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, Zulu, Ndebele, Sepedi, Greek, Hebrew or 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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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, translation, publishing, diplomatic sector or tourism. If you would like to become a language practitioner we recommend you continue with a BAHons (Applied Language Studies) once you have completed a BA (Languages) degree. Once you have completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, you will be able enter the teaching profession.
Please apply as soon as applications open on 1 March.
- The closing date is an administrative admission guideline.
- Once a non-selection programme is full and has reached the institutional targets, then that programme will be closed for further admissions, irrespective of the closing date. However, if the institutional targets have not been met by the closing date, then that programme will remain open for admissions until the institutional targets are met.
- Life Orientation is excluded when calculating the APS.
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1. You will be considered for conditional admission, if space allows, and if you:
- are a Grade 11 applicant (with an APS of 30 or more excluding Life Orientation), please submit your final Grade 11 examination results, and have a National Senior Certificate (NSC) with university endorsement or an equivalent qualification; OR
- are transferring from other recognised institutions to the University of Pretoria; OR
- are a graduate or have graduate status from another recognised tertiary institution; OR
- are a graduate of another Faculty at the University of Pretoria; AND
- comply with the minimum subject requirements and achievement levels, as well as the APS requirements of specific programmes.
- If you are an international applicant please apply for conditional admission based on your final results equivalent to Grade 11.
- Final admission is based on the qualification equivalent to the NSC.
2. 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 their chosen programme; OR
- are a student transferring from another recognised tertiary institution and comply with the programme requirements; OR
- have graduate status from another recognised tertiary institution, or are a graduate of another Faculty at the University of Pretoria.
- If you are an international student or are a student with other qualifications equivalent to the NSC (including school qualifications from other countries, eg Spain, New Zealand, etc), you must obtain a Complete Exemption Certificate or a Foreign Conditional Exemption Certificate based on your international (‘foreign’) qualifications. Certificates can only be obtained from Universities South Africa (USAf) at click here. In addition, these candidates must meet the relevant programme admission requirements.
Notes on the NBT:
- Candidates applying for non-selection programmes, who do not comply with the subject and/or APS requirements, should write the NBT.
- If you have been granted conditional admission, but obtained an APS of 26 or 27 in the NSC, you may be considered for admission by the Admissions Committee of the Faculty of Humanities, subject to the availability of space and the results of the National Benchmark Test (NBT).
- If you are interested in a non-selection programme, you may be required to write the NBT (www.nbt.ac.za) and you need to pass the Academic Literacy Test with at least 64%.
English Home Language or English First Additional Language
To retain admission, you must obtain an APS of at least 28 in the NSC.
Candidates are encouraged to write the NBT.
Duration of study
3 years, full-time.
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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