Walter Sisulu University
Walter Sisulu University

Walter Sisulu University | Easy Guide on 4 Campuses and Courses Offered

Walter Sisulu university
Walter Sisulu university
Walter Sisulu University
Walter Sisulu University

About

Walter Sisulu University (WSU) was established on 1 July, 2005 in terms of the Higher Education Act No. 101 of 1997, as amended. The new university was named in honour of an icon of the South African liberation struggle, the late Walter Max Ulyate Sisulu who was a close comrade of Nelson Mandela.

From 2002 to 2005, the South African higher education landscape underwent an extensive merger and incorporation process to bring about a more equitable dispensation to meet the requirements of a fast-developing new nation. The thirty-six universities and ‘technikons’ were merged in various ways to produce twenty-three universities in three categories:

1. Traditional academic universities;
2. Universities of Technology and
3. Comprehensive Universities (which offer both academic and technological qualifications).

Walter Sisulu Courses Offered

Walter Sisulu University
Walter Sisulu University/ Courses

Walter Sisulu university – Undergraduate Programm Courses Offered

Walter Sisulu universityBuffalo City Campus

  • Faculties of Business Sciences

The Faculty of Business Sciences has five departments that manage the programmes at the Potsdam and College Street Campuses in East London.

Walter Sisulu University
Walter Sisulu university /Business

The Departments and programmes are:

  • Department of Accounting & Finance
    • Diploma: Internal Auditing, Potsdam
    • Advanced Diploma: Cost and Management Accounting,  Street College

  • Department of Corporate Communication & Marketing
    • Higher Certificate: Versatile Broadcasting, Heritage
    • Diploma: Journalism, Heritage
    • Advanced Diploma: Journalism, Heritage
    • Advanced Diploma: Public Relations, Heritage

  • Department of Management & Governance
    • Diploma: Management, Potsdam
    • Diploma: Management (Extended), Potsdam
    • Diploma: Public Management, Potsdam
    • Diploma: Policing, Potsdam
    • Diploma: Local Government Finance, Potsdam
    • Diploma: in Local Government Finance (Extended)
    • Diploma: Small Business Management, Potsdam
    • Advanced Diploma: Management, Potsdam
    • Advanced Diploma: Public Management, College Street

  • Department of People Development & Technology
    • Diploma: Human Resources Management, Potsdam
    • Diploma: Administrative Management, Potsdam
    • Diploma: Office Management & Technology, Potsdam
    • Advanced Diploma: Business Administration, Potsdam

  • Department of Tourism, Hospitality & Sports Management
    • Advanced Diploma: Tourism Management
    • Diploma: Hospitality
    • Diploma: Tourism Management
    • Diploma: Sports Management.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

The qualifying minimum requirements for each programme differs. Please refer to the relevant qualifications for these details. 

  • Faculties of sciences and Engineering technology

There are eight departments within the Faculty:

Walter Sisulu universityBuffalo Campus : Faculties of sciences and Engineering technology

  • Department of Applied Informatics & Mathematical Sciences
  • Department of Applied Sciences
  • Department of Built Environment
  • Department of Civil Engineering
  • Department of Electrical Engineering
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Department of Information Technology
  • Department of Visual Arts.

Walter Sisulu universityButterworth Campus

  • Faculty of Education
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Walter Sisulu university /Education

Bachelor of Education (FET): Economics and Management Sciences

Minimum Requirements for Senior Certificate

  • The minimum requirement for admission to EMS in SP & FET Teaching is an approved 480 credit Level university Bachelor’s degree: EMS

