Sefako Makgatho University Admission Requirements 2023-2024

Sefako Makgatho University Admission Requirements 2023-2024

SMU Admission Requirements 2023-2024 – See Details Below:

Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU) offers opportunities to Southern African and Southern African Development Community (SADC) nationals an opportunity to undergo a career in medicine. SMU in keeping up with international standards, bases selection on academic and non‐ academic measurable variables and ensures that selected students have the ability/ potential to successfully complete their studies in the required minimum time. SMU endeavors to attract talented students from all demographic groupings in South Africa whilst prioritizing transformation. In this regards, a quota system based on a principle that promotes equitable chances and fairness to students from all population groups (Indigenous Africans – 80.2%; Coloureds – 8.8%; Whites – 8.5%; Indians/Asians – 2.5%) is applied in all selection process excluding the special foundation medicine program. This proportion is based on the census demography of the SA population and will apply from one census to the other annually.

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The selection process is done in three phases.

Preselection (will usually be completed by end November of the year before admission)

Students are offered a provisional place based on their final Grade 11 results. Pre‐selected Grade 11 students are expected to have attained an admission point score (APS) of at least 35.

Students will be preselected based on the performance in the following four subjects: English, Life Sciences, Physical Science and Mathematics (shown in Table 1).

A preselection offer is withdrawn if the applicant’s performance in these four subjects drops below their performance in the Grade 11 results. The application is then returned to the general pool of applicants in which applicants will be considered on the basis of their Grade 12 performance only using the four subjects previously listed.

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Table 1: Pre‐Selection Criteria

Proposed APS

SMU Admission Score


Minimum Points

for preselection







Physical Science



Life Sciences



Additional subject 1


Additional subject 2


Life Orientation



35 points

24 points

Table 2 Admission Point Score Conversion Table (These scores represent a basic minimum entry. Selections are usually made at a much higher competitive level)

NSC – National School Certificate in South Africa

IGCSE ‐ International General Certificate of Education

NSSC – Namibian Senior Secondary School Certificate A-Level – Advanced Level

O‐level – Ordinary Level

AS‐level – Advanced Subsidiary Level

IB – International Baccalaureate Schools (higher levels and standard levels)