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Tuition Fees:$2,845 /year
Applications Begin:March 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (BScAgric)
Start Date:February 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of AgriSciences
Campus:Stellenbosch
Specialisations:Agronomy; Horticultural Science; Grape Vine Sciences; Agricultural Economics
Application Deadline: 30 June 2021
Programme Overview

The bachelor’s programme in Plant and Soil Sciences leads to the qualification BScAgric. The programme covers training in the production of agricultural crops, pasture crops, vegetable crops, deciduous fruit, citrus and vines.

For each crop, various subjects, such as Crop Production, Biochemistry, Soil Science, Agricultural Water Science, Agricultural Economics, Genetics, Entomology, Nematology, Plant Pathology and Biometry, are integrated into a meaningful whole.

Within this whole, you follow a combination of modules on ecology, development, physiology, production, breeding, nutrition, soil and water management, as well as harmful plant pathogens, insects, nematodes and their control in an environmentally friendly, sustainable and economically acceptable way.

There are three fields of study within the programme – Crop Production Systems; Crop Protection and Breeding; Soil and Water Management

In Crop Production Systems you will be trained as a crop production manager for, amongst others, agronomy, deciduous fruit, citrus and vines.

Curriculum

First Year

Biology 124(16)
Chemistry 124(16), 144(16)
Computer Skills 171(4)
Crop Production 151(8), 152(8)
Crop Protection 152(8)
Mathematics (Bio) 124(16)

Second Year

Biochemistry 214(16), 244(16)
Biometry 212(8), 242(8)
(Students with Grapevine Sciences as major do not take Biometry 212 or 242 in their second year)
Crop Protection 244(16)
Soil Science 214(16), 244(16)

Third Year

Organised excursion and/or practical assignment

Please note that you must undertake an organised excursion and/or do a practical assignment during short vacation(s) and/or weekends for the modules Soil Science 314 and 344. Such organised excursion and/or assignment takes place under the guidance of lecturers from the Department of Soil Science in collaboration with lecturers from the departments of Agronomy, Horticultural Science and Viticulture and Oenology. This necessary practical experience must be gained during the relevant semesters of the abovementioned modules. You are responsible for the travel and accommodation costs involved.

The compulsory modules are combined with a crop of choice option and additional elective modules

Soil Science 314(16), 344(16)

Grapevine Sciences 314(12), 344(12)
Biometry 212 (8), 242 (8)
(Students with Grapevine Sciences as major take Biometry 212 and 242 in their third year)

Agronomy 312(8), 322(8), 332(8), 342(8), 362(8)
Horticultural Science 352(8)

Agronomy 312(8)
Horticultural Science 314(16), 342(8), 352(8)

Fourth Year

The compulsory modules are combined with a crop of choice option.

Compulsory Modules for Agricultural Economics as Major
Agricultural Economics 414(16), 424(16), 444(16), 454(16)

Compulsory Modules for Entomology as Major
Entomology 418(32), 464(16)
Plant Pathology 414(16)

Compulsory Modules for Plant Pathology as Major
Plant Pathology 414(16), 444(16), 478(32)

Compulsory Modules for Genetics as Major
Genetics 324(16), 354(16), 414(16), 444(16)

Admission Requirements

An average performance level of 60% in the NSC or the IEB’s school-leaving certificate (excluding Life Orientation), or other school qualification;

English or Afrikaans (Home Language or First Additional Language) – 4 (50%);
Mathematics – 5 (60%); and
Physical Sciences (Physics and Chemistry) – 4 (50%).

American High School Diploma

To obtain a certificate of foreign conditional exemption from the Matriculation Board a candidate requires the High School Graduation Diploma accompanied by a certificate of eligibility for admission to study at any US university with a valid senior college accreditation issued by any of the following accreditation bodies: ACICS, DETC, MSA, NASC, NCA, NEASC – CIHE, SACS – CC, WASC – Sr

O/GCSE Levels:
A candidate who only holds O/GCSE-levels (only symbols A, B and C are acceptable) and no other school-leaving examination is not eligible for admission to the University, unless he/she has attained the age of 23 before or during the first year of registration and meets the subject combination and grade requirements for mature age exemption.

(Not all Faculties consider mature age applicants for admission).

A-Levels:
To obtain a certificate of complete exemption from the Matriculation Board a candidate requires two recognised A-level passes (symbols A to E are acceptable) and three O/GCSE-level passes (symbols A to C are acceptable) including English Language and an approved second language.