Minimum Requirements for National Senior Certificate

  • A National Senior Certificate with a Bachelors’ endorsement and rating of level 4 (50 – 59%) in any four NSC subjects. Applicants with NSC minimum achievement level 4 (50 – 59 %) in ANY Two of the approved Business, Commerce and Management (BCM) Learning Field subjects comprising Accounting, Business Studies, Computer Applications Technology, Economics, and Mathematics. NSC rating of at least level 4 (50 – 59%) for English which is the language of learning and teaching at WSU, is also required OR
  • A Senior Certificate (SC) with matriculation exemption or mature age exemption with at least 40% or E symbol on HG or 50% or D symbol on SG in English and 40% or E (HG) or 50% or D symbol on SG in ANY Two of the following subjects; Accounting, Business Studies, Computer Applications Technology or Computer Typing or Computer Practice, Economics and Mathematics OR
  • A National Certificate Vocational (NCV) Level 4/N3 Certificate with Bachelor’s degree endorsement with at least 50% in English and 60% in ANY Two of the following subjects; Applied Accounting or Financial Accounting, Business Practice, Economic Environment, Life Orientation, Mathematics and Office Data Processing OR
  • N4 or N5 or N6 Certificate/National N Diploma with 50% achievement in ANY Two of the following subjects: Entrepreneurship & Business Management, Financial Accounting, Computer Practice or Information Processing, Economics and Mathematics.

Minimum Duration

4 years

Curriculum

A student will choose two of the specialisation modules:

  • Accounting
  • Business Studies
  • Economics
  • Computer Applications Technology
  • Mathematics.

Bachelor of Education: Senior Phase and Further Education and Training Teaching (Technical)

Minimum Requirements for Senior Certificate

  • A Senior Certificate (SC) with Matriculation Exemption or mature exemption with at least E (HG) or D (SG) in English, any two subjects in the approved Technical subjects (Mechanical Technology, Civil Technology, Electrical Technology and EGD) or Mathematics and Physical Science, and a pass in any other one or two school subjects.

Minimum Requirements for National Senior Certificate

  • A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with a Bachelor degree endorsement. The following subjects are required:
  • Achievement rating of 4 (50 – 59%) in English; Achievement rating of 4 (50 – 59%) in Technical Mathematics or Engineering Graphics and Design or Mathematics
  • Achievement rating of 4 (50 – 59%) in Civil Technology or Electrical Technology or Mechanical Technology or Technical Sciences or Physical Science; Achievement rating of 4 (50 – 59%) for any other two subjects
  • Applicants with 4 (50 – 59%) in two or more of the approved Technical subjects (Civil Technology, Electrical Technology, Mechanical Technology, EGD, Technical Mathematics and Technical Sciences) will receive first preference.

Department: Technology and Mathematics Education (TME)

A student will choose from the combination modules:

  • Civil Technology and Engineering Graphics and Design
  • Electrical Technology and Mathematics Education
  • Mechanical Technology and Engineering Graphics and Design.

A student will choose one from the module combinations:

  • Civil Technology (FET), Engineering Graphics and Design (FET) or Technical Sciences (FET) and Technology (SP)
  • Electrical Technology (FET), Technical Mathematics (FET) or Technical Sciences (FET) and Technology (SP)
  • Mechanical Technology (FET), Engineering Graphics and Design (FET) or Technical Sciences (FET) and Technology (SP)
  • Engineering Graphics and Design (FET), Technical Mathematics (FET) or Technical Sciences (FET) and Technology (SP)
  • Mathematics (FET), Technical Mathematics (FET) or Technical Sciences (FET) and Mathematics (SP).

Duration: 4 years


Postgraduate Certificate: Education in Senior Phase and Further Education & Training Teaching (PGCE SP & FET)

Minimum Requirements

  • The minimum requirements for admission to PGCE in SP & FET is an approved 360 credit National Diploma: ABET

Curriculum

A student will choose two of the following curriculum studies/teaching modules (one at Senior Phase and another at FET Phase):

Senior Phase Teaching Subjects (Choose one) – (Full-time)

  • Technology Teaching
  • isiXhosa Teaching
  • Life Orientation Teaching
  • Mathematics Teaching
  • English Teaching

Further Education and Training Teaching Subjects (Choose one) – (Full-time)

  • isiXhosa Training
  • Life Orientation Teaching
  • Mathematical Literacy Teaching.

