BA Languages

BA (Languages) equips students with integrated communication skills and knowledge of the grammar, literature and culture of (at least) two languages of their choice. Students can major in any of the following languages: Afrikaans, English, German, French, Portuguese, Spanish, isiZulu, isiNdebele, Sepedi, Greek, Hebrew and Latin. Students may add more languages and/or other modules from any other discipline in the Faculty to these language disciplines.

For more information, please consult the Faculty webpage.

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Career Opportunities

Advertising, media and communication, copywriting, creative writing, text and document design, editing, language planning, language teaching and training, lexicography (compilation of dictionaries), technical writing, public relations, text design, translation, publishing, diplomatic sector, tourism. It is recommended that in order to follow these career paths (as language practitioners) and to specialise in these fields, students continue with a BAHons (Applied Language Studies) on completion of the BA (Languages) degree. By continuing with a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, students are equipped to enter the teaching profession.

Programme Code


Closing Dates

  • SA – 26/07/2019
  • Non-SA – 26/07/2019

Admission Requirements

  • Candidates are advised to apply early. Space is limited in all programmes. As soon as a programme reaches its full capacity, applications for the specific programme will be closed, even if it is before the official closing date.
  • The following candidates will be considered for admission:
  1. 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 recognised tertiary institution or has been granted the status of a graduate of such an institution; and a candidate who is a graduate of another faculty at the University of Pretoria
  1. Candidates who have completed the National Senior Certificate with admission to degree studies or a certificate of conditional exemption on the basis of a candidate’s international ("foreign") qualifications, the so-called “Immigrant” or “Foreign Conditional Exemption”. The only condition for the “Foreign Conditional Exemption” that is accepted is: ‘completion of the degree course’. The exemption certificate is obtainable from Universities South Africa (USAf). Detailed information is available on the website at
  • Candidates who comply with the minimum subject requirements and achievement levels as well as the APS requirements of these programmes will be granted placement in the programmes, subject to the availability of space. The above-mentioned is not applicable to selection programmes.
  • To retain admission, learners will be expected to obtain an APS of at least 28 in the NSC. Prospective students who have already been granted conditional admission in these programmes, but obtained at least an APS of 26 or 27 in the NSC, will be considered by the Admissions Committee of the Faculty of Humanities, subject to the availability of space and the results of the National Benchmark Test (NBT).
  • Applicants who meet the minimum APS requirement, but who do not comply with the subject requirements must write the NBT.
  • Life Orientation is excluded when calculating the APS.

Minimum requirements

Achievement level

English Home Language or English First Additional Language




AS Level







To retain admission candidates are required to obtain an APS of at least 28 and must meet the minimum language requirements. Candidates who obtained an APS of 30 but do not comply with the subject requirement, must write the NBT as soon as possible to secure a place timeously.

*  Cambridge A level candidates who obtained at least a D in the required subjects, will be considered for admission. International Baccalaureate (IB) HL candidates who obtained at least a 4 in the required subjects, will be considered for admission.

Duration of study

3 years, full-time.

Faculty Notes

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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