This programme provides graduates with specific knowledge of the law and law-related skills and schools them in selected language discipline(s) and selected social sciences. The skills acquired may be applied in either the private or public sectors. The programme serves as an alternative route for ultimately obtaining the LLB degree. The student is, however, enabled to continue with the LLB degree (which is career-specific) or a BAHons degree. The BA/LLB combination will take five to six years to complete.
- Candidates are advised to apply early, due to limited space availability in all programmes. As soon as a programme reaches its full capacity, applications of the specific programme will be closed before the official closing date.
- The following candidates 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 Grade 12 certificate 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
- 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 non-South African (“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 mb.usaf.ac.za.
- 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 Grade 12, except BA (Speech-Language Pathology), BA (Audiology) and BSocSci (Philosophy, Politics and Economics). The required APS for these three programmes is 32 in order to retain admission. Prospective students who have already been granted conditional admission in these programmes, but obtained at least an APS of 26 or 27 in Grade 12, will be considered by the Admissions Committee should space be available. The Admissions Committee of the Faculty of Humanities will consider these students once the results of the National Benchmark Test (NBT) are available and depending on the availability of space. The NBT is not applicable to selection programmes. Candidates who apply for selection programmes or BA (Law) are required to meet the minimum admission requirements.
- Applicants who meet the minimum APS requirement, but who do not comply with the subject requirements must write the NBT.
- The Faculty will assess satisfactory performance in the NBT in the light of its commitment to ensure that an appropriate proportion of the applicants will be drawn from the disadvantaged category of the population.
- Life Orientation is excluded when calculating the APS.
- The language of communication and correspondence is English only.
- For more information, please consult the Faculty yearbook on the UP website.
- Note: The A and IB HL levels are not included in the APS Conversion Table. Faculty requirements for admission based on these equivalent international qualifications are a D for the A level and 4 for the IB HL level.
- Non-NSC candidates who have already completed the equivalent of Grade 12, are advised to submit their Exemption certificates obtained from USAf (www.usaf.ac.za) along with their applications.
- Non-NSC candidates who do not have English Language in Grade 12 are advised to write the NBT or submit their SAT results. Please note that English Literature is not considered as a substitute for English language.
English Home Language or English First Additional Language
Candidates will be expected to achieve an APS of at least 28 in Grade 12 to retain admission. The NBT is not applicable to this programme.
* 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.
Other programme-specific information
Advisory note: BA (Law) students who intend to pursue an LLB degree must note that to obtain the LLB degree they will be required to obtain at least 12 credits from the following list of language modules: AFR 110, AFR 120, AFR 114, ENG 118, ENG 110, ENG 120. BA (Law) students who do not meet this requirement during their BA Law studies will be required to register for these module(s) when they enrol for the LLB.
Please note: Students whose aim it is to obtain the LLB degree after completion of the BA (Law) degree, are advised to register for additional modules. Please contact the Student Administration of the Faculty of Law for advice in this regard.
However, please note that
- registration for additional modules will only be allowed as from the second year of registration for the BA (Law) degree and will be subject to academic performance;
- students will be allowed to register for a maximum of seven modules per semester; and
- are only allowed to take additional second-year modules that are prescribed for the third year of the BA (Law) degree programme.
- Any student registering concurrently for the LLB and the BA(Law) or BCom(Law) must be in their final year of the BCom(Law) or BA(Law) degrees, with a maximum of 4 modules outstanding in those degrees. Any student who requires more than 4 modules will not be allowed to register concurrently.
- Any student registering concurrently cannot register for fewer than 4 LLB modules, and for not more than 6 LLB modules. None of these modules may be a LLB final year elective module.
- Students must note that due to promotion criteria they MUST pass at least 4 of the LLB modules in 2019 to advance to the next year in the LLB. Failing to do so will lead to exclusion from the LLB degree.
(BA (Law) students who wish to register for additional law modules do so in terms of the Faculty of Law yearbook of the academic year in which they registered for the first time.)
The BA (Law) degree must be completed within a maximum of five years. Failure to do so, may result in exclusion from the Faculty of Humanities.
NB Registration for additional modules will only be allowed if no timetable clashes are involved.