Academic Requirements

Every application is considered on its own merit. Please ensure that you have included all certification with your application in order for us to get a full understanding of your educational experience.

South African Applicants:

Students who have completed their schooling through the South African schooling system must (1) have obtained a National Senior Certificate and (2) have obtained 35 points, or more

(1) National Senior Certificate (NSC)

In order to obtain a National Senior Certificate a student must obtain the following minimum requirements:

Four Compulsory Subjects:

  1. First Language (English / Afrikaans etc) pass with 40%
  2. Second Language (English / Afrikaans etc) pass with 30%
  3. Maths or Mathematics Literacy pass with 30%
  4. Life Orientation (two lessons a week) pass with 40%

Any three other subjects from the designated subject groups. One subject must be passed with at least 40% and the other two with at least 30%

(2) Points – 35 or above

Stenden South Africa entrance is a total of at least 35 marks. 30-34 marks qualify an applicant for entrance at Dean’s Discretion.

Any four of the seven subjects taken for the NSC must be passed between at least 50%-59%. This scores a mark of 4 each. NSC candidates must score at least 50% pass in English.

Marks are made up as follows:

0-29% = 1 mark

30-39% = 2 marks

40-49% = 3 marks

50-59% = 4 marks

60-69% = 5 marks

70-79% = 6 marks

80-89% = 7 marks

90-100% = 8 marks

Other certificates / situations:

  • Senior Certificate (Grade 12) with at least a D pass in English and at least 2 years relevant industry experience;
  • Senior Certificate (Grade 12) with at least a D pass in English and at least 1 successful tertiary academic year in a related field and a SAQA registered programme that counts at least 120 credits; or another higher education qualification from a registered higher education institute.

Non-South African Applicants:

Cambridge Exams

Students who have completed their studies through the Cambridge system of schooling require the following:

O-levels alone are not acceptable for entrance requirements at Stenden South Africa, A-levels or AS-levels are required:

A Levels

Combine at least three A-level subjects with the best relevant O-level subject to have a total of six subjects. A-level scores must be on at least level 1 to 3 and O-levels must be on at least grades A to C. Passes must include English and another language. Mathematics or a science subject is a requirement. Dean’s discretion can be used for mathematics or the relevant science subject if it falls just outside the pass level.       

AS Levels

Combine at least three AS- level subjects with the best relevant O- level subjects to have a total of six subjects. AS- level scores must be on at least level 1 to 3 and O –levels must be on at least grades A to C. Passes must include English and another language. Mathematics or a science subject is a requirement. Dean’s Discretion can be used for mathematics or the relevant science subject if it falls just outside the pass level.

IGCSE alone is not acceptable, HIGCSE subjects are required:

HIGCSE

HIGCSE is onlyacceptable as follows: Minimum of 4 HIGCSE subjects required and the best relevant IGCSE subjects (total of six subjects). Only level 1, 2, 3 are acceptable for HIGCSE and Grades A, B or C for IGCSE.

IB (International Baccelaureat)

Combine 3 higher level subjects with 3 standard level subjects, with English as one of the six subjects.

A total of 26 IB points are required, with 22 – 25 IB points qualifying the applicant for entry at Dean’s discretion. Points are indicated on the statement of results.

English:

Since English is the language of instruction, further criteria for this language are:

  • South African Senior Certificate undergraduate applicants to Stenden South Africa must have achieved a pass or higher with at least a ‘D’ symbol in English at Senior Certificate/Further Education and Training Certificate level.

For non-SA residents, the following criteria apply:

  • An academic IELTS-test with Band score 6.0 and no sub scores under 5
  • A TOEFL-test of 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based). The TOEFL is only accepted when the IELTS-test is not offered in the applicants' country of residence.
  • Applicants who are native speakers of English or who have successfully undertaken secondary or post-secondary courses (for a minimum of two years) where English was the language of instruction are not required to submit an IELTS or TOEFL test score.

Mature Applicants

In exceptional cases, mature applicants who do not satisfy the requirements detailed above may be admitted if there is evidence that they possess the intellectual and technical abilities to complete the programme successfully.

For this purpose, a mature applicant shall be defined as one aged 23 or more. In such cases Stenden South Africa will require the candidate to write an entrance test.

Credits

Students with previous hospitality training at one of the institutes that belong to the HEPSA (Hospitality Education Providers South Africa) and who trained on the same level as Stenden South Africa, may receive credits for one or more parts of the programme.

  • Students will have to apply to the exam committee and will have to write a competency test.

Each case will be treated individually and the decision to give exemption to one or more parts of the programme is at the discretion of the Exam Committee.It is not necessary for the committee to give the reasons for their decisions in this respect. No student has the right to demand any exemption. Exemption may be partial and subject to the fulfilment of additional tests or assignments.

Application Process

Should you wish to apply, you will need to complete the application form and submit several supporting documents:

  • Relevant documentary proof of all qualifications and experience, including the last school results received (certified)
  • Passport-sized photograph (colour)
  • Copy of your Identity Document/Passport (certified)
  • Signed Undertaking documents (page 3 and 4 of the application form)
  • Proof of payment for R 500 application fee
  • An essay answering the following questions:
  1. Why does the hospitality industry appeal to you?
  2. Why do you think you would make a good manager in the hospitality industry?
  3. Why do you want to study at Stenden SA?

After a complete application is received, candidates will have a personal or telephonic interview with at least two members of the Exam Committee. This interview will focus on various aspects including the communication skills of the candidate; the proficiency of the candidate in the English language; the aptitude of the candidate towards the hospitality industry; and the motivation of the student to study at Stenden South Africa. Understanding of the unique teaching technique of Problem Based Learning (PBL) is advantageous.

  • NSC candidates may submit final Grade 11 or mid-Grade 12 results, and will be conditionally accepted pending final Grade 12 results.
  • Candidates with other qualifications will be conditionally accepted pending qualifications being evaluated by SAQA. Evaluation of qualifications by SAQA is the candidates’ responsibility.
  • Candidates defined as mature need not obtain SAQA evaluation.

The final decision for admission is made by the Exam Committee. Stenden South Africa has the right to accept/reject any application and will inform each applicant in writing of the outcome of the interview.