Duration: 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time


BEd Foundation Phase Teaching (BEd FPT)

Minimum Requirements for Senior Certificate

  • The minimum requirement for admission is a Senior Certificate with a Matriculation Exemption endorsement and a minimum of two subjects with E (HG) or D (SG) from isiXhosa HL or English and Mathematics and a pass in any two other school subjects.
  • Plus, a Mature age exemption certificate for applicants in possession of the Senior Certificate as per WSU General Rules and Regulations.

Minimum Requirements for the National Senior Certificate

  • A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with a Bachelor degree endorsement and:
  • At minimum level 2 (30 – 39%) in Mathematics or Level 3 (40 – 49%) Mathematical Literacy
  • Minimum Level 4 (50 – 59%) in English
  • Minimum Level 4 (50 – 59%) in IsiXhosa 
  • Minimum Level 5 (60 – 69%) in Life Orientation
  • Plus any other two subjects, at the minimum level 3(40 – 49%)
  • NB: Proficiency in languages of learning and teaching –  isiXhosa and English – is a requirement.

Compulsory major subjects are:

  • General Mathematics – Content and Method
  • Literacy (Language – isiXhosa HL) – Content and Method
  • Literacy (Language – English FAL) – Content and Method
  • Life Skills – Content and Method

Bachelor of Education (Hons) (BEd Hons)

  • Educational Management and Policy

Duration – 1 to 4 years

  • Faculty of Engineering and Technology

Minimum Admission RequirementsWalter Sisulu university

Matric & NSC Requirements

Campus prospectuses set out details of NSC and matric requirements for each programme.

Admission Point Score

Applicants who have obtained an NSC qualification must meet the required Admission Point Score (APS) score that is set for each programme.

NSC results are translated into points for each NSC subject. Results of interviews and other assessments may also be taken into account in determining the total APS or Admission Point Score.

Unless otherwise stated within a campus prospectus, WSU has, in terms of the new NSC, allocated a rating system according:

Level%Symbol        Status of achievementAPS
90-100%  A+Outstanding achievement     9
780-90%AOutstanding achievement8
670-79%BMeritorious achievement7
560-69%CSubstantial achievement6
450-59%DModerate achievement5
340-49%EAdequate achievement4
230-39%FElementary achievement1
Admission Point Score

Admission from Other Degree and Diploma ProgrammesWalter Sisulu university

Students with appropriate degrees will be considered for admission to postgraduate programmes.

A limited number of students with incomplete degrees will be considered for admission to all graduate programmes.

  • Faculty of Management Sciences

The following Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas are offered by the Faculty:

DiplomasOffering type
Diploma in AccountancyFT
Diploma: Financial Information systemsFT
Diploma: Hospitality ManagementFT
Diploma: Human Resources ManagementFT
Diploma: Internal AuditingFT
Diploma: ManagementFT
Diploma: Office Management & Technology               FT
Diploma: Public ManagementFT 
Diploma: Tourism ManagementFT  
 Extended Programmes 
Diploma: Human Resources Management (ECP)                  FT
Diploma: Internal Auditing (ECP)FT
Diploma: Management (ECP)FT
Diploma: Office Management & TechnologyFT
 Advanced Diploma Programmes 
Advanced Diploma: Cost & Management AccountingFT
Advanced Diploma: Human Resources ManagementFT
Advanced Diploma: ManagementFT
Advanced Diploma: Public ManagementFT
Advanced Diploma: Tourism ManagementFT
Walter Sisulu university /Courses

Legend

FTFull-Time
PTPart-Time
BTechBaccalaureas Technology Degree
DipDiploma
Walter Sisulu university / Courses

