The three-year, full-time BSportSci programme includes basic and applied sciences focused on the human body and human movement. The programme provides a pathway towards a BScHons in Biokinetics or Sports Science.

The curriculum is problem-based and student-oriented with vertical and horizontal integration of subjects. The programme exposes students to the practical application of the theoretical knowledge gained early on in the programme.

The primary focus of the BSportSci curriculum is to prepare students to work competently in the health, wellness and sporting environment. It also serves to prepare students who want to continue with the BScHons programme in Sports Science or Biokinetics.

For more information, please consult the Faculty webpage.

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Career Opportunities

This programme prepares students to work competently in the health, welness and sporting environment. It is a prerequisite to apply for the BScHons programme in Biokinetics or Sports Science.

Sports scientists can work as strength and conditioning specialists for both teams and individual athletes, as sports managers or as other sports-related professionals, within the sports industry. Biokineticists can work in the health and wellness industry, private practice, multi-disciplinary medical centres, final phase rehabilitation centres, homes for the elderly, the South African Armed Forces, and the corporate sector.

Both sports scientists and biokineticists can also work in the fitness industry as personal trainers, health and fitness instructors and exercise scientists or gymnasium managers/owners. Should students pursue further postgraduate studies they could also consider a career in academia or as a researcher.

Programme Code


Closing Dates

  • SA – 31/07/2020
  • Non-SA – 31/07/2020

Admission Requirements

  • The following persons will be considered for admission: a candidate who is in possession of a certificate that is deemed by the University to be equivalent to the required National Senior Certificate (NSC) with university endorsement; a candidate who is a graduate from another tertiary institution or has been granted the status of a graduate of such an institution; a candidate who is a graduate of another Faculty at the University of Pretoria; and a candidate who is currently studying at a university.

  • Admission to Health Sciences programmes is subject to a selection process.
  • Grade 11 final examination results will be used for the conditional selection of prospective students.
  • For selection purposes, the sum of the results in six subjects, including English, Mathematics and Physical Sciences or Life Sciences, is calculated.
  • Life Orientation is excluded in the calculation of the Admission Point Score (APS).
  • Candidates should note that their conditional admission will be revoked if their APS drops by more than two points in their final school examination results.
  • PLEASE NOTE that compliance with the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to any programme in this Faculty.
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  • A student who is made an offer but does not accept it cannot defer the offer and must reapply to be considered in the following year.

Transferring students (university experience)

  • The applications of students who are studying towards a tertiary qualification or have obtained a tertiary qualification must meet the following requirements regarding school subjects and performance levels: They must be in possession of an NSC for degree studies/full exemption certificate and must have attained a performance level of 5 (or 50% HG if completed prior to 2009) for Mathematics and Physical Sciences (or Life Sciences, if required).
  • If the subjects were not passed in Grade 12, the equivalent subjects (Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics) must be completed at the tertiary level. University students do not have to submit any non-academic performance record or CV. In their case selection is based on the results attained in the qualification(s) previously completed, ie they will be considered on the basis of their results achieved in higher education.
  • The completion of only a three-year diploma or certificate is not considered as university experience, but will be considered in the school-leaver category and admission will be based on the applicant’s Grade 12 results.

Qualifications from countries other than South Africa

  • A limited number of places are made available to citizens from countries other than South Africa, with those from SADC countries being given preference. Permanent residents of RSA are not categorised as foreign students. Applications from citizens from countries other than South Africa may also be considered if they are:
  • citizens or permanent residents of countries which have relevant government to government agreements with South Africa
  • asylum seekers or refugees

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Minimum requirements

Achievement level

English Home Language or English First Additional Language


Physical Sciences or

Life Sciences



AS Level


AS Level


AS Level








*  Cambridge A level candidates who obtained at least a D in the required subjects, will be considered for admission. Students in the Cambridge system must offer both Physics AND Chemistry with performance at the level specified for NSC Physical Sciences in the table above.

*  International Baccalaureate (IB) HL candidates who obtained at least a 4 in the required subjects, will be considered for admission. Students in the IB system must offer both Physics AND Chemistry with performance at the level specified for NSC Physical Sciences in the table above.

Selection Process

  • One hundred (100) first-year students are selected annually.

  • First- and second-choice applicants are considered.
  • Conditional selection is based on the final Grade 11 results. Candidates must also comply with the minimum admission requirements. Furthermore, candidates have to maintain their Grade 11 averages (in terms of which they were conditionally selected) in the final school examination and must ensure that the APS does not drop by more than two points.

Duration of study

3 years, full-time.

Faculty Notes

As an international role-player focusing on healthcare in Africa,  the vision of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Pretoria is to maintain health standards through quality education, research and community service. Since its inception, it has grown to be one of the largest health training institutions in the country and boasts an undergraduate and postgraduate student corps of over 6 000.

Students who join this Faculty will be part of a new generation of health professionals. The Faculty’s training is outcomes-based and problem-orientated – a unique way of looking at patients and their health.

Enquiries about the programme

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