BA Audiology

Audiologists provide patient-centred care in the prevention, diagnosis and (re)habilitation of hearing, balance and other auditory disorders.

The BA (Audiology) programme is aimed at acquiring in-depth knowledge of the normal and pathological hearing and balance process within the framework of human communication. From the second year, in addition to theoretical modules, students do hands-on clinical training with patients (from infants to adults) in clinics, hospitals, schools, and at outreach centres.

The BA (Audiology) programme entails training in audiometry and hearing/ balance therapy for persons of all ages experiencing hearing loss or imbalance. It includes the possible causes of hearing loss and imbalance, and the scientific basis of intervention for a person with hearing loss and imbalance or people at risk thereof.

Assessment includes both screening and diagnostic tests. Intervention (habilitation) may occur in a one-on-one situation, through group intervention, as part of a multidisciplinary team approach, or using community-based intervention programmes. Practical skills in assessment, hearing/balance therapy and techniques for improving hearing, balance, and general communication skills and health-related quality of life are acquired.

The Department is the first and only centre in Africa to become a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for the Prevention of Deafness and Hearing Loss. The qualification complies with international requirements. Graduates are sought after by local and international employers.

Skills required of an audiology graduate:

  • Communication skills
  • Compassion and empathy
  • Critical-thinking skills
  • Patience
  • Problem-solving skills

For more information, please consult the Faculty webpage.

Career Opportunities

Diagnostic and rehabilitative audiology, audiometry and hearing therapy, work in education, special education, hospitals, clinics, private practice or government, military and academic institutions (teaching, research) and industry.

Programme Code


Closing Dates

  • SA – 30/06/2022
  • Non-SA – 30/06/2022

Admission Requirements

Important information for all prospective students for 2023

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








* For the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology programmes, the first study year is the same.

* Note: We will consider both first- and second-choice applications for BA (Audiology).

Life Orientation is excluded when calculating the APS. 

You will be considered for final admission to degree studies if space allows, and if you have a National Senior Certificate (NSC) or equivalent qualification with admission to bachelor’s degree studies, and comply with the minimum subject requirements as well as the APS requirements of your chosen programme.

Applicants with qualifications other than the abovementioned should refer to the Brochure: Undergraduate Programme Information 2023: 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

Same as above.


Selection Process

Only first- and second-choice applications will be considered for selection. Selection is based on academic achievement, and only 50 students are admitted. The conditional selection process starts in August each year. For more information, please visit: click here.


Minimum duration of study

4 years, full-time

Faculty Notes

All modules (excluding foreign language modules) will only be presented in English, as English is the language of tuition, communication and correspondence at the University of Pretoria.

Faculty Yearbooks: click here

The closing date for all selection programmes is 30 June 2022. The University of Pretoria has decided not to set a specific closing date for applications to non-selection programmes for 2023. Applications will close when the available study spaces are filled (close on availability of space). Once the available number of study places for a specific programme are filled, no further applications for that particular programme will be considered. All applicants are therefore strongly advised and encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible after 1 April 2022 and to check the application site (UP Student Portal) regularly. 

The Faculty of Humanities provides a holistic education, transferable skills, critical thinking, and communication and problem-solving that will help you develop to your full potential. You will be entering a stimulating environment that will broaden your intellectual horizons and help you achieve personal and professional success through the best possible learning experience.

As the most diverse Faculty of the University of Pretoria, we offer an exciting and comprehensive range of programmes and discipline-based majors, including studies in languages, social sciences and visual and performing arts.

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