A foreign conditional exemption is issued to a candidate who has pass marks in two approved A-level subjects and three approved O/GCSE–level subject credits, including English or English Language.

AS-Levels:
To obtain a certificate of complete exemption from the Matriculation Board a candidate requires four recognised AS-level passes (symbols A to D are acceptable) and one O/GCSE-level pass (symbols A to C are acceptable) including English Language and an approved second language.

A foreign conditional exemption is issued to a candidate who has pass marks in four approved AS-level subjects (symbols A to D are acceptable) and one approved O/GCSE–level subject credit (symbols A to C are acceptable), including English or English Language but no second language.

Please Note: it is important to establish that the A-level, AS-level and O/GCSE-level subjects that are taken are recognised by HESA. Subjects like Psychology, Sociology, Physical Education, etc. are not recognised by HESA for matriculation exemption purposes.

A certificate of foreign conditional exemption is issued to a candidate who has obtained the International Baccalaureate Diploma with twenty four (24) points (grades 4 to 7 are acceptable).

A certificate of foreign conditional exemption is issued to a candidate who has obtained the International Baccalaureate Certificate (grades 4 to 7 are acceptable) with two higher level and three standard level subject passes including English.

Namibian H- and O-levels

To obtain a certificate of complete exemption from the Matriculation Board a candidate requires four recognised Higher-level subject passes (grades 1 to 3 are required) and one Ordinary-Level pass including English Language on first or second language Higher Level, and approved Higher or Ordinary Level language on first language level (if English had been taken on the second language level) or a foreign language (if English had been taken on first language level) accompanied by pass marks in two Higher Level subjects selected from two of the following groups:

Group 3: A third language, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Physical Science or Biology
Group 4: Art, Economics, History, Geography or a subject from Group 3 excluding third languages provided offered for one group only
Group 5: Accounting, Computer Studies or Design and Technology provided the subject must be accompanied by a pass mark in Mathematics on at least OL

A certificate of foreign conditional exemption is issued to a candidate who has pass marks in four approved HL subjects and one approved OL subject credit, including English or English Language but no second language.

Application Process
Application Fees for South African & SADC Students: $6
Application Fees for International Students: $0

You can apply quickly and easily using the e-application available on the university’s website (https://web-apps.sun.ac.za/eAansoek2/alg.jsp?Tl=1)

Paper application forms are available on campus for those without internet access.

Step 1: Before you apply

Make sure that you understand the University’s Admission Policy, and the admission and selection criteria of the different faculties before you apply. The policy, criteria and guidelines are available at the Undergraduate Prospective Student website at www.maties.com, or you can contact Client Service on +27 21 808 9111 or info@sun.ac.za. For postgraduate studies, please visit the Prospective Postgraduate Student website at www.sun.ac.za/pgstudies.

Step 2: Take note of the closing dates

Undergraduate dates for all students, including international students:
1 April: Applications open for financial assistance at Stellenbosch University.
30 June: Applications close for all undergraduate programmes.
30 June: Residence applications close.
1 August: Applications open for NSFAS bursaries.
31 August: Applications close for Stellenbosch University financial assistance.
30 November: Applications close for NSFAS bursaries.
15 December: Applications close for Diploma in Public Accountability (Telematic Education).

Postgraduate closing dates for all students:
Visit the Prospective Postgraduate Student website (www.sun.ac.za/pgstudies) for a list of the closing dates of all the postgraduate programmes offered for the 2020 intake year.

Closing dates for financial assistance:
31 August: Applications close for Stellenbosch University financial assistance.

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Tuition Fees for South African & SADC Students: $2,845
Tuition Fees for International Students: $6,676

South African students pay R47179 per year as tuition fees.

Students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries, as well as Rwanda and Namibia, pay R60000 without an international tuition fee

The SADC member countries are Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

*Students from Africa (Non-SADC) pay R60000 plus international tuition fees of R23940

*Students from the rest of the World (outside of Africa) pay R60000 plus international tuition fees of R50700

MINIMUM COMPULSORY INITIAL FEE PAYABLE BEFORE REGISTRATION (SADC) – R60000

MINIMUM COMPULSORY INITIAL FEE PAYABLE BEFORE REGISTRATION (Africa) – R83940

MINIMUM COMPULSORY INITIAL FEE PAYABLE BEFORE REGISTRATION (Rest of the World) – R110700

Relevant Contact

 
Dr. Lynn Hoffman
Departmental Chair
 
Nazneen Ebrahim
Administrative Officer