Walter Sisulu university– Mthatha Campus

  • Faculty of Commerce and Administration

Academic Programmes

 ProgrammeDurationDelivery
Site
NQF LevelDepartment
 Diploma: Internal Auditing3 YearsZMK Site6ACC
 Diploma: Internal Auditing (Extended Programme)4 YearsZMK Site6ACC
 Bachelor of Accounting3 YearsNMD Site7ACC
 Bachelor of Accounting Sciences4 YearsNMD Site7ACC
 Diploma: Hospitality Management3 Years Nkululekweni6ADH
 Diploma: Office Management and Technology3 YearsZMK Site6ADH
 Diploma: Office Management and Technology
 (Extended Programme)
4 YearsZMK Site6ADH
 Diploma: Public Management3 YearsZMK Site6ADH
 Diploma: Public Relations Management3 YearsZMK Site6ADH
 Diploma: Public Relations Management (Extended
 Programme)
4 YearsZMK Site6ADH
 Advanced Diploma: Public Management1 YearZMK Site7ADH
 Advanced Diploma: Public Relations Management1 YearZMK Site7ADH
 Bachelor of Administration3 YearsNMD Site7ADH
 Master of Public Administration2 YearsNMD Site9ADH
 Diploma: Human Resource Management3 YearsZMK Site6EBS
 Diploma: Human Resource Management (Extended
 Programme)
4 YearsZMK Site6EBS
 Diploma: Management3 YearsZMK Site6EBS
 Diploma: Management (Extended Programme)4 YearsZMK Site6EBS
 Bachelor of Commerce: Business Management3 YearsNMD Site7EBS
 Bachelor of Commerce: Economics3 YearsNMD Site7EBS
 Bachelor of Commerce: General3 YearsNMD Site7EBS
 Bachelor of Administration (Honours)1 YearNMD Site8EBS
 Bachelor of Commerce Honours: Business Management1 YearNMD Site8EBS
 Bachelor of Commerce Honours: Economics1 YearNMD Site8EBS
 Master of Commerce2 YearsNMD Site9EBS
Walter Sisulu university Courses: Mthatha Campus
  • Faculty of Educational Sciences

It is made up of the following five departments:

  1. Department of Adult, Foundation Phase and Educational Foundations Education 
  2. Department of Business, Commerce and Management Science Education
  3. Department of Continuing Professional Teacher Development
  4. Department of Humanities and Creative Arts
  5. Department of Mathematics, Natural and Consumer Sciences Education.
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  1. Programmes
  2. Medicine Programmes
  3. Nursing Programmes
  4. Public Health Programmes
  5. Rehabilitation Medicine Programmes
  6. PhD in Health Sciences
  7. Academic Health Service Complex
  8. Teaching Platform
  9. Community Engagement
  • Faculty of humanities, social sciences and law
Programmes offered AbbreviationDuration
Arts  
Master of ArtsMA1 year
Bachelor of Arts (Hons)BA (Hons)1 year
Bachelor of ArtsBA3 years
Legal Studies  
Master of LawsLLM1 year
Bachelor of LawsLLB4 years
Social Sciences  
Postgraduate Diploma: Library & Information SciencePGDLIS1 year
Bachelor of Social Science (Hons)BSocSc (Hons)/BPsych3 years
Bachelor of Social ScienceBSocSc/PGDLIS1 year
Bachelor of Social Sciences (Extended)BSocSc 4 years
Social Work & Psychology  
Bachelor of Social WorkBSW4 years
Bachelor of PsychologyBPsych4 years
Master of Social WorkMSW1 year
Walter Sisulu university /Courses Offered
  • Faculty of natural sciences

Department of Biological & Environmental Sciences

  1. Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences)
  2. Bachelor of Science (Environmental Studies)
  3. Bachelor of Science Honours
  4. Master of Science
  5. Doctor of Philosophy

Department of Mathematical Sciences & Computing

  • BSc (3-year programmes)
  • BSc (4-year Extended Curriculum Programmes)
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (WS5673)
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics (Extended Programme) (WS5618)
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Statistical Science (Extended Programme) (WS5617)
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics (Extended Programme) (WS5619)
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Statistical Science (WS5672)
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics (WS5674)
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (WS5675)
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (Extended Programme) (WS5683)

