closing date for applications from returning students is the same as the above.

Selection Process

Round 1: Academic Merit

Applicants are assessed on academic merit to determine if they meet the minimum requirements for admission. Those who meet the minimum requirements for admission are invited to participate in Rounds 2 and 3.

Round 2: Background Analysis

Applications will be analysed for school background and applicants will be requested to complete a biographical questionnaire.

Round 3: Interviews

A final shortlist is compiled based on the outcomes of the previous rounds. In a limited number of selected cases, some applicants may be invited to attend a selection interview before 30 September.

Minimum duration of study

4 years, full-time

Faculty Notes

All modules will only be presented in English, which is the University's official language of tuition, communication and correspondence.

The Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences aspires to be at the cutting edge of economic, financial and management education, as well as research and community engagement within the national, African and global context. Our mission is to advance relevant knowledge and develop employable, innovative and diverse graduates to co-create value for society.

  • Disclaimer: This publication contains information about regulations and programmes of the University of Pretoria. Amendments to or updating of the information may be effected from time to time without prior notification. The accuracy, correctness or validity of the information contained here is therefore not guaranteed by the University at any given time and is always subject to verification. The user is kindly requested to verify the correctness of the information with the University at all times. Failure to do so will not give rise to any claim or action of any nature against the University by any party whatsoever.

Enquiries about the programme

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How to apply

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