Step 1: Choose a qualification
Mastering the technology required to send a satellite into space, saving lives with your specialised knowledge of emergency medical care or designing a fashion collection – Come create your future with CPUT!
We offer more than 70 career-focused programmes. The documents and links below will help you choose the programme that’s right for you.
The Prospectus booklet and pamphlets contains the admission requirements for all the programmes presented at CPUT, as well as general admission information, qualification structures, and details about where each programme is presented. Prospective students are encouraged to check the subject and mark requirements of the programme they want to study before applying.
Also note that the full acceptance to the programme will be based on the Final Grade 12 results.
The Online Prospectus below will also show you all our programmes and goes into details such as subjects you will be required to complete, and their estimated cost.
Business and Management Sciences
Engineering and Built Environment
Health and Wellness Sciences
Informatics and Design
Additional admission requirements
Some programmes require students to submit additional information as part of their application. Applications without the additional requirements will not be considered.
To view a full list of supporting documentation and additional programme-specific requirements,
Tourism and Events Management
Students who wish to apply for Tourism and Event Management must submit a motivational letter with their application.
- Motivational letter
Students who wish to apply for Sport Management must submit a questionnaire with their application.
Faculty of Informatics and Design Portfolio Requirements
Step 2: Gather your documents or upload further/ outstanding documents
All applications must be submitted online (except otherwise indicated in the list of programmes)
RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning applicants)
First access the RPL website page for important RPL related information – click here
A number of documents must be submitted with your application. Do not send any original documents, only send certified copies must be attached to your manual application form. Copies of documents can be certified at a police station.
Please note CPUT reserves the right to verify documents for authenticity
Documents to be submitted by South African citizens:
- Copy of the proof of payment of your application fee (online application submission is free of charge).
- A certified copy of the first page of your Identity Document.
- A certified copy of your Senior Certificate or equivalent qualification. If you are currently in Grade 12, please submit your marks obtained in Grade 11.
- Certified copies of the original Academic record and Certificate of Conduct, or certified copies of other certificates/ diplomas/ degrees you obtained previously from any other higher education institution.
- Any other documents specifically required for the programme to which you are applying, as explained in the application form and admission requirements. Also, refer to Step 1 for detailed admission requirements
Documents to be submitted by non-South African citizens:
- Certified copies of the following applicable documents (must be less than three (3) months old)
- Permanent Residency applicants: Passport and Proof of Permanent Residency/SA ID Document/Card
- Refugee/Asylum seeker temporary permit/formal recognition of refugee status in the RSA
- A certified copy of your school-leaving certificate, together with an English translation.
- A scratch card (students from the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and National Examinations Council (NECO).
- Congo-Brazzaville applicants must submit the Liste des Admis au Bac
- Sixth-year Bulletin: Diplom D’Etat and Journal and transcripts of results or Journal or Confirmation of Results from the Embassy (students from Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo or Cameroon).
- International/Foreign Post-Basic Nursing applicants need to submit a document indicating approval of nursing qualifications from, and certified by, South African Qualification Authority (SAQA), in order to be provisionally accepted. Full acceptance will only be considered if the applicant also submits proof of temporary registration with the South African Nursing Council (SANC) for two (2) years, in addition to a valid study permit.
- Any other documents specifically required for the programmes to which you are applying, as explained in the application form and special admission requirements covered in Step 1.
Applicants with approved qualifications obtained outside the Republic of South Africa (RSA):
An applicant may qualify for admission on the basis of qualifications obtained outside the RSA, whether they are SA citizens or not. Each case will be dealt with on an individual basis.
- School leaving certificate should be submitted with the English translation of the certificate
- SAQA Evaluation certificate (see SAQA information outlined above) is mandatory and must be submitted together with your online or paper-based application
Foreign/International school-leaving certificates held by South African citizens:
SA citizens who are holders of foreign/international certificates (e.g. Cambridge International Examinations) can be admitted ONLY IF they meet the minimum requirements for studying at a university in South Africa, and in addition, meet the minimum admission requirements of the programme they are applying for (according to the faculty-specific requirements). Each case will be dealt with on an individual basis.
SAQA Evaluation certificate (see SAQA information outlined above) is mandatory and must be submitted together with your online or paper-based application.
Important notes on online documentation Submissions
- Minor applicants, not 18 yet at the time of application are required to submit a Minor Application Declaration, click here to download the form.
- Important information regarding supporting documentation requirements click here
- Reminder: Consult the list of additional admission requirements (qualification specific document requirements) as listed in Step 1: Choose a qualification and special requirements
- Each document must be scanned, saved and uploaded individually against each uploading Certificate code as indicated in the table below
- All documents should be scanned in any of the following file types: tiff, pdf, jpg or gif
- The maximum scanned file size is 2MB each.
SA Citizen currently busy upgrading Grade 12 results (including upgrading at any TVET College)
- Please submit a letter confirming registration for the upgrading of your results
Should you have documents outstanding or need to upload additional supporting documents, upload it here.