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25 June 2014

Wits revises its health sciences admissions policy

Based on recommendations by a task team, the University of the Witwatersrand has revised its Health Sciences admissions policy.

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Wits University has revised its admissions policy for all programmes offered by the Faculty of Health Sciences. This follows the recommendations of a task team commissioned by the Vice-Chancellor.

Applicants who are currently applying for entrance in 2015 will not be required to complete a Biographical Questionnaire (BQ). Their matric results will carry a 50% weighting and the results of their National Benchmark Tests (NBTs) will make up the other 50%.

This weighting may change for 2016 entry with the introduction of an online BQ.

Selection Process

Selection will be made according to the following broad categories: 40% of the places will be offered to the top performing candidates based on academic merit. The remaining 60% will be offered as follows: approximately 20% of the places will be offered to top performing rural learners; approximately 20% of the places will be offered to top performing learners from quintile 1 and 2 schools; and approximately 20% of the places will be allocated to top performing African and Coloured learners.

Background

The new admissions policy is based on recommendations by a Wits University task team, consisting of members of the Faculty of Health Sciences, the Student Representative Council, other Faculties and the Senior Executive Team, that was commissioned to review the admissions policy for the MBBCh, or medicine, degree. The activities of the task team included a public meetingthat was held in April 2014 to discuss the current and future admissions criteria and policies for entry into the degree.

Wits University is committed to being a demographically diverse and cosmopolitan world class institution furthering the Constitutional vision of a democratic and non-racial South Africa.

We will continue to research and review admissions policies in line with the realisation of this goal.

Issued by: Vivienne Rowland, Senior Communications Officer, University of the Witwatersrand

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