South Africa

We extend a warm welcome to students from South Africa.

Here you'll find out about the entry requirements for Anglia Ruskin and the qualification equivalents from your home country. You'll also find information about how to apply, fees and scholarships, events we're holding and contact details for us and our approved agents in your country.

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You can study an undergraduate, Masters or research degree at ARU.

You'll find an application link on all our course pages.

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Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements

for students coming from South Africa to ARU

For entry to a bachelor’s degree (year 1), we will consider the following qualifications:

  • A recognised foundation programme
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma

  • International Advanced Levels (A Levels)

  • Senior Certificate with matriculation endorsement and at least 5Cs

  • National Certificate (S1) / Certificate in Technology (CTech) formerly Technikon National Certificate (T1)

  • National Certificate N5
  • Pass National Senior Certificate with at least 5 subjects passed at Grade 5/60% overal

For entry to a master’s degree, we will consider the following qualifications:

  • A recognised pre-masters course
  • Second class bachelors (Hons) degree
  • Second class bachelors degree in technology (Btech)

For entry to a research degree, we will consider overseas qualifications equivalent to a UK Master’s degree. Please visit our postgraduate research pages for more information on the application requirements. 

The above is a guide only and not all qualifications are listed. There may be additional course requirements, such specific subjects or grades, a portfolio or an interview, for example. These requirements will be detailed on each individual course page.

If you don't hold one of the qualifications above, ARU College can help. ARU College provides foundation, first year and pre-Masters courses designed to prepare you for entry to your chosen degree.

English requirements

If English is not your first language you will need to be able to show you have the required level of English language. This is so we can ensure you'll be able to follow your course.

  • Our standard entry criteria for undergraduate courses is IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, with nothing lower than 5.5 in any of the four elements (listening, speaking, reading and writing).
  • Our standard entry criteria for postgraduate taught and postgraduate research courses is IELTS 6.5, with nothing lower than 5.5 in any of the four elements (listening, speaking, reading and writing).

If you don't meet our English language requirements, our Language Centre offers a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.

Our Language Centre also offers the English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. Check our events page for dates or contact our country managers for more information.

How to apply

Here are some links to important information that’ll help you with your application to Anglia Ruskin University:

Approved agents

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  • Address: 158 Jan Smuts Building, Office 25, 3rd Floor, 9 Walters Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg
  • Telephone: 27116155092, 27116155014
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Global Education Johannesburg

  • Location: Johannesburg
  • Address: 158 Jan Smuts Building, 3rd Floor Office 25, 9 Walters Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg, 2196, South Africa
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  • Address: 25 Bergzicht Circle, Tokai 7945 Cape Town
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