Postgraduates Programme

  • Bachelor of Science Honours
  • Bachelor of Science Honours (Mathematics): BSM
  • Bachelor of Science Honours in Computer Science (WS5671)

Walter Sisulu universityMaster Programme

ProgrammesDuration       
Full-time
Duration
Part-time
Master of Science in Mathematics (WS5685)   2 years4 years
Walter Sisulu university Courses: Mthatha Campus

Walter Sisulu university Komani Campus

  • Faculty of Economic and Information System

The following undergraduate and postgraduate programmes are offered on the Komani’s two campuses: Grey Street & Whittlesea:

QualificationGrey StreetWhittleseaDuration
Diplomas   
Diploma: Internal Auditing (& extended) Yes3 years
Diploma: AccountancyYes3 years
Diploma: ICT in Application DevelopmentYes3 years
Diploma: Financial Information SystemsYes3 years
Diploma: Local Government Finance (& extended)Yes
(Mainstream)  
Yes
(Extended)  
3/4 years
Diploma: Public ManagementYes3 years
Diploma: Human Resources Management (& extended)Yes3/4 years
Advanced Diplomas   
Advanced Diploma: Internal AuditingYes1 year
Advanced Diploma: Public ManagementYes1 year
Advanced Diploma: Human Resource ManagementYes1 year
Degree   
Bachelor of CommerceYes3 years
Postgraduate   
Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) Business ManagementYes1 year
Walter Sisulu university Courses: Komani Campus
  • Faculty of Education
  1. Bachelor of Education (FET): Economics and Management Sciences
  2. Bachelor of Education: Senior Phase and Further Education and Training Teaching (Technical)
  3. Postgraduate Certificate: Education in Senior Phase and Further Education & Training Teaching (PGCE SP & FET)
  4. BEd Foundation Phase Teaching (BEd FPT)
  5. Bachelor of Education (Hons) (BEd Hons)

Walter Sisulu university Programmes

Walter Sisulu universityBuffalo Campus

FACULTY OF MANAGEMENT SCIENCES

The following Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas are offered by the Faculty:

DiplomasOffering type
Diploma in AccountancyFT
Diploma: Financial Information systemsFT
Diploma: Hospitality ManagementFT
Diploma: Human Resources ManagementFT
Diploma: Internal AuditingFT
Diploma: ManagementFT
Diploma: Office Management & Technology               FT
Diploma: Public ManagementFT 
Diploma: Tourism ManagementFT  
 Extended Programmes 
Diploma: Human Resources Management (ECP)                  FT
Diploma: Internal Auditing (ECP)FT
Diploma: Management (ECP)FT
Diploma: Office Management & TechnologyFT
 Advanced Diploma Programmes 
Advanced Diploma: Cost & Management AccountingFT
Advanced Diploma: Human Resources ManagementFT
Advanced Diploma: ManagementFT
Advanced Diploma: Public ManagementFT
Advanced Diploma: Tourism ManagementFT
Walter Sisulu university /Postgraduate courses

Legend

FTFull-Time
PTPart-Time
BTechBaccalaureas Technology Degree
DipDiploma
Walter Sisulu university /Postgraduate Courses

Walter Sisulu universityButterworth

  • Faculty of Education

Bachelor of Education (FET): Economics and Management Sciences

Bachelor of Education: Senior Phase and Further Education and Training Teaching (Technical)

Postgraduate Certificate: Education in Senior Phase and Further Education & Training Teaching (PGCE SP & FET)

BEd Foundation Phase Teaching (BEd FPT)

Bachelor of Education (Hons) (BEd Hons)

  • Faculty of Engineering and Technology
  • Faculty of Management Sciences

Walter Sisulu university Campus

  • Faculty of Commerce and Administration
  • Faculty of educational sciences
  • Faculty of humanities, social Sciences and law
  • Faculty of natural sciences

Walter Sisulu universityKomani Campus

  • Faculty of economics and Information Systems
  • Faculty of Education

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